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Saturday, Jan 27 2018 | 11:51
Image: 1617585 Starting in the late 60s, jazz music started to take an interesting,
and very soulful turn. Influenced by the funk of the day – from
James Brown to Sly & The Family Stone – the artform, generally
not considered a funky musical genre, started to stretch out and
fit into the times. It was a fertile era, and to reciprocate, funk,
soul and groovy rock fans started to discover accomplished,
open-minded jazz artists like Les McCann, whose tunes made
sense to their ears, even if bebop hadn’t grabbed them.
This incredible album – long a favorite of forward-thinking
hip-hop producers and DJs – washes over listeners from the
first chords of the incredible album opener, “Sometimes I Cry,”
led by McCann’s array of analog synthesizers and backed by an
excellent rhythm section (Donald Dean on drums,
Ralph McDonald on percussion and Jimmy Rowser on bass).
Truth be told, highlights are hard to pick out, but fans never go
long without returning to the fuzzed-out funk of “The Harlem
Buck Strut Dance,” “Let’s Play (Til Mom Calls)” and “It Never
Stopped In My Hometown.” These keyboard-drenched grooves
sat alongside record stacks brimming with Stevie Wonder,
Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye’s 70s soul and, of course, Miles Davis’
space funk experiments of the era (like Bitches Brew).
Whether you’re new to Layers or just updating a well-loved and
heavily worn-out copy, throw this one on, light one up and lose
yourself for an hour…or even a couple days, if you
have the option

SIDE A: SONGS FROM BOSTON
Sometimes I Cry
Let’s Gather
Anticipation
The Dunbar High School Marching Band
Soaring (At Dawn) Part I
SIDE B: SONGS FROM MY CHILDHOOD
The Harlem Buck Dance Strut
Interlude
Before I Rest
Let’s Play (’Til Mom Calls)
It Never Stopped In My Home Town
Soaring (At Dawn) Part II Available from 02.03.2018
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