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Byard Lancaster – Funky Funky Rib Crib

You’d have a job categorising Funny Funky Rib Crib. While ostensibly it’s a jazz record, Lancaster and his ensemble are hardly ones to fixate on a single genre, and so in addition to encountering the straight up swing and flailing funk of “Dogtown” there’s a quality to “Loving Kindness” that’s at once suggestive of George Gershwin and old-time spirituals. Also, there are some truly mindblowing guitar licks on “Work And Pray” – a real technical tour de force accompanying a contrapuntally languid, bluesy vocal.

Byard Lancaster – Funky Funky Rib Crib; Palm, 1974

Byard Lancaster - Funky Funky Rib Crib

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