LA Funk Project

I wouldn't normally do this, but because it's the only really good and relatively recent example of me playing as a drummer, I will include a few tracks recorded from a single rehearsal I did in Los Angeles a couple years ago to potentially create a new band. The rehearsal went great, but I really didn't have time to follow-up and commit real effort to starting the project... And then I moved... So nothing ever actually came of any of this. Glad I recorded it though.

The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius)

Blue BossaSamba (Kenny Dorham)

Shake Your Money-maker (Elmore James)

The Thrill is Gone (B.B. King)


Other than my buddy Bastien Benkhelil on Keys, John Snoke on Guitar and Caitlin Hill on vocals, the horns and bassists rotated in and out and, to be quite honest, I can't remember their names now.

Also, I know it's not all funk... I wanted to see what the people I brought in were capable of (since, outside of Bastien, I'd never met any of the other musicians before... Let's hear it for Craigslist in Los Angeles!), so we tried a bunch of different material - some latin, jump-blues/swing, blues and funk. In my experience, that's the best way to find out if you have a potentially good crew.

Final disclaimer though: This is literally the very first time any of us had met or played music together, and thus this is an entirely unfinished, spontaneous product... Flaws & all.

 

Sean Malone

Washington, DC