Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Conceived by label owner Adrian Gibson and made into reality by The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson, the Black Feeling project is all about taking it back to the source to the music that has inspired, instigated and accompanied many a musical journey over the years. Following a sell out gig at the Jazz Café, band leader Lance rounded up a bunch of fellow minded musicians from the Aussie funk scene to collaborate on a covers album. Consisting of members of The Bamboos, Cookin On 3 Burners and many more guest musicians, listening to the tracks would give even the most discerning pair of ears the impression of a rare, lost-in-time album you would find digging in a Caribbean record shop or American thrift store.
One of the tracks on the record is a cover of a mysterious 45 called "Yo Yo" by the band Richard's People. "Yo Yo" features one of the sickest and most oft-sampled opening drum breaks in funk lore. The fine gentlemen at Funky16Corners did an amazing piece about the 45 in March of 2008 that I won't attempt to summarize.
Below is a killer version of "Yo Yo" by the Alvarado Rodriguez Trio that captures the greasy, raw spirit of the original.
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