Black John Review - New Yorker Magazine
“Black John” (Eclecto Groove) is the third record from the Soul of John Black, which is the sole proprietorship of the singer and songwriter John Bigham. Bigham, who played guitar and percussion for Miles Davis in the jazz great’s final years, went on to join the ska-funk outfit Fishbone and has served as a sideman and arranger for artists as diverse as Dr. Dre and Bruce Hornsby. The John Black project has careered from wildly eclectic funk (on its self-titled 2003 début) to more straightforward blues (on its sophomore album, “The Good Girl Blues”). Here, Bigham delivers a dozen mash notes to sixties and seventies soul music, sometimes going heavy (“Betty Jean,” a tribute to the gonzo funk legend Betty Davis), sometimes going light (the arcadian, acoustic “Thinking About You”).