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Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 4

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Another in Luv N' Haight's series of rare-groove jazz retrospectives culled from the Fantasy vaults, Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 4 spans the years 1961-1973 with a mix ranging from early, organ-free sides by alto saxophonist Prince Lasha and tenor legend Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis to meaty soul jams baked up by the likes of B-3 maestro Charles Kynard and guitarist Boogaloo Joe Jones. In addition to some Latin funk by Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers and a bit of swamp blues from Little Sonny, this mostly instrumental collection of soul jazz highlights is further augmented by vocal turns by Funk Inc. and Linda Lyndell (her Stax hit "What A Man"). Breakbeat fanatics will be pleased to see drummer Bernard Purdie on the bill – he practically steals the show on Kynard's "Sweetheart" – while jazz musos will salivate upon seeing the names of guitarist Melvin Sparks, tenor saxophonist Houston Person, bassists Ron Carter and Jimmy Lewis, and drummer Idris Muhammed, among many other heavyweights. Those already in awe of Blue Note's similarly disposed Blue Break Beats series will not want to miss this quality collection.

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