Galactic: Crazyhorse Mongoose
Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Ben Ellman (reeds), Jason Mingledorff (reeds), Robert Mercurio (bass, vocals), Stanton Moore (drums, loops) Richard Voge (keyboards), Jeff Raines (guitar).
Composed by Galactic.
Recorded: San Francisco, August 18-22, 1997
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
No, New Orleans can't claim to have invented funk, but its contribution to the nations GDF (= Gross Domestic Funkiness) is way out of proportion to the size of its population or square mileage. Must be in the water . . . flowing down the big river, coming in from the Gulf, seeping up out of the ground. Galactic, formed in 1994, has been keeping the local funk tradition alive and updating it for a new generation. The aesthetic here is no-nonsense jam band with a thin veneer of polish to make it suitable for contemporary jazz airplay. There is a lot to enjoy here, but Stanton Moore's drumming really is the key ingredient. A different flavor of New Orleans music, but still with lots of local spice.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
Tags: new orleans