'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.
Bill Dickens is a phenomenal new bass talent whose reputation has reached legendary cult status. FUNK BASS AND BEYOND is the ultimate groove lesson in rock and funk styles. The video opens with a jaw- dropping display of chops and technique that will set a new standard for bass players the world over.
Having steered the mothership and worked as a triggerman for the Godfather of Soul, storied sax man Maceo Parker now brings his own tight rhythm and soul sound to vinyl (er, plastic) in undeniable proof that he's still "got it." Combining his smoking horn with the backing of fellow legends such as trombonist Fred Wesley and new bloods such as son Corey (whose intermittent raps colorfully enhance the album's youthful vibrance), Maceo works through the familiar funk and soul lines of his Parliament and JB days and adds new twists to such classics as Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and "Inner City Blues," Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good," and Sly Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," while offering a number of his own well-orchestrated and well-seasoned compositions. "Youth of the World" features Maceo on a lead vocal reminiscent of Kool Moe Dee or Kurtis Blow, while "Do You Love Me" rises like Tower of Power before the sultry Chicago lines of closer "Going in Circles".