words by WMSE DJ Rose
Chosen by the College Music Journal as one of the “Best CDs of 2010 “, The Budos Band‘s III (Daptone Records) contains eleven strong, upbeat songs, and although it was recorded in a mere 48 hours, there is no quality lacking. Rather, it demonstrates the band members’coalescence and fusion as a result of performing numerous shows in their highly successful tours across the globe.
In addition to their signature Afro-soul-funk- jazz sound, the latest Budos Band album contains elements of Latin, Middle Eastern and psychedelic music. Starting out with “Rites of the Ancients”, the song showcases the group’s trumpet and saxophone sections combined with a strong, pulsating percussion section. Save for one, all of the songs are instrumental originals and many feature soulful, spirited trumpet, saxophone and flute solos. The organ also gets its chance to shine in songs such as “River Serpentine”, “Golden Dunes” and “Unbroken, Unshaven.” The more rock-flavored “Black Venom” was written by trumpeter, Andrew Greene, and is named after his two favorite bands – Black Sabbath and Venom. III ends with the lone cover, “Reppirt Yad” (“Day Tripper” spelled backwards) and is an interesting, funkier version of the famous Beatles tune, featuring organ and electric guitar as the lead instruments.
Complete with funky bass lines, rhythm guitar and dynamic percussion, this is high energy music. Though a little darker in tone than the two previous Budos Band releases, III does not disappoint –it will move both your feet and your soul.
The Budos Band plays WMSE’s Radio Summer Camp / Backyard BBQ in Cathedral Square Park (in downtown Milwaukee) this Sunday, July 31st at 7:15 p.m.Check out a video of the Budos Band, live, *here* to see what you’ll be getting yourself into and catch Rose’s Female Focus show every other Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. CST – 12 a.m. (WMSE’s Female Focus is weekly with alternating hosts Rose and Susan Million.) Rose also alternates Monday mornings 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. with Tim for “Rock and Blues”.