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viernes, 30 de marzo de 2018

Ronnie Foster • The Two Headed Freap

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ronnie Foster's debut album, The Two Headed Freap is a set of contemporary funky soul jazz from the early '70s, which means it sounds closer to the soundtrack of a lost blaxploitation flick than Back at the Chicken Shack, Pt. 2. Foster certainly does display a debt to Jimmy Smith, but his playing is busier than Smith's and a bit wilder. Ironic, then, that his playing is in service to the groove and blends into the mix of wah-wah guitars, funk rhythms, electric bass, harps, and percolating percussion. Everything on The Two Headed Freap is about glitzy groove -- it sounds cinematic, colorful, and funky. It's true that there is little real improvisation here and the songs all have a similar groove, but it's worked well, and the music is ultimately appealing to fans of this genre. Jazz purists -- even soul jazz purists -- will likely find this music a little monotonous and commercial, but fans of early-'70s funk from Sly Stone to Herbie Hancock will find something of interest here.

    1. Chunky
    2. Drowning In The Sea Of Love
    3. The Two-Headed Freap
    4. Summer Song
    5. Let's Stay Together
    6. Don't Knock My Love
    7. Mystic Brew
    8. Kentucky Fried Chicken

Label: Blue Note ‎– BST 84 382 K
Release: 1972
Duration: 37:21
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Jazz-Funk

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