Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bohannon – The Groove Machine (Mercury)

Most Wanted! Bohannon – The Groove Machine (Mercury)

Sticking Bohannon‘s name to the one and only ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ would be quite reducing…
One of the most prolific artists in the 70’s Disco scene, the man has crafted a unique sound. A sound with an outstanding energy which would be for much on the undeniable appeal of his jams. The guitar funk led ‘The Groove Machine’ standing as a brilliant example, although to name but a very few!

Overview
So much has been said regarding artists like Jimi Hendrix or James Brown who revolutionized music. The first with his guitar play. And the second with his innate sense of the groove. But so few in comparison in regards to Bohannon despite his consistant CV.
A man who got recruited in 1964 as drummer in the then 13-year-old Stevie Wonder‘s touring band. A man who provided backing for many of Motown’s top acts on tour, including Marvin Gaye or The Temptations among others.

His formula? A blend of heavy, thudding bass accents and aggressive rhythms on some psychedelic funk mood. This therefore leading to uplitfing tracks such as ‘Foot Stompin’ Music’, ‘Disco Stomp’ and ‘Dance Your Ass Off’.

He would get his most significant successes though soon after signing with Mercury. From the memorable ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ to ‘Me And The Gang’ and ‘Cut Loose’ to a lesser extend.

As a producer, Bohannon almost limited himself to work with Caroline Crawford who was a member of his crew. Many are those who sampled his music though, beginning with Chicago House DJ/producer Paul Johnson on the 1999 released ‘Get Get Down’…

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