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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic library jazz funk Hawkshaw and Mansfield face off, 9 Jan 2008
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F. Collins (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This showcases the compositions and arrangements of two library music heavyweights from 1969 - the legendary Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield. Mansfield provides six of the sixteen tracks here and kicks off in fine style with 'Exclusive Blend' a tremendously infectious mix of stabbing brass, meandering organ riffs and a cascade of drums and tom toms that will have you tapping away instantly. Hawkshaw then follows up with a tune that should be familiar to Dave Allen fans as 'Studio 69' was used as the theme on his comedy show in the 1970s. Again, Hammond organ and fat brass sections are to the fore in typical Hawkshaw jazz stylings and a brass hook that's complimented by more organ riffs and great rhythms. Fab.

Hawkshaw then provides a series of jazzy compositions that evoke subterranean late 60s nightclubs, all cigarette smoke and bizarre rotating oil lamp things that threw very psychedelic patterns on many a club wall. They show off Hawkshaw's mastery of the Hammond with 'Work Out', 'Rocky Mountain Runabout' and 'Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue'(a particular highlight) all now regarded as Hawkshaw classics with that unmistakable mix of brass, Hammond and fuzzy guitars. 'Roving Reporter' is just so incredibly groovy and funky and again shows off Hawkshaw's skillful playing and arranging.

Mansfield rejoins the album with 'Teenage Travelogue' which is much more laid back and loungey if you like that kind of thing. Thoroughly pleasant soft jazz picked out with a pulsing organ riff and some lovely persussion it then ascends the heights with a very gorgeous flute section. Quite sublime. 'Teenage Ton Up' is a sort of more up tempo sequel, moves quite fast, still has the breathy flute sections and drives along with an organ riff in the middle. Then its organ and flute together for the end section. Great.

Three more Hawkshaw tracks follow, again more Hammond with a jazz/blues inflection that seem to conjure up those old Saint Bruno tobacco adverts (showing my age now) with 'Delivery Date', 'A Touch Of Nonsense', 'Man On The Move' and 'Debsville' running the gamut of laid back jazz, latin and blues.

The final Mansfield tracks include 'The Mexican DJ' a quintessential late 60s piece of jazz with flaring fat brass lines, tinking and bouncy latin percussion and a very infectious groove. Quite fabulous music that makes you want to shimmy round the room. His bow out is 'Red Square Stomp' which is described as 'Cossack Samba' on the sleeve and it certainly is, coupled with a sort of Ipcress File espionage undercurrent.

Buy it, you'll love yourself forever.
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