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Defunkt: The Venue, London

Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 20 June 1981

PRESENTING upwardly mobile uptown jazz/funk from New York, Defunkt are a sharp six-piece fronted by the ever-cool Joe Bowie, who plays trombone, conducts the band and sings with edgy composure. "Defunkt plays all different types of music — listen," he told us, snapping the band into a brief chunk of bebop which was all meshing rhythms, fluid guitar and featherlight touch.

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