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Monday, June 26, 2006

Organ Grinder

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The Boris Gardner Happening feat. Leslie Butler "Ghetto Funk"

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The fantastic reggae re-issue lable Blood & Fire recently put out a compilation called 'Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980', a collection of Jamaican artists doing renditions of American soul classics. It's a fantastic group of songs from some outstanding musicians whose passion for the music prove there's more to Kingston than just reggae. Certain songs do get the reggae make-over, but "Ghetto Funk" is just a funky as they come organ workout. And not the kind of organ workout you're thinking of. Scumbag.

From the album's liner notes:

"This instrumental is more in the way of a homage to Hammond maestros Jimmy Smith et al, rather than a direct cover version. Here organist Leslie Butler shows he's no stranger to the B-3 cookbook, jamming faultlessly while the rhythm section bubbles under him, anchored by Boris' ferocious bassline."

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