The Crown Royals
Once you hear the Crown Royals, you will not confuse these four sharp-suited troubadours of tune with other groups that have somewhat similar band names. Here’s the idea: guitar, bass, drums, saxophone. That’s it. What else do you need? Not a damned thing in this case. These instro mavens play the no-nonsense groovin’ funk. The good stuff, unencumbered by words.
The Crown Royals throw a lot of variety into the mix. They play with the precision of James Brown’s band and the raunch of the Ohio Players. There’s even a little be-bop jazz in their musical stew. Sometimes they jam a bit of a Link Wrayesque gronk, but always with the rolling funk underneath. To put it simply, this is good, instrumental party music. Ten tracks, no waiting.
Estrus Records, P.O. Box 2125, Bellingham, WA 98225; http://www.estrus.com