From start to finish, BOG Style parties down and parties hard. Led by guitarist/singer-songwriter Brandon Tarricone, Brotherhood of Groove lay out some foot-moving, fresh and funky chops. Tarritone has hand-picked the musicians he wanted to play on each track throughout the record, including Ivan Neville (Neville Bros) and Marco Benevento (The Duo). In fact, the rotating door of musicians seems to add to the multi-grained party ambience. Recorded during JazzFest 2004, BOG Style involves heart and soul New Orleans grooves infused with an element of the East Coast rawness. From guitar licks by Brian Jordan (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) to percussion by Jon Massing, the CD proves to be a conglomerate of funk. The album would be perfect to throw on at a party, and it even kept me going during my workouts.
“Uptown” gets the party started, and it feels like a live track even though it’s not. Bottles clank in trashcans, and the murmur of conversations pervade this swinging track that sets the mood for the entire disc. Stewart McKinsey (bass) and Steve Bernstein (Sex Mob, trumpet) join the fray as Ivan Neville contributes his organ and clavinet stylings. As the track changes to “Get Up!” the listener feels the urge to do just that as the saxophones of Geoff Vidal (Sex Mob) and Sam Kininger (Soulive) get involved. “Wookie World” brings Benevento onto the scene with his East Coast organ funk that blends so well with the vibe being generated. For once, the sentence “It’s disco time!” turns out to be a good thing.
“Feeling Soul” keeps with the flow but slows things down a bit. Featuring the harmony vocals of Christina Machado, this song evokes the soul of a N’awlins fish fry ending. Don’t think for a minute that the party is breaking up though. “New Orleans Mambo,” written by Cajun pianist Michael Pellera, gets things bumping. Next, Benevento comes back for an excellent cover of Grant Green’s “Windjammer.” This track is another highlight from the album and also features Tarricone wailing on a brilliant guitar tangent. The catchiest track, and my personal favorite, “Green Zombies” throws a little “Thriller” and a little Creole funk together for a somewhat spooky tune. I cannot help but wonder if “Green Zombies” are supposed to be “Pot Heads,” but something tells me no (even though it fits). Throw this on at the next Halloween party, and set your sensors for “eerie.”
The climax of the disc is the last track “Ridiculous.” Based on a quote by George Gershwin featured in Duke Ellington’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” this very familiar music phrase becomes the basis for a ridiculously good groove. All in all, to score a copy of this disc means to score an all-access pass to a continuous party for the ears.
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