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    Default Funk Rock Song for Small Ensemble

    In a small band, consisting of an alto sax, a tenor/soprano sax, a bass, a pianist, a drummer and a trumpet player. Are there any good funk rock songs that we can possibly play?

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    Default Re: Funk Rock Song for Small Ensemble

    Chameleon.

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    Default Re: Funk Rock Song for Small Ensemble

    Anything by The Meters would be cool with that line-up...even better if one or more of you sing. Also check out the Greyboy All Stars (there is some cool stuff out there with Carlos Washington on trumpet), soulive/ lettuce...JAMES BROWN! Rustic Overtones (they have a bone player not trumpet, but solid rock/ funk with great horn arrangement)...Some of this may be interesting with acoustic piano instead of an organ or guitar, but it is all cool.

    Arranging some Ben Folds would be interesting too...

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    Yeah, Cissy Strut by The Meters could be pulled of with a small ensemble, with the keys doing the guitar part. The drummer needs to be pretty good, though, because it's a funky little beat.
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    Default Re: Funk Rock Song for Small Ensemble

    Here's a good one (Pass the Peas):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJmIN8RNBUg

    You can do any funk tune with a small ensemble as long as it includes bass and drums. Funk is entirely dependent on the rhythm of the bass and drums.

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    Thanks guys, deciding on Chameleon and Pick Up the Pieces

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    For future consideration:

    Cantaloupe Island
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    Ronnie Laws is in town this weekend...so I gotta add (also for future consideration)....

    Pressure Sensitive ( a great arrangement can be had with 3 horns)
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    Default Re: Funk Rock Song for Small Ensemble

    JL mentioned Pass The Peas with Maceo Parker. Search utube for Maceo, also the JB Horns. That's a 3-horn section (Fred Wesley on 'bone, Pee Wee Ellis on tenor with Maceo on alto) which will give you lots of material suited to your line-up.
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    Sorry to revive this thread again...
    I'm going to try to find an arrangement of Canteloupe Island...(ridiculously hard)
    We added another alto sax
    Anything else around that may sound good?

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