Thursday, 27 August 2009

Funk Inc. ”Funk, Inc. & Chicken Lickin”’

Funk Inc.

”Funk, Inc. & Chicken Lickin”’

( BGP Records ,1992 )
Catalog # BGPD 040
( Prestige Records Catalog # PR 10031, 1971
& PR 10043, 1972 )

Personnel & Credits:
Congas – Cecil Hunt
Drums – Jimmy Munford
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar – Steve Weakley
Organ – Bobby Watley
Saxophone [Tenor] – Eugene Barr


Funk, Inc. – Prestige LP PR 10031, 1971

1 Kool Is Back (8:20)
2 Bowlegs (7:55)
3 Sister Janie (5:25)
4 The Thrill Is Gone (6:30)
5 The Whipper (6:15)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1971

Chicken Lickin’ – Prestige LP PR 10043, 1972

6 Chicken Lickin’ (5:41)
7 Running Away (6:30)
8 They Trying To Get Me (4:30)
9 The Better Half (6:35)
10 Let’s Make Peace And Stop The War (5:45)
Vocals – Bobby Watley , Jimmy Munford
11 Jung Bongo (6:20)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 18, 1972

Review (from
Funk Inc. comprised of:
Bobby Watley (Organ & Vocals)
Steve Weakley (Guitar)
Gene Barr (Tenor Sax)
Jimmy Munford (Drums & Vocals)
Cecil Hunt (Conga)

Funk Inc are highly regarded in soul-jazz circles.
The group was founded in Indianapolis in 1969 by organist Bobby Watley, who recruited tenor saxman Eugene Barr, guitarist Steve Weakley, drummer Jimmy Munford and conga player Cecil Hunt.
Funk Incorporated sent a tape to Prestige’s A & R department in March 1971 postmarked ‘Indianapolis’ along with a note of recommendation from Brother Jack McDuff.
In the early 1970’s, the original line-up came to the attention of Bob Porter, a well respected producer who signed Funk, Inc. to Prestige and paved the way for the band to record five albums for that label.
The band’s line-up included Bobby Watley on organ.
From Ohio, he was originally a drummer, until a spell with Lonnie Smith’s band in 1969 led him to switch to the keys.
Bobby, the band’s main composer, credited Jack McDuff as his mentor and tutor.
The two other components of the rhythm section were, former James Brown drummer, Jimmy Munford and conga player Cecil Hunt.
After stressing improvisation on its first three albums ‘Funk Inc.’, ‘Chicken Lickin’ and ‘Hangin’ Out’, Funk Inc. started to lose their way in the mid-1970’s and turned to heavier production, more arranging and background vocals.
This slicker approach led to tension within the group, and Funk Inc. broke up in 1976.
Watley continued to play live gigs on his own in the Midwest, and it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that he would organize a new Funk Inc. line-up.
Watley organized a new line-up that included Hunt and newcomers Teddy Patterson (alto & tenor sax), Doug Swanigan (guitar) and Phil Brines (drums).
Sadly, the original members Munford and Barr passed away a few years earlier.
With this lineup in place and Funk Inc., recording for Prestige once again, the band entered the studio in 1995 and recorded their first album in 21 years, ‘Urban Renewal’.
It was also during that 1990’s that Fantasy reissued some of Funk’s 1970’s releases on CD.

Country: UK
Released: 1992
Original recordings on Prestige Records, 1971 & 1972
Covers from the original recordings

Due LP che hanno ‘’segnato” la mia vita…
Anche se molti l’hanno già fatto, non potevamo non postarli.
Un grazie va a Luca Trevisi e Maurizio Gubellini, che me li hanno fatti conoscere.
Jazz and Funk: ”The Better Half”. Buon ascolto!

By Pier

1 comment:

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one file for two




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