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Thursday, Aug 17 2006 | 16:18

At last Jazzman release the latest in their series dedictated to putting his well researched and cared for 7″ jazzman releases. Hot of the back of the Quantic presents Funk 45’s CD (JMANCD012) this CD will be the one we are crying out for after the long hot summer.


01. Aaron Neville – Hercules
02. Lou Pride – It’s A Man’s World
03. Carla Whitney – War
04. John Cameron – Troublemaker
05. Bajka – The Only Religion
06. Asha Puthli – Right Down Here
07. Soul Saints – Bag Of Soul
08. Eddy Jacobs Exchange – Pull My Coat
09. Manny Corchado – Pow-Wow
10. Elsie Mae – Do You Really Want To Rescue Me Pts 1 & 2
11. Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae
12. Modern Egyptian Dance Band – Wedding Night

Aaron Neville – Hercules
`Hercules` is a superb song that is remembered by all who hear it, not just down to the soulful vocals but also to one of the simplest, catchiest and memorable bass lines in soul music history. Cyril Neville`s backing band is none other than the Meters, with his brother Art doing his thing on the organ. As you might expect, the music is pure, raw, New Orleans funk – but set off with a nice twist of electric sitar.

Lou Pride – It’s a Mans World
OK here’s the story: Chicago born Lou Pride, steeped in the traditions of the gospel church, falls in love and moves to the sun-baked Texan border town of El Paso, home to a US army base and not much else. Dreaming of a singing career, he cuts a few singles for the small local rock & garage label Suemi.The second 45 Lou cut for the label was a cover of James Brown’s ‘It’s a man’s man’s world’ – here in a more uptempo style and with buckets of funk, and again a stone cold classic that is (IMHO!) better than the original.

Carla Whitney – War
Are you ready for some super dynamite soul? How about some super dynamite funky soul, the likes of which you haven’t heard since Ann Peebles or Marlena Shaw? Well there’s a new soul lady in town for y’all, get ready for the music of Carla Whitney! Now this lady leads a life of mystery – we’ve searched and searched but still know nothing about her! Zilch! But what we do know is that in 1975 she made a super-rare album on the small Toronto based Attic label, and what an album that was! Backed by Choker Campbell – ex-Motown session player – Canadian Carla lays down some beautiful soul vocals with a funky edge, so why wasn’t the album a hit? Why is she still unknown? Perhaps we will never know – but back to the music, and listening to her song “War” you’ll hear a heavy funk groove with a message of peace and forgiveness that is more relevant than ever today.

John Cameron – Troublemaker
John Cameronâ€`s ˜Troublemaker” is based around the flute of enigmatic Jamaican jazz figure Harold McNair, and this 7″ version gives us a strong percussive workout that definately improves on the LP cut.

Bajka – The Only Relgion
Musician, poet and songwriter Bajka (pronounced `Biker`) is an enigmatic lady with a cross-cultural charm and a voice that can be likened only to that of the great Billie Holiday. Don`t believe me? Have a listen and decide for yourself. The Only Religion was recorded in the `90s with the help of some friends who were members of German bands The Poets of Rhythm and Das Goldenes Zeitalter.

Asha Puthli – Right Down Here
A classically trained vocalist, the young Asha Puthli had become bored by the rigidity of Indian classical music and European opera. The jazz she listened to on her radio at home inspired a move from her native Bombay to New York, and it was there that she came to the attention of Columbia Records. It was no doubt that it was her unique voice, with the various nuances and textures that can only come from her training in Indian music, that gave her the edge, though it was also those very characteristics that meant releases as a solo artist in the US on an increasingly rock-orientated label were limited, so mopst of the work she got was session work. CBS in Europe, however, had other ideas, and her first solo album, simply entitled ‘Asha Puthli’ was released in 1973. By now her sound had been influenced by the glam of the ‘70s, and came across in wonderful tones that were altogether soft, smooth, slinky, sultry AND sexy! Her version of JJ Cale’s ‘Right Down Here’ is a perfect example

Soul Saints – Bag Of Soul
The previously-unissued-on-45 instrumental Bag of Soul, it’s destined to be the soulful soundtrack for all 4 seasons, not just for Christmas.

Eddy Jacobs Exchange – Pull My Coat
Stone cold dancefloor funk classic! Pull My Coat has been an anthem in funk and hip hop clubs since 1969 when the Roy Ayers sideman cut this monster with JB hornman Joe Dupars and the rest of their NJ-based band. Original pressings are very tricky to find and unfortunately are mainly found to be pressed on styrene here you can hear Eddy, efforts without the noise of frying bacon as an unwelcome intro

Manny Corchado – Pow Wow
This scorching boogaloo monster has been in high demand ever since it’s first release in 1967. A tribal intro drops into a miles deep latin funk workout that has never failed to rock a dancefloor. Backed with the Jazz club classic ‘Chicken & Booze’, this 45 will no doubt find a home in record boxes the world over. A dancer`s favourite!

Elsie May – Do You Really Want to Rescue Me
One of the lesser-known divas that formed part of the James Brown revue was Elsie Mae. A lady of ample proportions, she preceded the sexy soul sistas of the ‘70s by being a sassy soul diva of the ‘60s. She only recorded two 45s for Brown, the better one of the two being the much more notable second release Do You Really Want to Rescue Me released on King in 1966 as a response to Fontella Bass’ R&B Number One hit Rescue Me the previous year. To my ears Elsie Mae has the superior song as it has greater longevity. A classic you might say? The writing, the production, the musicianship are crisp and complete, the backing vocals by the Jewels working to great effect. A wonderful piece of music, and one that will resonate in your ears for years to come.

Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae
How can you describe someone who claims to be “the coolest of the uncool in popular music”, and bears a resemblance to none other than Alan Partridge himself? Jonathan Richman is the chap who released the catchy instrumental ‘Egyptian Reggae’ onto an unsuspecting public in 1977. It was even featured on the prestigious BBC show Top of the Pops, with the leggy Pans People doing the usual saucy-but-cheesy dance routine, this time inspired by middle-eastern belly-dancing amidst jerky bent arm motions, which inspired a dance craze nationwide! “Egyptian Reggae” was the thing, the latest craze, where the action was at! Getting to #5 in the UK, and a #1 hit in Europe, dancers around the globe grooved like they’d never grooved to before

Modern Egyptian Dance Band – Wedding Night
Everyone likes surprises, and nobody likes a musical surprise more than we at Jazzman. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes Cecil Leuter’s ‘Pop Electronique’ (JM.010) or Nino Nardini’s ‘Poltergeist’ (JM.024) – they blow you to bits! The wild, the crazy, the downright lunatic – probably the kind of music the great, late Syd Barrett dreamt of making while sipping his acid-laced tea. Well here we are again, this time sneaking off with some music they play at weddings in Egypt. This one’s called ‘Wedding Night’, and if the first few seconds of this nutty piece of nuttiness is anything to go by, there will be some very strange things to look forward to in the bridal suite! I need a fast boat to Cairo with my bride-to-be – and I want it now

Out September 26th on CD on Jazzman Records!

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