An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working with some great younger players - like Carter Jefferson, Woody Shaw, and Michael Howell - hitting a groove that reminds us of some of the best underground soul jazz on labels like Muse or Strata East. Includes the amazing long groovers "Mission Eternal" and "Chant For Bu", a famous Tribe Called Quest sample - plus new electric p... + INFO
Not the band's first album - as you might think from the "start" in the title - but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds - one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel - tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort - but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd.
Call the dance doctor - there's an outbreak of fever in the funkhouse! And here's the reason why - after more than two decades of deletion, Ace is once again making available the final piece in the splendid musical jigsaw that comprises the Blackbyrds' Fantasy Records catalogue - the original, seminal 1978 dancefloor-aimed compilation, Night Grooves. Actually, to refer to Night Grooves as just 'a compilation' is to undersell it big time. Granted, it does collect up a bunch of the Blackbyrds most eminent club cuts, all of which were originally released across five of the six Fantasy albums that came out between 1974 an... + INFO
Latinesque R&B with a jazzz soul or just plain out there on the B3, it's Brother Jack's solid grooves, helped by the young George Benson.