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- Jungle Music by Walter Gibbons
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Walter Gibbon's is a name i don't think I've ever heard before which comes as a surprise considering his output and his contributions toward the evolution of modern dance music...I'm all embarrassed now. It's funny how much of this stuff can pass you by. In the press release he is described as 'one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history'. He was out there on the starting line mixing up two identical records Kool Herc style way back in '75. Famous for his pioneering reel-to-reel edits and mad production skills, Gibbon's is responsible for a bunch of sweet extented disco cuts that would eventually form the basis of house music and bridge the gap between disco and hip-hop. On 'Jungle Music' (the name given by his peers for this new kind of music) we are treated to nine super extended mixes including takes on Gladys Knight's 'It's A better Than Good Time', Sandy Mercer's 'You Are My Love' and Arthur Russell's 'Calling All Kids'. Everything on here sounds totally boss. Gibbon's knows how to throw a few abstract shapes into the blender and mix things up proper and for that alone he should be rewarded. Being a fan of Chicago DJ pioneers like Ron hardy and Frankie Knuckles I'm surprised I've never heard any of this stuff. Anyway, a must have collection worth further investigation.
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