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A Journey in music with band artists of 'Pockets' Gary & Greg Grainger

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 Baltimore-based band The Pockets. Helped by Earth Wind & Fire, the eight-piece band was signed by Columbia Records in the mid-70s and issued a Verdine White-produced album that yielded the top 20 hit “Come Go With Me” in 1977. After two more strong albums, The Pockets disbanded but were remembered by fans of 70s soul and funk.  A reconstituted version of the group, led by brothers Greg and Gary Grainger,  emerged five years ago and has begun performing around the world.  The Pockets are back on the record. Working with mixmaster Dave Lee, the group has issued “Work It Out,” a dance number that finds the band sounding fantastic, delivering a number that is getting our seats moving, along with a positive message about working through problems when times get tough. When Gary Grainger speaks, it’s usually in clean bass tones articulated in musical dialects ranging from fusion to pure jazz. From his early days with soul singer Luther Ingram to his years as a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire's protégé band " Pockets" to his contribution to John Scofield's celebrated quartet, Gary Grainger is talking bass, bass, and more bass.  Baltimore, Maryland, Greg Grainger was weaned on the grooves and rhythms of such acts as Parliament and Weather Report.  He began drumming at age seven, jamming with his musical family and neighborhood buddies. This radio interview is with the Pockets Gary & Greg Grainger on their comeback in making music.

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