Don”t Blame It On Love – Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done

This don’t Blame It On Love – Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done needs additional citations for verification. Shakatak performing at Knebworth Park as part of the Capital Radio Jazz Festival, 1982.

Shakatak are an English jazz-funk band, founded in 1980. Drivin’ Hard, the band’s singles and albums have entered the charts regularly. It was the release of “Easier Said Than Done” that gave the band the radio exposure needed for their first top-twenty hit. This record introduced their instrumental-unison vocal sound to a much wider audience, and the track stayed in the UK Singles Chart for seventeen weeks. 1982 and 1983, resulting in several more chart hits, and paving the way for the next major breakthrough in the band’s career. In 1988, Shakatak were commissioned to write the official song for the 1988 Kenwood Cup yacht race entitled Racing with the Wind which was used in Japanese Kenwood advertisements and was released on an album called Da Makani exclusively released in Japan. However, following this success the band felt it was time that they re-directed their efforts back to singles and an album for release to the rest of the world.

Sister Cool” from their next LP, Manic and Cool. In the 1990s, the band had success in the US when they had two albums that went to No 1 in the contemporary jazz charts and were also awarded the Japanese Grammy for best international instrumental album six years running. Shakatak continue to appear regularly throughout the world with recent festival performances at Jakjazz, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, Bangkok, Hua Hin and the Bratislava Jazz Day. They make annual appearances at the Billboard Clubs in Japan, and the Pizza Express Jazz Room in London, plus numerous other concert and club performances.

The band celebrated their thirtieth anniversary year in 2010. Bassist George Anderson released his second solo album, Expressions, on 3 September 2012 through Secret Records. Coming three years after his first album Positivity, this album again had Anderson writing, arranging and producing all of the tracks. Keyboardist Bill Sharpe worked with American jazz pianist Don Grusin on a joint project called Geography released in 2007.

Sharpe’s second collaboration with Grusin, Trans Atlantica, was released on 3 September 2012. It was also issued through Secret Records, and included Geography as a special 2-CD package. Jimpster: “Odell combines Down Tempo and sorta-Junglist rhythms with flutes and jazzy atmospheres in the same way his father’s band combined post-disco beats with flutes and jazzy atmospheres. Archived 7 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.