Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Funk Ark Sets Sail

Behold brothers and sisters for the Funk Ark has come ashore! Not quite a religious experience this Washington DC group of jazz musicians create super tight jams that are packed with action, drama, and a sense of style that's glaringly brilliant. Their latest album High Noon is a groovy record filled with perpetual movement and endless musicality and it's come to rescue us all from a sea of boring yuppie jazz.

High Noon is such a well played album that the band can barely contain themselves on each of the songs here. There's so much going on, so many sounds, so many vibes, and so many grooves that it's almost impossible to keep track of. The Funk Ark never stops playing and each song on High Noon is packed with enough kinetic energy that it could quite potentially solve our nation’s energy crisis. Horns blare out bright, brassy stabs while a variety of percussive instruments carry these sounds along its tidal wave of movement and melody. How is this done? Through the use of an incredible horn section and a ridiculously good percussion section The Funk Ark lay it all down with an overwhelming sense of urgency and more importantly fun.

High Noon rocks and whether it's the groups funk influences, Latin influences, or jazz influences the band allows them all to permeate each song here and the result is a vibrant percussion and horn laden exploration of the groove. The Funk Ark is simply amazing at what they do and the energy and talent they bring to High Noon is incredible. This is one heck of a record and if you like anything jazz funk related you'll find this record a mandatory listening experience.

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