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Roy Ayers: The Best Of – 1997

Label: Polydor
Produced by: Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson
Among all the "Best of Roy Ayers" that’s been released, this 15 track collection is definitely the best. Featuring Roy’s great version of the classic Bobby Caldwell penned "What you won’t do for love".

George Benson: In Flight – 1977
Label: Warner Bros.
Produced by: Tommy LiPuma
Highly recommended jazz/funk album featuring a great 9:47 mins. version of the War classic "The World is a Ghetto" plus "Nature Boy" and "Valdez in the Country".

Blackbyrds: Best of – 1988
Label: Fantasy
Produced by: Donald Byrd & George Duke
R&B/fusion instrumental crew of students formed by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd in the early 70’s. This compilation contains 15 tracks including "Rock Creek Park", and was released by Ace Records in 1988.

George Duke: Night After Night- 1989
Label: Elektra
George Duke: Illusions – 1995
George Duke: Is Love Enough – 1997
George Duke: After Hours – 1998
Label: Warner Bros.
Produced by: George Duke
4 very good fusion albums from this old jazz/fusion keyboard maestro. Strong melodies and production. Among all the featured vocalists are Jeffrey Osborne, Howard Hewett and James Ingram. Be sure to also check out his "Brazilian Love Affair" from 1979.

Hi Tension: Hi Tension – 1978
Label: Island (LP)
Produced by: Alex Sadkin & Kofi Ayivor
Only available on LP. British jazz/funk act very influenced by EWF. A not so good "Best of" CD including some of vocalist David Joseph’s solo stuff was released in the UK in 1993. (IMCD 157 514 828-2)

Al Jarreau: This Time – 1980
Al Jarreau: Breakin’ Away – 1981
Al Jarreau: Al Jarreau – 1983

Label: Warner Bros.
Produced by: Jay Graydon
3 great soul/jazzfusion albums from Al Jarreau with great production by "westcoast" guitar maestro Jay Graydon. Also check out his latest release "Tomorrow Today" on GRP Rec. This is back to the early 80’s

Neil Larsen: Jungle Fever – 1978
Neil Larsen: High Gear – 1979

Label: A&M
Produced by: Tommy LiPuma
Two excellent latin inspired fusion albums from this very talented keyboard player. Very hard to find on CD. Featuring Buzz Feiten, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel and Paulinho DaCosta. Horns by Michael Brecker, Larry Williams and Jerry Hey. Formed his own band with Buzz Feiten simply called Larsen/Feiten Band. Has also worked with people like George Benson and Al Jarreau.

Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess – 1974
Label: Columbia
Produced by: Maurice White & Ramsey Lewis
Featuring the original recording of the classic jazz/funk track "Sun Goddess". Contains most of the EWF members from that period.

Light Of The World: Best of – 1992
Label: Ensign
Produced by: Augie Johnson
Very good "best of" CD from this defunkt London based jazz/funk band formed in 1978. [UK CD only]. Also check out Incognito, – a band started by former LOTW member Bluey Maunick. .

Alphonse Mouzon: By All Means – 1982
Label: Pausa
Produced by: Alphonse Mouzon
Featuring Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Paul Jackson and The Seawind Horns. A talented drummer whose music stretches from jazz to fusion, rock, funk and pop. He has played with Roy Ayers, Weather Report and in the 70’s and George Benson and Al DiMeola in the early 80’s.

Pleasure: Best of – 1992
Label: Fantasy
Produced by: Various
Very good 15 track compilation from this musch sampled jazz/funk act from Portland, Oregon. BMG Europe CD release.

Spyro Gyra: 1977-1987 (Best of) – 1997
Label: BMG
Produced by: Various
Founded in 1975 by altoist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra has consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 20 years. They were originally a studio group, but became a fulltime band in 1979. This compilation was released by BMG Europe.

Jeff Tyzik: The Farthest Corner of My Mind (Best of) – 1986
Label: Amherst
Produced by: Jeff Tyzik
Like real horns and violins? No synth-strings here. Check out this compilation from this great N.Y. born horn player.

Classic Jazz: Funk Mastercuts Vol.1-7
Label: Beechwood Music (UK)
Highly recommended CD compilation series from this UK based label. Including hard-to-find 12" versions if available. Featuring such artists as Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Paulinho DaCosta, War, Wilton Felder and Ronnie Laws among others.

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