Unlike Buddy's counterpart, Max Roach, he never evolved much with the times. This album, as Allmusic.com states tries a little too hard to "get with it", as it were. There is even a quote on the back which states "This is a heavy album. Dig it." Still it possesses some strength, and contains explosive drumming, which is expected. Here is the full Allmusic.com review if interested>A Different Drummer. Enjoy!
I attempted to share this some months ago but the file was squashed within the hour, so I resorted to posting another choice. Well, here it is again for the taking. There is literally a one sentence review on Allmusic.com about this Dizzy drop, but it also gives clips of each tune, so I have provided a link (Portrait Of Jenny). It's a cool little 1970 jazz-funk album from a giant who steps away from his usually style. Enjoy.
Part of the current move to revive dirty garage soul, this group features peeps from DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Sky Hi, The Coolin' System and The Grips. Listening to the album, you would never never never take it as anything other than an early 70's grimy indie-soul drop from a no name out of nowhere. Those of you, such as myself, who are time period elitists when choosing albums will be put to shame by this here gem. Funk's past is now it's future. Enjoy.
Frank Strazzeri's 1975 creation. 1973's View From Within can be found at this fine blog (neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com). 1977's Strazz can be found at yet another fine blog (cuttinthecake.blogspot.com). The links are a direct route to these albums so take a gander if lacking in your crates. Enjoy, and have a good St. Valentines Day!
Jack McDuff's 1969 funky jazz drop which sounds a bit like The JB's or Jr. Walker and the All Stars meddling with a church organ. My pops would jam this record almost every Sunday like he was at mass when I was a kid, and so for me it carries nostalgic value. Perhaps it will bring you back too...
No, it isn't quite soul, gosp, funk, or jazz....or is it? Madlib fans will recognize 'Holy Are You', and you may catch samples from others such as Diamond D and Q-tip (who actually was the one to turn Diamond on to it). This is a record more for my fellow beat makers, though, I still believe you purists will dig this strange psyche-rock album (produced by David Axelrod) because it bares itself as an undercover funk drop. One just has to think creatively. Enjoy, and let me know what ya think!...
Here is something a bit more traditional. Once married to Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln has had a long and illustrious career as a singer/ songwriter, and well loved in the jazz and soul community. This is a 1973 release I believe you will enjoy.
A fine live album from one of Cuba's many explosive ensembles. If you dig Afro-Cuban jam jazz, this will please the palette. Stirring drums, raging horn sections, vocal shouts in Spanish, and a family of other vibrant instruments are at home here. For more info> Allmusic.com/ Irakere
The Final Solution was a fledgling vocal group from Chicago's west side. The ten-song album draws deeply from Curtis Mayfield's well, certainly, but the proof in the pudding is Carl Wolfolk's unique guitar style a combination of flamenco and funk that stabs around the four part harmonies.
Two beautiful revolutionary jazz drops from Horace Tapscott in 1969 & 1978. Coming out from the depths of segregated Houston, Tx in the 30's (where, as a child, he experienced a profound racially charged event at home which left a lasting impression) he moved to LA after the army finding Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Cecil Taylor residing. There, he created grass roots music programs and played & recorded in the same building as the Black Panthers where he aided Elaine Brown in making her now quintessential Black empowerment releases 'Seize The Time' and 'Until We're Free'. He never made it "big" though seemed uninterested with such, remaining in Watts and got wrapped up with musicians like Azar Lawrence, Phil Ranelin and Adele Sebastien. There is much to this man and I suggest reading more into his past and work. 'The Call' was found posted in 2008 with a link still alive, so I have referred you to that blog. The other is as usual. Enjoy.
A magnificent example of a 70's production joint which became one of the higher rated and pursued albums among deep dungeon jazz diggers. Funky jazz masters incarnate. Recorded for Peer International Library Limited (PL 9038) in 1977. Hope you enjoy :)
Who? Yeah, I was not all that familiar with him either, until I ran across 'Wahoo' some years ago. Here, I give two albums by him to showcase his styles. Both dropped circa 1973, it embodies Euro funkish rock-jazz indicative of that time. One is more funky. One is more jazzy. All in all, this Finnish saxophonist has something for anyone interested in prog-jazz. Enjoy.