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Funky Compilations

XGreat compilations from labels like Soul Jazz, Ace, Numero, BBE, Vampi Soul, BGP, Luv N Haight, Harmless, Tramp, Jazzman, and others!

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✨✧ VariousShibuya Jazz Classics – Gonzalez Suzuki (Soul Bossa Trio) Collection – Naoya Matsuoka Issue ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
13 jazz dance classics from 70s Japan – all pulled together by Gonzalez Suzuki of Soul Bossa Trio! This set's the 5th installment in the ultra-hip Shibuya Jazz Classics series – and like the others, it offers a fantastic array of groovers that were mostly only issued in Japan back in the day, expertly chosen with a real feel for the modern scene! Nearly all the tracks feature work by keyboardist Naoya Matsuoka – a player who's equally great on acoustic piano as he is on electric keys, moog, and synth – always hitting some nicely punctuated notes, and sending the tunes along with a groove-happy approach that's greatly appreciated by our ears. The general feel is a lot like some of the 70s west coast fusion work of the time – particularly tracks on labels like Catalyst or Discovery – drenched in sunny influences from Latin and Brazilian music, all given a breezy Pacific spin. Titles in clude "If You Wanna Go Away", "Take 6 4 5", "The Man From Yoruba", "The Sun Also Rises", "Fiesta Fiesta", "Feeling So Nice", "Suppose It Rains", and "I Saw Zill One Day", all by Naoya Matsuoka – plus "Night Trip", "In The Morning", and "Antes De Mais Nada", all by Pacific Jam – a group that featured Matsuoka. CD
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VariousEnglish Weather ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
One of the coolest compilations we've ever heard from Ace Records – a really special set that follows in the tradition of their other St Etienne cafe/pub collections – and like those gems, a very different package than usual! This time around, the duo of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs (who you'll also know from the Croydon International label) focus on an overlooked strand of British sounds at the start of the 70s – music that's moody, often jazzy, and almost always touched with a hint of blue – a kind of melancholic moment after the heady 60s – one that takes into stock all the great changes that had happened in the music, but delivers them in this laidback style that's completely unselfconscious. This isn't singer/songwriter material, and it's not progressive either – although it carries light traces of some of the best of those scenes – and if we had to try to dig for a tag for these tracks at all, we might use the term "folk funk" that was bandied about years ago – for cuts that have a vibe that's complex yet personal, and lots of jazziness in the phrasing. Titles include "Last Cloud Home" by The Orange Bicycle, "Love Song With Flute" by Caravan, "Moon Bird" by The Roger Webb Sound, "Early Morning Eyes" by The Peacock Band, "JTL" by T2, "Evening Shade" by Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw, "Windfall" by Offspring, "Never Let Go" by Camel, "Bottles" by Belle Gonzalez, "Watching White Stars" by The Way We Live, "Wise Man In Your Heart" by Daevid Allen, "Til The Christ Come Back Home" by Bill Fay, "Pamela" by Scot Mist, and "O Caroline" by Matching Mole – a song which perfectly sums up the mood of the set. (Rock, Funky Compilations) CD
 
 
 



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