Acid Jazz 10: Free Your Mind
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01 – Pride ‘n’ Politix – Felt Your Love
02 – Omar – Positive
03 – ALS – Walk
04 – Guru featuring Chaka Khan – Watch What You Say
05 – Incognito – Closer To The Feeling
06 – Swing Out Sister – Get In Touch With Yourself
07 – Beady Belle – Ghosts
08 – Jamiroquai – Smile
09 – The James Taylor Quartet – Free Your Mind
10 – Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Jazzman In The Rave
11 – Modernday Soothsayers – Talkin’
12 – Jhelisa – All I Need
13 – Big Muff – Feel What You Know
14 – Esperanto – Sweet Feelings
15 – D-Influence – Running Away
This podcast had been in the back of my mind for the better part of 6 months. During the morning and afternoon drives from work when I listened to WCLK, I would always think of another song that could be put on the playlist. I’m glad to finally put it together and give props to both old school joints as well as the new, independent joints that never get played.
I kicked it off with Pide n Politix’s “Felt Your Love.” This track was one of my favorites off their album “Changes” which was released in 1991 with very little promotion.. When I realized that Colonel Red was actually the lead singer of the group, I was floored. One of Omar’s first tracks released, “Positive” follows up quite nicely, while ALS continues the positive vibe, slowin it down a little with the new track entitled “Walk.” Guru and Chaka (!) kick it up a notch, paving the way with “Closer To The Feeling,” from Incognito’s Tribes, Vibes, and Scribes LP.
I don’t think I can say enough about Swing Out Sister, Beady Belle, or Jamiroquai, three of my favorite bands of all time. SOS flows effortlessly with “Get In Touch With Yourself,” Beady Belle puts a tinge of drum-and-bass into the jazz-influenced track “Ghosts,” and Jamiroquai mellows it out with the wonderful track “Smile.” Those three tracks pave the way for an increase in tempo with JTQ’s “Free Your Mind” and the funky tune from Soil and “Pimp” Sessions “Jazzman In The Rave.”
This paves the way for Modernday Soothsayers who I had not heard of until Marcellus Nealy introduced me to it an reinforced the fact that acid jazz is still alive and kicking. You will be hearing more from him, and them, this year. Those who know me know how much I love Jhelisa, so it goes without saying that “All I Need” is in the mix. Big Muff follows up with “Feel What You Know,” followed by Esperanto’s “Sweet Feelings” and concluded with the D-Influence smooth track, “Running Away,” with a little help from Bluey.
Shoutouts go to Marcellus, Joaqquino, and WCLK who reinforce the fact that soul and jazz are in fact alive and well. Have requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Take it light.