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Monk Higgins ‎– 1972 – Little Mama

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At the same time that progressive/psychedelic musicians were moving towards a jazz structure, and Miles and alumni were pioneering fusion from the classic jazz scene, the R&B/ Funk scene saw musicians incorporating a fusion of jazz with their style.

I first became familiar with Allen Toussaint doing R&BFusion. Through Toussaint, I found a version of Monk Higgins’ ‘Black Fox’ online. I was blown away. I was able to track down this out-of-print CD on amazon. It is an amazing album if you like some funk with your cool-bop. The album has a consistency of this original sound beautifully reinforced by a women vocal chorus.

Little Mama‘ and ‘Black Fox‘ are my most recommended tracks on an album that is great to listen straight through.

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