Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bobby Womack & J.J. Johnson – Across 110th Street, album review

Catching a Trick on the Street

This has been an engaging enough musical diversion today, the instrumentals of JJ Johnson providing generic disco-funk and latenight lounge-jazz that aurally tricks us into sensing the visual street and other scenes you’d imagine if not having seen the film. I have no recollection that I have.

Bobby Womack provides his unique brand of grizzled soul’n’funk with tracks like Quicksand, Do It Right and Hang on in There, but his other two contributions grace the whole with real class, the acoustic guitar layered If You Don’t Want My Love, his voice crackling in emotion, and the wonderful title track that epitomises the supercool disco sound of this time, a memorably sweet chorus carried upwards with its soul-strings, wrapped in funk beats.

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