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FLYJACK’s fourth album “Soul Catcher” confirms the group’s obsession with 70’s underground funk and soul, while making their most convincing statement to date that they aren’t simply paying tribute. Featuring nine originals and two rare-groove covers, the album opens with title track “Soul Catcher” – a horn driven instrumental that culminates in a mind-bending percussion breakdown behind a scorching saxophone solo that sounds like Ornette Coleman blowing over hot lava. Second track “Phrygian Phunk” – with its Middle Eastern vibe and hypnotic rhythm – settles into an exotic, trance-like groove somewhere between the Budos Band and Miles Davis’ “Sketches in Spain.” The southern soul of “Eyes on You” channels Stax, with its unison horn lines and raspy vocals. Other standouts include an in-your-face, extended remake of 70’s funk-rock masterpiece “Funky to the Bone” (originally released by Freddi Henchi & the Soul Setters), and the Maceo Parker/James Brown workout “Damn Right I Am Somebody.” FLYJACK criss-crosses a dizzying array of styles and genres, but several threads run through it all – tight arrangements, a deep pocket, and room to groove.
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