Free Soul – Essential Argo/Cadet Grooves Vol. 3 (ARC 510) (1991)

It was a barrel-shooting excersise the choice this morning to spend 50p at Mind in Cheriton on this Acid Jazz-inspired* Charly compilation of late-60s to late-70s funk-soul-jazz originally released on Chess Records subsidiaries Argo and Cadet and designed for the Rare Groove-head in your life.

As if the presence of Terry Collier’s ebullient “Ordinary Joe” and jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby weren’t enough clue-wise to convince me of purchase, the thanking of Soul Jazz Records (who must’ve only just been founded when this collection was issued), Honest Jon’s, James Lavell, Talkin’ Loud, etc. in the liner notes sealed the deal.

Interestingly, no information readily exists for Volumes 1 and 2 of this purported series.

*It says “File under Funki/Jazz” [sic] on the back cover.

Published in: on April 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. good find asbo! (presumably it’s asbo as no credit is given)…

    it’s hard enough to find the likes of jack mcduff, reuben wilson and dorothy ashby on compilations in the uk, never mind the original releases… although it seems charly were on the case 20 years ago, even now i’m sure there’s loads of this funky soul-jazz type stuff that still hasn’t been reissued – i guess it’s unlikely, but i wonder if you can still pick up the (no-doubt completely battered) original albums for a decent price in the thrift shops stateside?

    regarding brother jack – they don’t make album covers like this anymore(!):

  2. Afro Harping by Ashby (on Cadet) is one of my favorite Lps, I intend to get more.

    Re: Jack McD, more’s the pity!

  3. Staying on the J Mc they don’t make them like that anymore theme – Jimmy McGriff – Groove Grease

  4. Hubba, hubba!

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