Graffiti: Vinyl LPJAZZR019
Label: Jazz Room
Release Date: 28th October
Worth getting for 'Cocoa Funk' an essential must-pack record for London Acid jazz and funk DJs back in the day, now available to you without the wallet-shattering dealer prices and not just that accompanied with the other latin funk bangers to be found on Carlos Franzetti's 'Grafitti'. If you're into that crisp but hard hitting drum and horn funk with some latin Disco, my friend this is your new favourite album.
For those who dig: Bob James, Brazilian and Latin Jazz Funk.
A superb Jazz Flavoured Latin Funk Soul album recorded in 1977 by Grammy Award Winning Carlos Franzetti when he was a struggling musician trying to get his first breaks in a tough New York Jazz scene. With a Top Notch grouping including Percussionist Ray Mantilla, Victor Venegas on Bass and Dick Meza from the Tito Puente Orchestra Carlos played all the Keyboards, wrote the numbers and was also responsible for all the arrangements.
Released by Guiness Records (No relation to the Drink) and swiftly forgotten Stateside it was picked up by the DJ's in London's early Jazz Dance scene where "Cocoa Funk" became a must have cut, eventually appearing on Soul Jazz Records seminal re-issue series "London Jazz Classics". It also became a hit in Germany after being re-issued on a double vinyl by leading label Sonorama Records.
Now available again in its original single album format and sounding as fresh as if recorded yesterday from the opening bars of the jazz inflected cut "Beatriz" via the Worldwide sounds of "Sweet And Low" to the Funky Latin Jazz of the title track "Graffiti".
Still changing hands for eye watering sums on collectors sites and now available again for a reasonable sum courtesy of Jazz Room Records.
2 Lady Soho
4 Cocoa Funk
5 Sweet and Low