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Various Artists

Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion (Z Records)

£18.00

RELEASED: 23rd February 2018 (Subject To Change)
Double Vinyl LP

2017 saw Colin Curtis celebrate his 50th anniversary as a DJ, a career that started out in his mid-teens at Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s Crystal Ballroom, before making his all-nighter debut at Stoke’s hallowed Golden Torch, one of Northern Soul’s foundation venues, eventually becoming one of the scene’s leading figures as a result of his legendary ‘70’s partnership with Ian Levine at the Blackpool Mecca. 

'I had started to experiment with the jazzier side of dance tracks at Blackpool Mecca in around 1976 with artists like Patrice Rushen, Bill Summers, Azar Lawrence, Charles Earland, Johnny Hammond, Donald Byrd etc, all artists I had discovered using the inner sleeves of Blue Note, Fantasy, Prestige and Mercury labels. As a collector of all styles of black music including Soul, Funk and Jazz my interest was being drawn more to albums and particularly Jazz albums as my brain, as proven with 60's and 70's soul, had an unquenchable appetite for knowledge and unearthing new music. I was thriving on searching out more of this amalgamation of Jazz styles adding fusion, percussion, vocals and tempo to this burgeoning genre.'

'Club nights devoted to Jazz Dance and an increase of Jazz rooms and Jazz breaks on the AllDayer circuits drawing in both interest in the music and the voyeurism of watching the dancers and their individual interpretations.'

 

So this compilation acts as an introduction to this electric, cool and uplifting music that was affecting so many enthusiastic dancers and Dj / collectors. All the tracks on here are taken from one of the most prolific and emerging labels for this genre Muse Records that offered the complete spectrum of styles to fit in with this emerging scene crossing over with Jazz Fusion, Be Bop, vocals, electric keyboards, and percussion.

Tracklisting:

LP1

A1. Richie Cole - New York Afternoon
A2. Michele Hendricks - What's Going On
A3. Dom Salvador – Image
B1. Dom Um Romao – Ponteio
B2. Emanuel K. Rahim & The Kahliqs - Spirit Of Truth
B3. Harold Ousley - El Exi-Hente

 LP2

C1. Charlie Earland – Murilley
C2. Bill Hardman - Samba Do Brilho
C3. Mark Murphy - Empty Faces
D1. Dom Um Romao - The Angels
D2. Eric Kloss - The Samba Express
D3. Ron Eschete - To Let You Know I Care