Joe Thomas - Collection (1968-2000)

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Joe Thomas - Collection (1968-2000)
Artist: Joe Thomas
Title Of Album: Collection
Year Of Release: 1968-2000
Label: Groove Merchant/Lester Radio Corporation/Today Records
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Disco
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 431 mb / 1.23 gb

The brief career of this artist, one of four different horn players in jazz named Joe Thomas, can be basically described as symposium on funky flute. He was certainly not the only flautist huffing and puffing over strong backbeats in the '70s and '80s, the era's popular players in this style including Herbie Mann, Jeremy Steig, and Hubert Laws. Thomas' masterwork in this genre might be considered to be "Funky Fever," more than ten minutes of jamming that has been described as "jazzy disco funk boogie," complete with a vocal chorus that chants "I've got this funky, funky fever."

Thomas had a relative amount of success with a series of albums released under his own name, debuting in 1975 and concluding five years later after a half-dozen sides. In terms of inspirational themes behind his music, Thomas displays a somewhat startling range compared to the competition. His first set of disco-jazz instrumentals was titled Masada in honor of one of the most serious events in Jewish history; an entire town that committed suicide rather than getting captured by the Romans. A few years later, Thomas had a hit with "Plato's Retreat" -- from an album also named after the latter tune -- and this time he was paying tribute to a popular New York City club specializing in orgies. A superb composer and arranger, Thomas worked for several indie R&B labels and producers such as Sonny Lester, much of his contributions to various releases going uncredited. He dropped out of sight in the early '80s but has been reinvented as a fetish for acid jazz and breakbeat enthusiasts. Other Thomas favorites include "Polarizer," heavily played in clubs at the time of its release, as well as a marvelous adaptation of "Two Doors Down" -- originally a pop-country item tracked by Dolly Parton. Thomas' nickname was "The Ebony Godfather."

1968/2000 - The Joe Thomas Group - Comin' Home
01) Monique (04:04)
02) Comin' Home Baby (06:10)
03) Illya Darling (03:47)
04) Call Me (03:23)
05) Isn't It Romantic (03:30)
06) More (04:30)
07) Big Heart, Giant Soul (03:14)
08) You Can Beat Your Sweet Bippy (07:35)
09) Soul Bossa Nova (03:32)

1972 - Ebony Godfather
01] Talk to me
02] Chitlins and cuchifritos
03] Ebony godfather
04] Fancy Fanny
05] Be anything be mine
06] Every brother ain't a brother
07] Sundown express
08] Love

1974 - Joy of Cookin'
01 Joyful, Joyful
02 Down Home
03 Chile con Carmen
04 Thank You (Fall Etin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)
05 Soul Sermon
06 Mike
07 Dr. Ritota

1975/1997 - Masada
01. Gemini Flyin' High [04:45]
02. Masada [05:46]
03. Poinciana [04:41]
04. I'm Gone And I'm Glad [06:49]
05. Flame [06:03]
06. Let's Love [06:00]

1978 - Get In The Wind
01. Plato's Retreat 06:38
02. Two Doors Down 06:11
03. Low Down 04:32
04. Mr. Mumbles 06:12
05. Get In The Wind 06:28
06. Imaginary Lover 04:40

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