Wednesday, July 26, 2017

10 essential instrumentals

10 essential instrumentals10 essential instrumentals… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how our enviromment would definitely not be what it is without these instrumental pieces which have thrilled us on so many occasions. Be they Jazz, Soul, Funk, House, Electronic, whatever… As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates, be it in terms of melody and arrangements. Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential instrumentals / Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – The Hustle (Avco Records)
While in the Big Apple to record an album back in 1975, Van Allen Clinton McCoy, better known as Van McCoy composed this song after his partner watched regulars of Adam’s Apple local nightclub dancing the Hustle. Famous drummer Steve Gadd and guitarist Eric Gale were among the musicians doing the recording session as piccolo player Phillip Bodner responsible for the lead melody, under the direction of orchestra leader Gene Orloff. Remembered as one of the most popular themes of the Disco era, McCoy came up with the idea of doin’ an extended version of it which sadly saw the light with additional recorded parts soon after his death in 1979…
10 essential instrumentals / Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces (Atlantic)
Scottish musicians, Roger Hall (saxophone), Hamish Stuart (guitar) and cohorts came to international recognition in the mid-70’s with this Jazz/Funk anthem taken from their second album – ‘AWB’ – released back in 1974. Nothing was granted though as it initially failed to chart in the UK. Thanks to the US radio jocks who heavily supported it soon after its release Staeside, which eventually pushed their UK alter egos to do the same soon after, with the rest being history. Produced by Arif Mardin, it also made it to #11 position on the US Disco chart, with the band being still in activity nowadays…
10 essential instrumentals / Booker T & The MG’s – Melting Pot (Stax Records)
From the 1971 released album of the name which would be their very last studio project for Memphis seminal label Stax Records. Willing to come up with a different sound, Jones (Booker T) recorded it in New York. Standing among our all time favs, as pretty much symbolizing what Indamixworldwide is about, blending everything from Blues & Soul to the most progressive sides of the Groove for the time being, while displaying an infectious Jazz vibe over a rumblin’ bassline……
10 essential instrumentals / MFSB – K-Jee (Philadelphia International Records)
By the likes of Soul/Funk band The Nite-Liters, later known as Newbirth, and written by Harvey Fuqua and Charlie Hearndon, this 1971 released standard would get to higher recognition, as covered by MFSB as a part of their 1975 released ‘Universal Love’ album, before being included 2 years later on the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ OST…
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