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Groove Doctors by Rick Latham and The Groove Doctors

As I listened to the opening track, "Back It Up," I remembered the Crusaders. The sophisticated funk is there with some of the same dynamic interplay between horn section, piano and rhythm section. It’s well balanced and straightforward. All the musicians here have worked with several heavyweights in the music biz and therefore have an enviable range of styles on which to draw.

Perhaps it’s Ken Tussing’s trombone and Albert Wing on sax that brings these fond memories. Let’s not forget Bob Luna on piano, as together they really build on Latham’s soulful structures. The disc is consistent, in that it’s to be enjoyed, not intellectualized. As "Bonnie’s Song" and "Funky Vail" illustrates that "it’s what’s in the grooves that count." Thanks to Motown Records original Gordy label for that statement.

The mood is lighter with "Slinky" and we get some of the nicest flute work by Wing. Luna shines with some simple, but strong piano styling. I’ll take the liberty of describing this as a "Marvin Gaye-type" instrumental. If you remember the flute in his tracks, you may understand that parallel.

The Hammond comes alive in "Lucky Seven." You know the business of groove somehow has to include that smokin’ keyboard action. It’s short and sweet, but carries a funk load.

It’s really great to hear the influence of the past in this new day. If you know good music, that’s all to be said. It is equally gratifying to hear the contemporary slant by this well-rounded group of musicians. Seems that they know not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Set an appointment with these "Doctors" and let the treatment begin!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Rick Latham and The Groove Doctors
  • CD Title: Groove Doctors
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: MP3.com
  • Musicians: Rick Latham (drums, percussion), Mack Dougherty (Guitar, scat vocals), Vail Johnson (bass), Bob Luna (keyboards), Ken Tussing (trombone), Albert Wing (saxes, flute).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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