The ensemble-oriented "free funk" music of drummer Roland Shannon Jackson
's Decoding Society
never can be accused of being overly mellow or lacking in excitement. The 1982 version of his band features trumpeter Henry Scott
, Zane Massey
on reeds, guitarist Vernon Reid
, and both Melvin Gibbs
and Bruce Johnson
on electric basses. The frenetic and intense ensembles (essentially everyone solos at once) would not be classified as relaxing background music.