Saturday, 22 August 2009

Various Artists ”Chess Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves”

Various Artists

”Chess Psychedelic Jazz & Funky Grooves”
( Compilation Chess Records, 2005 )

1 Rotary Connection – Tales of Brave Ulysses
2 Phil Upchurch – Crosstown Traffic
3 Woody Herman & His Thundering Herd – I Can`t Get Next to You
4 Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto
5 Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping
6 The Soulful Strings – Listen Here
7 Ramsey Lewis – Do Whatever Sets You Free
8 Solomon Burke – Thanks I Needed That
9 Reuben Wilson – Tight Money
10 Woody Herman – It’s Your Thing
11 John Klemmer – Third Stone From the Sun
12 Solomon Burke – Everlasting Love
13 Bo Diddley – Bad Trip
14 Muddy Waters – Tom Cat
15 Ramsey Lewis – Les Fleur
16 Rotary Connection feat. Minnie Riperton – I Am the Black Gold of the Sun

Psychedelic jazz and funky grooves — a perfect way of summing up the genius of late 60s Chess Records — a place where all things righteous bumped together in the studio! The work from this time is easily some of the greatest funk and soul ever recorded — done in a heady Chicago scene that had players stepping out of their usual formats, and working with each other in a rich array of new styles and ideas! Even older players get remade somewhat during these years — and the Chess talent for crossing musical boundaries meant that familiar jazz and blues players were often presented with the same level of hipness as younger funk and soul artists! There’s a really incredible sound here that filters through all the tracks — a blend of heavy rhythms, baroque arrangements, and some deeply personal vocals and instrumental performances that make the work stand out from most other American recordings of the time. And yes, we’re from Chicago, so we’re certainly biased — but hearing this set, we’re sure you’ll gladly come over to our side of the fence! Titles include “Crosstown Traffic” by Phil Upchurch, “Can’t Get Next To You” by Woody Herman, “Woman Of The Ghetto” by Marlena Shaw, “Afro Harping” by Dorothy Ashby, “Listen Here” by Soulful Strings, “Tom Cat” by Muddy Waters, “Bad Trip” by Bo Diddley, “Third Stone From The Sun” by John Klemmer, “Everlasting Love” by Solomon Burke, “Tight Money” by Reuben Wilson, “Les Fleur” by Ramsey Lewis, “I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun” by Rotary Connection, and “I Wish It Would Rain” by Soulful Strings.
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