If you buy one compilation album this year, make sure it’s this one! The album, lovingly compiled by Mr Tony Minvielle – and when we say lovingly, we mean lovingly! When it comes to a man who not only has the musical knowledge and history, but also the respect of his peers, including the likes of Gilles Peterson and the ilk, he really is an encyclopaedia of jazz, funk and soul with over 30 years experience. Having worked with and interviewed greats like Roy Ayers, Curtis Mayfield, Incognito, Maceo Parker, Weldon Irving and Gregory Porter, it comes as no surprise to which the standard of this compilation reaches and delighted by the implication of the title that there are more to come!
The obvious apparent factor on listening to the album is how the each track stands out on its own merit, unlike those albums that fall into a certain style or containment and usually filled with one or two main cuts that carry the rest of the fodder! Here though, Tony presents us with a stunning collection of quality songs from over the past few years, boasting 12 tracks that range from the soulful groover of ‘Distance Can Be Sweet’ from London-based band Personal Life (lifted from their album Morning Light), to Liz Elensky with her stunning mellow Jazz number ‘Distractions’ reminiscent of Seawind’s ‘He Loves You’, in style – but totally fresh with the likes of Jessica Lauren and Marc Rapson on musical duties. The piece originally started life as an Emanative project via The Lions of Judah sessions, oozing quality and worthy of buying the album for this cut alone!
The golden boy Carl Hudson is also represented here, from his excellent Jazz Funk album ‘Zoology For Martians’ with “Sea Snake”, a beautiful slab of Soul Funk, which Tony again avoids the obvious choice of the brilliant “Cell Divides” and heads instead for another hidden gem. ‘Let the Music Play’ from Detroit’s Collective Peace is a beautiful slab of quality mellow soul, and yet another winner from 2014. One of my favourites is ‘Miss Purty’ where Snarky Puppy’s keyboard genius, Cory Henry, delivers an excellent Jazz Funk groover – essential for all George Duke/Chick Corea fans alike. Lauren Desberg’s sublime take on ‘You Go to My Head’, from her Sideways EP, makes a classic number respectfully her own, and with Daz I Kue on production duty, it is a given that the standard is assured. Finally, with the added bonus of Cecilia Stalin (ex-Koop), plus Khari Carbral Simmons take on the Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood’ this will surely be expected to set standards. Amazing!
With tracks that include Leon Ware on Guida de Palma & Jazzinho, Mauricio Maestro, Nana Vasconcelos and Jesse Fischer, I really cannot recommend this release enough. Tony Minvielle has delivered a compilation of exceptional standards with some real musicianship and soul. Into Something? You bet.
Head over to iTunes and pick up a copy.