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Jan. 2018
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You can't beat live funk music ....

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  • You can't beat live funk music ....

    I don't think you can! As I mentioned here, the last Friday of most months is the highlight for me .... my chums The Blunter Brothers playing a 9 piece jazz/funk band just ten minutes drive from Harbeth in a baronial lodge. I took some (poor quality) videos last Friday. The brass section is fabulous - they're all fabulous actually. As band leader Dave knows I'm "into sound" he checks with me during the evening that it all sounds OK; it always does: he has a very good ear for a great sound. Shame the trumpeter of 15 years has just taken a break. These chaps have been playing together for nearly 20 years. The pianist, a recent member, is blind. Jerry, the vocalist is always very friendly.

    The camera microphone doesn't do justice to the dynamics of live brass which, incidentally, just does not reproduce correctly on polypropylene coned speakers. There isn't enough 'bite': the polypropylene sound is too soft and airless in the critical brass-energy region.

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    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Boogie on down, Alan!!

    They sound great - funky horns are the best (the brass kind, not the ones used in speaker cabinets). One of my favorite bands is Tower of Power, and every time they come to town, I always check them out.

    This kind of music is so much fun live - the Blunter Brothers ought to hop over to NYC sometime! Everything is so serious over here - these guys sound like fun :-)


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      Funk, jazz and Caribbean rythms in one musical project.

      One of the examples from rich local musical scene, there are so many bands and constellations in our regional capital city that change in time it is difficult to track all of them.

      Live recording from Radio RAM Wroclaw - Lion Vibrations band, as I can recall they started in mid of 90's with reggae fascination but drifted in their style into more sophisticated mix of funk, urban, jazz and caribbean rythms and sounds:

      This piece above was the tribute to Maceo Parker and Miles Davis

      Worth listening - Lion Vibrations' "Friends" album , released in the middle of 2014 - promomix link