This is an incredible collection of jazz works during a very brief era, where the innovators were turning out exceptionally funky tunes, probably inspired by both Motown, and the Bossa. It has a very mellow groove, undisturbed except for the more raucous Ohio Players track (Fopp). The 15-song collection contains certain classics that can never be overplayed: Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan & Rufus, Cruisin by Smokey Robinson, and For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers; but also the rarer Riding High by Faze-O and Be Thankful for What You've Got by William DeVaughn. It’s great to listen to on a sunny afternoon at home or behind the wheel. The Al Green track's intricate opening beat was sampled by Notorious BIG. Other songs have been sampled and re-made, but these are the ORIGINALS. You won't be disappointed! Unfortunately, this phase didn't last very long - some of the artists went back to more traditional jazz, others to fusion, and yet others to slippery sweet disco (unbelievable but true). Man, I wish there were more of these...
1. Riding High - Harrison, Keith 2. Oh Honey - Denne, Michael 3. Playing Your Game, Baby - Johnson, Austin 4. Be Thankful for What You Got - DeVaughn, William 5. Everybody Loves the Sunshine - Ayers, Roy 6. In the Mood - Richmond, Paul 7. Mister Magic - MacDonald, Ralph 8. Fopp - Wiliams, F. 9. Cruisin' - Robinson, Smokey 10. I'm Glad You're Mine - Green, Al 11. Sweet Thing - Maiden, Tony 12. Remind Me - Rushen, Patrice 13. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2 - Isley, Ernie
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