On Memorial Day 2003,an Oakland CA audience was treated to a very spacial,truly transcendent live performance by two legendary figures of '70s psychedelic funk, The Brothers Johnson!Nearly three decades after they formed as a band, The Brothers appeared as energetic as ever, a little less 'fro but a lot more soul, and rocked a set of their very best songs, including the smash hit singles "Stomp!","I'll Be Good To You","Strawberry Letter 23" and a supercharged cover of Cameo's "Word Up".
The pairing of electric guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield had to be one of the most auspicious since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana. Acoustic bassist Marc Johnson's stroke of genius in bringing the two together on Bass Desires resulted in a sound that demonstrated both compatibility between the guitarists and the distinctiveness of the two when heard in combination. Add drummer Peter Erskine and you had a bona fide supergroup, albeit in retrospect a short-lived one, before Frisell and Scofield would establish their own substantial careers as leaders. The guitarists revealed symmetry, spaciousness, and a soaring stance, buoyed by the simplicity of their rhythm mates. This is immediately achieved on the introductory track, "Samurai Hee-Haw," as hummable, head-swimming, and memorable a melody as there ever has been, and a definite signature sound.
8 tracks, 32 minutes and no filler in sight. This funk/soul/ gem was released at the height of the disco era but doesn't sound dated, trite or embarrassing as so many LP's from that period do. Quincy Jones' pristine production along with top-notch studio players ensure consistent quality and some of the deepest, funkiest grooves on record.
Tooth & Nail Records is pleased to announce the signing of their most recent rock band THE LETTER BLACK, formally known as Breaking the Silence. THE LETTER BLACK is fronted by female vocalist Sarah Anthony, followed by her husband Mark Anthony (guitar / background vocals) Mat Slagle (drummer) and Terry Johnson (guitar). Legendary producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down) is working with the band in Seattle on their label debut "Breaking the Silence." Describing the band's songs, Mark Anthony shares, "Our songs are not always happy, but rather about real life situations. All of us go through different chapters in our lives, and in these chapters we write letters of good and bad times. Some letters in our chapters, we are happy to share. Others, we are not so proud to reveal. THE LETTER BLACK reminds us of the past mistakes we have made and helps us remember to not keep making the same mistakes."