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  • Rags to Rufus [ABC, 1974] B

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Rags to Rufus [ABC, 1974]
With Chaka Khan pushed up front this looks like L.A.'s answer to Tower of Power--white funk players behind black singer. Chopswise neither the hornless five-piece band nor the horny three-octave voice is up to Oakland's pride, but I prefer the attitude, which is to admit your limitations and keep it simple. Maybe no one would have noticed if Stevie Wonder hadn't given them "Tell Me Something Good." But he did. B