Category Archives: Jazz Funk

DUENDE LIBRE-DUENDE LIBRE.

Duende Libre-Duende Libre. Having graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Jazz Studies in 2003, keyboardist Alex Chadsey, like many new graduates, found himself wondering what the future held for him? He was a talented and versatile musician who was fluent in jazz and classical music, and was one of the beneficiaries …

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SEA LEVEL-BALL ROOM.

Sea Level-Ball Room. In 1980, Southern rockers Sea Level released their fifth album Ball Room, which was recently reissued by BGO Records. The release of Ball Room was a new start for Sea Level. They had been signed to Capricorn Records since the release of their eponymous debut album in 1976. After recording four albums …

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BEAT FUNKTION-GREEN MAN.

BEAT FUNKTION-GREEN MAN. Originally, Beat Funktion were formed in 2007 to play a one-off concert at a Swedish nightclub. For the six musicians involved, they were looking no further than that one concert. Little did the members of the Beat Funktion realise, that they would still be together ten years later. A lot has happened …

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GARY BARTZ-JU JU MAN AND LOVE SONG.

GARY BARTZ-JU JU MAN AND LOVE SONG. By 1976, saxophonist Gary Bartz’s reputation was on the rise.This came as no surprise to those within the jazz community. Already, Gary Bartz had played with some of the biggest names in jazz. Especially before he formed his own band in 1969. Baltimore born Gary Bartz had started …

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RHYTHM ON THE RADIO: OVAL RECORDS-SINGLES 1974-1987.

RHYTHM ON THE RADIO: OVAL RECORDS-SINGLES 1974-1987.  By 1972, Charlie Gillette was a successful journalist, based in London. He wrote for various publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Creem, NME and Let It Rock. Occasionally, Charlie presented the BBC TV music program The Old Grey Whistle Test. It was a program  that suited Charlie’s …

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FEELING GOOD-FUNK, SOUL AND DEEP JAZZ GEMS: THE SUPREME SOUND OF PRODUCER BOB SHAD.

FEELING GOOD-FUNK, SOUL AND DEEP JAZZ GEMS: THE SUPREME SOUND OF PRODUCER BOB SHAD. Bob Shad was a music man. He was someone who saw the bigger picture musically. As a result, Bob Shad he was always one step ahead of the competition. So it’s no surprise that Bob Shad enjoyed a long and successful …

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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS THE BEST OF INNER CITY RECORDS.

KEV BEADLE PRESENTS THE BEST OF INNER CITY RECORDS. When Irv Kratka and Eric Kriss decided to found a new jazz label, Inner City Records in 1976, they seemed the perfect partnership. Irv Kratka was music industry veteran, who was the CEO of MMO Music Group. What he didn’t know about the music industry, wasn’t …

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THINGS GONNA GET BETTER: STREET FUNK AND JAZZ GROOVES 1970-1977.

THINGS GONNA GET BETTER: STREET FUNK AND JAZZ GROOVES 1970-1977. As the seventies dawned, America was still at war in Vietnam, and the struggle for racial equality continued. Things were improving,  but still, when it came to racal equality, America’s report card said “could do better.” There was hope though.  The civil rights movement hoped …

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SUNBIRDS-ZAGARA.

SUNBIRDS-ZAGARA. Back in the seventies, the only German band most British people had heard of was Kraftwerk. A few more knowledgeable music lovers have heard of Can, and maybe, Neu!, Cluster or Harmonia. That however, was the extent of their knowledge of German music. That was a great shame, as Germany in the seventies, had …

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JOHNNY HAMMOND-GEARS.

JOHNNY HAMMOND-GEARS. Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s recording career began in 1958. A year later he released his debut album Have You Heard. This was the first of two albums Johnny “Hammond” Smith released during 1959. Over the next sixteen years, Johnny “Hammond” Smith released another thirty album. His thirty-second album was Gears, which was recently rereleased …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2. DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawned the role of hip hop’s first DJ superhero. That’s apparent from the Dubcatcher’s album cover. Looking like a cross between Robin, Bananaman and Goldfinger, a vinyl wielding DJ Vadim’s …

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RY COODER-SOUNDTRACKS.

RY COODER-SOUNDTRACKS. It was fifty years ago that Ry Cooder’s career began. He was a member of The Rising Sons, a six piece blues band. They signed to Columbia Records in 1964. Two years later, The Rising Sons split-up. Their legacy was an album that was released twenty-eight years later.  Rising Sons. This was Rising …

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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 2.

KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 2. Back in the seventies and eighties, major record labels were reducing the money the were spending on jazz.  No longer was jazz seen as a priority. In the eyes of many record label executives, it was yesterday’s music. So, they weren’t willing to risk scarce resources on new …

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LARRY CORYELL-BAREFOOT BOY.

LARRY CORYELL-BAREFOOT BOY. Larry Coryell, it seemed, was destined to become a musician. Born in Galveston, Texas, Larry was playing in local bands throughout his time at Richland High School. He was a member of The Flames, The Rumblers, The Royals, The Jailers and even, the Yakima based Checkers. For a group looking for a …

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THE JAZZ CRUSADERS-GIVE PEACE A CHANCE.

THE JAZZ CRUSADERS-GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. Back in 1954, at Phillis Wheatley High School, Houston, Joe Sample, Stix Hooper and Wliton Felder met for the first time. Little did they realize the importance of this meeting. Unknown to them, this meeting would result in the formation of one of the most innovative and influential jazz …

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PERSONAL LIFE-ONE STEP CLOSER.

PERSONAL LIFE-ONE STEP CLOSER. With so much music being produced using synths, samples, sequencers and drum machines, it’s no wonder music has lost its soul. Sadly, that’s been the case since the eighties. Since then, much of the music being released has a cold, clinical and sterile sound. That’s resulted in many people losing interest …

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PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE.

PSYCHEMAGIK PRESENTS MAGIK SUNRISE. By far, one of the best compilations of 2012 was Leng Records’ Psychemagik Presents Magic Circles. Released in October 2012, it’s best described as a compelling and captivating collection of music. Not only that, but it brought new meaning to the word eclectic. Fusing cosmic disco, Balearica, psychedelic funk, ambient, soul, …

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BACKBEATS: IN THE POCKET-70S JAZZ FUNK.

BACKBEATS: IN THE POCKET-70S JAZZ FUNK. Ever since the birth of jazz, the music has never stood still. Instead, it’s been constantly evolving. That was the case in the early seventies. By the early seventies, jazz had to evolve to survive. Jazz’s popularity had been surpassed by soul music. Even soul jazz which had proved …

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LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974.

LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974. Looking back at the roster of artists Flying Dutchman Records amassed during the first five years of its existence, can’t help but be impressed. After all, between 1969 and 1974, Flying Dutchman Records couldn’t just boast true jazz legends, but pioneers …

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WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA ALBUMS 1971-1975.

WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA ALBUMS 1971-1975. Recently Columbia Records have been delving into their archives and releasing a series of lavish box sets. So far, there’s been box sets to suit all musical tastes. Whether it’s jazz legends like Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong or seventies rock there’s something for everyone. Fans of jazz-fusion haven’t been …

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