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Based around saxophonist James Plunky Branch, Oneness of Juju was the second incarnation of the Afrocentric creative jazz group Juju who recorded two albums for the Strata East label in the early '70s. Along with new members and new instruments, including the introduction of a drum kit to the African and Afro-Cuban percussion section, a new name was adopted to reflect the direction of the group. While Juju was often compared to Pharoah Sanders and active in the loft jazz scene in New York, Oneness of Juju incorporated more populist R&B elements and introduced vocals to the new group sound as well. The sound of this incarnation, more akin to the Ohio Players and Kool & the Gang at this point, was documented on two recordings, 1975's African Rhythms and Space Jungle Luv in 1976. Ever-evolving, smooth jazz and hip-hop were incorporated in the '80s and the group continued as read more...
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ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY African Rhythms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Rhythms
Funk Jazz 1975
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Space Jungle Luv album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Space Jungle Luv
Fusion 1976
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky And Oneness Of Juju ‎: Make A Change (aka Every Way But Loose) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky And Oneness Of Juju ‎: Make A Change (aka Every Way But Loose)
Funk 1980
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness Of JuJu Introducing Virtania Tillery ‎: Electric Juju Nation / Keep It Moving album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness Of JuJu Introducing Virtania Tillery ‎: Electric Juju Nation / Keep It Moving
RnB 1984
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : Tropical Chill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : Tropical Chill
RnB 1988
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : Move Into the Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : Move Into the Light
RnB 1990
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : The Oneness of Phunk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : The Oneness of Phunk
RnB 1992
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : One World One Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : One World One Music
RnB 1992
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Bush Brothers & Space Rangers album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bush Brothers & Space Rangers
RnB 1996
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky And The Oneness Of Juju : X Marks The Spot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky And The Oneness Of Juju : X Marks The Spot
Funk 1996
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & the Oneness : I Can't Hold Back album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & the Oneness : I Can't Hold Back
RnB 1996
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness ‎: Groove Tones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness ‎: Groove Tones
RnB 1998
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & the Oneness :  Saxy Mellow Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & the Oneness : Saxy Mellow Moments
RnB 2000
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju : ...Got To Be Phunky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & The Oneness Of Juju : ...Got To Be Phunky
Funk 2001
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness : Got To Move Something album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Got To Move Something
Funk 2002
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness : Cold Heat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Cold Heat
RnB 2006
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness : Forever in a Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Forever in a Moment
RnB 2007
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : Drive it album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : Drive it
RnB 2008
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky : On Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky : On Fire
RnB 2011
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness : Never Too Late album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Never Too Late
RnB 2014
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness  : Juju Jazz Funk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Juju Jazz Funk
RnB 2016
ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness : Afroclectic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness : Afroclectic
RnB 2019

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ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY live albums

ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Plunky & Oneness Of Juju ‎: Live In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plunky & Oneness Of Juju ‎: Live In Paris
Funk 2006

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ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY African Rhythms 1970-1982 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Rhythms 1970-1982
African Fusion 2001

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Plunky & Oneness Of Juju ‎: African Rhythms
Funk 2006

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ONENESS OF JUJU / PLUNKY & ONENESS / PLUNKY Bush Brothers & Space Rangers

Album · 1996 · RnB
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On the wave of the unfading popularity of African influenced jazz in England, UK-based label Strut continues their series of US funk-RnB bands from 70s Oneness Of Juju reissues. The band's debut, "African Rhythms", has been reissued by Strut in 2002, and in 2018 once again. Band's second album, "Space Jungle Luv"(originally from 1976), has been reissued by Strut in 2002 and 2021. "Bush Brothers & Space Rangers", chronologically the band's third recorded album, received its European reissue in 2022 for the first time ever (recorded in 1977, this album has been released for the first time in 1996 only, and reissued only once after - in 2002 in Japan).

Oneness of Juju were the mid-70s continuation of early 70s SF/NYC - based sax player James Plunky Branch's avant-garde jazz band Juju, who moved to Richmond, Virginia in late 1974 and switched the direction towards funk and RnB. Their debut album (still partially with old Juju line-up) under the new name, "African Rhythms", was critically acclaimed, and contained more commercially popular music for the time with a mix of funk and RnB with African-spiritual jazz elements.

For their third album, recorded two years later, the band adds guitarist Ras Mel Melvin Glover, drummer Tony Green (instead of Babatunde) and pianist Brian Jackson (both - from Gil Scott-Heron's band) and percussionist Okyerma Asante. As a result, they loose a bit of funky edge, but receive a more sophisticated sound.

The album's opener,"Breezin'", is probably better known from George Benson's instrumental version, but it's originally a Bobby Womack song, and it comes with vocals here, a nice dreamy relaxed RnB piece. "African Rhythms", Plunky's original, is represented here by a longer very percussive acoustic version, and it sounds even better then on the band's debut, one of the album's top tracks. "Nooky", another Plunky original, is placed somewhere between the band's earlier funk-jazz and the more polished RnB, with soloing sax on the front all the time.

Side B opens with an interesting example of an early "ecological" protest song, "Be About The Future". "Afro Beat" is a very percussive funky song. "Plastic (Is Easy To See Thru)" is another one of the album's top cuts, very much a George Clinton-like piece of P-funk. The album's closer, "Rhythms Timelessness", is a two minutes-long funky instrumental with lots of guitar soloing on the front.

Japanese P-Wine reissue for the first time presented 5 never before released bonuses, on the latest Strut reissue they are available as downloads. "West Wind" is a longish relaxed African-ballade with a flute, "All Blues" is a bluesy RnB with lot of sax and piano soloing and strong vocals, sounds a bit out of place here though. "The Stuff To Make You Move", is danceable RnB and the more funky, "Get Your Head Together", with male vocals, both don't add much to the album.

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