MTUME

RnB / Jazz Related Soundtracks / Fusion / Funk / Avant-Garde Jazz • United States
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With decades of balance between his music and sociopolitical awareness, James Mtume proves a musician’s profile can reflect more than just their art. A master at pressing the boundaries—whether as a composer, producer, songwriter, or activist—he has carved an indelible impression since the 1970’s. An informed orator, he underscored it as a political commentator having represented delegations internationally and via his former #1 black talk radio show in New York—Open Line. Growing up, the Philadelphia native makes the distinction that while he is the biological son of saxophonist Jimmy Heath, he was raised by his mother, Bertha Forman and James “Hen Gates” Forman—a pianist with Charlie Parker’s band. In a household permeated with jazz, by the time he was 14, he had already met an enviable number of music legends—as well as saw Malcolm X speaking live. With such an array of influences—including his mother’s adult-like discussions with him—he formed read more...
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MTUME Rebirth Cycle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rebirth Cycle
Fusion 1977
MTUME Kiss This World Goodbye album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Kiss This World Goodbye
Funk 1978
MTUME In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers
RnB 1980
MTUME Juicy Fruit album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Juicy Fruit
RnB 1983
MTUME You, Me And He album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You, Me And He
RnB 1984
MTUME Native Son album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Native Son
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1986
MTUME Theater Of The Mind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Theater Of The Mind
RnB 1986

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MTUME Alkebu-Lan: Land of The Blacks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alkebu-Lan: Land of The Blacks
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972

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MTUME The Best of Mtume and Lucas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Mtume and Lucas
RnB 2004
MTUME Prime Time: The Epic Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prime Time: The Epic Anthology
RnB 2018

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MTUME Juicy Fruit

Album · 1983 · RnB
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Rokukai
You won't find much "jazz" on here but this is a great '80's R&B/funk/dance record. Sampled many times by many hip hoppers, there are beats to spare, spirit to burn, and Mtume and crew show unique creativity for an album produced during this time period. The highlight is the hit title track, but the material is uniformly strong.

If you're going to have an '80's dance party, skip the Prince clones and spin this record with your Trouble Funk, Midnight Star, Twilight, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts discs. The cover art is ultra cheesy and so is the music, but isn't that part of the fun?

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