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Avoid the Funk / Defunkt Anthology


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B000000619
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Make Them Dance
2. Strangling Me With Your Love (Revisited)
3. Defunkt (Live)
4. Big Bird (Au Private)
5. For The Love Of Money
6. The Razor's Edge
7. Avoid The Funk
8. In The Good Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russ on September 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are certain albums where superlatives are not enough and yet unaccountably remain obscure - this is one of them.
This collection of early Defunkt mostly features their arguably classic line up. Kim Clarke's wonderful, unique, wide-freqeuncy sound on bass (Music Man Stingray?) slipping seamlessly from finger to slap can only be described as 'riotous' - it sounds like improvisation to me with endless ideas woven around a rock solid funk riff. Kelvyn Bell's guitar likewise has this impro feel about it and yet is funk solid - his hard sound and jazz-modal solos add to the overall 'angular' sound of Defunkt and is no surprise he went on to play in Steve Coleman's Five Elements. Kenny Martin on drums - well, it takes something very special to simultaneously add to this riot of a thousand-riff's-a-minute rock funk and still keep a bed rock groove (this man has eight arms surely)! All this is the perfect underpinning for Joe Bowies' proclamation vocals and strident, explosive, modal brass.
It's common knowledge that from the late sixties through the seventies, jazz musicians crossed over to dance music but commercial pressures kept their 'jazz' on a leash - unleash a modal, angular, style of jazz, add a hard, rock edge, root it in 'the-spaces-are-as-important-as-the-notes' pure funk, and you've got Defunkt - don't hesitate to buy this, their eponymous CD, and 'In America' if you can find it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on March 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is among the meatiest, most dexterous funk you'll ever hear.

Defunkt was formed by jazz musicians in the 1970s, and the top musical ability shows. The music rests on the thick, athletic bass of Melvin Gibbs. Gibbs tone is so deep, his sliding and patterns so complex, the singer, comping guitar and horns can add amazingly complicated flourishes around him.

My description is hyper-technical but the music is emphatically not. This work shakes and stomps with the best funk, but is bigger, fuller. You'll be shaking your a-s, then stop dead, awed at just how miraculously good Defunkt is.

Gibbs later played with Henry Rollans. Hear his work on Weight
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Format: Audio CD
I love this classic group from which most of the modern "black rock" movement's important players (Melvin Gibbs, Vernon Reid) sprang from, this greatest hits anthology traces their early stuff with a no- wave Jazz- Funk- Punk sound. from their blistering cover of "For the Love of Money" to the title track these songs blaze off your cd. Get it now and see why some many people love Defunkft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
pure funk! thanx, mr. bowi
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