The Record Collection

Various Artists: Blue Break Beats (vol 1-4) [1992,’93,’97,’99]

vol 1: Blue Note 99106 [1992]:

vol1- Blue Break Beats

Track list:

1-01 – Grooving With Mr G -Richard Groove Holmes
1-02 – Sookie Sookie -Grant Green
1-03 – Who’s Making Love -Lou Donaldson
1-04 – Weasil -Donald Byrd
1-05 – Kudu -Eddie Henderson
1-06 – Harlem River Drive -Bobbi Humphrey
1-07 – Blue Juice -Jimmy McGriff
1-08 – The Final Comedown -Grant Green
1-09 – Turtle Walk -Lou Donaldson
1-10 – Your Love Is Too Much -The Three Sounds
1-11 – Blackjack -Donald Byrd
1-12 – Olilloqui Valley -Herbie Hancock

vol 2: Blue Note 89907 [1993] :

vol2- Blue Break Beats

Track list:

2-01 – Street Lady -Donald Byrd
2-02 – Jasper Country Man -Bobbi Humphrey
2-03 – Kumquat Kids -Eddie Henderson
2-04 – Higga Boom -Gene Harris
2-05 – Orange Peel -Reuben Wilson
2-06 – The Worm -Jimmy McGriff [mono]
2-07 – The Caterpillar -Lou Donaldson
2-08 – Ain’t It Funky Now -Grant Green
2-09 – Ummh -Bobby Hutcherson
2-10 – Good Humour Man -Blue Mitchell
2-11 – Beale Street -Donald Byrd
2-12 – Viva Tirado -Gerald Wilson

vol 3: Blue Note 54360 [1997]:

vol3- Blue Break Beats

Track list:

3-01 – Walk Tall -Cannonball Adderley
3-02 – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy -Lou Rawls
3-03 – Ode to Billie Joe -Lou Donaldson
3-04 – Sho’ Nuff Melon -Reuben Wilson
3-05 – Howling for Judy -Jeremy Steig
3-06 – Light My Fire -Shirley Bassey/The Doors
3-07 – It’s Your Thing -Lou Donaldson
3-08 – Put on Train -The 3 Sounds
3-09 – Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey -Gene Harris
3-10 – (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes -Donald Byrd
3-11 – Mystic Brew -Ronnie Foster
3-12 – Get Out of My Life Woman -Joe Williams/Thad Jones
3-13 – Ground Hog -Duke Pearson
3-14 – Soul -Jackie McLean

vol 4: Blue Note: 94027 [1999]:

vol4- Blue Break Beats

Track list:

4-01 – Prelude -Gene Harris
4-02 – Holy Thursday -David Axelrod
4-03 – Sittin’ Duck -The 3 Sounds
4-04 – The Beat Goes On -Buddy Rich
4-05 – Three Is a Magic Number -Bob Dorough
4-06 – Shack Up (Pt. 1-2) -Banbara
4-07 – Boomp Boomp Chomp -Sons
4-08 – Little Green Apples -Monk Higgins
4-09 – Bring Down the Birds -Herbie Hancock
4-10 – Whole Lotta Love -Ike & Tina Turner
4-11 – Repeat After Me -The 3 Sounds
4-12 – Inside You -Eddie Henderson
4-13 – Woman of the Ghetto -Marlena Shaw
4-14 – This Is Soul -Paul Nero

Compiled by: Dean Rudland, Eddie Pillar (Acid Jazz Records)
Cover design, illustration: Graham Marsh

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Blue Note released the 4 volumes of Blue Break Beats compilation in the ’90s.

The music on Blue Break Beats dates from the late ’60s and early ’70s, when a large portion of Blue Note’s soul-jazz artists began experimenting with funk and rock, creating dense electric fusions that concentrated on rhythm, not improvisation.

None of this music has ever received much critical praise from jazz purists, but in the late ’80s and early ’90s, scores of hip-hop and dance DJs discovered these old records and began sampling the original tracks to use in new rap and dance songs.

This jazz-rap-funk fusion had become hip and profitable, which led Blue Note to assemble the Blue Break Beats compilations.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]
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