Bass player Derek Frank's affinity for all that is low and funky has recently manifested itself in the release of his long-awaited debut album, Let the Games Begin... . This mostly instrumental, bass-heavy funk record projects a sound and vibe that is old and familiar, yet somehow new and unique at the same time. Armed with his flatwound-equipped 63 Fender Precision Bass (and a few other choice 4 and 5-stringed instruments), Derek takes us on a journey to the groovy side with music that rings of influences such as Curtis Mayfield, Jamiroquai, Pleasure, Groove Collective, The Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power, Marcus Miller, and many others that listeners will simply have to name for themselves. Of the twelve tracks on the album, eight were penned by DF; the remaining four are his instrumental arrangements of covers by the likes of Hall and Oates, Soundgarden, Curtis Mayfield, and even something from early episodes of Sesame Street.
Derek s album comes to fruition after years of his being a bass player for hire on the Los Angeles music scene... spending time on the road and in the studio with all kinds of artists and bands, playing all kinds of music. At some point in every working musicians career, he decides that it s finally time to start creating and playing the music that he hears in his head, with people that he feels best interpret those particular sounds, drawing on that which has influenced his musical being since its inception. For Derek, that time is now. On this album, DF has enlisted some of LA s funkiest players, including special guests such as Hammond B-3 organ legend Brian Auger, veteran drummer Steve Ferrone, and up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kosha Dillz. Let the Games Begin... is an apt title to kick off this new phase in Derek Frank s musical life. Look for Derek in the not-too-distant future as he leads his 7-piece horn-injected old-school funk band to stages throughout the world.
This is a great CD full of funk, jazz and great bass playing. I would recommend this to anyone who loves great music. Look out 2010 Derek Frank is a force to be reckoned with!! --CD Baby.com
I knew Derek was a well-known LA based 1st call bass player. I didn't know he was such a great songwriter and producer! The groove on this album is just smokin'! ... however, it's not without direction. The Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai influence is unmistakable. Derek's bass playing is super funky and tasteful, but the rest of the players are just smokin' as well... particularly the drumming and horns. --iTunes
Awesome Funky Groove Disco Soul!!! This really is a great grooving album. Beautiful bass playing, creative horn arrangements, blistering guitar solos and some tight cover arrangements as well. Well Done Derek!!! --CD Baby.com