Rhythm Of Life
Sophisticated soul jazz gem from 1977. TIP TIP TIP!

Rhythm Of Life

James Mason

€ 29,95
  • LP
Chiaroscuro Records
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In the late 70s, James Mason decided to move on from being Roy Ayers' ace guitar player and make a solo record on the jazz label Chiaroscuro recruiting the talents of  Narada Michael Walden on drums and Gene Torres on bass.  

1977's Rhythm of Life is a sophisticated soul jazz gem.  The album makes great use of new technology of the time, manufacturing memorable synth grooves over the vocal talents of Clarice Taylor.  

At the time, the album was too funky for jazz stations and too jazzy for soul stations, hence it faded into obscurity until it was revitalized in the 80s acid jazz scene in the UK. 

The most well known cut is  the only single "Sweet Power Your Embrace" which reminds us of a tighter / more uptempo version of a Lonnie Liston Smith tune... airy and funky.  The track "Free" unveils Mason's Roy Ayers' jazz funk influence and "Slick City" is a happy jazz funker anchored by a smooth Rhodes groove.

For making the music that has inspired and shaped my musical values over the years, SPECIAL THANKS to The Crusaders, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Joseph Zawinul, Stevie Wonder, The Pointer Sisters and Stanley Clarke. And for the learning experience working as a member of his band afforded me, THANK YOU to Roy Ayers.



  • 1.Sweet Power Your Embrace05:25
  • 2.Good Thing03:13
  • 3.Free03:42
  • 4.Mbewe02:29
  • 5.Funny Girl04:20


  • 1.Slick City03:02
  • 2.Rhythm Of Life06:12
  • 3.Hey Hey Hey01:57
  • 4.I've Got My Eyes On You03:35
  • 5.Dreams03:26


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