Peking Turtle


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The debut album by the Chicago area jazz/funk group contains a large slab of funk with lots of grooves and jams within nearly every song. The only exception is the tender ballad of "Motherless Child," with lead singer Typhanie Monique Coller leading the number away from the jazz/funk in songs such as "Feelin? Good" and "Be Who U Are." The supporting cast definitely adds much color and spark, whether from keyboards or horns, giving it that '70s feel entirely. However, some fall short of the mark, particularly "You-N-You," which lacks any sort of bite. What is quite visible, though, is how the majority of the songs are brimming with craftsmanship and quality. Added to that a dance sensibility and you have the makings of a bright future for urban "amphibious phunk," as the band calls it.

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