Sunday 30 August 2015
Jazz funk sextet Tante Jaco was formed to revive and reinvigorate instrumental funk music from the 1970s through to the present day. Passionate defenders of this musical canon, these musicians from a variety of backgrounds complement each other perfectly as they mix together influences from James Brown, Fred Wesley, Jeff Lober and others.
Motifs swell, rebound and carry sounds resonant of the post hard-bop African-American tradition. Playful and revealing, improvisation plays an important part in this very specific musical style and enables the band to create an even more authentic sound.
The band leaves no influences out, as they dig deep into the heritage of a more traditional style of jazz, including Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, and the New Orleans sound. And, from more modern times, Tante Jaco is also influenced by Joshua Redan, Electro Deluxe and Julien Lourau and his Groove Gang.
They wouldn’t claim to be worthy heirs to these masters, but every member of the sextet has been inspired to explore, arrange, adapt and defend this music — and brings this playlist to life — with a touch of humility and a dash of irreverence.