This sampler of Gramavision's idiosyncratic catalog is so wide that it spills well beyond the boundaries of jazz into world music, blues, funk, and even contemporary classical music. When the CD does venture into jazz, it does so with an edge, an accent on the blues, and a healthy disdain for me-too followers of the mainstream. performs some subtle electric guitar work on "Still Warm"; guitarist and organist attack the blues in a psychedelic rock and soul-jazz pincer movement on "Slow Blues for Fuzy's Mama." , , and react to a slow bluesy vamp on "Blues a la L.S.," and turn up the heat some more on "She's a Reptile." 's shambling take on "Bemsha Swing" includes an injection of 's "Lively Up Yourself" without breaking stride, 's big band is delightfully off-kilter on "Leo's Place," and (of the funk band ), , and burn it up on the soul-jazz "Blood Secrets." A bit of a surprise is the spectacle of classical minimalist composer 's fuzz-toned bashing away on a drone in "Just Stompin'." Also represented on the sampler are , , , , and -- and adventurous listeners also get a jazzy sample from ' opera "X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X."
All Cd s repaired and tested before shipping, so they should play well on most machines.
Jazz Funk & Composers of Distinction by Various Artists (0100-01-01)