Light Of The World (1980)

If you haven’t heard of this band before, then I can tell you that they, along with the likes of Level 42 and Freeez, were at the forefront of the UK Jazz Funk movement in the late seventies and early Eighties.

This the 1980 US version of the album with a slightly different track list to the original UK release. I include it here because it is so smooth. ‘Dreams’ is a particular favourite of mine.

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Producer: Vincent Castellano

Musicians:

  • Paul “Tubbs” Williams: Bass Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Peter Hinds: Clavinet, Synthesizer
  • Everton McCalla: Drums, Syn Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Nat Augustin: Guitar, Vocals
  • Neville McKrieth: Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
  • Gee Bello: Percussion, Vocals
  • David Baptiste: Saxophone, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Kenny Wellington: Trumpet, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tracklist:

  1. Swingin’
  2. Dreams
  3. Who Are You (Who Do You Think You Are?)
  4. Emergency
  5. Aspects
  6. Mirror Of My Soul
  7. Liv Togevver (The Greater London Funkathon)
  8. I’ll Always Love You

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Shakatak: Night Birds (1982)

Ok, so I said one album each week, but I thought two would be good to mark my return.

This is probably one of the best albums from one of my favourite groups. Features two hit singles “Easier Said Than Done” and “Night Birds”. It certainly cemented their reputation as one of the U.K.s premier Jazz Funk bands.

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Producer: Nigel Wright

Musicians:
Drums: Roger Odell
Guitars: Keith Winter
Bass: George Anderson
Keyboards: Bill Sharpe, Nigel Wright

Percussion: Simon Morton

Horns: Stuart Brooks, Nigel Wright, Dick Morrissey
Vocals: Jill Saward, Jackie Rawe, Lorna Bannon

Tracklist:

  1. Night Birds
  2. Streetwalkin’
  3. Rio Nights
  4. Fly the Wind
  5. Easier Said Than Done
  6. Bitch to the Boys
  7. Light on My Life
  8. Takin’ Off

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Quincy Jones: The Dude (1981)

As one would expect of someone of Quincy Jones’s calibre the guests on this LP are stellar. I’ve said it many times but this musicians on this LP really are the cream of the crop. Quincy definitely gets the best out of James Ingram and Patti Austin who sounds better on this album than on anything else I’ve heard her on. Her voice glides about the music majestically.

The song Ai No Corrida was actually a cover of a Chas Jankel song, I discovered recently. Chas having written with Ian Dury and played in The Blockheads makes that all the more surprising, for me anyway. Ian’s music, although lumped in with the Punk movement, was always very funky, and now we know why.

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Producer: Quincy Jones

Musicians:
Drums: John Robinson
Bass: Louis Johnson, Abraham Laboriel
Guitars: Steve Lukather
Piano: David Foster, Robbie Buchanan
Keyboards: Herbie Hancock, David Hawk Wolinsky, Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizers: Ian Underwood, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker, Stevie Wonder
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
Horns: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Bill Reichenbach, Kim Hutchcroft, Ernie Watts, Larry Williams
Lead Vocals: Charles May, James Ingram, Pattie Austin
Background Vocals: Patti Austin, Ton Baher, Jim Gilstrap, Michael Jackson, Syreta Wright, James Ingram

Tracklist:
1. Ai No Corrida
2. The Dude
3. Just Once
4. Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me
5. Something’ Special
6. Razzamatazz
7. One Hundred Ways
8. Velas
9. Turn On The Action

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The Bendeth Band (1981)

English born David Bendeth only ever put his name to two albums. This one and the Jazzy ‘Adrenalin’. This one came second and has a much cooler cover. Reason enough, in my book, to feature it here. Both albums also feature the hit ‘Feel The Real’ in different forms.

Anyway, this is a disco/Jazz/Funk album and will definitely get your toes a-tappin’.

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Producer: David Bendeth

Musicians:
Keyboards, Synthesizer: John Cleveland Hughes
Guitar: David Bendeth
Vocals: Robert Boyer, Fred Boyer, Selwynn Pitt

Tracklist:
I Was There
Love Collect
Rollin’
Feel The Real
Make It Pop
A Colorful Dream
Goldmine
Better Believe

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Incognito: Transatlantic R.P.M. (2010)

I found this album when I realised it had a cover of Boz Scagg’s ‘Lowdown’ on it and what a great version it is. I was really impressed as well with the rest of the album, except track 2 ‘Everything That We Are’ that sounds more like a rap track, so I haven’t bothered with it on here, but I’ve included the video so that you can make up your own mind.

Features vocals from Chaka Khan and Leon Ware, for added Westcoast cred.

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Producer: Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick & Francis Hylton

Musicians:
Backing Vocals: Charlise Rookwood, Gail Evans, Hildia Campbell, Miss Cherokee
Bass: Stuart Zender
Bass, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion: Richard Bull
Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals: Bluey
Bass, Keyboards: Francis Hylton
Cello: Nick Squires
Drums: Pete Ray Biggin
Flugelhorn, Trumpet: Kevin Robinson, Sid Gauld
Flute, Saxophone: Finn Peters, Paul Greenwood
Guitar, Rhythm Guitar: Al McKay
Keyboards: Graham Harvey, Matt Cooper, Ski Oakenfull
Percussion: Thomas Dyani
Saxophone: Jim Hunt, Patrick Clahar, Simon Willescroft
Trombone: Dave Williamson, Fayyaz Virji
Trumpet: Dan Carpenter, Dominic Glover
Viola: Bill Hawkes
Violin: Alice Hall, Ben Hancox, Julian Leaper, Simon Kodurand, Yuri Kalnits
Vocals: John-Christian Urich, Luckyiam.PSC, Mario Biondi, Ursula Rucker
Vocals, Backing Vocals: Chaka Khan, Joy Rose, Leon Ware, Lurine Cato, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Vanessa Haynes

Tracklist:
1. Lowdown
2. 1975
3. Your Sun My Sky
4. Line In The Sand
5. Gotta
6. Let’s Fall In Love Again
7. The Song
8. Put A Little Lovin’ In Your Heart
9. All Of My Life
10. Expresso Madureira
11. Life Ain’t Nothing But A Good Thing
12. Make Room For Love
13. Can’t Get Enough
14. The Winter Of My Springs
15. Tell Me What To Do

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Mezzoforte: The Very Best Of

Iceland’s second most famous musical export. This is a compilation of my own making and I’ve chosen some of their mellower, smooth songs. Hope you enjoy it.

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Original line-up from 1977:
• Eyþór Gunnarsson: Keyboards
• Jóhann Ásmundsson: Bass
• Gunnlaugur Briem-Gulli Briem (Gulli): Drums
• Friðrik Karlsson (Frissi): Guitar

Other members, present and past:
• Bruno Müller: Guitar (2005-present)
• Sebastian Studnitzky: Trumpet & keyboards (2005-present)
• Thomas Dyani: Percussion (2004-present)
• Jonas Wall: Saxophones (2013-present)
• Staffan William-Olsson: Guitar (2003-2004)
• Joel Palsson: Saxophones (2003)
• Guðmundur Pétursson: Guitar (2003)
• Óskar Guðjónsson: Saxophones (1996-2003, 2005-2013)
• Kåre Kolve: Saxophones (1991-1994)
• Rolf Graf: Bass guitar (1989, 2003-2008)
• Björn Thorarensen: Synthesizers (1980-1982)
• Kristinn Svavarsson: Saxophones (1982-1985)
• David O’Higgins: Saxophones (1985-1989, 2002-2004)
• Jeroen De Rijk: Percussion (1984-1986)

Tracklist:
1. Garden Party
2. Midnight Sun
3. Solid
4. Take Off
5. Icebreaker
6. Quick Step
7. Prime Time
8. Later On
9. Daybreak
10. Journey’s End
11. Beyond The Horizon
12. Cruising
13. Drive
14. Nightfall
15. Garden Party (S.O.L. Radio Mix)

If you like this, why not discover more of their music!