Rhythm Of Life (reissue)
Artikelnummer: 1953228 / ETH189LP
Guitarist/keyboardist James Mason is~~generally best remembered as a key~~member of Roy Ayers' late-70s jazz-funk~~group, during which he made prominent~~appearances on the Ayers' LP Lifeline,~~particularly the club hit "Running Away." His~~only solo record , titled Rhythm Of Life, was~~recorded with session legends such as~~Narada Michael Walden, Gene Torres, and~~Clarice Taylor, and released in 1977. The~~album was not a success, and suffered from~~poor timing as tastes had shifted away from~~jazz music. The record seemed destined for~~obscurity, as its meager printing quickly ran~~out, and Mason never released a follow-up.~~Over time however, Rhythm Of Life has~~taken on a new life of its own, as an~~unheralded jazz classic. The album's rich,~~textured sound, robust, funky arrangements,~~and Mason's solid guitar and keys work was~~integral to the development of the acid jazz~~movement of the 1990s. Tracks like "Slick~~City" and "Sweet Power Your Embrace"~~would go on to become rare-groove~~standards in their own rite, while "Free" has~~become a sampling favorite of hip-hop~~innovator Madlib.