Curley Moore And The Kool Ones – Funky, Yeah

Curley Moore And The Kool Ones - Funky, Yeah

I’d just like to take a moment to thank my brother Music Man Miles for his fantastic contribution last week. We’re very blessed here at Gazfunk to have some of the world’s biggest and best funk and soul djs and collectors give up their time to share a favourite piece of wax with us. We hope we can keep delivering such quality content over the coming months and years.

As you know, there’s probably no funkier city than New Orleans and few funkier cats than the legendary Eddie Bo. It’s with that in mind that I bring you this fantastic little 45 courtesy of a dude called Curley Moore. Moore was a New Orleans artist whose first release came in 1965 and who followed that up with another 4 singles (all of which were issued on the Sansu label, home to the likes of Betty Harris). This particular 45 was issued on one of my favourite label designs – House Of The Fox, a label out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Upon first listen it should come as no surprise that Bo had his fingerprints all over this one. It just oozes with funkiness and has a fuzz guitar that just draws you in. Strangely this isn’t a track that I’ve ever heard anyone play out and I’m not sure I’ve ever played it myself – perhaps it’s just a little too difficult to dance to, but it certainly deserves to be heard out loud and proud. Enjoy and I’d like to wish y’all a very Happy Easter!

 

Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze

Chuck Carbo - Can IBe Your Squeeze

I’m returning to the Crescent city this week for a track that certainly ranks up there as one of my all-time favourite funk records. Released in 1969, this one was like many N’awlins records, the work of the legendary Eddie Bo. The Soul Finders were Bo’s studio band who featured on many of his compositions and even managed to cut a couple of albums of their own which featured covers of well-known soul tracks including a fantastic version of Lou Rawls’ excellent “Dead End Street”.

Carbo’s career started out way back in the early 50s alongside his brother in a vocal group called The Spiders – success wasn’t very forthcoming although they did have a top 10 hit on the U.S. charts with a song entitled “I’m Slippin In” and a couple of r&b chart hits. Fast forward to ’61 and Carbo who had recently left The Spiders was to embark on his own solo career working on tracks written by two of New Orleans most legendary artists – Allen Toussaint and Mac Rebennack (aka Dr John). The third of the “holy trinity” that Carbo joined was of course Eddie Bo but this was to be a very short relationship and upon the breakup of their partnership, Carbo took on menial jobs to keep his family.

For any of you that dig this record and would like to own a copy I should just advise that it’s not too easy to come by these days on the Fire Ball label but it was released on the Canyon label which is slightly easier to source. Whilst not exactly expensive in the realms of record collecting, a decent copy would still set you back £100+ so worth bearing in mind. However if owning an original 45 isn’t something that bothers you, I’d highly recommend buying the New Orleans Funk compilation where you’ll find this and plenty of other excellent New Orleans tunes.

Gazfunk is 2!!!

Yes ladies & gentlemen, today sees the blog celebrate it’s 2nd birthday. It seems like no time at all since were we celebrating our first birthday but as they say, time flies when you are having fun and I’ve certainly enjoyed bringing you some quality soul & funk this past year.

So what have we got in store for you today? Well since it’s our 2nd birthday I thought I’d bring you not one, but 2 stonking tunes. Both of these tunes come from the same place – The Crescent City aka The Big Easy aka N’awlins.

Our first track comes from Mary Jane Hooper. It was originally thought that Hooper was an alias used by Inez Cheathem but it was later found that it was in fact the stage name of Sena Fletcher – one of Lee Dorsey’s backing singers. This particular track was released in ’68 on the Power-Pac label and produced by the one and only, Mr Eddie Bo. It has that funky soul feel that has a vibe not too dissimilar to other New Orleans artist like Inell Young & Marilyn Barbarin. 

Eldridge Holmes originally started out as an r&b singer in the early 60s working with the legendary Allen Toussaint (as so many other New Orleans artists did). As the 60s progressed into the 70s so did Holmes’ sound – from the early r&b style into soul and later funk. This track comes from the period in between those two styles and this will become quite apparent when you listen to the track. Unfortunately by the mid 70s Holmes all but disappeared from the music scene without having any commercial success. However it was as a result of soul collectors and the various New Orleans compilations that have featured his work that his sound still remains appreciated to this day. 

Roy Ward – Horse With A Freeze

As the fantastic second series of the David Simon produced Treme has just hit our screens here in the UK, I found it apt that this week’s update should feature something from the Crescent City.

Fans of New Orleans artists may not recognize this week’s selection but fear not – you do, as Roy Ward is in fact the legendary Eddie Bo’s pseudonym.

It would take quite a long time to provide an accurate (or fair) account of Mr Bo’s influence, not just on New Orleans music but also on the overall funk music scene in the US during the 60’s & 70’s. Suffice to say that along with the backing of The Meters they together provided the blueprint for many aspiring funk bands, not to mention countless opportunities for sampling among the hip-hop fraternity. This track is yet another in the long line of Eddie Bo produced tracks that is very sample heavy.

This week’s post may be my last for a few weeks as I’m off on a mini European trip next week. Fear not though – I’ll be back soon enough with more funky delicacies to tickle your taste buds.

Keep it funky!!