A “medley” of unreleased songs from Miles Davis, circa 1985. Some of this is taken from his unreleased Warner Bros. Rubberband album. Sadly, these are not full versions of these songs. They have yet to be released officially. Definitely some funky stuff. This needs to be released!
The “video” looks like it’s of a MD interview and shows Miles sketching as he talks.
Songs include: “Maze,” “Rubberband,” “See I See,” “Digg That” and ”Street Smart Cues,” (from the film Street Smart).
Guitarist Grant Green’s take on the James Brown classic, from the 1970 album Green Is Beautiful…
This Hendrix-style funk rock song by Ballin’ Jack comes from their self-titled debut album from 1970. It was later sampled by The Beastie Boys on their Paul’s Boutique album.
Another song sampled on Common’s “They Say” from his 2005 album Be, comes this piece by jazz tenor sax player Stanley Turrentine off his Nightwings album, that is equal parts funk, blues & jazz, with slight elements of the prevailing disco sound of the time.
Note: song gets cut off right at the end…sorry.
This funky, techno dance track from electronic pioneer Bruce Haack comes from 1983 (some might think this is from 1978 but it’s not), and was made with hip hop producer Russell Simmons, using then popular vocoderized vocals.
This obscure JB instrumental was recorded in the late 60s and released on his 1970 LP Ain’t It Funky Now
Another early-80s funk number by former Prince bandmember and high school friend Andre Cymone. This comes from his 2nd album Survivin’ in the 80s.
Prince & Eric Leeds released 2 funky jazz albums under the name of Madhouse back in 1987. This was a B-side to one of the singles released off the debut album 8. Very good stuff. Extremely hard to find these days.
Another of former Prince bandmember Andre Cymone’s new wave-flavored funk/pop songs. This came from his debut album Livin’ in the New Wave. He made 3 albums before marrying Jody Watley and writing & producing many hits for her in the late 80s.
Producer, bandleader, drummer & singer Hamilton Bohannon, usually known as simply Bohannon, made many great funk tracks during the 70s. This (obviously) disco-flavored funk monster comes from the 1977 album Phase II.