Monday, 30 November 2009

Laboratorium "Modern Pentathlon"


"Modern Pentathlon"
( LP Polskie Nagrania - Muza , Poland, 1976 )
Catalog # SX 1418

A Pieciobój Nowoczesny 19:55
Aa Przebieg Niekontrolowany
Ab Mur 1234
Ac Kravhana
Ad Coyola
Ae Taniec "Bialego Karla"
B1 - Funki Dla Franki 4:43
Written By - Janusz Grzywacz
B2 - Szalony Baca 6:00
- Written By - Janusz Grzywacz , Marek Stryszowski
B3 - ABZ 4:50
Written By - Janusz Grzywacz
B4 - Grzymaszka 2:20
Written By - Janusz Grzywacz

Personnel & Credits:
Janusz Grzywacz - leader, p, Fender p, Roland 2000 Synth.
Marek Stryszowski - vocal, alto sxophone, bass clarinet
Krzysztof Scieranski - bass guitar
Pawel Scieranski - electric and acoustic guitars
Mieczyslaw Gorka - drums, percussion

Recorded in Warsaw, July 1976
Polish Jazz vol.49

Rare jazz from the Polish scene of the 70s, one of the unsung hotbeds of modern rock jazz in the 20th Century. One of the most influential jazz-rock albums ever made behind the Iron Curtain. In spirit of Weather Report...just better

By Celo

Marius Cultier "Ouelele Souskai"

Marius Cultier

"Ouelele Souskai"
( LP Fiesta Records, France, 1975 )
Catalog # 360 066

A1 - Ouelele
A2 - Missie Sirop
A3 - Diamant
A4 - Laini
B1 - Souskai
B2 - Ni Tellement Longtemps (Eh Oui Doudou)
B3 - Gade Boudin Madam'
B4 - Mazouk Souvenir

Great & rare Lp with many good tacks in total and 2 killer tracks "Oulele" and "Diamant " on French Fiesta 1975 label (ref:360.066.) . Superb lp jazz antilles- west indies with the genius of Marius Cultier in piano ...
This LP is an official white-label testpressing in a plain white sleeve. Artistname, catalog# and releasedate are stamped or written on label. Catalog# is pressed also in run-outgrooves of the LP. No albumtitle or tracklisting.

By Celo

Nucleus "We'll Talk About It Later"


" We'll Talk About It Later"
( LP Vertigo Records, 1970 )
Catalog # 6360027

1. Song For The Bearded Lady (7:25)
2. Sun Child (5:19)
3. Lullaby For A Lonely Child (4:21)
4. We'll Talk About It Later (6:19)
5. Oasis (9:49)
6. Ballad of Joe Pimp (3:48)
7. Easter 1916 (8:47)

Personnel & Credits:
Ian Carr - trumpet, flugelhorn
Karl Jenkins - electric piano, oboe, piano, baritone saxophone
Brian Smith - tenor & soprano saxes, flute
Chris Spedding - guitars
Jeff Clyne - bass, electric bass
John Marshall - drums, percussion

Although Nucleus made an acclaimed performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970, the U.K. proto-fusionists never became particularly popular in the States, with much of their recorded output only available as import releases. In fact, in certain quarters Nucleus is known primarily as a source of musicians who joined the latter-day Soft Machine, itself a group that never moved too far beyond cult status. Composer/keyboardist/reedman Karl Jenkins, drummer John Marshall, bassist Roy Babbington, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth all played with Nucleus at one time or another, and all had moved over to the Soft Machine lineup by the time the Softs (with Mike Ratledge the only original remaining member of the band) issued Bundles in 1975. Nucleus' second album, 1970's We'll Talk About It Later, might be of particular interest to fans of Bundles-era Soft Machine given the presence of "Song for the Bearded Lady," a Jenkins composition that later appeared in altered form on Bundles as "Hazard Profile," a vehicle for one of Holdsworth's most stunningly fleet-fingered solos on record. "Song for the Bearded Lady" kicks off We'll Talk About It Later with a fanfare and funky unison and counterpoint riffing that segue into a spacious groove and Ian Carr trumpet solo echoing the influence of electric Miles from the same time period. Chris Spedding was the band's guitarist here, and one shouldn't expect Holdsworth-style pyrotechnics from him; Spedding was a blues-rocker more than a jazzer and generally took a back seat to the soloing skills of Carr, Jenkins, and New Zealand saxophonist Brian Smith (whose duet with drummer Marshall at the conclusion of "Easter 1916" -- inspired by the Yeats poem about the Irish nationalist uprising in Dublin -- approaches the wildness of some of the era's most incendiary free jazz).

The band is at its best when firing on all cylinders (the title track, for example), but the album's mood changes are for the most part effective; "Lullaby for a Lonely Child" is a lovely down-tempo ballad (who would've guessed from that title?) with an understated horn/sax line from Carr and Smith and atmospheric bouzouki from Spedding imparting a Mediterranean flavor. New millennial listeners might wish for a time machine to go back and tell this band to lose the occasional vocals, however. The uncredited singing in "Ballad of Joe Pimp" might seem laughably polite during the age of gangsta rap; this Joe Pimp sounds about as streetwise as Gilbert O'Sullivan of "Alone Again (Naturally)" fame. Still, the song seems prescient -- its tempo and instrumentation are akin to Pink Floyd's "Money," which appeared on the scene several years later. Given Carr's long trumpet and flügelhorn lines, Jenkins' probing oboe and funk-filled electric keyboards, Spedding's rockish wah-wah guitar, Smith's freewheeling sax work, and the powerful rhythmic foundation of drummer Marshall and bassist Jeff Clyne, this version of Nucleus should appeal to any fan of late-'60s/early-'70s fusion -- either the Soft Machine-esque Brit variety or the stateside explorations of the Miles Davis school. But We'll Talk About It Later shouldn't be viewed merely through the prism of other artists; Nucleus was an original band that deserves considerably more attention than it got for pioneering a form of jazz-rock that has, for the most part, aged quite well, and We'll Talk About It Later is a noteworthy release from a strong Nucleus incarnation. [In 1995, BGO Records re-released We'll Talk About It Later in a two-CD package that also included Nucleus' first album, Elastic Rock.]
By Dave Lynch (AMG)

By Celo

Jay Jay Johnson "The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume Two"

Jay Jay Johnson

( Blue Note Records, 2001 )

Personnel (#1-6) :
J.J. Johnson - Trombone
Wynton Kelly - Piano
Charles Mingus - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums
Sabu Martinez - Congas

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on
September 24, 1954

Personnel (#7-15) :
J.J. Johnson - Trombone
Hank Mobley - Tenor Sax
Horace Silver - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on
June 6, 1955

Tracklisting :
01 Too Marvelous for Words
02 Jay
03 Old Devil Moon
04 It's You or No One
05 Time After Time
06 Coffee Pot
07 Pennies from Heaven
08 Viscosity
09 You're Mine, You
10 "Daylie" Double
11 Groovin'
12 Portrait of Jennie
13 Pennies from Heaven [alternate take]
14 Viscosity [alternate take]
15 "Daylie" Double [alternate take]

Notes :
The original 12'' LP issue of tracks #1-4 & 6 was Blue Note BLP 1505;
The original 12'' LP issue of tracks #5, 7 & 8 was Blue Note BLP 1506;
Tracks #1-6 originally issued on 10'' LP 5057;
Tracks #7-12 originally issued on 10'' LP 5070.

Review :
J.J. Johnson's Blue Note sides from the first half of the '50s represent some of the best bop of the day. And for listeners interested in just picking up one of the trombonist's early dates, this second installment of his Eminent J.J. Johnson series is the one to get. Including fewer alternate takes and more material than Vol. 1, this 15-track set features such stellar Johnson originals as "Coffee Pot" and "Daylie Double," as well as solid covers like "Old Devil Moon" and "Time After Time." Topped off with excellent contributions by the likes of Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, and Charles Mingus, Eminent J.J. Johnson, Vol. 2 is a bop classic.
By Stephen Cook [AMG]

By Rob

Info: ''200 Tracks From The Super Seventies''

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: 200 Tracks From The Super Seventies
Year Of Release: 2008

Genre: Pop / Rock / Disco / Soul / R&B / Country
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: ~180 kbps VBR
Total Time: 11:44:09
Total Size: 965 Mb

CD 1:

01. The Trammps - Disco Inferno (3:37)
02. Ike & Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits (2:56)
03. The Supremes - Stoned Love (4:20)
04. John Travolta - Greased Lightnin' (3:05)
05. The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love (3:24)
06. Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden (2:51)
07. Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night (3:39)
08. E.L.O. - Sweet Talking Man (2:06)
09. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone (7:11)
10. Billie Jo Spears - Blanket On The Ground (3:28)
11. Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy (4:26)
12. Humble Pie - Heartbeat (2:32)
13. KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight (4:46)
14. Santana - Jingo (9:52)
15. The Marmalade - Rainbow (3:12)
16. Middle Of The Road - Sacremento (3:02)
17. Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy (2:52)
18. Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes - Get Dancin' (3:48)
19. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man (2:53)
20. The Brotherhood Of Man - My Sweet Rosalie, Oh Boy (3:03)

CD 2:

01. Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime (3:28)
02. Middle Of The Road - Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep (2:32)
03. Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You (3:09)
04. The Three Degrees - Giving Up, Giving In (3:54)
05. The Rubettes - Jukebox Jive (2:56)
06. A Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie (5:27)
07. The New Seekers - Beg, Steal Or Borrow (2:45)
08. Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (The First Time) (4:39)
09. Heatwave - Boogie Nights (3:38)
10. Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames - Rosetta (2:50)
11. The Supremes - Nathan Jones (1:46)
12. The Tymes - You Little Trustmaker (2:39)
13. E.L.O. - Don't Bring Me Down (4:06)
14. The Spinners - Rubberband Man (3:41)
15. The Four Tops - Keeper Of The Castle (1:53)
16. E.L.O. - Confusion (1:55)
17. Kenny Rogers - Something's Burning (3:54)
18. Barry Blue - Dancin' On A Saturday Night (3:07)
19. Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say (3:19)
20. Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way (4:08)

CD 3:

01. George Mccrae - Rock Your Baby (3:17)
02. Mud - The Cat Crept In (4:09)
03. The Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me (3:00)
04. The New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (2:31)
05. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Blockbuster (3:01)
06. Joe Dolan - You're Such A Good Looking Woman (2:43)
07. E.L.O. - Turn To Stone (2:49)
08. The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New (5:52)
09. Crystal Gayle - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (2:39)
10. Mud - Rocket (4:07)
11. White Plains - When You Are A King (2:51)
12. The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion (4:05)
13. Al Jarreau - Let's Stay Together (3:19)
14. Heatwave - Groove Line (3:55)
15. James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing (2:20)
16. Santana - Soul Sacrifice (4:55)
17. Lobo - Me And You And A Dog Named Boo (3:08)
18. The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me (2:11)
19. The New Seekers - Look What They Have Done To My Song Ma (3:14)
20. Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (3:34)

CD 4:

01. Mud - Oh Boy (2:53)
02. Gloria Gaynor - Reach Out I'll Be There (4:13)
03. Middle Of The Road - Soley Soley (3:16)
04. Jeff Christie - Yellow River (2:33)
05. The Three Degrees - A Woman In Love (5:10)
06. John Travolta - Sandy (2:32)
07. Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump (4:06)
08. Lyndsey De Paul - Sugar Me (New Mix) (4:59)
09. The Brotherhood Of Man - Figaro (2:55)
10. The Real Thing - Can You Feel The Force (4:08)
11. Heatwave - Always And Forever (3:50)
12. The Trammps - Hold Back The Night (3:29)
13. Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood (4:10)
14. E.L.O. - Livin' Thing (3:57)
15. Billie Jo Spears - What I've Got In Mind (2:42)
16. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Ballroom Blitz (3:42)
17. The Three Degrees - Take Good Care Of Yourself (3:31)
18. Andrea True Connection - More More More (3:36)
19. Osibisa - Sunshine Day (4:04)
20. Anita Ward - Ring My Bell (3:33)

CD 5:

01. The Real Thing - Can't Get By Without You (3:33)
02. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Action (3:54)
03. Mungo Jerry - Alright, Alright, Alright (2:46)
04. The Rubettes - I Can Do It (3:10)
05. Mud - Lean On Me (4:54)
06. Middle Of The Road - Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum (3:02)
07. The Four Tops - It's All The Game (2:55)
08. Donovan - Sunshine Superman (4:04)
09. E.L.O. - Telephone Line (4:52)
10. The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl (2:59)
11. Badfinger - Come And Get It (2:13)
12. Marmelade - Falling Apart At The Seams (3:02)
13. The Supremes - Up The Ladder To The Roof (3:21)
14. Greyhound - Black And White (2:30)
15. The Chiffons - Sweet Talkin' Guy (2:17)
16. Joe Tex - Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) (3:28)
17. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (3:01)
18. George Mccrae - I Can't Leave You Alone (3:06)
19. Badfinger - No Matter What (2:56)
20. First Choice - Armed And Extremely Dangerous (2:47)

CD 6:

01. Mud - Tiger Feet (3:44)
02. The Bay City Rollers - I Only Want To Be With You (3:03)
03. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Teenage Rampage (3:34)
04. The Fortunes - Here It Comes Again (3:00)
05. The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again (2:52)
06. The Stylistics - I'm Stone In Love With You (3:14)
07. Blackfoot Sue - Sing, Don't Speak (2:45)
08. Johnny Bristol & Liz Lands - Hang On In There Baby (3:50)
09. Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (2:33)
10. Pilot - Magic (2:58)
11. Johnny Wakelin - In Zaire (3:35)
12. The Bombers - (Everybody) Get Dancin' (3:10)
13. The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Now (4:15)
14. Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away (3:25)
15. Odyssey - Native New Yorker (3:50)
16. Gibson Brothers - Cuba (3:48)
17. Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday (3:10)
18. The Detroit Emeralds - Feel The Need In Me (3:18)
19. Jesse Green - Flip (3:16)
20. B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (2:52)

CD 7:

01. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (3:21)
02. The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything (3:33)
03. Jesse Green - Nice & Slow (5:15)
04. Chicago - 25 Or 6 To 4 (5:02)
05. The Nolans - I'm In The Modd For Dancing (3:10)
06. Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being A Friend (7:05)
07. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her (4:46)
08. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Fox On The Run (3:37)
09. Gloria Gaynor - Never Can Say Goodbye (3:05)
10. Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling (4:00)
11. The Fantastics - Something Old, Something New (2:38)
12. Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors (2:45)
13. Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died (3:21)
14. Glen Campbell - Southern Nights (3:56)
15. White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin' (2:43)
16. Chas & Dave - Gertcha (2:35)
17. The Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding (2:09)
18. Hurrican Smith - Don't Let It Die (2:33)
19. Judge Dread - Je T'aime (2:35)
20. R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me (3:07)

CD 8:

01. Mud - Dynamite (3:01)
02. Tina Charles - I Love To Love (3:06)
03. Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (2:41)
04. First Class - Beach Baby (4:51)
05. Paper Lace - Billie Don't Be A Hero (3:34)
06. Rose Royce - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (5:32)
07. Mungo Jerry - Lady Rose (3:08)
08. Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough (2:47)
09. The New Seekers - Pinball Wizard-See Me, Feel Me (3:05)
10. Chic - I Want Your Love (6:19)
11. The Temptations - Just My Imagination (3:47)
12. Bay City Rollers - Money Honey (3:05)
13. Jigsaw - Sky High (3:01)
14. Badfinger - Day After Day (3:10)
15. Eddie Holman - Hey There, Lonely Girl (3:23)
16. Lobo - I'd Love You To Want Me (4:11)
17. Clarence Carter - Patches (3:23)
18. Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father (2:56)
19. Candi Staton - Nights On Broadway (3:51)
20. Pilot - January (3:27)

CD 9:

01. James Brown - Sex Machine (6:37)
02. The Equals - Baby Come Back (2:30)
03. The Rubettes - Tonight (3:32)
04. Redbone - Witch Queen Of New Orleans (3:30)
05. Melanie - Ruby Tuesday (6:35)
06. Chic - Le Freak (5:16)
07. Judge Dread - Big Six (2:46)
08. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Satisfaction Guarenteed (3:18)
09. Bay City Rollers - Give A Little Love (3:15)
10. Rose Royce - Car Wash (2:52)
11. Mr Big - Romeo (3:25)
12. Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (3:38)
13. Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free (3:41)
14. Freda Payne - Band Of Gold (3:04)
15. Mickey Finn's T-Rex - Get It On (4:11)
16. Michael Zager Band - Let's All Chant (3:03)
17. Viola Wills - Gonna Get Along Without You Now (3:17)
18. Amii Stewart - Light My Fire (3:55)
19. Al Martino - Spanish Eyes (2:30)
20. Jimmy James - I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me (3:21)

CD 10:

01. The Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby (3:28)
02. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (3:16)
03. The Brotherhood Of Man - Angelo (3:03)
04. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now (3:32)
05. The Fortunes - Freedom Come Freedom Go (3:18)
06. Sister Sledge - We Are Family (3:14)
07. Randy Vanwarmer - Just When I Needed You Most (3:34)
08. Syreeta - With You I'm Born Again (2:43)
09. Three Degrees - My Simple Heart (4:40)
10. Tavares - More Than A Woman (2:46)
11. Chicory Tip - Good Grief Christina (2:59)
12. George Mccrae - It's Been So Long (2:33)
13. Rufus Thomas - Do The Funky Chicken (3:24)
14. Blackfoot Sue - Standing In The Road (3:54)
15. Evelyn Thomas - Weak Spot (3:01)
16. Delegation - Where Is The Love (We Used To Know) (5:55)
17. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Hell Raiser (3:37)
18. Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (Short Version) (4:15)
19. Melanie - Brand New Key (3:39)
20. Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star (4:29)

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JD & The Evil's Dynamite Band "Explodes Across The Nation"

JD & The Evil's Dynamite Band

"Explodes Across The Nation"
( LP Soul Fire Records, 2001 )
Catalog # SFLP002

A1 - Kalhari 3:53
A2 - Heavy, Heavy... Heavy 4:19
A3 - Mean Scene 3:50
A4 - Beer, (So Nice) Right On 3:59
A5 - The Evil D's 2:57
A6 - Sunday Kind Of Love 2:52
B1 - Flames Of Darkness 3:55
B2 - Backwards Intentions 4:59
B3 - Everglades Part 1 3:11
B4 - Everglades Part 2 2:58
B5 - My Beach, My Waves, Fuck Off! 3:49

Part of the Soul Fire stable of retro-leaning deep funk artists, JD & the Evil's Dynamite Band specialize in heavy psychedelic funk that evokes the experimentalism of the late '60s and early '70s (but wasn't actually produced in that time period, as Soul Fire claims). Following the non-LP single "Haaa-Sheesh," their debut full-length, Explodes Across the Nation, was released in 2001.
By Steve Huey (AMG)

By Celo

JuJu (Oneness Of JuJu) "A Message From Mozambique"

JuJu (Oneness Of JuJu)

"A Message From Mozambique"
( LP Strata East Records, 1974 )
Catalog # SES 19735

1 - (Struggle) Home - 15:57
2 - Soledad Brothers - 5:09
3 - Freedom Fighter - 3:31
4 - Make Your Own Revolution Now - 11:02
5 - Father Is Back - 2:03
6 - Nairobi/ Chants - 6:45

Personnel & Credits:
Babatunde - Conga, Drums
Plunky Nkabinde - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Shekere
JuJu - Percussion, Vocals
Tony Grayson - Shekere
Lon Moshe - Flute, Piccolo, Vibraphone
Al Hammel Rasul - Shekere

The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion -- plus Babatunde on congas and drums -- and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of Chicago mode - with more "out" soloing overall, mixed with some of the spiritual jazz leanings that would show up more on the group's later work. The album's a fitting record for the Strata East label -- as it shows the imprint's equal ability to carve up heavy avant work and more strident spiritual soul jazz. And if we say so ourselves, Plunky's really a wailer on tenor and soprano -- sounding a lot like Kalaparusha or some of the other AACM players from the time! Titles include "(Struggle) Home", "Soledad Brothers", "Freedom Fighter", and "Nairobi/Chants".
From Dusty Groove America

By Celo

Jayme Marques "Jayme Marques"

Jayme Marques

"Jayme Marques"
( LP RCA Records . 1976 Spain )
Catalog # RCA SPL1-2453

1 - In The Mood (En Forma) 3:22
Arranged By - Jayme Marques
Written By - Glen Miller
2 - Dark Orchid (Orquidea Negra) 4:17
Arranged By - Sammy Nestico
Written By - Sammy Nestico
3 - Boato (Bulo) 2:30
Arranged By - Jayme Marques
Written By - Aroldo - Netinho - C. Geraldo
4 - This Way (De Esa Manera) 4:40
Arranged By - Rafael Ferro
Written By - Sammy Nestico
5 - Balada 6:07
Arranged By - Pedro Iturralde
Written By - Pedro Iturralde
6 - Little Brown Jug (La Jarrita Marron) 3:24
Arranged By - Sammy Nestico
Written By - Sammy Nestico
7 - Summertime (Tiempo De Verano) 3:35
Arranged By - Rafael Ferro
Written By - G. Gershwin
8 - Garota De Ipanema (La Chica De Ipanema) 3:46
Arranged By - Jayme Marques
Written By - Vinicius De Moraes - A.C. Jobim
9 - My Friend Willie (Mi Amigo Willie) 3:58
Arranged By - Sammy Nestico
Written By - Sammy Nestico
10 - U.S. 3:33
Arranged By - Thad Jones
Written By - Thad Jones

Grabado En Los Estudios RCA De Madrid, 1976
Producido Para Esta Edicion En CD: Fresh Sound Records (Barcelona)
1997 BMG Music Spain, S.A.

Jayme Marques was born in Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil on June 12th 1936. After moving to São Paulo at 20, he arrives in Europe and soon to be homeland of Spain where he becomes musical director of La Orquesta Orfeo.
Notable jazz guitarist, composer and singer, Jayme Marques has collaborated with the likes of Augusto Algueró, Pedro Iturralde, Tete Montoliu, Ramon Farran. and Paco de Lucía, with who he fused flamenco with Brazilian music.
He has accompanied in world-wide tours such artists as Jacques Brel and Maysa Matarazzo, as well as sessions with Thad Jones, Lionel Hampton & Pat Metheny. He was largely responsible in introducing Bossa Nova and Samba to Europe.
Marques maintains his residence in Spain and in 1965 he moves to Palma de Mallorca where he he resides for 20 years, collaborating with Serrat, Josefine Baker, Tom Jones and Matt Monro. Creator of La Balerar Big Band, Marques ends his stay on the island directing the spectacular “In Memorian A Duke Ellington”. He then moves to Madrid where he lives at the moment, collaborating with Spanish television TVE.
This rare LP was produced & recorded exclusively for TVE for the Saturday TV program “Directísimo” in 1976. Presenter Jose Maria Iñigo personally requested Jayme Marques perform in the program, for which the musician prepared the tunes that appear on this record.
With great musicians like Rafael Ferro (keyboards), Pedro Iturralde (tenor sax and flute), Tito Duarte (percussion) & Pepe Sanchez (drums), this is an eclectic treat for lovers of jazz funk, big band jazz & bossa!

By Celo

Lyman Woodard Organization "Don't Stop the Groove, Live"

Lyman Woodard Organization

"Don't Stop the Groove, Live"
( LP Corridor Records, 1979 )
Catalog # 1353

1 - Don't stop the groove
2 - Disco tease
3 - Ron's song
4 - Theme in Search of a Sportspectacular
5 - Down lowe
6 - Kimba
7 - Djarum

Personnel & Credits:
Alan Barnes - Sax (Tenor)
Marcus Belgrave - Trumpet
Lorenzo Brown - Percussion, Vocals
Mark Calice - Producer, Engineer, Art Direction, Mixing, Photography
Kerry Campbell - Sax (Soprano)
David Franklin - Art Direction, Photography
Joe Gruszka - Engineer
Ron Jackson - Trumpet
Robert Lowe, Jr. - Guitar, Vocals
Glenn Meadows - Mastering
Lyman Woodard - Organ, Producer

A killer little set from funky organist Lyman Woodard an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the standout stalwarts of the 70s Detroit jazz funk scene! The set features Lyman working in a live setting grooving out over some mighty long tracks that blend jazz and soul together, in a style that's a bit like some of the best work on the Groove Merchant label from the mid 70s. Lyman himself plays organ on the set, and the group's a largeish one with some ensemble vocals on a few cuts, but a mostly instrumental sound overall. And if you're worried about the later date of the set, don't be as Lyman cuts a nice lean groove into the whole set coming up with a soulful sound that's expanded more than a smaller combo record, yet which also isn't too slick or overproduced! Marcus Belgrave plays trumpet on one track.
Recorded live in 1979 at Cobb's Corner in Detroit, Mich. LP contains 5 extended smokers, including the extremely funky and quite jazzy "Disco Tease". All-star Detroit jazz band includes Lyman Woodard on the Hammond B3, Marcus Belgrave, Leonard King, Allan Barnes and on guitar Robert Lowe.

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“The best and most exquisitely laid-out music bimonthly in America.”

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Link is only available here.

By Celo

Betty Wright "Betty Wright Live"

Betty Wright

"Betty Wright Live"

( LP Alston Records, 1978 )
Catalog # 4408

A1 - Lovin' Is Really My Game 5:18
A2 - Tonight Is The Night 8:07
A3 - A Song For You 7:25
B1 - Clean Up Woman 11:37
B1.1 - Medley: Pillow Talk
B1.2 - You Got The Love
B1.3 - Mr. Melody
B1.4 - Midnight At The Oasis
B1.5 - Me And Mrs. Jones
B1.6 - You Are My Sunshine
B1.7 - Let's Get Married Today
B2 - You Can't See For Lookin' 5:54
B3 - Where Is The Love 4:07

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By - Rob Vaughn
Bass - Michael Wilkerson
Drums - Gregory Wilkerson
Electric Piano - Kevin Hendricks
Engineer - Alex Sadkin
Guitar [Lead] - Will Bridgeforth
Percussion, Backing Vocals - Robert Webb Jr
Photography - Mario Algaze
Producer - Howard Albert , Ron Albert
Saxophone [Alto] - Garry Greene
Trumpet - Michael Scott

1978, T.K. Productions
Distributed by T.K. Productions, INC.,495 S.E. 10th Court, Hialeah, Fla. 33010

When Betty Wright Live was first released in 1978, there was some speculation on whether or not it was really a live album or simply a studio recording with canned applause. To be sure, the applause doesn't sound authentic, and the original LP's liner notes listed neither a recording date nor a location. But whether it was recorded on stage or in the studio, this album (reissued on CD in 1992) provides much evidence of Wright's vitality as a singer. Live became best known for its version of "Tonight Is the Night," a moving account of a young woman losing her virginity to her first true love. But the gritty Miami soulster is equally expressive on Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and versions of her hits "Where Is the Love" and "Clean Up Woman" (which is performed as the main song in an 11-minute medley). Even if the title Betty Wright Live is an example of false advertising, this is a recording that fans of gritty, emotionally direct Southern soul would do well to experience.
Alex Henderson (AMG)

By Celo

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cannonball Adderley With Milt Jackson "Things Are Getting Better"

Cannonball Adderley With Milt Jackson

( LP Riverside Records, 1958 )
Catalog # RLP 12-286

Personnel :
Cannonball Adderley - Alto Saxophone
Milt Jackson - Vibraphone
Wynton Kelly - Piano
Percy Heath - Bass
Art Blakey - Drums

NYC, October 28, 1958

Tracklisting :
01 Blues Oriental
02 Things Are Getting Better
03 Serves Me Right [Take 5]
04 Serves Me Right [*]
05 Groovin' High
06 The Sidewalks of New York [Take 5]
07 The Sidewalks of New York [*]
08 Sounds for Sid
09 Just One of Those Things

[*] Bonus tracks Fantasy OJCCD 032-2

** also issued on Riverside RLP 1128; Fantasy OJC 032,
Fantasy OJCCD 032-2.
** part of Milestone M 47001.

Review :
This title provides ample evidence why Cannonball Adderley (alto sax) is considered one of the masters of his craft. Here he joins forces with Modern Jazz Quartet co-founder Milt Jackson (vibes) to create a variety of sonic atmospheres. They are backed by the all-star ensemble of Wynton Kelly (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and the one and only Art Blakey (drums). The moody "Blues Oriental" opens the set with Jackson immediately diving in with his trademark fluid runs and shimmering intonation. Adderley counters with a light and lively line that weaves between the rhythm section. The optimistic "Things Are Getting Better" is a good-natured romp as the co-leads trade and cajole each other into some downright rollicking exchanges. This directly contrasts with the sultry "Serves Me Right," which allows the combo members to demonstrate their collective musical malleability. The interaction between Adderley and Jackson sparkles as they entwine their respective playing with an uncanny singularity of spirit. The cover of Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" contains another spirited performance with some thoroughly engaging improvisation, especially during Adderley's voracious solos. "Sidewalks of New York" bops freely as Jackson unleashes some sublime licks against a hearty and equally boisterous sax. Adderley's "Sounds for Sid" demonstrates his uncanny ability to swing with a strong R&B vibe. With drop-dead timing and profound instrumental chops, this cut is undoubtedly one of the best from Adderley's earliest canon. The album concludes with a jumping reading of Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things." While Wynton Kelly has been uniformly solid, his interjections stand out here as he bridges and undergirds the two as they banter with flair and aplomb. When Things Are Getting Better was issued on CD, two bonus tracks supplemented the original seven-song running order. These consist of alternate takes of "Serves Me Right" and "Sidewalks of New York." In the case of the former, it can be reasonably argued that this outtake might emotively best the version initially chosen as the master. This disc can be recommended without hesitation to all manner of jazz enthusiast, as it quite literally offers something for every taste.
By Lindsay Planer [AMG]

By Rob

Dave Brubeck Quartet "Jazz Goes To College"

Dave Brubeck Quartet

( LP Columbia Records, 1954 )
Catalog # CL 566

Personnel :
Dave Brubeck - Piano
Paul Desmond - Alto Saxophone
Bob Bates - Bass
Joe Dodge - Drums

"Oberlin College", Oberlin, OH, May, 1954 (Track #3)
"University Of Cincinnati", OH, May, 1954 (Track #2)
"University Of Michigan", Ann Arbor, MI, May, 1954 (Tracks #1, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Tracklisting :
01 Balcony Rock (Brubeck, Desmond) 11:55
02 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman) 8:04
03 Le Souk (Brubeck, Desmond) 4:36
04 Take the "A" Train (Strayhorn) 6:11
05 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern) 5:38
06 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Bloom, Koehler) 8:47
07 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans) 6:36

Review :
Dave Brubeck (piano) began his Columbia Records association on a second album of material that his quartet had cut during its spring of 1954 tour of North American college campuses, Paul and Dave's Jazz Interwoven (1954) being the first. Joining Brubeck are Paul Desmond (alto sax), Bob Bates (bass), and Joe Dodge (drums), whose support of Brubeck is uniformly flawless, ultimately producing what many consider as the most memorable music in the artist's cannon. "Balcony Rock" commences the platter from sides documented at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The heavily improvised tune is formed on an eight-bar blues as Desmond steers the combo via his inspired and lyrical leads. The bouncy "Out of Nowhere," comes via a show at the University of Cincinnati and centers on Brubeck's uncanny timing as his passages quickly vacillate between edgy and atonal to decidedly more fluid and melodic. Again, Desmond is nothing short of exemplary as his sax weaves around the rhythm section. "Le Souk" hails from Oberlin College in Ohio and provides Desmond another strong vehicle. His lines tie Bates' prominent propulsions together with Dodge's solid backbeat and Brubeck's similarly aggressive bashing. This takes place behind Brubeck's emphatic and frenetic pounding and garners considerable appreciation by those in attendance. The sturdy bop supporting Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" is given further fuel thanks to the combination of Desmond's straightforward and unfettered blows and Dodge's punchy interjections. "The Song Is You" is a minor masterpiece as Desmond's efforts resonate his exceptional fluidity. In fact, practically the whole track is marked by his cool, limber phrasing, with Brubeck taking the helm only briefly at the end. The refined and stately reading of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" reaches far beyond the blues intimated by the sense of forlorn in Brubeck's contributions, thanks to the simple if not austere arrangement. The converse can be said regarding the striking energy of "I Want to Be Happy" as the band leans in hard with a purpose and finesse that can be eloquently summed up in the final phrase as all four members seemingly draw the song to a dynamic and dramatic conclusion. Indeed the genre gets schooled on Jazz Goes to College, a (dare say) perfect representation of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's pre-Time Out (1959) antics in the preferable concert performance setting.
By Lindsay Planer [AMG]

By Rob

Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass & Inga Rumpf "Hip Walk"

Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass & Inga Rumpf

"Hip Walk"
( LP Polydor Records,1976 )
Catalog # 2371 704

A1 - Hip Walk 5:55
Guitar [Solo] - Eef Albers
Trumpet [Solo] - Palle Mikkelborg
Written-By - Peter Herbolzheimer
A2 - Butterfly 5:26
Saxophone [Soprano, Solo] - Ferdinand Povel
Written-By - Herbie Hancock
A3 - Superstition 5:22
Piano [Fender, Solo] - Rob Franken
Vocals [Solo] - Inga Rumpf
Written-By - Stevie Wonder
A4 - Wheeler's Choice 5:40
Flugelhorn [Solo] - Kenny Wheeler
Written-By - Peter Herbolzheimer
B1 - Stoned Cockattoo 3:23
Trombone [Solo] - Jiggs Whigham
Written-By - Horst Mühlbradt
B2 - Jive Samba 5:30
Guitar [Solo] - Eef Albers
Written-By - Nat Adderley
B3 - Spirit 4:25
Vocals [Solo] - Inga Rumpf
Woodwind [Tenor, Solo] - Ferdinand Povel
Written-By - Al Jarreau
B4 - Nerve Wrecker 4:28
Written-by, Organ [Solo] - Dieter Reith
B5 - Neosho 5:51
Flugelhorn [Solo] - Ack Van Rooyen
Written-By - Peter Herbolzheimer

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By - Peter Herbolzheimer (tracks: A2, A3, B2, B3)
Bass [Fender, Acoustic] - Bo Stief , Lucas Lindholm
Drums - Alex Riel
Engineer [Assistant] - Jürgen Arnold
Engineer [Recording, Remix] - Justus Liebich
Guitar - Eef Albers
Keyboards - Dieter Reith , Horst Mühlbradt , Rob Franken
Organ [Hohner D 6] - Horst Mühlbradt (tracks: A3, B1)
Organ, Synthesizer, Clavinet - Dieter Reith (tracks: B4)
Percussion - Nippy Noya , Wolfgang Schlüter (tracks: A4)
Producer - Justus Liebich , Peter Herbolzheimer
Trombone - Jiggs Whigham (tracks: A2, B1, B2, B4, B5) , Otto Bredl , Peter Herbolzheimer,
Rudi Fuesers, Vincent Nilsson (tracks: A1, A3, A4, B3)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Ack Van Rooyen , Bobby Lanese, Derek Watkins, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Mikkelborg
Woodwind - Ferdinand Povel , Herb Geller (tracks: B5) , James Towsey

Recorded July 1976 DGG Studios Hamburg
GEMA / (P) 1976 Polydor International GmbH

Top european groove jazz funk spinnin' ..... Always in-demand & as good as his previous lps. Incl. "Hip Walk", "Stoned Cockattoo" and great covers of "Butterfly" & "Superstition". With the great and famous Dieter Reith on keyboards !!! TOP Funk LP !!!

By Celo

The Bob Crewe Generation ''Street Talk''

The Bob Crewe Generation

''Street Talk''
( LP Elektra Records, 1976 )
Catalog # 7E-1083

A1 - Cherry Boy 5:25
A2 - Menage A Trois 4:34
A3 - Street Talk 8:44
B1 - Back Alley Boogie 3:28
B2 - Welcome To My Life 3:54
B3 - Free (Medley): I Am ... / Free ... / Keep On Walkin' 4:48
B4 - Ah Men! 5:24
B5 - Time For You And Me 3:55

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Horns] - Bob Crewe , Jon Kip , Trevor Veitch
Arranged By [Rhythm] - Bob Crewe , Trevor Veitch
Arranged By [Strings] - Bob Crewe , Ralph Burns
Directed By , Producer - Bob Crewe
Engineer - Bill MacMeekin

One of the most successful pop/rock producers of the 1960's, Bob Crewe is primarily known for his work with the Four Seasons, many of whose hits he also had a hand in writing. Crewe also got hits with Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder, Freddy Cannon, Lesley Gore and several others. In 1966 he formed the Bob Crewe Generation and had a huge hit with "Music To Watch Girls By." After three albums the Generation layed dormant until 1976 when he reactivated it for the album Street Talk including the the disco hits "Street Talk" and "Menage A Trois."
Both Elektra 12" singles are highly sought-after collector's items. Since then he has had a relatively low profile. Another achievement, and one which many wouldn't suspect to be his work, was co-writing Labelle's monster soul hit, Lady Marmalade.
From Fullundie

By Celo

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Gary Toms Empire "Let's Do It Again"

Gary Toms Empire

"Let's Do It Again"
( LP Mercury Records, 1978 )
Catalog # SRM-1-373

A1 - It's All Up To You
A2 - Welcome To Harlem
A3 - Watch Out For The Lady
A4 - Walk On By
A5 - She's Something Else
B1 - Superfine Lady
B2 - Miami
B3 - Feeling Good Again
B4 - 1-2-3-4
B5 - Gary's Love Theme

Arranged By - Patrick Adams
Producer - Nat Lee

By Celo

Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns Featuring Maceo Parker "Say Blow By Blow Backwards"

Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns Featuring Maceo Parker

"Say Blow By Blow Backwards"
(LP Atlantic Records, 1979)
Catalog # SD 19254

A1 - We Came To Funk Ya 6:55
A2 - Half A Man 9:32
A3 - Say Blow By Blow Backwards 5:10
B1 - Mr. Melody Man 7:04
B2 - Just Like You 6:47
B3 - Circular Motion 5:43

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Horns], Horns - Fred Wesley , Maceo Parker
Backing Vocals - Dawn Silva , Gary Mudbone Cooper , George Clinton , Jeanette McGruder , Jessica Cleaves , Robert "P-Nut" Johnson , Sheila Horne
Bass - Billy Nelson , Bootsy Collins , Cordell Mosson , Donnie Sterling , Rodney Curtis
Drums - Bootsy Collins , Frank Waddy , Gary Mudbone Cooper , Jesse Williams , Tyrone Lampkin
Guitar - Bootsy Collins , Catfish Collins , Garry Shider , Michael Hampton , Rodney Crutcher
Horns - Richard Griffith , Rick Gardner
Keyboards - Bernie Worrell , Fred Wesley , Jerome Rogers , Joel Johnson , Maceo Parker
Producer - William Collins, Fred Wesley , George Clinton

Recorded at United Sound Systems, Detroit, Michigan.
Mastered at Ardent Mastering, Memphis, Tennessee.

A fantastic blend of two funky styles -- that of the James Brown group of the early 70s, and the always mighty P-Funk nation of the late 70s! After Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker came head to head with James Brown in the mid 70s, they broke off and formed the Horny Horns contingent -- a tight funky backing section that's featured on a number of late 70s funk sessions, and which also recorded some extremely nice numbers on their own! This first album has the group working with George Clinton and Bootsy, who was a friend of Fred and Maceo from the old days -- and who could really use the tight playing of some James Brown-trained musicians to smooth out their groove. This album was the group's first -- and it's still their best -- forging a massive new funk sound with the best elements of the old JBs fused through Clinton and Bootsy's P-Funk filter. Includes the monster funk cut "Fourplay" -- a standout classic that features a funky break, hard solos, and all the other elements you'd need to make a great funky instrumental. Other tracks include "Between The Sheets", "Peace Fugue", and a version of "Up For The Down Stroke".
© 1996-2009, Dusty Groove America

By Celo

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CCPP - Ceccarelli, Chantereau, Padovan, Pezin ''CCPP''

CCPP - Ceccarelli, Chantereau, Padovan, Pezin

( LP Flamophone Records, 1975 )
Catalog # 2933 104

A1 - For "J" 6:37
A2 - Death For The Spanish Lion 4:00
A3 - Clavinet Shit 3:48
A4 - Primitive Soul 5:05
B1 - Joris Of Lumina 3:10
B2 - Prancaï 4:30
B3 - Maïe 4:15
B4 - Swing Tatave 4:20

Personnel & Credits:
Bass Guitar - Christian Padovan
Bugle - Antoine Russo
Drums - André Ceccarelli
Guitar - Slim Pezin
Mixed By - J-P Janiaud , Patrick Foulon
Percussion, Piano - Marc Chantereau
Photography - Slim Pezin
Piano - Gojone Daniel
Saxophone - Patrick Bourgoin
Saxophone, Flute - Alain Hatot
Trombone - Christian Guizien , Jacques Bolognesi
Trumpet - Alfred Housepian , Skekat Francis , Antoine Russo

Great french Jazz rock prog funk !!!! Dope jazz rock session with Ceccarelli on drums. Many great tracks like For J, Enjoy the B Boy dancers percussions on Death Of The Spanish Lion & the famous herbie's classic cover Clavinet Shit. Simply one of the best & killer french rare groove jazz Funk LP.
From Groove Collector

By Celo

Donald Byrd ''Thank You... For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)''

Donald Byrd

''Thank You... For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)''
( LP Elektra Records, 1978 )
Catalog # 6E-144

A1 Thank You For Funking Up My Life 4:15
A2 Sunning In Your Loveshine 5:40
A3 Your Love Is My Ecstasy 5:03
A4 Loving You 4:48
B1 Have You Heard The News ? 4:42
B2 In Love With Love 4:48
B3 Cristo Redentor 4:45
B4 Close Your Eyes And Look Within 5:15

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Ed Watkins
Drums - Anthony Cox
Guitar - Melvin "Wah Wah" Watson, Paul Jackson Jr., Rick Littlefield
Piano - Greg Phillinganes
Producer, Trumpet - Donald Byrd

Format:Vinyl, LP
Promo: Sleeve has Electra Asylum "Promotional Copy Not For Sale" sticker. Label is black and white with "For Radio Station Use Only".
Same catalogue number as the regular release.

This album was Byrd's debut for Elektra/Asylum and a return to the charts after the demise of Blue Note Records. After taking a brief hiatus from recording, Byrd got right back in the business of commercial jazz/R&B while the purists again recoiled in horror. During the '70s, he was one of the leaders at making intelligent, R&B-based jazz with high selling albums, Black Byrd and Places And Spaces, both produced by Larry Mizell and Fonce Mizell. Thank You...For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life) has Byrd producing himself, taking disco much too seriously and straying too far from his jazz roots. Although this does feature his 125th Street Orchestra, which included Wah Wah Watson, Ed Watkins, and Gregory Phillinganes, they paled in comparison to his 1972-1975 bands. The disco-fied "In Love With Love" isn't even suited for Byrd's trumpet blaring in the background. The other dance tracks, "Have You Heard the News?" and the title track, almost take a scientific approach to disco, and to that end there's little spontaneity. Byrd did much better with the melodically challenging songs on the album. Tracks like the assured "Your Love Is My Ecstasy" and the sharp, mid-tempo "Loving You" has him animated and playing recondite and rewarding notes. By the album's last song, "Close Your Eyes and Look Within," it's clear that the relative lightweight nature of Thank You...For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life) wasn't going to bring out the best in him or the listener.
By Jason Elias (AMG)

Original post by Celo. (30/07/2007)

By Pier

Friday, 27 November 2009

Donald Byrd ''Dominoes / Wind Parade'' 12''

Donald Byrd

''Dominoes / Wind Parade'' 12''
( 12'' Disco Single, Blue Note, United Artists Records, 1980 )
Catalog # 12-UP 622, 12-UP 622

A Dominoes 7:37
Written-By - H. Jackson, Mbaui, Sigidi
B Wind Parade 6:06
Written-By - L. Mizell

Producer - Larry Mizell & Fonze Mizell

Issued in United Artists company sleeve.
Both tracks were originally released in 1975 on the "Places And Spaces" LP.
Format:Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

By Pier

Donald Byrd ''Thank You For Funking Up My Life'' 12''

Donald Byrd

''Thank You For Funking Up My Life / Loving You'' 12''
( 12'' Disco Single, Elektra Records, 1978 )
Catalog # AS-11400

A Thank You For Funking Up My Life 12''
B Loving You

Producer - Donald Byrd

Special long disco version (7:10)
Format:Vinyl, 12"

By Pier

Billy Hawks "The New Genius Of The Blues"

Billy Hawks

"The New Genius Of The Blues"
( LP Prestige Records, 1966 )
Catalog # PR 7501

A1 - Got My Mojo Working (But It Just Won't Work On You) 2:45
A2 - I'll Wait For You Baby 3:45
A3 - I Got A Woman 3:30
A4 - Why Do Things Happen To Me 4:50
A5 - Let Me Love You Before You Go 2:50
B1 - I Wish You Love 2:30
B2 - Mean Woman Blues 3:45
B3 - I Just Want To Make Love To You 3:30
B4 - Every Time It Rains 2:15
B5 - Hawk's Blues 4:15

Billy Hawks - Organ, Harmonica, Vocals
Boogaloo Joe Jones - Guitar
Cal Lampley - Supervisor
Henry Terrell - Drums

Billy Hawks sings and plays organ, with a groove that’s in between jazz, blues, and deep soul. He’s fronting a trio that includes a young Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones on guitar, and the group plays a few instrumentals with some excellent organ/guitar interchange. Some of the stuff on here’s a bit too bluesy for our taste, but there’s some nice tracks that have a good raw R&B organ groove to them.
From Dusty Groove America

More: Billy Hawks ''Heavy Soul! ( The Best )''

By Celo

Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble "The African Beat"

Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble

"The African Beat"
( LP Blue Note Records, 1962 )
Catalog # BLP 4097, BST 84097

A1 - Ife L'Ayo (There Is Happiness In Love)
A2 - Obirin African (Woman Of Africa)
A3 - Love, The Mystery Of
B1 - Ero Ti Nr'ojeje
B2 - Ayiko Ayiko (Welcome, Welcome, My Darling)
B3 - Tobi Ilu

Personnel & Credits:
Bambara Drum, Double Gong, Corboro Drum, Log Drum - Montego Joe
Bass - Ahmed Abdul-Malik
Bata Drum, Conga - Robert Crowder
Chekere, African Maracas, Conga - Garvin Masseaux
Conga - James Ola Folami
Conga, Telegraph Drum, Double Gong - Chief Bey
Drums, Tympani, Gong, Telegraph Drum - Art Blakey
Oboe, Flute, Tenor Sax, Cow Horn, Thumb Piano - Yusef Lateef
Producer - Alfred Lion
Tympani - Curtis Fuller
Vocal, Penny Whistle, Talking Drum - Solomon G. Ilori

A slammin' LP of "jazz meets percussion", hosted by the great Art Blakey, and featuring jazz players like Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik -- plus a host of percussionists that include Solomon Ilori, Montego Joe, Chief Bey, and Garvin Masseaux. Blakey skirts nicely between the two camps, and although the record probably has more of an Afro-percussion feel than a jazz one, Lateef and Fuller blow through the mix with some nice nice solos. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African".
From Dusty Groove America

By Celo

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers "Soul Finger"

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

( LP Limelight Records, 1965 )
Catalog # LS 86018

Personnel :
Art Blakey - Drums
Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard - Trumpets
Lucky Thompson - Tenor/Soprano Saxophone
John Hicks - Piano
Victor Sproles - Bass

Tracklisting :
A1 Soul Finger 3:15
A2 Buh's Bossa 5:34
A3 Spot Session 7:21
B1 Freedom Monday 6:25
B2 A Quiet Thing (From Flora The Red Menace) 7:00
B3 The Hub 7:20

Review :
Soul Finger, released on Limelight in 1965 marks Lee Morgan's and Freddie Hubbard's final studio appearances as members of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Morgan had been an on-again-off-again member since the 1950s, but his tenure with Blakey through the early 1960s remained fairly constant. The set also includes a young John Hicks on piano, bassist Victor Sproles, and veteran saxophonist Lucky Thompson. While this set may lack the sheer high-energy crackle of some of the Jazz Messengers Blue Note dates, there is quite a bit to enjoy here. The title tracks kicks the joint off in bluesy style with the three-horn front line in a slightly dissonant intro before moving in a fingerpopping groover with some killer wood by Sproles used as fills between lines. The spunky Latin groove of "Buh's Bossa" offers Blakey's consummate chops accenting the knotty, sometimes snaky melody line with some excellent comp work by Hicks. Thompson's underrated soprano work makes a beautiful appearance on "Spot Session," a sultry little groover. The real highlight of the set is "Freedom Monday," that offers taut hard bop lyric lines, extended harmonies in the front line -- especially between Hubbard and Morgan -- and a smoking Afro-Cuban rhythmic line highlighted by Blakey and Hicks. The program here showcases the sounds of a band in transition to be sure, but also the sound of a group with nothing to lose; in other words, plenty of chances get taken that might not otherwise fly. Reissued by Verve in 2009 as part of its Originals series, this date is well worth seeking out for fans of Blakey's long running, ever evolving unit.
By Thom Jurek [AMG]

By Rob

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Mr. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (Donald Byrd) "Fancy Free"

Mr. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (Donald Byrd)

"Fancy Free"
( LP Blue Note Records, 1969 )
Catalog # BST 84319
** Also issued on Blue Note CDP 7 89796-2

A1 - Fancy Free 11:50
A2 - I Love The Girl 8:35
B1 - The Uptowner 9:05
B2 - Weasil 9:50

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Cover] - Louis Delsarte
Artwork By [Direction] - Frank Gauna
Producer - Duke Pearson

Donald Byrd (tp)
Julian Priester (tb)
Lew Tabackin (fl)
Frank Foster (ts)
Duke Pearson (el-p)
Jimmy Ponder (g)
Roland Wilson (b)
Joe Chambers (d)
Nat Bettis,
John Richardson (per)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 9, 1969

Jerry Dodgion (fl)
Leo Morris (Idris Muhammad) (d) replaces Tabackin, Chambers
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 6, 1969

1969's Fancy Free marked the beginning of Donald Byrd's move away from hard bop, staking out fusion-flavored territory that -- at this juncture -- owed more to Miles Davis than the R&B-dominated jazz-funk Byrd would embrace several years down the road. Recorded just a few months after Davis' In a Silent Way, Fancy Free finds Byrd leading a large ensemble prominently featuring Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin or Jerry Dodgion on flute, and several percussionists. But the most important piece of the puzzle is Duke Pearson's electric piano, the first time Byrd utilized the instrument. Pearson dominates the texture of the group sound, which makes the entirety of the session seem farther outside the realm of funky hard bop than it actually is. However, that's not to say that Fancy Free isn't a clear break with Byrd's past -- especially the two Byrd originals that open the album. The title track -- which later became one of Byrd's more covered compositions -- contrasts Pearson's spacy musings with a busy, funky percussion groove, and there's a loose, open feel to the improvisations that breaks with hard bop conventions. The warm ballad "I Love the Girl" has a similarly airy feel, and at eight and a half minutes, is the shortest cut; clearly Byrd wanted an open framework for exploration. The other two numbers are more traditional hard bop compositions by former Byrd students, which -- although funky and full of improvisations -- can't help but feel more tethered than their predecessors. Still, even if it isn't his most adventurous fusion outing, Fancy Free is the rare Donald Byrd album that holds appeal for rare-groove fanatics and traditionalists alike.
By Steve Huey (AMG)

By Celo

Level 42 ''The Early Tapes · July/Aug 1980''

Level 42

''The Early Tapes · July/Aug 1980''
( LP Polydor Records, 1980 )
Catalog # SPELP 28

A1 Sandstorm
A2 Love Meeting Love
A3 Theme To Margaret
A4 Autumn (Paradise Is Free)
B1 Wings Of Love
B2 Woman
B3 Mr. Pink
B4 88

Personnel & Credits:
Mike Engles - Engineer
Boon Gould - Guitar, Saxophone
Phil Gould - Drums, Vocals
Mark King - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Mike Lindup - Keyboards, Vocals
Krys Mach - Saxophone
Annie McCaig - Vocals (bckgr)
Pete Ritzema - Producer
Engineer - Graham Carmichael
Mastered By - Ian Cooper
Producer - Andy Sojka , Jerry Pike

Recorded in London and mixed at Playground Studio. Mastered at The Townhouse.
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was a jazz-funk fusion band, following in the footsteps of such pioneers as Stanley Clarke. By the end of the '80s, they were a pop-R&B band with a number of hit singles to their credit. Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards), the band formed in 1980. Before they released their first single, "Love Meeting Love," the band was pushed to add vocals to their music in order to give it a more commercial sound; they complied, with King becoming the lead singer. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul-R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes by their former record label, Polydor. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984's "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" hit the British Top Ten. Released in late 1985, World Machine broke the band worldwide; "Lessons in Love" hit number one in Britain and "Something About You" hit number seven in America. Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet only made some headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of AIDS-related diseases in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991's Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine (AMG)

Covers here.

By Andy

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Happy Birthday Tina!

Tina Turner compie 70 anni
Brucia ancora la fiamma del rock

Voce, gambe, capelli e carattere indomabili. Nessuno è mai riuscito a fermare "la regina". E lei ha attraversato tante stagioni senza mai uscire di scena Tina Turner è il fuoco. Lo è nell'immaginario collettivo, lo è sempre stata. Difficile nascondere un incendio e i settant'anni che compie oggi sono la prova che non è mai stato domato, mai spento, mai ridotto in cenere. Ha bruciato nella sua voce roca, nelle sue gambe incredibili, sui suoi capelli, anche loro, indomabili. Fiamme che sono state lucide e nere come carbone, bionde, rosse, senza controllo, spinte da ventate rock verso l'alto. Nella sua vita hanno provato a fermarla, chi lo ha fatto con i pugni come il marito Ike, ne ha ricavato mani bruciate. Chi l'ha ascoltata o vista sul palco ne ha sentito il calore, chi l'ha amata è bruciato con la sua stessa passione.

Il fuoco rock di una donna che del rock è definita la regina incontrastata brucia ancora, settant'anni dopo la nascita avvenuta il 26 novembre del 1939 a Nutbush, in Tennessee sotto il nome di Anna Mae Bullock, secondogenita di due contadini, con origini afroamericane, europee e forse anche indiane. Fuochi incrociati venuti alla luce in un mondo dove il rock non era ancora stato concepito, così come i fiori degli hippies, le minigonne, le frangette dei Beatles, dove la luna non aveva ancora l'impronta di un piede, non c'erano i pantaloni a zampa e le paillettes della disco, le astronavi di Kubrick o gli zombie di Michael Jackson.

Fino a oggi, epoca in cui è arrivata anche nella Rete che tutto rende visibile, Tina Turner è passata in mezzo alla storia indenne, bruciando il tempo, trasformandosi e restando sempre, per tutti, 'The Acid Queen' che gli Who disegnarono per lei in 'Tommy'.

Sopra il palcoscenico il fuoco ha sempre avuto senso, come ogni elemento potente che è possibile solo guardare da lontano con ammirazione. E sul palco lei è stata al sicuro per cinquant'anni, cantando canzoni tratte da album che hanno venduto oltre centottanta milioni di copie, collezionando otto Grammy, quattro decenni consecutivi di copertine di Rolling Stone, cinque film tra cui un'apparizione in St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band nel '78.

La regina del rock con l'anima soul, del rock rappresenta la perseveranza, la fierezza e l'immortalità. Fu lei a insistere per cantare quando a St Louis conobbe un giovane musicista, Ike Turner, che inizialmente scettico la teneva in ombra. Ma il fuoco era riconoscibile anche se giovane e presto Little Ann, come si faceva chiamare, grazie alla canzone A Fool in Love, divenne Tina Turner e la band da Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band, si trasformò in The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

I due si sposarono nel '58 in Messico e Tina si ritrovò a crescere quattro figli, due di Ike, uno suo nato da una relazione precedente e uno nato dal matrimonio con Ike. Si ritrovò sul palco a ballare, graffiare e cantare. Trovando a discapito dei tempi che le mutavano intorno, uno stile personale, con le coriste, le Ikettes, a spalleggiarla e a influenzare quel mondo che avrebbe cambiato la storia. Come Mick Jagger che molto deve proprio a loro e alla regina che anni dopo aiutò a risorgere. Quando il freddo fuori e dentro l'avevano piegata, fu proprio lui con un incredibile duetto al Live Aid nel 1985 a ravvivare la fiamma.

Con Ike toccò il cielo nel 1968 quando registrarono il loro successo più importante, Proud Mary. Poi iniziò la guerra fredda, il fuoco rabbrividì sotto la droga e la violenza di Ike, e il declino musicale divenne palpabile, una realtà da affrontare e che Tina decise di sfidare da sola. Nel 1976 scappò letteralmente dal marito e dal suo passato. Libera, con 36 centesimi nel portafogli e i buoni per la benzina si nascose da amici, praticò il buddismo di Nichiren Daishonin, ritrovò la forza di autorigenerarsi. Il divorzio fu ufficializzato nel 1978, dopo 16 anni di matrimonio. Alla morte di Ike, avvenuta nel 2007, fu rilasciato soloun cominicato: "Ike e Tina non hanno avuto alcun contatto per oltre trent'anni. Non ci sono ulteriori commenti da fare".

Le fiamme ripresero potenza nel 1984, fu il più stupefacente ritorno nella storia del rock che si ricordi. La canzone What's Love Got to Do with It scalò le classifiche in poche settimane contro ogni più rosea previsione. Tina aveva 44 anni. L'album che seguì, Private Dancer, vendette nel mondo quasi venti milioni di copie. L'anno dopo fu il turno di We Don't Need Another Hero, colonna sonora del film dove recitava, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Poi, senza fermarsi, arrivò It's Only Love, cantata in duetto con Bryan Adams. Negli anni successivi il fuoco ha ripreso gusto a bruciare. Un'autobigrafia, "Io, Tina", diventata un film con Angela Bassett e Laurence Fishburne, altri album, fino alla luce nel '91 della compilation Simply the Best e, nel 1995, la registrazione per il film di James Bond, di Goldeneye, scritta da Bono.

Nella vita Tina Turner ha cantato con Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Eric Clapton e Mark Knopfler. Nel '97 anche con Eros Ramazzotti nel pezzo Cose della vita, nel 2006 con Elisa in Teach Me Again. In Italia la regina si è sempre sentita a proprio agio, perfino a Sanremo è arrivata a scaldare la platea tre volte. L'anno scorso è salita sul palco con Beyoncé, per poi partire con il tour dei suoi cinquant'anni di carriera intorno al mondo. Sorridente, libera, vittoriosa. La prima data a Kansas City, ma l'America resta di passaggio. Conserva troppe pietre e troppi ricordi. Così la regina adesso vive più volentieri tra la l'Inghilterra, la Francia e la Svizzera. Oggi, con il suo compleanno si festeggia la musica, la storia, il rock, la rinascita. E il fuoco.

By Rob

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