You most likely can’t travel to Porto, Portugal and witness Burnt Sugar’s performance on June 6th at the 2010 edition of Serralves em Festa. More likely you can come to the Blue Note’s Late Night Groove Series on Friday, May 28th and witness the Arkestra Chamber perform JB’s FUNKY DIVAS VERSUS THE REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, a musical mash-up of the albums, James Brown Live At The Apollo Volume 2, James Brown’s The Revolution of the Mind and James Brown’s Funky Divas.
The JB-edition of Burnt Sugar is a very accomplished crew with playing credits ranging from Cyro Baptistas, Wadada Leo Smith, Claudio Roditi, David Murray and Joseph Bowie, to TV On The Radio, Vernon Reid, the Holmes Brothers, William Parker, Fela on Broadway, The The and Phish. Anchored by the pop and sizzle rhythm section of Jared Michael Nickerson (electric bass) and Chris Eddleton (drums), the ghetto mysticism vocals of Karma Mayet Johnson, Mikel Banks, Mazz Swift (violin), Lewis “Flip” Barnes Jr. (trumpet), Bruce Mack (synthesizer), the drop-step precision of Avram Fefer (tenor sax), “Moist” Paula Henderson (baritone sax), Dave Smith (trombone), Greg Tate (guitar) and André Lassalle (guitar).
You can trust this is going to be “A Funky Good Time!”