1 (edited by Curby 2022-08-04 20:51:06)

Topic: The Pimps of Joytime

I think these guys need and deserve their own thread.  The sad thing though is I can't find any recent releases.  I bought their first two albums and am very, very impressed with such a unique sound.  Mix a gumbo of early Santana, Sly Stone and Prince and this band jumps on stage.  They're much more funky than even TMS.  The albums are no filler....all killer.

https://youtu.be/R0H4mL3OW-4

https://youtu.be/rmXSVF8uHjc

https://youtu.be/a-avJkp_M94


I hope some of you like this stuff cause this is my last topic.

2 (edited by BansheeUK 2022-08-08 10:46:36)

Re: The Pimps of Joytime

Curby wrote:

I think these guys need and deserve their own thread.  The sad thing though is I can't find any recent releases.  I bought their first two albums and am very, very impressed with such a unique sound.  Mix a gumbo of early Santana, Sly Stone and Prince and this band jumps on stage.  They're much more funky than even TMS.  The albums are no filler....all killer.

https://youtu.be/R0H4mL3OW-4

https://youtu.be/rmXSVF8uHjc

https://youtu.be/a-avJkp_M94


Love the lazy, latin vibes on here and especially like the "jam in the van" clip (thought that bands should have done this with a drop-side van during the dread lockdowns); anyway, great sound...

I've poked around and found the band put an album out back in February this year, Reachin' Up and found a recent YouTube clip that enjoyable too:-
Blues Wit You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKsJBOPjXJk

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...

Re: The Pimps of Joytime

BansheeUK wrote:
Curby wrote:

I think these guys need and deserve their own thread.  The sad thing though is I can't find any recent releases.  I bought their first two albums and am very, very impressed with such a unique sound.  Mix a gumbo of early Santana, Sly Stone and Prince and this band jumps on stage.  They're much more funky than even TMS.  The albums are no filler....all killer.

https://youtu.be/R0H4mL3OW-4

https://youtu.be/rmXSVF8uHjc

https://youtu.be/a-avJkp_M94


Love the lazy, latin vibes on here and especially like the "jam in the van" clip (thought that bands should have done this with a drop-side van during the dread lockdowns); anyway, great sound...

I've poked around and found the band put an album out back in February this year, Reachin' Up and found a recent YouTube clip that enjoyable too:-
Blues Wit You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKsJBOPjXJk

Thanks Mike for replying to this topic.  I fully realize that what's left of this forum is pretty much dedicated to traditional blues artists.  This band caught my eye originally for that JamInVan video.  I've not seen too many of those vids that weren't top notch.  The twq albums I got; High Steppin (2005) and Janxta Funk! (2011), are oddly labeled Electronic by Apple.

That Van video was long before Covid.  I think the girl singer sitting down is still with Robbie J in your video (which I enjoyed very much as it's more bluesy this version).  If I had to choose one over the other, I'd take High Steppin.  Highlights are "San Francisco Bound", "Bonita" and especially "Workin' All the Time".  WAtT is very Prince like.  A song that dares you to keep still if ya know what I mean.

4 (edited by Curby 2022-08-08 16:02:17)

Re: The Pimps of Joytime

https://youtu.be/Zl4TVieZ7NI


https://youtu.be/DY6FMyN78YE

Acouple more vids off High Steppin.

5 (edited by Curby 2022-08-09 14:59:45)

Re: The Pimps of Joytime

Corrections and updates for Pimps of Joytime

BansheeUK is indeed correct about their new album Reachin' Up, but the video he posted is a song called "Paradise" off the new album, not Blues Wit Me.  I'll need a few more listens to throw this one in my top 10 this year (2022).  Yesterday I found 3 more of their albums, bringing the total to 5 now.  Reachin' Up was created over a two year period due to Covid lockdowns.  One thing I hate is over-produced recordings and thankfully this and most all the other releases sound fresh and creative.

The main man throughout the band is Brian J - not Robbie J,  The music has a cuban vibe and more The Meters than Sly like I first stated.  Brian is from NYC, but has moved his studio to New Orleans.  Some of the Neville Brothers play on his songs and there's no mistaking The Big Easy in the last three albums.