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Classic Album Review: Jazz Pharmacy | Amnesia

By any definition, the Montreal foursome's album is one smoking, funky disc.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


I’ve never thought of George Clinton, Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix and The Red Hot Chili Peppers as jazz artists.

So it’s hard to see how a band that leans so heavily on their influences — funky Montreal foursome Jazz Pharmacy — can use the j-word in their name. But who am I to start defining what is or isn’t jazz? And by any definition, Amnesia is one smoking disc, with a dozen intoxicating doses of funkadelic majesty — Mothership Connection grooves, freaky-flowing beats, squealing guitar solos, psychedelic visions, soul-powered vocals, electronic weirdness and tunes that always get up for the downstroke.