Music entrepreneur Charles Blass just hooked me up with a couple of brand new shits that’ll drop in mid-March. Let me share a little taste. This is progressive funk from two notable leaders – Melvin Gibbs and Greg Tate.
Gibbs has a new band called Elevated Entity, and its forthcoming album is “Ancients Speak.” The Afro-Brazilian vibe is thick in it.
Click here to hear “Mojuba.”
As for Tate, I’ve admired his journalism since the 1980s. (The first time I ever heard of Fishbone was when Greg Tate wrote: “I have seen the future, and it is Fishbone.”)
Devoting himself now to creating music of an ambitious and experimental kind, Tate leads a band called Burnt Sugar, recombining DNA from Miles, Eno, Sun Ra and Funkadelic.
Click here to hear “Love to Tical” from the new album “Making Love to the Dark Ages.” (Vernon Reid’s featured on lead guitar.)