Tasty Jazz Funk Forty

The interest in the jazz flavoured tracks I featured back in the day has been HUGE. The Blog brings you more.

The first selection featured cuts I can identify being aired on the BBC London Saturday lunchtime show between March and July 1979.

For those of you – too young to remember back that far or so old the memory is not what it used to be – explanation or memory jolt is required. The forty was literally 40 minutes of jazz flavoured tunes that more often than not fell outside what the music police ruled was “real” jazz.

Jazz music has a broad church better protected than any other style of music. The protection is from the army of fans so enthusiastic and dedicated to their jazz rhythms that imposters had better beware. However, as we all know, one persons jazz can represent to the protectionists, an example of dark forces in action determined to undermine “real Jazz”. It is now not as feudal as it used to be thank goodness.

You cannot beat an is it jazz debate. Love it.

The second selection is from July 1979 to January 1981

Sausalito – Grover Washington Jr. (Live Version).

Many Steps Along The Way – Joe Sample

Joe Sample

Joe Sample

For The Public – Heath Brothers

Happy Song – Ronnie Foster.

Jazz Carnival – Azymuth

Sunbeams/Quiet Moments – Lonnie Liston Smith

lonnie liston smith

Lion Dance – Hiroshima

Lasana’s Priestess – Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd

Babbitt’s Other Song – Lonnie Smith

Mysterious Vibes – Sunburst

Grand Prix – Fuse One

Stanley Clarke guitar and dog sale.

Stanley Clarke guitar and dog sale.

Sugarloaf Express – Lee Ritenour

Keep Smiling – Gabor Szabo

Spellbound – Earl Klugh

Chicago Dawn – Bobbi Humphrey

Westchester Lady – Bob James


Grand Prix from Fuse One is the perfect example of Jazz Fusion collectives in the 80’s. The band line up included Joe Farrell, John McLaughlin, Paulinho Da Costa, Lenny White, Larry Coryell, and Stanley Clarke – all first division players in their own right. Stanley Clarkes bass dominates Grand Prix, written by Ronnie Foster whose track Happy Song is also featured in this selection.

Keep Smiling is a Bunny Sigler tune from the real hot hit time of Philadelphia International. He worked on this delicious version by Gabo Szabo that also features Dexter Wansell on synthesiser. Gabo, born in Budapest had his roots in Hungarian folk music. He honed his jazz playing after moving to America and the tune and the player are a perfect mix.

Another cover is Mysterious Vibes originally, a Donald Byrd produced track for the Blackbyrds. On the album, Action from 1976 it turned up on one of those hideously expensive Japanese imports by a band called Sunburst. The exchange rate in those record buying days meant a week wages almost disappeared with just one purchase. My wallet still aches and it burst into tears when burglars took the whole collection.

Westchester Lady got its title from the area Bob James lived in at the time – Westchester County, New York State.

We will have more jazz funk forty selections on the blog in future weeks. I have just realised that three of the tracks in this list where featured on my compilation Jazz Funk 5 as part of the Mastercuts series.

jazz funk five by me


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6 Responses

  1. Lee Armstrong says:

    Mr Robbie Vincent i am a man of not a lot of words,unlike your good self . but i do agree with you and.the purest of a music will miss the joy’s of great music, like imiss great music on the radio.also have lost over 3,000LP in 94 which one can never replace.I wish could still hear this. Great muisc..when i my car on my radio like time gone by .But no more (only on cd now lol) your’s
    Old essex jazz ,fusion ,funk ,soul ,reg, blue’s and afrobeats boy.( 60 now lol)

  2. Mark Butler says:

    Robbie Vincent’s Jazz 40 sounds like an ideal title for a compilation to me !!

  3. steve holling says:

    Very Tasty Robbie,Wouldn’t Expect Any Other.Can’t Wait For More Flavors.A Few Of Those Hard To Find Japanese Import Tracks Would Also Be A Treat At Some Stage.Regards To You And Yours. Steve.

  4. Geoff Hewins says:


  5. david whiteley says:

    Loved all of the Jazz Funk 30, 35 and 40 back in the 80’s, without doubt the start of a love affair with Jazz Funk that never diminishes. If you have Jazz Funk and All Winners collections I would love to get them. Thanks Robbie for your sheer brilliance at selecting great music.

  6. mazda 2 2012 says:

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Finding the time and actual effort to create a very good article… but what can I
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