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The Deep Dozen: Week of April 21, 2003
(Posted April 22, 2003)

Bohannon - Andrea (Mercury, 1977)
Essential Bohannon madness.  Those grinding guitars he's known for are complemented by a stirring piano line.  Like funky elevator music.

Joi and Jorio - I Won't Waste Your Time (Tribal America, 1993)
This emotional vocal track still moves the spirit a decade after its release.  What is Joi Cardwell doing these days?

Kool and the Gang - Spirit of the Boogie (De-Lite, 1975)
Of all of the Gang's classic horn lines, this might be the my favorite. Swinging, jazzy and hard-hitting.  The basic track was issued on the Kool and the Gang Kool Funk Essentials disc. 

Skinny Boys - Human Jock Box (Jive, 1986)
One from the old school.  Hip hop simplicity at its best. 

Phuturistix - Feel It Out (Hospital, 2003)
Broken beat meets jazz on this very nice cut from the renowned Hospital label. 

Cajmere featuring Dajae - Brighter Days (Cajual, 1993)
The song that made me love house music.  One of Dajae's most inspired performances. And definitely one of Cajmere's most soulful.

Joe Bataan - The Bottle (Salsoul, 1975)
David Sanborn steals the show here with a solo that almost makes you forget his sometimes bland work of the 80s. 

Filthy Rich - Automated People (Hipbone, 1999)
Criminally underrated Filthy Rich has consistently delivered the goods.  

Fishbone - Black Flowers (Sony, 1993)
I still don't know what Angelo's singing at the end, but this is still a bone-crushing black rock classic.   This band deserves a lot better than they've received.  

Detroit Experiment - Think Twice (Ropeadope, 2003)
Good cover of the Donald Byrd classic.  Remains faithful to the original while updating it nicely for today's dancefloor.  This must be issued as a single. 

Nature's Plan featuring Ed Motta - Without Words (Far Out, 2002)
How can you go wrong with a pairing of the legendary Motta and 4 Hero?  A shining example of broken beat. 

James Brown - Take Some Leave Some (Polydor, 1974)
Off the mighty Payback LP, you can definitely hear the influence of Fela Kuti on this song.  After years of Kuti imitating the Godfather, the relationship is reversed.

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