Funky Skull [Limelight, late 1960s]
One of our favorite albums of all times -- and a legendary testament to the greatness of the late 60s Chicago music scene! Melvin Jackson was the bassist in Eddie Harris' very successful group of the late 60s -- and his playing on Eddie's trippy and funky records for Atlantic is one of the factors that made them so great. Here, he's working with an acoustic bass, amplified with electronics like a Varitone sax -- and this strange-sounding instrument is set up in a hip group that mixes Cadet funky studio players (Phil Upchurch, Morris Jennings, Jody Christian) with some of the brighter spots of the AACM (Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, and Leo Smith.) Jackson's bass is looped through all sorts of crazy effects, and the result is this amazing blend of avant garde playing and groovy rhythms that is beyond compare! The album includes great reworkings of two Eddie Harris funk tracks -- "Bold and Black" and "Cold Duck Time" -- plus monster originals like "Funky Doo", "Say What", "Dance Of The Dervish", and "Funky Skull (parts 1 & 2)". [DustyGroove]
I went to the same school with melvin in islamabad!
WOW I NEVER HEARD OF HIM
[MELVIN C JACKSON]
I truly love "Say What" and put it favorites compilations a lot.