Ain't It Funky Now!

Ain't It Funky Now!

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2002
Label:
Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC:
0029667514927
catalogNumber:
149
Rank:
106698

Tracks

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
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   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

Rusty Bryant   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Jeremy Taylor   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Anita Poree   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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