Rhythm of Life

James Mason

Rhythm of Life

1977

Jazz-Funk

Anyone who loves the deep grooves of Donald Byrd or Mason's former employer, Roy Ayers, will immediately understand why this album's blend of funky fusion of progressive R&B is considered a masterpiece. At least four of its songs have become rare-groove club standards, and the title cut is an absolute monster. Catchy, funky, richly textured, and utterly joyous, Rhythm of Life is a huge reason the acid jazz movement came into being.

- Steve Huey

Other Directions

Nicola Conte

Other Directions

2004

Clubjazz

The Italian composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist's Blue Note debut stands in contrast with his better known early DJ sets. Featuring an organic jazz band -- that includes flugelhornist Fabrizio Bosso and saxophonist Daniele Scannapieco -- this album indulges his love of bossa, samba, vintage cool and European jazz, with all the classy swing and soul intact. Till Bronner adds his trumpet and smooth singing to "Sea And Sand."

- Thom Jurek