Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10 essential Disco Jazz cuts. What’s your fav?

10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame (De-Lite Records)
Although mostly remembered as a Disco hit machine in the 80’s, Kool & The Gang first appeared as a Jazz/Funk studio outfit by the beginning of the previous decade. Opening their 1976 released album of the likes, the infectiously horn-led ‘Open Sesame’. A gem which somehow stands as the missing link between their two periods…
10 essential Disco/Jazz cuts / Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor (Inculcation)
Ironically, the most well known cut by the likes of guitarist/singer Arthur Adams. A man who mainly made his path in the Blues scene prior to be exploring funk territories in the mid-70’s. Eventually playing along with The Crusaders, before going back to his roots. More than 30 years after its release, ‘You Got The Floor’ remains one of the most infectious compositions ever in the genre…
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / Eumir Deodato – Whistle Bump (Warner Bros.)
One would more probably remember him as the producer of Kool & The Gang‘s greatest Disco classics. Brazilian pianist/composer Eumir Deodato has nevertheless built one of the most versatile repertoires on his own. From his brillant cover version of Richard Strauss‘s to the lesser known funky ‘Keep On Movin”. With mixing work by the likes of Jimmy Simpson (Ashford & Simpson, GQ), the 1978 released ‘Whistle Bump’ which he co-produced with Tommy LiPuma stands as one of his signature cuts. For the record, it eventually introduced the use of a whistle in the Disco production…
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / Funk Fusion Band – Can You Feel It (Progressive Version) (WMOT Records)
On Philly-based seminal label WMOT Records, this reorchestrated instrumental version around a strong vocal hook and an insane sax part of Asphalt Jungle‘s ‘Freakin’ Time’. A cut written by MFSB drummer Keith Benson. With editing work courtesy of WMOT home producers David Todd and Nick Martinelli
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (Kudu Records)
A Jazz drummer who recorded with luminaries such as Pharoah Sanders, Lou Donaldson and Grant Green to name a few… Idris Muhammad came to explore reputedly more danceable territories with the release of ‘Turn This Mutha Out’ back in 1977. An album which features gems such as its title cut, ‘Tasty Cakes’ and the mythic ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’. The latter being the subject of heavy battles between bidders more than 20 years after its release on eBay.
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / Community People – Education Wrap (Delmar International)
I know how this may sound like an arbitrary choice coming along with this quite underrated jewel. I nevertheless can’t resist finishin’ up this selection with it. A positive blend of inspiring rap/chants melted with a killer sax part over an insane key led funky bass driven rhythm part which happened to be the one and only jam by the likes of this band…

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