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After three albums of Pharoah Sanders–influenced spiritual jazz, Mtume used Kiss This World Goodbye to embrace the thick and juicy R&B sound that would bring the group mass appeal. Though the effect of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic is strongly felt on “Just Funnin’,” “Funky Constellation,” “Kiss the World Goodbye,” and “Metal Flake Mind”—all four superlative tracks—James Mtume and company were reaching for new styles and sounds in R&B. “The Closer I Get to You” boasts the taut and propulsive architecture of late-'70s dance funk, but the group found their true voice in the tantalizingly slow, nearly forlorn balladry of “Closer to the End.” Using the patience and restraint they'd learned playing jazz, the musicians were able to create ballads that were as cavernous and impactful as they were spare. There's so much intoxicating humidity in “This Is Your World” that you can practically watch the steam rising off the song. At the end of the '70s, the entire field of R&B was searching for a new identity; Kiss This World Goodbye was one of the albums that pointed the way forward.

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What a wonderful suprirse! This album is a classic, and is a must for any Mtume fan. If you liked their later albums, you'll love this. Thumbs up to iTunes for finally getting this into their catalog. No more waiting for the occasional foreign limited editions! Thank you.

Closer to the End

My favorite song by Mtume is Closer to the End. I love when songs - old or new - use street slang when the female lead sings the line, "So come on, come on, come on, come on baby, let's get with the real." I love it. The best I'll recommend this song to anyone.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s

A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. He even recorded as a bandleader for Strata-East before turning...
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