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Roots of Funk - School of Rock: Funk

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Louis Jordan  Caldonia   buy on itunes
Bo Diddley  Bo Diddley (1955 Single Version) [Mono]   buy on itunes
Johnny Otis  Willie and the Hand Jive   buy on itunes
Rufus Thomas  The Dog   buy on itunes
James Brown  Out of Sight   buy on itunes
Professor Longhair & Earl King  Big Chief   buy on itunes
Jimmy Smith  The Cat   buy on itunes
Smokey Johnson  It Ain't My Fault, Pts. 1 & 2   buy on itunes
Don Covay  Seesaw (Single Version)   buy on itunes
Eddie Floyd  Knock On Wood (Single Version)   buy on itunes
Soul Brothers Six  Some Kind of Wonderful   buy on itunes
Archie Bell & The Drells  Tighten Up, Pt. 1 (LP Version)   buy on itunes
Booker T. & The MG's  Hip Hug-Her   buy on itunes
Wilson Pickett  Soul Dance Number Three   buy on itunes
The Bar-Kays  Soul Finger   buy on itunes
Joe Tex  Skinny Legs and All   buy on itunes
Lowell Fulson  Tramp   buy on itunes
Fantastic Johnny C  Boogaloo Down Broadway   buy on itunes
Bull & The Matadors  The Funky Judge (Part 1)   buy on itunes
Ray Barretto  Soul Drummers   buy on itunes
Marva Whitney  It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To), Pts. 1 & 2   buy on itunes
The Meters  Look-Ka Py Py   buy on itunes
Lee Dorsey  Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky   buy on itunes
Funkadelic  I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing   buy on itunes


It takes a village to raise the funk, and it boasted more parents than a school pageant's audience. In the end, each of these pioneers contributed DNA to the music's ultimate liberation through rhythm. Louis Jordan's jump blues "Caldonia" detonates with a rim-shot [i]thwack[/i] on "The One," as its horns honk out melody [i]and[/i] rhythm over Jordan's bourbon-and-barbed-wire vocal. A very different rhythm propels Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive," as its [i]dat-badat-dat-BADAT-DAT[/i] echoes a dawn-of-time tempo that predates both dancing [i]and[/i] music, sending parents all across America into cardiac arrest. And Jimmy Smith's "The Cat" blends funk's ingredients into a steamy, spice-packed gumbo: sassy guitar riffs, slinky keyboard grooves, and a stanky horn section that jolts through the haze like a lightning bolt. And you don't have to dig far to hit more roots: we've got 'em — from Professor Longhair straight through Wicked Wilson Pickett — right here.
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