Shakatak was an underground instrumental dominated jazz-funk band at a time when the genre hadn't really hit the mainstream, mainly showcasing the keyboard skills of Bill Sharpe and the jazz guitar of Keith Winter.
Taking a chance on a female vocalist, Jill Saward, they released their second album, Nightbirds, which featured a radio-friendly vocal over the top of their jazz meanderings, and suddenly the pop market opened up for them with the hit single "Easier Said Than Done" with its mainly piano based tinkling and a dance beat, and Saward's vocal on the chorus. They followed this with an even bigger hit, "Night Birds" which became the title track of the second album, still with the trademark piano and jazz bassline.
One could almost feel the warm breeze as the George Benson style guitar played. The first track, "Taking Off," was an instrumental with some scat singing at the end, and "Light of My Life" would predate the soulful singing of Anita Baker and Mica Paris by half a decade, but Nightbirds would prove to be the high point for Shakatak who never troubled the Top Ten again. Genres: Jazz. Music Categories: Jazz Instrument: Smooth. Garfield: Am I Cool or What?
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Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab. Postage and packaging. This item will post to Russian Federation , but the seller hasn't specified postage options. In the s, the band had success in the US when they had two albums that went to No 1 in the contemporary jazz charts and were also awarded the Japanese Grammy for best international instrumental album six years running.
They make annual appearances at the Billboard Clubs in Japan, and the Pizza Express Jazz Room in London, plus numerous other concert and club performances. Coming three years after his first album Positivity , this album again had Anderson writing, arranging and producing all of the tracks. Keyboardist Bill Sharpe worked with American jazz pianist Don Grusin on a joint project called Geography released in Sharpe's second collaboration with Grusin, Trans Atlantica , was released on 3 September Jimpster keyboards, vocals, producer.
Please try again later. This is a good idea to release all 12 inch mixes on a double cd but what an idea to use vinyls!!! Shakatak music deserve a better work..
This was to be my favourite release of But what a dissapointment! A lot of tracks are sourced from vinyl, when proper masters are known to exist. This is a shame for Shakatak's sound and a joke to us fans. We deserve far better than such an unfinished product!
Stay away from this one See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Verified Purchase. Whenever I mention the Shakatak name to people, they always grimace.
I think their early music is some of the best of it's type and I am not ashamed to say that I like them very much. This set contains all their hits in 12 inch format and contains some classics - like; Feels Like the Right Time, Living in the UK, Brazilian Dawn, and their first hit and funkiest track, Steppin'. I have enjoyed listening to this group since the beginning of the 80's and will probably never hear great music like this again.
Report abuse. If anyone is aware of Candido who are legends of jazz-funk,I saw a YouTube clip of Shakatak performing a stage set and on stage was a set of Candido Congars iconic to the Candido identity,I possess a double album of Candido classic twelve inch masterclass in jazz-funk collection.
I then considered could Shakatak live with Candido I have since with both Shakatak's 12 Inch and More 12 Inch Mixes albums compiled four album track playlists combining Candido and Shakatak including some Shalamar and Imagination's Bodytalk seamlessly together.
Music crafted from true musicians has a purity that manufactured mechanised music from machines will never match. Invitations Shakatak. Afterglow Shakatak. Remix Best Album Shakatak. Sort by:. Customer Review Release Date Bestselling. Sample this song. Title Artist.Shakatak — английская группа, исполняющая музыку в стиле джаз-фанк и близких музыкальных направлениях. Была основана в году. Неоднократно попадала в британские чарты, причём два её сингла — «Night Birds» () и «Down on the Street.