Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

10 essential Disco Jazz cuts10 essential Disco Jazz cuts… Like always, a selection is per definition limited. A breeding ground for all sorts of experimentations back then, Disco happened to be a natural playground for the Jazzmen on their will to explore extra territories… As a result, many are the gems 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 energetic jams where the infectiousness of the groove predominates.
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 Disco Jazz cuts / Earth, Wind & Fire – In The Stone (Kalimba/Columbia)
Embedding one of the most famous horn sections in the history of the groove, Earth, Wind & Fire never missed an opportunity to showcase their natural appetency for the fusion, such as brilliantly demonstrated on this joint taken from their 1979 released ‘I Am’ album which spawned classics such as ‘Boogie Wonderland’ (featuring The Emotions) and ‘After The Love Has Gone’…
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / The Players Association – Turn The Music Up (Vanguard)
Chris Hills and Danny Weiss put this 18-piece studio band together back in 1977. Featuring luminaries such as James Mtume, Steve Khan, Joe Farrell and David Sanborn)… The Players Association delivered some of the most infectious jams one can think of. Also served by an impressive horn section, from ‘I Like It’ to ‘We Got The Groove’ and the aforementioned. Even though they’re mostly remembered for their cover versions of Diana Ross‘s ‘Love Hangover’ and The Trammps‘ ‘Disco Inferno’.
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto (Warner Bros.)
1977 marked the beginning of a new era for Jazz guitarist George Benson. This, with the release of the Tommy LiPuma produced ‘In Flight’ album. A collection which features a cover version of War‘s classic ‘The World Is A Ghetto’. A cut which stands as one of Benson‘s signature cuts. It sees him scatting over his Ibañez guitar in an incomparable way. Surrounded by cats such as Phil Upchurch, Ronnie Foster, Harvey Mason and Ralph McDonald among others. In the meantime, it also attracted the attention of a new audience, including in the clubs. Therefore opening the path for further jams such as ‘On Broadway’, ‘Give Me The Night’ and other ‘Never Give Up On A Good Thing’…
10 essential Disco Jazz cuts / The New Jersey Connection – Love Don’t Come Easy (Carnival Records)
One of the definitive highlights from 1981, this blowing jazzy/funk ‘Love Don’t Come Easy’. A jam born from the reunion of producer Eddie Sanders, arrangers Daryle Miller and Kevin Marshall along with singer Kenny Bristol under The New Jersey Connection guise. Quite ironical though, as despite an obvious appeal and know how, they all disappeared soon after from the radar as a whole as, as individualities…
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