Saturday, 5 March 2011

Various Artists ''The Very Best Of Jazz Funk''

Various Artists

''The Very Best Of Jazz Funk''

Year Of Release: 5 Jun 1999
Label: Global TV
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Acid Jazz
Quality/Bitrate: MP3 / 320 kbit/s / 44.1 Khz / Stereo
Total Time: 135:58 Min
Total Size: 351 Mb

This is without a doubt, the best jazz funk compilation I've ever bought. I went after it because I wanted Ramsey Lewis's version of the Grover Washington, Jr tune, "Sassy Stew", featuring the legendary sax player himself. It appears on Lewis's 1982 live album "Live At The Savoy" but I couldn't find that on CD anywhere for love or money.
It's first-class stuff from beginning to end and while I had the vast majority of the songs on here on their original albums, it's so nice to have them all in one place. Besides, there are quite a few I didn't have, one of which is Norman Connors' "Black Cow", a beautiful song which hip-hop heads will recognise as the basis for the Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz 1998 smash, "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)".
They are all full-length versions too, which is very unusual, so you get the whole 8mins 42secs of Grover Washington, Jr's "Mister Magic" and all 13mins 27secs of Alphonse Mouzon's "By All Means", just to name two examples. The music is all very accessible so anyone thinking about getting into jazz (or anyone who just wants something to play when their jazz-loving friends come to visit!) will really find this one useful. I can't recommend it enough.
My only grumble is with the inner-sleeve notes, which are not entirely accurate. Some people take these notes very seriously and it's always better to say nothing than to disseminate misinformation. For instance, Marcus Miller is wrongly credited as playing bass on Bob James's "Westchester Lady" (though the actual player, Gary King, is correctly identified). Miller did not appear on "Three", the album from which the song came, at all. On the Alphonse Mouzon song I referred to earlier, the credits say Herbie Hancock played piano, keyboards and fender Rhodes with Mouzon credited as having played synthesizer, percussion and drums. In fact, on this particular song, Mouzon played drums, percussion, Fender Rhodes, electric piano, and ARP string synthesizer. Herbie Hancock played acoustic piano only.
To some these might be minor even irrelevant details but they matter greatly to others.
Still an excellent CD though. Five stars without any effort at all.
Reviewer: Olukayode Balogun (Leeds, England)

01. Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica
02. Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions
03. Grover Washington Jr. - Mister Magic
04. Donald Byrd - (Falling Like) Dominoes
05. Ramsey Lewis - Sassy Stew
06. Maze - Joy And Pain
07. Wilbert Longmire - Black Is The Colour
08. Benny Golson - Killer Joe
09. Alphonse Mouzon - By All Means (feat Herbie Hancock)
10. Bob James - Westchester Lady
11. Norman Conners - Black Cow
12. Larry Carlton - Minute By Minute
13. Tania Maria - Come With Me
01. Weather Report - Birdland
02. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra
03. Ronnie Laws - Always There
04. Brecker Brothers - Sneakin' Up Behind You
05. Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good
06. Earl Klugh - Dance With Me
07. Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance
08. Azymuth - Jazz Carnival
09. Hank Crawford - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
10. Eric Gale - Ginseng Woman
11. Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
12. Gil Scott Heron - Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)
13. US3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

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highlander said...

The Best You Can GET !!!!!!
Love it,love it !
That`s music

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