Richard Cousin’s field of expertise embraces the genre of New Orleans funk and blues and if you’re a regular in our spot on the Mississihl, you know what that leads to when he’s on live. He and his driving bass and musical genius has been variably collaborating, composing, working sessions with and participating as side man for Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, Jim Pugh, Van Morrison, Frankie Lee, Dru Hill, Albert King, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Lex Vandyke, Gary Stewart, Claudette King. He composed the soundtrack for Scorsese’s documentary «Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues». Richard’s a talker and he might share some juicy tidbits on how it went working and getting to know some of those folks. Just don’t ask him where he gets his haircut.
He and Hendrix Ackle, who sings and plays the Hammond and piano, met 20 years ago or so in that cultural hotspot of Winterthur, upstate Zurich. And the two have collaborated ever since. Off and on, yes, depending on Richard’s absences due to regular stints with the Robert Cray Band and other sonic adventures. Because of those sabbaticals, they’ve been known to play each other ideas and tunes over the telephone. Who would have thought that Swiss PTT would take an instrumental part in a creative process? And could the intriguing results be labelled S w i s s F u n k? «Hendrix Ackle intensly lives the progression from genius to insanity; he belts, yammers and suffers and reaches for holy rage and hellish ecstasy» wrote a journalist who’s obviously a big fan.The other members of the band are Peter Haas on drums, Marco Figini on guitars and Roberto Hacaturyan on percussion. Oh yeah, that guy and his congas, when he cuts loose you might have to ask a barstool for support.