Flying Funk

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Like sister release Flying Groove, Flying Funk is an anthology compiled by writer Dean Rudland that surveys the jazz/funk/soul stew released by Bluebird's Flying Dutchman subsidiary during the late '60s and early '70s. Some might be surprised to look at a disc with "funk" in the title and not see anyone near the popularity level of James Brown or Funkadelic. That's because most of the artists included here operated in the margins. Despite this, many of them have become cult heroes and have either taken part in the invention of styles that followed see Gil Scott-Heron, proto-rap poet or have long remained legendary in jazz circles see Lonnie Liston Smith, keyboard wizard. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Like sister release Flying Groove, Flying Funk is an anthology compiled by writer Dean Rudland that surveys the jazz/funk/soul stew released by Bluebird's Flying Dutchman subsidiary during the late '60s and early '70s. Some might be surprised to look at a disc with "funk" in the title and not see anyone near the popularity level of James Brown or Funkadelic. That's because most of the artists included here operated in the margins. Despite this, many of them have become cult heroes and have either taken part in the invention of styles that followed see Gil Scott-Heron, proto-rap poet or have long remained legendary in jazz circles see Lonnie Liston Smith, keyboard wizard. Both Flying Groove and Flying Funk thrive on a sub-style that has become known as rare groove -- "rare" due to the scarce nature of much of the material, and "groove" for obvious reasons. Flying Funk includes such cult classics as Gil Scott-Heron's "Home Is Where the Hatred Is," the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begun," New Birth's "Got to Get a Knutt," Nina Simone's "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter," Bernard "Pretty" Purdie's "Ain't No Sunshine," and Lonnie Liston Smith's "Expansions." An excellent entry route into the era, Flying Funk shows that these artists weren't so much ripping out the roots of jazz as they were growing new trees with them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266401024
  • Catalog Number: 64010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Me (3:24)
  2. 2 Nite-Liters (2:53)
  3. 3 It's Just Begun (3:31)
  4. 4 We Gettin' Down (5:49)
  5. 5 Expansions (6:05)
  6. 6 Home Is Where the Hatred Is (3:21)
  7. 7 Mama (4:12)
  8. 8 No More Tears (3:11)
  9. 9 Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter (5:05)
  10. 10 Tite Rope - Harold Alexander (3:42)
  11. 11 A Chance for Peace (5:22)
  12. 12 This Is the Me Me (Not the You You) - Brenda Jones (3:25)
  13. 13 Got to Get a Knutt - New Birth (7:34)
  14. 14 Happiness Is Just Around the Bend - The Main Ingredient (6:21)
  15. 15 What's Going On?/Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone (3:36)
  16. 16 Plane of Illusion (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Conductor, Vocals
Linda Tillery Bass, Harmonica, Drums, Vocals
New Birth Conductor
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass
Michael Carvin Percussion
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Richard Davis Bass, Electric Bass
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Sonny Fortune Alto Saxophone
Hubert Laws Flute, Saxophone
Cecil McBee Bass
Lonnie Liston Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Cecil Bridgewater Trumpet
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Charles Sullivan Trumpet
Harold Alexander Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Terry Tenor Saxophone
Jay Berliner Guitar
Weldon Irvine Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Ralph MacDonald Conductor, Conga
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Nadi Qamar Percussion
Cuba Gooding Track Performer
Norris Turney Saxophone
Don Alias Drums
Jimmy Castor Saxophone, Timbales, Vocals
Angel Allende Percussion, Bongos
Todd Anderson Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Armando Percussion
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Charles Brewer Vocals
Garnett Brown Trombone
Floyd Butler Vocals
Tony Churchill Tenor Saxophone
Arthur "Babe"Clarke Baritone Saxophone
Babe Clarke Baritone Saxophone
Selwart Clarke Alto Clarinet
Neal Creque Electric Piano
Lloyd Davis Guitar
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Steve Dowler Guitar
Gordon Edwards Electric Bass
Harry Elston Vocals
Paul Fauerso Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Leopoldo Fleming Conga
Wilby Fletcher Drums
Guilherme Franco Percussion
Harvey Fuqua Conductor
Eric Gale Guitar
Douglas Gibson Bass
Eileen Gilbert Background Vocals
Art Gore Drums
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Paul Griffin Organ, Keyboards
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Kenny Hawkins Guitar
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Richard "Groove" Holmes Organ, Vocals
Robert Jackson Trumpet, Vocals
Burt Jones Electric Guitar
Lawrence Killian Percussion, Conga
Bob Kridle Bass
Austin Lander Baritone Saxophone
Richard Landrum Conga
Leopoldo Percussion, Bongos
Greg Maker Electric Bass
Queen Esther Marrow Vocals
Carl McDaniel Guitar
Daniel Moore Trumpet
George Newcom Drums
Billy Nichols Guitar
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Pat O'Hara Trombone
George Opalisky Tenor Saxophone
Horace Ott Conductor, Keyboards
George Powell Percussion
Norman Pride Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Gil Scott-Heron Vocals
Peter Shapiro Guitar
Tony Silvester Track Performer
David Spinozza Guitar
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Tee Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Gerry Thomas Piano, Trumpet
Harold Vick Tenor Saxophone
Barbara Webb Background Vocals
Londie Wiggins Vocals
Leslie Wilson Vocals, Track Performer
Melvin Wilson Vocals, Track Performer
Clifford Adams Trombone
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Gordon "Specs" Powell Percussion
Jerry Graff Background Vocals
Anne Bogan Track Performer
Bobby Downs Track Performer
Alan Frye Track Performer
Harry Jensen Guitar
Londee Loren Track Performer
Luther Simmons Jr. Track Performer
Charlie Collins Drums
Napoleon Revels-Bey Percussion
Samuel Waymon Organ
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Brenda Jones Vocals
Noah Hopkins Background Vocals
Floyd Jones Conductor
Technical Credits
Nina Simone Arranger, Producer
Aretha Franklin Composer
New Birth Arranger
Lonnie Liston Smith Producer
Carolyn Franklin Composer
Weldon Irvine Arranger
Cuba Gooding Producer
Jimmy Castor Arranger
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Harvey Fuqua Arranger
Horace Ott Arranger
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Producer
Tony Silvester Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Gerry Thomas Arranger
Harold Wheeler Producer
Melvin Wilson Producer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Luther Simmons Jr. Producer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Andre Moore Arranger
Michael O. Drexler Remastering
Richard Jones Arranger
Floyd Jones Arranger
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