11 Feb 2012

Let the music take your mind by expressyourselve....

is like Groove 2 Groove from Five to show, part six.

This set is strictly instrumental side of my music choice, real groove real rare funk stuff, is not boring as many would think when they hear instrumental set or compilation.

It was just a thought to give a opportunity to people on one set, again beside Instrumental set, to have a chance to hear the musician that they know from slide instrumental creative side.

The Blackbyrds was an American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group, formed in Washington, D.C. in 1973.

The group was inspired by trumpeter Donald Byrd and featured some of his Howard University students: Kevin Toney (keyboards), Keith Killgo (vocals, drums), Joe Hall (bass guitar), Allan C. Barnes (saxophone, clarinet), and Barney Perry (guitar). Orville Saunders (guitar), and Jay Jones (flute, saxophone) were later members of the group.

The one eye two step is from the album Cornbread, Earl and Me from the year 1975.

The Sweet Vandals are a vintage 60s and 70s funk band from Madrid.

Mayka Edjo: Lead Vocals
Jose "Yusepe" Herranz: Guitar
Santi "Sweetfingers" Martín: Bass
Javi "Skunk": drums
Santiago "Diamond" Vallejo: Hammond

The song Nine Lites you can find on their first self-titled album from, hold back, 2007 The Sweet Vandals, I was astonished about the vintage quality of this Band, you would never say there are from present time.

Melvin Ragin (born c. 1951), better known by the nickname "Wah-Wah Watson", is an American guitarist and session musician famed for his skills with a wah-wah pedal.

Ragin was a member of the Motown Records studio band, The Funk Brothers, where he recorded with artists like The Temptations, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and The Supremes.
He also played on numerous sessions in the 1970s and 1980s for many top soul, funk and disco acts, including Herbie Hancock.

Goo Goo Wah Wah is from same-titled album from the year 1976.

The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live band project of musician and DJ, Will Holland.
Holland has recorded under several names, most notably Quantic.

The band's lineup changes from album to album, with sometime members including Holland's sister, saxophonist Lucy Holland, his Limp Twins collaborator Russ Porter and former Hardkandy member Simon Little. Will Holland plays guitar and bass, and performs some of the percussion.

Their music focuses on reviving a dusty funk and jazz sound, as well as a collaborative album with renowned funk and soul artist Spanky Wilson.

Tropidelico is the album from 2007 where you can find the song Melodious wayfarer.

Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. (known as Junior Mance, born 10 October 1928, Evanston, Illinois) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Junior Mance began playing the piano at the age of five, but did not begin formal training until the age of eight. He started playing professionally during his early teens.
Junior was playing with/in:

Gene Ammons' band, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Herb Geller, Harold Land, Keter Betts, George Morrow, Richie Powell, Dizzy Gillespie's band and several more.

During the 1990s Junior has been part of a very elite group called "100 Gold Fingers". This is a group which tours Japan every other year, consisting of ten outstanding jazz pianists.
On various tours the group has included people such as Hank Jones, John Lewis, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Ray Bryant, Roger Kellaway, Gene Harris, Marian McPartland, Barry Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lynne Arriale, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Duke Jordan, Joanne Brackeen, Monty Alexander, Dave McKenna, Renee Rosnes, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern as well as Junior and a rhythm section consisting of bassist Bob Cranshaw and either Alan Dawson or Grady Tate on drums.

The song Zabuda is from the in 1973 released album Touch.

Gay Flamingoes Steelband is from St. Augustine, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago.

On St. John Road a notable pub frequented by most people of the region is the Flamingo Pub, run by Andrew and his son Andre Timothy. Next to this pub you can regularly see the Flamingo Steel Orchestra formerly called the Lever Brothers Gay Flamingos, run by Ian "Cacka Head" Timothy.

Their main inspiration is Fela Kuti’s music.

The Propositions were a 9 member Detroit Band who released only 3 singles in the early 70s. All members were 17 and under, yet unbelievably funky beyond their years. Apparently, they never released a full LP, but recorded enough tunes in a 1973 album to result in this well mixed and mastered gem of classic drums, bass, guitar and horn driven instrumental funk.

William C. Cobham  is born May 16, 1944 in Panama, is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader.

Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham is, in the words of Steve Huey, ”generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision”.

Cobham is also one of the first drummers to play open handed lead: a drummer that plays on a right-handed set but leads with his left hand on the hi-hat instead of crossing over with his left (and also has his ride cymbal on the left side, instead of the traditional right).

Stratus is from same named album from the year 1981.

The Greyboy Allstars (GBA) are a San Diego funk and jazz group created in the early 1990s. The group began as collaboration of DJ Greyboy (turntable) with Karl Denson (saxophone, flute) during weekly shows at the Green Circle Bar in San Diego.

In 1995, The Greyboy Allstars released their first album, West Coast Boogaloo, featuring support from James Brown trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley.

DJ Greyboy was uninterested in touring and the band continued on with his name led by Denson.

The song that gave the set the name Let the music take your mind is from their first album.

Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant , November 25, 1929, Huntington, West Virginia - March 25, 1991, Columbus, Ohio, was an American jazz tenor and alto saxophonist.

Rusty Bryant was the father of Eric Royal Bryant (b. July 7, 1950 in Washington, D.C.) and pop singer Stevie Woods (b. July 2, 1951 in Chatham, Virginia), who would enjoy a moderately successful recording career in the early '80s with the Top 40 hit songs "Steal the Night" and "Just Can't Win 'Em All."

Fire Eater is from same called album from 1971.

Tommy Stewart is an American trumpeter, arranger, producer, composer and pianist residing in Birmingham, Alabama.

He is a member of several active performing groups, including the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Eaton and the Alabama All-Stars, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars, and Ray Reach and Friends. He was a 1988 inductee into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

For more information I would like to recommend an interview with Tommy Stewart, is considering the album as well where you can find the song Fulton County Line and some more exiting information.

This song is only one with a small small singed part. J

Dave Hamilton was a recording artist in his own right.

Dave was a multi-instrumentalist but featured his guitar and vibes most often (it is noted on one of the Dave Hamilton comps that Hamilton liked to play the vibes with six sticks instead of the customary two or four, which explains the full vibes sound that appears on a lot of his recordings on himself and others). As noted in Ace Records blurb for Detroit City Grooves, Hamilton even recorded and mastered a whole album's worth of material as a solo artist, but beyond the two-part funky 45 "Pisces Pace," he left it all on the shelf. "Soul Suite," as the album would have been titled, featured a style Dean Rudland called "acid lounge-funk," which is somewhat appropriate. There's a lot of wah-wah guitar in these recordings, as well as those vibes and occasional harmonica, all layered over pretty smooth backdrops. Listening to the material is akin to listening to a great lost blaxploitation movie soundtrack full of mellow cuts, although some tunes, like "Brother Ratt," have "car-chase scene" written all over them.

The song you can find on the album Dave Hamilton feat. Soul Suite, Detroit City Grooves.

 The Politicians, are from Detroit as well I was not able to collect more information about this rare group that was following the style of deep funk with a touch of pshycodelic soul as the album from 1972, where you can find the song Funky toes, hints with name Psycha-Soula-Funkadelic.

I hope you will like this one as well as Instrumental mix....


Let the music take your mind:

01. The one eye two step - The Blackbyards
02. Nine lites - Sweet Wandals
03. Goo Goo Wah Wah - Wah Wah Watson
04. Melodious wayfarer - The Quantic Soul Orchestra
05. Zabuda - Junior Manche
06. Black man's cry - Gay Flamingoes Steelband
07. Africana - The Propositions
08. Stratus - Billy Cobham
09. Let the music take your mind - Greyboy Allstars
10. Fire eater - Rusty Brian
11. Fulton county line - Tommy Stewart
12. Soul Suite - Dave Hamilton
13. Funky toes - The Politicians

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