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Takehiro Honda 'Ain't It Funky Now' (HMV Japan)

Takehiro Honda
'Ain't It Funky Now' / 'Greasy Spoon'
(HMV Japan)

Rare groove GOLD right here from the master Takehiro Honda and his version of Grant Green's 'Ain't It Funky Now' from 1973. This is big band perfection with every member of the group excelling in their musicianship, naturally fuelled by the guitar and punctuated with boom bap drums, tootin' horns and gorgeous keys, it's the kind of gem that was big in the rare groove scene in the late 80's and 90's UK club culture. Head to the flip and we have ANOTHER beautiful jazz fusion nugget in the shape of 'Greasy Spoon', more loose and bumpin' drums underpin swirly Rhodes for a heads-down get-in-the-groove slice of perfection. It's a pricy record for sure, but hey, you get 2 absolutely fantastic Honda cuts on 7" for the first time ever. Essential stuff, don't sleep.

Buy here: Juno Records