Created by Saxophonist Joey Berkley in 2005, this exciting jazz-funk band combines ‘Rhythm ‘n Blues’ and ‘Funk’ with ‘Jazz’
When putting the band together, Joey called upon a group of colleagues, top players on the NY “music-scene” , to form this exciting jazz-funk band which injects “Jazz” sophistication with ‘Rhythm ‘n Blues’ and ‘Funk’ grooves. Great solos and ensemble work are always the band’s focus. Funkasaurus Rex features a dynamic 5-piece horn section sound along with a versatile rhythm section groove to create Jazz with power, precision and originality....
But, my, how these horns blow! Berkley's tenor sweetly
reaches out for the spirit of Eddie Harris to counterpoint his
arrangement of McCann's
Samia. P.M.S. (Proud Mary Suite?) opens in a slow big-
band movement, then crashes through several wild moods
(including a piano that
plays I Got Rhythm then proceeds to tear that rhythm down)
until you can barely see Fogerty's original left in the distance
It all closes in a celebration of Berkley's Mighty Love for soul
music that honors not only the sound of The Spinners but The
Philadelphia, too. Etched in Stone carves out a magical
intersection of soul, jazz, blues, and funk styles, and is one of
those party-time blowing
sessions that seems to rock your house just a little bit harder
on a Saturday night.
Chris M. Slawecki @ allaboutjazz 2010
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