QUESTION: How awesome was Roger Troutman?
Roger Troutman was the leader of ZAPP. You're sure to know his voice from the chorus of California Love. This is his first solo album, released one year after the first Zapp album. What can I say that the Youtube clip didn't? This is THE most talented funkateer in history. And such a funny guy. "So Ruff, So Tuff" on this album... is just the coolest song I know. Check out the awesome cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine. Listen to "Max Axe". This band was so funky it's insane. In fact, Zapp is one of the most sampled acts ever, right behind James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic/Clinton. This was the music people in the hood bumped in their lowriders before there was gangsta rap. The first time they appeared on television, George Clinton introduced Roger as the most talented person he had ever met. Sure enough, Roger was one of a kind. His jazzy guitar playing, influenced by traditional blues and players like Wes Montgomery, has a distinct sound that just radiates joy and happiness. His mastery of the vocoder is unmatched: He took a gimmick instrument mostly used to create robot voices and gave it soul. The production is pristine (the first Zapp album was co-produced by Bootsy Collins, but I hardly think he influenced the sound) and this was one of the things that grabbed me first - funk normally sounds gritty, but the soundscape here is crystal clear and just immaculately polished, without compromising any of the funk. Be sure to grab the first Zapp album too, unless you want to miss "More Bounce To The Ounce", and you don't
Zapp I - GET - BUY
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