‘The Chicken’ – Pee Wee Ellis

Pee Wee Ellis is a Rock Hall of Fame member, a former sax player, and arranger for James Brown, Van Morrison, and others.

He has toured the world as a member of the JB Horns and is a prolific songwriter, as well.

One of his most memorable compositions is ‘The Chicken’; a song that was covered by Jaco Pastorius, among others.

Decidedly funky, this tune never gets old.

Andy Ebon, CEO of Soul

‘Back in love again’ – Sweet Pea Atkinson

You know this song, you know this singer’s voice. The song was first made famous by Jeffrey Osborne and LTD. It’s infectious bass and horn lines complemented Osborne’s vocals.

Now we have a new version of the song, produced by Don Was (Was Not Was – Walk The Dinosaur). Sweet Pea Atkinson was part of Was Not Was, sang backup for Lyle Lovett and the Boneshakers (with Mindi Abair) and a host of other performers.

Sweet Pea Atkinson has a rich voice that is distinctive and undeniable. 

Dig this!

Andy Ebon, CEO of Soul

‘Don’t Change Horses’ – Rebecca Johnson Band

Rebecca Johnson is an Australian bass player with a decidedly funky repertoire.

In this video, she covers Tower of Power favorite, Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of a Stream. The song was composed by Lenny Williams and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and is featured on the Back To Oakland album and CD.

Rebecca sings lead on this rendition…

Andy Ebon, CEO of Soul 

Don’t Know Why – Shelea Frazier and Melissa Polinar

I first became aware of Sheléa Frazier when she sang Love Fell on Me, the closing title song for the movie, Jumping The Broom. I stayed in my seat to the end of the movie to make sure I knew who sang that song.

Sheléa is a protege of Stevie Wonder. Recently, she worked with Quincy Jones. This month she is on tour with the Dave Koz Christmas Show. Featured artists include Sheléa Frazier, Keiko Matsui, Mindi Abair, and Jonathan Butler.

The video I share today is a duet with another singer-songwriter who Sheléa met through Twitter; Melissa Polinar. Their performance is live and unedited, and their harmonies are stellar.

Andy Ebon, CEO of Soul

Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns – “Ain’t That Peculiar” – featuring Jerry Lopez

When I moved to Las Vegas, Tower of Power Band Leader, Emilio Castillo, pulled me aside and said “Jerry Lopez has a great band called Santa Fe. If you see them scheduled to play anywhere, drop everything and go see them.”

This song is the Marvin Gaye classic, Ain’t That Peculiar. The arrangement by Nathan Tanouye was inspired by a live Chaka Khan rendition.

The band performs most Monday evenings at the Copa Room, next to the Bootlegger Restaurant and Bar.

I dare you to try and keep still.

Andy Ebon, CEO of Soul