Album: Various artists, The Cool Revolution (CTI Records / Sony)

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Creed Taylor International and its funk-subsidiary Kudu codified early 1970s soul-influenced jazz into an aspirational art-form on thick-sleeved LPs whose grooves you could always tap a toe to.

This four-disc compendium offers a good selection from the label's history, focusing on cool jazz, Brazil, and pop covers. Rudy Van Gelder is the engineer, and Ron Carter the double bassist, on almost everything here. "Mr Magic" still sounds great, and George Benson's "White Rabbit" far better than it should. Too many flutes, though.

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