Dec 23, 2017

RhoDeo 1751 Grooves

Hello, time to get into the groove under the chirstmas tree with some great Jazz-Funk, tap those feet and shake those hips . ........ N'joy



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The Mastercuts label's great Classic Jazz-Funk series kicked off in 1991, and like the remainder of volumes released in its wake throughout the '90s, the first volume more or less concentrates on the '70s end of jazz-funk, as opposed to the form's beginnings during the '60s. Jazz artists were incorporating more potent and often easily danceable backbeats and were also allowing for the R&B of the time to infiltrate their sound, causing purists to shriek in horror at the break from tradition and -- just as importantly -- the crossover appeal. Though this series was aimed at the rare groove crowd in the U.K. that was at full boil during the '90s, many of these cuts have always been valued in the underground clubs of the U.S. -- from David Mancuso's earliest New York Loft parties in the '70s and on through the gatherings that have featured roots-conscious house DJs from Chicago, Detroit, New York, and New Jersey. Not only that, but rap DJs have constantly visited the jazz-funk well for prime sample material. Featured on Classic Jazz-Funk, Vol. 1 are Donald Byrd's "Change" (perhaps the classic jazz-funk song), Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle" (a cautionary, gloriously flute-inflected jam with a thick bottom), Johnny Hammond's "Los Conquistadores Chocolates" (a Latin-tinged delight featuring scratchy guitars, crazy key work, gauzy strings, and just a little flute), and Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes' "Expansions" (a brilliant, typically soaring keyboard number with endlessly rolling percussion and -- of course -- some sprightly flute). Other selections from Harvey Mason, Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Laws, and Spyro Gyra round out the disc. As with the other volumes in the series, it's a valuable history lesson and an uplifting listen that packs a mighty wallop.



VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 1    (flac  459mb)

01 Lonnie Liston-Smith - Expansions 6:04
02 Ronnie Laws - Always There 4:52
03 Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle 5:10
04 Donald Byrd - Change (Makes You Want To Hustle) 5:07
05 Wilton Felder - Inherit The Wind 7:23
06 Spyro Gyra - Shaker Song 4:41
07 Azymuth - Jazz Carnival 9:35
08 Johnny Hammond - Los Conquistadores Chocolates 6:09
09 Eddie Henderson - Say You Will 4:18
10 John Klemmer - Brasilia 9:11
11 Harvey Mason - Till You Take My Love 3:38
12 Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin - Unicorn 6:50

VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 1  (ogg  186mb)

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The Mastercuts label's great Classic Jazz-Funk series kicked off in 1991, and like the other volumes released throughout the '90s, the second volume more or less concentrates on the '70s end of jazz-funk as opposed to the form's beginnings during the '60s. Jazz artists were incorporating more potent and often easily danceable backbeats and were also allowing for the R&B of the time to infiltrate their sound, causing purists to shriek in horror at the break from tradition and -- just as importantly -- the crossover appeal. Though this series was aimed at the rare groove crowd in the U.K. that was at full boil during the '90s, many of these cuts have always been valued in the underground clubs of the U.S. -- from David Mancuso's earliest New York Loft parties in the '70s and on through the gatherings that have featured roots-conscious house DJs from Chicago, Detroit, New York, and New Jersey. Not only that, but rap DJs have constantly visited the jazz-funk well for prime sample material. Featured on Classic Jazz-Funk, Vol. 2 are Idris Muhammad's "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" (more of a jazz-disco fusion and, save for the guitar solo, a practically perfect Paradise Garage nugget), Roy Ayers' "Poo Poo La La" (surprisingly, this 1984 selection is used in favor of more obvious and popular choices like "Running Away" and "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"), David Sanborn's "Chicago Song" (stretching all the way to 1987), and George Duke's "Brazilian Love Affair" (just one of the keyboardist's late-'70s greats). Thankfully, the inclusion of the '80s material here did not signal that Mastercuts had a short supply of prime '70s cuts to deliver throughout the rest of the series.



VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 2    (flac 471mb)

01 Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions 6:09
02 Ronnie Laws - Always There 4:42
03 Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle (Original Version) 5:07
04 Donald Byrd - Change (Makes You Want To Hustle) 5:08
05 Wilton Felder - Inherit The Wind 6:54
06 Spyro Gyra - Shaker Song 4:49
07 Azymuth - Jazz Carnival 9:32
08 Johnny Hammond - Los Conquistadores Chocolates 6:10
09 Eddie Henderson - Say You Will 4:26
10 John Klemmer - Brasilia 9:06
11 Harvey Mason - Till You Take My Love 3:41
12 Dizzy Gillespie - Unicorn 6:46

VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 2  (ogg  188mb )

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The Mastercuts label's great Classic Jazz-Funk series kicked off in 1991, and like the other volumes released throughout the '90s, the third volume more or less concentrates on the '70s end of jazz-funk as opposed to the form's beginnings during the '60s. Jazz artists were incorporating more potent and often easily danceable backbeats and were also allowing for the R&B of the time to infiltrate their sound, causing purists to shriek in horror at the break from tradition and -- just as importantly -- the crossover appeal. Though this series was aimed at the rare groove crowd in the U.K. that was at full boil during the '90s, many of these cuts have always been valued in the underground clubs of the U.S. -- from David Mancuso's earliest New York Loft parties in the '70s and on through the gatherings that have featured roots-conscious house DJs from Chicago, Detroit, New York, and New Jersey. Not only that, but rap DJs have constantly visited the jazz-funk well for prime sample material. Featured on Classic Jazz-Funk, Vol. 3 are Herbie Hancock's "Saturday Night" (one of the gleaming examples of this series' "another person's trash is another person's treasure" modus operandi), Donald Byrd's "Love Has Come Around" (upper-register vocal bliss plus a steady mid-tempo dance beat), Bob James' "Westchester Lady" (a nice choice over the sampled-to-death "Nautilus"), and Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness" (perhaps the most luscious anti-gravity soul ever recorded -- check the eight-minute live version for twice as much synth fireworks from Ronald Bell). Other songs from Aquarian Dream, Lenny White, Ramsey Lewis, and David Bendeth round out the disc. This volume takes care of the slight dip in quality on the second volume. Plenty to love.



VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 3   (flac 451mb)

01 David Bendeth - Feel The Real 6:47
02 Al Di Meola - Roller Jubilee 4:41
03 Herbie Hancock - Saturday Night 7:11
04 Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around 7:47
05 Ramsey Lewis - Spring High 4:16
06 Roy Ayers - Love Will Bring Us Back Together 6:00
07 Bob James - Westchester Lady 7:18
08 Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness 4:16
09 Ramsey Lewis And Earth, Wind & Fire - Sun Goddess 8:25
10 Steve Khan - Darlin' Darlin' Baby 6:28
11 Aquarian Dream (2) - You're A Star 5:30
12 Lenny White - Best Of Friends 3:36

. VA - Classic Jazz-Funk Mastercuts Vol. 3  (ogg  177mb)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My man Rho - The Funky Ass Mofo! :D