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Bonamassa and Company Perform Funked Out Jeff Beck..RCFP Rule
on January 29, 2013
"Rock Candy Funk Party is the brainchild of Bonamassa's drummer Tal Bergman and guitarist Ron DeJesus - the two issued an album in 2007 called Grooove Vol.1 - who began a series of jams at Hollywood's famed jazz hotspot, The Baked Potato. Bassist Mike Merritt and keyboardist Renato Neto soon joined in, and finally Bonamassa decided to give it a go. The quintet clicked, and after a few more appearances they took their act into the studio."
Think of a place the size of a large garage but the garage band is made up of some of the best musicians in the world. It's downright obscene how lucky some people can be to luck into a venue like that. I'm envious.
This is one fantastic collaboration of musicians consisting of Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merrit (bass), Renato Neto (Keys) and Tal Bergman (drums and producer).
This is 70's/80's improvisational funk groove with a generous smattering of fusion jazz , which is covered with a heaping helping layer of progressive rock. Just like Jeff Beck dishes out on a regular basis. The guys push the boundaries on this one with an endless driving bass and drum line characteristic of funk music.
"Featuring nine tracks, eight originals and one cover, the album is full of space and texture, mashed up funk, jazz, rock and virtuoso musicianship. A bonus DVD is also included that features a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes and the official "Octopus-e" music video."
I hear a Herbie Hancock/Miles Davis influence but with the Band's own spin on every song, making them their own.
"For me, this is great. I've had a solo project for a long time, and I did the Black Country Communion thing, which was more of a democracy, although something of an ADD-fest. I really love being in a group, and in this situation, I'm by far the most untrained, unqualified musician in the room. I like that. It makes me a better player."
Joe Bonamassa is a busy man. The group only had 10 days to put this together, and all originals mostly with the end result being perfection. The ten minute epic funk-fest "The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life" is in my opinion one of the stellar performances on the CD. I respect JB's approach to life and his music, he is definitely a team player blending in and not trying to showboat. His riff-mate Ron DeJesus is a captivating performer, very energetic, with notes tripping across the fretboard at amazing speed, changing direction with lofty precision but still fitting, seamlessly, into the performance.
"Instrumental groove record" is exactly what this record is. Or, you can call it funky rock-jazz, acid jazz or fusion jam music. Whatever label you apply, it harkens back to the golden era of raw and funky electric groove music perpetrated by merchants like Harvey Mandel, Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters."
"We Want Groove", and this world class group delivers. RCFP is another departure from the norm by JB and as usual a fresh spin on old timeless musical styles is achieved. Some die hard fans may not take to this offering because it strays from JB's usual musical rock/blues recipe but I feel that he will gain a whole new following. The fusion funk followers. I really don't give a rats petunie, it's JB and the musicianship is crank !
Go JB Go, you the man !