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SHAOLIN TEMPLE DEFENDERS

Funk/soul group from France. Their debut album was "Chapter I: Enter the Temple", released in March 2006 (Nocturne / SoulBeats Records). Members include:
Laure Frejacques aka Yim Wing (Trumpet)
Grat Martinez aka Boddidharma (Tenor Sax / Baritone Sax)
Cedric Lacaze aka Phun Dao Dak (Organ, Flute)
Pierre Petit aka Ng Mui (Guitar)
Jeremy Ortal aka Mieu Hien (Bass)
Mickey Fourcade aka Michel (Percussion)
Emmanuel Guerin aka The Lion Of Bordeaux (Vocals, Tambourine)
Henri Rollier aka Sir Right On (Live Sound)

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Lonnie Liston Smith

When Lonnie Liston Smith made the transition from sideman to leader in 1973, it was the beginning of a fusion/crossover/post-bop band he dubbed Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes. The acoustic pianist/electric keyboardist, who was born in Richmond, VA, on December 28, 1940, should not be confused with soul-jazz/hard bop organist Lonnie Smith. This Smith would have had an impressive resum

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Lettuce

(...)It was 1992 at the Berklee School of Music, and a few high school summer session kids exploded onto the Boston jazz scene with killer chops and bottomless energy. Drawn together at the altar of funky soul, Eric Krasno, Sam Kininger, Adam Deitch, Erick Coomes, Jeff Bhasker, and Ryan Zoidis began taking over local clubs and jam nights on borrowed sound equipment. Brash and precocious, the guys always got what they needed: "Let us borrow your gear." "Let us play one more tune." "Let us crash on your couch." Thus Lettuce ("Let us...") was born, and the funky gospel found another apostle.

Read more about Lettuce on Last.fm.

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Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro

From the outskirts of Tokyo, from the most unknown prefecture in the country, comes the most exciting and brightest hopes in funk ever. The six-piece phenomenon, the nasty groove-making cats, the deep-dapping and history changing dogs call themselves the Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Well dressed, slick but playing some of the rawest and deepest funk that would shake anyone's booty, and add that with furious energy of a rock and roll band , and you have these amazing gentlemen.

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Leon Thomas

Amos Leon Thomas Jr (born 1937, died May 8, 1999) was an American avant garde jazz singer from East St. Louis, Illinois. He changed his name to Leone in 1974. Thomas is best known for his work with Pharoah Sanders, particularly the 1969 song "The Creator Has a Master Plan" from Sanders' Karma album. Thomas's most distinctive device was that he often broke out into yodeling in the middle of a vocal. This style has influenced singers James Moody and Tim Buckley,among others.

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The Blackbyrds

The Blackbyrds was a and fusion group, formed in Washington, D.C. in 1973. The group was led by trumpeter Donald Byrd and featured some of his Howard University students: Kevin Toney (keyboards), Keith Killgo (vocals, drums), Joe Hall (bass guitar), Allan Barnes (saxophone, clarinet), and Barney Perry (guitar). Orville Saunders (guitar), and Jay Jones (flute, saxophone) were later members of the group. They signed to Fantasy Records in 1973. They are best known for their 1975 hit "Walking in Rhythm", which received a Grammy nomination.

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Frank McComb

Soul singer and keyboard player who is most famous for singing "Another Day" from Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque project. His voice is uncannily similar to that of Donny Hathaway; he has released a couple of records of his own that combine heart-felt soul singing and jazz-funk instrumental virtuosity. His independent releases include A tribute to the Masters(2006) a pure instrumental album where Frank pays homage to those who he has worked with and those who have influenced him, artist like Chick Corea,Herbie Hancock,Patrice Rushen etc.

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The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds are a four-piece funk band based in Leeds, England. The band formed in February 1999. Their first single, One Note Brown, was released on Blow It Hard Records in 2000 and was produced by the critically acclaimed Northern Soul and funk DJ Keb Darge. Since this recording, the band have reached global recognition as a key band in the 'New Funk' scene. In 2006 they had a hit single with 'Your Love is Mine', which features their old friend from Leeds Corinne Bailey Rae on vocals.

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