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Melvin Sparks I'm Funky Now (CD)

I'm Funky Now (CD)
 
 
 

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Melvin Sparks: I'm Funky Now (CD)

(2017/Ace Records) 7 tracks, stereo, a previously unreleased album by the master guitarist, a hidden gem from the Westbound vaults

Previously unreleased album by the master guitarist. A lost gem from the Westbound vaults.

Guitarist Melvin Sparks was one of the Heroes of Acid Jazz on a mid-90s tour sponsored by BGP. His fluid bluesy style lit up a series of records on Prestige, Eastbound and Westbound as leader and on dozens of sessions backing artists such as Leon Spencer, Charles Earland and Lou Donaldson. His oeuvre was funky organ-based jazz, closer to the R&B charts than John Coltrane, but he kept his solos interesting and always had something to say.

Born in Houston, Texas, he started his career in music in R&B road band the Upsetters – long after their time backing Little Richard – before stopping off in New York in the mid-60s and joining Brother Jack McDuff’s group, which led to his first recordings. Once he had proved reliable in the studio there was no stopping him – first at Blue Note where he played behind Lonnie Smith, then as first call for Lou Donaldson and at Prestige behind Donaldson alumnus Charles Earland.

His talent was recognised by Prestige A&R man Bob Porter, who provided him with session work and gave him his break as a leader with the excellent 'Sparks!', which he followed with equally strong 'Spark Plug'. Porter had left by the time of the third album, 'Akilah!', but the two men reunited at Detroit’s Westbound label, where they made the highly collectable 'Texas Twister'.

However, the market for jazz was changing, and by the time of his next album, '’75', more soul elements were added, including vocals by Jimmy Scott on a couple of tracks and some by Sparks himself. A follow-up, 'I’m Funky Now', was planned but never released, although a sequenced production master was made. Issued here after a 41-year wait, the record is packed with big funky band arrangements, although Sparks is featured less prominently than on his earlier albums, which might account for its original cancellation. That said, it is a fantastic piece of work, and we are proud to be issuing it for the very first time.

DEAN RUDLAND 

 

Songs

Melvin Sparks - I'm Funky Now (CD) Medium 1
1: I'm Funky Now
2: Disco Booty
3: Make It Good
4: Love Tones
5: The Truth Hurts
6: You're Gonna Make It
7: I'm Gonna Funk You Up

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Melvin Sparks: I'm Funky Now (CD)

  • Interpret: Melvin Sparks

  • Albumtitel: I'm Funky Now (CD)

  • Artikelart CD

  • Erscheinungsjahr 2017
  • Label Ace Records

  • EAN: 0029667086820

  • Gewicht in Kg: 0.110
 
 

Interpreten-Beschreibung "Sparks, Melvin"

Melvin Sparks

In Houston am 22.03.1946 geboren und am 15.03.2011 in New York verstorben. Melvin Sparks begleitete bereits B.B. King im Alter von 13 Jahren auf Konzerten. 1963 wurde er Mitglied bei der Band "The Upsetters", die z.B. Little Richard oder Sam Cooke auf der Bühne begleiteten. Ausserdem nahm Melvin Sparks einige Alben für Prestige Records auf.

 
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