Bob Davis of Soul-Patrol.com: This has been one heck of a week (if you are a F-U-N-K-A-T-E-E-R)

Belita WoodsNote from Nadir: Earlier this week I posted about the passing of bass master Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and the MGs. Well, wouldn’t you know it, before the virtual ink of my blog had dried, we heard that Detroit’s own, P-Funk and Brainstorm vocalist Belita Woods also left us. The very next day we got the news that Chuck Brownthe Godfather of DC Go-Go, made his transition. UPDATED: And right after I posted this, we learned that Donna Summer passed away. What a week!

Our good friend, Bob Davis of Soul-Patrol.com, by virtue of his esteemed role as connector between artists and fans in the worlds of soul and funk, sometimes holds the unenviable position as bearer of bad news. He laments that too often his weekly Soul-Patrol newsletters function as a black music obituary column. As you could expect, this has been a trying week for him in that regard. Yet, in his late night email, he comments on these deaths with his usual eloquence and poise. I can’t say it any better, so we’ll let Bob do the talking.

This has been one heck of a week (if you are a F-U-N-K-A-T-E-E-R)
Originally posted by Bob Davis of Soul-Patrol.com
May 17, 2012

There has certainly been a whole lot going on in my world and the world around me over the past week, that has absolutely nothing to do with music. I won’t bore you all with the details, but I will tell you that it has all been quite good.

All of that good stuff is somewhat tempered by all of the bad stuff that has been happening in the neighborhood of the world that Soul-Patrol lives in.

This has been one of the worst weeks that I can recall. (and the week is not yet even 1/2 over yet)

We lost 3 soldiers this week. FUNK soldiers that is:
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Jimmy Castor: Rest in the Funk

I was honored to meet Jimmy Castor at the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention. After that brief conversation, I was compelled to go back and listen to his music which I had loved as a kid.

As Soul-Patrol’s Bob Davis said to me when we were talking about the man later, Jimmy Castor’s genius is often overlooked. He’s dismissed as a “parody” artist. But when you really get into the music, you’ll feel the depths of the grooves. You’ll be impressed by the musicality and the arrangements. And you will laugh your behind off.

I was really sad to hear that Mr. Castor passed away on January 16, 2012, at the age of 71. I hope there will be a long line of tributes for this man, though he deserved so much more attention during his life.

Here are a couple of my favorite Jimmy Castor joints.

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Nadir and Distorted Soul’s ‘Fast Lane’ Named Best Rock Song of 2008 by Soul-Patrol.com

Nadir and Distorted Soul’s version of Life in the Fast Lane was named Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Song of 2008 on Soul-Patrol.com.

The track was recorded Live at The Buzz Bar and is featured on Nadir’s latest album, Workin For The Man.

Many thanks to Bob & Mike Davis at Soul-Patrol.com; Kris Kurzawa (guitar), Yaminah Brock (vocals), Kamau Inaede (bass), Brandon Holland (keys), Dan Eichinger (drums), Steve Szajna (recording and mixing); Nancy Schoenheide-Phares, Akanke Rashad-Omowale, and Adam Laurie at The Buzz Bar.

Also Workin’ for the Man ranked as the 15th Best Black Music Album of the year and Nadir’s February show at the BAM Cafe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY was named the 6th Best Live Show.

Learn more about Nadir’s Distorted Soul at www.distortedsoul.com

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