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Sunday, August 12, 2007

This is one of the best compilations of obscure French instrumental jazz/funk from the 70's. The musicians and the bands are perhaps the most professional of the time. Production quality is absolutely amazing, the tracks sound as if they were produced now. Here are the original liner notes from the CD:

THE FRENCH POP & SOUL EXPERIENCE (part 1) In the early 70s a mad musical goal was achieved by creating an explosive musical mix, initially as soundtracks which brought together Pop, Funk and Jazz music. Jean-Claude Pierric gathered round him Francois Roland, lead player of the MUSTANGS, which had none other than Eric Clapton as their musical director, and Daniel Janin, then band leader of the mythical Paris venue, the Olympia. Their basic goal was clear: to achieve a nigh standard of quality, if not downright musical perfection. At a time when French pop music was in its heyday, this musically demanding group of three made a bold move, pioneering for a large number of other French performers, by setting out in a whole new direction, that of Jazz-Funk and Jazz-Rock. This took its musical cues from a new generation of stateside musicians: the Headhunters, with Paul Jackson, as well as Herbie Hancock, David Axelrod, Peter Herbolzheimer, or yet Bob James. With Jean-Claude Pierric as art director and Francois Rolland & Daniel Janin as musical directors, the threesome successfully set out to create a wide variety of outstandingly orchestrated numbers recorded at a level of quality then rarely equalled in the country. They thus achieved creating, at an outstanding level of quality, French Jazz-Funk and Jazz-Rock: The French Pop and Soul Experience. Keep The Funk Alive,.. DJ Juan


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Update: Download reposted track (Velvet Dream - "Green Smoke") here:
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