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After the concert with Marcus Miller a fan said...
I witnessed with my very eyes the history of funk-jazz-rock bass, and reflect better on Marcus' words when he introduced Larry: "here's my Godfather" - Éric
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Larry Graham Central Station live in Renesse!
A fan from BB Kings said...
I have had the pleasure of seeing Larry Graham live four times ('74, '77, '80, & '98) prior to the August 28, 2013 show at B.B. King's in NYC. This was my first encounter with the newly formed Graham Central Station. Despite their relative youth, the band was clearly in tune with the funk that pre-dated them decades before. In fact, with all due respect to the late Gaylord 'Flash' Birch, current drummer Brian 'Rio' Braziel may possess the best 'pocket' the band has ever had. There are a number of things you can be sure of when attending a Graham concert. Plenty of GCS hits, 'One In A Million You,' and a killer Sly & The Family Stone medley. On the 28th, however, it was refreshing on numerous accounts. First, Larry culled some album nuggets such as 'Tell Me What It Is' and 'Love And Happiness,' and added 'Sing A Simple Song' and a touch of 'M'Lady' to the Sly medley. In addition, he left the stage and allowed vocalist Ashling 'Biscuit' Cole and the band to distinguish themselves, which they did handsomely. Although I have had the new CD 'Raise Up' for quite some time, hearing a number of the songs live brought the disc to life once again and I am re-visiting their work.
Over the years I have found that Larry Graham brings so much energy to his shows that even those who are not as familiar with his catalog become enthralled by the performance. If you have not see Larry Graham & GCS, or if it has been a while, I would strongly encourage you to see this show. While it may sound like hyperbole, once you experience them live, you will understand why GCS is one of the 'baddest groups from east to west.'
"You did it again!
Incredibly, neither of those once-in-a-lifetime collaborations were the evening's finest moment. It was the Sly & the Family Stone portion of the night—"Everyday People," "Dance to the Music," "Family Affair," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"—led by bassist Larry Graham that rocketed the Superjam into the stratosphere. While some of the Superjam songs earlier in the set fudged the line between communal jam session joy and karaoke hokum ("Love Train" comes to mind), these versatile, funky tracks lent themselves to inventive workouts by the technically proficient band.
Plus, Alabama Shakes' soul growler Brittany Howard—another surprise Superjam guest and arguable MVP—was perfectly suited to the Sly Stone tracks. Her vocal contributions were perfectly pitched and sincerely felt. Honestly, it would be a real shame if the Shakes didn't add one or more of these songs into their touring setlist."
By the time it ended with a cataclysmic take on Sly & the Fam's "I Want to Take You Higher"—which found Howard and Idol singing backup vocals—the crowd was as ecstatic as it was stunned. It's not often you get to witness an all-star jam session this unlikely that leaves you so profoundly satisfied.
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"Absolutely love the new CD! Polished and balanced between Larry's funky bass and extrordinary voice. Raise Up !" Norman Harris
NEWS8-26-2013 Larry and Prince play NYC all night last night. Click HERE to read review.
Some of the concerts in Gemany next moth have chaged venues. check out the new concert listings HERE.
For their March 9th show at De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium, Larry Graham & GCS will be joined on stage by special guest N8N, a hip young “new school” artist with a funky “old school” vibe. For more info, you can check out http://n8nmusic.tumblr.com/
For their March 10th show at the Jazz Café in London, UK, Larry Graham & GCS will be joined on stage by special guest Mark King, bandleader, singer and amazing bass player of the famous British jazz funk band “Level 42”. This going to be an amazing funky “slap bass” summit! For more info, you can check out http://www.level42.com/
The 2013 initial tour dates announced
10-28-2012 Larry will be on the live Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Doorbe on November 8th
10-18-2012 - Larry and GCS will heading to Japan for concerts in Tokyo and Osaka in November
The new album - RAISE UP - will be released on September 25th - you can pre order it right now on Larrygraham.com
More dates added to the tour
The 2012 tour starts this Friday and Saturday at the Blue Note in Milano Italy.
Initial 2012 US concert dates announced - click HERE for dates and venues.
Larry announces 2012 tour - click HERE for International dates
Larry brings his "Funk Around The World" Tour back to Europe starting in Helsinki tomorrow 11-1-2011.
Nine new European dates and venues in November announced today.
Larry's August 26th concert at "Not Just Jazz" in Virginia has been rescheduled to November 26th due to hurricane Irene.
Larry will perform and accept a Lifetime Achievement Award At BASS PLAYER LIVE on October 22,23 in LA.
Larry will be performing as “special guest” with Prince at the “NPG Music & Art Festival” on August 6th in Copenhagen,
Euronews review of Larry at Montreux Jazz Fesival
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Larry and Bootsy team up at Funk University
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More venues added to the "Funk Around The World" Tour
Larry is featured on the hidden track at the end of Raphael Saadiq's new album "Stone Rollin'". Larry is also mentioned in the album’s liner notes as "The reason I play the bass".
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Jan 31, 2011 - TV One's "Way Black When"
Larry Graham - GCS
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Prince picked one of his musical inspirations as the opening act. On this show. it was Graham Central Station, whose leader, the legendary bass player Larry Graham, commented that it was his first time performing at the venue since he appeared as part of Sly & the Family Stone. The headliner briefly joined them for a raucous medley of that group's hits, including such classics as "Family Affair" and "Everyday People."
"The Hollywood Reporter"
ALL ABOARD FOR Graham Central Station---I'm convinced now that Larry Graham has discovered funkroids (some form of musical steriods) because it is simply against anyone's DNA to consisently play the brand of funk he performed in the otherwise quiet and quaint town of Annapolis, Md. If you think there's a chance Larry has slowed down over the years, think AGAIN, he's not only stepping, he's picked up a few steps. I was certain that during "Release Yourself" Larry would break a string on his bass, as I witness in 1977!!! He started funk bass and GAVE LESSON AFTER LESSON THIS VERY NIGHT-- LIVE AND IN LIVING COLOR. I saw fans walk in, but they certainly limped out with acute whiplash after rubber necking the entire show. Also in the audience next to me was world famous drummer Dennis Chambers (currently w/Carlos Santana 10yrs). I suspect he's a tad sore also. Y'all need to get out and enjoy the funk LIVE by Larry & his band today!!!! There is simply no need to deprive yourself of this original icon of funk & bass.
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