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After a stressful week, I'm blowing it out with some old 12" club singles/EPs:

Fela - Shuffering and Shmiling (Celluloid) Amazing.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cosmetic - Put It On/Get Ready (Gramavision) Hasn't held up too well - really trendy early 80s dance music.

Oliver Lake & Jump Up - Sun People/Don't Go Crazy (Gramavision) Nice reggae-flavored funk.

Defunkt - Razor's Edge/Stranglin' Me With Your Love (Hannibal) With all due honor and respect to the J.B.s, P-Funk, the Meters, etc., Joseph Bowie's Defunkt in its prime has got to be in the running for the title of the funkiest band of all time. They featured twin guitars (usually Vernon Reid, Kelvyn Bell, Richard Martin in various pairings) that were downright menacing. Bassist Kim Clarke and various drummers put down complex, syncopated funk. And Joe Bowie improvised some pretty out-there solos on top of it all. Brother Lester Bowie is on this one, and plays beautifully.

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Reminded by the valve/slide trombone thread:

Brad Gowans and His New York Nine (10" RCA Victor). 1946 recordings, but all but two were unissued until this 1954 ten-incher (in a nice gatefold cover.) It's excellent music - somewhere between small-band swing and Condonesque dixieland, with Billy Butterfield, Joe Bushkin, and Dave Tough, among others. (It was Tough's last record date.) It sounds very fresh 64 years later.

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Another 10-incher, from 1952: Hot vs. Cool on MGM. This is a fun album, based on a gimmick: Jimmy McPartland's dixieland group (including Ed Hall, Vic Dickenson, and George Wettling) and Don Elliott's modernists (with Buddy DeFranco, Max Roach, and guest Dizzy Gillespie) each play the same four tunes. The silly concept results in some excellent performances.

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