Just a jam with me on drums and the spectacular Ray Romain (whom I met through Large Pro) on Hammond B-3 organ. More to come, but that kiddie drum set was a bit awkward to play.
My Give The Drummer Some series has been dormant for about 7 months while I work on the production of the radio show. While the tedious editing process takes place, I figured I’d knock out some phone interviews to keep it going. It was a pleasure speaking drummer to drummer with Frankie “Kash” Waddy, who’s laid it down for James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Amazing stories about all three and the pitfalls of the music business.
In case you don’t know by now, The Du-Rites are:
J-Zone: Drums, Organ, Percussion & Turntables + Pablo Martin: Guitar, Bass & Synthesizer. We both do low key vocals.
Here’s the cover art for The Du-Rites’ upcoming sophomore LP, Greasy Listening.
Here’s a brief Instagram clip of me running the test pressing of Greasy Listening. A lil’ Blaxploitation funk for ya. Album drops on vinyl (via ReDefinition Records), CD (+ our debut album from last year both on one disc) and digitally for both download and streaming at some point in September. A short run of cassette tapes will follow. #GreasyListening
A lil Monday afternoon test pressing action from The Du-Rites Greasy Listening LP. The Du-Rites is @pablomartinmusic on bsss and guitar and me on drums and organ. Funk for mack attacks in Cadillacs! Drops in a month or so on Old Maid / Illegalia. LP on @redefrecords #thedurites
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Sooo, my funk group with Pablo Martin, The Du-Rites, got our first movie placement. We did the theme song for this new film, Fat Camp, starring Vivica Fox. Won’t speak on the movie because I haven’t seen it, but here’s the trailer. The song pops up at 0:38.
The Du-Rites’ sophomore album, Greasy Listening, drops this fall. The song in the film is not on the album.
My funk band with badass multi-instrumentalist and my long time mastering engineer, Pablo Martin, is called The Du-Rites. The Du-Rites are my pride and joy, so whenever we throw down, we make sure the grease is burning. Our sophomore LP, Greasy Listening, drops in September. The lead single, “Bite It” b/w “Bocho’s Groove” is out now (buy it here). We figured we’d post another example of what’s on Greasy Listening on SoundCloud today, so here’s “Woody The Wino,” an album cut. Enjoy:
It’s that time again. Following the unexpected good feedback from The Du-Rites’ (my funk unit with Tom Tom Club guitarist and bassist Pablo Martin) debut LP last year, we’re ready to roll out album #2, Greasy Listening. The first single, “Bite It” b/w “Bocho’s Groove” just dropped today.
Buy the 7″ single and digital download on BANDCAMP
Peep a review of the record at Flea Market Funk
Unlimited streaming of the single can be done on Soundcloud. Dig in.
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Testing out a new snare drum for some new sounds, tracking some stuff, beating migraine headaches, setting up my air conditioner, preparing for the remainder of 2017’s releases and endeavors, etc. Speaking of endeavors, here’s what’s en route:
The Du-Rites: “Bite It” b/w “Bocho’s Groove” 7″ single – Early June
The Du-Rites: Greasy Listening LP – September/October
“Give The Drummer Some” radio show on Red Bull Music Academy – Fall 2017
Superblack LP (with Prince Paul and Sacha Jenkins) – Fall 2017/TBA
The Zone Identity “Funk-I-Tus” b/w “Let The Music Take Your Mind” 7″ out now. Scroll one post back to see what it’s ’bout.
+ on the DJ front, my weekly DJ gig at Tuck Room, NYC and monthly at Robert Bar, B’klyn
Just a generic update because when you go off social media for a few weeks people think you died.
My first musical output of the year, The Zone Identity, is out now! A collaboration with Fraternity Music Group. The line-up is me (drums, bass), Ed Littman (guitar, bass), Ray “Conga Dog” May (Percussion) and Bennett Paster (Hammond B-3 organ). We gave a pair of 1969 songs the 2017 treatment – Warm Excursion’s “Funk-I-Tus” and Kool and the Gang’s “Let The Music Take Your Mind”. My first attempt at covering some of my favorite songs. Listen, and if you dig it, buy the 7″ on
Along with the new Du-Rites 7″, May will see the release of the debut single from one of my other instrumental funk projects, The Zone Identity. For now, it’s basically me teaming up with different musicians to put a twist on funk, soul and jazz classics. The line-up for this one is percussionist Ray May, organist Bennett Paster and guitarist Ed Littman. Bennett and Ed are forces in the jazz scene and part of Fraternity Records’ house band, The U.B.’s. I’m on drums and Ed and I split the bass duties. Our first attempt is a nod to a Kool and the Gang classic (“Let The Music Take Your Mind”) and a rarity from 1969 (Warm Excursion’s “Funk-I-Tus”). The record should be out later in May (you never know with the vinyl plants) on Fraternity Music Group. Catch a sneak preview of both cuts on the Instagram video above.