The Root Source – Fire Walker

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The Root Source have returned, with a quality and timeless follow up to their self titled debut album released in 2007 (FSRCD019). Upon its release, the London based septet were lauded by the likes of Nicola Conte, Snowboy and Gilles Peterson and discerning dance floors around the world took a real heel bashing whenever any of these top DJs played the tracks from the album in their club sets!
This brand new collection has been nurtured lovingly, earnestly, soulfully and truthfully by Hammond Organist/Pianist Andrew Fairclough. Drawing on influences from Deep jazz, Funk and Samba Fusion of 60s and early 70s origin yet wholeheartedly retaining contemporary originality.

For more info and buy check: www.freestylerecords.co.uk

Tracklist

01. Firewalker
02. Soul Space
03. Dervish Whirl
04. Moon Juice
05. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Suite: Pt.1 Oompa Loompa Song/Pt.2
06. Echoes of Your Past
07. Streams

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VA – Poliziotteschi Graffiti

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A “groove” collection of hot themes from the original soundtracks of the Italian cop movies, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Stelvio Cipriani – Mark Il Poliziotto
02. Luis Bacalov – The Summertime Killer
03. Armando Trovajoli – Blazing Magnum
04. Detto Mariano – Delitto Al Ristorante Cinese
05. Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Goodbye My Friend
06. Vince Tempera – Nucleo Antirapina
07. Franco Micalizzi – Delitto Sull’autostrada
08. Goblin – Trumpet’s Flight
09. Franco Micalizzi – Special Cop
10. Luis Bacalov – La Polizia È Al Servizio Del Cittadino
11. Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – The Life Of A Policeman
12. Stelvio Cipriani – La Polizia Sta A Guardare
13. Goblin – La Via Della Droga
14. Franco Campanino – Napoli Si Ribella
15. Franco Micalizzi – Special Agents
16. Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Car Chase At Margellina
17. Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – New Special Squad
18. Luis Bacalov – Montreal Non Stop

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Woima Collective – Tezeta

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The Woima Collective was born from deep within the brass section of renowned German funk unit Poets Of Rhythm, as tenor sax player Johannes Schleiermacher became immersed in the rhythms and modes of the African music that the Poets love so much.

Combining the tight funk of groups like The Heliocentrics and the Poets Of Rhythm, with gnarly abyssinian brass and classic Mulatu-esque organ licks, the twelve tracks on Tezeta breeze into Europe on the Siroccan winds. At times, the band nods to dubby workouts like on the track ‘No Way But Still Walking’, at other times the brass section threaten to get free and atonal on the album closer ‘Wilder Mann’. Nevertheless Tezeta takes the cohesive pulse of North Africa, and fits it in a groove that will run and run for days. The Woima Collective celebrates the hypnotic beauty of Ethiopian scales and African rhythms, but creates an unique sound out of those influences, leaving lots of space for the individual band members to do their dance.

For more info and buy check: www.kindred-spirits.nl

Tracklist

01. Marz
02. Credo
03. Woima
04. Gaaf
05. Puno
06. No Way But Still Walking
07. Cavemans Revenge
08. Wayna
09. The Cave
10. Gidama
11. Illusions
12. Wilder Mann

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Electro Deluxe – Play

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Electro Deluxe group consists of 5 musicians among the busiest in the French music scene. After 10 years of existence and 3 albums to their credit, the sound of Electro Deluxe has forged a recognizable character. Music box containing real, Electro Deluxe is present in many current projects. One finds the band members alongside Uncle Ben’s Soul, Michel Jonasz, Hocus Pocus, Milk Coffee and Sugar Sixun. Musicians and stage, group members have lent their talents to many players in the current French music scene.

Like the “Funk Brothers”, Electro Deluxe counts among its members musicians of the most requested time. These collaborations have fueled the band’s music. The group evolved from its supercharged electro jazz albums of the first sleek music production vintage served by the last album.

For more info and buy check: www.electrodeluxe.com

Tracklist

01. Play
02. Please Don’t Give Up feat. Ben L’Oncle Soul
03. Black & Bitter feat. James Copley
04. California
05. Between The Lines feat. Ben L’Oncle Soul & 20syl
06. Let’s Go To Work feat. Gael Faye & James Colpey
07. Mousse
08. Where Is The Love? feat. Ben L’Oncle Soul
09. Old Stuff
10. Fine feat. NYR
11. Talking About Good Love… feat. NYR
12. …Talking After Good Love
13. Chasseur De Tetes
14. Sorry feat. NYR

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Quantic Presents The World’s Rarest Funk 45s Vol.1-2

Vol.1
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Will Quantic is known around the world for his blistering stage performances with his band the Quantic Soul Orchestra. His ear for a good tune, and his feel for a good rhythm didn’t come from nowhere – you see Quantic has been collecting rare funk 45s for years, and in that time he has absorbed every drum kick, every horn line and every guitar lick into his very soul. It’s hard to make good music without drawing upon good influence, so along with Quantic, Jazzman have unearthed some of the very best and rarest funk 45s known (and unknown) to man. These records are pure quality, the exorbitant prices that collectors will pay for the originals lays testament to that, and will stand the test of time as a barometer of good ol’ funky music that is truly inspirational. It’s a shame that the original 45s are so rare, with only a few hundred being pressed in many cases, but it is possible that with such rarity comes excellence, distinction and quality. Many tracks were never before reissued and all songs are fully licensed and restored from original sources.

Tracklist

01. Larry Ellis – Funky Thing
02. Soul Lifters – Hot Funky & Sweaty
03. Shades of Black – Mystery of Black
04. Prepositions – Something Different
05. Vern Blair – Ooh Ahh Eee
06. Latin Breed – I Turn You On
07. Herman Hitson – Ain’t No Other Way
08. Brothers – Evil Ways
09. Soul Excitement – Together
10. Gene Anderson – The Loneliest One
11. Tony Bowens – Boiling Water
12. PC’s Ltd – Fast Man
13. Sandi & Matues – The World
14. The M&S Band – Egg Roll
15. James Polk – Just Plain Funk
16. Great Deltas – Tra La La

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Vol.2
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There’s few folks we’d trust with our ears more than Will “Quantic” Holland – an artist we’ve come to love for his own funky music in recent years, and a collector who’s always driven to dig for the rarest bits possible! This time around, he’s allied with the Jazzman Records crew, in a sweet CD presentation of 16 rare tracks, some previously reissued on vinyl 45s by the label – now finally brought together in one amazing package that’s filled with vintage photos, original label scans, a “rarity guide”, and detailed notes on every single tune! Even if you’ve managed to score some of the Jazzman vinyl reissues, this overstuffed package is worth grabbing up as well – and like the first volume, the collaboration of Quantic and Jazzman means that the compilation’s about as funky as funky can be.

Tracklist

01. Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets – Clap Your Hands
02. Innersouls – Just Take Your Time
03. Jimmy Land & The Incredible 5 – Deal With It
04. Lil Buck & The Top Cats – Monkey In A Sack
05. The Devestation – Congestion
06. Abrham & The Metronomes – Party
07. Rev. Jamal & Bob Johnson – Walking On The Moon
08. Road Runners – No Names Will Be Called
09. The 2nd Amendment Band – Backtalk
10. The Afros Band – Right On Right Off
11. The Black On White Affair – Funky Manuel
12. Nathan Bartell – Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up
13. The Third Guitar – Baby Don’t Cry
14. The Universals – New Generation
15. The Fun Company – Zambezi
16. Weston Prim & Blacklash – Simmerin’

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Orgone – Killion Vaults

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Orgone dropped Cali Fever, their second album for Ubiquity earlier this year. They’ve also played a ton of dates including Jazz Fest, High Sierra Festival,touring with the Roots,and Greyboy Allstars,and opening for bands as varied as Snoop Dogg, Sharon Jones and Gil Scott-Heron. With new management pushing Orgone out to as many dates as they can handle so they decided that it was time for a new album for their newfound and rapidly expanding fanbase.Somehow,amidst their insane schedule they have put together a brand new, exclusive and all-instrumental album for Ubiquity called Killion Vaults.

for more info and buy check: www.ubiquityrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Dramatic Times
02. The Score
03. Interloper
04. Summer Beat
05. Counting On You
06. Waiting
07. The Big Escape
08. Done Deal
09. Dark Falls
10. K.Irin
11. Sandstorm Pt.2
12. Dead Reckoning
13. Shopping Spree
14. Impala
15. Cruel Intentions
16. Wanting Wondering

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Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Soul Makossa

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Recorded in Paris and New York under the production guidance of Pierre Jaubert (“Berjot”), the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band were a jazz-based super session group that created a heavy, dense, no compromise ghetto funk that has since been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy to Wreckz ‘N’ Effect.

Soul Makossa was the debut release of the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. At the time the band’s popularity was primarily contained within Europe, but the album is now considered a raw funk gem by collectors everywhere. Everyone was quick to recognize such an abundance of talent in one group. Such classics as “Hihache and “Voodounon” have secured the band’s place in funk history.

At this point, we could go on and on, but for those who already know the band, you will be fully aware of what we mean. For those who are listening for the first time, the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band’s bandwagon is becoming larger and is ready to take people on their heaviest musical trip.

Tracklist

01. Soul Makossa
02. Azeta
03. M.F. Grayson
04. Oglenon
05. Hihache
06. Voodounon
07. Right Foot
08. Nicky ‘First One’

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Sandro Brugnolini – Overground

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A nice instrumental record not far from the style of Blue Phantom and The Psycheground Group. Brugnolini released this LP on his own label and composed it along with Luigi Malatesta. It was recorded at Dirmaphon Studio (Rome) in March 1970. Among the musicians playing on the album were Silvano Chimenti (guitar), Giorgio Carnini (piano and organ) and future Perigeo bass player Giovanni Tommaso.

Tracklist

01. Cellulin
02. Adire’s Dream
03. Cirotil
04. Amofen
05. Simanite
06. Roxy
07. Alipid
08. Brain
09. Cromaton (Bonus Track)
10. Cortex (Bonus Track)

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Ramon Morris – Sweet Sister Funk

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One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that’s like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater’s on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include “Sweat”, “Lord Sideways”, “Sweet Sister Funk”, and a nice version of “People Make The World Go Round”.

Tracklist

01. Hermitage
02. Body and Soul
03. The Good Life
04. In The Moment
05. Bay City
06. My Foolish Heart
07. Passport
08. Taney County
09. The Blessing
10. Passion Flower

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The World Ends Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970′s Nigeria

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The World Ends is the latest title from Soundway Records showcasing a wave of guitar driven and psychedelic groups that sprung up in Nigeria during the early 1970s. Featuring 32 electrifying and funk laden grooves, this is the sound of a generation attempting to pick up the pieces after the devastation of the Nigerian civil war.

Spread over 2 CDs and 2 triple gatefold LPs, this bumper collection is brimming with youthful exuberance, fuzzed out guitar and cosmic organ vibes and owes much to the psychedelic sounds of Jim Morrison, Santana, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and James Brown.

As the summer of love was blossoming in London and San Francisco, Nigeria was imploding into civil war. Also known as the Biafran war of 1967, it was a grisly conflict taking over three million lives yet at the same time as the country was being pulled apart there was a new world beginning. The tracks featured represent a forgotten chapter in Nigeria’s musical history when the youth threw their varied morsels into the pot from hard rock to psychedelic soul when guitars were cherished instruments, symbolic of a new movement, when highlife and Afrobeat played second fiddle to ‘the beat’.

Tracklist

CD1
01. Ify Jerry Krusade – Nwantinti / Die Die
02. The Hygrades – Rough Rider
03. The Hykkers – Deiyo Deiyo (Akpuwunlobi)
04. Wrinkar Experience – Soundway
05. The Funkees – Breakthrough
06. The Mebusas – Mr. Bull Dog (45 version)
07. Foundars 15 – Don’t Take Me For A Ride
08. Ceejebs – Eti Ufok
09. Tony Grey Super 7 – Yem Efe
10. The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa
11. P.R.O. – Blacky Joe
12. Cicada – Oli Nkwu
13. The Lijadu Sisters – Life’s Gone Down Low
14. Eppi Fanio – Ikoko Ti Yio Jata (On Perseverance)
15. Bongos Ikwue – All Night Long
CD2
01. The Thermometers – Babalawo
02. Colomach – Ottoto Shamoleda
03. The Black Mirrors – The World Ends
04. The Semi Colon – Isi Agboncha
05. Lawrence Amavi Group – Money That’s What I Want
06. The Hygrades – Somebody’s Gonna Lose Or Win
07. Ofege – In Concert
08. The Elcados – Chokoi & Oreje
09. Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Limited – Ohomi
10. Chuck Barrister & The Voices Of Darkness – Be Kind, Be Foolish, Be Happy Tony Grey & The Black 7 – Ugbo Ndoma
11. Reme Izabebo’s Music Research – (Ayamayama) The Same Man
12. Action 13 – Active Action
13. The Actions – Kpokposikposi
14. The Strangers – Onye Ije
15. The Comrades – Bullwalk
16. Ofo The Black Company – Egwu Aja

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Malcom Catto – Popcorn Bubble Fish

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Malcolm Catto has guaranteed a thrilling rollercoaster ride of drum crunching beats and bass of epic proportions. Catto has constructed a masterful album which shows remarkable depth and variety without ever becoming monotinous or repetitive, which some contemporary instrumental break beat orientated albums have the habit of doing after being played a few times. One of the traits of this great album is that Catto has left an individual and indelible print on each track in terms of style, rythm and pace. Put more simply, there are songs which are rather lo-fi sounding with an element of darkness about them, then thrown into the beat blender for good measure, Catto has crafted a storming selection of up tempo break fueled scorchers, sprinkled with a touch of funky organ, a smattering of jazz and washed down with a helping of looping fuzzed up guitars. Once again, Mo Wax have released another stunning album which is steeped in pure quality and class. Popcorn Bubblefish is meaty, beaty and bouncy and is a audio delicacy that must be on the menu for any carnivorous break beat junkies.

Tracklist

01. Rock
02. Velvet
03. Fax
04. Spaghetti
05. Train
06. Metropolis
07. Scorpio Rising
08. Vibes
09. Russ Two
10. Late For Work
11. Drop In, Drop Out
12. Raydio
13. Grumbleweed
14. Eastern Excursion
15. Guitar Edit

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Franco Micalizzi – La Banda Del Gobbo

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Soundtrack of italian movie “La Banda Del Gobbo” by Franco Micalizzi, enjoy!

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Tracklist

01. Seq. 1 – Titoli
02. Seq. 2
03. Seq. 3
04. Seq. 4
05. Seq. 5
06. Seq. 6
07. Seq. 7
08. Seq. 8
09. Seq. 9
10. Seq. 10
11. Seq. 11
12. Seq. 12
13. Seq. 13
14. Seq. 14
15. Seq. 15
16. Seq. 16
17. Seq. 17
18. Seq. 18 – Finale

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David Axelrod – David Axelrod

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David Axelrod, funk pioneer, comes to Mo’Wax for this semi-retrospective (two new tracks bookend seven remastered tracks straight from acetate), and he proves that he’s still ahead of his time. The opening track, “The Little Children” combines strings, choir… and an MC for a mysterious dirge-like result. There’s the summer funk of “Jimmy T.” or the bright and shiny cacophony of “Crystal Ball.” These tracks have been carefully orchestrated, and the attention to sonic quality is evident: from the romantic piano chords and strings that lead into a clarinet whirlwind on “Fantasy for Ralph” to the rolling country-western-gospel feel of “For Land’s Sake.” The lonely trumpet at the start of “Loved Boy” heralds a profound and heartrending spiritual, reminiscent of Mahalia Jackson but with male vocals instead. A startling cap to a timeless album.

Tracklist

01. The Little Children feat. Rass Kass
02. Jimmy T
03. Crystal Ball
04. Fantasy For Ralph
05. The Dr & The Diamond
06. Big B Plus
07. For Land’s Sake
08. The Shadow Knows
09. Loved Boy feat. Lou Rawls

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Vicki Anderson – Mother Popcorn – The Anthology

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James Brown regarded Vicki Anderson as the best singer he ever had in his band. During her two stints as James leading singer in the late 60s and early 70s, she recorded some great singles, but never had an album release, making this the first legal album. Many of the tracks are making their first appearance on CD. Includes 2 duets with James Brown.

Tracklist

01. The Message From The Soul Sisters Pts. 1-2
02. Super Good (Answer To Super Bad) Pts. 1-2
03. I’m Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants)
04. Answer to Mother Popcorn (I Got a Mother for You)
05. I Want To Be The Land Of Milk and Honey
06. If You Don’t Give Me What I Want (I Gonna Get It Some Other Place)
07. Baby Don’t You Know
08. Think
09. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
10. Once You Get Started
11. You’re Welcome, Stop On By
12. Don’t Throw Your Love In Garbage Can
13. Wide Awake in a Dream
14. You Send Me
15. I’ll Work It Out
16. You’ve Got The Power
17. What the World Needs Now Is Love

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Gene Harris – Tone Tantrum

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Sweet sweet keyboards from the amazing Gene Harris – one of his seminal electric sides for Blue Note in the 70s – recorded between his earliest fame in the Three Sounds, and his later return to acoustic styles in the 80s! The sound here is equal parts jazz and soul – as Gene’s working with vocalist/arranger Jerry Peters, who brings in a good deal of his own groove to the tracks – giving them a strong focus that’s sometimes missing from other solo Harris sets. Both Peters and Harris play Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on the album – alongside a variety of players that include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Harvey Mason on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. Tracks include the Peters tunes “If You Can’t Find Love” and “A Minor”, a two-part remake of Duke Pearson’s “Christo Redentor”, the sweet stepper “Peace Of Mind”, and a strong vocal take on Stevie Wonder’s “As”.

Tracklist

01. As
02. If You Can’t Find Love Let Love Find You
03. A Minor
04. Stranger In Paradise
05. Peace Of Mind
06. Cristo Redentor – Part I
07. Cristo Redentor – Part II

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Archie Whitewater – Archie Whitewater

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Tracklist

01. Don’t Be Short
02. Northstar
03. Mist Of The Early
04. Life Is A River
05. Friends and Neighbors
06. Country To The City
07. Home Again
08. Cross Country
09. Lament For The Walking
10. Seacost
11. Hulk

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Julius Brockington – Sophisticated Funk

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Funky keyboard tracks from Julius Brockington – a mad early 70s figure who not only cut some wild funk, but who also ended up doing a fair bit of gospel work in later years. This set’s a good bit of stoner funk tracks – in the wilder mode of the Perception/Today label – and it’s got production by Boo Frazier and Patrick Adams that is very “hands off” when it comes to Brockington’s keys. The track list includes covers of some soul stuff like “Rock Steady” and “Do Your Thing” (which is done in a nice long version), plus a good original called “Cold Water”.

Tracklist

01. Let’s Stay Together
02. Rock Steady
03. Since I Fell For You
04. Cold Water
05. If You Really Love Me
06. Old Fashion Love Song
07. Got To Be There
08. Do Your Thing

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Cro-Magnon – Plays

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A killer concept from Cro-Magnon – a set that has the contemporary combo taking on a host of funky classics from years back! The style here is wonderfully laidback – lots of Fender Rhodes spun out with long, lean, easygoing lines – mixed with a bit of piano at points too, all in the chunky modes we’ve always loved in Cro-Magnon’s music – but almost even better here than before, given the classic twist! Wicked stuff that almost single-handedly revives the CTI generation – with tracks that include “Remind Me”, “Tell Me A Bedtime Story”, “Red Clay”, “If You Want Me To Stay”, “The Sweetest Taboo”,and “Dancer”.

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Tracklist

01. Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard)
02. Tell Me A Bedtime Story (Herbie Hancock)
03. If You Want Me To Stay (Sly & The Family Stone)
04. Remind Me (Patrice Rushen)
05. If You Want Me To Stay (Sly & The Family Stone
06. The Sweetest Taboo (Sade)
07. For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder)
08. Dancer (Tatsuro Yamashita)

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Joe Farrell – Canned Funk

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One of Joe Farrell’s crackling funky fusion albums for CTI, and a tasty batch of long tracks with a nice hard groove! The group features Jim Madison on drums, Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, and Ray Mantilla on congas – and they all lay down a sound that shows Farrell finely displaying his talent for choppy, edgey reed playing. Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include “Canned Funk”, “Animal”, and “Spoken Silence”.

Tracklist

01. Canned Funk
02. Animal
03. Suite Martinique
04. Spoken Silence

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Roy Porter Sound Machine – Inner Feelings

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A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album’s got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that’s highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – somewhat similar to Redd Holt’s excellent albums for the Paula label. Roy plays drums, percussion, and sings a bit – and the grooves run from break-heavy instrumentals to even cooler numbers that bring in more of a sense of flow and soul – really opening things up beyond any simple 70s jazz funk cliches, and hitting some really wicked new territory! Instrumentation includes plenty of great horns, electric piano, guitar, and even a bit of Arp – all used in really inventive anc reative ways. Titles include the classic crate-digging favorites “Panama” and “Party Time”, plus a vocal version of “Jessica”, a cover of Jobim’s “Waver-ing”, and another nice original called “Funny Feelin’”! Tremendous stuff all the way through

Tracklist

01. Party Time
02. Love You
03. Panama
04. Jessica
05. Funny Feeling
06. Waver-Ing
07. Out On The Town Tonight
08. Givin’ Me The Blues

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