JOE CLAUSSELL Music: A Reason To Celebrate (BBE/Urban Theory) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Many might think this is another mix CD of soulful house by influential New Yorker Joe Claussell. On closer examination, though, the two-disc set turns out to be an unmixed compilation of the music that moves him -- everything from classic disco to soul, Afrobeat, Latin jazz, funk, pop and R&B. Interesting that there's so little here that would be considered house, although some of these tracks were club anthems during their time. Spiritual funk at its best, essential listening for anyone looking to place current club trends in a larger historical context.