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Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones – sweetback

Posted on: November 13, 2008

“Joe who?” I had to ask the guy from the record shop twice, whose record was playing and finally he wrote it down for me. I never heard of this musician before, but the song “confusion” – which was played in the store, sadly only one song from a compilation – bumped around my mind until this day and soon I found some more stuff from this jazz guitarist, named “Boogaloo” in order to distinguish him from other jazz artists of the time. From the slow groove to blues influence, “Boogaloo” has it all, one of the grooviest jazz guitarists and highly recommend, sadly he never got the recognition he deserves in his lifetime until today. This rare gem came out after he recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records (i.e. with Willis Jackson and Richard “Groove” Holmes) , in 1975, on the tiny Joka label, and never really got into proper circulation at the time -making it one of the indie jazz funk classics of the 70s. His sound and style clearly derived from the blues. But it was a solid understanding of rock that Jones brought to his style of jazz and he really excelled in the jazz-funk groove and proved himself a first-rate blues player. None of his albums are groundbreaking or marked by individual achievements. But today his songs are discovered and celebrated from the club crowd as the cornerstone of “acid jazz.”  “Boogaloo Joe” settles his greasy, quick-picking style into a bass-drums-keyboards-sax format, groovy stuff for the dancefloor. As already said, nothing gorundbreaking, but if you like to move your hips to Grant Green, The Meters or The Greyboy Allstars, this is a must-have, inluding a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You Got it Bad, Girl”.



1 Response to "Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones – sweetback"

so cool finding fresh sounds; gotta check joe out. great post.

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