Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Various Artists - Blue Break Beats (1992)

Back in the late '60s/early '70s, jazz artists began experimenting with more funk/soul sounds, incorporating those grooves into their jazz music.  Much of this music would have been forgotten if not for the DJs and hip-hop acts that, twenty years later, dug these albums out of the used record bins and sampled their finds.  Presented here are the original grooves, I'm guessing many appearing on CD for the first time in 1992.  Great grooves, great liner notes, lots of extended jams, what's not to like?  I went and listened to a few of the artists that sampled these beats (De La Soul, Marley Marl, Gang Starr, Eric B & Rakim, etc.), but was always left wanting the original.  An enjoyable compilation that stands on its own. So good, there's three additional volumes in the series.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: 12 tracks, 79 minutes


Richard "Groove" Holmes Grooving With Mr. G
Grant Green Sookie, Sookie1970
Lou Donaldson Who's Making Love1969
Donald Byrd Weasil1969
Eddie Henderson Kudu1975*
Bobbi Humphrey Harlem River Drive1973
Jimmy McGriff Blue Juice1968
Grant Green The Final Comedown1972
Lou Donaldson Turtle Walk1969
The Three Sounds Your Love Is Too Much1971
Donald Byrd Black Jack1967
Herbie Hancock Olilloqui Valley1964

*bonus points to Kudu for introducing me to my new favorite musician credit: "Transcending Sunship Woody Theus"

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None

1 comment:

  1. I'll take Bobbi Humphrey's "Harlem River Drive" all day, every day...

    Mix it in with some Blackbyrds, and you've got yourself a flute-tastic little double-shot.