Joey Altruda Quartet
- This was a short-lived project, but Meters Zig Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli
lent their skills for these great tracks, "Shuvlin'" and "The Fish" available
on Pure's 4th compilation, called Pure 4! (Virgin 72438 39310 2 6).
- They disgust a lot of people by redoing a lot of popular 70's TV show
and film themes, but they're a tight funky band to see live.
- David Ylvisaker on organ/vibes, with a funky smooth guitar, sax/flute, and
percussion quartet. They have an album on Instinct, and are on several of
their This Is Acid Jazz (Vols. 2,3) compilations. Check out "Groove Gumbo",
"Peace" and "Perfect Vibe".
- I don't know much about this Japanese DJ, but his "Slow Chase" on Mo'Wax's
compilation Royalties Overdue: The First Chapter (MWCD 003) is one
of my favorites.
- Another English band led by organ, but they groove in the Rock direction (a la
Grand Funk Railroad) as well as the Jazz-Funk direction.
Scott Saunders (Directions in Groove)
- DIG is an Australian band with a very funky groove led by organist Saunders.
They have a penchant for modal Jazz and Hard Bop of the Miles Davis late 60's era,
with a modern Acid-Jazz feel to it. Some of the tunes are reminiscent of the Quintet
itself, although most of the album contains a weak "white" rap which can turn some
people off. "Hip Replacement" is a great track, a fabulous Miles Davis tribute,
intertwined with funky drum, bass, sax, and B-3 solos. Their debut release
is called Deeper (Verve).
James Taylor (JTQ)
- An English band turned on to "rare grooves" by Gilles Peterson, the founder of
the Acid-Jazz scene. This group has recorded some really funky tunes in the
groove of the early 70s classics. They also did a remake of the Starsky & Hutch
theme with Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis of the JB Horns.
- A Japanese keyboard player, the only US release I know of hers is _Conscious Mind_
(Verve) which has Ronny Jordan (guitar) and Max Beesley (vibes) on a few tracks. She
plays piano and Rhodes, but also plays some funky C-3.
I like "Sweet Joker", "Skyscrapers", and a nice remake of Grover Washington Jr.'s
"Winelight". This is funky Jazz with some Rap and a slight Disco ("UGH!") groove
to a couple of songs.