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Intuit by Intuit

Intuit are Till Maragnoli and Thomas Braun (bass and drums, respectively, with both producing), a couple of German hepcats who know American funk/R&BIntuit are Till Maragnoli and Thomas Braun, a couple of German hepcats who know American funk/R&B and its jazz-charged offshoots so well they should be granted honorary US citizenship.... or an honorary contract to Atlantic or Prestige Records (post-dated 1973). They get some heavyweight guest stars, folks who've made significant contributions to Jazz and its oft-maligned vector Fusion: vocalists Flora Purim and Andy Bey, percussion wizard Airto Moreira, and organist Doug Carn. Their self-titled album sounds as if could be a "lost" session for the aforementioned labels from the 1971-74, when there was an aspect of Fusion where funk (as defined by James Brown & his followers/descendants), Afro-Cuban/Latin, and jazz elements coalesced into a nominally more song-oriented, groove-driven form (i.e., Les McCann, Eddie Gale, Blackbyrds, Norman Connors, Lonnie Liston Smith, records on the Cobblestone and Black Jazz labels, & Muse put out a few, too -- when electric keyboards held sway.). Which, depending on your viewpoint, is this album's strength and weakness -- as someone old enough [sigh] to remember this kinda stuff when it was new, it doesn't feel very "original," déjà vu all over again, and they (Intuit) don't put enough of their own mark/spin on this particular canon. But, on the "+" side, this album features sharp, concise musicianship, engaging rhythms (both funk, Latin & a mix of both), slinky grooves, popping bass (think Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham) and hearty yet refined, dynamically dignified old-school soulful vocalizing. All participants perform with sensitivity and enthusiasm (though a few tracks do go on a tad longer than thet should). If you're nostalgic for this kind of stuff or you’re a younger follower of British underground R&B/jazz, "rare groove" and/or Acid Jazz, Intuit may not change your life, but it could make your trip to or from work go a bit faster.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Intuit
  • CD Title: Intuit
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Compost
  • Musicians: Ray Obiedo: guitar; Acimo: keyboards; Cecile Verny: vocals; others.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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