Smooth Groovers Review – S4-Ep11 – A Stellar Jazz-Funk Special

Welcome to the latest Episode of the Smooth Groovers Review.
This week, a Special dedicated to Stellar inspired Jazz-Funk !

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First up…!

Atmosphere by Alien Chatter  from the CD Satellite Orchestra
Alien Chatter is the duo of percussionist Satnam Ramgotra and keyboardist Rodney Lee. Their sonic emissions are a sophisticated blend of atmospheric electronic textures and exotic rhythms. It is an eclectic mix of Indian tabla drums, acoustic jazz piano, synths, beatbox, spoken word in a primordial soup of electronics. The resulting experience is what happens when Massive Attack meets Tabla Beat Science and chill with the Martians.

Lonnie Liston Smith
From another one of our favourite keyboard artists who’s blessed our ears with some awesome space and spiritual music combined with funky beats and Jazz, this particular one had its place in the dance floors as well. The track is from the 1978 album entitled, ‘Exotic Mysteries’.

Jamiroquai are an English acid jazz/funk/soul/disco band. Jamiroquai were initially the most prominent component in the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the Brand New Heavies, Galliano, and Corduroy. Subsequent albums have explored other musical directions such as pop, rock and electronica. Jamiroquai has sold over 21 million albums all over the world.
We eagerly await their new release expected in 2009, according to Wikipedia.

Bennie Maupin
This is an amazing track from a 1977 LP by Saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinet player.

From the 70s to the 80s, we had a local phenomenon that is known to many as the Brit-Funk era , where we had an emergence of some great Jazz-funk music from bands from here in the UK. These sounds have never been forgotten and they are remembered now more than ever.

Marvin Gaye
From the 1978 LP  Here, My Dear. Marvin scored 41 Top 40 hit singles on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart between 1963 and 2001, 60 Top 40 R&B singles chart hits from 1962 to 2001, 18 Top Ten pop singles on the pop chart, 38 Top 10 singles on the R&B chart, three number-one pop hits and thirteen number-one R&B hits and tied with Michael Jackson in total as well as the fourth biggest artist of all-time to spend the most weeks at the number-one spot on the R&B singles chart (52 weeks). In all, Marvib produced a total of 67 singles on the Billboard charts in total, spanning five decades.

Again, in searching for a space themed track this time the Prof found another gem deep in his collection. It is an early seventies interpretation of part of a familiar classical piece by Richard Strauss.

E W & F
One of the Docs all time funk blasters. EW & F formed back in 1969 !!! The band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They have sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a place on the list of best-selling music artists. Rolling Stone Magazine has described Earth, Wind & Fire as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing”.

Earth, Wind and Fire were also ranked at number 60 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock and Roll.

Down  to earth for a second…

A wonderful form of highly innovative entertainment that kids aged from 6 right up to 160 can enjoy is taking place in New York starting May 13th 2009.   It is described as a Unique Live Jazz Opera, that involves an all star ensemble including Jazz Singer and songwriter – Nancy Harrow.   Nancy has teamed up with Culture Project, a new-york based organisation who blend prize-winning theatre with urgent moral drama, and bring the national political conversation to life on the New York Stage.
The event is a Jazz Puppet Show based on the award-winning book ,  ‘The Cat Who Went to Heaven’ by Elizabeth Coatsworth.  The Story is told through Contemporary Jazz and the traditional Japanese art of Bunraku Puppetry

The six performances will take place at The Harlem School of the Arts Theater, 647 St. Nicholas Avenue between West 145th and 141st Streets, New York, NY 10030 starting Wednesday, May 13th 2009 at 7pm.

For more information, visit or

It has had some great reviews, ‘The show is a perfect introduction to jazz for children’, said Allan Buchman, Artistic Director, Culture Project. ‘For more seasoned jazz lovers, the show is an opportunity to enjoy Harrow’s beautiful score while soaking in the visual feast of Japanese Bunraku Puppetry’.

Thank you Amy for supplying the information on this special event.

The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 20 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1980 and celebrating 25 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2005. Wow! It’ll be 30 years for genius music in 2010 !

Dexter Wansel
Our final offering for this galaxy quest podcast shares its name with a popular tv show and  The  Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977 to explore the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune,- having made many discoveries, including a possible ocean of liquid water on one of Jupiter’s moons.

We really hope you enjoyed this special and forward to your correspondence whether it be from Earth or from somewhere out there in the great expanse.

Love Dr Groove & Professor Smooth

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