Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove. Become a TRUTH IN RHYTHM Member at https://www.patreon/truthinrhythm.
Featured in TIR Episode 268 (2 parts): Guitarist Omar Mesa, best known as an original member of one of the all-time great funk-soul bands, Mandrill. Along with the Wilson brothers at its core, he shined with the group during its ascent and peak from 1970-1973.
That included the band’s self-titled debut, Mandrill Is, Composite Truth and Just Outside of Town albums that spawned tracks like ”Git It,” “Ape Is High,” “Hang Loose,” which went to No. 25 on the R&B chart, “Fencewalk,” which went to No. 19, “Mango Meat,” and “Two Sisters of Mercy.”
Incorporating jazz and Latin musical elements, during that period Mandrill also gained acclaim as one the most original and fierce live acts. Having left the band in the mid-1970s, Mesa has continued to play, record and live life on his own terms. His new single is titled, “I Love the Way You Read My Mind.”
RECORDED SEPTEMBER 2022
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