Formed in 1971 (and still going strong) Oneness of JuJu was the brainchild of saxophonist J. Plunky Branch. Like many others on the legendary Strata East label, Oneness mixed R&B, free jazz, afro-Brazilian percussion and down-home funk with an upbeat spiritual message, earning them a place in many a DJ'sbig metalbox in the process. Space Jungle Luv emerged in 1976 (a ye...(展开全部) Formed in 1971 (and still going strong) Oneness of JuJu was the brainchild of saxophonist J. Plunky Branch. Like many others on the legendary Strata East label, Oneness mixed R&B, free jazz, afro-Brazilian percussion and down-home funk with an upbeat spiritual message, earning them a place in many a DJ'sbig metalbox in the process. Space Jungle Luv emerged in 1976 (a year after the classic African Rhythms set) and marked a distinct change of direction for Plunky and co. Their feet were still in the ghetto, but this time they were looking at the stars; headed up by the strong, sweet vocal stylings of Jacqueline Holman (aka Lady Eka-Ete) and Branch's often effects drenched saxophones, this is cosmic dancefloor jazz of the first water. Space Jungle Luv opens with the loose limbed latin drift of "River Luv Rite", and moves through the deep, soulful funk of "Follow Me" to the Pharoah Sanders-esque "Soul Love Now" (pianist Joe Bonner was a member of Oneness for this set, and Branch had appeared on Pharoah's Wisdom of Music album). "Space Jungle Funk" does what it says on the tin; Branch's heavily processed tenor snakes, squelches and squeals its way through a zero gravity slice of flanged ambient jazz funk. "The Connection" offers more earthbound grooves; here Branch's tenor is electronically ghosted into a bass clarinet and moog synth orchestra over Ronnie Toler's pushy funk drums and guitarist Melvin Glover's muted wah chords. Glover shines on the beautiful "Love's Messenger" with a sweet toned, thoughtful solo, while "Bootsie's Lament" showcases Holman's sublime vocal over rainforest flutes and afro percussion stylings. The missing link between Kool and the Gang (70s vintage) and the deep jazz of Sanders, Gary Bartz and the like, this is a must for any self respecting collection - Branch out ! 2007 Thoughts on a 1976 Recording: Space Jungle Luv Space Jungle Luv is an odd combination of words but an apt description of the music, the lifestyle and the philosophical perspectives of Oneness of Juju in the era when this album was originally produced. “Space” represented freedom and a vast expanse of uncharted territory. “Jungle” is a reference to Africa as an original source of all earthly things. And “Luv” is stated as the overriding universal spiritual element flowing through the hearts of all mankind. Lofty sentiments indeed, but sentiments shared and inspired by the group’s musical mentors and idols. The music on this album makes obvious references to Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Earth Wind & Fire, Charles Lloyd, Roland Kirk, Sarah Vaughn, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti and others. The songs are diverse in their textures, ranging from natural acoustic jazz instrumentation to electrified, effected, synthesized sound sources. My friend, partner and co-producer of Space Jungle Luv, Jimmy “Black Fire” Gray and I worked at being spontaneous, coveting and exalting the creative sparks that fly when conditions are right for improvisation. While the most spiritual moments are rarely recorded, we were happy and pleased to capture what we did in these sessions. The members of Oneness of Juju along with our special guests, including Joe Bonner, were aware that we were a part of something special and magical.
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1. River Luv Rite 2. Follow Me 3. Soul Love Now 4. Space Jungle Funk 5. Connection 6. Love's Messenger 7. Love's Messenger [Instrumental] 8. F# [#] 9. Bootsie's Lament 10. African Rhythms Chant 11. Got to Be Right on It