Killer Soul/Jazz-Funk LP was recorded in 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rare Groove favorites such as “Losing You,” “Don’t You Think It’s Time,” and “Love Nevermore” appear on the Cult album.

They take their name from their tutor, Bill Courtial, a well-known session guitarist. Pete ‘Coke’ Escovedo is said to be a co-founder. They had previously collaborated as members of Santana’s spin-off band Azteca, a Latin jazz fusion ensemble, most famously on 1973’s “Pyramid of the Moon LP.”

They were introduced to vocalist Errol Knowles, who has a charming albeit restricted vocal style, during these recordings. Courtial’s core consists of the three of them. Meanwhile, the rest of the Courtial was coming together in San Francisco.

The collected ensemble was granted an alternate location at a local club, Butterfields, after their original performance in a play was canceled on premiere night. This was going to be a big break for them since the club manager was acquainted with Bill Courtial, and it had been revealed that Bill wanted to create a band.

The album was released by Pipeline, a tiny label from Woodside, California, in 1976.

Steve Whiting, Whiting & Co. Entertainment A special thanks to Bill Courtial and Susan Courtial.

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