Ghost-Note – Nigel Duke

From the collaboration packed Swagism, Ghost-Note’s latest album, I’ve been listening to Nigel Duke. A sub-three minute progressive blast of tight rhythms and rich brass as they carve out the future of funk.

Fusing elements of funk, hip-hop, soul and jazz, Ghost-Note is the project of Texas based percussion duo Sput Searight and Nate Werth having found Grammy success as part of Snarky Puppy. The entire band line up has a CV studded with some of the musical greats and they’ve come together to carve out the future of funk. Bass duties are taken care of by the enigmatic Mono Neon; as much a brand as an individual. A man of few words, his strange choice of clothes and intricate chops led him to become the final bassist to tour alongside Prince.

Nigel Duke is a sub-three minute progressive blast of tight rhythms, rich brass and enough xylophone to tip the track towards Muzak territory. It’s a neat display of musicianship and an easy taste of what’s on offer on this hugely diverse album. With the skits, jams and jokes between tracks, it’s a hoot, and that’s before you get onto the very serious matter of the huge collaborations. Swagism features stunning performances from singer Elise Testone and saxophonist Kamasi Washington to name just two.

Ghost-Note head out on a US and European tour starting from September this year.