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jazz and funk mix tape

This is a new member intro I wrote to a new LJ comm I recently joined called thahookup, which specializes in friends-only posts that share music -- mainly rap and hip-hop -- with each other. It's awesome, and I've been listening to all kinds of stuff I've never heard before now through its membership.
I've been a member for a couple weeks now, but haven't had the time to put together a little mix to give you with my intro until now. Actually, to be more precise I haven't been able to pick a handful of tunes to send out because there's so much good shit on my hard drive... :)

My name is Dustin, and I'm a jive-ass white guy, a jazz tenor sax player and a serious hip-hop head, with interests that spill heavily into old soul, funk and R&B. I have a particular affinity for jazz and funk fusion, especially that heavy, heavy shit that Herbie Hancock and those cats put out in the 70s. I could go on and on about how heavy I think Herbie is and what a revolutionary impact he's had on the use of synthesizers in jazz and subsequently pop music, but I won't bore you with all that. I'll just include a couple tracks that I think illustrate that point in this mix.

My favourite artists right now are Danger Mouse (that Gnarls album is really sticking to my ribs these days), Mos Def, DJ Shadow, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, J5, The Roots, and lots of old funk heads like James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, The JB's, The Meters, Sly and The Family Stone, P-Funk, and so on. Being a jazz musician, I also have a huge jazz collection -- a thousand or so recordings mainly featuring Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and more.

Let me know if any of these tracks speak to you, will ya? And thanks for letting me join you guys on here - I've been totally digging a bunch of the shit you've been upping and I look forward to participating more as time goes on.


1. Oscar Peterson - C Jam Blues
A straight-ahead jazz track to get you warmed up. Classic Oscar Peterson Trio (piano, bass and drums), and this track swings so goddamned hard it hurts. Listen especially for the beautiful, soulful unaccompanied solo piano fills that Oscar plays in the breaks. This is practically as good as it gets, jazz-wise.

2. Jaco Pastorius - Come On, Come Over
A classic track that many of you may already have or have already heard, but this is a great showcase for Jaco's funkier than hell bass playing in addition to his awesome songwriting, arranging, and orchestration skills. Herbie's playing keyboards on this album, and the basslines that Jaco pulls out in the breaks are unstoppable on this track.

3. Herbie Hancock - No Means Yes
Don't be scared by the slightly flaming intro portion to this 1977 track, because the breakbeat at around the 1-minute mark will blow you down, muthafuckas.

4. S.N.T. (Live At Peacepipe)
I don't exactly know who this is, it just came from this CD mixtape I bought years ago called The Funky Precedent, and this sounds like a sample of some funk band from the 60s or something. I love this old-school funk shit, and the groove these guys get is beautiful.

5. Herbie Hancock - 4 A.M.
Another classic synth-infused Herbie funk track, this time with Jaco playing bass. This tune alternates between a sort of dated-sounding head section and an incredibly funky, complex break where Herbie solos on the Rhodes, I think it is. They go back and forth, back and forth, with the B section getting funkier and groovier and greasier with each run-through. Another great showcase for the heavy basslines and improv skills of Jaco Pastorius. This bassist blows my mind every time I hear him.

6. Prince - Lolita
This is from Prince's latest album, 3121, and while this record is pretty squeaky clean and bordering heavily on boring by his old standards, there's just something about the synth sound, bassline and beat on this track that I find totally infectious. Makes me get up and shake it almost every time I hear it. Pay attention to the lyrics on this track, too -- I've heard that Prince became a Jehovah's Witness and you can hear it in these clean lyrics that would have been dirty as hell ten years ago.

7. Divine Styler - Make It Plain
Another track from that Funky Precedent mixtape, this track has such a groovy synth sound and a cool, syncopated beat and boomin' kick drum that I can't help dancing to this one either. The grease will drip from your speakers when you play this track.

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iamom August 2nd, 2006
No, but it's en route from Amazon as I write this. I've heard it's not as great as Power in Numbers or Quality Control, but I'm still hyped to hear it.

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