Earl Klugh – Spellbound
Hiroshima – Lion Dance
Bobby Humphry – Chicago Dawn
Lonnie Smith – Babbitt’s Other Song
Donald Byrd – Lansana’s Priestess
Ronnie Foster – Happy Song
Lonnie Liston Smith – Quiet Moments
Heath Bros – For The Public
Azymuth – Jazz Carnival
Hank Crawford – Love Won’t Let Me Wait
Joe Sample – Melodies Of Love
Rodney Franklin – The Groove
Bob James – Westchester Lady
Grover Washington Jr – Tell Me About It Now
Pressure – Can You Feel It
Watsonian Institute – Follow Me
About Some Of The Tunes.
Hank Crawford’s take on Major Harris’s big soul hit Love Won’t Make Me Wait is from the album I Hear A Symphony. Released in 1975 it was part of the golden years of the Kudu label an offshoot of CTI records run by much respected producer Creed Taylor.
Players on the track included Eric Gale on guitar Fred Wesley Trombone Percussion Ralph MacDonald and shaking the shaker and tambourine Idris Muhammad.
Lonnie Smith and Grover Washington Jr with tracks in this jazz funk 40 selection recorded albums with Kudu. The CTI/Kudu roster is a who’s who of great players and singers. George Benson, Bob James, Freddie Hubbard, Esther Phillips, Patti Austin, Grant Green, Antonio Carlos Jobin and Deodato are just some of them and probably in your record collection.
The Watsonian Institute were a Johnny Guitar Watson collective playing, from time to time, funky jazz tinged tunes like Follow Me from the album EDP. Johnny Guitar Watson remains one of my all time favourite interviews on the BBC London Saturday show and I just wish I had kept a recording.
Always much requested on the jazz funk 40 the Grover Washington track in this selection is one of his own compositions from the 1979 album Paradise recorded in Philadelphia.
The Pressure track is the result of a Ronnie Laws project. He co wrote and produced Can You Feel It for an album called Pressure released in 1979.
Thanks again to the C90 cassette and the patience of long time Saturday show listener Andy Hardy from St Albans for keeping a written record of Jazz Funk 40 playlists.