Sunday, January 17, 2021

ZAZERAC - "Orange Sunshine" (2020)

 After New Power Soul, John Sanders had a band called Stepping Razor, which evolved into what you have right here and now, a righteous instrumental trio called Zazerac. The group has gone through many personnel changes and this photo is the current Zazerac, with John on keyboards, Jerome Ramson playing bass and Chris Rivers on drums.
These guys are killing it!
 
Playing 'live' in and around Memphis, you might be able to catch Zazerac some day if and when everything opens up again, but in the meantime, you can hear a lot more than I'm giving you by going to the Zazerac "Reverberation" page!
This photo is of an earlier incarnation of Zazerac and features John and Jerome, and drummer Tony Gonzales. Many players have come and gone but here's the current lineup.......
 
 ...............John Sanders on Keyboards!

Jerome Ramson on Bass!

And........Chris Rivers on the drums!
The guitar player on this session was J. Stone Collins from The Funkanauts! 
I could listen to this all night, that's how good it is!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

NEW POWER SOUL - "News" (1988)

 New Power Soul 

New Power Soul was a 1988 to 1990 bay area funk band that was formed by John Sanders after Crash-N-Burn. They also performed in Northern California clubs during that time period.

The members included John Sanders on Keyboards, Amy Sanders playing the Bass, Rod Connor on Guitar and Vocals, Parry Wolfe playing the Drums, and Howard Raines and Eddie on Vocals. I've listened to a lot of funk in my life, and I can see or hear no reason why these guys never hit it big. All the elements are there and New Power Soul was just as good or better than many mainstream bands!

Since that time, the term New Power Soul was used extensively by Prince, or The New Power Generation as it were, and these days there's a wedding band in New Jersey by the same name.

John Sanders sent me a CD with three New Power Soul songs on it, and here's a truly great one with a message that is still pertinent today, and is guaranteed to get your butt moving, or your money back!!

Guaranteed!!!

NEW POWER SOUL - "News"

Friday, January 8, 2021

CRASH-N-BURN - "Live" (1988)

After thirty years or so, I finally got back in touch with John Sanders of the punk-funk band Crash-N-Burn, and he was kind enough to send me some more music that the band recorded years ago! Man, this is some good stuff, and it was very difficult for me to make a choice, but I finally settled on this "Live" cut. The band at this point in time was comprised of John Sanders - Guitar, Keyboards, & Vocals, Amy Sanders - Bass & Vocals, Dean Menta - Guitar & Percussion, and Parry Wolfe - Drums.
Since then, John has moved back to Memphis, and next time I do this, I'll show you how things have changed, and play you some completely different music from some of his current projects!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

MONSIEUR OTTO'S DELUXE ORCHESTRA - "Gunter Der Unerschrockene" (2021)

 Recorded in 1976, and finally released on the first day of 2021, Rev Frost Presents: MONSIEUR OTTO'S DELUXE ORCHESTRA. This is a good sign that maybe 2021 will maybe turn out all right after all! Straight out of the instrumental laboratory of Thomas Birnbacher, this is the brand new Long Player from your favorite deluxe Orchestra, and here's just a tasty tease!
 You can download the whole thing for free if you're that big of a tightwad, right 

Friday, January 1, 2021

CHRIS PHINNEY & ED DRURY - "Within The Bubble (2020)

 
Well, there wasn't a whole lot of good that came out of last year in my humble opinion, but one of the best things that did was an ongoing collaboration between Chris Phinney and Ed Drury.  
Released on December 23, 2020, their last album of the year is called "Within The Bubble" and has a cover photo by yours truly that I'm mighty proud of!

Here's just one of the freakin' excellent tunes on "Within The Bubble, and one of my real favorites!
There's a whole lot more to come in 2021, so dig in Freaks!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

EBU'S MUSIC SAMPLER - "Vol. Songs & Sounds 1" (1991)

"Ebu's Music Sampler Vol. Songs & Sounds 1" was a various artist's compilation project by Carsten Olbrich in Frankfurt, Germany from February 1991. 
Ebu is still doing his thing on the radio today, and can be found at either:
or
 
My tape is numbered 000034.

I'm pretty sure I got this because John Bartles' song "President's Head" was on it, and we provided the backbone of the music for that song.

One of the more unusual but interesting tunes on this tape was by Klimperei from France who are Christophe and Fran├žoise Petchanatz playing minimal music on a variety of instruments including toys.

The title of that song translates to "It Was No Big Deal," and even though I couldn't find a tape that the original song was on, I did find it on this split CD with Sebastian Gandera released three years later.

That CD can be found on their Bandcamp page, and here's where you can find the whole story and what Klimperei is still doing today.