Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Brothers Johnson- Tokyo


I was floored by Incubus last night. The band's rhythm section is among the best I've encountered in a rock band. The Brothers Johnson provide a perfect bridge between Incubus' heavy swing and the next show on my list, venerable smooth jazz act Pieces of a Dream. George and Louis Johnson made a string of great grooves in the late '70s and early '80s. This compilation is out of print; "Tokyo" and the band's big hits, like "Strawberry Letter #23" and "Get the Funk Out Ma Face" are available on other sets.

Tradition compels me to catch up on recent music-related deaths. Jazz critic Whitney Balliett died on February 1. Folkie Eric Von Schmidt died on February 2, as did Spinner Billy Henderson. This cheesy but compelling showcases the beautiful Barbara McNair. She died February 4. And Frankie Lane died February 6. He was 93. This video is a fun look back at his long career.

Kansas City Click: He's based in Nashville now, but Jeff Black will always be a Kansas City boy. He performs his songs at an early show tonight at Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club. While Black has yet to hit it big, fans of Springsteen's Nebraska or Mellencamp's The Lonesome Jubilee should be all over this gig.

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