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The Funky Knuckles

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The Band

Wes Stephenson: Bass
Cedric Moore: Drums
Caleb McCampbell: Keys
Phill Aelony: Guitar
Ben Bohorquez: Saxophone
Evan Weiss: Trumpet
Frank Moka: Percussion

The Funky Knuckles Bio

The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member’s musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally.

Meta-Musica (also on GroundUP), climbed the iTunes Jazz Charts to become the #1 selling record in the United States the day it was released.

Music

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New Birth (2016)

"New Birth" is The Funky Knuckles' third record with compositions contributed by Cedric Moore, Phill Aelony, Caleb McCampbell, Evan Weiss, and Wes Stephenson. It was written over a two year period and has their best compositions to date. The title of the record came from a piece written by Caleb McCampbell, which was added at the last minute. The song is bananas and so are The Knuckles, so they decided to use it as the title of the record. Fundamentally, The Funky Knuckles haven't changed anything with respect to their approach to songwriting and interpretation of the music through improvising, instead they've tried to only become more honest in the moment and reach farther and higher. They do not need to see how many notes they can play or how crazy can they make it sound, but instead challenge each other to make music in asymmetrical song forms and unconventional harmony. The Funky Knuckles are an asymmetrical and unconventional group of guys living in a world that seems to be the same way. Their new record "New Birth" reflects that.
1 Ced Lude
2 Wise Willis
3 Me Too
4 Centaur Meat
5 Moorish
6 Globule
7 New Birth
8 Captain Sandle
9 Som'Moorish
10 Peculiar Place
11 Arise
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Meta-Musica (2014)

1 [12]3,4 How 'Bout Them Funky Knuckles
1:34
2 16 Bars
7:58
3 Rain Journey
9:11
4 Mystery Song
9:34
5 [12]3,4 Interlude
1:47
6 Kyle's Dance
8:07
7 New Leaf
8:45
8 Micro Clown
8:51
9 [12]3,4 feat Cyfa Fix
4:04
10 Shield Of Faith
9:28

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