PLUNKY & ONENESS

 

 Welcome to the official Web Site of the legendary Afro-funk Jazz group PLUNKY & ONENESS, Band leader J. PLUNKY BRANCH and N.A.M.E. BRAND/BLACK FIRE RECORDS. Scroll down for our latest news; visit the NEWS BLOGS & JOURNALS section for further information and press releases go to LINKS section to see our music videos.        ***** 

 


AFROCLECTIC - The New Album by Plunky & Oneness  

     Eclecticism is the practice of deriving ideas or styles from a broad range of sources.  Afroclecticism is using black cultural artifacts to create new, positive experiences.  And that’s what J. Plunky Branch has practiced for decades: drawing from a wide range of music sources to develop his repertoire of Afro-funk, nu-jazz, hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul and world music songs.  

     Almost two years in the making, Afroclectic, is the latest music journey by Plunky & Oneness.  The album is a deep collection of original songs curated to fashion an artistic collage of musical genres. Alongside the ever fresh Oneness and his beat-making son, Fire, as co-producer, Plunky boldly blurs the lines between categorical styles to share stories and creative visions of wonder.   

     The playlist on Afroclectic flows from instrumental funk to odes of rhythm & blues, to soulful vocals tones and introspective smooth jazz. The liberated sonic mix is Afropolitan, rhythmic and seductive; paying tribute to our ancestral past with percussive offerings uplifting our inspired presence.  

     Plunky Branch started making albums in 1970 in San Francisco and then worked in New York’s jazz scene before going back to his hometown, Richmond, VA in 1975.  Since then he has released 25 albums, written 400 songs, toured in Europe, been to Africa six times, visited Cuba twice, played hundreds of gigs in clubs, concerts and festivals, made documentary films and videos, written his autobiography, and received numerous prestigious awards.

 

 


 Plunky's Birthday & CD Release Party - July 20, 2019

 

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Plunky's autobiography, PLUNKY: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness 

 

 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness, is an overnight success story, 50 years in the making.  It documents James Plunky Branch’s career in music and arts activism and delivers his memoir as a straightforward recollection of anecdotes, journals, and photographs.   An early proponent of Afro-jazz and funk, Plunky, with his group Oneness of Juju with their deep rare grooves and progressive political themes, received international critical acclaim. 

 

Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness is all about decades of transitions, completed circles, and momentous meetings.  It is not a standard sex, drugs and rock & roll exposé; rather it is an insider’s look behind the scenes of the independent Black jazz and soul music business and Plunky’s philosophies and methodologies that allowed him to persevere and come out on top. 

 

Available at Amazon.com

(Information video below)

 

 

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  Late - The Documentary (the 30 minute Producer's Cut Version)

“Never Too Late” is the title of the latest CD album by saxophonist J. Plunky Branch and his critically acclaimed funk jazz group, Plunky & Oneness.  But it is also the title of the documentary film about Plunky’s 40th anniversary of performing and producing music in Richmond, VA.  Here is the 30 minute Producer's cut version of the documentary