The Budos Band

The Budos Band

by The Budos BandThe Budos Band


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One of the pillars of the Daptone label alongside Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Sugarman 3, the Budos Band blend soul and funk and twist it with African music scales, particularly with their horn arrangements. Their self-titled LP showcases a band comfortable playing at nearly any speed, often with a brooding sensibility. "Budos Theme" expresses their sound with a high-octane sense of urgency. Prevalent are those aforementioned horns swirling in tornadic fashion, but the track also gets a dose of extra personality from drummer Brian Profilio's ecstatic rhythms. Far from conventional, the beat dances in unison with the bass guitar, played by Daniel Foder, creating a jittery backbeat. The follow-up track, "Ghost Walk," is itself an embodiment of righteous instrumental soul that slows down to a deliberate tempo. The jam starts with a crunchy drum break before being paced by an exemplary and hypnotic Tommy "TNT" Brenneck guitar performance. Fueling the groove are some accompanying extended organ chords and a two-bar conga solo that breaks through momentarily. The Budos Band even throw in a worthy cover of Sly & the Family Stone's classic "Sing a Simple Song." Although it lacks the pop of the original, in part because Cynthia Robinson isn't adding her fiery shouts, it's still a monster arrangement. Unrecognizable as a cover for the first 20 seconds, the guitar lick finally gives it away. For the first 80 seconds, the band plays it close to the vest before building up the suspense and then climaxing at the 1:45 mark. It's not the party starter as performed by Sly & the Family Stone, but it's a perfect example of paying reverence to a classic jam while still adding some original finesse. During a time when the neo-soul craze in urban music was waning, another movement of soul revivalism was starting to gain serious footing. For an instrumental band in the 2000s to be such a musical force in instituting a change in the guard -- even if only in a subset of the genre -- is a testament to the bandmembers' musical abilities in playing, writing, arranging, and performing. The album is a commendable piece of artistry not to be overlooked. ~ Eric Luecking

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2005
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134000520
catalogNumber: 5
Rank: 37477

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Budos Band   Primary Artist
Johnny Griggs   Cabasa
Bosco Mann   Conga,Rhythm Guitar,cowbell
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine
Duke Amayo   Conga
Michael Irwin   Trumpet,Group Member
Thomas Brenneck   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Vincent Balestrino   Shekere,Group Member
Mike Deller   Organ,Group Member
Daniel Foder   Bass,Electric Bass,Group Member
Brian Profilio   Drums,Group Member
Daisy Sugarman   Flute
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Bosco Mann   Composer
Neal Sugarman   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer,Executive Producer
Samuel Bèlay   Composer
Budos Band   Composer
Andrew Greene   Composer
Michael Irwin   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
Mike Deller   Composer
Daniel Foder   Composer
Brian Profilio   Composer
Jared Tankel   Composer

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