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Java Monkey

by Java Monkey

Originals and cover songs - in a jazz, funk, rock, blue-eyed soul, and blues-roots rhythms from this Atlanta band of session musicians known for their club coolness, packed crowds, and naming itself after a "coffee addiction" !
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Song We Always Start With
7:16 $0.99
2. A'int No Time
6:23 $0.99
3. Here to Love You
5:23 $0.99
4. Into the Mystic
6:15 $0.99
5. She's a Burglar
6:20 $0.99
6. Go Home
9:49 $0.99
7. Not Fade Away
7:23 $0.99
8. What Is That Light
5:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steve McRay - vocals, keyboards, keyboard bass
Marvin Taylor - bg vocals, guitar
Michael Bastedo - vocals, sax, zendrum percussion
Bryan Cole - bg vocals, drums

You have heard these guys before and may not have known it - they have been recording musicians and on other artists records for years: .38 Special, Ted Nugent, Joan Baez, Francine Reed, Johnny Van Zant, Ben E. King, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Trudy Lynn, Alicia Bridges, IF (English band), the Atlanta band, Mose Jones, the Shadows, Randall Bramblett, Bertie Higgins, and many "Blues" artists for Ichiban Records, i.e., Sandra Hall, Jimmy Dawkins, Chick Willis, Luther "Houserocker" Johnson, the Shadows, Dicky Williams, Vernon Garrett, Nappy Brown, Blues Boy Willie, Gary B.B. Coleman, Theodis Ealey, Jerry McCain, Kip Anderson, Travis Haddix, and many, many more!

This CD is Java Monkey! The Atlanta band known for naming their band after their love and addiction to "coffee", for being Atlanta Diva "Francine Reed's" backing band, and for being synonymous with an old Atlanta landmark venue named "Fuzzy's Place", a small friendly-smokey-packed music and great cajun food venue where the band held court almost every Wednesday throughout the 90's. Originally when the band was just forming, they played a weekend gig at Fuzzy's. At the end of the night, they were asked to play the following Wednesday...and if they wanted, every Wednesday after that...as long as they wanted...so Java Monkey played at Fuzzy's almost every Wednesday night...for about 10 years.

The songs that were chosen for this CD were a mix of originals and copy songs - songs the band played live, and they wanted to make this CD a "live-studio" recording, and as much of a true representation of the way Java Monkey sounded to their fans. All of songs were one or two take recordings with just vocal overdubs and percussion added, and maybe a second take on a solo. On two of the songs, "Go Home" and "Not Fade Away", the band recorded longer jams, just the way the arrangements might have been on a given club night.

(Steve McRay explains the songs for the CD) First, my original instrumental "Song We Always Start With" (creative title withstanding) kicks off the CD, followed by another original, a Mose Jones' funk-rocker (3 of us were in Mose Jones), "Ain't No Time". Then, with Michael Bastedo's great vocal rendition, a favorite Michael McDonald and Doobie Brothers' song "Here to Love You" - followed by one of Van the Man's best songs ever "Into the Mystic", always a crowd favorite. Next, our old Atlanta transplant from New York friend Jerry Ragovoy's "She's a Burglar" (a great song originally recorded by Howard Tate - one of the band's fave R&B singer). Then the extended jams, first on Steve Wonder's "Go Home" and then on Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", both with arrangements we created and were fond of playing 'live". Lastly, we finished the CD with Marvin Taylor's song "What Is That Light", and a great vocal duo by Michael and our friend Francine Reed, the Atlanta Diva known for her blues and jazz, great gumbo, and 20+ years with Lyle Lovett...and what a great way to finish a CD!

We enjoyed recording this music, especially with our now departed friend and drummer Bryan Cole (RIP) - We hope you'll enjoy having this CD, sharing it with your friends, and listening to it for years to come. Thanks!

'A fellow once said of Java Monkey's live performances, "These guys sound like a CD." Well, here's the long awaited CD they sound like.
Whether you're a veteran fan or a recent convert, this CD is for you.
"This isn't a band turning clever tricks in the studio. These tracks were cut in two days, with hardly any overdubs. What you hear on this CD is what you get when you see the Monkey live - great arrangements, consummate musicianship."

To paraphrase one of Tina Turner's many hits: "they're simply the best. Better than all the rest." '
John Scriven

(registered Monkey addict and founder of the English fan club.)



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