“Talley Up!” is an original + covers psychedelic New Orleans funk band featuring some of the finest players in Marin County including bandleader Jim Talley (Eric McFadden, Stu Allen, Lumanation) on keyboards and vocals, Tom Finch (Big Brother & and the Holding Co., Pamela Parker, SF Airship) on guitar and vocals, Michael Pinkham (New Monsoon, Scott Law) on drums, Jen Rund ( Stu Allen, Lumanation, Shaky Zimmerman) on bass and vocals as well as special guest artists including Karl Denson, Jeff Daub (Afroliscious), Mark Karan, Ezra Lipp and many others.
“Talley Up!” mixes psychedelic funk originals with funky New Orleans covers from the Meters, Dr. John, Neville Bros., Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, Dumpstaphunk and more. The band loves to stretch out with formidable jamming over their irresistible New Orleans rhythms to create a unstoppable dance floor experience!
“Jim Talley is a great keyboardist! It’s a damn pleasure to play with him!!”
— Eric McFadden (Parliament/Funkadelic, Eric Burdon)
This week: “Funky Alchemy,” Talley Up!, independent, talleyupband.com, CD $15
Hear them live: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael; free
Veteran keyboardist Jim Talley and lead guitarist Tom Finch, both stalwarts of the Fairfax music scene, explore the psychedelic possibilities of New Orleans funk on “Funky Alchemy,” the debut CD from Talley’s quartet, Talley Up!
With bassist Jen Rund and drummer Michael Pinkham ably holding down the rhythm section, Talley and Finch are free to take off on flights of jazzy improvisation on the album’s nine tracks, recorded live in July, 2015, at 19 Broadway in Fairfax.
The interplay between the soloists is intense on the Talley original “The Reclining Buddha,” and covers of tunes by the likes of Lennon-McCartney (“Glass Onion”) the Nevilles (“Hey Pockey A-Way”) and the Crusaders’ Joe Sample (“My Mama Told Me So”). Saxophonist Gary Regina adds some inspired solos on three tracks, including Robert Walter’s “There Goes the Neighborhood.”
Be prepared for some concentrated heavy listening on these impassioned, mostly instrumental tunes, ranging in length from six to more than ten minutes. Talley is especially impressive on the organ, sounding like a Marin version of Jack McDuff.
Although the album was recorded on 24 tracks in sparkling clear fidelity by Bob Cogswell, there are precious few audience sounds to give it the immediacy of being played in a nightclub rather than in a recording studio. Then again, there’s no external noise to detract from this impressive debut by a quartet fronted by two of Marin County’s finest unsung musicians.