19 Jul Karma – 1976 – Celebration

Karma – 1976 – Celebration

Karma sounding like a cross between Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders and was an interesting but underexposed 1970s soul/funk band that sometimes detoured into jazz fusion and quiet storm. Karma, formed in Los Angeles in 1974, wasn’t a full-time project for its members, who included saxophonist Ernie Watts, trombonist George Bohanon, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, keyboardist Reggie Andrews, bassist Curtis Robertson, Jr., and drummer Joe Blocker.

Many of Karma’s members, who shared vocal duties, had been keeping busy on the L.A. studio scene and had solid credentials in both R&B and jazz. Karma recorded two albums for Horizon/A&M, 1976’s Celebration and 1977’s For Everybody, before calling it quits in 1977.

Tracks
A1 Funk de mambo 4:30
A2 So True (Life Should Be) 5:35
A3 Kwanzaa 5:40
A4 Well 5:12
B1 Karma 3:28
B2 Suite Syreet
           a)Piano Intro 0:55
b) The Beauty 3:05
c) The Creativity 2:35
d) A Leo 5:05
B3 Amani 9:27

By Alex Henderson

 Karma members were not only among the unsung heroes of 1970s soul and funk; they were also capable of playing solid jazz-fusion. With such talent on board as saxman Ernie Watts, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, and trombonist George Bohanon, the L.A.-based outfit should have hit it big with Celebration, their first of two albums. But the LP, which was recorded in 1974 and 1976, failed to take off commercially. That may stem from the fact that while Celebration is a fine album, it lacked the powerhouse single necessary for the band to grab the attention of soul radio.

Essentially, this is a collection of great album tracks, which range from the Earth, Wind & Fire inflected funk song “Karma” to the bluesy “Well” and the uplifting Brazilian jazz-pop number “Kwanzaa“. Karma’s members really put their jazz chops to work on the 20-minute “Suite Syreeta“, which gives the horn players plenty of room to stretch out. Regrettably, Celebration and its successor, For Everybody, have long been out of print, and it’s unlikely that they’ll ever be reissued on CD. So, if you come across either LP somewhere, grab it immediately.


Bonus

Karma – 1977 – For Everybody

With their second album, For Everybody, Karma added new member, vocalist Michael Greene, without altering their sound; the L.A. outfit still resembled a cross between Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders. This time, however, Karma offered several gems that might have been hits if they had been released as singles and promoted aggressively.

Such gems include sweaty funk songs like “For Everybody (Feel the Whooga)“, “Now That’s Bionic” and “Spotty Funk“. However, this release also has its share of strong album tracks that didn’t have much black radio appeal, including the ethereal “All Love Needs” and the jazz-funk instrumental “Abundance“. This LP deserved to do well commercially, but unfortunately, it didn’t sell and was Karma’s final album.

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18 Comments
  • Novak
    Posted at 19:14h, 20 July 2018 Reply

    I could listen to it all day.

  • Francis
    Posted at 23:42h, 20 July 2018 Reply

    What a beautiful number.

  • Marua
    Posted at 23:52h, 20 July 2018 Reply

    SMOOTHE~~~❤

  • Ignacio
    Posted at 10:55h, 21 July 2018 Reply

    Perfect!!!

  • Sara
    Posted at 11:10h, 21 July 2018 Reply

    great great ♫

  • King George
    Posted at 18:34h, 21 July 2018 Reply

    Sublime record

  • John P
    Posted at 00:06h, 22 July 2018 Reply

    Back when putting out an album was a collection of art ad not a collection of vulgarity and foolishness

  • Erica
    Posted at 11:07h, 22 July 2018 Reply

    Very underrated talented group

  • Bods
    Posted at 12:48h, 23 July 2018 Reply

    You always make the difference! Great one!

  • Amber
    Posted at 22:10h, 23 July 2018 Reply

    Impressed… Thanks again

  • Garland
    Posted at 08:35h, 24 July 2018 Reply

    another great gem from the past unknown to me – as good as it gets – wow!!!!

  • The Farmer
    Posted at 19:53h, 24 July 2018 Reply

    Pure greatness

  • Storm
    Posted at 22:55h, 24 July 2018 Reply

    Awesome. Better than anything from nowadays.

  • Sister Rose
    Posted at 09:43h, 25 July 2018 Reply

    Highly Underrated.

  • Phil
    Posted at 12:44h, 25 July 2018 Reply

    I never get tired of such songs

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:46h, 25 July 2018 Reply

    Great album great band

  • Michael Crews
    Posted at 23:15h, 25 July 2018 Reply

    Thanks for the beautiful album and keeping soul music alive.

  • Mátyás
    Posted at 09:52h, 26 July 2018 Reply

    This sound is really very pure … i love

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