What's Going On: Vinyl LPJAZZR022
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Label: Jazz Room Records
Release Date: 27th January
I'll tell you what's going on? Swinging Japanese jazz funk, one of those records which has a live club feel, that makes you feel like some cool cat, like you insist on tailored clothing and only consume the finest foods and drinks. Nice to feel that way sometimes?
For those who dig: A club jazz funk, killer covers of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown. Also an essential for Japanese jazz collectors not wanting to dish out eye-watering prices to those filthy dealers.
The impossibly cool 1973 album What's Going On from Late, Great Japanese Funk & Jazz Don Takehiro Honda which swings through jazz orchestral renditions of American R&B and Funk Classics like Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On,"
Otis Redding's "Sitting On The Dock of the Bay," and James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now" turning them into the most Down Home, Grits 'N' Gravy Grooviest Versions and sounding like they were recorded at the studio of the band that taught the Memphis Rhythm Sections all they ever were gonna need to to know.
As well as the aforementioned tracks the album also iconic funk/soul gems from the Impressions (Check-Out Your Mind) & Soul Jazz covers from Eddie Harris (Sham Time), The Crusaders (Greasy Spoon) and a Pacific Soul Jazz Classic in "Ain't Tell You A Good Way But" which was composed by Takehiro Honda.
Original copies regularly change hands for eyewatering sums and the album is seen as a much loved classic of it's era.
01: Ain't Tell You A Good Way But
02: Check Out Your Mind
03: Ain't Funky Now
04: What's Going On
05: Sham Time
06: Greasy Spoon
07: Dock Of The Bay