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, Sookie||1970|
|Lou Donaldson||Who's Making Love||1969|
|Bobbi Humphrey||Harlem River Drive||1973||✔|
|Jimmy McGriff||Blue Juice||1968||✔|
|Grant Green||The Final Comedown||1972|
|Lou Donaldson||Turtle Walk||1969|
|The Three Sounds||Your Love Is Too Much||1971||✔|
|Donald Byrd||Black Jack||1967|
|Herbie Hancock||Olilloqui Valley||1964||✔|
*bonus points to Kudu for introducing me to my new favorite musician credit: "Transcending Sunship Woody Theus"
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None