Gilles Peterson: Roy Ayers 75th Birthday Mix | Gilles Peterson Worldwide


Roy Ayers! What a legend. One of my biggest musical influences, widely known as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul” and purveyor of the Jazz-Funk – the man has many a mighty fine groove in his array.

Still going and with a sharp sense of humour at the grand old age of 75, the encyclopaedicly-minded crate-digger king that is Gilles Peterson has honoured this milestone with a mix of the lesser-known numbers from Roy’s back-catalogue (the banger that is Chigago isn’t in there, but Gilles knows his onions so I ain’t complaining 😀 ). Get yourself acquainted. You’ll find the full tracklist on Gilles’ page by clicking here.

If you’re digging on this, I did my own minimix for the Allstar Sonics Soundslikehoney music blog the last time Roy was in London. You can find the mix if you click here.

 

 

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Steppin in It – Herbie Hancock (1975)


Herbie Hancock is one of my biggest influences, predominantly stemming from his Jazz-Funk, Headhunters and beyond output. Not only is the man a keen experimenter, he understands the texture of synthesized sounds in arrangements, and the philosophy of The Groove – something which sets him and Roy Ayers apart from other acts they get lumped together with, that I would term ‘Jazz-Fusion’ rather than ‘Jazz-Funk’ and is more about masturbatory solos than hard Funkin’.

This cut is No. 5 on the Man Child record, and features none other than Stevie Wonder on that inimitable harmonica! The groove always makes me pull a face, Mike Clark breakin around the fatback and that squelchy bass line! Try not to let it throw you off The One!

I’d love to be anywhere near as prolific as Herbie, and it seems to be keeping him young! Check him – he looks about 20 years younger than his (as of 2015) 75 years, though he attributes this to Bhuddist chanting and swearing off red meat apparently, as detailed in his interview with Gilles Peterson from 2010.

▶ BBC Radio 4 – Feel the Chant: The Brit Funk Story

David Grant revisits a unique era in British music when jazz funk exploded onto the scene.

Source: ▶ BBC Radio 4 – Feel the Chant: The Brit Funk Story  – CLICK HERE AND LISTEN


 

I had no idea David Grant (the vocal coach from Fame Academy – remember that?!) was in Linx in the ’80s? Given me more respect for him!

He did a half-hour piece on the Brit-Funk scene about 2 years ago that I’ve just stumbled across – including interviews with the folk who were there, such as Mark “Snowboy” Cotgrove. Get yourself educated! This is one of the main reasons I moved down to London in the first place.

Now, if we can work on bringing it back… 😀