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Jazz Funk 'N' Bossa

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Irma Jazz Funk 'N' Bossa is a collection of laidback acid jazz compiled by Hiroshi Yamazaki for Irma Records. There's a blend of actual bands and more producer-oriented acts; the bands feature plenty of vibes, flute, electric piano, and restrained jazz guitar to go along with the beefy basslines and upfront percussion, while the producers focus more on grooves closer to hip-hop than jazz-funk. The bossa connection doesn't carry through the entire set, but every track certainly fits the bill in the other two areas of the title. Highlights come from Jestofunk ("Fly Love Song"), Bossa Nostra ("The Message From a Soul Sister"), Black & Brown ("Never Be There"), and Man Sueto ("Sentimental Song"). This is definitely a compilation designed to evoke a certain sound, despite certain geographic discrepancies -- a track by Gazzara with the title "Our Man in Rio" nevertheless begins with the voice of a British DJ dedicating a song to someone in Leytonstone.

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