Inspired by the San Francisco acid jazz venue the Up & Down Club, this album includes tracks by Alphabet Soup, the Josh Jones Ensemble, the Kenny Brooks Trio and the Will Bernard Trio. Up & Down Club Sessions, Vol. 1 and its follow-up are two of the acid jazz albums most amenable to fans of jazz as well as dance. There is an emphasis on live playing and true musicianship on the solos, while the grooves are consistently deep and funky.
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AllMusic Review by Keith Farley