CD Review: Mike Zabrin "Funktastic"

On his debut, this 23-year-old southpaw ace, who has backed Buddy Guy, Jeff Berlin, and Mike Stern, reveals a voice that merges funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and fusion.
By Jon D'Auria ,

On his debut, this 23-year-old southpaw ace, who has backed Buddy Guy, Jeff Berlin, and Mike Stern, reveals a voice that merges funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and fusion. Aided by Norwood Fisher and members of Parliament–Funkadelic and Kool & the Gang, Mike Zabrin and his Warwick work both ends of the spectrum, from sexy and soulful on the slow-grooving “Cat & Mouse” to fast and furious on the high-tempo slapathon “Fact Fiction.”