I have to say that i'm glad I was too young to be there in person when you were rocking with these - it would have been dangerous 'cause these are all killer tracks!
But seriously, I've always wanted to get a Masters Degree in British JazzFunk but they only taught this course back in the 70s in London and now it's discontinued - however you Dimsa took it to a pHD level, lucky for you! (and for us since you're kindly sharing...)
This is a great lecture, an absolute goldmine, just shows how much more crate digging we should all do - I'm getting ready to fire up orders at Discogs.com. Like Courtney Pine said at one of his concerts once about vitage music: "If you don't know your roots, you can't have a future".
Alltogether the sound is very similar to my Journey To The Sun mix, but of course these are the original, classic tunes. I'm pretty sure I'll also take my journey to this corner of the JazzFunk solar system...
Even if it's more like a compilation rather than a mix (it's hard to mix live acoustic drums plus there's not really any "bridges" here...) I love the consistent sound of the selection as a whole, it does have the very same mood all the way though - this is what you're the master at, the different moods of DJDimsa!Track by track:David Fathead Newman
was news to me - love the flutes and the disco-ish bassline. Noticed some vinyl cracks in the sound, great, just adds to the vintage sound :-)
Looks like Lonnie Liston
has much more to offer than Expansions... Need to explore him more, this one is great with the slapping bass and the organ - well, more like unbelievable...
I knew Deodato's Whistle Bump
from Jazz-Funk MasterCuts Volume 4 - this track always reminds me of two other songs: Al Hudson and Partners' (One Way): Music and Status IV's "You Ain't Really Down" (because of bassline I guess - latter was remixed by Jazzanova lately).
These are early directions to Disco (from which point Professor Toddy can take over...
). Deodato also need some more discovering, just found an excellent track from him called "Space Dust" (Japanese Import on Amazon for 50 bucks, '79 japanese edition remastered... :-)
Also, I told your Mark at your "Just sit - Anywhere" 70s funk mix that it sounds like DJ Premier's collection - these are also tracks that must have been sampled million times, eg. I found out that the great Pete Rock sampled Deodato, see here:http://www.whosampled.com/sample/view/1146...ptember%2013th/
Great site BTW, www.whosampled.comMike Mandel
was unknown to me but these trumpet riffs remind me of EW&F's "Can't Hide Love", almost the same 4 riffs (That Tone Loc sampled in his "Cutting Rhythms")
I thought "Butterfly"
was gonna be the song of the Herbie Hancock kind, but it is a different one. However I looked up Eddie Henderson, he is not related to my favourite Wayne Henderson from The Cusaders but I just learned that he played with Herbie on "Sextet" and then with Art Blakey... Great jazz roots there... also spotted a song from him on JazzFunk Mastercuts Vol1 that I missed so far ("Say You Will"). This here though reminded me a bit of Herb Alpert (the trumpets - the arrangement is definitely the sound of the Herbie Sextet/Manchild/Thrust era)Sea Level - Fifty Four:
featured on MasterCuts Vol 7 (ah yes, there is a 7, my mistake Dimsa, that's the last one, I have it sitting on my shelf :-) Not sure who they are but the sound reminds me of the early Lee Ritenour...Brazilian Love Affair
starts with the best slapping bass, you're right that it's better then the cover in my "Brazilian Funk Affair mix", it's an all time classic, I have always preferred this (with Duke's solo at the end as a highlight). Well, George Duke is George Duke.Zaius
was a shock for me as you know, did not know this existed and the Incognito version in my "Journey To The Sun" mix was a cover. All hats down to Bluey (Jean Paul Maunick, the producer of Incognito) again for digging up these classics and making it accessible today in a modern form that truly respect the original nature of the song. I mean one cannot really hear this type of jazzfunk played live today, Incognito are one of the few bands still keeping this sound alive (well, I heard good old Roy Ayers live a few years ago with very young musicians playing with him, all his classics and it was just so tight funk - so there is still some interest in this that keeps the genre alive...)
I reckon the MasterCuts series also did a good job in educating about jazzfunk and making these rare tracks available on CD. I very much respect that compilation series, I learned a lot from there and they did a respectable job putting it together with lots of thought and debate going into it and very little compromises. I highly recommend it to anyone as the second best resurce for definitive jazzfunk.
The very first one being DJDimsa himself of course :-)