Wed. Nov. 14, 2018

Mass Production – Shanté (Instrumental)

Lost but not least! Mass Production – Shante (Cotillion/Atlantic)

Best remembered for ‘Firecracker’ their only hit, from their 1979 ‘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 include ‘Cosmic Lust’. But also ‘Groove Me’. Not to mention the instrumental ‘Shanté’, from the ‘Masterpiece’ album that saw the light the year after. But what does “Shanté” mean at the end? Sounding close to the memorable “Sashay! Shantay!” from RuPaul‘s ‘Supermodel Of The World’ years after. But also to French verb “Chanter” which means “Sing”. The ironical thing being that Mass Production‘s ‘Shanté’ is an instrumental at the end…

A cosmic jam, as a matter of fact, sounding like an aggregation of elements/influences from various classics. Beginning with The Temptations‘ ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’. But also Steely Dan (‘Do It Again’). With something of Roy Ayers

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