The Pace Report

Season 2010 Episode 10.04.10

The Pace Report: "Still Searching" The Chuck Brown Interview

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The Pace Report: "Still Searching" The Chuck Brown Interview
Chuck Brown, The Godfather and founder of Go-Go, has a lot to celebrate these days. The 74-year old musician just played on ?Late Night? with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots house band. He was recently profiled on National Public Radio and his latest CD, ?We Got This,? features bassist/producer Marcus Miller and guest vocalists Ledisi and Jill Scott.While growing up in the 1950?s in Washington, DC, Brown was exposed and loved all forms of modern music. Whether it was Hank Williams, to Charlie Christian, to James Moody, to Ray Charles; as a teenager he played the guitar emulated the music he heard in many different groups in and around DC. As Rhythm and Blues gave birth to Soul music during the 1960?s, Chuck became in entranced with the Latin tinged records that were popular at the time. Musicians like Tito Puente, Joe Bataan, and Mongo Santamaria. One of the early groups he played with was Los Latinos, a local Washington, DC based group that fused Latin jazz with contemporary Top 40, a popular commercial radio format that dominated the airwaves.Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers came about during the early 1970?s when Brown decided to fuse his love for Latin Percussion, African rhythms, Funk, and Soul and create his signature sound that gave birth to Go-Go. When he syncopated Latin beats, Brown slowed down the uptempo of disco. He adds, ?I just cut the beat in half.? The genius of Go-Go was that Disc Jockeys who were playing Disco records to keep people on the floors, had to compete with Brown?s continuous percussion interludes between songs, where most DJ?s would slow their sets down. By joining the music where there were no stop sets, the audience would shout and party with Brown while he was in charge of the show. Chuck describes Go-Go as music ?that keeps going and going! It never stops!? ;moreless

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