Comfort Funk Food for Your Ears
John Palmer | Scarsdale, NY United States | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you don't know, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie is one of the founding fathers of funk. He played drums on a lot of Aretha Franklin tunes (e.g. "Rock Steady," "'Til You Come Back to Me"), Steely Dan tunes (e.g. "Home at Last," "Babylon Sisters") and the Hall and Oates classic "She's Gone." He's one of those players who's played with a who's who of superstars.
Purdie is not flashy. His playing is economical and always serves to support the music and muscians he's playing with. Even so, his sound is unique, highly identifiable and a direct expression of his happy, cock-sure, super-bad self.
Put him in the middle of some fine R&B players and singers performing some great soul/funk tunes and you have the perfect recipe for some great, down home soul/funk music.
In keeping with the food theme of the album, which is consistent throughout and never goofy, this is soul food for your ears. Like a good meatloaf, there's enough grease to give it lots of taste.
This album is great if you like Atlantic-style vintage soul. It's also great if you want a break from overproduced smooth jazz. (The nouvelle cuisine of music?)
So get it and eat it up!
P.S. If you like good funk/blues guitar, this disk has it big time with the soulful strumming and solos of Jay "Bird" Koder. There's a little bit of Larry Carlton mixed in with some Wah Wah Watson. Very tasty stuff."