Wewantsounds is back with Feeling Good, a compilation of rare Spiritual Jazz and Funk frooves culled from legendary Producer Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records. The compilation features insightful sleevenotes by Judd Apatow, Bob Shad’s grandson and was supervised by Matt Robin (producer of theJazzactuel BYG boxset with Thurston Moore). Alice Clark’s cult classic “Never Did I Stop Loving You” features here alongside many gems uncovered for the first time on this compilation, all remastered from the original tapes.
From working with music Titans such as Charlie Parker and Lightnin’ Hopkins in the 40s, founding the EmArcy jazz label in the 50s and discovering Janis Joplin in the 60s, Bob Shad has had an incredible influence. This handpicked selection gives you a little taster for the diversity of Bob Shad’s Sound from the early 70s when he turned to Deep and soulful Jazz alongside labels like Flying Dutchman and Strata East. Drenched in modal Fender Rhodes keys, spiritual sax and flute solos, deep percussions and funky beats, these albums have slowly been rediscovered by a new generation of DJs, hip hop producers and vinyl junkies all around the world.
From Afrique’s cult classic “House of the Rising Funk” and its funky wah wah frenzy to Hadley Caliman’s deep jazz Flute ode; From one of Clark Terry’s famous Mumbles (Shad produced the original with Oscar Peterson) to Jack Wilkins’ “Red Clay” sampled by both A Tribe Called Quest and Chance the Rapper. A Soul Music lover, Shad also excelled in soul divas and produced Ellerine Harding, Maxine Weldon and of course the mighty Alice Clark, whose original album on Mainstream exchanges hands for around 500$ these days.
To close the compilation in style, Carmen McRae, one of Shad’s long time collaborators, gives a soulful, conga-led version of the classic Feelin’ Good a song made famous by Nina Simone. A superb minimalist version showcasing the unique sound of Bob Shad, a passionate, spirited and fiercely independent record producer who lived for the music.
“It’s really spiritual, fun and funky and sometimes a little crazy, which perfectly captures Bobby Shad. Enjoy.” – Judd Apatow
01. Afrique – House of the Rising Funk, 1973
02. Blue mitchell – Soul Village, 1971
03. Sarah Vaughan – Magical Connection, 1971
04. Art Farmer – Soulsides, 1972
05. Shelly Manne – Mask, 1972
06. Alice Clark – Never Did I Stop Loving You, 1972
07. Buddy Terry – Abscretions, 1971
08. Maxine Weldon – Right On, 1971
09. Barry Miles – Scatbird, 1972
10. Jack Wilkins – Red Clay, 1973
11. Clark Terry – Rum And Mumbles, 1966
12. Ellerine Harding – I Ain’t Got Much, 1972
13. Blue mitchell – Granite & concrete, 1972
14. Hadley Caliman – Quadrivium, 1972
15. Carmen McRae – Feelin’ Good, 1965
The compilation Various “Feeling Good” (Wewantsounds) is going to be released November 18, 2016.