いままでのアルバムからクールなジャズを集めた作品。COOLなJAZZではなく、KOOLなJAZZです。『WILD AND PEACEFUL』のあとに出すあたりは、「俺たちはJAZZを忘れたわけじゃないぜ」と言っているかのようです。クールたちはジャズ・ミュージシャンとも親交があったりして、あのマイルス・デイビスからも「奴等は凄いぜ」と言われていたり・・・あのクルセイダーズも「俺たちのライバル・バンドはKOOL & THE GANGだ!」と言われたり・・・オリジナル盤は若干、曲の構成が違います。(→は再発CDのクレジットです)

 

Original LP version

Side A

I Remember John W. Coltrane

Sombrero Sam

Blowin' With The Wind

Dujii

 

Side B

Lucky For Me

North, East, South, West

Breeze & Soul

Wild Is Love

Sea Of Tranquility

KOOL JAZZ(1973)

 

1. BREEZE & SOUL - 5:28 (Kool & The Gang-G.Redd)

2. SEA OF TRANQUILITY - 3:32 (Kool & The Gang-G.Redd)

3. SOMBRERO SAM - 6:39 (Charles Lloyd)

4. LUCKY FOR ME - 3:03 (Charles Smith)

5. DUJII - 5:59 (Ricky West)

6. STOP, LOOK, LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART)/

  BLOWIN' WITH THE WIND, PTS.1*&2

    - 8:17 (Thom Bell-Linda Creed)/(Kool & The Gang)

7. NORTH, EAST, SOUTH, WEST - 3:38 (Ricky West)

8. I REMEMBER JOHN W. COLTRANE - 4:01 (Khalis Bayyan)

9. WILD AND PEACEFUL - 9:29 (Khalis Bayyan-Kool & The Gang)

10. WINTER SADNESS - 5:04 (Charles Smith-Khalis Bayyan-Kool & The Gang)

11. SUMMER MADNESS (LIVE)

    - 7:59 (Robert Mickens-Alton Taylor-Kool & The Gang)

12. UNIVERSAL SOUND - 4:01 (Khalis Bayyan-Kool & The Gang)

13. MESSENGER OF WISDOM - 5:43 (Khalis Bayyan-Kool & The Gang)

14. FREE - 2:06 (Khalis Bayyan-Kool & The Gang)

 

Produced and Arranged by Kool & The Gang

 

Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI),except:

"Sombrero Sam" published by Forest Form Music (BMI)

and "Messenger Of Wisdom" copyright control

 

Tracks #1-5, a portion of #6, and #7-8 were included on the original

"Kool Jazz" compilation, released on vinyl only as De-Lite DEP-4001 in 1973.

 

Compilation Produced by Harry Weinger

Special Thanks to Cleveland Brown

Executive Producer: Bill Levenson

Digitally remastered by Gary N. Mayo at PolyGram Studios

 

Package Design by Smay Vision

Original LP cover design by Frank Daniel

 

#1&2 from Kool & The Gang (1970)

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion);

Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones, alto flute, vibes);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute, percussion);

Ricky West (piano); Charles Smith, Woodrow Sparrow (Guitars);

Robert "Kool" Bell (bass); George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion)

 

#3-5 from Live at PJ's (1971)

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet, bongos);

Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones, percussion);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute, congas);

Ricky West (electric piano, organ, tambourine); Charles Smith (Guitar);

Robert "Kool" Bell (bass); George "Funky" Brown" (drums)

 

#6 originally appeared on Music Is The Message (1972)

as separate tracks and without the flute solo ("Blowin' With The Wind, Pt. 1")

Previously Unreleased complete version

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet); Khalis Bayyan (soprano saxophones);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute); Ricky West (electric piano);

Charles Smith (Guitar);Robert "Kool" Bell (bass);

George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion)

 

#7&8 from Good Times (1972): same as except add

"North, East, South, West" Ricky West (electric piano); Charles Smith (Guitar);

Robert "Kool" Bell (bass); George "Funky" Brown" (drums)

"I Remember John W. Coltrane":

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion);

Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute, percussion);

 

#9 from Wild And Peaceful (1973)

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet); Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones, percussion); Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute, percussion);

Ricky West (Fender Rhodes); Charles Smith (Guitar);

Robert "Kool" Bell (Fender bass); George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion)

 

 

#10 from Spirit Of The Boogie (1975)

Arranged by Charles Smith

Khalis Bayyan (electric piano, Arp, Moog, alto flute); Charles Smith (Guitar);

Robert "Kool" Bell (bass); George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (vocals, percussion);

 

#11&12 from Love & Understanding (1976)

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet); Larry Gittens (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals);

Otha Nash (trombone, vocals); Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones, alto

flute, Arp Synthesizer, vocals); Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute,

percussion, vocals); Ricky West (keyboards); Charles Smith (Guitar);

Robert "Kool" Bell (bass, vocals); George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion, vocals);

Something Sweet: Renee Conley, Cynthia Huggins, Joan (Simiyah) Motley, Bevery Owens

(vocals, "Summer Madness")

 

#13 recorded and mixed for Light Of Worlds (1974)

Previously Unreleased

Robert "Spike" Mickens (trumpet); Khalis Bayyan (tenor & soprano saxophones);

Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, percussion); Ricky West (keyboards);

Charles Smith (Guitar); Robert "Kool" Bell (bass);

George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion); Noel Pointer Strings (strings)

 

#14 from The Force (1978)

Khalis Bayyan (tenor saxophones, alto flute, piano); Dennis "D.T." Thomas (alto saxophones, flute, percussion); Ricky West (keyboards); Robert "Kool" Bell (bass, percussion); George "Funky" Brown" (drums, percussion, keyboads); Something Sweet: Cynthia Huggins (featured on lead vocal), Kelly Barretto, Renee Conley, Joan (Simiyah) Motley, Bevery Owens

(vocals, "Summer Madness")

 

 

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