Hi Hayden - yes, it was definitely the voice-leading I was liking in this. This is jazz-funk rather than the purer beast of funk itself, which tends to be more stripped back and ‘raw’ - and, dare I say it, simpler (think James Brown, Parliament, Prince even) - with more of an emphasis on rhythm, bass and the ‘one’. Jazz-funk is a very broad genre though. The main names in jazz-funk (apart from Herbie of course ) are Lonnie Liston Smith and the mighty Roy Ayers, as well as the Crusaders and their various members. These days bands like Down to the Bone and the awesome Incognito fly the jazz-funk flag. I like both funk and jazz-funk, and could happily post away here for a long time about them both! I take my inspirations from both.
Shared playlists are a great idea! I ditched Spotify last year though in favour of Amazon music (Spotify were a bit useless on android before I jumped ship to ios), but I guess I could grab a free account to join in - if I could handle all the ads!