Various Artists

Flavours of Jazz Funk

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When the CTI label married jazz with funk, it became instrumental disco music, with the best elements of each being subsumed. Thankfully, the union did not last long; the music became quickly dated and was reviled by most sensible music listeners. Yet someone had to remind us how trite, boring, flat, and out-and-out bad this music was by putting this collection of putrid, cotton candy, hollow, unflavored dance music on the market. Whenever Ned Doheny and B. Baker & the Chocolate Factory appear on any collection, you know it'll be substandard, and you would expect this kind of silliness from Rodney Franklin, Wilbert Longmire and the like. Thankfully people like Bob James, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Clarke, and Donald Byrd made their money and came to their senses, but there was no excuse for someone ruining Benny Golson's "Killer Joe." And Willie Bobo's cover of the Ronnie Laws hit "Always There" is a travesty, well beneath Bobo's integrity. At least the last cut, "Kari" by James and Earl Klugh, is pleasant, but cannot be nearly enough to save this utterly wretched plastic recording, a true waste of the material it was pressed on in the first place.

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