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Paul Jackson: Black Octopus

Veteran bassist Paul Jackson trips back to the 1970s with this funky, groovy and bottom-heavy reissue. Jackson, a founding member of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, recorded the album live at Tokyo’s Toshiba EMI Studios in 1978 during a concert tour in Japan; the album was available only in limited release and is now on CD for the first time. The album is truly a product of its time, with the spoken-word poetry of “Many Directions” and its all-star jam work leading to “Eight Ways of Love,” with its sassy, female backing vocals and groovy disco percussion. Jackson shows off his bluesy vocals here, as he does on the rest of the CD.

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