April 26, 2012

Papa Grows Funk: Needle in the Groove

Papa Grows Funk
photo: Jerry Moran

NOLA funk quintet Papa Grows Funk have been playing their jazz tinged songs all over the globe. Their latest album Needle in the Groove has all the trappings of classic funk and then some. The rhythm section goes deep and dirty, with a nasty sax and a warm Hammond B3 alternating as the lead instrument.

Produced by the legendary Allen Toussaint and Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) this album will be the life of every party. Closet disco lovers will appreciate Planet of Love & Hate while funk purists will dig Red Spark, Rollo and Do U Want It - the latter has a guitar part that comes close to heavy metal.

Papa Grows Funk:
John Gros: Hammond B3 organ, lead vocals
June Yamagishi: guitar, backing vocals
Marc Pero: bass
Jason Mingledorff: saxophones, backing vocals
Jeffery “Jellybean” Alexander: drums, backing vocals

Papa Grows Funk: Needle in the Groove

Needle in the Groove is a self-released album. Buy it from the band's website.

  1. Do U Want It
  2. Make It Right Now
  3. Yes Ma'am
  4. Planet of Love & Hate
  5. Red Spark
  6. Back Home
  7. Out of the Mud
  8. Rollo
  9. Needle in the Groove
Live dates:
  • 04/29 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • O5/05 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf (w/ The Meters)
  • O5/11 Lafayette, LA @ Artmosphere
  • O5/24 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub
  • O5/25 Boca Raton, FL @ Funky Biscuit
  • O5/26 Miami, FL @ The Stage
  • O6/02 St. Louis, MO @ Bay Bridgefest
  • O6/10 Ocean Springs, MS @ Treme Opening Weekend Festival
  • O6/15 Houston, TX @ The Continental Club
  • 07/21 Toronto, ONT @ Beaches International Festival
  • O8/25 Blain, PA @ Kind Roots III
  • 09/28 Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Café

» papagrowsfunk.com

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