The latest installment of the Sugarshack and Live For Live Music “Miami Sessions” features the world-class Ghost-Note, a rhythm-forward, funk-hip-hop-jazz fusion collective led by percussion duo/Snarky Puppy vets Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, performing a stripped-down rendition new tune, “PhatBacc”, in the living room of a historic villa in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
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Along with Werth and Sput, this acoustic Ghost-Note session featured a heavy-hitting lineup including bassist Dwayne “MonoNeon” Thomas, keyboardist Dominique Xavier Taplin, and saxophonist Sylvester Onyejiaka—all of whom worked with the late, great Prince during his all-too-short life. Guitarist Peter Knudsen and saxophonists Jonathan Mones and Mike Jelani Brooks rounded out the powerhouse funk outfit’s roster for this intimate performance. While the Ghost-Note lineup is constantly evolving, this session was notable for featuring all three of the outfit’s saxophonists (Oyejiaka, Mones, and Brooks), affectionately known as The Texas Horns.
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The release of this session comes as the music industry continues to navigate through unprecedented event shutdowns as a result of the ongoing pandemic. As Werth and Searight explained in a statement to Live For Live Music about the Miami Sessions,
In this quarantine moment, we are happy to share our stripped-down & uncut acoustic vibes with you from the Sugarhack Music Channel. The session features all three of our saxophonists, The Texas Horns. Get your swag on to a brand new tune and check back for new renditions of some old classics from the Ghost-Note funkbook.
“Mono, play something with me,” Sput calls out before the two start into a “Phat” groove that would move even the most hesitant dancers. With ever-layered melodies, an infectious groove, and tense peaks that release to tranquil solo sections, “PhatBacc” is a perfect snapshot of Ghost-Note’s vibe—an unadulterated, irresistible explosion of sound and energy, even within an acoustic setting.
Watch Ghost-Note perform “PhatBacc” for Sugarshack Music Channel below:
Ghost-Note – “PhatBacc” (Live Acoustic) – Sugarshack Sessions x Live For Live Music
[Video: Sugarshack Music Channel]
The Ghost-Note “PhatBacc” video is the fourth video to be released from the Sugarshack/Live For Live Music Miami Sessions, following SPAGA’s “Four Angels”, Mihali‘s “Empty Overflow”, and Tom Hamilton‘s “Running in Place”. Stay tuned for more releases from these sessions in the Sugarshack/Live For Live Music “Miami Sessions” coming weeks.
For more information about Ghost-Note, head to the band’s website here.