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[Audio] – Bill Cosby – “Martin’s Funeral” (1971)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 13, 2009


Bill Cosby’s Badfoot Brown & The Bunyon’s Bradford – “Martin’s Funeral” (1971)

Unless you’ve heard other non-standup Bill Cosby records, and maybe even then, I can almost guarantee this is not what you’ll expect.  Stewed deep in the heady musical freedoms of 1971, “Martin’s Funeral” is Free Funk, with what sounds like a pretty large group of jazz/soul/funk players stretching out and able to roam and coalesce at will over a strong second-line rythmic foundation, ending up sounding almost like a funk take on Terry Riley’s “In C” (which does exist, and which you’ll hear here soon. . .).  It’s emotional and something of a roller-coaster, but it maintains an underlying grace and nobility that befits its namesake and inspiration (Dr. King) via an uplifting four-chord cycle.  In print last year on Dusty Groove’s reissue label, you should definitely pick this one up.


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  1. ohrensause said, on March 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    thanks for that phantastic jam. what a wonderful fertile period in improvised jazz, the early 70s. free funk nails it. where do you find this kind of far-flung stuff?

  2. Soundslike said, on March 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The last couple years, my purveyor of choice has been Exiled Records:

  3. rich said, on March 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

    what’s cosby playing?

    • Soundslike said, on March 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

      Unfortunately, basically none of the musicians is credited, including Cosby. Speculation seems to be that he handled some of the keyboards, and maybe wrote the basic arrangements. It’s also led to speculation that he had a bunch of “name” badasses on hand, who couldn’t be credited because they were under contract to other labels.

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