A nice collection of releases for this week including a nice P&P re-issue on 45 by Queen Yahna -Ain’t it time, a very collectable slice of jazz filled disco from the Patrick Adams camp. Keeping on the re-issue tip we were pleased to get copies of the remastered 12″ of Garfield Fleming – ‘don’t send me away’ which is a classic soul crossover record that’s a must for any record collection. On the edit tip we had a limited amount Pete Blaker edits on Balearic Blah Blah where he turns some iconic 80’s pop moments into blissful Balearic chuggers. Hopefully more stock arriving as we speak. On a world music tip we have Sam Remore’s reworkings of Alafia on Canopy Records. These mixes are very well done and have lots of dancefloor energy. On a restock tip we have the excellent Love Drop on Gamm back in stock if you missed it the 1st time around.
The week has been dominated by a new Space Grapes -Jeroboam -Turn Down The Lights. It carries on with the usual Space Grapes sound of excellent live sounding disco. Very limited, so as they say in the adverts ‘while stocks last’! Keeping with the disco tip we have Carmen – Throw Down which is a reissue from mid 80’s. If you are rocking that 80’s disco boogie sound then this is for you. The South Africa label Aweh I have a soft spot for and this time they have given us a proto house acid afro mash up, a modern day ‘yeke yeke’. I can imagine this getting the crowd going with the African chanting and the squelch of the 303, check it out. A new Gamm is always welcome and this time we have Delfonic with his Berlin Reworks. I couldn’t identify any of the originals so that’s a good thing, it’s 4 tracks of very good jazz filled disco.
On a Japanese tip, we have Speed Of Sound with Satoshi and the Mix Out Session . While there is a perfectly nice and solid deep house cut on the a side i purchased it for the downtempo Balearic cuts on the flip, pure bliss.
It’s a quiet week for new release for us, but we did get a couple of gems. Firstly we enjoy a shipment from Japan and this week we got a new Positive Pay For Japan release – Friends From Rio – Fogo No Chao / Casino Bangu which both were only ever released on a Far Out LP and never on single. Muro has added his magic and we have a very hot 45. We also managed to grab some more Postive Pay for Records Japan back cat including the excellent Muro edit of Blair. It seems that every release is some kind of edit nowadays so it was refreshing to receive The Kanpai Quartet -Rick James Dwells In The Abyss on a new label from London, Palace Records. Real jazz musicians orchestrating out their influences of 60s & 70s library music on a cool little 45.
It’s also certainly worth checking our 45’s page as there was about 40 titles added to the back cat over the last 2 weeks.
2 very hot 45’s in this week but quite different. Kicking off we have Eddie C on Red Motorbike -D8 with the Rane, who with his mid tempo chugging cut n’ paste style production has delivered again. This is a wicked little 7″ and truly infectious DJ record. On a more melancholy note we have the 2nd 45 from Les Imprimes – Falling Away on NYC’s Big Crown records. Solid hip hop style beats with lush instrumentation and vocals. Gamm are as prolific as ever and this week we picked a new one- Art of Tones gives us 3 Woman EP with 3 storming disco cuts with very polished production values. The Drum Chums series continues with a very interesting and different 4 tracker of Balearic inspired mid tempo disco from Bobby Snacks. I couldn’t tell you what any of the edits are of, which in my mind is a good thing. You can imagine someone like Luke Una raving about this release and given that Bobby Snacks is a Stockport lad, he probably is. On a restock not we have load of Soopastole restocks and Breaks & Beats. Also we are expecting every Galaxy Sound Co. release that’s still in print back in stock so worth grabbing before they are all gone.
The 1960s witnessed the rise of a vibrant jazz movement that challenged conventions and pushed boundaries. Jazz musicians of the ’70s experimented with new sounds and styles throughout the decade, eventually giving birth to a fusion genre known as jazz funk. This article explores some of the remarkable jazz artists from the ’60s who ventured into jazz funk, forging a path that would leave a lasting impact on the music world.
One cannot discuss the evolution of jazz funk without mentioning the iconic Herbie Hancock. Known for his groundbreaking work in the ’60s, particularly with his quintet featuring Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, Hancock’s musical journey took an intriguing turn in the ’70s. Albums like “Head Hunters” and “Thrust” showcased his mastery of the synthesizer and blended elements of funk, rock, and soul into a new and exciting jazz sound.
The legendary Miles Davis was always at the forefront of musical innovation. During the ’60s, Davis revolutionized jazz with his modal jazz experiments, such as the iconic album “Kind of Blue.” In the ’70s, he continued his exploration by embracing funk influences in albums like “Bitches Brew” and “On the Corner.” These releases, characterized by their rich textures, hypnotic rhythms, and electronic instrumentation, marked a significant shift towards jazz funk and solidified Davis as a true musical visionary of ’70s jazz.
Trumpeter Donald Byrd’s transition from hard bop to ’70s new jazz funk during the decade is a testament to his versatility and open-mindedness. After making waves in the ’60s with his hard bop recordings, Byrd delved into a more groove-oriented sound in albums like “Black Byrd” and “Street Lady.” By incorporating elements of R&B, soul, and funk, Byrd not only embraced the changing musical landscape but also achieved commercial success, making jazz accessible to a wider audience.
Vibraphonist Roy Ayers brought his signature smooth and soulful sound from the ’60s into the realm of jazz funk in the ’70s. Known for his infectious grooves and captivating melodies, Ayers’s albums like “Ubiquity” and “Mystic Voyage” seamlessly blended jazz, funk, and R&B. With his innovative use of synthesizers and his ability to create irresistible hooks, Ayers became a prominent figure in the emerging jazz funk movement of the 1970s.
Eddie Henderson, a trumpeter who gained recognition in the ’60s for his work with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band, transitioned to a more funk-oriented sound in the ’70s. His album “Realization” exemplified his exploration of jazz funk, incorporating funky rhythms, electric instruments, and improvisational elements. Henderson’s contribution to the genre helped bridge the gap between traditional jazz and the emerging funk movement.
Jazz Funk Legacy
The ’60s were a time of artistic exploration and boundary-pushing in jazz. As the ’70s dawned, many jazz musicians embraced the funk movement, giving birth to jazz funk. Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Eddie Henderson, and countless others left an indelible mark on the music world by fearlessly venturing into new territory. Their ability to fuse jazz with elements of funk, soul, and R&B not only created a fresh sound but also expanded the boundaries of what jazz could be. The legacy of these visionary artists continues to resonate, inspiring new generations to explore and innovate within the realm of jazz funk.
Well, we weren’t expecting so much Hot Biscuit action this week but we end up with 3 absolute must have’s. First off is another installment of Versions this time by the Idjuts Boys, check out C1 track for the 80’s pop reworking. Then we have Chicago’s Rahaan with Toc & Tic with some pure disco heat. Finally on Hot Biscuit we have Darryn Jones -Born Again delivering his 2nd release on the label and it’s a gospel stomper. Already nearly sold out so don;t sleep on that one. Funtown Records is an interesting edit label from the land of the rising sun, this week they have delivered 2 really good 1 sided 12″s. Funtown-Bigger Fun is a reworking of The Gap Bands – Big Fun and in my opinion certainly improves it. Funtown – Better 2 Know U is a really nice version of the Motown disco classic by ‘Finished Touch’. Restock wise we have more copies in of the excellent Addmoro which is another fine release from Kalita Records.
Exploring the Eclectic Soundscape of a Musical Innovator
When it comes to legends of jazz, one name that stands out among the rest is Herbie Hancock. With a career spanning over six decades, Herbie Hancock has not only mastered the art of jazz but has continuously pushed its boundaries, blending it with various genres and infusing his own unique style. From his early days as a sideman with the great Miles Davis to his groundbreaking solo work, Hancock has left an indelible mark on the music world, constantly reinventing himself and inspiring generations of musicians.Continue reading Herbie Hancock: Pioneering the Boundaries of Jazz & Beyond
Hardly a week passes without a release that has been touched by Dimitri From Paris and this week is no exception. DFP Vaults gives us an essential 7inch by The Soul Searchers and their seminal ‘Ashley’s Roachclip’. The a-side remixed by DFP a more DJ friendly version and the flip is Dimitri’s edit which is closer to the original. As per usual this won’t hang around for long so you know what to do.Continue reading Dimitri From Paris, Kalita Records and Doc Sevrinsen Appear in Week 26’s Round-Up
David Mancuso’s Loft Club
In the vibrant era of the 1970s, amidst the pulsating heart of New York City’s music scene, emerged a haven that redefined the concept of nightlife forever. The Loft Club, masterminded by the visionary David Mancuso, captivated a generation of music enthusiasts and became a cultural touchstone. Beyond its captivating beats and intoxicating ambiance, the Loft Club embodied an ethos that would influence generations of club culture, forging an enduring legacy. Join us as we delve into the unparalleled influence of David Mancuso’s Loft Club and uncover why it remains an iconic symbol of musical liberation.Continue reading David Mancuso’s Loft Club: A Timeless Revolution in Nightlife
In the vast realm of soul and jazz music, few artists have left as indelible a mark as Roy Ayers. With his unparalleled talent for blending smooth grooves and soulful vibes, Ayers created a musical legacy that continues to captivate listeners even today. As we delve into the early albums of this musical virtuoso, we uncover the foundations of his iconic sound and witness the birth of a true legend.Continue reading Smooth Vibes: Exploring Roy Ayers’ Early Albums