Good to be back in the woodshed with Ray Romain on Hammond B3 (and the late, great Tony Thompson’s ride cymbal).
New The Du-Rites single out today! “The Mean Machine” b/w “Corinthian Leather”. Let the stank of the Cadillac interior guide you! It’s also on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and all that stuff. But pick up the 7″ wax and be a champ. Pablo and I have been working hard to get our sound down – our third album, Gamma Ray Jones, drops this fall!
I was nervous as hell covering a Booker T & The MGs tune but The Zone Identity stuff has been grooving. “Melting Pot” on the B-Side, Frankie Seay’s “Soul Food” on the A. On Fraternity Music Group / Soul Sauce records. Pick up a copy on my Bandcamp, they’re moving fast. Put em up last night with no promo and blew through half my allotted copies! Dig.
Ed Littman: Guitar, Bass
Bennett Paster: Organ
Ray May: Congas
Stream it on Soundcloud if you’re lazy:
Gonna try something new: a “digital” single…something to keep the funk flowing until we drop the next Du-Rites 45 in September (and album #3, Gamma Ray Jones, in November). If streaming is your thang, check it on Spotify.
If you want to buy it so Pablo and I can afford a chicken McNugget, buy it on Bandcamp for $1 (or more if you’d like).
Take your pick and fire up the Cadillac because this one is suitable for broughaming! Enjoy.
Sneaking in one last musical endeavor before the year is up. Proud to be a part of the 2017-18 musical output of legendary funk outfit, Manzel. After all, my very first rap demo from 1993 sampled the drums from Manzel’s “Midnight Theme,” so to join the fold as a drummer is a special funk anointing. Check out “High and Tight” b/w “Standing on Mars” right here (Bandcamp) and pick up a copy of the 7″ if you dig it.
R.I.P. original drummer Steve Garner. Doing my best to keep the drum chair funky. Here’s the original press release from Fraternity Music Group:
Nearly 40 years after releasing two of the greatest funk 7-inches of all time, the breakbeat masterpieces “Space Funk” and “Midnight Theme,” the legendary Manzel is back on Fraternity Records with another sureshot double-sider. Originally comprised of Manzel Bush on keys, Larry Van Dyke on guitar and late Steve Garner on drums, the 2017 incarnation of the group adds powerhouse Jay Mumford, p.k.a. J-Zone, in the drum chair and is lean and funky as ever. “High And Tight” is a classic party jam, complete with chanted vocals and a couple drum breaks that establish the new man in the trio is no joke on the skins. “Standing On Mars” continues the favored space-related vibe of Manzel’s past releases, an uptempo jazzy instrumental dancefloor mover that simply cooks, with Manzel doing double duty on electric piano and organ.
You can stream it on Soundcloud here:
Not everything always goes perfectly in a recording session, regardless of how well we prepare. Tracking drums for Saucy Lady‘s upcoming album in Boston over the weekend was a lot of fun (as was DJing Soulelujah!), but my wallet (used to dampen the snare drum) had a mind of its own. Not enough bills in it I suppose. Hopefully this take with me cursing up a storm is the one that topples the pop charts. Shouts to Yuki Monolog and Saucy Lady for keeping the funk alive.
So my funk group, The Du-Rites, has officially released the grease! Join us as we celebrate album #2 (Greasy Listening) today. If you ever choke on a fried neckbone covered in grits, I hope this album is playing and it’s the last thing you hear in your life. Jokes aside, we’re proud of the record and hope you dig it. No matter who you are, you can enjoy Greasy Listening.
People with turntables and 2002 Ford Focuses with CD players can buy it here: Bandcamp
People who don’t pay for music but enjoy leaving comments about what happened at the 1:14 mark of the song can stream it here: Soundcloud
Also on Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, etc. but I cashed out my combined earnings from those three places and couldn’t pay the Throgs Neck Bridge toll. But it’s there!
Here’s our music video if you missed it: Du The Twitch
My monthly funk night at Robert Bar in Brooklyn is doubling as the album release party for The Du-Rites’ Greasy Listening LP. Come and get your copy on vinyl or CD (we’ll have both for sale), then stick around for my normal funk throw down on the turntables.
Flyer above has all pertinent information, but we’ll actually be starting at 7:30. Swing by.