The roving groove party Cold Flavor Repair (CFR) may operate out of New Paltz now, but its spiritual home is declared in the portmanteau title of its new EP: Brooklofornia. Andy Gladding’s big band takes as its mission a fusion of friendly California jam and Brooklyn grit and urban soul. The four-song effort is pretty much a non-stop groovegasm with all kind of layers, horn charts, soulful vocal arrangements and percussive accents. Some of the originals lean toward a tender Stevie Wonderlike jazziness, while others aim for pure P-Funk liftoff. As in their live shows, the EP places a premium on entertainment and feel. The jams sport long arcs, breakdowns and big payoffs, and – like everyone who has had some success outside of the jam genre – Gladding & Co. recognize that, no matter how much or how well you jam, the song is still the thing.
CFR is no doubt stoked to be splitting a bill with groove scene up-and-comers the Funk Ark on Friday, November 8 at BSP in Kingston. The DC-based ensemble offers a supertight Afro-Cuban take on groove. 2012’s High Noon is a slamming world party waiting to happen. The show starts with CFR at 10 p.m. Admission costs $9. BSP is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit www.bspkingston.com.