Friday, August 01, 2014

New Releases: Shakatak - On The Corner; Hammond Heroes: 60s R&B Organ Grooves; Tak Matsumodo - New Horizon


Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music. They are the Rolling Stones of Jazz-funk and their music just keeps getting better and better. Shakatak are back with a newly recorded studio album containing 14 new tracks. "On The Corner" is an album that perfectly demonstrates the incredible range and diversity of this timeless band!  Tracklisting: On the Corner; To Be In Love; Greatest Gift; No Clouds; Sao Paulo Sunshine; Million Voices;  Good Time;      Jazz and Romance; Deeper;     Ojai Freeway; Daydreamer; She's Not Here; On the Corner Latin Mix; and Greatest Gift Dance Mix. ~ CD Universe


A great collection of 60s Hammond organ groovers – and from sources you might not normally expect! Given the fame of jazz players on the instrument – like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff – it's easy to forget how many rock and roll groups were also playing the Hammond in the 60s – clearly inspired by the work of Smith, McGriff, and others – but taking the instrument into a unique pre-fusion world that blended together rock, soul, jazz, and funk! And while much of the groups' work on organ was often overlooked alongside their more famous vocals, this set really corrects that fact by bringing together an all-instrumental lineup – 23 tracks pulled from lost albums and singles from some of the best of the British scene at the time – the cream of the crop of the beat group generation who were so influenced by American soul and jazz! Titles include "Stevie's Groove" by Spender Davis Group, "Jumping Jack Flash" by Wynder K Frog, "Zoom Widge & Wag" by Bobby Graham, "Working Out" by Dave Davani, "Adventures Of A Young Organ" by Ten Years After, "Jive Samba" by Remo Four, "Horses Cellar" by Peddlers, "Zoot's Sermon" by Zoot Money, "Critic's Choice" by Alan Price Set, and "Impressions Of Oliver" by Herd. ~ Dusty Groove.


This album is Tak's second solo project released in the US. Tak is no stranger to the smooth jazz genre. Tak's 2012 release "Strings of my Soul" spent 3 months on the BDS/Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio Top 30. "New Horizon" composed of most instrumental tracks, features Grammy winning producer Paul Brown and Contemporary, R&B, & Jazz vocalist Wendy Moten on "Feel Like A Woman Tonight". Tracklisting: Take 5; New Horizon; Feel Like a Woman Tonight; Rodeo Blues; Island of Peace; That's Cool; Shattered Glass; Light of the Moon; Reason To Be...; Black Jack; Once Upon a Love; and Rain. ~ CD Universe


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