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You Ugly Funker,
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Now this is more like it. Larry Young's venture into jazz/funk (hate that moniker) after the Hammond B3 Blue Note years, & avant-garde stuff with Tony Williams in Lifetime. A very satisfying move, but probably very difficult to market at the time, because this was too commercial for the old school jazz market - and far too abstract for the dance market.
It falls right into the camp for Herbie's Headhunters/Doug Carn/Lonnie Liston Smith/Charlie Hunter school of funk/fusion. That is - pretty ragged, pretty earthy and altogether uglier than the Califormian fusion from the likes of Lee Ritenour and the Crusaders. And thats a good thing methinks.
It boasts a great rhythmn section of Sandy Torano on guitar, Fernano Saunders on bass and Rob Gottfried on drums. Players I have never heard of before or since, but who really stump up a low level groove on this superb record.
Of particular note are 2 great numbers - the funk club hit Turn Off The Lights with Laura Logan on vox and a superb bass line - and the awesome 8 minutes of New York Electric Street Music with Larry himself on spoken vox. This song is for all Frank Zappa fans out there - it is hugely influenced by Frank's material of the time like Apostrophe or the Grand Wazoo. That could be Frank himself or Ike Willis doing the rap on this one (actually performed with tongue firmly in cheek by Larry). This album confirms the contradictions about the very best records - tuneful yet dissonant, abstract yet danceable, jazzy yet commercial & so on.......Terrific stuff.