Ken Clark: Eternal Funk
Ken Clark (organ)
Eternal Funk (Severn Records 0021)
Ken Clark (organ),
Mike Mele (guitar), Steve Chaggaris (drums).
Recorded: Crownsville, Maryland, 2003
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
You’ve probably never heard of organist Ken Clark, but he deserves wider attention. “Eternal Funk” is a smoking blues number with a funk-rock beat and a catchy melody that sears itself into the brain. Clark doesn’t waste a note or resort to any B-3 gimmickry; instead he quietly escalates the intensity of the performance. Guitarist Mike Mele and Steve Chaggaris, who handle their roles more than ably, engage Clark in a mysterious huddle of an interlude at the halfway point that erupts into a craze of action, like a football team drawing up a play and then throwing a bomb for a touchdown.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee
Tags: organ trio