The Jack Moves – 10 All Time Favs

»This will make me cry at least once a year. Not just saying that cause Tony Soprano cried to it.« Die Jack Moves verbinden in ihrer Musik Blue-Eyed-Soul mit staubigem Hip-Hop-Verständnis – das sind die Platten, die sie beeinflusst haben.

Groß sind die Gefühle, größer die zitierten Vorbilder. The Jack Moves empfinden im Stile ihrer Idole Emotionen altmodischer Leinwand-Romantik nach. Damit stehen sie ganz in der Tradition von Retro-Soul, der sich strikt an den Vorbildern der großen Jahrzehnte des Genres orientiert, den Sechzigern und Siebzigern. Zee Desmondes und Teddy Powell Jr. aka The Jack Moves entstammen einer Generation, die die Ausläufer dieser Ära von Kindesalter an mit sich tragen.

Was als Spaßprojekt aus nerdigen Diskussionen über die Plattensammlungen der Eltern begann, fruchtete durch Jam-Sessions in der Garage von Zees Mutter. 2010 entstand daraus in Eigenregie eine 7-inch, die sie auf Fahrrädern an Plattenläden in New York verteilten. Das Echo war groß genug und brachte schließlich die Retro-Connaisseure der Waxpoetics auf den Plan. In einem kleinen Apartment, das sowohl dem Rückzug als auch dem kreativen Schaffen diente, entstand das selbstbetitelte Debütalbum Anlass genug der musikalischen Sozialisation des Duos auf den Grund zu gehen.

»We both love the same music. We’re brothers, so we can fight and love each other without it being a big thing. The message of love and positivity is universal.«

1 – »Those Sexy Moments« by The Moments, Stang, 1974

»This was the first sweet soul record to take over my brain. Something about the atmosphere and vibes on this record just struck a chord with my soul. Harry Ray’s voice is devastating on all these tracks. This record sparked what would be a long time infatuation with All Platinum Records and the New Jersey soul sound.«

2 – »Introducing The Whatnauts« by The Whatnauts, Stang, 1971

»When I got my hands on this record I was pretty ecstatic. I knew of the record and some of the tracks but when I got to hear the vinyl version, it was on! I’m one of those types that will listen to something a hundred times if I like it. This record was one of those records. The production was so heavy and funky even though you could tell it was low budget recording. The mixes are crazy, the songwriting gets pretty peculiar at times, but that’s what I love about it… It always seemed to me like punk rock sweet soul.«

3 – »Cowboy To Girls« by The Intruders, Gamble, 1968

»Little Sonny’s voice is one of my all time favorites. I once was told by Paul Kyser that Little Sonny’s voice wasn’t always in pitch and really didn’t have to be just because the sound of it was so good. I completely agree. It sounds like a soulful machine gun ripping across the spectrum. So when you put him on top of the greatest rhythm section and the greatest songwriters, Gamble & Huff, you got yourself a masterpiece.«

4 – »Poor Man Style« by Barrington Levy, Clocktower, 1982
find it at on LP

»A more recent acquisition of mine, this record like some of my favorite Jersey soul records, has this rough, rugged, unorthodox sound. The bass is heavy and the drums are bombastic. I’ve always loved Barrington’s voice. This rhythm section is on point. The records got a lot of attitude.«

5 – »The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan« by Bob Dylan, Columbia, 1963
find it at on Double LP, LP, LP (EU Reissue) and Freewheelin’ Outtakes

»This was the first Dylan record I stumbled upon but not my first time listening to him. I’d already been a big Dylan fan, but this record is his first home run, and he knocks it out the park with this one. The dude was 19 years old writing like an old master poet. I was wandering a bit aimlessly through life at 20 years old and Dylan’s whole thing was a like a beacon in the fog.«

1 – »Round 2« by The Stylistics, Avco, 1972

»This is one of my favorite LPs of all time. Every song on here is great. It has one of the best rhythm sections of all time on it and then you have Russell Thompkins, Jr. singing on it with one of the best falsettos I’ve ever heard. Also the song writing on this album by Linda Creed and Thom Bell is amazing.«

2 – »Live!« by Blue Magic / Major Harris / Margie Joseph, WMOT, 1976

»This album means a lot to me because my dad promoted this show. It was recorded at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Blue Magic lead by Ted Mills is one of my favorite groups and the band that night was incredible. Fat Larry did his thing on the drums!«

3 – »My Thing« by The Moments, Stang, 1972

»Everything about this album is great from the cover to the weird sounding songs at the end of side two. Ray, Goodman & Brown are one of the best to ever do it. I love the sound of the somewhat cheap sounding production of this album. Stang always had a low budget sound to their records but what made it great was their artists like The Moments and their studio musicians such as Yogi Horton who could of recorded songs in the worst studios in the world and still made hits.«

4 – »A Letter To Myself« by The Chi-Lites, Brunswick, 1973

»The song ‘A Letter To Myself’ will make me cry at least once a year. Not just saying that cause Tony Soprano cried to ‘Oh Girl’. There’s something in The Chi-Lites music that will bring that out of you. This album is good the whole way thru, I even like that weird funny sounding country song on it. ‘Just Two Teenage Kids (Still In Love)’ is one of my favorite songs of all time also.«

5 – »The Main Ingredient« by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Elektra, 1994
find it at on Double LP

»The beats on this album are all great to me. Pete Rock’s best work ever. C.L. Smooth is one of the coolest smoothest rappers to ever do it. I must of listened to this record a million times and I would make pause tape beats with all of the interlude beats.«