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Groove Masters Unite: Dirty Disco & Jazz Fusion with David Schwartz’s Down Jazz Records.

Kono Vidovic November 6, 2023 104 4 5


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Down Jazz Records was founded by producer David Schwartz and this week, the label presents us with a super-heavyweight remix EP entitled ‘Rocket Love’ by multi storied talent collective, Detroit Rising with reworks by some of the UKs production royalty – Jimpster, Kaidi Tatham, Sean McCabe and EVM128, all mastered by Atjazz.  Detroit Rising is a collective and is comprised of original members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Public Enemy and Mary J Blige. In 2018, they created an album – A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure, recorded at the Motown Studios Detroit.  We spoke to the head of this fascinating project – David Schwartz – about some music that has impacted his musical journey.

Iron Butterfly – In A Godda Da Vida

When I was a kid, this album blew my mind! You can do that on drums? I want to do that… And I loved the psychedelic art.

Led Zeppelin- Houses of the Holy- The Crunge

Zeppelin is and are amazing musicians and songwriters. My high school friends and I would drum and sing along for hours. Their albums are so well produced.

B52’s –  Love Shack

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=b52s+love+shack

Such a summer vibe! I love the feeling and the vocals. One summer, I went to a live, free B52’s show in Central Park NYC right after I performed with my drum band at a big festival downtown. Such a magical day of music.

Parliament Funkadelic, One Nation Under A Groove

I played this album over and over and over, on tape and vinyl. Carried me through dark winter nights during college. At one live show in NYC, I somehow caught a signed drumstick that Jerome Brailey, the P-funk drummer threw into the crowd. I was now officially on the mothership.

Romantic Warrior- Return to Forever

Genius, jazz-rock that makes me want to dance! Where did Nu-Jazz begin? right here.

Chick Corea with Return to Forever- School Daze

More Genius, dance jazz-rock. Who plays at this skill level? Only a few across time.

Kool & the Gang, Ladies Night

My disco soul days. Such a groovy tune to dance and sing along with. I just saw them this summer in New York City. Still amazing to this day.

Bugz in the Attic- Booty La La

UK electro funk, jazz, soul, a whole different way of thinking. I heard a whole new sound coming out of the UK! More people should be re-discovering these amazing tracks.

Kruder & Dorfmeister, The K&D session

This instrumental sound is electronic? how do they get that lovely reverb and echo? chills up my spine.

Detroit Rising (Remix – Jimpster Dub) –  Rocket Love

https://www.decks.de/track/detroit_rising_ft_jimpster-sean_mccabe-kaidi_tatham-evm128-rocket_love/cls-3a

OG Detroit Rising Rocket Love Live recording:

I’m amazed at how well the OG song came out. The team was incredible from musicians and vocalists to mixing, mastering, art and production. The Remix Dub by Jimpster, takes it to a whole new level! Such a catchy and cool melody! The vocals are so soulful! This is one heck of a groovy dance tune! These albums from start to finish took years of work by a big crew! Lots of love attention went into this special project. That’s what it takes!

My final take.

And that’s a wrap on this sonic journey with the legends of rhythm and groove! A huge shoutout to David Schwartz and the entire Down Jazz Records family for keeping the beats alive and kicking. With the latest release adding a fresh layer to their already stellar collection, they continue to set the bar for what Dirty Disco and Down Jazz can be.

Remember, music is the universal language that connects us all, and today, we’ve been blessed with some of the finest tunes to ever grace our airwaves, including the new flavors from Detroit Rising’s recent remix EP. If you loved the trip as much as we did, make sure to follow us for more electric episodes. Don’t forget to hit that like button, share with your fellow music enthusiasts, and subscribe for the ultimate backstage pass to the best beats in town.

Dive into the ‘Rocket Love’ remixes, explore the original tracks that have shaped musical eras, and let the innovative spirit of Detroit Rising keep the fire burning in your playlists. Until next time, keep the records spinning, the good vibes flowing, and the latest hits from Down Jazz Records on repeat. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you on the flip side!

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