Review: For the uninitiated, Ambiance was an American jazz-funk, fusion and boogie outfit fronted by spiritually minded, Nigerean born saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist Daoud Abubakar Balewa. The band's 1979 album, "Ebun", has long been sought-after by collectors, hence this timely High Jazz reissue. There's much to admire amongst the eight tracks on show, from the Afro-tinged Latin fusion flex of "Bossa Moniife" and Azymuth style jazz-funk of "Camouflage" and "Ebun", to the high-tempo intergalactic goodness of "Turnaround". Closing cut "Last Tango", a high-octane fusion of operatic style female backing vocals, dueling instrument solos and skittish jazz drums, is also sublime.
Review: Calvin Carr's wonderful gospel-soul has been a digger's favourite for yonks, often being cited and used by the very best selectors in the game. This 1878 single, originally out on Philadelphia United Records, is aptly named "Without Christ" and it offers listeners, dancers and lovers an opportunity for positive redemption. Much like the rest of the gospel world, this is perhaps the best way to convert people into enlightenment and keep them positive - there is absolutely no way that this disco-tinged gem cannot make you jump up with joy and excitement. The instrumental cut is pretty killer, too. BIG.
Review: Even by the notoriously stargazing standards of early '80s jazz funk, Potter & Tillman's sought-after 1982 album Space Rapture is particularly intergalactic. Here reissued for the first time on vinyl since it slipped out on the duo's own private press imprint, Poet, the album remains a stunning set of tracks. While there are plenty of familiar jazz-funk and jazz-fusion tropes throughout - sleazy sax solos, meandering electric piano solos, loose-limbed drumming and occasional freestyle vocals - it's the mind-altering, spacey way in which these elements are combined that stands out. The album's futurist vibe is emphasized further by their decision to employ plenty of spacey analogue synthesizers throughout. It's this, as much as the quality of the duo's compositions, which hits home hardest.
Review: Seaquence was a short-lived disco-funk and soul outfit from San Diego who only ever released one album via private press. That album, Mix Fade, has long been considered something of a slept-on classic amongst record collectors, so it's little surprise to see it finally get the reissue treatment. The set boasts a swathe of absolute gems, from the heavy disco-funk madness of "Get Down Party" and Blaxploitation soul swing of "Good, Better, Best", to the hot-steppin' jazz-funk of "Dance, Dance, Dance" (which boasts some sublime and wild synth solos) and simmering, sunshine soul sensuality of "Life".