Before I begin with this week’s selection, I’d like to give a big shout out to the legendary Ian Wright for his guest selection last week. I think he showed why he is rightly regarded as one of the world’s top funk dj’s with his choice. We’ll have more guest contributors to come as well as some exciting news about guest dj slots that I have coming up. If you’d like to contact us about potential Gazfunk guest dj spots, or indeed if you have any feedback or news that you think might interest us, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On to this week’s song choice and much like last week’s cut, this tune has a bit of a different vibe to that which we normally bring you and that’s in no small part due to the fact that this track is by the legendary jazz artist, Lalo Schifrin.
Now I know there are people out there who hear the word “jazz” and automatically think of songs with 10 minute trumpet & piano solos played in supper clubs to older well-to-do types. Don’t worry though – this song is nothing of the sort and in fact still falls under what I would call “funky”.
I’m sure many of you are aware of the name Lalo Schifrin due to the number of soundtracks that he’s composed over the years but may not be aware of his more funky side. The A-side of the record is the very well-known Theme From Mission Impossible, but it’s the B-side that we feature today. I’ve no doubt some of you will be familiar with this week’s pick as it was the inspiration behind “Ooh La La” by The Wiseguys – a pretty big hit in the U.K. when it was re-released in 1999 after minor chart success during it’s original release a year earlier.
I hope this song goes some way to dispelling the myth that jazz can’t be funky!