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Modereko by Modereko

3 of the 4 members of MODEREKO are members of Bruce Hornsby’s band. The band’s genesis came about during spare time while on tour. Molo recruited his friend Kobza, and they set about putting together the music. They built things from the rhythm up, layering horns and guitar on top to create a dense groove oriented sort of world/jazz/funk music.

"Sahara Sod" opens the album with a drum loop and a funky bass line from Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip. The song slips between funky horn grooves and mid-Eastern flute and guitar. "Some Of That" mixes James Brown and Tower of Power horns with a bit of Chicago thrown in. "Glitterati" plays with an odd time Meters type groove.

"Nitrous" is another one of those funky tunes where you ask yourself, "Where have I heard this before?" "Old Creed" is a sort of Booker T meets the Meters groove thing. While all the players are excellent, it’s difficult to pick out highlights, as things tend to blur together.

Well produced and competently played, MODEREKO suffers from trying to be too many different things in one recording. As it is, they sound like four musicians trying out all their funk influences in one session. If they could pick one thing and concentrate on it with their next CD, they would probably catch a few more listener’s ears.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Modereko
  • CD Title: Modereko
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Blue Thumb/Verve
  • Musicians: John Molo (drums & percussion), John D’earth (trumpets), Bobby Read (saxes & woodwinds), Tim Kobza (guitars & bass), with additional musicians.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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