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by John Funkhouser Group

A modern jazz CD that draws from a wide range of influences, including Indian classical, progressive modern jazz, American folk music, '70s funk, and South African jazz
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. For Ildo Nandja
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2. How Deep Is the Ocean
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3. Requiem for Indigo Montoya
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4. Beautiful Love
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5. Nardis
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6. Oh Shenandoah
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7. Yeah!
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8. Spaceman Spliff
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9. African Marketplace
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10. Rageshri
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Album Notes
"Brothers" is John Funkhouser's fifth CD as leader, and the band’s first CD in five years. In typical Funkhouser form, the album is eclectic, with influences from South Africa, the Great American Songbook, Appalachia, India, New Orleans, ‘70s prog rock, modern jazz, and much more.

As ever, the Funkhouser Group's new music is full of empathy, fire, staggering technical displays, profound intimacy, joy and playfulness. They are a band of forward-thinking jazz musicians who are “often wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to” but “can also play with grace and sweetness,” according to Middletown Eye.

The title of the new album, as Funkhouser explains, comes from his relationship with his fellow band mates: “Improvised music has a curious and beautiful quality whereby you can get on stage with a musician you have never met before, play a set or two of music, and instantly develop a deep, lasting and even intimate friendship.” Funkhouser has played with Phil Sargent, Greg Loughman, Jerry Sabatini, Chris Veilleux and Mike Connors for over 20 years, so the musical friendship has grown exponentially with time. ‘Brothers’ is the title “because that’s what we are at this point,” he says. “I think the bond that has formed between us, in all humility, shows in our spontaneity, spirit of exploration, freedom to take musical chances and say something controversial or to reveal feelings and thoughts that would remain guarded in less familiar company.”

The John Funkhouser Group has headlined the Jazz In June festival in Oklahoma City and played at major music festivals nationwide, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, the Mellon Jazz Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and Jazz In The Sangres in Westcliffe, CO. The band has played in such New York clubs as the Knitting Factory, Small’s, ShapeShifter and Cornelia St. Café.



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