The 10-man Budos Band goes for the gut with a hard-hitting horn section (including a deadly baritone saxophone) and an airtight rhythm section. The BB's 1970s soul is fortified with funk and adorned with some African (and occasionally Latin) flair. It's like the soundtrack for a blaxploitation flick that is yet to be made.
The songs are concise and inventive. No drawn-out jams or excessive soloing here. It's all about the song and the arrangement.
I'm thinking Budos Band as the soundtrack for my next late-night pool party. And I can't wait to hear their previous two records. Extra credit for the coolest record cover of the year.
Note: The Budos Band is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, August 17, at the Sail Inn in Tempe.
Best song: The ominous "Nature's Wrath"
Deja vu: A non-ironic tribute to the horn-happy 1970s.
I'd rather listen to: The re-issue of the
Black Belt Jones soundtrack, at one time a holy grail record of mine. (Thank you, Revolver Records.)
"Nothing Not New" is a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 41-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert recordings) and write about it. Why? Because in the words of his editor, Martin Cizmar, he suffers from "aesthetic atrophy," a wasting away of one's ability to embrace new and different music as one ages. Read more about this all-too-common ailment