Friday, January 9, 2015

P-Funk Burn Up The Stage At The Montreux Jazz Festival

George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars tore the roof off at the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival with a show-stopping performance of  “Undisco Kidd.” This live rendition is a bit more smooth and jazzy than the studio version, but it doesn’t lose an ounce of that good funk.

Billy “Bass” Nelson holds down the bottom with the song’s memorable creepin’ bass line. And the late, great Belita Woods delivers a majestic vocal performance. Her vocals are just so effortlessly soulful and powerful. Also, Bernie Worrell does his thing on the keys. 

And the funakalicious backup vocals are provided by Kendra Foster, RonKat Spearman, Kim Manning, Michael “Clip” Payne and Steve Boyd. This a very tight performance, with all the P-Funk members bringing their a-game to the proceedings.

Uncle Jam and the P-Funk crew treated the Montreux audience to two and a half hours of some pure uncut funk. In addition to “Undisco Kidd,” their set included P-Funk classics such  as “Maggot Brain,” “Bop Gun (Endangered Species),” “Flash Light,” “Atomic Dog,”  and “(Not Just) Knee Deep.” Fortunately for Funkateers, the P-Funk's 2004 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival is available on both CD and DVD.

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most prominent annual music festivals in the world, attracting up to 250,000 attendees each year. The festival, which began in 1967, has drawn some of music’s biggest names over the years, including recording legends such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Prince, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye.  The music fest takes place annually in early July on the Lake Geneva shoreline in Montreux, Switzerland.

“Undisco Kidd” was written by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell and was a single from Funkadelic’s album Tales of Kid Funkadelic, which was released in 1976. The song peaked at #30 on the U.S. R&B charts and #102 on the pop charts.

Part 2 of the Montreux concert. "Undisco Kidd" starts at 9:15.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Live at Montreux 2004 (DVD)

George Clinton and P-Funk Live in Montreux - 2004 CD

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