Blue Funk

Blue Funk


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Blue Funk

This is a very attractively priced sampler by Blue Note, issued in the early '90s on CD highlighting their deep and funky soul-jazz titles for the beat heads and emergent hip-hop nation that was sampling in earnest at the time. (Little did the label know that collectors and DJs wanted wax, not shiny little plastic.) In any case, this attractively priced sampler of BN acts from the '60s and '70s is all killer, no filler; it's heavy on funk and soul. Sure it's got the big B sharp players from the era, like Groove Holmes ("Down Home Funk"), Jack McDuff (the amazing "Hunk O Funk"), Big John Patton (with a killer cover of the Meters' "Cissy Strut"), Reuben Wilson ("Bambu") and Ronnie Foster ("Don't Know My Love"), but there's way more. Lou Donaldson and Grant Green make up the royalty for this period (the producers still hadn't realized just how happening Donald Byrd was to the emerging hip-hop generation so he's not here) and they are well represented by a few cuts each -- Donaldson's read on James Brown's "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," is a monster; and Green's take on "Cantaloupe Woman" is simply bad ass. But there is some added class to this mix with Candido's smoking drum funk in "Tic Tac Toe," and Blue Mitchell's set-opening "Who Dun It." But the big surprise comes at the very end when Bobby Hutcherson clocks it all out with his uber funky soulful read of Sly Stone's "Family Affair," setting the vibe just right as a cap. A couple of these Blue Note soul-jazz comps would fuel any bash, and would provide an awesome Friday night jump to Sunday afternoon cruise control and leave the listener without a care in the world.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724353085520
catalogNumber: 5308552

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Foster   Track Performer
Grant Green   Guitar
Jimmy McGriff   Organ
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Freddie Roach   Organ
Reuben Wilson   Track Performer
Eugene Wright   Guitar
Baby Face Willette   Organ
Donald Bailey   Drums
Sammy Creason   Drums
Ben Dixon   Drums
Lou Donaldson   Track Performer
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Wilbert G.T. Hogan   Drums
Richard "Groove" Holmes   Track Performer
Bobby Hutcherson   Track Performer
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Clarence Johnston   Drums
Jack McDuff   Track Performer
Big John Patton   Organ
Jimmy Smith   Organ
Earl Van Dyke   Organ
Harold Vick   Tenor (Vocal)
Jackie Mills   Drums
Jay Arnold   Tenor (Vocal)
Morris Dow   Guitar
Fred Jackson   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Art Neville   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Weldon Irvine   Composer
Monk Higgins   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Jack McDuff   Composer
Ziggy Modeliste   Composer
Leo Nocentelli   Composer
George Porter   Composer
Steele   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Cynthia Cochrane   Producer
Graham Marsh   Illustrations,Cover Design
Alfred Ellis   Composer
P. Linard   Artwork
Jackson   Composer
Leaford   Composer
Parren   Composer

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