Mandrill - Live in Montreux 2002 (2006)
Video: NTSC, MPEG-2 at 6 500 Kbps, 720 x 480 (1.333) at 29.970 fps | Audio: AC-3 2 channels at 224 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Jazz, Soul | Label: Now Forward Music Inc. | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 4 Dec 2006 | Runtime: 90 min. | 7,52 GB (DVD9)
One of funk's most progressive outfits, Mandrill paid the price for their ambitions in commercial returns not that they never earned a reputation or an audience, but their expansive, eclectic vision often worked better when given an album's worth of room to roam, rather than being condensed into hit singles. Mandrill's jam-heavy brand of funk was liberally infused with Latin, Caribbean, and jazz influences, plus blues, psychedelia, African music, and straight-up rock. Their freewheeling approach was a definite influence on the Parliament-Funkadelic collective (an early incarnation of which actually served as their opening act), and their grooves have been sampled by numerous hip-hop acts in modern days.