David Garfield, electric piano, synths; together with close on 80 friends
Fragile fans will be required to tidy away their Jan Garbarek CDs, be prepared to relax a little, maybe even enjoy, because this is the sort of stuff for those of a catholic taste. The material ranges from funky, down-home, ur-schmutz, bluesy, power rock and all sorts between. Jeff Porcaro must have been one hell of a guy because all of these people are here to pay tribute, and the incredible lineup reveals a few interesting names (is that the Emil Richards?) such as Scott, Gadd, Domanico, Erskine (just the Jazz crowd and I'm sure I've missed plenty). Rock freaks will be happy to see Van Halen present. Tom Scott does a credible imitation of Cannonball Adderley on "Bag's Groove". Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry" brings on memories of the Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills 1968 album, Super Session. Garfield stretches a little, and beautifully, on "Jeff's Strutt". The entire Pocaro clan are here there and everywhere throughout, including Joe, seen credited on a Kenton date of years ago. Rock-Jazz fans will love this CD, which documents funk in all of its glory.
by Lawrence Brazier
Editor: This CD is available in Jazz Now Direct mail order catalog.
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