Does North Beach: Ghost-Note

Jake Funkmayor of caught some great video at North Beach Music Festival December 10 & 11 in Miami. Here is his video of Ghost-Note along with our review and photographs courtesy of slightly skewed photography. Ghost-Note headlines No Resolutions Festival in north Florida on New Year’s Eve.

Everything to this point had been running on time. It took an extra 20 minutes to get Ghost-Note up and running at the bandshell, which promised to mess with the schedule down the road (there was a hard time curfew of 11 p.m.). This band is the logical extension of James Brown’s jazz efforts, with plenty of George Clinton inserted for fun. This septet is so incredibly tight, and they do that stop-and-start-on-a-dime stuff as well as anyone. 

Band leader and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight mentioned their Truth to Power Project before they tore into “Spunky.” Jonathan Mones ripped up some superb alto sax solos, often through pedal effects. Mike Jelani Brooks, Mutt to Mones’ Jeff, did the same on tenor sax. The always dapper MonoNeon dropped deep bass start to finish. There was a vocal tune that feature call and response before moving into a variation of “Let the Good Times Roll, solos on several different keyboards from Xavier Taplin, and “Hot Damn.”

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