New York Funk Music by Paris Toon - Baptism by Fire*
The resurgence of New York Funk music by New York Funk band Mother's Favorite Child is upon us but not before its creator, New York Funk producer Paris Toon, reintroduces himself and his "child" as only he can . . . through real, raw, New York Funk MUSIC. The Paris Toon recording Funk project, enigmatically titled, "Baptism by Fire," is a portion of a life narrated by Mothers Favorite Child Funk musicians. MFC is and has always been a Funk musical collective, whimsically constructed by intuition and nurtured by divine talent. This is a Funk movement on a mission to expose truth in sounds and words. TRUTH - minor and major, raucous and romantic, soulful and . . . spiritual. The man behind the funk music is Paris Toon, producer, lyricist, composer and driving force of all that he engages in. Paris ritualistically defaults to his "gut" when the time comes to gather funk musicians and give birth to new funk songs for funk festivals. This is the method to his rarely observed madness. Since Mothers Favorite Child is a product of this method, it is only natural that its funk musicians and funk vocalists would be chosen to provide the soundtrack to the more deeply shaded thoughts of Paris Toon, the man. The funk music of the Paris Toon project revolves around the mother of all emotions, Love. As many individuals have experienced, love can fuel so many other emotions and sensations and it can also take many shapes, sometimes making it vulnerable to misinterpretation. Lust, mistrust, admiration, honesty, intensity . . . these are all stops along the way on this journey through a human soul. This is a true "Baptism by Fire".
Brooklyn Baby: Right there - a slick jazz soul groove in the form of a woman created by the vibe of a borough in a New York City jazz club. . . "she was from Brooklyn, baby". If ever a song could harness the essence of the electromagnetic undertones of a fine female, "Brooklyn Baby" would be a most excellent gesture. Even before the first lyric emerges, the swagger of the baseline lets us know we're about to slide right into an attitude we can't shake. It's a warm melody in hot pursuit of an urban swing. It's an ode to the pleasure and mystery of infatuation. By the time the inevitable "fade out" is upon us, we're left asking ourselves "what's the quickest way to Brooklyn?" - New York Funk
You Need Geezus - Yes, by all means, take it personal. When a jilted heart rolls down a tattered sleeve and rests on the cuff, we must expect a few choice words. Sometimes we just can't save people from themselves and when things get ugly . . . well, the tune of the Toon takes a turn for the "dirty" and sends the truth on home. "U Need Geezus" is honestly raw funk jazz a soul. A dark and gritty groove matched with a matter-of-fact vocal delivery helps us to keep our hands off the situation and just listen as it unfolds. "Uh . . . that's dirty." - New York Funk
Pop's Barbershop - There exists a place . . . where music flows freely and impromptu banter erupts into rhythmic rhetoric. A space where wisdom and inspiration grow wild from the most unassuming of seeds. From the best seat in "Pop's Barbershop" comes a prideful reiteration of all things soulful. The soul jazz tune and the attitude it was born from is a return to honest jazz music, a return to organic jazz instrumentation and pure vocalization. The message that emerges so eloquently from "Pop's Barbershop" is letting those who have recently felt abandoned by the spirit of true Soul Jazz music know that "everything is gonna be alright." Just sit back and enjoy the jazz soul groove because, after all, it was created FOR YOU.
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Hip Hop Jazz
4 U I Will - The Paris Toon project delivers a tricky beat and a buttery vocal with a "lean", if only for the purpose of tickling your ear hole. Hip Hop Jazz song "4 U I Will" is the album's teaser - short and (for lack of a sweeter word) stank. The jazz piano keys are deliberately funky by way of simplicity while the harmonies shed an amber glow on a shadowy, lyrical apology. It's only "4 U."
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Once upon a time, there lived a Love song . . . "The Difference" IS the difference between "luv" and "Love". It comes from the part of the heart that creates a smile. From the jazz piano start of the opening line, we are drawn into a warm, nostalgic place. All the innocence and sweetness of the lyrics bring love back to a virtuous state, the kind of love the people of the world still crave.
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