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We Got This by Chuck Brown
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Raw Venture Records & Tapes, Inc.
Almost three-quarters of a century old, the grandpa of D.C. go-go is still going strong. The five-song studio EP, assisted by jazzbo Marcus Miller and grown-up divas Ledisi and Jill Scott, sticks to urban adult funk, with touches of call-and-response and Latin pop. But the nonstop 73-minute live disc is relentless: blues-rock wah-wah, brass charts, drums marching over congas, guest raps, cover snippets from KRS-One, Beyonce, Bootsy, Duke Ellington, calypso Louis Jordan, "Harlem Nocturne," "Woody Woodpecker," more. Then the finale: Brown's one real hit, "Bustin' Loose," from 1979.