Some of you really dug on the Booker sessions at Montruex and requested more information on his style of playing, etc. The short answer is that it all leads back to Roland (Roy) Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. Dr. John has often been quoted as saying that ‘Fess was the true originator of funk and I couldn’t agree more. His syncopated left hand kept the beat while his right worked everything else in a style all his own. Straight funky and hotter than a fish fry in July.
For folks just getting into the Fess I always recc the superb two-disc Rhino anthology — after that taste you’ll most definitely move on to other live ’70s recordings and deep dish pickins. Three cuts below off Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology.
MP3: Professor Longhair :: Tipitina (Live)
MP3: Professor Longhair :: Big Chief (Live)
MP3: Professor Longhair :: Junco Partner
Amazon: Professor Longhair :: Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology
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