Dennis Rollins Bad Bone & Co
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This Rollins project made its debut in March 2004 at the Barbican, but with this album Dennis Rollins' band has come of age. Not that this excellently worked slice of funk, hip jazz grooves are anything new. From the opening dance friendly "Shake it Down" to the following post trip hop grooves of "The Funky Funk", we are in a post Herbie Hancock groove, but none the worse for that.
The former Jazz Warriors man has also been compared to the trombone led funk and jazz of Fred Wesley, but this is akin to comparing a Rock Blues guitarist with the giants in their field. Dennis is simply seeking out his own funky grooves as on the 'bone/organ piece "Where It's At" and the commercial groove of "Wild& Free". Had he been a sax player the name Grover Washington would come to mind, but Dennis is a trombonist and as this album classily demonstrates he is working a funky jazz crossover for the current age.
Here are some clips from BadBone:
|The Funky Funk|
Where It's At
Dennis Rollins was number 7 in the Nov 2004 playlist
Clips are in Windows Media Player format, and should stream to your PC in CD quality if you have Broadband, or lower quality if you use a dial-up connection.