The Return of Mod Jazz

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It took about five years for Ace to get from the fourth volume to the fifth one in its Return of Mod Jazz series, but this 2005 compilation upholds the high standards set by its predecessors. The two-dozen tracks represent '60s jazz at its most accessible and dance-oriented, often (though not always) emphasizing groovy organ parts and swinging piano, and mixing instrumentals with some vocal numbers. It's not the kind of stuff they'll teach in jazz history courses, but as for fun modern jazz with a liberal does of blues, soul, and pop influences, it's hard to beat. As per Ace's formula, although a bunch of the names are well known (Gene McDaniels, Timmy Thomas, George...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It took about five years for Ace to get from the fourth volume to the fifth one in its Return of Mod Jazz series, but this 2005 compilation upholds the high standards set by its predecessors. The two-dozen tracks represent '60s jazz at its most accessible and dance-oriented, often (though not always) emphasizing groovy organ parts and swinging piano, and mixing instrumentals with some vocal numbers. It's not the kind of stuff they'll teach in jazz history courses, but as for fun modern jazz with a liberal does of blues, soul, and pop influences, it's hard to beat. As per Ace's formula, although a bunch of the names are well known (Gene McDaniels, Timmy Thomas, George Benson, Mongo Santamaria, Bill Doggett, Johnny Otis, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, and Oscar Brown, Jr.), none of the tracks selected by these artists are overly familiar. As for the rest of the cuts (save Mose Allison's "I Love the Life I Live"), it's doubtful that many outside hardcore collectors of this stuff have heard them. That doesn't mean, however, that the numbers by the relative unknowns are inferior, and in fact, some of them rate among the disc's highlights. Googie Rene Combo's "Wild Bird," offers some ultra-tense, ultra-tight spooky choked organ; Kenny Rice & Leo's Five's "Hold It" has some real hot organ/R&B guitar interplay; and the Dave Davani Four's "Top of the Pops" can't fail to evoke the most jazz-oriented side of mid-'60s mod Swinging London. Of the other sides, Timmy Thomas' "Have Some Boogaloo," which predates his famous soul hit "Why Can't We Live Together" by a good five years, is a near-instrumental with garage jazz (if such a term exists) organ that shows a much different side of his music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667225021
  • Catalog Number: 250
  • Sales rank: 58,423

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sack O' Woe - Ray Bryant Combo (2:54)
  2. 2 Sweet Lover No More - Gene McDaniels (2:13)
  3. 3 Them Blues - Junior Mance Trio (2:09)
  4. 4 Bell Bottoms - Joe Swift's Internationals (2:14)
  5. 5 Hold It - Leo's Five (3:08)
  6. 6 Have Some Boogaloo - Timmy Thomas (2:17)
  7. 7 East Side - Hank Jacobs (2:58)
  8. 8 Summertime - The George Benson Quartet (2:25)
  9. 9 El Pussy Cat - Mongo SantamarĂ­a (2:43)
  10. 10 Liberation - Afro-Blues Quintet + 1 (4:32)
  11. 11 Canteloupe Island - Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers (3:46)
  12. 12 Wild Bird - Googie Rene (2:36)
  13. 13 Beaver - Clarence Armstrong (3:11)
  14. 14 Twenty Five Miles - Bill Doggett (3:10)
  15. 15 Banana Peels - Johnny Otis (2:28)
  16. 16 Ray's Theme - Leon Haywood (3:38)
  17. 17 I Love the Life I Live - Mose Allison (2:23)
  18. 18 Monkey Sho' Can Talk - Red Holloway (2:11)
  19. 19 Top of the Pops - Dave Davani (2:14)
  20. 20 Get It - Swingin' Tomatoes (2:48)
  21. 21 Everytime, Pt. 2 - Buddy McKnight (2:38)
  22. 22 Getting into Something - The T-K-O'S (2:39)
  23. 23 Hum Drum Blues - Oscar Brown Jr. (2:00)
  24. 24 Hide Out - Hideaways (1:51)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Johnny Otis Composer, Producer
Edwin Starr Composer
Cannonball Adderley Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Red Holloway Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Timmy Thomas Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Michael Berniker Producer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Al Hamm Producer
Cal Lampley Producer
Teo Macero Producer
Robert Mersey Producer
Harry Rabinowitz Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ray Shanklin Composer
Arthur Wright Arranger, Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell Composer, Producer
Don James Arranger
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Ollie Jones Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Clarence Armstrong Composer
Jeanne Vikki Composer
Jack Fulks Composer
Joe Swift Composer
James Carmichael Arranger
Nathaniel Nathan Composer, Producer
Fred E. Smith Producer
Buddy McKnight Composer
Don James Composer
Bobby Capers Composer
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