ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY to Release Debut Jazz-Funk Album, 1/29


With its reboot of classic '70s /'80s jazz-funk, Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) delivers a sound that's as celebratory as the name suggests. The group is powered by a lineup of world renowned players-album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass) and Renato Neto (keys)-who came together for the sheer fun of making music, and a mutual love of genre-blurring grooves. RCFP's first album We Want Groove is due out in January 29, 2013 on J&R Adventures, the independent label founded by Bonamassa and his longtime manager, Roy Weisman .

Fans can pre-order the album and get their first taste of it with a free download of the single "Octopus-e" here:

The album features nine tracks-eight originals and one cover-full of space and texture, that mash up funk, jazz, and rock with virtuoso musicianship. It includes a DVD with a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes and the official music video for "Octopus-e." While the album is instrumental, the interplay between RCFP's members-whose collective credits include Joe Zawinul, Hugh Masekela , Prince, LL Cool J, Ruth Brown , Chaka Khan , Simples Minds, Billy Idol , Tito Puente , Bruce Springsteen , Rod Stewart , Levon Helm , Conan O'Brien, Luther Vandross , Sheila E. and many more-is a riveting conversation all its own. "It really was the definition of collaboration, one of those records where you want to bottle the vibe and save it for all albums," says Bonamassa.

That improvisational nature comes through on We Want Groove, which was recorded live over the course of ten straight days at Tal Bergman Studios in Los Angeles, California. The environment was egalitarian and ego-neutral, with each player sharing equally in creating the music. "The concept of this record had everything do with interplay," says Bergman, "where everybody feeds off each other, reacts, and captures the moment."

In title and spirit, the album tips its hat to Miles Davis ' classic 1982 live instrumental LP We Want Miles, which Merritt says "was kind of a template for our project." Its influence is one of many echoing through RCFP's re-imagination of jazz-funk-the album opener, "Octopus-e," boasts a sinewy funk groove that suggests a meeting between Jeff Beck and the Average White Band. The gorgeously atmospheric "The Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life" has an early '70s Temptations-style groove that just "lays there for late night." The album closes with the lush and soulful melodies of "New York Song." "All flavors went into making this album," says Bergman, citing other influences including Herbie Hancock , James Brown , Weather Report, Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, Sly Stone, and, of course, Miles Davis .

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