Friday, 13 August 2010

Funk Assessment #2: Arthur Conley

Here's a clip of Arthur Conley performing to an audience in Germany in 1967. The audience is a tad reserved and unsure of themselves. But Arthur and his band sho am funky. So what makes it funky? Apart from Arthur's trousers and the choreography of the awesome brass section, that is? Not surprisingly, Funk Fans, it's the rhythm section of the guitar, drums and bass. The guitarist just keeps on chugging away and the bass player and drummer are aligned in their syncopatoryness, particularly after three minutes in when they get to play 'Sweet Soul Music'.

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