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The crack instrumental combo Sugarman 3 are unusually attentive students of the hard-swinging, organ-driven brand of late-‘60s soul-jazz boogaloo perfected by the likes of Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Brother Jack Macduff, and Jimmy Smith. Sugarman 3's early albums for the Desco label resurrected that bygone sound with such precision that some listeners mistook them for reissues of vintage material. Subsequent Sugarman 3 albums for the Daptone label saw the trio diversify its sound and expand its lineup, recording with vocalists like New Jersey funk great Lee Fields and gospel queen Naomi Shelton. Though 2012’s What the World Needs Now contains a few nods to the more funk-inflected styles of previous Daptone releases (including a punchy cover of J.J. Jackson’s 1966 soul groover “It’s Alright”), for the most part it finds Sugarman 3 returning to their roots, playing impeccably arranged soul-jazz instrumentals, including a magisterial, horn-driven take on the Bacharach standard “What the World Needs Now” and the sweetly grooving original “Got to Get Back to My Baby.”

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They don't make them like this anymore

It wasn't until I had been listening to the Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Sharon Jones, and Charles Bradley for a few months before I realized that they were all signed to Daptone Records. Now I am just checking out everything associated with Daptone and stumbled upon this gem. Sometimes this album reminds me Booker T & the MGs, but more sax heavy--and there's a lot more interesting things going on. One of those you can just pop in and let ride; no filler here. Not once did I ever find myself "saxed out" or find a groove too repetitive. These guys are top-notch musicians, combine that with the vintage Daptone sound, and what you have is this. Highly Recommended.

Great music

As a 39yr old male, this is music for all to listen to, going back to the true art of music. Glad to hear those who study instruments and the artist before them. Great job to the labeling signing this group.


Formed: 1997

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York City retro-funk combo the Sugarman 3 were formed by saxophonist Neal Sugarman in the spring of 1996 following his return from New Orleans, where he backed artists including Eddie Henderson and Mike Longo. Teaming with organist Adam Scone (a one-time protégé of Ben Dixon) and longtime Brother Jack McDuff drummer Rudy Albin, the trio -- inspired by the vintage jazz-funk sounds of the '60s -- quickly emerged as a club favorite, and with guitarist Coleman Mellett, the Sugarman 3 recorded their...
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