An amazing LP) chapter in the career of the legendary Manu Dibango — and a darn funky one as well! This early 70s album was recorded in Paris, right before Manu's huge global "Soul Makossa" hit — and although it was done as an obscure sound library release, it really shows Dibango jumping into all the best funky modes that would soon make him a giant! In face, the whole thing might well be Manu's funkiest record LP) — as the tracks have no vocals, and are tight and right on the money — with plenty of heavy drums and massive basslines — plus instrumentation from a very cool lineup of French jazz players that includes Yvan Julien on trumpet and Francois Jenneau on tenor.
Manu himself blows lots of funky flute and sax solos — and also plays vibes, piano, and organ — on very groovy instrumentals that include "Iron Wood", "Coconut", "Zoom This album LP) a wonderful return to the future and should satisfy the need of the Afro-Soul aficionados!
RSD A fantastic and rare album by the Afro soul maestro. At the time, jazz musicians were interested in and experimented with all genres, and started to convert solely to what soon to be called "rare groove", somewhere between soul, jazz, and Afro funk with a hint of Latin clave. These tunes have not aged and LP) sound will be considered as "huge" by many cratediggers. These recording were not supposed to reach the club or radio audience, they were freer sessions, a moment for the musicians to open their imagination and test their "Afro something", like Manu Dibango liked to say, LP).
These recording sessions included the best of the French soul scene at the time: Yvan Julien trumpetSlim Pezin guitarJacques Bolognesi tromboneLucien Dobat drumsEmile Boza percussionManfred bassand the conductor himself at the vibraphone, marimba, saxophone, organ. This album is a wonderful return to the future and should satisfy the need of the Afro soul aficionados.
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