The Legends of Acid Jazz

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Released in 1999 for Fantasy's popular Legends of Acid Jazz series, this reissue unites two of Charles Kynard's LPs of 1970, Afro-Disiac and Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui, on a single 76-minute CD. Both albums had been out of print for a long time, and copies of the organist's Prestige recordings had grown increasingly hard to find over the years. While the trumpet-less Afro-Disiac unites Kynard with tenor saxman Houston Person, guitarist Grant Green, electric bassist Jimmy Lewis and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui employs Lewis, trumpeter Virgil Jones, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad. The albums are quite similar, though, and the emphasis is on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Released in 1999 for Fantasy's popular Legends of Acid Jazz series, this reissue unites two of Charles Kynard's LPs of 1970, Afro-Disiac and Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui, on a single 76-minute CD. Both albums had been out of print for a long time, and copies of the organist's Prestige recordings had grown increasingly hard to find over the years. While the trumpet-less Afro-Disiac unites Kynard with tenor saxman Houston Person, guitarist Grant Green, electric bassist Jimmy Lewis and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui employs Lewis, trumpeter Virgil Jones, guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Idris Muhammad. The albums are quite similar, though, and the emphasis is on accessible, groove-oriented soul-jazz, funk-jazz and boogaloos. Infectious numbers like "Bella Donna," "Trippin" and "Zebra Walk" won't appeal to jazz purists, but if you like your jazz drenched in R&B and funk, this CD is consistently enjoyable. Kynard, like Charles Earland and other B-3 kings of that era, made jazz that was relevant to R&B fans--if you were a Baby Boomer who was digging James Brown, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations but hadn't yet developed a taste for the hardcore jazz of Phil Woods or Charles Mingus, Kynard was the type of artist who could be your introduction to improvisatory music. "Improvisation" is a key word here--while a lot of the quiet storm, crossover and NAC music that came out in the 1980s and 1990s avoided improvisation, stretching and blowing is the rule on this CD. In a nutshell, this is commercial jazz with a brain as well as a backbeat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218521925
  • Catalog Number: 24219
  • Sales rank: 80,624

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afro-Disiac (4:57)
  2. 2 Belladonna (5:07)
  3. 3 Trippin' (9:07)
  4. 4 Odds On (7:14)
  5. 5 Sweetheart (7:56)
  6. 6 Chanson de Nuit (5:04)
  7. 7 Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People) (7:55)
  8. 8 Winter's Child (4:38)
  9. 9 Zebra Walk (6:10)
  10. 10 Something (9:30)
  11. 11 Change Up (9:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Kynard Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Piano
Rusty Bryant Tenor Saxophone
Grant Green Guitar
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis Fender Jazz Bass
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Bob Porter Producer
Richard Fritz Arranger
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