Led by talented keyboardist Adam Klipple -- who appears with such groups as Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe, Defunkt, and his own Adam Klipple Trio -- Drive-By Leslie features a quartet of talented jazz-funk players, including guitarist David Phelps (who has recorded with Public Enemy), bassist Gregory Jones, and drummer Willard Dyson. The music is organized around the tightly arranged grooves of Klipple's charts. Along with Klipple, guitarist Phelps leads the melodic charge with his own take on John Scofield's patented reverbed guitar sound. It is neither stunningly original nor boring, somehow managing to elude cliché in the process of sounding like many other jazz-funk units out there. The rhythms are straight-up funk shuffles, such as the New Orleans-influenced "Zabloom." Of note, oddly enough, is the Phelps-penned "Wrong Note Tango," which explores a quiet musical space with nice precision. The disc closes with a weirdly un-poppy organ trio-style cover of Prince's "1999."
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