A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or abstract the originals past the point of recognition – this one maintains the sense of space, time, and rhythm that Herb first brought to his work in the 60s, while also updating the tunes with a 21st Century aesthetic. Remixers include Medeski Martin & Wood, Mocean Worker, Thievery Corporation, John King (Dust Brothers), and Anthony Marinelli – and titles include "Whipped Cream", "Taste Of Honey", "Green Peppers", "Bittersweet Samba", "Peanuts", "Love Potion #9", and "Butterball". (Now Sound, New Grooves)CD
(Out of print.)
Bobby Hughes Experience —
Fusa Riot ... CD Ultimate Dilemma (UK), 1999. Used ...
Funky retro funk – but in the best style we can think of! The Bobby Hughes Experience have a sophisticated funky jazz sound that reminds us of the classic early 70s Blue Note fusion sides – like work by Ronnie Foster, Gene Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, and Donald Byrd. The combo mixes together great work on Hammond Organ with funky flute riffing, and some perked-up percussion that's warm and soulful, and which keeps the vibe real, while also kicking things up a few notches for the dancefloor! The record's a real gem – with a classic sound to rival the best in our collection of rare wax! Titles include "Fusa Riot", "My French Brother", "Sahara 72", "Sambartica", "Ore Twentyfour", and "Upper Mansion Suite". CD
The first of Branford Marsalis' two LPs to venture into the "acid jazz" or "hip hop crossover" genre, however you choose to look at it. Fortunately, he gets a helping hand from Premier on a number of cuts. Includes "Breakfast At Denny's", "Some Cow Fonque", "Some Sh*t At 78 BPM (The Scratch Opera)", "Hotter Than Hot" and "The Black Widow Blues". (Hip Hop, New Grooves)CD