All Together Now: Charlie Rouse - "Two Is One"

All Together Now: Charlie Rouse - "Two Is One"

Charlie Rouse takes a break from his usual hard bop excellence for a funky and often spiritual soul jazz excursion on the always stimulating Strata-East label. The resulting album might be hard to find, but offers the open-minded listener some excellent and adventurous early-seventies jazz music.

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Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Milt Jackson teams up with Ray Brown once again in the late-1960s, this time in a big band setting led by Brown to create an underrated album of funky and soulful jazz that will appeal to both fans of modern jazz and rare groove collectors alike. 

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Plugged-In To The Past: Hampton Hawes - "Northern Windows"

Plugged-In To The Past: Hampton Hawes - "Northern Windows"

Hampton Hawes spent 1972 through 1974 recording for Prestige Records where he explored the possibilities that electronic keyboards could provide in a jazz setting. David Axelrod serves as the arranger on the album, adding his unique set of funky skills as an arranger and producer to the proceedings.

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I've Got My Own Album To Do: George Cables - "Cables' Vision"

I've Got My Own Album To Do: George Cables - "Cables' Vision"

George Cables was everywhere during the 1970s, appearing alongside an abundance of legendary players on all manner of jazz albums. Cables' Vision was actually his first outing as a leader, and for the occasion Cables called upon a couple of friends he had played often with in the previous decade, who just also happened to be two legends from jazz's classic period that were still recording on a regular basis. 

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Hampton Hawes - "Blues For Walls"

Hampton Hawes - "Blues For Walls"

While Hawes will always be best known for his influential run of fantastic trio and quartet records for Contemporary in the mid-to-late 1950's, he would eventually explore electric jazz in a run of four LPs for Prestige from 1972 to 1974. These records feature Hawes mostly on the electric piano exploring not only the spacey jazz-funk that was happening at the time (think Freddie Hubbard on CTI or Herbie Hancock's Headhunters phase), but also some happening bluesy soul-jazz as well. 

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Duke Pearson - "Sweet Honey Bee"

Duke Pearson - "Sweet Honey Bee"

Sweet Honey Bee is an all-star outing that is about as good as it gets when it comes to an example of the soul jazz and hard bop music that Blue Note was putting out in the mid to late 1960's. This is the music that many folks associate with the label and why it has remained so relevant and popular to this day. 

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