“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”
I bent the rules a bit but I hope you enjoy the tunes.
In the cases where I could not locate a full version of the song, I provided a link to a short sample to give you a taste of the flavor. Or, if you prefer, download the full versions.
1. The Detroit Experiment: “Space Odyssey”
This first cut is a remake of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave’s classic horny jam. In addition to Belgrave (a veteran of Detroit’s Tribe record collective), saxophonist Bennie Maupin, pianist Geri Allen and violinist Regina Carter also appear on the cd. Carl Craig, better known for Detroit techno, is the producer who pulls it all together. Bonus :”Think Twice“
2. George Duke: “Psychocomatic Dung”
70s jazz-funk soundscapes before he got too smoothed out. From the “Faces in Reflection” featuring Duke on various keyboards, bassist John Heard and Leon Ndugu Chancler on drums. The song is carried along by a thumping bass line, triple-time breakbeats, and Duke’s speedy fingers. Out of sight.
3. Jacob’s Optical Stairway: “Fragments of a Lost Language.”
Marc Mac and Dego of 4Hero fame. This is their first and album as Jacob’s Optical Stairway. (yes, I bought it on wax when it came out). They did an ep after this but it was much more rugged. This reminds me of warm weather, outdoor parties, bbqs, good times. I still can’t get enough of it more than a decade later.
4. Kool and the Gang: “Chocolate Buttermilk”
A classic funk jam. If you are only familiar with their disco hits, this might surprise you. It’s the shiznit. Do the kids say that anymore?
5. Lord Finesse: “Bad Mutha”.
One of my all-time favorite MCs and producers.
Very down to earth cool dude in person too.
Diggin’ In the Crates (DITC) Represent.
6. Malo: “Nena”
Sounds like NYC Latin funk? This is Los Angeles, Cali. Chicano soul. They had one big hit, “Suavecito.”
7. Jay Rodriguez: “Sunday Kind of Love”
The line-up is Rodriguez (saxophone and flute), Chucho Valdés (piano), Ratzo B. Harris (bass), Victor Jones (drums). No Chucho on this track.
8. Chucho Valdés: “Con Poco Coco.” From the Bele Bele en la Habana cd. Listen to all the samples while you are there.
Bonus: Here’s a vid. for “Son No. 1”.
Al Green has also been in the mix lately but I couldn’t pick one song. My wife and I are seeing Mr. Green with Dianne Reeves at Carnegie Hall next month.
Downloads removed. You can find them elsewhere.