everybodydigs#88 Ronnie Foster – Two Headed Freap

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

Ronnie Foster’s debut album Two Headed Freap is a set of contemporary funky soul-jazz from the early ’70s, which means it sounds closer to the soundtrack of a lost blaxploitation flick than Back at the Chicken Shack, Pt. 2. Foster certainly does display a debt to Jimmy Smith, but his playing is busier than Smith’s and a bit wilder. Ironic, then, that his playing is in service to the groove and blends into the mix of wah-wah guitars, funk rhythms, electric bass, harps, and percolating percussion. Everything on Two Headed Freap is about glitzy groove — it sounds cinematic, colorful, and funky. It’s true that there is little real improvisation here and the songs all have a similar groove, but it’s worked well, and the music is ultimately appealing to fans of this genre.

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