Review: Goosepimples aplenty as Kent Records pulls out its ace card with a superb slice of feel good classic soul music from Darondo. Darondo, who was bought up in the San Franciso Bay area, led a colourful life, becoming a Pimp in the 1960s. He eventually gave that up and knocked out this wonderful piece of guitar balladry. Underneath a sublime Al Green/Curtis Mayfield like vocal performance you'll discover a simple string arrangement that compliments Darondo's falsetto vocal to brilliant effect. No doubt this will feature as one of the best 45 soul reissues of 2012.
Johnny Hammon Smith - "Theme From NYPD (The ABC TV Series)"
Billy Hawks - "Whip It On Me"
Cal Tjader - "Evil Ways"
Mongo Santamaria - "Yeh, Yeh!"
Mongon Santamaria - "Watermelon Man"
Mose Allison - "The Seventh Son"
Otis Spann - "I'm Ready"
Willis Jackson - "Pool Shark"
Sonny Stitt - "Soul Shack"
Eddie Jefferson - "Filthy McNasty"
Jimmy Witherspoon - "Love Me Right"
Pat Bowie - "i've Got Your Number"
Charles Earland - "Black Talk"
The Merced Blue Notes - "Mama Rufus"
Rusty Bryant - "Soul Liberation"
Boogaloo Joe Jones - "Games"
Kenny Burrell - "Kenny's Theme"
Brother Jack McDuff - "Theme From The Pink Panther" (with The Big Band Of Benny Golson)
Review: Originally compiled by Adrian Croasdell in 1996, Kent Dance have re-released this great compendium on coloured vinyl. Searching the mod jazz genre's true meaning, the collection reveals the many twists and turns it took throughout the 60s. From Latin influences ("Tengo Tango") to rich, blues and soul influences ("I'm Ready") via straight-up rhythm and blues influences with barely any traces of jazz at all ("Whip It On Me"), Mod Jazz is a fantastic representation of one of the most divisive genres in 1960s youth music.