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Creative Musicians

Creative Musicians
  1. Mabusso — Orchester Ambros Seelos
  2. Jumping — Charlie Antolini's Power Dozen
  3. Time — Ju-Par Universal Orchestra
  4. Let's Go (It's Summertime) — James Reese and The Progressions
  5. Highway 101 — Orchestra John Barry
  6. Skate — Dean Parrish
  7. Stop! (Don't Worry About It) — Lonette
  8. The Barracuda — Leonard King & The Soul Messengers
  9. Sha-Bazz — The Rhoda Scott Trio
  10. Creative Musicians — The Lyman Woodard Organization
  11. Whiplash — Leon & The Burners
  12. Don't Boom Boom — Lillian Hale
  13. I'm a Good Woman — Barbara Lynn
  14. Concentrate — Willie Tee
  15. Questions — Pat Stalworth

Florian Keller is working as a professional DJ since 1988, from the beginning on with focus on the harder beats of the one (Funk), always with some space for ideas and improvisation (Jazz). Since 1991 he runs the Into Somethin' clubnight in Munich, Germany. 1996 he started a regular club night called Black Beat Schuppen at the Atomic Cafe, Munich. Since 1994 he runs the Into Somethin' Radioshow, weekly Wednesdays from 10 to 12 p.m. c.e.t. (FM 94.5 Mhz, Radio M94.5, Munich).

01. Orchester Ambros Seelos: Mabusso

"Mr. Latin" Ambros Seelos (usually more responsible for entertaining elderly people in big hotel lounges) recorded this one with his Munich based Big Band. If you are familiar with this kind of sound check outManu Dibango's "Dikalo" a.k.a. "Salt popcorn". It is not clear who was "inspired" by whom but no doubt this one's tight, mean and heavy like hardly any other funk instrumental.

02. Charlie Antolini's Power Dozen: Jumping

Charlie Antolini is one of Europe's best known Jazz drummers. He delivers three and a half minutes break beat with Milan Pilar's driving bass, Max Greger Junior's fat organ and some extra horn treatment on top. Recorded in Munich in the Olympic year 1972.

03. Ju-Par Universal Orchestra: Time

Released on their album Moods and Grooves and on 45 in 1976, this beautifully arranged tune has always been one of my favorite mid-tempo tracks from the Boogie era. Arranged by Dick Boyell who surely did his homework in a Mizell Brothers vein.

04. James Reese and The Progressions: Let's Go (It's Summertime)

Trombonist James Reese, who became a public school director and tour musician later on, recorded this song in 1969. It is totally outstanding, with an intro reminding to Morricone Western soundtracks. Today, Mr. Reese works as orchestra director in South Carolina.

05. Orchestra John Barry: Highway 101

Composed in 1968 for the Petulia soundtrack. "Highway 101" was the theme song for "Der fantastische Film", a fantasic movie-series on German television ZDF in the mid-70's. For nearly everyone of the late 60's and early 70's generation this one brings back the feeling of forbidden late night television adventures when the parents were out...

06. Dean Parrish: Skate

First rediscovered from the Northern Soul scene in the mid 80's this one includes everything that a first rate Funk track needs: pounding drums, brain-killing B3, solid vocals and no cheesy sax-solo. Now you don't need to look for two copies of the 45 anymore to play the full version!

07. Lonette: Stop! (Don't Worry About It)

Perfect uplifting female soul from 1968. If you love Spanky Wilson, check out this one!

08. Leonard King & The Soul Messengers: The Barracuda

Same Mr. King that you can hear singing on Lyman Woodard's track "Creative Musicians". Solid mid 60's Bogaloo fashion and fave of lots of Funk Dj's worldwide.

09. The Rhoda Scott Trio: Sha-Bazz

A very early Hammond monster featuring Bill Elliot and Joe Thomas who also wrote this composition for the 1962 Tru-Sound LP "Hey hey hey". This is the live version recorded one year later at a one matinee appearance at the Key Club, New York.

10. The Lyman Woodard Organization: Creative Musicians

A never before re-released 1975 killer from the obscure Detroit based Strata Label, a sister label of Strata East records. This is a real club anthem ever since the early acid jazz days and is definitely one of the greatest recordings ever. It still gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. Only that it always was a real hard one to get plus its sound of the original recording was very poor. Leonard King told me that he had his first ever vocal recording session with this track. The recording studio was a room with very high ceilings and after the first take the engineer had some doubts on the acoustic situation. Since Mr. King thought the doubts were concerning his singing, he said that it's all right.... Here you have a proper remaster of it.

11. Leon & The Burners: Whiplash

A late 60's production from Leon Haywood short after his Fat Fish recordings.

12. Lillian Hale: Don't Boom Boom

I still cannot really follow the lyrics but this is indeed a remarkable uptempo female soul shouter from 1974 that takes no prisoners.

13. Barbara Lynn: I'm a Good Woman

You broken hearted girls out there, this is your anthem, and in the best version ever.

14. Willie Tee: Concentrate

The man behind this incredibly beautiful track was Willie Tee, well known as bandleader of the Gaturs. They gave us the classic Gatur Bait and built the rhythm section for the two Wild Magnolias albums.

15. Pat Stalworth: Questions (Part I and II)

A truly undiscovered masterpiece. Bill Jacocks, composer, producer and arranger of that gem was a newscaster and documentary maker for ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, but he had also written songs for Motown in the 60's. In early 1974 he met the 22 years old Pat Stallworth and took her to the recording studio. He engaged some studio musicians, worked out the arrangement and a 45 called "Questions Part 1 and Part 2" was the result. Unfortunately the whole studio session on mastertape is lost. What you have here is an edit of the two parts of the original 45.

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