Make It Funky!: A Musical Gumbo of New Orleans Rock, Rhythm and Jazz
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Rollicking piano. Infectious horns. Hypnotic drum beats. Rocking guitar licks. Put them all together and you' MAKE IT FUNKY! is a raucous tribute to the musical heritage of the Crescent City, chock full of blazing performances, fiery archival footage and red-hot conversations with the remarkable men and women who created it. Let good times roll!
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Well, this DVD open my ears and educated me of how influential this music scene really is. The music just covers so much territory and crosses the boundaries of every known style of music. The musicians, are top shelf, kicking it really hard and having a blast doing it. It is hard not shake "dat ding" while watching these guys get down. The narration is superb that explains the roots of the music and than injects the live performances to further the point. A very well done DVD and well worth the purchase price. If you love music or better yet a musician, you owe yourself to buy the DVD.Make It Funky!
Be aware however that Professor Longhair appears only in film clips, as he was long dead by the time this was made, Amazon "actors" not withstanding. But Jon Cleary and Alan Toussaint do a great version of the Fess classic "Tipitina" that shouldn't be missed.
The performers here- from the Meters to Nevilles, Snooks Eaglin, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, are all stellar. A must see.
musical productions. Especially the piano work of some of the greatest. Allen Touissant on piano was awesome, as were other
pianists and instrumentals, as well as Irma Thomas singing.
I like to think of myself as a bit of a musicologist, from Chicago blues to Stax R&B to that unique amalgam of styles called N'orleans jazz. The performances on this DVD concert-documentary are nothing short of stellar. The Joint is Jumpin'!!
The documentary sections will remind the viewer of the critical importance of New Orleans in the history of American music. It will also demonstrate that the heart and soul of NOLA is still alive (if not entirely well) in the aftermath of Katrina.
This DVD is a party on-film... Rent it, buy it, DIG IT !!