Bobby Byrd (James Brown/JBs)
- James Brown's organist has finally released his own album on Soulciety, On
The Move (Instinct, 1994). His soulful, rough voice accompanies his
B-3 and Fender Rhodes playing well. Tower of Power guest on one song.
- If there's one person in the artist index who needs no introduction, surely this
is the one! But for those of you who don't know him, the Lurve God is probably the
most soulful and funkiest of all groove artists. "Theme from Shaft", "Walk On By" and
"I Stand Accused" are just a few of his classics. Originally, he was brought in at Stax
to replace Booker T. Jones as the house keyboardist. A great solo career followed.
After a long hiatus, Hayes has finally made a come back with two CDs, Branded &
Movement: Raw and Refined, neither of which measured up to such great 70s Funk/Soul
albums as Hot Buttered Soul, Movement or Black Moses.
- A talented keyboardist and composer, he mostly played electric piano, with
Groove among others. Luv N' Haight issued a compialtion of his solo stuff called
Music in the Key of Life.
Booker T. Jones (Otis Redding, Albert King, Booker T. & the MG's)
- Booker T., Steve Cropper (guitar) and Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) were the Stax
house band which backed such greats as Otis Redding, Albert King and countless
others. They recorded as the Mar-Keys, and ultimately as Booker T. & The MG's,
creating the classics "Green Onions" and "Soul Dressing".
Each of the band members was a studio musician as high in demand individually
as the group itself. Two of my favorites are the live "Red Beans & Rice" and
the soulful "Summertime". Their "Best Of" on Atlantic is a must for any fan of
great funky music. Recently regrouped, Booker T. & the MG's are recording with
people like John Lee Hooker, touring, and in 1994, released their latest, That's
The Way It Should Be.
Lonnie Jordan (War)
- War's multi-talented organist/composer/producer.
- Charly issued a compilation called Greasy Spoon which is now out of print.
- The Original Funkmasters, the Meter-men, Funk incarnate! The Meters are the
masters of fUNK. The New Orleans band with Art Neville on organ, Leo Nocentelli on guitar,
George Porter Jr. on bass and Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste on drums were much sought after
studio musicians who recorded many jewels of their own. Charly's compilations The
Original Funkmasters & Fundamentally Funky are definite musts. They also issued
a 2 CD compilation Funky Miracle, which contains their first three albums (Josie).
Rhino put together a 2 CD compilation, Funkify Your Life, with 26 tracks from the
Josie years and 17 from the Warner years.
Even though several Neville brothers were in the Meters at the end (mid-70s), the Neville
Brothers without Nocentelli, Porter and Modeliste were a different band. Their 1989 release
Yellow Moon is an excellent album. The Meters still play live shows as the Funky
Meters, with Art, Porter, Eric Stoltz on guitar and Russell Batiste on drums.
- Yes, Maceo! Check out The JB Horns' I Like It Like That (Soulciety ME 011/93), on
which he plays Hammond on a couple of tracks. Richard Mazda also plays some
nice organ overdubs.
- A talented singer, composer and keyboard player, he rose to fame "overnight" when
he recorded "Get Back" with The Beatles for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
He won 2 Grammys, and had a couple of No. 1 hits: "Will It Go Around in Circles" and
"Nothing From Nothing".
Sly and the Family Stone
- Sly Stone was called the "Bach of rhythm". Most of his classic recordings featured
some of the funkiest organ you'll ever hear: "Dance to the Music", "I Want to Take You
Higher" and "Stand!"
- The 45 that started the Luv 'N' Haight
compilations (LHCD001) is "Bag of Goodies", an obscure release. The B-side,
"Twitchie Feet", is on What Is Hip, and has some very funky B-3.
Chester Thompson (Tower of Power, Santana)
- A funkmaster on the organ, he has some of the quickest feet you'll ever see "run"
a bassline on the pedals. He was TOP's organist during the 70s, and now tours with
Bobby Watley (Funk Inc.)
- BGP recently re-issued their first four Prestige albums on two 2on1 CDs:
Funk Inc./Chicken Lickin' & Hangin' Out/Superfunk. This band lives up to
its monicker! Masters of long funky jams and grooves.
Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic, etc.)
- Worrell was George Clinton's organist throughout the 70s, and created some incredible
sounds on the B-3 by trying to immitate Bootsy's masterful basslines. He recorded a couple
of solo albums, including Blacktronic Science. Funkadelic's latest releases wouldn't
sound the same without him, and he's also part of Bill Laswell's crew with Bootsy Collins
on several projects from the Axiom label, most notably Praxis' Transmutation (Mutatis