Digitally re-mastered edition of this 1973 album. Saxophonist Bartz is one of the great post-Coltrane saxophonists. He made his professional name in New York in the early '60s before hooking up with McCoy Tyner later in the decade, and played with Miles Davis in the period immediately after the release of Bitches Brew. He formed his band the NTU Troop at the same time and began to experiment with Funk rhythms, lyrics and Jazz improvisations.
I think we’ve said it before, but we have no hesitation in saying it again – Pleasure are one of the finest bands to come out of the world of mid-70s R&B. As such it is an honour for us to be working our way through their catalogue as part of BGP’s Funk & Jazz Classics Series. This time our journey has reached the group’s fourth album for the Fantasy label, “Get To The Feeling”. This should have been the LP where they crossed-over and made them famous with similar chart success to that of their fellow jazz-influenced funk outfits such as the Blackbyrds and perhaps even more relevantly, Earth Wind & Fire.
“Dust Yourself Off” is a high-class debut from an act who had not yet quite found the way to shape and mould their influences into their own sound. It was a great starting point and the first of six albums for Fantasy that allowed them to hone a very distinctive style, that made them one of the most popular soul/funk groups of their era.
Now known as “Queen” Esther Marrow, her gospel and stage performances have made her a worldwide concert draw. She recorded two sought-after funk albums early in her career, marked by some excellent songs and fantastic musicianship. “Sister Woman” was her second LP and has the great combination of a killer band, that included Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree and Richard Tee and choice songs. ‘Things Ain’t Right’ and ‘And When I Die’ are funk-fuelled floorfillers, and her cover of ‘The Ghetto’ is simply amazing.