Dynamites - Kaboom! (2007)

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The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker is the personification of true funkiness.  This nine-piece ensemble brings a mixture of Down South rhythms with a side order of chitlin' circuit grooves that's so nasty you get the Funk Face:  that's where your mug contorts like you just smelled something nasty!  Coming out to bat with their new CD Kaboom!, the Dynamites take you back to a time when music was dropped on the One.  Opening the set is "Intro (Body Snatcher)," and that sets the bar for the slamming  track that follows, "Own Thing," which compels you to get up and move.   
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker is the personification of true funkiness.  This nine-piece ensemble brings a mixture of Down South rhythms with a side order of chitlin' circuit grooves that's so nasty you get the Funk Face:  that's where your mug contorts like you just smelled something nasty!  Coming out to bat with their new CD Kaboom!, the Dynamites take you back to a time when music was dropped on the One.  Opening the set is "Intro (Body Snatcher)," and that sets the bar for the slamming  track that follows, "Own Thing," which compels you to get up and move.   

The horn section, consisting of Jonathan Jackson (alto, tenor sax), Chris West (baritone, tenor sax), and Jon Paul Frappier (trumpet) keep you in the pocket with their tight syncopation and refuses to let go.   "Come On In" just has JB written all over it and with funky drumming from Derrek Phillips, and you know somewhere Clyde Stubblefield is grinning from ear to ear.  Moving right along is "Way Down South" with an infectious vibe that would give Funkadelic-era George Clinton a serious case of the "maggot brain."  The band slows it down for a bit with "Dig Deeper" and then gives up the funk with the closers "What's It Gonna Be" and "Killin' It." 

With impeccable production from guitar player and bandleader Leo Black, Kaboom! is top-notch funk and soul music.  To hear live instruments from a band this tight is assurance that real music from real musicians is alive and well.  The Godfather of Soul would be very proud.

Christopher Whaley
 

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