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Funk, Inc.

4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Eugene Barr, Bobby Watley, Steve Weakley, Jimmy Munford, Cecil Hunt

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kool Is Back
  2. Bowlegs
  3. Sister Janie
  4. The Thrill Is Gone
  5. The Whipper
  6. Chicken Lickin'
  7. Running Away
  8. They Trying To Get Me
  9. The Better Half
  10. Let's Make Peace And Stop The War
  11. Jung Bongo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000000ZER
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on December 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I love this group. While a lot of Jazz organists were trying to cross over into the realm of funk and soul, these were soul cats doing the Hammond B-3 thing. All of their albums bumped and grooved - - and Bobby Watley (hope my memory serves me right) could play the heck out of that box. They must have been the Medeski Martin and Wood/Maceo Parker of their time, fusing the Lou Donaldson/Jimmy McGriff sound with funk and groove music. The RA tracks speak for themselves. After this check out The Counts, McGriff, John Patton, Grant Green and The Meters.
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By A Customer on March 25, 2004
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Not really a Hammond B-3 record as much as a general purpose funk workout by very talented musicians. Every song is good, but particularly so is "Running Away" which became one of my all-time favorite songs of any type the first time I heard it. My two-year old daughter begs me to play this song every night, and I never get sick of it. The musicianship is excellent throughout.
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If your not familiar with Funk Inc. then this is a great place to start. They were a mildly well known band of the early 70's that never made it big. They combine a phenomenal mix of jazz and funk to give you a sound which just makes you move. The sax is a constant and is as uplifting as any, while the synthesizer rocks the whole album. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Wow, this is a great CD! 70 minutes of sizzling soul-jazz from two albums that this band recorded in 1971 and 1972. The cuts are mostly instrumentals, and mostly originals, but they also do some rhythm-happening covers of songs by Sly Stone and Maceo Parker.

Once again, reviewer Eddie Landsberg is spot-on with his assessment of this band. Funk Inc. play an extremely impressive and addictive brew of soul and funky jazz, with some slight rock and blues garnishes. Think of the vintage Blue Note sounds recorded by the likes of Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Brother Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff, and add a slight dose of Chuck Berry, and the result is Funk Inc. Yeah, it's that good!

Honestly, I'm surprised that more people haven't rediscovered this band yet. This truly is incredible music. One of the band's main strengths is the organ playing of Bobby Watley. He worked with Lonnie Smith and McDuff, but also cites Jimmy Smith as an influence. Say no more; you need to hear this guy play! In addition to those heavenly organ grooves, the rest of the band is ace too, especially the licks from guitarist Steve Weakley.

I'm thrilled to have belatedly discovered this excellent band (they came from Indianapolis), but also excited to find out that Funk Inc. made several other recordings too. Sign me up, I want to hear them all!
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