Kool & The Gang

Formed 1964.
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Kool and the Gang live at Glastonbury 2011

Highlights of Kool and the Gang performing at Glastonbury 2011 on the West Holt Stage.

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Biography

Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of funk and R&B, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound.

They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

The group's main members over the years included brothers Robert "Kool" Bell on bass and Ronald Bell on tenor saxophone, lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor, George Brown on drums, Larry Gittens on trumpet, Dennis Thomas on alto saxophone, Claydes Charles Smith on guitar, and Rick Westfield on keyboards. The Bell brothers' father was an acquaintance of Thelonious Monk, and the brothers were friends with Leon Thomas.[citation needed]

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Spirit of the Boogie

    Spirit of the Boogie 1975

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A fascinating invite to another of Kool & The Gang’s party jams.
  2. Review of Wild And Peaceful

    Wild And Peaceful 1973

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A different and equally enjoyable proposition.