“James Brown is the founder of ‘The One!’” says Bootsy Collins, bassist for the Original JB’s. “After his passing in 2006, I was on a mission to keep his memory alive. I could never pay him back for giving me an opportunity to find my own self-expression. Thank you, James.”
Bootsy is honoring Mr. Brown with a new version and video for “JB-Still the Man” from 2011’s Tha Funk Capital of the World, remixed by Chew Fu, known for his official remixes of Lady Gaga, Robyn and Rihanna, and featuring the Revered Al Sharpton.
The video is followed by tributes from Bernard Purdie, Christian McBride, Sean Lennon, Les Claypool, Sheila E, Reverend Al Sharpton, Uche and JB trombonist, Fred Wesley. “He would always smile when I would say there are four B’s in music,” says Sharpton. “Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Brown.”
Bootsy will host the annual James Brown Birthday Bash on May 3 at the Miller Theater in Augusta, GA.
On May 11 in Los Angeles, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins will be receiving Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards on behalf of Parliament-Funkadelic, as part of the Grammy Salute to Music Legends ceremony and concert.