A report on The Meters

The Meters performing in 2011

American funk band formed in 1965 in New Orleans by Zigaboo Modeliste , George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar) and Art Neville (keyboards).

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The Meters performing in 2011

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Modeliste in 2010

Ziggy Modeliste

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Modeliste in 2010

Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste (born December 28, 1948), also known as Zigaboo, is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk band the Meters.

Neville at the 2012 Jazz Fest

Art Neville

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American singer, songwriter and keyboardist from New Orleans.

American singer, songwriter and keyboardist from New Orleans.

Neville at the 2012 Jazz Fest
Art Neville (left) and George Porter Jr. of the Funky Meters at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2004

He was the founder of the funk band The Meters whose musical style set the tone of New Orleans funk, a co-founder of the rock-soul-jazz band The Neville Brothers, and he later formed the spinoff group The Funky Meters.

Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009

Allen Toussaint

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American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures".

American musician, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures".

Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

They later became known as The Meters.

Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Dr. John

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American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

Dr. John at the 2007
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Dr. John at the 2006 Jazz à Vienne festival, in Vienne, France
Dr. John at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, July 2010
Dr. John performing at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City, 2011

In 1973, with Allen Toussaint producing and The Meters backing, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album In the Right Place.

Porter Jr. performing in 2004

George Porter Jr.

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Porter Jr. performing in 2004
Porter performs at Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, May 2011

George Porter Jr. (born December 26, 1947) is an American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

Nocentelli performing in 2006

Leo Nocentelli

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Nocentelli performing in 2006

Leo Nocentelli (born June 15, 1946) is an American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member and lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters.

James Brown, a pioneer of funk, in 1973

Funk

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Music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul, jazz and rhythm and blues .

Music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul, jazz and rhythm and blues .

James Brown, a pioneer of funk, in 1973
The rhythm section of a funk band—the electric bass, drums, electric guitar and keyboards--is the heartbeat of the funk sound. Pictured here is the Meters.
Simple kick and snare funk motif. The kick first sounds two onbeats, which are then answered by two offbeats. The snare sounds the backbeat.
A thirteenth chord (E 13, which also contains a flat 7th and a 9th)
Bootsy Collins performing in 1996 with a star-shaped bass
The drum groove from "Cissy Strut"
Guitarist Nile Rodgers is best known for his performances with Chic.
Isaac Hayes playing keyboards in 1973
Singer Charlie Wilson
Funk horn sections typically include saxophones and trumpets. Larger horn sections often add a second instrument for one of the saxes or trumpets, and a trombone or bari sax may also be used. Pictured is the Earth, Wind and Fire horn section.
James Brown, a progenitor of funk music
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in 2006
The Original Family Stone live, 2006. Jerry Martini, Rose Stone, and Cynthia Robinson
Prince was an influential multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer and songwriter.
Me'shell Ndegeocello playing electric bass
Talking Heads combined funk with elements of art rock.
Dr. Dre (pictured in 2011) was one of the influential creators of G-funk.
Chaka Khan (born 1953) has been called the "Queen of Funk".
Janelle Monáe (born 1985) is part of a new wave of female funk artists.

Funk drumming creates a groove by emphasizing the drummer's "feel and emotion", which including "occasional tempo fluctuations", the use of swing feel in some songs (e.g., "Cissy Strut" by The Meters and "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers, which have a half-swung feel), and less use of fills (as they can lessen the groove).

Neville performing in 2007

Cyril Neville

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Neville performing in 2007

Cyril Garrett Neville (born October 10, 1948) is an American percussionist and vocalist who first came to prominence as a member of his brother Art Neville's funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters.

Cissy Strut

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"Cissy Strut" is a 1969 funk instrumental by The Meters.

Lee Dorsey

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American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.

Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint, with instrumental backing provided by the Meters.