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Thread started 03/31/21 12:05am

Graycap23

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Who do u think is the most underrated FUNK artist of all time is?

I nominate George Duke.

Duke was a funk master pretending 2 be a Jazz artist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-NP1NL3Ba8

[Edited 3/31/21 0:05am]

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Reply #1 posted 03/31/21 6:38am

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without any question or hesitation, IMO it has to be Walter "Junie" Morrison, lead singer, writer, producer, arranger, and keyboard player from the Ohio Players during their Westbound Records years (lps "Pain", "Pleasure" & "Ecstacy") and later as a writer, vocalist, arranger, producer, keyboardist, and musical director for Parliament/Funkadelic in their late 70s prime (when he was known as J.S. Theracon)

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Reply #2 posted 03/31/21 8:26am

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RJOrion said:

without any question or hesitation, IMO it has to be Walter "Junie" Morrison, lead singer, writer, producer, arranger, and keyboard player from the Ohio Players during their Westbound Records years (lps "Pain", "Pleasure" & "Ecstacy") and later as a writer, vocalist, arranger, producer, keyboardist, and musical director for Parliament/Funkadelic in their late 70s prime (when he was known as J.S. Theracon)

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He sure is, but not amongst funk connaisseurs! But generally speaking he should have been far better known.

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Reply #3 posted 03/31/21 8:39am

RJOrion

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RJOrion said:

without any question or hesitation, IMO it has to be Walter "Junie" Morrison, lead singer, writer, producer, arranger, and keyboard player from the Ohio Players during their Westbound Records years (lps "Pain", "Pleasure" & "Ecstacy") and later as a writer, vocalist, arranger, producer, keyboardist, and musical director for Parliament/Funkadelic in their late 70s prime (when he was known as J.S. Theracon)

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He sure is, but not amongst funk connaisseurs! But generally speaking he should have been far better known.

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Reply #4 posted 03/31/21 9:53am

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Ruth Copeland. She made some great music with Funkadelic, but hardly anybody knows who she is.
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Reply #5 posted 03/31/21 2:06pm

Graycap23

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RJOrion said:

without any question or hesitation, IMO it has to be Walter "Junie" Morrison, lead singer, writer, producer, arranger, and keyboard player from the Ohio Players during their Westbound Records years (lps "Pain", "Pleasure" & "Ecstacy") and later as a writer, vocalist, arranger, producer, keyboardist, and musical director for Parliament/Funkadelic in their late 70s prime (when he was known as J.S. Theracon)

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Sat what? Everyone knows Junie.

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Reply #6 posted 03/31/21 3:48pm

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Graycap23 said:

I nominate George Duke.


Duke was a funk master pretending 2 be a Jazz artist.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-NP1NL3Ba8

[Edited 3/31/21 0:05am]



Disagree...George Duke did jazz funk...jazz fusion...brazilian flavored
R&b...pop..played with Zappa..
Produced countless artists albums and records
Scored tv and film..
Very Prolific!
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Calling him just a funk artist...Pigeon holes him..
Which he and alot of his contemporaries had to deal with back then.
He could do any genre..

He wasnt pretending...he was experimenting..which made 70s music so great..
Great pianist..great keyboardist...play the hell outta a synthesizer

One of my favorite piano players of all time..RIP
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Reply #7 posted 03/31/21 3:57pm

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Betty Davis. She was a rocker, but she could get hella funky when she wanted to.

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Reply #8 posted 04/04/21 10:21am

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I'm gonna go put on a limb and say Mark Adams of Slave. That smoldering style of bass he played was a thing of beauty and I don't think anybody outside of the hardiest or hardcore funk fans know who he is although his style of play has been emulated across the spectrum.
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Reply #9 posted 04/04/21 11:04am

RJOrion

MotownSubdivision said:

I'm gonna go put on a limb and say Mark Adams of Slave. That smoldering style of bass he played was a thing of beauty and I don't think anybody outside of the hardiest or hardcore funk fans know who he is although his style of play has been emulated across the spectrum.



yes Lawd...you win...as big a Slave fan as i am, i cant believe i missed that...like Graycap and funkaholic said, funk heads know Junie, even if the rest dont...but Mark Adams is easily the greatest and most influential bass player, that no one really talks about... those rumbling and rolling basslines, those popping and stinging accents in his monster bass parts are like no one else before him...his sound and style was the perfect match for Steve Arrington's (another underrated funk god) unique vocal stylings...I remember commenting here, that Prince almost channels the late great Mr. Mark on "Stare"...good one, Motown

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Reply #10 posted 04/04/21 11:14am

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RJOrion said:

MotownSubdivision said:
I'm gonna go put on a limb and say Mark Adams of Slave. That smoldering style of bass he played was a thing of beauty and I don't think anybody outside of the hardiest or hardcore funk fans know who he is although his style of play has been emulated across the spectrum.
yes Lawd...you win...as big a Slave fan as i am, i cant believe i missed that...like Graycap and funkaholic said, funk heads know Junie, even if the rest dont...but Mark Adams is easily the greatest and most influential bass player, that no one really talks about... those rumbling and rolling basslines, those popping and stinging accents in his monster bass parts are like no one else before him...his sound and style was the perfect match for Steve Arrington's (another underrated funk god) unique vocal stylings...I remember commenting here, that Prince almost channels the late great Mr. Mark on "Stare"...good one, Motown clapping

Good choice but Slave had a real short run.......real short.

Did Mark do work outside of Slave?

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Reply #11 posted 04/04/21 12:03pm

RJOrion

Graycap23 said:



RJOrion said:


MotownSubdivision said:
I'm gonna go put on a limb and say Mark Adams of Slave. That smoldering style of bass he played was a thing of beauty and I don't think anybody outside of the hardiest or hardcore funk fans know who he is although his style of play has been emulated across the spectrum.

yes Lawd...you win...as big a Slave fan as i am, i cant believe i missed that...like Graycap and funkaholic said, funk heads know Junie, even if the rest dont...but Mark Adams is easily the greatest and most influential bass player, that no one really talks about... those rumbling and rolling basslines, those popping and stinging accents in his monster bass parts are like no one else before him...his sound and style was the perfect match for Steve Arrington's (another underrated funk god) unique vocal stylings...I remember commenting here, that Prince almost channels the late great Mr. Mark on "Stare"...good one, Motown clapping

Good choice but Slave had a real short run.....real short.


Did Mark do work outside of Slave?



not that im aware of...my understanding is that like the great bass- God himself, James Jamerson, Mr. Adams was a troubled man with substance abuse, health problems, and domestic issues which cut his career and life short...
as it were, he had a 7 or 8 year run in the band...even tho the last 4 years were somewhat uneventful
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Reply #12 posted 04/04/21 3:11pm

Graycap23

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RJOrion said:

Graycap23 said:

Good choice but Slave had a real short run.......real short.

Did Mark do work outside of Slave?

not that im aware of...my understanding is that like the great bass- God himself, James Jamerson, Mr. Adams was a troubled man with substance abuse, health problems, and domestic issues which cut his career and life short... as it were, he had a 7 or 8 year run in the band...even tho the last 4 years were somewhat uneventful

With such a short run, no way can he be the most underrated......

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Reply #13 posted 04/04/21 5:01pm

ReddBlitz

If it's aight, I'd like to throw shine on Al Hudson and Kevin McCord. When it comes to Funk, the group ONE WAY is hardly ever mentioned. From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s, they were still putting it down.
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Reply #14 posted 04/04/21 5:16pm

CoolMF

I don't think that Roger Troutman's received his propers in terms of quality, quantity, and his contributions to "funk" as a genre. The talk box, and other vocal manipulations, were around before but he took it to a new level.

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Agree with previous posts regarding Junie Morrison, George Duke, and (definately) Al Hudson.

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Reply #15 posted 04/04/21 5:34pm

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Mandrill
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Reply #16 posted 04/04/21 5:50pm

RJOrion

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Mandrill


a great great band that played some funk, but were not funk artists or a funk band...kinda like War and Earth Wind & Fire...too diverse to put in a genre box... but i grew up on Mandrill ... my mother & father and our African and Caribbean relatives and friends played "Polk Street Carnival" (afro-caribbean) and "Fencewalk"(pure funk) nonstop LOL...the "Composite Truth" lp is part of the soundtrack of my early life
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Reply #17 posted 04/04/21 5:58pm

RJOrion

"Golden Stone" - Mandrill


that was always my favorite joint by them...an amazing fusion of different genres all in one song
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Reply #18 posted 04/04/21 7:12pm

mrwiggles

Graycap23 said:

I nominate George Duke.

Duke was a funk master pretending 2 be a Jazz artist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-NP1NL3Ba8

[Edited 3/31/21 0:05am]

Yessss. For a minute there he was sounding more like Bootsy than well....Bootsy. Reach For It, Dukey Stick, I Am For Real.

We know the magic of Junie but most of the world does not.

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Reply #19 posted 04/04/21 11:04pm

ReddBlitz

Let's not forget, just in case they haven't been mentioned, THE METERS.
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Reply #20 posted 04/05/21 2:52am

thebanishedone

RJOrion said:

"Golden Stone" - Mandrill


that was always my favorite joint by them...an amazing fusion of different genres all in one song

I will check Golden Stone brother.Fencewalk is some really nasty funk smile
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Reply #21 posted 04/05/21 4:11am

RJOrion

ReddBlitz said:

Let's not forget, just in case they haven't been mentioned, THE METERS.



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Reply #22 posted 04/05/21 8:07am

funkaholic1972

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ReddBlitz said:

Let's not forget, just in case they haven't been mentioned, THE METERS.

My God, they are fantastic. But are they underrated? Not sure actually.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #23 posted 04/05/21 8:26am

Krid

T-Connection - from deep funk to funky disco

Bloodstone - from old-school funk and soul to electro-funk

And I think Edwin Starr also had a string of real funky albums and 12 inches...

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Reply #24 posted 04/05/21 11:19am

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maybe not underrated, but surely under recognized, dennis coffey.
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Reply #25 posted 04/05/21 2:12pm

Graycap23

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Krid said:

T-Connection - from deep funk to funky disco

Bloodstone - from old-school funk and soul to electro-funk

And I think Edwin Starr also had a string of real funky albums and 12 inches...

Bloodstone? Never heard of them.

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Reply #26 posted 04/05/21 2:13pm

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peedub said:

maybe not underrated, but surely under recognized, dennis coffey.

Dennis Coffey?

Never heard of him.

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Reply #27 posted 04/05/21 4:01pm

RJOrion

Graycap23 said:



peedub said:


maybe not underrated, but surely under recognized, dennis coffey.

Dennis Coffey?


Never heard of him.




white guitar player from Motown...had that big hit funk-rock instrumental, "Scorpio"
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Reply #28 posted 04/05/21 4:04pm

RJOrion

"Scorpio" was more famous for the legendary Bob Babbitt bass solo during the breakdown...
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Reply #29 posted 04/05/21 6:35pm

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It's Junie Morrison or maybe Stevie Arrington.

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