Various ‘Movements 5’ LP/CD/Digital (Tramp) 4/5

Bavarian jazz. funk and soul musicologist Tobias Kirmayer is already on the fifth volume of his eternal quest to unearth some of the hardest to find melodic grooves from the United States and Europe and this latest offering is a wonderful introduction to some virtually unknown musicians who deserve to be heard by a vastly wider audience. The variation of style and attention to detail is on a par with the ACE label compilations and there is something for everyone who is passionate about 1960s and 1970s black oriented music in this selection. Soul-blues is a much underrated genre and a major discovery here is the voice of Lonnie Lester who sounds something akin to the late 1960s Syl Johnson. Lester has a gritty, deeply soulful voice and this is illustrated on the wonderful ‘You can’t go’. If this is reflective of Lester’s musical craft more generally, then this writer would certainly like to hear a whole lot more. The baritone soul voice of Jummy ‘Preacher’ Ellis may be another relative unknown name to many (though Tramp records recently devoted a recent anthology exclusively to him) and ‘Puttin’ it on your mind’ is a fine example of his ability to extract every last juice out of a song. Jazz-funk grooves take the selection on a few years into the mid-1970s with fender rhodes and Alley Pat’s ‘Pat’s rubber band’ has all the feel of Pleasure from their jazzier period. Another group, Sunrise. bear comparison with Brass Construction on their contribution here, ‘Ease is it on in’, while funakalicious basslines and rhythm guitar predominate on ‘Tend to your business Pt. 1 & 2’ by Wildfire. This group is none other than the brainchild of Lou Ragland who is considered by many as an integral musician on the rare groove scene. Jazz devotees may be surprise to learn that pianist Jimmy Rowles who accompanied some of the all-time greats also liked to release unusual vocal pieces on 45 and his offering here, ‘Behind the face’, is a driving piano trio-led piece (the group known as The Gravel Pit!) with Rowles adding his own inimitable vocal warblings. A brace of Gershwin compositions receive the jazz vocal treatment with ‘Summertime’ performed by the Dave Harris trio and the piano style is straight out of the Gene Harris Three Sounds school, meaning it is at once funky and bluesy in approach. The little known outside Scandinavia pairing of Swedish vocalist Nannie Porres and the Claes-Göran Fagerstedts trio work wonders on ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ and the heavy bassline allied to Porres’ vocals makes for a thrilling rendition. So little is known about the jazz music scene in the 1960s and 1970s in Sweden in the UK and elsewhere that an anthology is required at some stage. Too many fine musicians have gone unnoticed in Sweden and Scandianvia in general, and this interpretation is taken from a limited edition Swedish radio compilation from 1970, ‘Club Jazz 3’. All in all a splendid set of tunes and well worthy of your attention. Tim Stenhouse

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