In The Basement
EDDIE RUSS-Lope Song/REUBEN WILSON-Inner City Blues/DEODATO-Super Strut/JOE QUARTERMAN & FREE SOUL-(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind/GIL SCOTT-HERON-The Bottle/BILLY PAUL-We All Got A Mission/POLITICIANS-The World We Live In/LAST POETS-It’s A Trip/HEADHUNTERS-If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It/WILLIE WEST-Fairchild/NATHAN DAVIS-Tragic Magic/GENE AMMONS-Jungle Strut/DON ELLIS-Theme from ‘The French Connection’/YELLOW SUNSHINE-Yellow Sunshine/NORMAN CONNORS & the STARSHIP ORCHESTRA-Captain Connors/WILLIE BOBO-Always There/DEXTER WANSEL-Life On Mars/PLEASURE-2 For 1/JOE BATAAN-La Botella (The Bottle)/WINDY CITY ORCH.-Windy City Theme/PATRICE RUSHEN-Let Your Heart Be Free/M.F.S.B.-Mysteries Of The World/AVERAGE WHITE BAND-Person To Person/MELVIN SPARKS-Get Down With The Get Down/LOS AFRICANOS-Do It/LONNIE SMITH-Afrodesia/HEATH BROTHERS-(There’s) A Time And A Place/MILT JACKSON-People Make The World Go Round
The 2cd set here is dubbed ‘The Return Of The Original Ghetto Jazz & Funk Classics’ and clearly a number of selections are indeed fusion instrumentals, not aimed at someone like yours truly who tends to need some input from the vocal department before being able to summon up a deal of enthusiasm. So it is here and thus on cd one I had to wait until track four, ‘(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind’ by Joe Quarterman & Free Soul before I would logically start to get interested. A repetitive slice of funk, it did not exactly raise a broad smile but the lips did begin to curl upwards through Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘The Bottle’ and more so at Billy Paul’s ‘We Got A Mission’. Willie West’s ‘Fairchild’, an Allen Toussaint number released by Josie in 1970, also did the trick. Over on cd two, Patrice Rushen’s 'Let Your Heart Be Free’ and the Average White Band’s ‘Person To Person’ are the picks.