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Mod Jazz Forever

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ace/Kent label's ongoing, if sporadic, Mod Jazz series is a fine example of how to construct an intelligent and highly enjoyable batch of anthologies spotlighting rather obscure tracks and usually rather obscure performers in a genre that doesn't get a great deal of attention from history books. Showcasing jazz from the 1960s with a good measure of soul and sometimes some rock, pop, and funk influence, this is the kind of jazz or at least jazzy material that's usually more accessible than most to non-jazz specialists, though it doesn't mean jazzheads of a certain taste can't find it to their liking too. Certainly not many of the artists on this volume are going ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ace/Kent label's ongoing, if sporadic, Mod Jazz series is a fine example of how to construct an intelligent and highly enjoyable batch of anthologies spotlighting rather obscure tracks and usually rather obscure performers in a genre that doesn't get a great deal of attention from history books. Showcasing jazz from the 1960s with a good measure of soul and sometimes some rock, pop, and funk influence, this is the kind of jazz or at least jazzy material that's usually more accessible than most to non-jazz specialists, though it doesn't mean jazzheads of a certain taste can't find it to their liking too. Certainly not many of the artists on this volume are going to be familiar to the general public and often not even to the specialist collector, with exceptions like Jack McDuff, Buddy Guy a version of "Fever", and maybe Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Mark Murphy. The selections are unremittingly hip and, even more importantly for a compilation of this nature, quite varied, from vocals and instrumentals to cuts that approach this kind of fusion as much from a blues or funk angle as a jazz one. It's eclectic enough to make general description hard, but generally you'll find more organ, Latin-influenced beats, and guitars than you hear in most jazz, as well as a willingness to take on some commercial covers that purists might deem beneath them like Donovan's "Sunshine Superman". Naming high points is a challenge since those will vary a lot according to individual tastes, but Byrdie Green's "Return of the Prodigal Son" is certainly first-rate penetrating, lyrical and stoic vocal soul-jazz; McDuff's "Screamin'" has a great scampering organ; the Johnny Lytle Trio's "The Village Caller" boasts some unexpected exotica vibes; and Clint Stacy's "The Work Song" is a good version of a classic song that makes a tune that's been done nearly to death fairly fresh. Overall, this is kind of like being able to listen to a crate-digging DJ on a soul-jazz theme night without having to go out to a loud club, and it's unlikely any DJ would have all of this, since five of the tracks are previously unreleased.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667236829
  • Catalog Number: 6723682
  • Sales rank: 82,638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Real Thing - Troy Dodds (2:36)
  2. 2 Finders Keepers - Floyd White (2:14)
  3. 3 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Pt. 2 - The Nightbeats (3:13)
  4. 4 Rod Run - The Reuben Wilson Quartet (3:04)
  5. 5 Night Bloomin' Jasmin' - Jesse Davis (2:43)
  6. 6 The Return of the Prodigal Son - Byrdie Green (3:18)
  7. 7 Look Out Mr. Heartaches - Little Bob (2:12)
  8. 8 Talkin' About Love - Tobi Lark (2:30)
  9. 9 D.H. Boogaloo - The Dave Hamilton Set (3:04)
  10. 10 Screamin' - Jack McDuff (3:14)
  11. 11 Because I Love You - The Dave Hamilton Voices (3:25)
  12. 12 Looking - Billy Larkin & His Orchestra (2:02)
  13. 13 Double Love - The Cals (2:36)
  14. 14 Sunshine Superman - Bocking, Robinson, Morais (4:03)
  15. 15 A Message To Regina - Hank Jacobs (2:41)
  16. 16 Tricky Too - Gus Jenkins (2:24)
  17. 17 Fever - Buddy Guy (4:26)
  18. 18 John Henry - Bobby Jenkins & His Quartet (3:13)
  19. 19 Work Song - Clint Stacy (2:31)
  20. 20 My Beta - George Stone (2:34)
  21. 21 The In Crowd - Johnny "Hammond" Smith (3:17)
  22. 22 Burgher's Beat - Little Bob & The Lollipops (2:21)
  23. 23 The Village Caller - Johnny Lytle Trio (4:25)
  24. 24 It's Like Love - Mark Murphy (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Cohn Conductor
Rick Appling Conductor
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Jesse Davis Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
John Hart Composer
Johnny Lytle Composer
Harold Ousley Composer
Dave Hamilton Composer, Producer
Billy Larkin Composer
Reuben Wilson Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Ernie Freeman Arranger
Bert Keyes Composer
Don Kirkpatrick Composer
Jack McDuff Composer, Cover Photo
Nick Robbins Mastering
Arthur Wright Arranger
Bobby Jenkins Arranger
John Davenport Composer
Diane Davis Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Billy Page Composer
Alec Palao Photo Courtesy
Ady Croasdell Memorabilia
Gus Jenkins Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Eddie Cooley Composer
Hank Jacobs Composer
Darryl Stolper Photo Courtesy
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Bob Elgin Composer
Rob Hughes Photo Courtesy
Donovan Leitch Composer
Dave Rimmer Memorabilia
Troy Dodds Composer
Kevin Knox Composer
Bob Camille Composer
Dave Polk Composer, Producer
Geoff Mullin Producer
Ricardo Appling Sr. Composer
Rick Appling Arranger
Ozzie Cabena Producer
Tim Fuller Photo Courtesy
Walter Curry Stone Composer, Producer
Bob Sherman Producer
Barry Stuart Composer
Adam Topping Memorabilia
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