Ain't It Funky Now!

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Subtitled "Flat Out Funk From the Jazz Brotherhood," this takes 18 Prestige soul-jazz cuts from the late '60s and early '70s. For serious collectors of this stuff, the big attraction here might be that 13 of the 18 numbers are presented in their 45 single edits, rather than their full-length album versions. To some, that might seem like a disadvantage, as you're actually not hearing some music from the longer versions. In its defense, it must be said that those 45 edits are pretty hard to find and also that, particularly for those who see this style as dancefloor fodder, the shorter edits are sometimes valued for honing in on the principal hooks and riffs rather than...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Subtitled "Flat Out Funk From the Jazz Brotherhood," this takes 18 Prestige soul-jazz cuts from the late '60s and early '70s. For serious collectors of this stuff, the big attraction here might be that 13 of the 18 numbers are presented in their 45 single edits, rather than their full-length album versions. To some, that might seem like a disadvantage, as you're actually not hearing some music from the longer versions. In its defense, it must be said that those 45 edits are pretty hard to find and also that, particularly for those who see this style as dancefloor fodder, the shorter edits are sometimes valued for honing in on the principal hooks and riffs rather than the improv solos. As a whole, it actually serves as a good sampler/overview of the large late-'60s/early-'70s Prestige soul-jazz catalog, which is spread out on innumerable albums and reissues and can be hard for a neophyte to taste in a manageable dose. Many of the big soul-jazz names on the Prestige roster are here, including Charles Earland, Idris Muhammad, Melvin Sparks, Gene Ammons, Charles Kynard, Boogaloo Joe Jones, and Rusty Bryant. Interspersed among the original compositions are instrumental covers of then-hits like "Son of a Preacher Man," "I Want You Back," "Super Bad," "Express Yourself," and Sly Stone's "Thank You, Pt. 1." It's a tasty helping of the house sound the label carved within this niche, with a jazz core but heavy on soulful brass, effervescent organ, and sharp R&B-blues-influenced guitar links, often bearing the influence of early funk particularly James Brown as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667514910
  • Catalog Number: 149
  • Sales rank: 263,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire Eater - Rusty Bryant (3:17)
  2. 2 Who's Gonna Take the Weight - Melvin Sparks (3:27)
  3. 3 Super Bad - Idris Muhammad (2:14)
  4. 4 Sister Janie - Funk, Inc. (5:19)
  5. 5 Don't Knock My Love - Idris Muhammad (4:53)
  6. 6 Jungle Strut @@Gene Ammnos (2:27)
  7. 7 Right On - Boogaloo Joe Jones (3:03)
  8. 8 Black Talk, Pt. 1 - Charles Earland (2:51)
  9. 9 Thank You, Pt. 1 - Melvin Sparks (3:10)
  10. 10 Express Yourself - Idris Muhammad (2:27)
  11. 11 Message from the Meters - Leon Spencer (6:45)
  12. 12 Son of a Preacher Man - Gene Ammons (3:16)
  13. 13 Reelin' With the Feeling - Charles Kynard (7:15)
  14. 14 Sing a Simple Song - Charles Earland (2:55)
  15. 15 Listen Here, Pt. 1 - Freddie McCoy (3:06)
  16. 16 Girl You Need a Change of Mind - Charles Earland (3:43)
  17. 17 I Want You Back - Harold Mabern (5:30)
  18. 18 Son of Man - Houston Person (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone
Joanne Brackeen Piano
Rusty Bryant Tenor Saxophone
Charles Earland Organ, Percussion, Piano
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Grant Green Guitar
Billy Harper Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Heath Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Kynard Organ
Hubert Laws Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Joe Pass Guitar
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis Bass
Sonny Phillips Organ
Seldon Powell Bass, Alto Flute
Freddie McCoy Vibes
Maynard Parker Guitar
Wilbert Longmire Guitar
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Garnett Brown Trombone
Bob Bushnell Bass
Buddy Caldwell Conga
Al Dreares Drums
Wilton Felder Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Hunt Conga
Idris Muhammad Drums, Gong, Horn, Cabasa, cowbell
Jack Jeffers Trombone, Trumpet
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Carol Kaye Bass
Harold Mabern Piano
Bill Mason Organ
Victor Paz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Stuart Sharf Guitar
Leon Spencer Organ
Grover Washington Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Darryl Washington Percussion, Drums
Buster Williams Bass
Alan Fontaine Guitar
Bobby Watley Organ
Joe Shepley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Munford Drums
Steve Weakley Guitar
Clarence Thomas Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bells
Gene Barr Tenor Saxophone
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joe Craig Jones Guitar, Piano
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
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