Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mass Production – Shanté (Cotillion/Atlantic)

Best remembered for ‘Firecracker’ their only hit, taken from the 1979 released ‘In The Purest Form’ album, Norfolk, VA-bad band Mass Production established themselves as a serious force to be reckoned with during their 7 years of activity in the Jazz/Funk circuit, with each of their new album getting more attention by the aficionados. In addition to the latter, other pieces worth the check from their repertoire would include ‘Cosmic Lust’, ‘Groove Me’ and the instrumental ‘Shanté’, from the ‘Massterpiece’ album released the year after. A cosmic jam sounding like an unlikely meeting between (or an aggregation of elements/influences from) The Temptations (‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’), Steely Dan (‘Do It Again’) and Roy Ayers

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