Thursday, February 23, 2012

The L.A. Carnival - Would Like to Pose a Question (1970)

Sweet jazzy funk -- from the cornbelt of Omaha! The LA Carnival are one of those rarer-than-rare funk groups who not only never got their due back in the day -- but also recorded a heck of a lot of great material that never even got issued! They have a totally great sound that bubbles in jazzy licks on trumpet, sax, and organ -- next to tighter, funkier vamping on the rhythms -- all of which makes for a killer approach to the groove that's surprisingly fresh, given the passage of three decades since the group's heyday. And leave it to the folks at Stones Throw -- who know how to dig beyond the crates, into the earth, and come up with a lost slice of funk history that has made the world a much better musical place. They've lovingly remastered these great recordings from the early 70s, and have packaged the whole thing with a well-done set of notes that really goes into detail about this unique group, their amazing sound, and their obscure Nebraska origins! An instant funk essential -- and one you'll be thanking yourself for buying for years to come. Titles include "Black Man's March", "Ron's Tune", "The Klan", "Color", "Flyin", "We Need Peace & Love", and "Blind Man".

02.We Need Peace and Love
03.(We'd Like To) Pose a Question
04.Seven Steps to Nowhere
05.Blind Man
06.Can You Hum a Tune
08.The Klan
09.Black Man's March
10.Ron's Tune Alternate Take


12.Ron's Tune
13.Bad Luck
14.Blues For L.A.

Lester Abrams - drums, vocals, organ, acoustic piano, percussion
Arno Lucas - vocals, percussion
Leslie Smith - vocals
Rick Chudacoff - electric bass, backup vocals
Ron Cooley - electric and acoustic guitar
Geno DeVaughn - trumpet
Percy Marion - tenor saxophone, flute
Michael Patterson - alto saxophone


marram62 said...

litlgrey said...

I iz intrigued!