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To legit to quit! Michael Chabon legitimizes Catchgroove’s taste!

September 1, 2012

In the recent issue of Rolling Stone celebrated author Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist that is) wrote about  his obsession with 70s jazz/funk/soul.  As a side bar he noted 4 essential jazz funk albums.  Three of which are in the Catchgroove collection.  The missing one is unknown to me – but hey that is OK as I am grateful for the tip.

I am looking forward to the new book, Telegraph Avenue, out 9/11/12 (same day as the new Dylan – WOW what a great day).  I loved The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.

I will try to post a link to the article once it is available online.  Classic quote: “By 1980, backbeat jazz was dead, and jazz has never come close to regaining its vanished status as truly popular music.  But hip-hop remembered.  The DJs of black America, having inherited or reconstructed or excavated from dusty crates, like Schliemann at Troy, the lost kingdom of their father’s record collections, discovered in the CTI and Blue Note back catalogs an inexhaustible treasure.”

I have always been a bit embarrassed by my obsession with 70s jazz/funk/soul.  That flame of low self-esteem was fanned by purchasing the whole Grover Washington Jr. catalog on near mint vinyl for never more than a couple bucks a piece.  Surely only garbage would go that cheap!

Amen Brother Chabon – I have been vindicated.  I now proudly compose this blog with a copy of a near mint vinyl edition of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes spinning in the background (To Be True) recently purchased for $2.

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