The pianist — genius arranger behind We Live In Brooklyn Baby, Jagger The Dagger, Feel Like Makin’ Love — with Azar Lawrence, Woody Shaw, Buster Williams and co in 1976. Heavy, modal, soulful, ace.
Rodney Matthews’ Florida eight-piece — late-seventies jazzy funk and spiritualised soul in the manner of Earth Wind And Fire — best-known for the rare-groove classic Evil Vibrations, as sampled by De La Soul.
Everything by Mike And The Censations — plus a few unreleased specials — prior to MJK’s solo LP Hang On In There in 1972. More than 50000 singles sold at the time; Curtis liked them enough to offer a deal.
Wonderful, tortured, bluesy soul in the great tradition of Bobby Bland, recorded at the start of the 1970s for Allen Orange’s House Of Orange imprint out of Birmingham, Alabama.
Rowdy 1971 scorcher — after the original sextet swelled to an orchestra by enlisting Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble (and before the horns joined Earth Wind And Fire) — crashing Sun Ra into the new funk.
Notwithstanding all eight of his fine Prestige albums, this 1975 Joka is the guitarist’s most in-demand, arguably his funkiest, with the extra few years bringing added rock and soul, a bit more urgency.
1976, the early days of disco-funk, and already one of its cornerstones: Bump And Hustle Music, just scraping into the tracklisting. That vocal hook is Isaac Hayes’ backing singers, Hot Buttered Soul.