'The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove' is a documentary telling the story of the history of funk music. In the 1970s in America, it became a nation under a spell of irresistible new style of music. It bursts into the black community under a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. The documentary explores the fun and futuristic music that had changed America with its new edge to the meaning of culture with fashion, space-age vision and street-wise slang. The change also gave a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle for the black-Americans.
The Art and Science of Groove is the first ever collection of vital tools and exercises designed specifically to enhance your playing with a positive groove, time after time. Benny Greb introduces the five core elements of Time, Feel, Sound, Body and Mind, offering straightforward solutions that can be applied to any musical style in order to generate a solid and consistent groove, leaving nothing to luck.
If the diffuseness of Knocked Out Loaded was excusable due to its collaborators and various recording sessions, Down in the Groove has less of an excuse, since it's relatively from the same time period, even if it's culled from several different sessions with several different backing band…
Bobby Patterson's I Get My Groove From You is a gritty 20-track collection of the Texas soul singer's '70s recordings, 19 of them recorded between 1971-1973 for Paula, one ("Right Place, Wrong Time") for All Platinum in 1977. He never had any hits, but Patterson's low-down delivery and the backing band's tough-as-nails sound deliver an enjoyable punch. He wrote most of the tunes here, focusing mainly on extracurricular affairs and their fallout.
Between 1976 and 1979, Jimmy McGriff was often featured in the disco-style productions of Groove Merchant house arranger Brad Baker. The records usually surrounded the great organist with a huge army of studio musicians, big horn sections, string parts and often heard McGriff playing keyboards other than organ. THE MEAN MACHINE, from 1976, was the first of these productions and McGriff doesn't even play organ here.