21 Feb 2011

Mix Twenty Nine

Mix Twenty Nine introduces no less than five newcomers into the funk family and sees the return of Patrice Rushen, Rick James and Donald Byrd. There's also a track from the late Teena Marie who sadly passed away recently. She was a very talented singer/songwriter and has left a legacy of some great music to be enjoyed by us all. Long live lady T.

16 Feb 2011

Gigspot: Serpentine Fire | Jazz Cafe

Last night we checked out Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band, Serpentine Fire, at the Jazz Cafe. Now, it's not a simple task to reproduce EWF's music because of the complexity and richness of it, but these guys do it extremely well. 

They've got a big set up, the percussion and horns going on, and some great vocalists who can reach those dizzying falsetto highs that Philip Bailey is famed for. If you never get to see Earth, Wind & Fire, then Serpentine Fire really are the next best thing. They're top musicians in their own right and EWF's music is a great way for them to show this. Be sure to check them out next time!

Check out their renditions of 'Getaway' and 'September'...