@ Jmoen3. Hi:
These " Eastman St. " tenors have always interested me. If you get half a chance , your opinion of them and maybe a shot or two would be be great.
Many Thanks , ( if you get time )
funk is all about the rhythm. Turn off the backing track and play as if you’re tapping out a funky drum rhythm on 1 note. Then add another note. Then another. Keep the rhythm. Pretty soon just open it up. Take this simple approach on to funk backing tracks and it will fall in to place.