Psychedelic jazz and funky grooves – a perfect way of summing up the genius of late 60s Chess
Records – a place where all things righteous bumped together in the studio! The work from this time is easily some of the greatest funk and soul ever recorded – done in a heady Chicago scene that had players stepping out of their usual formats, and working with each other in a rich array of new styles and ideas! Even older players get remade somewhat during these years – and the Chess
talent for crossing musical boundaries meant that familiar jazz and blues players were often presented with the same level of hipness as younger funk and soul artists! There's a really incredible sound here that filters through all the tracks – a blend of heavy rhythms, baroque arrangements, and some deeply personal vocals and instrumental performances that make the work stand out from most other American recordings of the time. And yes, we're from Chicago, so we're certainly biased – but hearing this set, we're sure you'll gladly come over to our side of the fence! Titles include "Crosstown Traffic" by Phil Upchurch, "Can't Get Next To You" by Woody Herman, "Woman Of The Ghetto" by Marlena Shaw, "Afro Harping" by Dorothy Ashby, "Listen Here" by Soulful Strings, "Tom Cat" by Muddy Waters, "Bad Trip" by Bo Diddley, "Third Stone From The Sun" by John Klemmer, "Everlasting Love" by Solomon Burke, "Tight Money" by Reuben Wilson, "Les Fleur" by Ramsey Lewis, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, and "I Wish It Would Rain" by Soulful Strings.
(Out of print.)