Heavy keyboards, rubbery basslines, fuzzed-out guitars, funky drums - a cinematic jazz-funk classic!
Dusty Groove said:
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod - quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records - and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here - stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, and taking a shot at that territory on his own! In a reversal of modes, Cannonball actually handles the production - with help from Jimmy Bowen - which leaves Axelrod alone to compose, arrange, and direct the group on the set. The album's got a fair bit of electricity in the mix - heavy keyboards from Joe Sample, and some really fuzzy guitars - plus lots of choppy reed work from Joe Sample and Ernie Watts, all wrapped up with some monstrously funky drums from Ndugu Chancler. There's a very bottom-heavy groove to the record - one that makes for a few completely amazing breaks, and a very funky sound overall - and Axelrod does an amazing job of controlling the players here - so that nobody jams too much, and the grooves are always right on the money! The whole thing's great - a sublime symphony of instrumental funk all the way through.