Mon. Nov. 29, 2021

Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame

Classics: Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie) (De-Lite Records)

By the likes of veteran group Kool & The Gang (they’ve celebrated their 50th year of activity back in 2014). The title and opening cut to their 1976 released album of the name which would generate some success as a Top 10 R&B single in the charts. But also as a part of the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ OST along with The Trammps‘Disco Inferno’ and MFSB‘s ‘K-Jee’

A signature cut, if not their most infectious jam. Meanwhile embedding an impressive line-up of horns over a Jazz/Funk bass driven rhythm pattern. Reminding of groups such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Crown Heights Affair to a lesser extend)…

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Hailing from Jersey City, NJ, Kool & The Gang were formed by Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and Ronald Bell along with friends Dennis ‘D.T.’ Thomas and Robert ‘Spike’ Mickens.
Initially known as The Jazziacs, they would get their actual name when signing on De-Lite Records back in 1969.

Their career, just like like Earth, Wind & Fire, can be split in 2 periods. The first (1973 – 1978) establishing them on the burgeoing Funk scene with a twist of Jazz, blending earthy brass, funky bass guitar and chanted vocals. A period which they paved with classics such as ‘Summer Madness’, ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Open Sesame’.
The second one seeing them makin’ a clear-cut transition into Dance/Soul Pop territories. As a result, they would turn themselves into an impressive hit machine, reaching their peak during the first half of the 80’s along with producer Eumir Deodato. Classics such as ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Celebration’ and ‘Big Fun’ among others summarizing their leadership at the time. If not extra goodies such as ‘Too Hot’, Steppin’ Out’, ‘Big Fun’ or ‘Take My Heart’

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