DUNEDIN — Freekbass will perform Thursday, June 27, 8 p.m., at Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
This is a free show. For information, call 727-736-0606 or visit dunedinbrewery.com.
Freekbass, hailed by the legendary Bootsy Collins as “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” recently released “All the Way This. All the Way That,” his new album, on the Color Red imprint.
The highly anticipated album embodies the past, present, and future of funk music from the creative minds of Freekbass and co-producers Itaal Shur and Color Red founder Eddie Roberts. The 10-track album captures Freekbass’ sound and influences traversing funk from different locations and eras, but the result is 100% original Freekbass. “All the Way This. All the Way That” has a unique warmth that hasn’t been captured until now because part of the record was recorded straight to a Tascam 388, an eight-track tape recorder with a cult following at Color Red studios. It captures and showcases the infectious energy of a live Freekbass show.
According to Press Junkie PR, Freekbass has cemented himself as a ground-breaking bass player and funk guru. His innovative styling, including his signature double-thumb strumming technique, has garnered critical acclaim and a cult fan following. With the new album, Freekbass has devoted his craft to push the funk forward by harnessing the Cincinnati sound and merging it with universal influences that bring the funk to the present with the spirit of the future.
“This album could have been recorded in 1972 and some of it in 2072,” said Freekbass. “The Funk is timeless to me, and that is what I always want to try to create, both live and in the studio. The combination of a producer like Eddie Roberts with his pedigree and Itaal Shur with his vision makes for a very eclectic and hopefully groundbreaking take on groove-based music.”
The Freekbass experience is rounded out by the powerful sounds of The Bump Assembly including all star players Rico Lewis on drums, Sky White on keys, and Sammi Garett on vocals.
The Color Red sessions really made an impact on the record, according to the musician.
“A goal of mine has always been to capture the raw energy and soundwaves on how we produce live, while pushing the sonic boundaries in the studio,” Freekbass explained. “When we go to tape with a song, it would still have that organic excitement you have when playing live. For me, it represents all sides of me as both a bassist, songwriter and performer. I think we got great performances from new creative places out of everyone involved in the making of this album.”
With only a few rehearsals and writing sessions, the musician would lay down the tracks straight to tape in as few as three days. The end result captures the stunning warmth of analog production and a live feel with studio quality that will be released on vinyl with two distinct, yet cohesive sides.
“All the Way This. All the Way That” is Freekbass’ seventh full-length album. He has graced stages across the country and is a staple in the festival and touring circuit, including notable performances alongside Bernie Worrell, Umphrey’s McGee, Sammi Garett, Turkuaz, Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr., Buckethead, DJ Logic and Mike Gordon.