Back in the early 1980s, Philadelphia-based keyboardist Bruce Cohen recorded for major labels as part of the avant garde duo "The Reds." They caught the ear of film director Michael Mann and soon the pair were scoring episodes of "Miami Vice" and the set-in-miami action film "Band Of The Hand."
Cohen has since moved to Miami and started the trippy jazz act "Big Fun 3." Named after a collection of misunderstood electric-era Miles Davis sides - the trio stretches all the way out into the LSD-tinged excesses that Miles reveled in 30 years ago - and emerges with a sound so similar that the Miles might've demanded he pay them royalties had he lived to hear it.
Listening to the Big Fun 3's self-titled new album- which is available for download here for a mere $5 - is like playing "Miles Davis: Rock Band.' The mind bending-grooves found on it are so inviting they make you want to pick up an instrument and start playing along. So tune in to WDNA (88.9 FM) tonight at 7pm on "Sound Theory Live" and transport yourself mentally. Then on Saturday, you can transport yourself physically to Sweat Records at 8pm and see Big Fun 3 get down live. Neither option will cost you a dime Consider it a back-to(music)- school special..