Live and Funky
Pee Wee Ellis
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||Chicken (Live feat. Fred Wesley)||Pee Wee Ellis||8:25||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||How I Depend On You (Live feat. Fred Ross)||Pee Wee Ellis||4:08||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Grandma's Hands (Live feat. Fred Wesley & Ross)||Pee Wee Ellis||5:44||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Pass the Peas (Live feat. Fred Wesley)||Pee Wee Ellis||5:27||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||House Party (Live feat. Fred Wesley)||Pee Wee Ellis||8:36||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||What's Up With That (Live)||Pee Wee Ellis||6:25||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Cherry Red (Live feat. Fred Wesley)||Pee Wee Ellis||5:57||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Cold Sweat / Licking Stick Licking Stick (Live feat. Fred Wesley & Fred Ross)||Pee Wee Ellis||6:44||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||I Got the Feeling (Live feat. Fred Wesley & Fred Ross)||Pee Wee Ellis||4:06||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||I Got You (I Feel Good) [Live feat. Fred Wesley & Fred Ross]||Pee Wee Ellis||5:08||£0.79||View in iTunes|
Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis may not be a household name, but his name is spoken with reverence by other funk musicians and fans of vintage soul. A former music director for James Brown (and co-composer of such soul classics as "Cold Sweat" and "Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud"), he collaborated with Brown and fellow J.B.'s Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, and others to establish the parameters of modern funk. This live album finds him reunited with several of his old compadres as well as singer Fred Ross for an unabashed revival of that sound, including a number of James Brown tunes ("Pass the Peas," "I Got the Feeling," "Cold Sweat," "I Got You [I Feel Good]"). There are a couple of missteps: the cover of Bill Withers' emotionally damp "Grandma's Hands" was utterly unnecessary, and it's not at all clear why Ellis chose to take "I Got You (I Feel Good)" at half the normal tempo. But overall, this album is lots of good, sweaty, greasy, funky fun. Recommended.
Born: 21 April 1941 in Bradenton, FL
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s