SEVEN SEAS: CLARENCE’S JAM

Pats

Seven Seas: Pat’s Jam (Glades, 1975, 7″)

Funk 7″ out of Florida.

Not sure who Pat is but I sure know who C. Reid is. I saw this all the time but sometimes the best songs are also the most common. The A-side, “Super ‘Jaws'” is…whatever. Seems like a disco/blockbuster-ploitation song. But this flip is like the best JBs song they never actually made.

365 Days of Soul, #68

BADBADNOTGOOD: FEISTY

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BADBADNOTGOOD: Limit To Your Love (Self-released, 2012, BBNG2)

Pop and hip-hop influenced jazz album.

I was ready to move onto something else but I love that this is a cover (James Blake) of a cover (Feist).1

365 Days of Soul, #67

  1. You can tell they’re riffing off the Blake version given how the signature piano chords begin both songs, unlike on the Feist original.

BADBADNOGGOOD: BAD NOT MEANING GOOD

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BADBADNOTGOOD: The World Is Yours/Brooklyn Zoo (Self-release, 2011, BBNG)

Hip-hop influenced jazz album.
If I remember this correctly, someone at the sampling workshop that Thes and I put together asked what we thought of hip-hop instrumental remakes by jazz bands, citing BBNG as one example. I said I hadn’t heard their work but that, on principle, it always seemed like an odd idea since odds are, a jazz remake wasn’t going to improve upon the instrumental of the original.

But you know what? This is pretty damn good. And no, it’s not better than Pete Rock’s original but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good in its own right. You get a sense of the essence of the source material, executed quite nicely by a trio that sounds capable of executing on a whole lot more (but is content with this little trip down memory lane).

365 Days of Soul, #66

JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ: HE’S THE MAN

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Jose Luis Rodriguez: El Hombre De La Cima (Top Hits, 1980, 7″)

Venezuelan rock single.

I can’t quite figure out if this is a cover of an Edgar Alexander song or of Alexander first wrote it for Rodriguez. Either way, I’m all about these kinds of unexpectedly funky tracks from the late ’70s and early ’80s since they take the borderline cheesiness of rock production in that era but marry it with some slick rhythm section. It’s a good combination.

365 Days of Soul, #65

GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION: PURE GROOVE

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Greenwood Rhythm Coalition: Puro Rock (Names You Can Trust, 2014, 7″)

Dub cumbia remix.

An absolute killer remix of El Combo Chimbita’s “Puro Show.” GRC have never failed me and this one is amongst their very best. I think they add those sleepy, mournful ska guitar lines at the beginning of the song and it’s a genius touch.

365 Days of Soul, #64