Mod Jazz Rides Again CD
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Mod Jazz Rides Again CD

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Title: Mod Jazz Rides Again CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND479
Format: CD
Genre: Northern Soul, 60s Soul, Mod / Club
Release Year: 2018
Condition: New & Sealed

1. POPA NICKEL - The Tempo Rhythms
2. HEY MRS JONES - Jimmy Witherspoon
3. THE BOLD - Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks
4. SHANKS & GRITS - Ray Shanklin
5. HOT TAMALE MAN - Harold Betters
6. SHERRY'S PARTY - Ray Johnson
7. I KNOW A PLACE - Sammy Davis Jr & Buddy Rich
8. SHA-BAZZ PTS I & II; EDIT - The Rhoda Scott Trio
9. FAT MAN - Montego Joe
10. PLUCKIN' - Jimmy Mayes & The Soul Breed
11. I'M A DUES PAYIN' MAN - Otis Spann
12. DO THE THING - Gate Wesley
13. EAST 24TH AVENUE - Billy Graham & the Escalators
14. COME ON BACK JACK - Nina Simone
15. STICKS AN' STONES - Johnny "Hammond" Smith
16. HI HEEL SNEAKERS - Jackie Ivory Trio
17. SHAKE IT BABY - T Bone Walker
18. SPOONFUL - Playboy Five
19. EMPIRE CITY - Gene Walker & The Combo
20. I'VE GOT MY WALKIN' PAPERS - The Clarence Daniels Orchestra & Obie Jessie
21. PUSHIN’ THE BUTTON OF SOUL - Hank Jacobs
22. TIMBER PT II - Candy Phillips
23. OUT HOUSE - Eddie Bridges & His Lowriders
24. WHAT IS LOVE - Bobby Jenkins Quartet

The Mod Jazz series has inspired many imitators, but the original is still the best, as this latest volume proves. Expertly compiled, it captures the top crossover points between jazz, latin and R&B. If we say so ourselves this may be the best yet.

 

As always we have mixed the better known, the classic and the obscure. We have international superstars such as Sammy Davis Jr, with his take on ‘I Know A Place’ – a club smash if ever we’ve heard one – at the height of mohair-suited Rat Pack cool. Jimmy Witherspoon offers up something similar with ‘Hey Mrs Jones’, while Nina Simone rounds up our star quotient with her answer to Ray Charles, ‘Come On Back, Jack’.

 

Organ grooves abound, be they of a more jazzy variety courtesy of Shirley Scott, the Jimmy Smith-sounding Ray Franklin, or the more R&B-ish Booker T-alikes the Playboy Five and the Tempo Rhythms. Latin flavours from Montego Joe and Harold Betters add spice to the mix. In fact, so good is the line-up that we could name every track as a highlight.

 

What we do know is that we finish up with an absolutely killer closer in Bobby Jenkins’ ‘What Is Love’. ‘Fever’ for the hippest crowd!

 

The Mod Jazz series started in 1996 and this is the ninth volume. As with previous sets, this has been compiled and annotated by Dean Rudland and Ady Croasdell. - Ace Records


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