Move to Groove: The Best of 1970s Jazz-Funk

Various Artists

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Move to Groove: The Best of 1970s Jazz-Funk Review

by Stephen Cook

This double-disc collection of '70s jazz-funk takes in artists from both sides of the musical tracks, including jazz luminaries like Ahmad Jamal and Jimmy Smith as well as great funk outfits such as Kool & the Gang and the Ohio Players. The decade's mix of fusion, rock, disco, and funk informs most of the 29 tracks here, with plenty of electric piano, deep bass, and breakbeat drums anchoring the proceedings. Along with expected acid jazzers like Roy Ayers, Wayne Henderson, and George Duke, the collection spotlights Latin stars like Candido and soul legends such as Fred Wesley. Also on hand are relatively obscure favorites like Mandrill and Alphonse Mouzon. Not to be missed.

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