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Dazz Band - Joystick (1983) Retail CD
From Cleveland to Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio was famous for its funk bands in the 1970s. One of the many Ohio funk outfits that emerged during the decade was Cleveland's Dazz Band, which was originally known as Kinsman Dazz. Like so many Midwestern funksters, the Dazz Band had a killer horn section. But in 1983, horn bands were quickly going out of fashion and a new style of electro-funk was taking over — one that favored keyboards and drum machines over horns and showed an awareness of hip-hop production techniques. The popularity of electro-funk put a lot of 1970s bands out of businessmore…, but the Dazz Band managed to hang in there and change with the times. On 1983's Joystick, the Dazz Band is a lot more high-tech than it was in the late '70s, but is still quite gritty. Tracks like "Straight Out of School," "Rock With Me," and the hit single "Swoop (I'm Yours)" find the Dazz Band meeting the demands of the electro-funk market with pleasing results — anyone digging Prince, Midnight Star, and the System in 1983 could easily get into the Dazz Band as well. While other horn bands had a hard time going high-tech, the Dazz Band pulled it off. Joystick isn't the Dazz Band's most essential album, and it doesn't contain the group's biggest hit, "Let It Whip." But it's a solid, respectable effort from an outfit that, in 1983, was making a valiant effort to avoid sounding dated.
- Dazz Band - Joystick (1983) Retail CD
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