Funky music

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bewles, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. bewles


    Jul 17, 2002
    I have just recently gotten into a little bit of funk (the meters, maceo parker), but I need to find more funky bassists/bands. Who should I download>
  2. stroggnoy

    stroggnoy Guest

    Jul 11, 2002
    Earth Wind & Fire
  3. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Reach out - 4 tops
    Parliament - Mothership connection
    Weather Report - Black Market
    Tower of Power - S/T, Bump city...
    James Brown - just about anything...
    It doesn't get much funkier than james jamerson, so i'd also get his book as well as some of his other cds.
  4. Parliament, and generally pre-Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    What band is/was James Jamerson in, by the way?
  5. Lazy


    May 30, 2001
    Vancouver BC
    Jamerson played on most of Motown's hits. Check out the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, and Stevie Wonder.
  6. Sly and the Family Stone
    The Brothers Johnson
    Stevie Wonder (both for his bass players and his left hand)
    Marcus Miller
    Jamiroquai (ealier)
    Curtis Mayfield
    Graham Central Station (see Sly and the Family Stone)
  7. Lipis Roman

    Lipis Roman

    Mar 5, 2002
    Some real good suggestions so far, here's a few more groups that haven't been mentioned, along with my fave album(s) by the artist.

    The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger, Too Hot to Stop
    Ohio Players - Honey
    Isley Brothers - Go for your guns
    War - Galaxy, The World is a Ghetto
    Mutiny - Funk Plus the One
    Prince - Sign O' the Times
    Ramsey Lewis - Don't it Feel Good
    Crusaders - Chain Reaction
    Commodores - Machine Gun
    Brick - Brick
    Lakeside - Outrageous
    Mandrill - Mandrill Is
    Rufus w/ Chaka Khan - Rufusized
    Blackbyrds - City Life
    O'Jays - Survival
    Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
    George Duke - Reach for it

    Well, that list turned out longer than expected, could have easily been ten times as long though. There's a ton of great funk on all those albums.

    Funk it up!
  8. leanne


    May 29, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Check out The Time. Terry Lewis's basslines are super funky, but pretty simple, and sound great. Plus Morris Day (lead singer) is funny as hell and there's some great guitar work.

    Also no one has mentioned:
    Bootsy Collins solo stuff
    Bernie Worrell solo stuff
    LA Boppers
    Stanley Clarke
    Infectious Grooves
    Kool & the Gang :)
  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Those bassists already mentioned are what I appreciated growing up. They are all spectacular!

    However, it's not over. If you want to check out an up & coming funk bassist that even Bootsy himself called, "The new spiritual warrior for the funk" then look out for Freekbass (juut one link I have to him) -

    Even Wooten thinks the guy is on to something good.

  10. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    :eek: OH MY GOD! That's the ugliest bass ever! :) Hey if Bootsy gives praise... he's gotta be good. Oh by the way, if you want funk bass inspiration Bootsy Collins baby!
  11. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    prince=morris day and the time.
    rick james
    and me.

    keep funk alive.:cool:
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I'm not playin' Matt - when this guy comes to town, I won't even play....I just go to the show.

    Not only does the Boot give praise, he produces his recordings and does vocals on them!!!

    He's the reason I had to get an Akai Deep Impact bass synth.

    If you can find a sound clip of "She's Already There" give it a listen.

    I know Bill Dickens gets props as a funk bassist, but all I hear is "how many NPS (notes per second) the guy plays. Sherman (aka "Freekbass"), plays few notes of long duration in the pocket.
  13. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000

    found a copy of it but its by Freekbass, is that copy you're referring to?
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Yeah, that's the guy I mentioned in my thread Cassa. You may see him referred to at times by his old name, "Freebass" or rarely, Gordon Sherman (his real name). I think some rave DJ already had the name "Freebass" and Sherman changed his to "Freekbass."

    Delicious bass sound live and a show that drives the women wild.
  15. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    killer bass sound on the recording too. it would have to disembowl ya live.

    Not crazy about the over all line or song that much, but it's one that will definatly grow on me. Thanks for the recomendaton.