Monday, November 14, 2005

Kool & The Gang

Originally a traditional jazz band known as the Jazziacs, the group would incorporate their love for James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone into their music and eventually become Kool & The Gang. Although they reached their commercial peak in the 80's with hits such as "Ladies Night" and "Celebration", some of their earlier work is as funky and soulful as it gets. Much of their early funk was heavily sampled in hip-hop during the 90's. My exposure to Kool & The Gang's earlier work was through Too $hort's sampling of "Hollywood Swinging" for his song "Money in the Ghetto". Definitely some Funky Stuff.

MP3: "NT" by Kool & The Gang from Gangthology (Universal Int'l,2003)

MP3: "Dujii" by Kool & The Gang from Kool Jazz (Polygram, 1974)

MP3: "Sombrero Sam" by Kool & The Gang from Live at P.J.'s (Polygram, 1971)


Blogger matt said...

"the spirit of the boogie!"

Hey man -- great job! Love all that '70s Kool & the Gang stuff. Didn't realize they started out as a jazz band. "give it up" for the "funky stuff!"

9:28 PM  
Blogger Taxi Driver said...

Kool band indeed! I had not heard "Sombrero Sam" before! .. Thanx man! Stay loose!

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Stu said...

Everyone should own the Kool & The Gang albums from their first in 1970 up to "Spirit of the Boogie". Makes of their 80's stuff look weak in comparison.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous tight dresses for sale said...

the Kool & The Gang is so wonderful! I love them!

12:16 AM  

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