Styles come and fads go, yet thankfully the funk always lurks, its spirit manifest in different forms and from unlikely tributaries. Believe it or not, New Orleans' Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes hail from classical-music backgrounds. At Loyola U., goateed bandleader Johnny Sketch (a.k.a. Marc Paradis) majored in cello. His Dirty Notes don't, however, "revive" funk like Doctor Frankenstein, they assemble a patchwork of influences to create a swinging, heavy-stepping monster. Sewing up swampy N'awlins rhythms, the frenzy of Fishbone, and hearty horns à la Tower of Power, the six-piece zaps a mother of an electrical charge through the neck bolts, and it's alive! But most villagers party instead of flee.
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