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Sugarman 3 

With Lee Fields. Sunday, March 9, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Nouveau funk band Sugarman 3 is a Manhattan unit steeped in the legacy of B3 organ groups, wailing King Curtis-styled saxophone, and boogaloo drumming of the Stax-Volt variety. Led by tenor honker Neal Sugarman, the Sugarman 3 lay down greasy dance grooves, daring people to get off their butts on tracks like "Pure Cane," the nasty "La Culebra," and "Bosco's Blues," a showcase for tambourinist Bosco Mann. All of these cuts pop off the largely successful Pure Cane Sugar, the band's third CD for Brooklyn-based Daptone Records. Music like this was a mainstay of the '60s and '70s, when dancing was more sociable than narcissistic; it evokes the organ trios led by Richard "Groove" Holmes and Johnny "Hammond" Smith, and sax combos led by tenor preachers like Rusty Bryant, Charles Earland, and Lou Donaldson. It's retro, for sure, but it's also charming, and when North Carolina native Lee Fields, a shouter in the James Brown vein, turns on the testosterone during "Shot Down," the funk flame burns brightly. Sugar, which also features legendary soul drummer Bernard Purdie on the insinuating track "Modern Jive," is a fresh take on grooves and steps that'd better never die.

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