Soul-jazz in the early Seventies was attuned to the dance rhythms of more commercial black music, yet still made room for the deep blues grooves and extended blowing that were hallmarks of the style in earlier years. Funk, Inc., the hot instrumental quintet from Indianapolis, was indicative of the era’s best, displaying traces of Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye, yet still able to stretch out and play unhyphenated jazz with subtlety and imagination. The extended grooves struck on the band’s Prestige albums, two of which are combined on this CD reissue, create a winning forum for the talents of organist/leader Bobby Watley, tenor saxophonist Eugene Barr, and blues-drenched guitarist Steve Weakley. This is perfect music for reminiscing, sampling, or just plain digging.
Eugene Barr, Bobby Watley, Steve Weakley, Jimmy Munford, Cecil Hunt