Bluebird and RCA Victor dig deep into the vaults of the landmark Flying Dutchman label to issue this perfect introduction to the jazz-funk-soul hybrid heyday.

Bluebird and RCA Victor dig deep into the vaults of the landmark Flying Dutchman label to issue this perfect introduction to the jazz-funk-soul hybrid heyday. Flying Funk is a quintessential document of the rise of revolutionary and socially conscious cosmic jazz-funk fusion, avant-garde hard-bop, smoky soul, and combustible rare grooves from the late-'60s to mid-'70s. The 16-track collection features seminal recordings from the Jimmy Castor Bunch ("It's Just Begun"), Lonnie Liston Smith ("Expansions"), the Main Ingredient ("Happiness Is Just Around the Bend"), Nina Simone ("Save Me"), and Esther Marrow ("Mama"), among others. These ground-breaking tunes would later inspire and influence the emerging hip-hop, classic house, Northern soul, acid jazz, and future jazz movements. A 14-track companion disc, Flying Groove, is also available featuring additional obscure swinging jazz and be-bop laced cult favorites from former Miles Davis collaborator Gil Evans, David Axelrod, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Gil Scott-Heron.—CR