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Glucklich, Vol. 1: A Collection Of Rare German Fusion Grooves With A Brazilian Flavour

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Glücklich -- in which a respected trip-hop producer and nu-jazz musician (A Forest Mighty Black's Rainer Trüby) -- compiles a series of German tracks produced in a Brazilian jazz-funk vibe during the '70s, by artists including Klaus Doldinger, Sunbirds, John Thomas, Rainer Pusch Quartet, Real Ax Band, and Namaz. The sound is smoother than smooth, with songs utterly divorced from their Teutonic origins. Most of the tracks float by as rather pleasant background fusion, halfway between Miles and the Rippingtons, but there are a few standout selections, including what could be an addition to the classic-rare-groove canon, "Mato Pato" by Kitty Winter Gipsy Nova.

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