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The Bamboos
Lance Ferguson – Guitar
Daniel Farrugia – Drums
Ben Grayson – Hammond Organ
Yuri Pavlinov – Fender Bass
Anton Delecca – Tenor Saxophone
Ross Irwin – Trumpet

Discography The Bamboos
2006 The Bamboos - Step It Up
(LP/CD) Tru Thoughts Records
2006 The Bamboos - Step It Up (7") Tru Thoughts Records
2004 The Bamboos - Tighten Up / Voodoo Doll
(7") Kay-Dee Records
2003 The Limp Twins – Another day In The Life Of Mr Jones (Bamboo Shack Version)
on Elemental (7") Tru Thoughts TRU058
2003 Soul Source Production feat. The Bamboos - I Feel The Earth Move
on Soul Source Works (CD) Victor Japan
2001 The Bamboos - Eel Oil / Blackfoot
(7") Bamboo Shack

Info :
Melbourne-based 'funk' band. Formed originally as a four-piece in mid-2000 by Lance Ferguson, who had been playing gigs with thrown together line-ups for a long time and decided it would be nice to assemble some of his favourite players into a regular working band. In 2002 they added a horn section and now vocals, which makes The Bamboos today a seven piece line-up. The Bamboos are heavily influenced by the work of the Funk originators from the '68-'73 time period. The Meters, James Brown, Eddie Bo etc - and also the music of people like Grant Green, Melvin Sparks, Jimmy Smith, Reuben wilson, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Idris Mohammad etc.
The idea of using the 7" format was inspired by the work of labels like Desco, Soulfire, Stark Reality etc. The 45 presents a compositional challenge: to come up with something succinct, immediate and memorable in a 3 minute or so timeframe. The link between heavy funk and 'modern' styles ensures that there will always be an audience for it. When people see the band they are being entertained but are also hearing a veritable history of the last twenty years of Hip Hop. When they play something like 'Rootdown' (and get it) some people think they're doing Beastie Boys. The actual sonic timbre of hard breakbeat drums is a sound that people are used to hearing - through Hip Hop, Drum'n'bass etc, so to take the music back to the source is not necessarily such a radical step. In terms of achievement The Bamboos are happy just to be able to contribute - The process is the reward.
Official site : thebamboos.com

Discography Lanu (alias Lance Ferguson from The Bamboos)
2003 Lanu - Outrigger / Ennio Styles & Lanu - Psybossa
(12") Local People Records LOPE001
2003 Lanu - Beijo Do Sol / Mosquito Coast
(12") Equatorial Records ER002
2004 Lanu feat. Christin Deralas - Let You Glow
(12") Local People Records LOPE002
2004 Various - Local People Album
(CD) Local People Records LOPECD001
2005 Soul Source Production - I Believe feat. Bikini Atoll (alias Lanu) / Save Me feat. Bikini Atoll (alias Lanu)
on Soul Source Production (CD)
2005 Barbara Acklin – Am I The Same Girl? (Local People Remix)
on Soul Source Remixed Fevers (CD) Victor Japan VICP-62950

Info :
Lanu is Lance Ferguson, a New Zealand born, Melbourne based guitarist and producer who may also be known as the guitarist and band leader of the world famous deep funk act The Bamboos, producer Lanu, one half of production outfit No Comply, a member of the Local People collective, a DJ and a most highly regarded session musician and remixer. Lanu is a co-founder of Melbournes Local People and Equatorial labels, and is also the label boss of Bamboo Shack Records.


Discography Bennson (alias Ben Grayson from The Bamboos)
2003 Bennson - Coconut Beach
(12") Equatorial Records ER001
2006 Bennson - Close to Paradise (Remixes)
(12") Equatorial Records ER007

Info :
Melbourne Producer/Musician, Bennson (AKA Ben Grayson) began his musical apprenticeship at an early age, copping the rhythmic and harmonic approaches of jazz luminaries such as Kenny Barron and Herbie Hancock. By his mid-teens he was already holding down piano gigs with Melbournes jazz heavyweights. Taking the step to production was inevitable – and Grayson has displayed his versatility with projects running the full spectrum of modern dance music. Between producing and releasing music under the monickers of Bennson, No Comply (Equatorial), playing hammond organ in Australia's premier Deep Funk outfit The Bamboos, and regular DJ engagements – Grayson continues to keep pushing his abilities and re-defining the role of a modern ‘musician'.


Discography No Comply (alias Lance Ferguson & Ben Grayson from The Bamboos)
2005 The Society - Human Nature (Diesler remix) / (No Comply remix)
(12") Freestyle FSR029
2005 Eddit - Samba Do Bell (No Comply Remix)
(12") Equatorial Records ER004
2004 Los Cabrones / No Comply - Hole Que Tal (No Comply Mix) / 4th Floor Fiesta
(12") Freestyle Records FSR016
2004 No Comply / Los Cabrones - 4th Floor Fiesta / Hole Que Tal (No Comply Mix)
(12") Equatorial Records ER003


Discography Cookin' On 3 Burners (alias Lance Ferguson (Guitar) from The Bamboos with Jake Mason (Hammond organ) & Ivan Khatchoyan (Drums)
1997 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Jazz + Funk (K7)
1998 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Self Titled (CD)
2000 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Steamed Up (CD)
2002 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Gravel Rash / Pie Warmer
(7") Bamboo Shack BR002
2005 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Gravel Rash / Mango Skin
(7") Freestyle Records FSR7016
2005 Cookin' On 3 Burners - Cressy St. Breakdown
(7") Knowfool (NZ) FOOWL001

Info :
Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s foremost organ trio – joining the dots between funk, soul, boogaloo & jazz. Long time partners Lance Ferguson (guitar), Ivan Khatchoyan (drums) and Jake Mason (organ) have taken their home brew of soulful Hammond get down everywhere from national jazz festivals to after hours bars and clubs. With their releases receiving acclaim from international DJ’s, jazz critics and fans alike, Cookin’ on 3 Burners continue to deliver upfront musical dishes with a down home flavour... fresh sounds to make you shake your peas and gravy.
Official website : alphalink.com.au/~jmason/cotb/content
Lance Ferguson – Guitar
Lance Ferguson graduated from The Victorian College Of The Arts School of Music in 1998 – quickly establishing himself as an in-demand session Guitarist in the Jazz/Soul/Funk scene. He has performed with Australian artists such as Doug Parkinson, Renee Geyer, Venetta Fields, Ian Chaplin, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Nina Ferro and Los Cabrones.
Ivan Khatchoyan – Drums
Ivan "choi" Khatchoyan- Drummer/Producer/writer. Ivan was born in Montreal, Canada where he started showing his love of music early. Since arriving in Melbourne, Australia in 1990, Ivan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts(1998) with fellow band mates Lance and Jake and has been a hardworker within the Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop scene. He has produced and co-written with various artists and bands including Cranky, Renee Geyer, Oscillate, Tony Gould, Ruth Rogers Wright, Mark Fitzgibon, Cookin on 3 Burners, True Live, PHAT LOGIC crew, Chan Doi, and Velure.
Jake Mason – Organ
After hearing an old beaten up Hammond organ for the first time in his late teens, Jake has been an organ disciple ever since. With more than a nudge from the 50’ & 60’s organ heritage, he has also branded a jazz and funk style of his own. With Cookin’ On 3 Burners taking the focus he also splits his time by leading and playing saxophone in his own band Deode and as a side man in other projects.


Discography Beachcomber (alias Lance Ferguson from The Bamboos and CJ Dolan)
2002 Beachcomber – Riviera
on Moonlight Recordings Vol 3 (2xCD) Level Two/Warner
2003 Beachcomber - Salt
on Nouveau: Cosmopolitan (CD) Level Two/Inertia
2004 Beachcomber - Salt
on Music At Moonlight Vol.4 (CD) Warner


A Selection of Compilations
2005 Lanu - Mosquito Coast / Eddit - Samba Do Bell (No Comply Remix)
(12") Freestyle Records FSR024
2005 Various - Climate Shift
(CD) Equatorial Records ER005
2005 Various - Climate Shift Album Sampler
(12") Equatorial Records ER006
2005 Various - Stay On The Groove: 20 Modern Funk Anthems
(CD) Freestyle FSRCD007
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