27 May 2007
LES DE MERLE - TRANSFUSION
Les De Merle for Dobre records from 1978.On this one the super drummer knocks out a set of banging tunes with the Transfusion Group in a lost session, full of monster funky breaks which includes the astounding “Moondial” sampled by De La Soul, DJ Shadow & Greyboy.
Dusty Groove still stock the reissued vinyl and have this to say about it:
An excellent album of funky drumbreaks -- cut by a drummer who's a legend among funk fans, but who hardly ever gets mentioned in history books of jazz. Les was a little known LA player, but he had a monster approach to the kit -- and most of the few albums he cut are very in demand for fans of a good funky drum break. This one's a stellar session that mixes together straight funk with some strong choppy fusion numbers -- and it was issued on the tiny Dobre label, which came out with some excellent obscure sides during the 70s. Raul De Souza's on trombone, Milcho Leview plays piano, and Robby Robinson plays plenty of nice electric keyboards. Includes the break-heavy tracks "Moondial" and "Funk It!", the jazz dance cut "Canned Heat Suite", the choppy funky "Bacchanal", and the great groover "Kaballa".
This has made a cd reissue in Japan and the previously mentioned U.S. vinyl which this post has been ripped from at 320.Props to xmnr0x23 for putting me onto the music of Les De Merle with his recommendation of the awesome "Spectrum"-nice work fellah !!