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Rhythm of the Soul is muscular keyboard-based funk featuring the tickled plastics of Jay Oliver that no doubt will inspire hordes of aspiring funksters to plug in and play along in the garage. Bob Malach is along on tenor sax, soloing gamely in a neo-Arnett Cobb mode and pitching in on the unison theme statements. The Wecklers kick things off here with the chunky "The Zone," where Oliver gurgles and keens, and Frank Gambale rebukes and exhorts on guitar.
Kudos here to Buzz Feiten on guitar, who, well, has earned his nickname for playing guitar, not for a haircut or an artificially-induced sunny disposition. On "Mud Sauce" Weckl lays down a serpentine line, tastily taken up by Steve Tavaglione on soprano sax and then Buzz and the gang: Oliver and Tom Kennedy on acoustic bass. The groove is inventive and a mile wide, and once again Buzz shines for artful deployment of his wah-wah. Buzz, Buzz, we hardly know ye. On "Rhythm Dance" Mr.
Kennedy lays down a nice ostinato in a Stevie Wonder mode. Then comes "Good Night," which takes the Band out the funky way it came in. These guys must have been listening to AM radio at the same time I was — but they were listening harder. Weckl and Co.
Rhythm of the Soul
The Dave Weckl Band: Rhythm of the Soul