CHOCOLATE MILK - ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
A killer album of 70s New Orleans funk! Chocolate Milk were an amazing funk group in their best moments – and this album is certainly one of those moments – a blistering batch of tracks that set a whole new style for the Crescent City scene, and which showed that producers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn could easily hit the hipper notes of the 70s! There's a tight rhythmic sound at the core of most numbers, but expanded instrumentation over the top – bits of spacey electrics or jazzier electronics that never would have shown up in Sansu records of years back, but which show that with the right group, New Orleans funk could easily take on the hippest styles going down on both coasts! The title cut, "Action Speaks Louder Than Words", is a slow funk classic – and the record also includes the incredible electronic-tinged "Time Machine", a perpetual favorite these days. Other nice tracks include "Pretty Pimpin' Willie" and "Ain't Nothin' But a Thing". Arguably the band's best album ever! ~ Dusty Groove
LALO SHIFRIN - BULLITT ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Fantastic stuff! In case you don't know it, this is one of Lalo Schifrin's most incredible soundtracks, and it's a stunning mix of jazz, bossa, and groovy grooves. There's lots of cool bubbling electric bass, lilting keyboards, and moody breezy rhythms. Nearly every cut's a winner, and if you like his stuff, we can bet that this will become one of your favorites. The record's darn tough to find, and this reissue is a real treat to have around! Cuts include "Bullitt", "Room 26", "On the Way To San Mateo", and "Shifting Gears". 2014 vinyl version from Aleph Records includes cues never before released on vinyl! ~ Dusty Groove
BIG MAMA THORNTON - SASSY MAMA!
70's release that has this classic shoutin' blues singer paired with a small combo of modern blues and soul studio players, like Cornell Dupree, Paul Griffin, Wilbur Bascomb, and Buddy Lucas. Like a lot of stuff on Vanguard, the sound's still pretty rootsy, and Big Mama blasts it out on tracks like "Lost City", "Mr. Cool", "Private Number", and "Everybody's Happy (But Me)". ` Dusty Groove