Gene Harris – Instant Party

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Light groovy jazz

Thoughts
Great playing is on display here but I didn’t find anything that memorable. This would work well as jazzy daytime background music.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Roy Ayers signature funk jazz constructed with pop/r&b vocalists.

Thoughts

I’m not intimately familiar with his catalog but this veers to the lighter side as an r&b album. I found the singers lacking in personality but roys funk is in full effect. I like the instrumental tracks like green and gold featuring a solo vibraphone.

Nothing special, he’s got better stuff.

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https://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/release/245053

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Jimmy McGriff – Electric Funk

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Funky instrumental rhythm and blues

Thoughts

Dirty like the meters with the great Jimmy McGriff on organ. This recording is particularly rich which makes it a great example of the era. Not a lot of variety but it’s constantly building and unfolding, made especially effective by the use of brass.

The 2nd half after bird wave is where it’s at.

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https://www.discogs.com/Jimmy-McGriff-Electric-Funk/release/2557960

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Cortex – Troupeau Bleu

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Classic jazz-rock fusion with a French touch

Thoughts

Exceptional Jazz fusion with strong keys playing. Unfortunately I really dislike the scatty female vocals featured throughout and found it tough to listen past them; they really date the album.

The second half is better starting roughly with ‘chanson d’un jour d’hiver’ through the end.

I don’t see myself revisiting this anytime soon.

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https://www.discogs.com/Cortex-Troupeau-Bleu/release/934193

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Jimmy McGriff – Friday The 13th. Cook County Jail.

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Electric Blues-jazz driven by guitar

Thoughts

Side 1: the freedom suite 1 and 2 tracks are great blues; raw, fast and dirty.

Side 2: Green dolphin street kicks things off with a clarinet solo, setting the pace with calmer standards that were just OK.

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