Various Artists - Hip Walk: Jazz Undercurrents In 60s New York [2LP]


Tracklist: 1. Ca'purange (Jungle Soul) - Gene Ammons2. Nuther'n Like Thuther'n - Willis Jackson3. Selim - Johnny Lytle4. Muscle Soul - Phil Upchurch5. Ping Pong - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers6. Love...



1. Ca'purange (Jungle Soul) - Gene Ammons
2. Nuther'n Like Thuther'n - Willis Jackson
3. Selim - Johnny Lytle
4. Muscle Soul - Phil Upchurch
5. Ping Pong - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
6. Love Theme From Spartacus - Yusef Lateef
7. Brother John - Cannonball Adderley
8. Eastern Blues - Gary Bartz
9. The Kicker - Joe Henderson
10. Cantaloupe Woman - George Braith
11. The Soulful Drums - Joe Dukes
12. The Village Caller - Johnny Lytle
13. Lotus Blossom - Kenny Dorham

There is a lot of talk these days about experimental music. But despite mentioning the more obvious names, such as John Coltrane or Sun Ra, there is a basic lack of understanding that jazz from Armstrong to Osby is seat-of-the-pants experimental music, a white-knuckle ride of expressionism for musician and audience alike.

Even though all tracks are groovy and quite a few tracks are truly danceable, this is a must for any lover of jazz, not just the collector of dancefloor jazz. Hip Walk is a fantastic compilation and also serves well as an alternative introduction to the essentials of jazz via the back door, rather than via those eternal Blue Note / Columbia /Verve samplers.

This is Jazz, New York style; hip, sharp and definitive.