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Juju Jazz Funk

by Plunky & Oneness

Progressive message-filled rhythm and blues informed by Afro-jazz and funk with vocals and saxophone supported by electronic keyboards, guitars, and percussion.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nu Juju (Intro)
0:26 FREE
2. Move Forward
3:42 $0.99
3. This Is Our Time
4:05 $0.99
4. One Love One Us
5:20 $0.99
5. Seize the Time
4:14 $0.99
6. Plastic (Is Easy to See Through)
5:22 $0.99
7. Nu Juju Drum Song
3:44 $0.99
8. Afro Future Dialogues
2:44 $0.99
9. What Love Is
3:50 $0.99
10. Wisdom Peace & Love
4:14 $0.99
11. Move Forward (Live)
4:26 $0.99
12. Drop (Live)
6:00 $0.99
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Album Notes

Plunky & Oneness continue their decades long output of extraordinary music with their latest album, Juju Jazz Funk. Produced by band master, J. Plunky Branch, with son, Fire, the new album is a distinctive collection of melodies and messages for modern music lovers. Juju Jazz Funk contains nine original songs, along with two bonus tracks recorded live at a 2016 summer concert when the group performed with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

Plunky, the ageless sage (think Quincy Jones, Hugh Masekela and Questlove), recently published his autobiography, Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness. Though released separately, the new CD is the book’s companion piece. Together, the two works document the fusion of Plunky’s musical and philosophical visions. The range of cross-generational creativity is on full display in the variety of the grooves and the consciousness raising songs on Juju Jazz Funk.

The album represents an intersection of current and cutting-edge. There are two contemporary jazz pieces on the album: “Move Forward,” a funky instrumental just right for a party or smooth jazz radio playlist; and “One Love One Us,” a soulful excursion featuring the lyrics and vocals of Charlayne “Chyp” Green, Plunky’s longtime creative collaborator. Straight-up, old school funk is represented by new versions of two previously released songs: “This Is Our Time,” written by Plunky; and “Plastic (Is Easy to See Through),” penned by Plunky’s brother, Muzi, a mainstay, of the group for over 40 years. While these two songs were written decades ago, the funk and their messages are as timely and relevant as ever.

The underlying meaning in Plunky’s “Seize the Time” is simple, direct and moving. While the mood of the song is somber R&B, the message is uplifting.

“What Love Is” is a song in the odd 15/4 time signature that maintains its groove under Plunky’s rhythmic chanting “What love is, is what love gives...” Another chanted song, “Wisdom, Peace & Love” is in a mellow, progressive, modal jazz mode, reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders’ early work. Both songs display the outstanding nu-jazz musicianship of the band.

Afro-future music is represented by two percussion-driven songs: “Nu Juju Drum Song,” which Plunky composed by transposing a Nigerian juju music song into parts played on saxophones; and “Afro Future Dialogues,” an excursion of improvised exchanges between saxophone, djembe drum and other instruments.

Juju Jazz Funk is both the name of this album and a new name for Plunky’s multi-genre urban music. In addition to those previously mentioned, other Plunky & Oneness members featured on the album include: J. L. Harris, Bee Boisseau, Kaila Valdez and Abdou Muhammed. All contribute mightily to the vibe, imagery and performances of the band.

Juju Jazz Funk is the latest edition of the spellbinding, conscious funk of Plunky & Oneness.



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