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Funky Freedom

by The Gumbo Brothers

Ass-Shakin' Funk
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Funky Freedom
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2. Dr. Kronic
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3. Shakedown Street
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4. Get Your Freak On
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5. Burnin' Up
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6. Gumbo Strut
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7. People Say
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8. Spyboy Groove
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9. Feelin' Good
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10. Booty Movin'
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11. Do You
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12. Sweet Drip
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13. Lose Your Self
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
You better bring your ass, 'cause The Gumbo Brothers are going to hit you with some ass-shakin' funk! Bayou-steeped, organic funky dance music - it's good for the soul!

Johann Stein - Electric Guitar and Vocals
Greg Sonnier - Electric Bass and Vocals
Jon McBride - Electric Piano, Organ and Saxophone
Reggie Longware - Drums and Percussion


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Brad at CD Baby


This collection of swampy funk is deep in the pocket, right where it should be. The grooves are thick, the vocals are sparse and always add texture to the interplay between the musicians, and the vibes never get bogged down. For a four piece, they crank out a surprisingly full sound, complimenting the bass and drums with organ, electric piano, saxophone, and some slick percussion. The lyrics and vocals are pure party soul, designed to get you in tune with the vibe and flow of the music. Songs like "Booty Movin'" give you even more than what you might expect: A tight drum beat, accented with driving organ and guitar that sandwich the listener right in the middle of some wild vocals and a full on groove that splits open for a fantastic sax solo. The Gumbo Brothers say they're "going to hit you with some ass-shakin' funk!" They got that right. Prepare yourself.

www.buddyhollywood.com

The Gumbo Brothers play swampified funk
Written by Mike Parker
Friday, 22 February 2008

Funky Freedom 
by The Gumbo Brothers 
Independent
The title says it all on this swampified stew of soul, jazz, reggae, and (of course) funk.
Don’t let the cover art fool you. Peter Max would have been proud, but there is nothing even remotely 60’s about the music inside. Well, maybe a throwback nod to Canned Heat, but that’s all. And a touch of Booker T., and a little Booty People. But other than that you can forget the 60’s references. And the horns are a touch reminiscent of BS&T. But seriously, I’m done comparing.
The Gumbo Brothers, who make their home in Venice Beach, California, sound like they were born in the bayou and raised on poke salit and alligator tale. You just don’t get more New Orleans than this foursome. From the opening groove of the title cut to the waning wail of “Lose Your Self” Funky Freedom is all about the funk in all of its incarnations.
“Dr. Kronic,” delivers a mid-tempo invitation to boogie. “Shakedown Street” is a six-minute monster track that is custom made for a sultry slow dance. On “Get Your Freak On” the Brothers venture dangerously close to rock ‘n’ roll, but never loose sight of the groove. The jazz is smooth, the vocals are gritty, the funk is thick and syrupy. If you can’t dance to this album, you just can’t dance.
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hiller

Are we funkin now?
This cd (and their other cd On Fire) is incredible! "Ass-Shakin Funk" is quite the accurate description. The fusion of juzz, r&b, funk, and rock simply warms my soul. keep it comin Gumbo Brothers, we need more intelligent music like this.

Peter Hynes

Funk!
Great playing. Great N'awlins flavoured funk. The vocals are a little weak, and the lyrics are sometimes cliche, but in the end its the playing that matters most, and this gumbo's hot!

Michael Brady

Can't stop moving
Great name, good dancing, fantastic full sound, and most important fun to listen to.
This Gumbo Brothers CD rarely leaves the player and for that to be the case after sixth months having it, deserves the full five stars.

Bill Hilson

What The Funk...??
Where have these guys been hiding? This really is gumbo funk -- a spicy mix of many influences, tightly played and passionately delivered. This is one of the most refreshing finds of the year, and has remained in heavy rotation in my house and head. I would love to see these guys play live! There are a lot of performers who think they know what the Funk is all about, but they are usually wrong... this band has a direct high-bandwidth, high-energy broadband funk connection going on. This really is the real thing: Bootsy and George would be proud!