152

Various Artists: The Best of Acid Jazz: In the Mix

Robert Spencer By

Sign in to view read count
Yes, yasss, dig him, it's DJ Smash, bringing you a nonstop party of Acid Jazz, that funky stepchild of the r&b funk pioneered in the Sixties by Lee Morgan, Ike Quebec, and so many others.

"Everybody Loves the Sunshine" kicks off the jamfest is a vocal number from The Soul Society, featuring Roy Ayers. It's worthy of Earth, Wind, and Fire, or at least Earth, Wind, and Cool Breezes.

Sharpshooters follow with "Heavyweight," a synthesizer boogaloo featuring chunky unison horns and power flute. On the funkier end is "fu - yu" from DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo. There's a terrific keening trumpet in this one, and a backbeat as funky as any in any rap tune. "Soft Touch" by the Chris Bangs Project has some electrified sax.

Also walking the techno rap line is "Too Far Gone" by The 13th Sign. And there's more flute funk from the vocal Reminiscence Quartet, mining a deep groove for "Onde anda o meu amor."

And then - can you believe it? - the venerable Lonnie Liston Smith, veteran of Pharoah Sanders' early Seventies day-glo jazz smashes, purveying some pure funk on "A Chance for Peace (Give Peace a Chance)." I wouldn't have known it was Lonnie, but how many guys are named Lonnie Liston Smith? In the disco organ vein is "No What" by Jazz Not Jazz Massive and "What's That" by the Exodus Quartet.

The horns don't get funkier than on "Size of an Elephant," a Milesian Harmon muted trumpet number by the Powdered Rhino Horns. "Duboniks Comin' Thru" by Duboniks features some good reeds and more kickin' funk. Topping it off is the playful "Movin' on Out" by New Cool Collective.

Kudos to Smash! Excelsior!


Title: The Best of Acid Jazz: In the Mix | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Instinct Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Hide Ye Idols CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Spavati, Mozda Sanjati CD/LP/Track Review Spavati, Mozda Sanjati
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Reach" CD/LP/Track Review Reach
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" CD/LP/Track Review Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "Town And Country" CD/LP/Track Review Town And Country
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "Embodied Hope" CD/LP/Track Review Embodied Hope
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 6, 2017
Read "Hide Ye Idols" CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "The Voice of Robert Desnos" CD/LP/Track Review The Voice of Robert Desnos
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 22, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor