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Thread started 07/22/17 10:47pm

Farfunknugin

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Funky (inst)

What session is this from? great funky track.
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Reply #1 posted 07/22/17 11:06pm

Bebop17

Farfunknugin said:

What session is this from? great funky track.

I like it too. From The Vault:

Recorded on November 13th 1989, this instrumental number is the only studio recording apart from "Sticky Wicked," released on Chaka Khan's CK in 1988, and the [then] unreleased "Can I Play With U?" that features Prince and Miles Davis playing together. It is not an actual duet, however, as Prince sampled Davis' trumpet from several recordings to create the track. "It was Prince's way of suggesting the direction Miles might consider, ironic given the eventual hip-hop-informed work Miles did before his death," observes Alan Leeds. The track was filed for copyright registration at the Library of Congress on January 24th 1990. Davis was sent a cassette of the song but it failed to elicit any enthusiasm.


"Funky" is an intriguing concoction, juxtaposing Davis' trumpet parts with passages of Prince's searing guitar on top of an unvarying mid-tempo rhythm track consisting of an insistent bass loop and a propulsive drum machine beat. A dissonant five-note trumpet motif is repeated throughout. There are also a few other trumpet parts. Still, it is very evident that the trumpet is sampled rather than played and this creates a rather sterile and spiritless atmosphere. Ultimately, "Funky" is an interesting experiment that doesn't quite work; the resultant whole is distinctly less than the sum of its parts.

Gimme some horns ... uh!
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Reply #2 posted 07/23/17 2:51am

Romeoblu

Thanks for this post I passed this track over, wasn't there an NPG called Funky? I thought it was that.

This set is full of nice surprizes and this is one of them. I really like this. It might have fitted on Miles Doo- Bop album.

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Reply #3 posted 07/23/17 6:23pm

Silvertongue7

Easy to miss out with so much going on, but in my opinion this is fantastic...
Someone's in my body, someone's in my body...
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