Saturday, August 19, 2017

10 essential Jazz Funk classics

10 essential Jazz Funk Classics
Roy Ayers

10 essential Jazz Funk classics… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how the groove would definitely not have sounded the same without the regular experimentations which have paved its way… Such as back in the 70’s when Jazz came to integrate Funk, Soul or Disco along with analog synthesized sounds. As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would definitely have deserved 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 Jazz Funk classics / Herbie Hancock – Chameleon (Columbia)
One of the most significant compositions in the history of Jazz, with its instantly identifiable bassline being for much on its fame. By the reunion of Herbie Hancock, Harvey Mason, Paul Jackson and Bennie Maupin. From their 1975 ‘Head Hunters’ album. A cut given countless cover versions. From Maceo Parker or Maynard Ferguson to Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. Not to mention the ultra rare ‘Kameleon’ by the likes of Polish director Henryk Debich and the Orkiestra PR I TV W Łodzi
10 essential Jazz Funk classics / Grover Washington, Jr. ‎– Mister Magic (Kudu)
By one of the inventors of the Smooth Jazz. One most likely remember late saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. for the 1980 classic ‘Just The Two Of Us’ featuring Bill Withers. An artist who nevertheless reached one of his peaks back in 1975. This, with the release of his ‘Mister Magic’ album and its title cut. Featuring luminaries such as Bob James, Harvey Mason, Eric Gale and Ralph McDonald. A cut soon after followed by the magnetic ‘Knucklehead’. With both of them standing as his signature jams in the genre…
10 essential Jazz Funk classics / Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes ‎– Expansions (Flying Dutchman/RCA)
Hailing from a family of musicians, Richmond, VA native Lonnie Liston Smith successively learnt piano, tuba, trumpet and voice in high school and college. Moving to New York, he then came to collaborate with many luminaries such as Roland Kirk and Art Blakey. Not to mention Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri and Miles Davis. He then gave birth to his own group – Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes – back in 1973. Fusing Jazz, Soul and Funk, with a repertoire full of classics in the genre. The 1975 released  ‘Expansions’ from his album of the likes, is one of his signature cuts. Sampled by countless artists including Monie Love on the Simon Dunmore‘s Touch Mix of ‘Down To Earth’, mixed together with Roy Ayers‘s ‘Hey Uh-What You Say Come On’…
10 essential Jazz Funk classics / Ronnie Laws – Always There (Blue Note)
Houston, TX native flautist/saxophonist Ronnie Laws who celebrated his 65th Birthday a few days ago (by the time writing this) came straight to fame with the release of ‘Pressure Sentive’. An album which marked his debut back in 1975, it features his biggest success ever – ‘Always There’. A standard which many artists covered. From Willie Bobo (on a Latin/Jazz tip) to the cosmic version of Wood, Brass & Steel. But also Side Effect vho added vocals to it. Then Incognito along with Jocelyn Brown. Not to mention Charvoni
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