You know when you're wandering around checking out new music and not really finding anything and suddenly something catches your eye. You decide to look into it only to find a gem that appeals to your ears. This is one such find. Hard to get lots of info. on Gary Davis and Mr.Chinn from this release but then you start digging....
Out (digitally) on Smash Hit Music Co. who I mentioned here before I am gonna revert to Rong Music, Imeem, Chocolate Star and Dusty Grooves to give you the lowdown on this release and the artists behind it right now. There appears to be so much more on Gary Davis who at first appears to be an elusive character yet is an extensive and exhaustive subject. Amazing and so very exciting.
Chocolate Star (by Chin Li)
"Well! Tewnty-five years ago, Mr. Davis was in New York working for Peter Brown. He produced, arranged, composed and played on many of Peter's Queen Constance projects from early 1979 through 1981. It was about the end of the Disco Era and the start of Rap and Hip Hop and Peter was putting out more records on his independent label then anybody. He is one of it's founding fathers. Peter was the man behind marketing and putting the music out there. Mr. Davis, Patrick Adams, Michael Campbell and others like them were Peter's music makers. They were shaping what was to become Hip Hop."
The elusive DJ/Producer/Remixer known as Mr. Chinn, was born somewhere between the depths of New Jersey and the new rising moon. Early on Chinn was introduced to music and couture via his immediate family whom were comprised of artists & musicians. Chinns father was a Broadway performer, avid record collector and worked with many early R&B and Soul acts from New York City. "I feel blessed to have been born into such a beautiful time for music", say's Chinn "My fathers involvement with early R&B laid down the foundation for my love of soul music...In the early 80's the kids in my neighborhood started a band...it was our first project & we played on the bottom of buckets live at the park...this was the beginning for me." Years later Chinn revisited his fathers vinyl records & began to make his connection as a DJ and producer. Chinn would then be signed by legendary producer Jellybean Benitiz via his own imprint, Jellybean Soul. Mr. Chinn now resides in Los Angeles and over time has touched original productions & remixes for varied labels and artists such as A Guy Called Gerald, Peter Brown, P&P, Gary Davis, Chocolate Star, Meecheeko from Japan, Rong Music."
"Mr. Chinn earns himself permanent street creds in disco circles by connecting with disco legend Gary
Davis to deliver this long overdue collection of Davis' most famous and lesser-known works from the late
70's and early 80's. A New Jersey Story is exactly that, a introspective footprint of our musical heritage, a product of personal life stories and cultural shifts. A history riddled with themes that remain as relevant today as the music that inspired them. Mainly though, it's some of the funkiest shit you've probably never heard!"
Beatfunk and soulful grooves with some great observations on old school versus new school hip hop and how it has changed. Give me old school any day.
12/27- Removed song (Kikin' It From The Oldskool) and posting preview mix of the album for you to check out at the request of the label.