Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Tommy Chase ''Rebel Fire''

Tommy Chase

''Rebel Fire''
( LP Moles Records, 1990 )
Catalog # MRIL 002

Tommy Chase is a fiery UK drummer here performing with an organ trio. Enjoy!
Format:Vinyl, LP

A1 Sneakin' In 7:10
Written-By - A. Utley
A2 Calypso Blue 5:21
A3 I Have A Dream 6:06
Written-By - B. Waghorn, G. Baldwin
A4 Rebel Fire 4:28
B1 Trouble In The Casbah 4:31
B2Cry Freedom 5:47
B3 The Predator 7:36
Written-By - G. Baldwin
B4 My Groove, Your Move 6:20
Written-By - H. Mobley

Double Bass - Arnie Somogyi
Drums, Producer - Tommy Chase
Engineer [Recording], Mixed By - Glenn Tommey
Organ [Hammond] - Gary Baldwin
Saxophone [Alto] - Ben Waghorn
Written-By - T. Chase (tracks: A2 to B2)

More info on Discogs

By Bill

First Choice ''The Anthology''

First Choice

The '70s Philly disco vocal group First Choice's first big breakthrough was the infectious "Armed and Extremely Dangerous". Rochelle Fleming, Joyce Jones, and Chester, PA, native Annette Guest were originally known as the Debonettes and performed around Philadelphia.

Lead singer Rochelle Fleming and Annette Guest were part of a vocal quintet when both were students at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. Rehearsing in Guest's mother's house, the group began making the rounds of talent shows and public events. After contacting WDAS Radio DJ Georgie Woods, introduced them to Philly soul guitarist,songwriter,producer and [Invalid Artist] manager Norman Harris. By the time the group went into the recording studio, the lineup was Fleming, Guest, Wardell Piper, and Mulaney Star. The group's first release was a song written by Harris and Allan Felder, the pumping "This Is the House Where Love Died," which was leased to New York's Sceptor Records and issued on their Wand imprint in 1972, but failed to chart nationally. Soon after Mulaney Star left the group.

In 1973, the group signed to the Philly Groove label which was distributed by Bell Records. Their next single "Armed and Extremely Dangerous," was their first big hit, going to number 11 R&B on Billboard's charts in early 1973. The track was also a Top 20 U.K. hit. Around this time, Wardell Piper exited the group and was replaced by Joyce Jones.
Armed and Extremely Dangerous was released in fall 1973. The single "Smarty Pants," a cautionary tale about unwanted pregnancy, reached number 25 on the R&B charts. The album included a cover of the Al Green classic "Love and Happiness." The trio's next single, the pumping "Newsy Neighbors," peaked at number 35 R&B in early 1974.

Around 1977, Joyce Jones left the group and was replaced by Ursula Herring. Delusions, released in fall 1977 is generally regarded as the trio's best LP, it featured lyrically rich dance tunes as well as luscious ballads and gave Philadelphia native Fleming her best showcase, displaying one of the most distinctive lead vocalists in soul/dance/pop music. Fleming's vocals are also one of the most sampled, heard on countless dance records from around the world. Their next Gold Mind LP, Hold Your Houses, was released in March 1979, with the title track becoming a disco classic. That same year, Debbie Martin replaced Ursula Herring. Around 1983 the trio split.

In the 80s, the disco influenced house music genre emerged new life was breathed into disco-soul groups like First Choice. "Love Thang" and "Let No Man Put Asunder" began to surface in club DJs' dance-floor mixes, and were met with loud enthusiasm from the crowd. Possibly bolstered by countless bootlegs, Salsoul issued a 12'' single remix of "Let No Man Put Asunder" by DJ Frankie Knuckles. He helped popularize the record by including it in his turntable mixes during his stints at Chicago night club The Warehouse and on his lunchtime "hot mixes" on local radio station WBMX-FM. Delusions was reissued on CD by U.K. label Charly in December 1994.

In 1987, Fleming reformed a version of First Choice with her cousin Laconya Fleming and Lawrence Cottel, who recorded a single for Prelude Records, "Love Itch." In the '90s, Rochelle Fleming continued to record in the U.S. and Europe.

From Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/First+Choice

Doctor Love (original album version)
Indian Giver (original album version)
Love Having You Around (original album version)
Gamble On Love (original album version)
Chancer Go Around (original album version)
I Love You More Than Before (original album version)
Let No Man Put Asunder (original album version)
Do Me Again (original album version)
Jimmy D (original album version)
Let Me Down Easy (original album version)
Good Morning Midnight (original album version)
Great Expectations (original album version)
Hold Your Horses (original album version)
Love Thang (original album version)
Double Cross (original album version)
I'm The One (original album version)
Breakaway (original album version)
Sitting Pretty (original album version)
A Happy Love Affair (original album version)
Pressure Point (original album version)
I Can Show You (Better Than I Can Tell You) (original album version)
Can't Take It With You (original album version)
House For Sale (original album version)
Doctor Love (original Tom Moulton unreleased 12" mix)
Double Cross (original Danny Tenaglia 12" remix)
Let No Man Put Asunder (original Shep Pettibone 12" mix)
Love Thang (original Tee Scott 12" mix)
Let No Man Put Asunder (original Frankie Knuckles 12" mix)

Monday, 30 August 2010

MFS Radio Presents: ''Mouldy Oldies''

MFS Radio Presents:

''Mouldy Oldies''

Some forgotten (by some) oldies, with a couple of newer tracks in the same spirit.

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!

01 Bobby Hamilton Quintet Roll your own
02 Gabor Szabo Ziggedy Zag
03 Sonny Fortune This side of Infinity
04 Donald Byrd Jeannine
05 Jimmy Smith Who`s afraid of Virginia Woolf pt 2
06 Little Stevie Wonder Fingertips
07 Horace Silver Not enough Mama
08 Charles Kynard JC
09 Spencer Davis Group Blues in "F"
10 The Funky Muchachos I`m coming home
11 Jimmy Ed Trio Baby,baby oh baby
12 Blue Mitchell Keep your nose clean
13 Ronnie Cuber Song for Pharoah
14 Tommy Chase So tired
15 John Handy Afro Wiggle
16 The Jazz Crusaders Sting Ray
17 Art Blakey No Hay Problema

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By Bill

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Various Artists ''Deep In The Philly Groove''

Various Artists

Great sampler of the excellent stuff recorded for the Philly Groove label in the early 70′s. Good notes, and a nice mix of stuff from a rare label.
Description: Collection
Genre: Philly Soul
Label: Kent (UK)
Catalog No: KNTD 115
New Release: No
Previous Release: No
Format: CD

01 Delfonics – La-La Means I Love You
02 Billy Bass – I Need Your Love So Bad
03 Coupe De Villes – So Long, Goodbye, It’s Over
04 Coupe De Villes – When Times Are Bad
05 Coupe De Villes – Goodbye Pain
06 Coupe De Villes – Face The Future
07 Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
08 Ben Aiken – One & One Is Five
09 Ben Aiken – When The Bottom Falls Out
10 Ben Aiken – Follow The Lamb
11 Ben Aiken – Not Goin’ To Let You (Talk To Me That Way)
12 Broadway Express – Didn’t We Make It
13 Broadway Express – Puff Puff, You’re Gone
14 Nat Turner – Ruby Lee
15 Nat Turner – You Are My Sun Sign Part 1
16 Ben Aiken – Handle With Care
17 Ben Aiken – I Want To Be Your Lover
18 First Choice – The Player
19 First Choice – Armed & Extremely Dangerous
20 First Choice – Smarty Pants
21 Nat Turner – Handle With Care
22 Philly Groove Orchestra – The Delfonics Theme (How Could You)
23 Nat Turner – Can’t Go On Living
24 Philly Groove Orchestra – When The Bottom Falls Out

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Shirley And Company ''Shame Shame Shame''

Shirley And Company

''Shame Shame Shame''
( LP Vibration Rcords, 1975 )
Catalog# VI 128, VI-128

A1 Shame, Shame, Shame 4:00
Written-By - Sylvia Robinson
A2 Shame Shame Shame (Instrumental) 5:07
Written-By - Sylvia Robinson
A3 Another Tear Will Fall 2:39
Written-By - D. Elbert
A4 I Guess Things Have To Change 3:32
Written-By - J. Alvarez, S. Goodman
A5 Disco Shirley 3:32
Written-By - J. Alvarez, M. Burton
B1 Jim Doc Kay 3:50
Written-By - S. Goodman, Sylvia Robinson
B2 Love Is 2:33
Written-By - J. Alvarez
B3 Cry, Cry, Cry 3:03
Written-By - Sylvia Robinson
B4 Cry, Cry, Cry (Instrumental) 3:18
Written-By - Sylvia Robinson
B5 I Gotta Get Next To You 3:47
Written-By - A. Goodman, H. Ray, W. Morris
B6 Keep On Rolling On 3:35
Written-By - S. Goodman, Sylvia Robinson

Artwork By [Back Cover Design] - D.T. Graphics
Artwork By [Front Cover Design] - J. Kaliff
Engineer - Sylvia
Other [Special Thanks] - Al Goodman , Allan Tucker , Harry Ray , Jesus Alvarez
Producer - Sylvia

Platinum Record Co. 1975
Recorded at the Platinum Studios, 96 West Street, Englewood, New Jersey
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1975
All tracks: Gambi Music BMI
Side A:
Matrix#: VI-255-GM
Side B:
Matrix#: VI-256-GM

Review By Justin M. Kantor (AMG):
An eclectic mix of funk, disco, Caribbean, moody R&B, and pop influences, this hidden gem of an album followed the surprising comeback success that Shirley Goodman -- one-half of legendary 1950s duo Shirley & Lee -- enjoyed with the single of the same name. Penned and produced by Vibration founder Sylvia Robinson, "Shame, Shame, Shame" was one of the earliest examples of disco, following in the footsteps of efforts like George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" and the Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat," but with a notably soulful grip. The tune's nifty guitar strolls, spirited piano licks, and persistent percussion, combined with the utter enthusiasm of Goodman and male vocalist Jesus Alvarez, make for a hard-to-resist concoction. The album isn't limited to the fiery antics of that song; all of its selections share a common feel-good vibe. Perhaps the most celestial moment is the endearing, easily coaxing "I Gotta Get Next to You"; it's truly rare to find a ballad so simultaneously soulful and relaxed. Additionally, both "Love Is" and "I Guess Things Have to Change" are sprightly, mellow numbers with fluid horn arrangements and vocal lines that showcase Alvarez's impressive writing skills. Goodman co-wrote several tunes as well: the reggae-influenced "Jim Doc Kay" and the sassy "Keep on Rolling On." The two vocalists trade verses on a number of tunes, making for a unique, well-rounded sound. "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "Disco Shirley," two takeoffs on the initial hit, were released as follow-up singles that didn't fare so well. In 1976, Vibration also released a non-album single, "I Like to Dance," featuring Goodman paired with a new male vocalist (surprisingly, Collectables didn't include this on its CD reissue). Perhaps if one of the album's more divergent efforts had been chosen as a single instead, success wouldn't have been as fleeting.

By Pier

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Chet Baker/Jim Hall/Hubert Laws ''Studio Trieste''

Chet Baker/Jim Hall/Hubert Laws

''Studio Trieste''

(CTI Records, 1982)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, New Jersey, March & April, 1982.
Label: CTI
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3 320
Total Time: 00:38:21
Total Size: 88 Mb

1.Swan Lake [Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky] [8:42]
2.All Blues [Miles Davis] [9:43]
3.Malaguena [Ernesto Lecuona] [9:44]
4.Django [John Lewis] [10:02]

Chet Baker – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Hubert Laws – Flute
Jim Hall – Guitar
Jack Wilkins – Guitar (4)
Kenny Barron – Keyboards (2-3)
Jorge Dalto – Keyboards (1, 4)
George Mraz – Bass (2-3)
Gary King – Electric Bass (1, 4)
Steve Gadd – Drums
Sammy Figueroa – Percussion

Review by Scott Yanow (AMG)
Baker's CTI recordings (which were usually arranged by Don Sebesky) always came off well. For what would be his final CTI date, he was matched with guitarist Jim Hall, flutist Hubert Laws and a fine rhythm section for two jazz standards ("Django" and "All Blues") and a pair of unusual pieces ("Malaguena" and "Swan Lake"). Throughout, Sebesky's charts favorably showcase Baker's lyrical trumpet, making this a recommended LP that deserves to be reissued on CD.

Source: internet

Milt Jackson ''Opus De Jazz''

Milt Jackson

''Opus De Jazz''
(Savoy MG-12036)

Label: Savoy
Year: 1955
Format/Bitrate: mp3/ 256 kb/s
Time: 34min
Size: 63,8 mb
Milt Jackson – Opus De Jazz (Savoy MG-12036)
October 28, 1955

1 – Opus De Funk
2 – Opus Pocus
3 – You Leave Me Breathless
4 – Opus And Interlude

Milt Jackson – Vibes
Frank Wess – Flute & Tenor Sax
Hank Jones – Piano
Eddie Jones – Bass
Kenny Clarke – Drums

One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label. A laidback classic that’s a great illustration of the label’s shift in modes after the early bop years
This Savoy CD is a duplicate of the original LP although it lacks the fine liner notes included on the Arista/Savoy 1978 LP. The four selections (which unfortunately total under 34 minutes) are excellent, particularly a fun version of Horace Silver’s blues “Opus De Funk” in which vibraphonist Milt Jackson, flutist Frank Wess and pianist Hank Jones have a long tradeoff. The quintet (which also includes bassist Eddie Jones and drummer Kenny Clarke) swings nicely throughout the three blues and lone ballad (“You Leave Me Breathless”). This is not essential, but it is enjoyable music. ~By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Source: internet

Various Artists ''The Contemporary Soul Songbook, Vol. 3''

Various Artists

''The Contemporary Soul Songbook, Vol. 3''

Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Soul Unsigned Records
Genre: Soul

01. ReNada – Rest Of My Life (4:16)
02. Wadz – We Can Make It (Feat. Leon Beal) (3:32)
03. Charlie Brown – Hell On My Hands (5:29)
04. Antoinette – Indulgence (3:23)
05. Nate White – Can’t Do Without You (5:02)
06. Pvibe – No Fantasy (Feat. Dee Freer) (4:32)
07. The New Congress – With Me (3:42)
08. Kenny Wesley – Serenity (3:38)
09. Ebony Evans – Dance My Love With You (4:34)
10. Brandon Woods – A Good Thing (Feat. Eldon “t” Jones) (4:31)
11. Me’Na – Deja View (5:46)
12. The Neo-Jazz Project – Love Surreal (4:55)
13. Mamayo – Waiting (Feat. Mandy Lecointe) (5:31)
14. Marshall Badger – He Did It All For You (5:04)
15. Seductive Souls – Your Love (Feat. Aaron Washington) (4:15)
16. Papik – Rhythm Of Life (4:39)

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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Gwen McCrae ''Rockin' Chair''


Gwen McCrae

''Rockin' Chair''
( LP Cat Records, 1975 )
Catalog # CAT-2605

A1 Rockin' Chair
Producer - Willie Clarke
Written-By - Clarence Reid, W. Clarke
A2 Move Me Baby
Producer - Clarence Reid, H.W. Casey and Richard Finch
Written-By - H.W. Casey, S. Alaimo
A3 He Keeps Something Groovy Goin' On
Written-By - Clarence Reid
A4 Let Them Talk
B1 For Your Love
Producer - Willie Clarke
Written-By - Ed Townsend
B2 It's Worth The Hurt
Written-By - Clarence Reid
B3 90% Of Me Is You
Producer - Willie Clarke
Written-By - Clarence Reid, I. Kitts
B4 It Keeps On Raining
Written-By - Clarence Reid, Sonny Thompson
B5 He Don't Ever Lose His Groove
Written-By - Clarence Reid, Willie Hale

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Strings & Horns] - Mike Lewis
Backing Vocals - Betty Wright , George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, H.W. Casey
Bass - George Perry, Rick Finch, Ron Bogdon
Drums - Freddie Scott , Rick Finch, Robert Furgeson, Robert Johnson
Guitar - Jerome Smith , Joey Murcia, Phillip Wright, Willie "Little Beaver" Hale
Horns - Mike Lewis, Vinny Tano, Whit Sigener
Keyboards - H.W. Casey, Latimore, Timmy Thomas
Producer - Steve Alaimo

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

Review by Donald A. Guarisco (AMG):
This album marked the long-playing debut of Gwen McCrae, a sultry voiced singer who remains popular with soul music cultists today. Rockin' Chair collects the material that she had been recording for the Cat label, a subsidiary of disco giant TK Records. Despite the fact that it was not technically conceived as an album, all the material on Rockin' Chair hangs together nicely: everything here was produced by Miami soul stalwart Steve Alaimo, who strikes an effective balance between silky soul and gospel-tinged funk on all the tracks. The obvious standout is the title tune, a mid-paced invitation to romance that frames McCrae's seductive vocal with stately horns and churning, infectious percussion. The end result is downright hypnotic and it deservedly became a massive hit on both the R&B and pop charts during 1975. None of the remaining tracks are as instantly infectious as the title hit, but they all make for fine listening: "Move Me Baby" is a gently-loping funk jam built on some silky keyboard riffs, and "Your Love Is Worse Than a Cold Love" is a convincing declaration of frustrated passion that gets a gutsy, gospel-tinged treatment from McCrae. Trivia fans will also want to take note that Harry Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band lent a hand on the production of "Move Me Baby." However, the album's unsung gem is "90% Of Me Is You": this hypnotic tune is a grand showcase for McCrae's emotive skills, allowing her to unfold a tale of emotional enslavement over a sleek backing track that balances yearning strings with a moody funk groove. All in all, Rockin' Chair is an exciting collection that will appeal to any fans of 1970s soul.

By Pier

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

MFS Radio Presents: ''Sadly Neglected Stuff'' (Podcast - Tracks)


MFS Radio Presents:

''Sadly Neglected Stuff''
(Podcast - Tracks)

1. Leon Haywood - Soul Cargo
2. Mark 3 Trio - G Wan
3. Les McCann - Fake Out
4 Leon Spencer - First Gravy
4. Eddie Jefferson - Jeannine
6. Jack McDuff - Can't Get Started
7. Sonny Cox - The Wailer
8. Georgie Fame - All About My Girl
9. Quincy Jones - The Sidewinder
10. Mel Tormé - Right Now
11. Rusty Bryant - Streak 'O Lean
12. The Mar-Keys - Sticks & Stones
13. Wild Bill Davis - Hit The Road Jack
14. Mark Murphy - Why Don't You Do Right
15. Young Holt Unlimited - Who's Making Love
16. Señor Soul - Uptight
17. Billy Larkin & The Delegates - Ice Water
18. The Dynatones - Fife Piper
19. Odell Brown & The Organ-izers - Ain't That A Groove
20 Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers - The Mighty Burner

Selected By Bill
A My Favourite Sound© Production, 2010

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Gli Area


Gli Area negli anni Settanta. Da sinistra: Paolo Tofani, Demetrio Stratos, Giulio Capiozzo, Ares Tavolazzi e Patrizio Fariselli.

Gli Area, la formazione piu' importante del rock progressivo italiano degli anni 70, rappresentano il fenomeno musicale e sociale del periodo identificando utopie e desideri della generazione degli "anni di piombo". GIULIO CAPIOZZO, gia' batterista di DEMETRIO STRATOS, incontra il tastierista LEANDRO GAETANO e il bassista PATRICK DJIVAS, entrambi al servizio di Lucio Dalla. Per un po' di tempo accompagnarono DEMETRIO STRATOS in un repertorio di canzoni rock, gettando le basi per la ricerca e sviluppo di espressioni sonore nuove, coinvolgendo in questa esperienza, ben presto, altri musicisti. Il primo disco, registrato in un cascinale della bassa padana viene realizzato con STRATOS, CAPIOZZO, il flautista Victor Edouard Busnello,PATRIZIO FARISELLI alle tastiere, DJIVAS al basso, Johnny Lambrizzi alla chitarra, che pero' lascia subito il posto a PAOLO TOFANI, veterano della scena italiana (CALIFFI, NOI TRE), appena rientrato dall'Inglilterra con idee rivoluzionarie di elettronica applicata alla musica. Un disco ad alto potenziale con il primo pezzo, aperto da una voce araba, introduce il pezzo che diventera' nella storia del rock progressivo, un pezzo sicuramente da salvare durante un naufragio su un' isola deserta. "Luglio Agosto Settembre (nero)" pezzo che coinvolge tutta la generazione di giovani post 68, canticchiato dal movimento degli studenti, nei Centri Sociali, nei parchi. Disco dallo stile rock nervoso graffiante, si rifa' ad un certo jazz rock d'assalto spaziando nell'improvvisazione e sperimentazione.
L'impegno politico si colloca nell'area della protesta extraparlamentare, senza nascondere simpatie per un certo "folklore" filo arabo "International Popular Group"; sigla che accompagna sempre la sigla AREA, e una certa simpatia per il movimento, tanto da allegare come gesto provocatorio, all'uscita del primo album ARBEIT MATCH FREI, una minacciosa pistola di cartone.
Busnello se ne va nel tempo, insieme a Djivas e arriva ARES TAVOLAZZI. Area suonano a fianco dei NUCLEUS e dei GENTLE GIANT, per fare esempi, e suonano in concerti in solidarieta' per il Cile, in un concerto terapeutico all' Ospedale Psichiatrico di Trieste, al Vigorelli una serata a favore del Vietnam con JOAN BEAZ, la partecipazione consecutiva per tre anni al FESTIVAL DI RE NUDO, AL PARCO LAMBRO di MILANO.
Vengono invitati al FESTIVAL MONDIALE DELLA GIOVENTU' A CUBA. Una delle ultime occasioni di vedere gli AREA, purtroppo senza DEMETRIO fu quella del 14 giugno 79 all' Arena di Milano. Li quella sera, tantissima gente, stracolma, tutti i migliori musicisti italiani e gruppi erano radunati li' al grande raduno, organizzato per raccogliere fondi per sostenere l'operazione di DEMETRIO STRATOS, ricoverato in ospedale a causa di una improvvisa e fulminante aplasia midollare che lo stronco' tragicamente la sera prima del Concerto organizzato all' Arena.
Diedero l'avvio a quel pensiero fantastico che diventera' il motto del movimento 1977.
"La fantasia distruggera' il potere una risata lo seppellira'"
Da ricordare tra le tante una frase da GIOIA E RIVOLUZIONE: -" ....il mio mitra e' un contrabbasso che ti spara sulla faccia cio' che pensa della vita; con il suono delle dita si puo' fare una battaglia che ci porta sulle strade, della gente che sa amare."

Area - Caution Radiation Area

Area - 1978 (Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno, Gli Arrabbiati Restano!)

Area - Chernobil 1997

Area - Event '76

Area - Maledetti

Area - Tic & Tac

Covers & Foto

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By Celo

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Enrico Rava "Play Miles Davis"


Enrico Rava

"Play Miles Davis"
( LP Label Bleu Records , 2002)
Catalog # LBLC 6639

1 - Bye Bye Blackbird
2 - There Is No You
3 - Milestones
4 - Blue in Green
5 - When Lights Are Low

Personnel & Credits:
Enrico Rava (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Paolo Fresu (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Stefano Bollani (piano)
Roberto Gatto (drums).

Recording information: At The Montreal Jazz Festival (07/05/2001).

Tra i numerosi, prestigiosi riconoscimenti che da tanti anni scandiscono la lunga e proficua carriera di Enrico Rava, recentemente insignito dal Ministro della Cultura francese della onorificenza di "Cavaliere delle Arti e della Lettere", l'invito del 2001 al festival canadese di Montreal è sicuramente uno dei più significativi: nella speciale occasione è stata data infatti carta bianca al trombettista triestino, offrendo così al più internazionale jazzista di casa nostra l'opportunità di prodursi, nell'arco di più concerti, in differenti contesti.
I risultati artistici, accompagnati da un lusinghiero successo di pubblico, sono stati così elevati da spingere la francese Label Bleu - etichetta per la quale Rava ha realizzato in passato importati lavori quali Rava l'opera va, Rava Carmen, Rava Noir e Vento, firmato insieme alla cantante Barbara Casini - a pubblicarne un esauriente resoconto, varando una apposita collana dal titolo Montreal Diary e costituita da tre CD, il primo dei quali vede in campo un supergruppo tutto italiano formato dallo stesso Rava e Paolo Fresu alla tromba e al flicorno, Stefano Bollani al pianoforte, Enzo Pietropaoli al contrabbasso e Roberto Gatto alla batteria.
From JazzItalia.

By Celo

Mike LeDonne ''Smokin' Out Loud''


Mike LeDonne

''Smokin' Out Loud''
( 2004 CD Savant Records )
Catalog # 2055

One for Don ( LeDonne) 7:55
Delilah (Young) 6:46
After the Love Has Gone (Champlin, Foster, Graydon) 6:48
You'll See (Smith) 4:57
Superstar (Bramlett, Bramlett, Russell) 5:44
Silverdust (LeDonne) 7:23
French Spice (Byrd) 9:12
They Long to Be Close to You (Bacharach, David) 7:02
Pisces Soul (McGhee) 7:26

Mike LeDonne (Hammond b-3 organ)
Peter Bernstein (guitar)
Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone)
Joe Farnsworth (drums)

Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood, NJ (11/05/2003)

Mike LeDonne, who is better known as a pianist, is also a talented organist in the Jimmy Smith/Charles Earland/Don Patterson tradition. His quartet set is straight-ahead hard bop rather than soul-jazz, with excellent solos from LeDonne, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and guitarist Peter Bernstein (who is particularly strong on "Delilah") and fine support from drummer Joe Farnsworth. Most memorable are a pair of medium-tempo blues ("You'll See" and "Pisces Soul"), "Silverdust" (which is based partly on the chord changes of "King Porter Stomp"), and a cooking version of "Close to You." Although nothing innovative or overly surprising occurs, the music is well played and Alexander in particular has plenty of spirited solos.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Bill

Monday, 9 August 2010

Mike LeDonne ''The Groover''


Mike LeDonne

''The Groover''
( Savant SCD 2100 )

Rock With You
Blues for McCoy
Little Mary
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Deep Blue
Sunday in New York
The Groover
On the Street Where You Live

Mike LeDonne: Hammond B3 organ
Eric Alexander: tenor saxophone
Peter Bernstein: electric guitar
Joe Farnsworth: drums

No frills or new age gimmickry here, as Hammond B-3 ace Mike LeDonne and his laudable band-mates’ lay down a fertile groove quotient throughout this winning studio date. The quartet transmits a glistening aura via its upbeat gait and fluent sense of swing within the classic jazz organ-combo format. LeDonne is an energizer as he comps, and prods the band into climactic opuses with his silvery chord clusters and blazing right-hand lead phrasings.

By Bill

Gene Ammons "The Black Cat!" Re-Uploaded


Gene Ammons

"The Black Cat!"
( LP Prestige Records, 1971 )
Catalog # PRT-10006

The Black Cat
Long Long Time
Piece To Keep Away Evil Spirits
Jug Eyes
Hi Ruth!

Gene Ammons (ts)
Harold Mabern (p, el-p)
George Freeman (g)
Ron Carter (b)
Idris Muhammad (d)
Bill Fischer (arr -2,5) 9 violins (-2,5)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 11, 1970
** Also part of Prestige PRCD 24188-2

Review (By Stewart Mason - AMG):
One of Gene Ammons' best late-period albums, 1970's Black Cat is a bluesy, low-key album and a comparative anomaly: a primarily acoustic soul-jazz album! Ammons was experimenting heavily with the amplified, feedback-laced electric saxophone during this period, but for Black Cat he sticks to his familiar unamplified tenor, playing raunchy gutbucket lines over Ron Carter's warm, deep-toned bass, Idris Muhammad's laid-back drums, and Harold Mabern's twinkling piano (yes, piano, not the soul-jazz cliché Hammond organ). Most of the time, only guitarist George Freeman is plugged in, but even he plays with clean-toned restraint. The centerpiece tracks are the funky soul-jazz blues "Piece to Keep Away Evil Spirits" and the more danceable, groove-oriented "Jug Eyes," which would become two of Ammons' most popular tracks, but the surprises are a pair of pop covers, Gary White's "Long Long Time" (popularized by Melanie and Linda Ronstadt) and the Beatles' "Something." Most soul-jazz covers of pop songs sound like boring, uninspired feints towards radio airplay, but Ammons turns both of these melodic ballads into solo showcases for himself and Mabern that show off both players at their finest.

Original post on the 'free' blog: 05/04/2008

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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Charles Earland`s Jazz Organ Summit on Cannonball, 1977

1. Lonnie Smith Intro
2. Cherokee -
3. Johnny "Hammond" Smith Intro
4. Masquerade Is Over - Johnny "Hammond" Smith
5. Summertime - Johnny "Hammond" Smith
6. Charles Earland Intro/I Love You More Today Than Yesterday
7. Jimmy McGriff Intro
8. Gospel Slo Blues - Jimmy McGriff
9. Groovin' Blues - Jimmy McGriff
10. Summit Intro/Summit Time/Outro

When four masters of the Hammond B-3 are on the same bill, it's a major event for lovers of soul-jazz and hard bop organ. Charles Earland is listed the leader, but the Philadelphia native is only one of four organists who take the spotlight on this superb live date, which was recorded at the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Earland's adopted home of Chicago. The other B-3 icons are Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith and the late Johnny "Hammond" Smith, all of whom are equally indebted to the seminal Jimmy Smith -- and all of whom are, like Earland, among the all-time greats of the instrument. Sadly, this special concert turned out to be the last live appearance of "Hammond" Smith, who was in the advanced stages of cancer and had less than two weeks to live. Nonetheless, he finds the strength to play convincingly on "The Masquerade Is Over" and an unaccompanied "Summertime." The latter is incredibly tough to listen to -- its stark, haunting, naked quality sounds like the work of a man who knew he didn't have long to live and was telling his supporters good-bye. Earland is in fine form on his signature tune "More Today Than Yesterday," and McGriff demonstrates his mastery of the 12-bar form on "Gospel Slow Blues" and "Groovin' Blues." Especially surprising is Smith's version of "Cherokee," which he plays as a ballad instead of at the breakneck speed that has so often characterized hard bop and soul-jazz performances of this standard. The disc ends on a high note when all four organists are united for the catchy blues "Summit Time." Documenting a truly historic concert, Organ Summit is a CD that no B-3 enthusiast should be without. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

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Charles Earland "Stomp!"


Charles Earland

( High Note Records, 2000 )
Catalog # 7037

Time of My Life
All The Man That I Need
He Is My Shepherd
The Count Is In The House
The Creation

Charles Earland (Hammond B-3 organ);
Eric Alexander, Michael Karn (tenor saxophone);
James Rotondi (trumpet); Bill Boris (guitar);
Greg Rockingham (drums).

Recording information:
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 13, 1999. Includes liner notes by Van Jay.

Charles Earland`s "Stomp" his last recording.
Recorded six months before organist Charles Earland's death, this date finds "the Mighty Burner" still in excellent form. Although many of the titles (six of which are Earland originals) performed by his group refer to religion, the music swings in a hard-charging secular way, with only "Stomp!" having some spoken word by Earland. The organist sounds as powerful as always, both Eric Alexander and Michael Karn have some fine tenor solos, and there are also spots for trumpeter James Rotondi and guitarist Bill Boris, with drummer Greg Rockingham swinging steadily in support. This set is easily recommended to soul jazz/hard bop collectors, as are virtually all of Charles Earland's recordings. ~ Scott Yanow

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Friday, 6 August 2010

The Exciters ''Something To Shout About!''

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The Exciters

''Something To Shout About!''
( Compilation, Sequel Records UK, 1995 )

1. Something to Shout About - The Exciters, Duboff, Steve
2. I Want You to Be My Boy - The Exciters, Barrett, Richard
3. The Stars Are Shining Bright - The Exciters, Unknown
4. Run Mascara - The Exciters, Berns, Bert
5. I Knew You Would - The Exciters, Berns, Bert
6. Talkin' 'Bout My Baby - The Exciters, Miller, R
7. Tonight, Tonight - The Exciters, Levenson
8. I Know, I Know - The Exciters, Unknown
9. Baby Did You Change Your Mind? [#] - The Exciters, Unknown
10. Love, Life Peace - The Exciters, Rooney, H.
11. There They Go - The Exciters, Berns, Bert
12. Are You Satisfied - The Exciters, Martin
13. That's How Love Starts - The Exciters, Miller, R
14. My Father - The Exciters, Pope [Rock Group]
15. Just Not Ready - The Exciters, Pope [Rock Group]

Group Members:
Carol Johnson, Skip McPhee, Ronnie Pace, Brenda Reid, Lillian Walker, Sylvia Wilbur, Herb Rooney
Formed: 1961, Jamaica, NY
Disbanded: 1971, Queens, NY

With their no-nonsense, street-smart approach, the Exciters ushered in the heyday of the girl group sound via the 1962 classic "Tell Him." Queens, NY, classmates Brenda Reid, Carol Johnson, Lillian Walker, and Sylvia Wilbur formed the group in 1961 when they were all 17 years old. Originally dubbed the Masterettes, they were the sister act to the Masters, a local doo wop quintet with the End Records single "A Man Is Not Supposed to Cry" to its credit. When the Masters secured a record deal with the Le Sage label, they wrangled session time for the Masterettes as well, and in early 1962 the group issued its debut effort, "Follow the Leader."
Wilbur left the lineup soon after, and with replacement Penny Carter, the Masterettes auditioned for the famed writing/producing duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller -- Carter's tenure with the group proved brief, however, and following creative differences with his bandmates, Masters member Herb Rooney signed on with the Masterettes in time for their first session for United Artists. Galvanized by Reid's aggressive lead vocal, "Tell Him" -- credited to the Exciters, a moniker devised by Leiber & Stoller -- hit radio and retail in the fall of 1962, reaching the Top Five on the Billboard pop and R&B charts early the following year. Eschewing the demure puppy-love sensibilities of previous girl group records, "Tell Him" boasted an intensity that signified a sea change in the presentation and perception of femininity in popular music, paving the way for such tough, sexy acts as the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes. The Exciters resurfaced in the spring of 1963 with "He's Got the Power" -- though as potent (if not more so) than "Tell Him," the single sputtered to a halt at number 57 on the Billboard chart, portending the commercial frustrations that dogged the group despite the uncommon quality of its output. The third Exciters single, "Get Him," climbed only as high as number 76, two spots better than its follow-up, the Ellie Greenwich/Jeff Barry-penned "Do Wah Diddy" -- British Invasion combo Manfred Mann nevertheless heard the song and recorded their own cover version, scoring an international number one smash just months later. After one last United Artists release, "Havin' My Fun," in 1965 the Exciters signed with Roulette Records to remake Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "I Want You to Be My Boy."
Early the following year, the group scored one last minor hit, a reading of the Jarmels' "A Little Bit of Soap," but its commercial heyday was over. The Exciters nevertheless continued recording throughout the decade for labels including Bang, Shout, and RCA Victor -- in 1967, Reid and Rooney wed, and they continued leading the group long after Johnson and Walker broke ranks. After recording a handful of disco-era singles under the name Brenda & Herb, the couple finally eased into retirement. In the mid-'80s they separated, and while Rooney founded his own cosmetics firm, Reid launched a new Exciters with members of her family. Their son L.A. Reid later enjoyed massive success as a producer and label executive. ~ Jason Ankeny

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Celo is Back!!!! - Stevo "Pay The Price / Party Night" 12''



"Pay The Price / Party Night" 12''
( 12 " TK Disco , USA 1979 )
Catalog # TKD-135-A / B

1979, T. K. Productions, Inc.
Distributed by T. K. Productions
Sherlyn Pub. Co., Inc. (BMI)/Tippy Music (BMI)/Pass Due (BMI)
Arranged By [Horns], Written-by - Tommy Stewart
Engineer - Barney Conway

Original Vinyl Rip by Celo.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Walter Gibbons ''Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986''

MP3 320 CBR
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286 MB

Disc 1:
01 Jakki: "Sun… Sun… Sun… (Walter Gibbons original 12" edit)"
02 Double Exposure: "Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons 12" mix)"
03 TC James & the Fist O'Funk Orchestra: "Get Up on Your Feet (Keep on Dancin') (Walter Gibbons mix)"
04 Gladys Knight: "It's a Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons 12" mix)"
05 Salsoul Orchestra: "Magic Bird of Fire (Fire Bird Suite)"
06 Sandy Mercer: "You Are My Love (12" version)"
07 Bettye Lavette: "Doin' the Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12"mix)"

Disc 2:
01 Arthur Russell: "See Through (Walter Gibbons mix)"
02 Dinosaur L: "Go Bang (Walter Gibbons unreleased mix)"
03 Strafe: "Set It Off (Walter Gibbons 12" mix):
04 Arts & Craft: "I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" mix)"
05 Luv You Madly Orchestra: "Moon Maiden (12" mix)"
06 Stetsasonic: "4 Ever My Beat (Beat Bongo mix)"
07 Harlequin Fours: "Set It Off (US 12" version)"

“Walter Gibbons remains one of the most important and unheralded DJ / remixers in New York dance music history, a pioneer of reel to reel edits and the art of the remix and a tangible link between early hip hop and disco through his quickfire turntable skills developed during the mid-‘70s.
At his famed residency at Galaxy 21 (alongside a then young percussionist, Francois Kevorkian), Gibbons perfected his turntable prowess, mixing two copies of records seamlessly at a similar time to Kool Herc’s famed block parties across town in the Bronx in 1975. He was among the first to make his own reel to reel edits of tracks, extending breaks and restructuring tracks specifically for the dancefloor. As a direct result, he was the first DJ to be granted access to multi-track tapes as Ken Cayre’s Salsoul Records brought him in to re-work Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ in ‘76, a mix that would set the blueprint for disco, the 12” format and all future dance music mixes.
Gibbons would become a prolific remixer for Salsoul and developed a style his contemporaries called ‘Jungle Music’, a raw, uncompromising approach to DJ-ing and mixing which often extended tracks to 10 minutes plus with tribal percussion breaks and off-the-cuff, unexpected production touches. This compilation focuses on some of the more adventurous and ground-breaking mixes that Gibbons produced during the disco era including a freeform treatment of Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’, Paradise Garage favourite ‘You Are My Love’ by Sandy Mercer and underground disco rarity, ‘I’ve Been Searching’ by Arts & Craft.
Into the ‘80s, Gibbons continued to break new ground. One of his recognised classics, ‘Set It Off’ by Strafe, fused electro, disco and New York post-punk in a genius re-work, later reprised on the proto-house version he recorded as Harlequin Fours with a young Barbara Tucker on vocals. He also worked with Arthur Russell during the mid-‘80s and became one of the only remixer / producers that Russell would trust with his work. Gibbons’ mixes of Indian Ocean’s ‘Treehouse / School Bell’ and Russell’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ are now acknowledged classics. We feature here the exclusive unreleased Russell track ‘See Through’, a brilliant minimal electro piece.
Walter Gibbons found religion and had stopped producing by 1986, although he continued to DJ with a much heavier slant towards gospel. He died of AIDS-related illness in 1994. This is the first multi-label compilation of his work to be released and features rare photos and a biography by Tim Lawrence, author of ‘Love Saves The Day’ and the recent Arthur Russell biography ‘Hold On To Your Dreams’.

Source: Internet

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Latin Jazz Quintet ''Hot Sauce''


The Latin Jazz Quintet

''Hot Sauce''
( LP 1962, Tru-Sound Records )
Catalog # TRU-15003

1. Polly's Delight
2. Summertime
3. Blue Moon
4. 'Round Midnight
5. Ain't Dat Right
6. April Afternoon
7. Out of This World

Juan Amalbert Conga, Leader
Bobby Capers Sax (Alto)
Bill Ellington Bass
Artie Jenkins Piano
Jose Ricci Piano

Review by Scott Yanow:
The Latin Jazz Quintet, under the direction of conga player Juan Amalbert, is best-known for backing (and often ignoring) Eric Dolphy during two sessions during 1960-61. This CD reissue, which contains music originally released on two LPs, gives the group an opportunity to star. Their brand of bop-flavored Latin-jazz is pleasing if often bordering on easy-listening. In addition to the leader, this release features altoist Bobby Capers, (on half of the numbers), vibraphonist Willie Coleman, either Jose Ricci or Artie Jenkins on piano, bassist Bill Ellington and Phil Newsom on drums and timbales, giving one a good example of their music.

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Monday, 2 August 2010

The Latin Jazz Quintet ”Latin Soul” Re-Uploaded

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The Latin Jazz Quintet

”Latin Soul”
( LP Prestige/New Jazz 1965 )
Catalog # NJ 8231

1.Blues waltz
3.Sunday go meetin’
4.Mambo bobbie
1.Rip a dip
2.Monk’s bread
3.Red top
4.Dilly dali

Juan Amalbert Leader & conga drum
Bill Ellington Bass
Bobby Capers Alto sax
Artie Jenkins Piano
Jose Ricci Piano
Willie Coleman Vibes & melodica
Phil Newsom Drums & timbales

Prestige New Jazz 8321 1965

Original post on the free blog: 24/08/2007

Courtesy of Bill

Info: People Get Ready, There’s a Trane A-Comin’

1957 was a tumultuous year for the tenor and soprano saxophone great John Coltrane. In just those twelve months, Trane was fired by Miles, hired by Monk, and placed in charge of his only Blue Note date as a leader. The resulting Blue Train, featuring the now-standard title cut, is a doozy; on board for the session was trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, and the bass and drums dream team of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. In a 1960 radio interview, Trane proclaimed Blue Train his favorite of his own recordings.

Kenny Dorham ''Jazz Contemporary''

Kenny Dorham

''Jazz Contemporary''
Year Of Release: September 15, 2004
Label: M&I Japan

Quality: mp3 | Joint Stereo
Bitrate: 320 kbps | 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 62 min 00 sec
Total Size: 147.4 mb

01. A Waltz
02. Monk's Mood
03. In Your Own Sweet Way
04. Horn Salute
05. Tonica
06. This Love of Mine
07. Sign Off
08. A Waltz (Alternate Take)
09. Monk's Mood (Alternate Take)
10. This Love of Mine (Alternate Take)

Source: Internet

Eric Dolphy ''The Complete Latin Jazz Sides''

Eric Dolphy

''The Complete Latin Jazz Sides''
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Gambit Records

Quality: MP3
Bitrate: VBR
Total Time: 79:16
Total Size: 110.26 MB

01. Caribe (10:08)
02. Blues In 6/8 (5:47)
03. First Bass Line (4:07)
04. Mambo Ricci (6:57)
05. Spring Is Here (5:08)
06. Sunday Go Meetin (5:50)
07. You re The Cutest One (3:42)
08. Speak Low (4:54)
09. I Got Rhythm (2:37)
10. A Night In Tunisia (3:51)
11. Cha Cha King Listen (2:34)
12. I Wish I Were In Love Again (3:03)
13. You Don t Know What Love Is (4:04)
14. Lover (2:46)
15. Mangolina (2:08)
16. April Rain (6:28)
17. Man From South Africa (5:12)

Source: Internet

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Lee Morgan ''Plays Benny Golson''

Lee Morgan

''Plays Benny Golson''
Year Of Release: 2010

Quality: mp3 | Joint Stereo
Bitrate: 320 kbps | 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 01 h 19 min 42 sec
Total Size: 190.6 mb

01. Just by Myself
02. Whisper Not
03. City Lights
04. Hasaan's Dream
05. Mesabi Chant
06. I Remember Clifford
07. Latin Hangover
08. Domingo
09. Tempo de waltz
10. Where Am I
11. Slightly Hep


Source: Internet

Jeanne Lee ''Natural Affinities''

Jeanne Lee

''Natural Affinities''
Year Of Release: August 26, 2003
Label: Sunny Side

Quality: mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 59 min 53 sec
Total Size: 139.0 mb

01. Mingus Meditations
02. I Thought About You
03. Journey To Edaneres
04. Bushwhacked
05. Free Space
06. Trilogy
07. Ambrosia Mama

Source: Internet

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