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Sugarman 3

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  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.daptonerecords.com/thesugarman3/
  • Recent Activity: 05.06.15 RT @DaptoneRecords: Come to the #houseofsoulstudio for the DAPTONE SUPER SOUL STOOP SALE SPECTACULAR - May 18th 4pm-8pm #daptonestoopsale h…
  • Sugarman 3

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

New York City retro-funk combo the Sugarman 3 were formed by saxophonist Neal Sugarman in the spring of 1996 following his return from New Orleans, where he backed artists including Eddie Henderson and Mike Longo. Teaming with organist Adam Scone (a one-time protégé of Ben Dixon) and longtime Brother Jack McDuff drummer Rudy Albin, the trio -- inspired by the vintage jazz-funk sounds of the '60s -- quickly emerged as a club favorite, and with guitarist Coleman Mellett, the Sugarman 3 recorded their 1998 Desco label debut Sugar's Boogaloo. A single, "Cherry Pickin'," preceded the release of the combo's second album, Soul Donkey. Sweet Spot, a compilation of the previous two albums, appeared in spring 2001. That fall the band met with former Desco Records owner Gabriel Roth and producer Bosco Mann to form Daptone Records, the label that would reflect their interests and act as a platform for Sugarman 3 albums. The first of these projects appeared in the summer of 2002, when Sugarman 3's Pure Can Sugar arrived in stores. In the ensuing decade, the band's members were busy with various side projects (most notably Sugarman who is also a member of the Dap-Kings and has toured with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Eric Clapton). They released only three singles -- all of which were collaborations with vintage soul man Lee Fields. Sugarman 3 finally returned to active recording on their own in 2012 with the release of What the World Needs Now.

eMusic Features


Jukebox Jury: The Sugarman 3

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

Neal Sugarman is the co-founder of Daptone Records, the Brooklyn throwback-R&B indie that — thanks to collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, the Roots and Al Green — have become known well outside their niche audience. Sugarman began as a jazz saxophonist before switching to funkier stuff more than 20 years ago, when he first moved to New York Cityfrom his hometown of Boston. In the late '90s, he began hanging out with Gabriel Roth… more »


  • 05.06.15 RT @DaptoneRecords: Come to the #houseofsoulstudio for the DAPTONE SUPER SOUL STOOP SALE SPECTACULAR - May 18th 4pm-8pm #daptonestoopsale h…
  • 12.04.14 *NYC!* Just Released!: 50 TICKETS left for the first night of The Daptone Super Soul Revue tonight at The Apollo! http://t.co/7CfkeC7nBM
  • 12.02.14 What the world needs now is more Sugarman 3. Now til 12/21, shirts, posters, CDs and more on sale at the Daptone Shop http://t.co/HVBoJFOBn1
  • 10.07.14 RT @phillycustomdj: Check out this live @TheSugarman3 cut from @DaptoneRecords @SuperSoulRevue featuring #AdamScone! ♫ http://t.co/He6iBKZp…
  • 09.11.14 RT @jtennant1020: Neal Sugarman...on the line! Tune in to @933CFMU @supercrawl @TheSugarman3 @SuperSoulRevue
  • 07.22.14 Our own Neal Sugarman will be DJ'ing soul 45s this Saturday @ The Great Georgiana in Brooklyn (248 Dekalb Ave) 9p-1a http://t.co/vA6VugPfSF
  • 09.11.12 RT @DaptoneRecords: NEW 45 from Victor Axelrod/Ticklah w/a little help from his Kingston trio, The Inversions. RT 2 win a copy + slipmat ...
  • 06.20.12 RT @DaptoneRecords: Dap-King Horns (Neal Sugarman, Dave Guy) , Thomas Brenneck, Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu in France! http://t.co/q1WdjnPf
  • 06.11.12 The Sugarman 3: What the World Needs Now http://t.co/y82fPSiu via @popmatters
  • 05.31.12 RT @bbcalbumreviews: The Sugarman 3 - What the World Needs Now: Thirty-seven economical minutes of discerning soulful party stompers. ht ...
  • 05.29.12 Neal Sugarman on the return of The Sugarman 3 and his career as Daptone co-owner and SJDK saxophonist. @villagevoice http://t.co/H62ivtqw
  • 05.25.12 VIDEO - A closer look at our history http://t.co/exHa6PuH