Friday, March 14, 2008
The Cherry Boppers
Yet another discovery via the Craig Charles Funk & Soul!
The Cherry Boppers started their musical journey in early 2004 with a collective enthusiasm and fascination into the origins of the Jazz-funk scene of the late 60’s early 70’s. These foundations gave rise to the Bilbaino quintet known as the Cherry Boppers, comprised of Xixo Yantani (guitar, vocals), Txefo k-billy (drums), Lando Stone (bass, vocals), Mihail goldfingers (saxo phone, flute) and Ignatius Jhonny (Hammond organ, vocals) In July 2006 they released their first album entitled ‘dressin’ the puppet’ produced on Bilbao’s own ‘Noiz pop’ label. The album itself is 100% pure funk with a groove so smooth that dancing is inevitable. It also pays homage, through interpretations and covers versions, to the late great maestros of this generation; Lou Donaldson, Reuben Wilson, Lonnie Smith, Ma ceo Parker, Grant Green and James Brown, the latter without which a Jazz-Funk album is incomplete.
With the album hot off the press, the Cherry Boppers hit the road in autumn 2006 to bring their music to the people. A new year, a new recording and in early 2007 they returned to the studios to record their first double-sided 7” ep, Black Lolita (side A) and Watermelon man (side B). For this they recruited Mihail Goldfinger who replaced previous saxophonist, Bob Philips Rivas. This clas sic 7” vinyl recording captures the pure raw energy that they deliver time and again throughout their live performances.In summer of 2007 after introducing the new tunes all around Spain in a second tour in spring (Black Lolita Tour 2007) the band performed at San Sebastian..s 43th Jazz festival, opening for SLY & THE FAMILY STONE. They also performed in international festivals as Ryhtmesenluz in france and Theatron Festival in Munich, Germany. For the spring of 2008 they will be releasing their second LP... just a secret for the moment... Catch them live, feel the groove and funk it up.
Check out MySpace or You Tube for more on the band.