Monday, August 07, 2006

The Rhythm Machine + James Reese And The Progression

The Rhythm Machine : The Kick
James Reese And The Progression : Let's Go (It's Summertime)
The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw, 2001)

Since saturday you can listen and discover the compilation Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 on
soulsides. Oliver is talking about the Kashmere Stage Band, they feature in these compilation. In 2001, Stones Throw released a good compilation, The Funky 16 Corners, with rare funky grooves of the Kashmere Stage Band among others. I propose you two tracks, each other was released in 1970 ---perhaps--- and one another in 1969. The compilation owes it name to a famous track of The Highlighters Band. The Highlighters Band, who soon became The Rhythm Machine, performed "The Funky 16 Corners" in 1969, a classic funk. The Highlighters disbanded after they were recording at Chess Records in 1970. You can read more and interesting informations about the band if you click here.

Though the band [The Rhythm Machine] recorded three singles and an LP, their strength was touring. "We couldn't understand why we could draw", [James] Boone [the bass player] now marvels, adding. "It was unbelievable, man. I couldn't understand it. If we had a big record, we would have made it. But were more into surviving ont he road than we were trying to be in the recording business."

James Reese, a trombonist who showcased his organ playing abilities on his recorded debut, earned his keep as a public school band director and toured in the off-season with Motown stars such as The Temptations and Diana Ross and various independent big bands. (from The Funky 16 Corners)



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