Fri. Jul. 20, 2018

10 essential lazy jams / Cast your fav!

10 essential lazy jams10 essential lazy jams… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, this time seeing us dealing with so to say hybrids. Too groovy already to be considered as slow joints. And most likely too lascivious to be played at peak time in the clubs… As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely deserved the 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  beats’n’ pieces where the emotion gets to the next limit.

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 lazy jams / The Floaters – Float On (ABC Records)
The biggest if not the only classic by the likes of this group formed in 1976 by Detroit Emeralds members James Mitchell and Marvin Willis. But also Paul Mitchell, Larry Cunningham, Charles Clark, and Ralph Mitchell. Taken from their 1977 eponymous album with production courtesy of Woody Wilson. Its long version (more than 11 minutes) was one of the first 12″ to have a commercial release. Hip-Hop group Stesasonic eventually gave it a cover version 11 years after…
10 essential lazy jams / The Gap Band – Yearning For Your Love (Mercury)
Not as successful as the in yer face ‘Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)’, also taken from their 1980 ‘The Gap Band III’ album… The quiet stormy ‘Yearning For Your Love’ would nevertheless influence countless artists. People who eventually covered it or sampled it along with time. From Guy to Heavy D or Common to name but a few. It marked a change of approach for the band. With less synth parts and more space for the guitars and percussion. Not to mention Charlie Wilson‘s smooth baritone vocal performance…
10 essential lazy jams / Juicy – Sugar Free (Epic)
Getting their name from Mtume‘s ‘Juicy Fruit’ and in the same vein as the latter… Allison Bragdon, Jerry Barnes, Johnny Tucker, Katreese Barnes and Wyatt Staton scoring their biggest classic with this lascivious funky slapped bass-driven jam, conceived as a response to ‘Juicy Fruit’. Taken from their 1985 released ‘It Takes Two’ album, with production work courtesy of Eumir Deodato
10 essential lazy jams / Diana Ross – Muscles (RCA)
The opening cut to her 1982 ‘Silk Electric’ album (her second offering on RCA after leaving the Motown label). With production by no one else but long time friend Michael Jackson. Featuring the sultry Patti Austin (backing vocals) and Bill Wolfer (synth). But also Denzil Miller (Keyboards) and Nathan Watts (bass) [More…]
10 essential lazy jams / Faze-O – Riding High (Atlantic)
Although they released 3 albums in the second half of the 70’s, Dayton, OH-based quintet Keith ‘Chop Chop’ Harrison (lead vocals/keys), Ralph ‘Love’ Aikens (guitar), Tyrone ‘Flye’ Crum (bass), Roger ‘Dodger’ Parker (drums) and Robert ‘Bip’ Neal, Jr. (lead vocals/percussion), together known as Faze-O, are most likely remembered for ‘Riding High’. A spacey soulful jam from their debut-album of the likes that saw the light in 1979. With production work courtesy of Clarence Satchell of the Ohio Players.
10 essential lazy jams / Jerome Prister – Say You’ll Be (Tuff City)
He most likely made himself a name as Secret Weapon with ‘Must Be The Music’ back in 1983 on Prelude Records. B’klyn native bassist, singer/songwriter Jerome Prister, nevertheless scored his biggest classic ever under his own name 2 years after. Delivering this vibrant joint with mixing production courtesy of Patrick Adams. And production by the likes of singer David Reeves (Spoonie G, Output, Kurtis Blow). Jerome Priester sadly passed of a stroke in October 2007 at the age of 48.
10 essential lazy jams / Boule Noire – Aimer D’Amour (Les Disques Martin)
A major figure in Dance and R&B music in Quebec during the 70’s and 80’s, the late George Thurston scored his biggest success back in 1978. This with with the release of ‘Aimer D’Amour’ (his third album as Boule Noire) and its lead single of the likes. A song which, despite its French Lyrics, sold close to 1,000,000 copies. Curiously reaching a wider audience by the end of the 80’s. The man’s powerful voice somehow reminding the one of Boz Scaggs at moments…
10 essential lazy jams / Lowrell – Mellow, Mellow Right On (AVI Records)
Lowrell Simon first appeared as the lead singer of Chicago group The LaVondells. The latter turning their name into The Vondells in the 60’s. He then came to form The Lost Generation during the following decade. One mostly remember him though for the classy ‘Mellow, Mellow, Right On’ from his 1979 eponymous album. A cut which Bruce Hawes, Eugene Record and Tom Tom 84 co-produced. Blending these famous chords inherited from Disco with lush synths parts over a funky bassline and a downbeat. Imagination, Masive Attack and Zhané eventually sampled it years after.
10 essential lazy jams / Stanley Clarke – Heaven Sent You (Epic)
From his 1984 ‘Time Exposure’ album, George Duke‘s long time friend Jazz/Funk bassist Stanley Clarke displaying another proof of his undeniable talent. Venturing into smooth territories along with keyboardist/songwriter/arranger Denzil A. Miller, Jr. (Nona Hendryx, Kurtis Blow, Lenny White…). Not to mention former Shalamar co-lead singer Howard Hewett with whom he also recorded the outstanding ‘Fantasy Love’ 9 years later.
10 essential lazy jams / Active Force – Give Me Your Love (A&M)
The one and only single from the one and only album by transcient US quintet Active Force. A group which Adrian Steele, Victor Adams, Adrina Steele, Gerald Mallory, and Gerald Steele put together in the early 80’s.
Although they didn’t chart back then, their eponymous album (which saw the light back in 1983) is considered as a must have by the Soul/Funk connoisseurs. With production work by the likes of Michael Stokes (Enchantment, Ozone, Scherrick)… It features luminaries such as Patrice Rushen (piano), Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) and Freddie Washington (bass)…

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