This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way,
Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans
funk in all its forms. The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands,
the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and
latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players
help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.
New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the
creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage
and European instrumentation.
In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative
powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others
alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the
Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the
original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.
A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty
Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of
stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen
Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for
an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and
But limited local record distribution meant that most of these
artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a
consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.
Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians
with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the
parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on
the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest
instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 22 November, 2013.