Ahhh ……Marcus Miller setting the scene. First heard of Marcus in the late 70’s working with the likes of Bobbi Humphrey & Lonnie Liston Smith (Lonnie as you know is the guy who got me into Jazz Funk)
Benson’s “That’s Right” from the album of the same name ….smooth jazz at it’s best.
Felt uplifted with Pat Metheny’s “Here To Stay” another artist from the 70’s who can now be found in what I like to call “The Jazz Funk Retirement Gerne” – Smooth Jazz.
“So What” ….. many version of this track around …. Ronny Jordan is my fav from his 1995 album (name escapes me at the moment)
Herb Albert … one of the more well known trumpet players (although not the best) with some success in pop charts in the 80’s. If you hav’nt already checkout Eddie Henderson…..now this guy can play the trumpet.
Yellowjackets ….I’ve heard some of there work but cant say they excite me.
Crusaders, Hacock & Miles Davis…..enough said.
Love Nuyorican Soul…this is a very nice cover version of Bob James “Nautilus” from the Bob James – "One" album (1974)
Track 11 (not you) is new to me
Another big gun from the 70’s …. Courtney Pine …a true master
Ronnie Foster…..who has worked a lot with Benson was very under rated in my opinion. He enjoyed some success (underground Jazz Funk) in the 1978 with “Happy Somg” from his Love Satellite album
W.T.F…..Beastie Boys!!……well caught me napping on this one…..wonderfull track…luv it.
Track 15 is again new to me…..loved the keyboards on this….reminded me of early Joe Thomas.
Track 16 is again new to me…..at first I thought it was Gap Mangione (the brother to Chuck Mangione) you might wanna check out Gap Mangione’s’ “Suite Lady” album (1978)
Ending the mix with smooth jazz in the form of Groove Collective great band.
Wonderful mood my friend as we come to expect from you.