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Rare spiritual jazz on Mainstream Records compilation

We Want Sounds will release Feeling Good: Funk, Soul & Deep Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad in November

We Want Sounds has a new release coming up: a compilation of rare spiritual jazz and funk culled from Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records label. Shad produced more than 800 records in his 40 year career, working at numerous labels such as his own EmArcy, Brent, Shad and Time Records, as well as Decca and Mercury. Musicians he worked with include Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach, Oscar Peterson and Cannonball Adderley, alongside such composers as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis, not forgetting the likes of Lou Reed and Janis Joplin. He set up Mainstream Records in 1967 and then a few years later Mainstream Red Lion, which ran through the 1970s and featured artists like Buddy Terry and Hadley Caliman. Shad recorded until 1978 when at 58 he decided to close down his label and move into film production in Los Angeles.

This compilation was compiled with his grandchildren Mia and Judd Apatow ­– that’s Judd Apatow, the film maker responsible for such blockbusters as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Judd also wrote the sleevenotes with record collector Matt Robin. The release date is scheduled for 18 November; the tracklist, meanwhile features Blue Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan, Alice Clark, Carmen McRae and others. More information is available via We Want Sounds.