The White Blinds Sing A Simple Song (F-Spot 2019)

NEW RELEASE – THE WHITE BLINDS

Drop the needle on the brand-new 45rpm platter by The White Blinds, a cover of Sly Stone’s Sing A Simple Song.

The White Blinds - Sing A Simple Song

Personnel

Carey Frank (organ), Matt Hornbeck (guitar), Michael Duffy (drums)

Recorded

in 2018 at Rich Uncle Records, Los Angeles

Released

as FSPT 1011 in 2019

Track listing

Side A:
Sing A Simple Song
Side B:
Klapp Back


We love those 7inch babies, a format tailor-made for a powerhouse trio like The White Blinds, which while thoroughly up-to-date, harks back to the halcyon soul jazz days, when every joint had a jukebox and Curtis Mayfield, James Brown and a slew of hip and funky organists were the saints that soothed the souls of folks in the hood. The release of Sing A Simple Song/Klapp Back is part of the Homage Series of Los Angeles-based F-Spot Records.

The White Blinds are drummer Michael Duffy, organist Carey Frank and guitarist Matt Hornbeck. The Hammond groove outfit, one of the most prolific organ combos on the West Coast, is a greasy, well-oiled rhythm machine whose version of the flower power funk classic Sing A Simple Song does justice to both Sly & The Family Stone and Charles Earland, the organist known as The Mighty Burner, who presented his killer version on the 1970 Prestige album Black Drops.

The trio’s heavy groove is sustained by precise and powerful drum patterns and breaks, tantalizing New Orleans Funk guitar licks and full-bodied chords and hypnotizing organ lines, which add a drop of acid in a refreshing glass of lemonade.

Side B’s Klapp Back is penned by The White Blinds and marked by a similar tight pocket, as well as a streetwise conversation between Frank and Hornbeck that works well as the introduction to Frank’s solo, which is all crunchy and screaming Hammond B3. Both tunes would work well as the introduction to The White Blinds.

The White Blinds

Find Sing A Simple Song/Klapp Back on F-Spot Records here.

Appetite For Seduction

NEW RELEASE – THE WHITE BLINDS

If you like your groove hefty and in-your-face, try Get To Steppin’ by The White Blinds.

The White Blinds - Get To Steppin'

Personnel

Carey Frank (organ), Matt Hornbeck (guitar), Michael Duffy (drums)

Recorded

in 2018 at Rich Uncle Records

Released

as FSPT 2001 in 2018

Track listing

Chico
Hip Hugger
A Walk Through Echo Park
Little Giant
Blinded
Get To Steppin’
Cold Heat
The Doc
Blue Juice


Ask a random passerby if he knows who is Zigaboo Modeliste. In all likelihood, he/she’ll raise an eyebrow. Obviously, serious music lovers will answer that he was the drummer of The Meters, the legendary New Orleans Funk outfit whose greasy and clever funk had a pervasive influence on popular music, inspiring a diversity of acts from The Rolling Stones to hiphop posses. The White Blinds KNOW their Meters, as well as music akin to it, like late 60s/early 70s soul and funk jazz. Underlined by the sustained energy of punk rock, the tight-knit trio from Los Angeles is off and running. The White Blinds are drummer Michael Duffy, organist Carey Frank and guitarist Matt Hornbeck, fixtures on the Californian soul and funk scene. The trio has released its debut album Get To Steppin’ on F-Spot Records in the summer of 2018.

Even if soul jazz may not be, as it was in the sixties, music for Afro-American folks to have an exciting evening after a day of hard labor, the contemporary audience can relate to high-quality jazz meant for relaxation. It ideally includes a certain kind of sexy vibe, capable of making people feel loose and receptive for their surroundings, not necessarily for orgasm, instead for playfulness, desire, communion. Erotica then, instead of sex, is the word in this respect. Tailor-made for inhabitants of Erotic City, this set of White Blinds soul jazz and jazz funk is uplifting, the pull of the sleazy Hammond organ, spicy guitar and roaring rolls and tight pocket of Michael Duffy’s Idris Muhammad-meets-Bernard Purdie-drums rather irresistible. Lurid grooves mark tunes as Chico, Hip Hugger, The Hustler and Get To Steppin’.

The old-school Hammond/Leslie speaker-sound of Blinded is underscored by a healthy cluster of screamin’ phrases by Carey Frank. He showcases a variety of sounds throughout the album. Matt Hornbeck, a relaxed architect of concise funk-blues stories, utilizing sly bending of notes and the occasional chickin’ pickin’ lick, gets a chance to stretch out during Jimmy McGriff’s blues line Blue Juice. ‘Jazz rockabilly’ might be the appropriate term for Little Giant, which is distinguished by varied opposing rhythm and tacky breaks. The Doc is the kind of soul tune Quincy Jones could’ve written in the early seventies for young couples to slow dance to nervously, bereft of swag and sweating like pigs.

A bit of transpiration never hurt anybody, not least the customers of the good-ol’ soul jazz genre, which Get To Steppin’ is a fine expansion of.

Check out the album and website of The White Blinds here. Also available on vinyl, including a 45rpm single.