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Janko NilovicJanko Nilovic Vol 1 (Pop Impressions/Super America/Soul Impressions) (3CD set) ... CD
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. Used 3 CDs ... $18.99
A trio of rare records from Janko Nilovic – all packaged together in one box set! First up is Pop Impressions – hardly pop at all – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat instrumentation! The album goes way past the usual sound library funk – as Janko brings in so many different sounds and styles throughout – using flute, tympani, oboe, 12 string guitar, and other unusual instruments with a very freewheeling set of grooves! The whole thing's great – a true tribute to the master at his best – and titles include "Atoma", "Trumpet Sketches", "Sacha Pacha", "Essai Pop Art", "Blow Down", "Psycho Sound", and "Ballet Dans L'Espace". Next is Super America – not a record from America, but instead one of the standout gems from the legendary Montparnasse 2000 sound library series in the 70s – filled with funky grooves from the madman Janko Nilovic! The set's got Nilovic really working at his best – still quite jazzy at the core, but bringing in all these cool little twists and turns – including trumpet with wah wah effects, Fender Rhodes lines, and even some moog and wordless vocals – all used in a great blend of electric and acoustic elements to make for some very offbeat grooves! Very different from more straightforward sound library work – with titles that include "Gipsy Rock", "Samba Amigo", "Machine Gun", "Super America", "Mister Woua Woua", and "Blue Baby". And last is Soul Impressions – one of the funkiest records ever cut by studio jazz genius Janko Nilovic! This set definitely earns the "soul" in the title – as Janko blends his usual mad mix of studio sounds with some heavier 70s elements – including a fair bit of fuzzy guitar, funky beats, and some nice horn fills. About half the tracks on the album benefit from this sort of approach – kind of across between blacksploitation soundtrack scoring and the tighter instrumental moods of work by The Duke of Burlington. The other half is more in Janko's usual bag – nicely groovy jazz numbers, some with a slinky 70s edge! Titles include "Hippocampus", "Open Country", "Crazy Enterprise", "Drug Song", "Soul Impressions", "Man Of Genius", "Push Push", and "Family Tree". CD

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