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2 Aug 2017

Minnesoda “Minnesoda” 1972 US Jazz Funk Rock



Minnesoda “Minnesoda” 1972 US Jazz Funk Rock
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Minnesoda did an obscure but fairly interesting self-titled jazz-rock album for Capitol in 1972, produced by Bob Johnston (famous for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, and numerous others). The record was in limited respects like the first recordings of Chicago and, more distantly, Blood, Sweat & Tears in its jazz-rock-with-vocals format. Minnesoda, however, had a substantially greater funk flavor, and a speedier, more aggressive edge to their material, though they didn't have the pop-friendly melodies of the more renowned bands. Half of Minnesoda's eight members were on horns, with tenor saxophonist Dave Gustafson playing flute as well, adding to the rock band-as-big-band feel.

A couple of the musicians in Minnesoda had performed with name acts prior to the album. Trombonist Don Lehnhoff had played with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Much more unexpectedly, trumpeter Eddie Shaw had in the 1960s been the bassist for the Monks, the 1960s band of ex-GIs who recorded an album of ludicrously minimalist, furious pre-punk in Germany in the mid-1960s -- a record that was unknown by 1972, but which by the 1990s had an avid cult following.

Minnesoda were at first called Copperhead, but without the band's knowledge, they were renamed Minnesoda (in a nod to their Minnesota origins) for the Capitol album. (They were no relation to another band called Copperhead, including ex-Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina, that also recorded in the early 1970s.) Johnston recorded a second album with the band that went a little further into jazz, and further away from any rough similarities with Chicago, although they were still present. But Johnston was unable to get the album released, and Minnesoda remained their only issued LP.....by Richie Unterberger...............

Quite an interesting jazz-rock album of the same name, formerly known as "Copperhead", but renamed "Minnesoda" (after their origin from Minnesota) in order to avoid confusion with the team of John Cipollina. The album was produced by Bob Johnston, known for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel and many other performers. Good-quality jazz-rock in the spirit of "Chicago" and "Blood, Sweat & Tears", only less hit. The trombonist Don Lehnhoff previously played with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and the trumpet player Ed Shaw in the '60s, oddly enough, was a bass player in The Monks. The second album of the band was recorded, but for some reason it never came out.......


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A1 Let's Get It On
A2 Smokin' Bitch
A3 Misery Isn`t Free
A4 Shop Talk
B1 When's My Season
B2 Flex
B3 Child`s Play
B4 Partly
B5 Maggie

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