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Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown – Volume 1

Big Ol' Nasty Getdown - Volume 1

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Now that’s what I call a band! No fewer than 90 musicians representing about 50 different bands came together to create the funk outfit The Big Ol Nasty Getdown and their debut album Volume 1. This massive undertaking was the brainchild of bassist John Heintz of the band Trulio Disgracias, multi-instrumentalists John-Paul Miller and Derrick Johnson, both of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

The line up for The Big Ol Nasty Getdown includes musicians and vocalists such as the George Clinton, the iconic leader of Parliament/Funkadelic  who has been sampled by countless hip hop artists, and drummer Alvin Ford Jr. of the group Bonerama, best known in New Orleans or among music fans who gravitate toward the grittier jazz based funk that emanates from the Bayou.

Making an all-star album that features this many all-stars is a risky proposition. The effort could meander and never really develop an identity. Or the record might suffer because so many top-flight musical chefs stuck their fingers in the pot and listeners end up with a big helping of ego.      Fortunately, Volume 1 suffers from neither shortcoming. The project is diverse while never losing its focus.

There is a temptation to stereotype funk music as solely featuring up-tempo dance tunes that fuse rock, jazz and R&B. However, the genre also draws in elements of folk and balladry.  Here, singer Belita Woods delivers a bluesy performance on the torch song “I Will Wait For You” and then teams with Ralph Roddenbery on the folk influenced ballad “Wake Me Up.”

But Volume 1 also delivers plenty of plucking and thumping on the bass, witty and irreverent lyricism and the kind of sonic horn play that made funk music an American music treasure. Instrumentals such as “Platinum” and the award winning “College Funk” remind listeners of the places where funk and jazz intersect. Both tracks showcase musicians who are experts at improvisation, while also laying down some infectious grooves that will fill dance floors.

With so much focus placed on those grooves, listeners often sleep on funk music’s lyrical content. However, from “Include Me,” a humorous plea by a neglected woman to be included in her lovers conquests, to “Room 2012” a rollicking invitation from vocalist Reverend Desmond DeAngelo to watch the end of the world from a hotel room, the lyrics on Volume 1 pop. The writers, composers, musicians and singers were definitely on point when they created the magisterial project. The album’s title leads me to believe that a Volume 2 is in the offing. I certainly hope so. This is one big ol’ nasty getdown that I’ll take any time. Highly Recommended

By Howard Dukes


Great Review on “Volume 1”




The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown – Vol. 1

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Written by Andy
Sunday, 13 May 2012
CodeThe BIG OL’ NASTY GETDOWN is bringing back the funk, seriously. George Clinton and his friends are here to release THE BIG OL’ NASTY GETDOWN – VOLUME 1, and believe me, it lives up to the unbelievably high standards you bastards are putting on it.

It’s actually strange that I would get around to reviewing an album BEFORE it gets released! I mean, if you know me, or have read anything I put on this website, you’d know that I constantly screw up writing reviews or giving up information about something before it becomes available on every other website on this thing we like to call the INTERNET.

But, for The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, I have decided that you should know what you’re getting into before it’s available for sale. The group of individuals comprising the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown has notable recording musicians Norwood Fisher, George Clinton, Belita Woods, Sidney Barnes, Kendra Foster, and Patryce “Choc’let” Banks. Yep, it’s a collective who’s who of all the funk, ska, reggae and soul that you would stir in a pot of awesome sauce.

So, what does this album sound like? Well, for all you FISHBONE fans out there, you’ll be happy to hear a lot of Norwood Fisher’s influence with songs such as COLLEGE FUNK. The song WAKE ME UP gives me chills just listening to it. It’s like as if Elvis Costello met a funkadelic tribe of extraterrestrial funk-nuts from the galaxy Funk-Yeah. Plus AWAY FROM THE WORLD and THE BEAUTY OF PRETTY also stayed in my head for days after hearing.

THE BIG OL’ NASTY GETDOWN – VOLUME 1 is set for a release date of May 22nd, so you’ll be able to get your ears wrapped around this album soon. The album comprises of 11 amazing songs which will stay in your stereo for months to come.

Reposted Review from JP’s Music Blog


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CD Review: Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown Gets Funky On “Volume 1”

Funk music all-stars, the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is a rotating door of musicians that come together to have fun and relive some of Funk music’s greatest moments. Created by John Heintz, John-Paul Miller and Derrick Johnson about four years ago, the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown was born from the sounds of New Orleans. Their debut album is entitled simply “Volume 1” and features the legendary George Clinton as well as members of P-Funk, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blackalicious, Graham Central Station, Galactic and loads more. The album was released on May 22.
The album opens with a great introduction instrumental (“The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown”) that puts funk beats, horns and guitar licks right in your face to enjoy. The album’s first single, “College Funk” won the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media award for Funk/Groove Song of the Year. The song is another instrumental full of deep bass groove and some blazing solos placed over a dance-floor beat. The album does carry its share of vocal performances, especially from the ladies as in “Include Me” and “Platinum.” George Clinton adds his vocals to the slow, deep groove of “The Beauty of Pretty,” before closing the album with the 20-plus member band coming together, locking into a groove on “It’s So Hard To Go” and then the hip-hop flavored “Amplify.”
As production begins for “Volume 2,” the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown are also putting together a fall tour. For more information, please visit

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