Friday, 26 February 2010

B.T. Express ''Keep It Up''

B.T. Express

''Keep It Up''
( LP Coast To Coast/Roadshow Records, 1982 )
Catalog # FZ 38001, FZ 38001


Tracklisting:
A1 This Must Be The Night For Love 6:57
A2 It's Got To Be You 6:32
A3 Star Child 4:08
B1 Keep It Up 6:56
B2 Just Can't Stop Dancin' 6:18
B3 Dancin' Dream 4:47
B4 Let Yourself Go 4:50

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Direction] - Allen Weinberg
Backing Vocals - Bill Risbrook, Dennis Rowe
Bass - Jamal Rasool
Drums - Tyrone "Turkey" Govane
Engineer [Assistent] - Chris Czeh, Dmitri Rizer, Marco Utano, Ray Volpe
Executive Producer - Fred Frank
Flute - Bill Risbrook, Gene Ghee
Guitar - Rick Thompson
Lead Vocals - William Robinson
Management [Personal Manager] - King Davis
Other [Marketing And Promotion Coordination] - Sanford Fagin
Other [Production And Publishing Coordination] - Nancy Ruehs, Steven M. Grossman
Percussion - Dennis Rowe
Photography [Cover Photo] - Brian Hagawara
Producer [Associate Producer] - Brad Baker
Producer, Engineer - Glen Kolotkin
Saxophone - Bill Risbrook, Gene Ghee
Vocals - Jamal Rasool, Rick Thompson

Notes:
Recorded At Eras Recording And Nola Recording, New York, NY
Mastered At CBS Recording Studios, New York on the CBS DisComputer System by Stew Romain
Special Thanks To The Following Musicians:
Lou Soloff, Jerry Niewood, Joe Shepley, Andrew Washington, Lance Quinn,
Jerry Friedman, Tinker Barfield, Brian Brake, Robbie Kondor, Jim Gregory, Joe Mosello, Kinny Landrum,
Myra Casales, Tap Rebillot, Jim Young, Danny Cahn, Bob Smith, Ron Cuber, Jesse Levy
Format:Vinyl, LP
Country:US
Released:1982
First release includes the short version of ''Keep It Up'' (3:23), not as on this LP.

By Pier

The Latin Jazz Quintet/Eric Dolphy ''Caribé''

The Latin Jazz Quintet/Eric Dolphy

''Caribé''
( LP Prestige/New Jazz Records, 1960 )
Catalog # NJLP 8251


Tracklisting:
Sunday Go Meetin'
First Bass Line
Mambo Ricci
Blues In 6/8
Spring Is Here
Caribé

Personnel & Notes:
Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl)
Carlie Simons (vib)
Gene Casey (p)
Bill Ellington (b)
Manny Ramos (d, tim)
Juan Amalbert (cga)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 19, 1960
** Also issued on Prestige MPP 2503 entitled "Eric Dolphy - Caribe". Fantasy OJCCD 819-2.

Review:
The innovative Eric Dolphy plays alto, flute and bass clarinet solos on this set led by Juan Amalbert & His Latin Jazz Quintet. The problem is that the other musicians essentially ignore Dolphy, never reacting to his explosive flights, seemingly content to play their quiet rhythmic bop music as if he were not present. Still, Dolphy's improvisations make this odd date worth picking up.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Pier

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Souljazz Orchestra ''Rising Sun''

The Souljazz Orchestra

''Rising Sun''
( 2xLP Strut Records, 2010 )
Catalog # STRUT058LP


Tracklisting:
1 Awakening 2:51
2 Agbara 4:58
3 Negus Negast 5:03
4 Lotus Flower 5:19
5 Mamaya 4:20
6 Serenity 7:53
7 Consecration 7:35
8 Rejoice Pt. 1 2:20
9 Rejoice Pt. 2 5:10

Notes:
Format:2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:2010

Biography:
A multi-cultural, high-energy collective from Ottawa, Ontario, the Souljazz Orchestra -- featuring keyboardist Pierre Chrétien, alto saxophonist Zakari Frantz, baritone saxophonist Ray Murray, tenor saxophonist Steve Patterson, and percussionist Marielle Rivard, all of whom are also vocalists -- took root in 2002 and debuted with a fully developed sound that fused Latin and African jazz, funk, and Afro-Beat. The group’s first album was Uprooted, released in 2005 on the Funk Manchu label, but it was the overtly political 2006 single “Mista President,” off second album Freedom No Go Die (Do Right!), that really increased their audience, voted to the number nine spot in the 2006 Top 30 of BBC DJ Gilles Peterson's Worldwide program. Manifesto, the third Souljazz Orchestra album, was released in 2008. Two years later, they moved to the higher-profile Strut label for Rising Sun, another Peterson favorite.
By Andy Kellman (AMG)

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By Pier

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Duke Jordan "Flight To Jordan"

Duke Jordan

( LP Blue Note Records, 1960 )
Catalog # BLP 4046


Personnel:
Duke Jordan - Piano
Dizzy Reece - Trumpet
Stanley Turrentine - Tenor Sax
Reginald Workman - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums

Recorded on August 4, 1960 at theVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Tracklisting:
01 Flight to Jordan
02 Star Brite
03 Squawkin'
04 Deacon Joe
05 Split Quick
06 Si-Joya
07 Diamond Stud [*]
08 I Should Care [*]

** Also issued on Blue Note BST 84046,CDP 7 46824-2.

Review:
Duke Jordan, who played regularly with the Charlie Parker Quintet in 1947, has long been known as a superior bebop pianist whose style was touched by the genius of Bud Powell's innovations. This quintet album (which also features trumpeter Dizzy Reece and the young tenor Stanley Turrentine) gave Jordan an opportunity to record six of his originals and, although none became as well-known as his "Jordu," the music has plenty of strong melodies and variety. This is one of Duke Jordan's better recordings and is quite enjoyable. [Blue Note's reissue included "Diamond Stud" and "I Should Care" as bonus tracks.]
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Rob

Melba Moore ''Living To Give''

Melba Moore

''Living To Give''
( LP Mercury Records, 1972 )
Catalog # SR 61255


Tracklisting:
A1 Time And Love
A2 I Messed Up On A Good Thing
A3 The Flesh Failures (Let The Sun Shine In)
A4 Captain St Lucifer
A5 I Love Making Love To You
A6 Reprise (Let The Sun Shine In)
B1 We're Living To Give (To Each Other)
B2 Sunny
B3 Easy To Be Hard
B4 He Come Down This Morning
B5 People
B6 The Facade


Note:
Format:Vinyl, LP, Promo
Country:US
Released:1972
Her debut album of pop and Broadway tunes, plus "Purlie."
(From AMG)

By Pier

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Memphis Black ''Soul Club''

Memphis Black

''Soul Club''
( LP Sunset Records, Germany, 2007, Reissue )
Catalog # SLS 50 059 Z
( Original release: 1969 )


Tracklisting:
1. Why Don't You Play The Organ, Man 2:37
2. Stagger Lee 2:47
3. Chain Of Fools 2:43
4. Hey Joe 2:02
5. Amen 3:12
6. Whole Lotta Woman 1:25
7. Hang 'Em High 3:19
8. Soul Man 2:29
9. Sister Aretha 2:55
10. Gimme Little Sign 1:41
11. I'm A Midnight Mover 2:01
12. Soul Finger 2:02

Credits:
Organ and arrangements - Ingfried Hoffmann
Producer - Siegfried E. Loch

Note:
The recordings of “Memphis Black” are soulful and pure. They show off the pulsating Hammond Sounds of Ingfried Hoffmann, that have made him the most exciting German organist of the 60’s and 70’s. This rare album “Soul Club” contains Hoffmann’s Hammond originals and tunes that famous American artists released before, all in a warm soul style that pervades every tune on this classic recording session spotlighting the exciting but short-lived German studio project “Memphis Black”. The menu is strictly soul food: blues, gospel, soul and all the musical connotations that magnify the musical ability of black artist are apparent in a twelve-course meal, turning the listeners “on” with unique renditions of classic tunes and adding own compositions to total colour of the instrumental album. “Why Don’t You Play The Organ, Man” and “Hang ‘Em high” were immediately pulled off the original Lp for DJs and consequently released on 7inches in the UK, having a great impact in the Northern Soul scene until today. Later on, Infgried Hoffmann resigned from the organ scene in purpose of composing and arranging for the mass media, expressing his ability for the merging of different musical worlds within countless soundtrack productions, still working very successfully in Cologne until today
The Stax label, Carla Thomas or Booker T. & and M.G.’s, all out of Memphis, were personally dedicated to making soul music the popular music of the US and Europe. They established their musical style on an international scale and paved the way for the sons of Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin, that dominated the popular soul scene of the 60s. Then famous German producer Siegfried E. Loch came up with the idea to record a true Hammond soul album with a studio group in Germany, presenting authentic “Black” music from “Memphis”.
Composer and arranger Ingfried Hoffmann is a true creative genius and musical talent, always learning and growing in order to reamin relevant to the complex and rapidly changing musical scene. Born in Slettin in 1935 and first of all playing piano, he was already performing to audiences at the age of ten. Infried soon interrupted his studies of classical misc and philosophy for playing jazz in various formations. After recording his first Hammond jazz Lp with René Thomas, Helmut Kandlberger and Klaus Weiss in 1963, he soon became the organist of the internationally famous Klaus Doldinger Quartet and worked with jazz stars like Attila Zoller or Lucy Thompson on numerous outstanding productions. The man was also chosen for “best jazz pianist and organ player” in Germany and even toured with his own band “steel organ”, a name that he often used for his beloved Hammond B3.
Is there an explanation for the musical versatility of Infgried Hoffmann? “it’s the curiosity for experiencing the world and myself, staying interested in new tasks and realizing the necessity to leave secure paths in order to grow and search for the musical unusualness.” This man’s really got soul…

Covers here.

Courtesy of Organdude

Ingfried Hoffmann ''Ingfried Hoffmann Plays Jazz For Secret Agents - Hammond Bond''

Ingfried Hoffmann

''Ingfried Hoffmann Plays Jazz For Secret Agents - Hammond Bond''
( Compilation, Boutique Jazzclub Records, 2007 )
Catalog # 06025 1730454, 06025 1730454


Tracklisting:
1. Thunderball 2:45
2. Yeah, Dr. No 4:01
3. Goldfinger 2:33
4. 007 Bond Street 2:31
5. James Only Lives Twice 4:25
6. Midnight Bossa Nova 3:17
7. From Russia With Love 2:40
8. Sharp Sharks 3:15
9. TV-Swing 4:15
10. Playgirl 2:48
11. Phantom's Walk 2:56
12. Vabanque At Casino Royale 5:04
13. Soul Twist 6:10
14. Let Live And Die 4:04

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By - Ingfried Hoffmann (tracks: 01 to 09, 11 to 14)
Arranged By, Producer - Peter Thomas (tracks: 10)
Artwork By [Cover Illustration] - Sebastian Hartmann
Artwork By [Design] - Knut Schötteldreier
Bass - Helmut Kandlberger (tracks: 06, 09, 13) Peter Trunk (tracks: 01 to 05, 07, 08, 10 to 12, 14)
Compiled By - Matthias Künnecke
Drums - Klaus Weiss (tracks: 06, 09, 13) Rafi Lüderitz (tracks: 01 to 05, 07, 08, 10 to 12, 14)
Guitar - René Thomas (tracks: 06, 09, 13) Volker Kriegel (tracks: 01 to 05, 07, 08, 11, 12, 14)
Guitar [12-string] - Pierre Cavalli (tracks: 01 to 05, 07, 08, 11, 12, 14)
Organ [Hammond] - Ingfried Hoffmann
Producer - Siegfried E. Loch (tracks: 01 to 09, 11 to 14)

Note:
Ingfried Hoffmann, born 1935, may be best known in his home country of Germany for his successful film and TV music. But his roots are in jazz. In the 1960s, he had the reputation of being Europe’s best Hammond B-3 organist, a talent that has occasionally overshadowed his equal skill as a pianist, arranger and composer. As a member of Klaus Doldinger’s famed quartet, Hoffmann won several polls as German’s best jazz organist and pianist. He also recorded solo albums under his own name and a highly collectable soul album under the alias of Memphis Black. When, in the mid-1960s, Hoffmann and his producer Siegfried E. Lock decided to record ‘From Twen With Love’, and album suggested by the James Bond films, the Bond craze was at its height, following the worldwide success of ‘Thunderball’. Inspired by the first four Bond films, and the novels of Ian Fleming, Hoffmann not only laid down fantastic interpretations of Bond themes, but also shone with compositions of his own dedicated to the famous super spy. The album now receives its first reissue here. With four related bonus tracks from other Ingfried Hoffmann sessions.
More info here.

Courtesy of Organdude

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Jesse Morrison "The Versatility Of Jesse Morrison"

Jesse Morrison

"The Versatility Of Jesse Morrison"
( LP Abet Records, 1975 )
Catalog # Abet 408


Tracklisting:
1. Shakey Puddin' - 4:00
2. Loving you - 4:25
3. Stop,Look & Listen - 3:09
4. Love Won't Let Me Wait - 7:00
5. Hound Dog - 3:09
6. There Will Never Be Another You - 4:00
7. Muddy Water - 2:35
8. Ease On Down The Road - 3:35
9. Tell Me Can You Feel It - 5:26

Notes:
Format:Vinyl, LP
Country:US
Released:1975


Review:
Groovy funky flute tracks, and similar to other instrumental albums on the Abet label -- like work by Oliver Sain. Jesse's in the lead on flute and tenor, and is accompanied by electric keyboards and organ. The groove's not as totally hard and funky as Oliver Sain, but still pretty groovy. With "Shakey Puddin'", "Tell Me You Can Feel It", and some covers like "Loving You" and "Stop Look & Listen".
© 1996-2010, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

More info here: Worldsoul

By Pier

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Timo Lassy ''Round Two''

Timo Lassy

''Round Two''
( Ricky Tick Records, 2010 )
Catalog # RTCD014


Tracklisting:
01. The More I Look at You Feat Jose James 04:17
02. Shifting Winds 05:57
03. Ya Dig Feat Jose James 03:43
04. Some Love 05:47
05. Deeper into 05:44
06. Fooling Rosetta 06:11
07. Backyard Puma 05:50
08. Buzz Beater Stomp 04:24

Release Notes:
Timo Lassy has been a prominent figure in the field of contemporary jazz with firm roots and a strong rhythmic presence ever since the early 2000’s. His work with the Blue Note recording U-Street All Stars, the ever-so-successful The Five Corners Quintet, and of course his own ensemble, the Timo Lassy Band, has gained the man a steady international following in addition to domestic success. His 2007 debut “The Soul & Jazz of Timo Lassy” ranks among the most celebrated releases on the Ricky-Tick label, and Lassy himself, pre “Round Two”, is noted as a force to be reckoned with in any given setting.
The cast of characters on the new album is strictly A-list. The hard-hitting drummer on board, Teppo “Teddy Rok” Mäkynen also co-produced the album with Lassy, and the ensemble is larger than usually heard in both size and effect. Jukka Eskola on trumpet, Georgios Kontrafouris on piano, and Antti Lötjönen on bass are just some of the canny players heard on “Round Two”. The vocalist in residence in none the lesser in importance. In fact, he’s the go-to guy of 21st century vocal jazz, José James.
James, hailing from Minneapolis, connected with Timo Lassy whilst on the ranks of Nicola Conte’s jazz combo. During his brief visit to Helsinki, he both gave the album an undisputable edge on the two collabo tracks, ‘The More I Look at You’ and ‘Ya Dig’, and dipped into the local culture at large by visiting a traditional Finnish sauna.
Even with all the top-notch supporting cast, there is no denying that “Round Two” is Timo Lassy’s masterpiece thus far. Building on the success of his first album, Lassy takes big steps forward as a composer, arranger, producer, plus instrumentalist here. The material on the LP meanders effortlessly, while possessing the fingerprint of its creator all the way through. The able-bodied soloists have sufficient room for manouvre, while maintaining a compact and dynamic sonic presence at all times.
When considering the message of Timo Lassy and his music, one cannot omit the realisation of just how deeply immersed in innovation yet easily approachable his sound is. The roots of jazz with attitude are there, but the execution is distinctively 21st century without sounding selfrighteously retro.
This is pure high-quality jazz “post” the “modern” age.

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By Pier

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff "Road Tested"

Hank Crawford/Jimmy McGriff

( Milestone Records, 1997 )
Catalog # 9274

Tracklisting:
01 Peanuts
02. I Only Have Eyes for You
03. Happy Feet
04. For Sentimental Reasons
05. Caravan
06. Road Tested
07. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
08. Mr. P.C.
09. Summertime
10. Little Bit South of East St. Louis

Personnel:
Hank Crawford - Alto Saxophone
Jimmy McGriff - Hammond X-B3 organ
Wayne Boyd - Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on June 30 & July 1, 1997.

Review:
Jimmy McGriff continued on a high roll on his second tour with Milestone, taping another dual-billed soul-jazz album with the redoubtable Hank Crawford. You know what to expect by now -- hardass, down-home, blues-drenched organ trio-plus-sax grooving -- but this is a really potent gusher of that genre, rising to the level of McGriff's idiom-defining The Dream Team from 1996. Throughout, Crawford produces some sterling roadhouse tenor work and guitarist Wayne Boyd stays resolutely in the pocket. Drummer Bernard Purdie stokes the engines from the opening crack of the funky "Peanuts," and contributes to a refreshingly kicking transformation of "I Only Have Eyes for You," and lays on a devastating backbeat whenever asked. John Coltrane's minor blues "Mr. P.C." also responds well to the soul-jazz treatment. Recorded the old-fashioned Prestige way -- in two sessions, with Bob Porter producing in Rudy Van Gelder's studio -- it's amazing and gratifying that bluesicians are still allowed to make records this way.
By Richard S. Ginell (AMG)

By Rob

Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon ''Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache: The Best Of 1968-1975''

Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon

''Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache: The Best Of 1968-1975''
( Compilation, Kent Records, UK, 2008 )
Catalog # 307


Tracklisting:
1 Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache (Linzer, Randell) 2:36
2 When Love Has Gone Away (Lilljequist) 3:08
3 Let's Hang On (Crewe, Linzer, Randell) 3:07
4 Stoned Soul Picnic (Nyro) 3:05
5 I Ain't Lyin' (Johnson) 2:08
6 Baby, Make Your Own Sweet Music (Linzer, Randell) 3:00
7 On the Day We Fall in Love (Linzer) 2:46
8 Dancing Master (Linzer, Randell) 3:10
9 I Wish It Would Rain (Penzabene, Strong, Whitfield) 2:55
10 You Blew Your Cool and Lost Your Fool (Fullilove) 2:46
11 Are You Ready for This (Adams, Barkan, Ross) 2:31
12 People Got to Be Free (Brigati, Cavaliere) 2:56
13 Don't Let It In (Fullilove) 3:03
14 You (Randell) 2:48
15 Girl from Harlem (Linzer, Randell) 3:13
16 Sweet Inspiration (Cameron) 3:06
17 In the Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me) (Macaulay, MacLeod) 3:09
18 United We Stand (Goodison, Hiller) 2:35
19 Sally, Put Your Red Shoes On (Cook, Greenaway, Macaulay) 2:57
20 Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) 3:07
21 Blame It (On the Pony Express) (Cook, Greenaway, Macaulay) 3:05
22 Gasoline Alley Bred (Cook, Greenaway, Macaulay) 3:35
23 High and Dry (Macaulay) 2:32
24 Music to My Heart (Knight, Neiman) 2:21

Notes:
Nick Robbins - Mastering
Tony Rounce - Liner Notes, Compilation

Review:
Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon were kind of oddballs as soul groups went, not so much for their music as for their unusual career path. Though Johnson and his group had little success in their native U.S., it was a different story over in the U.K., where they landed three Top Ten hits and a couple smaller ones in the late '60s and early '70s. This well-chosen compilation has a couple dozen of their tracks, all but one from 1967-1972 (the 1968-1975 date range of the title being off by one year), variously billed to the Bandwagon, Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon, or Johnny Johnson & His Bandwagon. Certainly the biggest and best of them is the 1968 number four British hit "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache," which sounds a little like a Motown record that you think you must have heard sometime on AM radio, but haven't (and which was later covered by Dexys Midnight Runners). None of the other late-'60s cuts are in the same league, and the Bandwagon often sound like a Motown group that couldn't quite stay on the roster. Sometimes, indeed, it seems as if they can't decide whether to emulate the Four Tops or the tougher side of the Temptations, sometimes coming off like a somewhat poppier version of the Four Tops. But while Johnson was far from the most original or talented of artists (and there are a few forgettable covers of soul and rock hits padding out his recorded repertoire), the discs he cut for Epic were on the whole pretty likable, if a little lightweight in their somewhat ersatz Motown feel. The Epic material takes up almost two-thirds of this compilation, but the disc does also include just slightly poppier stuff he did in the early '70s, including the big British hits "Blame It (On the Pony Express)" -- whose chorus lifts a hook from the theme to the Scooby Doo cartoon -- and "Sweet Inspiration." Also among the later cuts is what has to be the strangest cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man" this side of William Shatner, done with such an overt belting early-'70s soul arrangement that you might not even recognize the song until the chorus.
By Richie Unterberger (AMG)

By Pier

Various Artists ''Jazz Funk Monsters''

Various Artists


Tracklisting:
Caveman Boogie - Lesette Wilson
El Bobo - Webster Lewis
Valdez In The Country - Donny Hathaway
Life Is Like A Samba - David Benoit
Brazilian Love Affair - George Duke
Sausalito - Grover Washington
Sweet Power Your Embrace - James Mason
Slick Eddie - Sonny Stitt
Harlem Boys - Sonny Rollins
Bad Bad Simba - O'Donel Levy

Note:
Here's 10 of the best Jazz/Funk tunes ever! I like them all,I hope you do to.

By Andy

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Various Artists ''Jazz In Living Colour''

Various Artists


Tracklisting:
(I Dream) In Living Colour - Carmen Lundy
Twisted Blues - Bobby Broom
No Hype Blues - The Deep Blue Organ Trio
Cerulean Blues - Eddie Henderson
Bye Bye Blackbird - Ray Brown Trio
Rainbow People - Steve Turre
Paint It Black - Joe Pass
Red Top - Oscar Peterson

Here's a nice colourful collection,enjoy.

By Andy

Monday, 15 February 2010

Johnny Johnson & His Bandwagon ''Soul Survivor''

Johnny Johnson & His Bandwagon

''Soul Survivor''
( LP Bell Records, 1970 )
Catalog # SBLL 138


Tracklisting:
A1 (Blame It) On The Pony Express
A2 Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)
A3 Gasoline Alley Bred
A4 He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
A5 Sweet Inspiration
B1 In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)
B2 United We Stand
B3 Games People Play
B4 Something
B5 Pride Comes Before A Fall
B6 Never Let Her Go

Credits & Notes:
Producer - Tony Macaulay
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:1970

Biography:
Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon were a U.S. vocal soul group, prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Originally known simply as The Bandwagon, they were formed in 1967 and featured Artie Fullilove, Billy Bradley, Terry Lewis and lead singer Johnny Johnson (born Johnny Mathis (sic), 20 July 1944, Rochester, New York - d. 1979).
They had their first major UK hit in October 1968 with "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache", written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, on the Direction label, part of CBS, which reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1969 the group disbanded, and all subsequent releases were billed as Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon. In effect, the act was basically Johnson plus additional vocalists, who were hired for recording, touring and TV performances. Because they had been so much more successful in Britain and Europe, they based themselves in London, with songwriter Tony Macaulay being primarily responsible for the next stage of their career. They had top ten hits with "Sweet Inspiration" (1970), and "(Blame It) On The Pony Express" (1970).[The latter track was written by Macaulay, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Their recording career continued through the 1970s, with a 1971 LP Soul Survivor, produced by Macaulay, as well as subsequent, less successful singles that year including "Sally Put Your Red Shoes On" and a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, "Mr Tambourine Man", on the Bell label.
They left Bell, for further singles including "Honey Bee" (1972), on Stateside Records, and "Music to My Heart" (1975), on Epic Records, written and produced by Biddu.
Their early hits are still revered as Northern soul classics, as they espoused a more commercial pop-soul style similar in sound to that of early Tamla Motown, as opposed to the more funky progressive style favoured by contemporaries like Sly & the Family Stone and The Isley Brothers.
"Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache" enjoyed a new lease of life in 1980, when covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on the b-side of "Geno", and as an album track in 1981 on a solo album by Bram Tchaikovsky, formerly of the Motors. It was also popular in UK soul clubs, during the early 1980s.
Johnson had not been well for several years, and the pressures of constantly touring during the early 1970s took a heavy toll. He died of cancer in 1979.[2] Their frontman is not to be confused with Chuck Berry's sideman, Johnnie Johnson.
From Wikipedia

By Pier

Friday, 12 February 2010

MFS Radio Presents: ''The Word Is: FUNK!'' (Some underrated funk from the vaults) The Tracks - Compilation

MFS Radio Presents:

''The Word Is: FUNK!''
(Some underrated funk from the vaults)
The Tracks - Compilation


Tracklisting:
1. Lyn Collins - Think
2. Mary Jane Hooper - I've Got Reasons
3. Elsie Mae - Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (Part 1)
4. Esther Phillips - You're Coming Home
5. Ann Mason - You Can't Love Me In The Midnight Hour
6. Ruby & The Party Gang - Ruby's Suprise Party
7. Detroit City Limits - Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax
8. Miles Grayson - Stuck In The Mud
9. Joe & Everyday People - Sleep Walk (Part 2)
10. Don Thompson - Hang Loose
11. Ronald Louis Smith - Love Talk
12. Sir Wallace & The Belairs - Green Power
13. Gene Waiters - Shake & Shingaling (Part 1)
14. Force Of Nature - Unemployment Blues
15. Abraham - Hook And Boogie (Part 2)
16. Magic Sam - Sams Funk
17. Brass Monkey - Funky Monkey
18. Ice - Funky Bunch
19. Don High And Mighty - Black Cojack (7'' Version)
20. Little Milton - Grits Ain't Groceries

Selected By JP
A My Favourite Sound© Production, 2010
(Tracks are in alphabetical order)

Radio program (non-stop) available here.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

MFS Radio Presents: ”Gettin’ Hot Volume 5 - Old School Instrumentals” Music For Your Happiness

MFS Radio Presents:

”Gettin’ Hot Volume 5 - Old School Instrumentals”
Music For Your Happiness


Tracklisting:
01 - George Clinton - Atomic Dog
02 - Vicious 4 - Getting To The Point
03 - Kurtis Blow - Party Time
04 - Fresh 3 Mc's - Fresh
05 - Jamose - Dance To The Megablast
06 - Malcolm X - No Sell Out
07 - Kurtis Blow - Nervous
08 - Monzie D & Too Quick - Intelligence
09 - T Ski Valley - Valley Style
10 - Roxanne Shante - Go On Girl
11 - Run DMC - The Ave
12 - K-Rob Vs Rammelzee - Beat Bop
*** Bonus Track - Latifah - Wrath Of My Madness (Madapella)

Note:
All instrumental/b-side versions or dub versions
Selected By JP
A My Favourite Sound© Production, 2010

Various Artists ''TSF Explores Blue Note 2''

Various Artists

''TSF Explores Blue Note 2''
( Compilation, Blue Note Records, France, 2007 )


Tracklisting:
1. Dead End Street - Lou Rawls
2. Solomon Ilori Prayer - Art Blakey
3. Merci Bon Dieu - Charlie Rouse
4. I'M On My Way - Cannonball Adderley
5. Artistry In Rhythm - Stan Kenton
6. Misty - Dakota Staton
7. Twist Chacha (Live) - Les Mc Cann
8. Last Train To Clarksville - The Oliver Nelson Orchestra & The Three Sounds
9. Camp Meetin - Don Wilkerson
10. If Love Is Good To Me - Sarah Vaughan
11. Love For Sale - Stan Kenton
12. Wipe Away The Evil - Horace Silver
13. Pretty Strange - Jon Hendricks
14. The Shadow Of Your Smile - Lou Rawls
15. Sack O'Woe - Les Mccann
16. It Got It Bad And That Ain'T Good - Nina Simone

Note/Comment:
I couldn't find a review for this,so you'll have to trust my judgement!
A nice collection of tracks from Blue Note France. Unlike most other recent compilations the majority of tracks are unique to this collection (and the original albums of course). If you like it I recommend you buy it along with Vols 1 & 3.

By Andy

Cassandra Wilson ''Traveling Miles''

Cassandra Wilson

''Traveling Miles''
( Blue Note Records, 1999 )
Catalog # 54123


Tracklisting:
1. "Run the Voodoo Down" (Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson) – 4:36
2. "Traveling Miles" (Wilson) – 4:52
3. "Right Here Right Now" (Marvin Sewell, Wilson) – 5:57
4. "Time After Time" (Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper) – 4:08
5. "When The Sun Goes Down" (Wilson) – 6:05
6. "Seven Steps" (Victor Feldman, Davis) – 6:44
7. "Someday My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 3:53
8. "Never Broken" (Wayne Shorter, Wilson) – 5:13
9. "Resurrection Blues (Tutu)" (Marcus Miller, Wilson) – 6:11
10. "Sky & Sea (Blue in Green)" (Davis, Wilson) – 5:24 *
11. "Piper" (Wilson) – 5:03
12. "Voodoo Reprise" (Davis, Wilson, Angelique Kidjo) – 4:15

Notes/Comments:
And Miles to Go. Cassandra Wilson has an original vocal and performance style in the same way the late Betty Carter did. They both are aggressively experimental in their phrasing with absolutely no qualms about pushing the envelope to the edge. They are both capable of seemingly approaching a devastating loss of control in their performance that is all of the time held firmly in place by their perfect concept swing. Wilson, indeed, is the most original jazz singer since Betty Carter.
Traveling Miles is ostensibly Wilson's tribute to Miles Davis. Davis' songbook is chock full of songs that a craftsman like Wilson could use to make a perfectly safe and superb tribute disc (much like Shirley Horn's I Remember Miles (Verve 314 557 199-2, 1998), one that takes no risks. But that is not what Wilson does. She takes about every chance she can, from penning her own lyrics to several Davis standards, including her own original material, to covering Miles' cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" in that half-lidded, laconic voice Wilson came into on her last two solo recordings. It is in her willingness to take chances, to push the music as far as it will go, that Cassandra Wilson captures the essence, and thereby honors the memory of Miles Davis.
Through The Looking Glass. A perfect example that demonstrates the depth and breadth of Wilson's talent and vision is the disc's opener and closer, "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew. Wilson spins lyrics heavily laced with delta blues myths and motifs and spreads them over the hypnotic anti-blues funk of Davis' early steps into fusion. It is a juxtaposition that is simple in its genius and genre smashing in its intention.
Fruit Salad. The entire disc is built on Wilson's intricate yet durable arrangments and instrument combinations. Like Berlioz in an opium dream, Wilson masterfully brings together the most original instrument combinations. Electric and acoustic guitars and effects are employed in unexpected and surprising ways. Slide guitars provide on one hand a faux amature folk sound (note "Right Here, Right Now") and a psychedelic blues experience on the other ("Resurrection Blues").
Individual contributions often rule. Vincent Henry's harmonica is downright tasty on the Wilson original, "When the Sun goes Down". Vib-meister Stefon Harris provides perfect counterpoint to pianist Eric Lewis, while Regina Carter's violin first flits around and then enters the groove of "Seven Steps to Heaven". Kevin Breit's electric mandolin provides a ticklish texture to "Someday My Prince Will Come".
This turns out to be perhaps the most enjoyable and unique Miles tribute. I can find damn little wrong with it. But a note of warning—I rarely find fault with Miles Davis or Cassandra Wilson.
Review by C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz)

Personnel:
Cassandra Wilson: Vocals and Acoustic Guitar;
Dave Holland, Lonnie Plaxico: Bass;
Olu Dara: Cornet;
Marvin Sewell, Kevin Briet, Doug Wamble, Pat Metheny: Guitars;
Jeff Haynes: Percussion;
Eric Lewis: Piano;
Marcus Baylor, Percy Wilson: Drums;
Vincent Henry: Harmonica;
Stefon Harris: Vibraphone;
Regina Carter: Violin;
Cecilia Smith: Marimba.

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By Andy

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Hank Crawford "After Dark"

Hank Crawford

( Milestone Records, 1998 )
Catalog # MCD-9279-2


Personnel:
Melvin Sparks - Guitar
Danny Mixon - Piano, Organ
Stanley Banks - Bass (#2-4-7 & 8)
Wilbur Bascomb - Bass (#1-3-5-6-9 &10)
Bernard Purdie - Drums

Note:
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Ciffs, NJ; February 23-24, 1998.

Tracklisting:
01. My Babe
02. Share Your Love With Me
03. Git It!
04. T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
05. Our Day Will Come
06. Mother Nature
07. That's All
08. St. Louis Blues
09. Beale Street After Dark
10. Amazing Grace

Review:
Hank Crawford's preferred nucleus of a band is back for another solid performance. Melvin Sparks and Bernard Purdie (guitar and drums) can be counted on to deliver solid performances, and they do. The group is rounded out by Danny Mixon (Piano and Organ) and Stanley Banks and Wilbur Bascomb sharing bass responsibilities. The tunes are roughly the same mix of standards and originals as on previous recordings. "My Babe", first recorded by blues harmonica virtuoso Little Walter Jacobs, and "Share Your Love with Me" show Mr. Crawford's ability to accomplish much with few notes. "Git it" shows how funky the band can get. An uptempo, shufflin' "T'Aint Nobody's Business if I Do" is a nice surprise-the groove is very relaxed but energetic. "That's All" should be required listening for many of today's "superstar" blues guitarists who would rather go down in a blaze of notes than LISTEN. Melvin Sparks should have his own album! In short, this is a consistent, satisfying album. Hank Crawford sounds as good as he ever has. I doubt there are too many alto players who have a tone as instantly recognizable and satisfying as he does.
By Melissa [Amazon]

By Rob

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Jesse Johnson ''Shockadelica''

Jesse Johnson

''Shockadelica''
( LP A&M Records, 1986 )
Catalog # 395122-1


Tracklisting:
01. Change Your Mind
02. Crazay (feat. Sly Stone)
03. Baby Let's Kiss
04. A Better Way
05. Do Yourself A Favour
06. She (I Can't Resist)
07. Addiction
08. Tonite
09. Burn You Up
10. Black In America
***Bonus track: Get To Know Ya

Personnel:
Jesse Johnson: guitar & lead voice
Michael Baker: guitars & vocals
Sonny Thompson, Keith Lewis & Tim Bradley: keyboards & vocals
Gerry Hubbard: bass & vocals
Rocky Harris: drums
William Doughty: percussion
Charmin Michelle & Kim Cage: vocals

Notes:
Recorded at: Jungle Love Studios, Sound Castle & Larrabee Sound, Minneapolis, 1986
Producer: Jesse Johnson
Engineers: Jesse Johnson, Kevin Madela & Steve Hodge

Biography:
Illinois-born funk/soul guitarist Jesse Johnson began playing guitar when he was 15, honing his chops in local rock bands throughout his teens and early twenties. On a friend's recommendation, he moved to Minneapolis, MN, where he became the lead guitarist and a primary songwriter for the city's extraordinairy funk-rock group, the Time. After writing "Jungle Love," the group's most memorable and highest-charting single, Johnson signed a solo deal with A&M in 1984 and released Jesse Johnson's Revue the following year. Shockadelica and Every Shade of Love followed, building on the inventive, elaborate sound he forged with the Time. By 1990 the group reformed and issued Pandemonium, which once again showcased his songwriting and guitar skills. The highlights of his solo albums were collected on 2000's Jesse Johnson: The Ultimate Collection.
By Heather Phares (AMG)

Review:
Mr. Johnson proves himself as a producer, song writer, arranger, musician, etc. on this album-even more so than on his first release. Even with this album, there was still the comparisions between he and Prince. And while some songs, in particular, "Addicttion" and "Burn You Up" sound like songs Prince would have composed, the vast majority of the album tends to veer away from this similarity. The song "Crazay" is an homage to old school funk-so it is very fitting that the legendary Sly Stone makes an appearance on this single. The song "A Better Way" is a blues-tinged track that showcases not only Mr. Johnson's guitar skills, but also his songwriting ability. It also gives a glimpse of the type of composition that would appear on his "Bare My Naked Soul"(1996)album. The acoustic "Black In America" is a well written reflection of the black experience in America. Other highlights include the hypnotic "Tonite", the danceable "She (I Can't Resist)", the reworked Pepe Willie song, "Do Yourself A Favor", "Baby Let's Kiss" and "Change Your Mind". I believe with Shockadelica, Mr. Johnson was beginning his evolution as an artist. An evolution that would come to fruition on his 1996 "Bare My Naked Soul" release.

By Pier

Monday, 8 February 2010

Various Artists ''Groove On Down Vol. 2''

Various Artists

''Groove On Down Vol. 2''
( 2xLp, Compilation, Soul Brother Records, UK, 2006 )
Catalog # LP SBPJ 30


Tracklisting:
A1 Rose Royce - Still In Love 5:39
Producer - Michael Nash
Written-By - Kenny Copeland , Michael Nash
A2 Whatnauts, The - Help Is On The Way 7:10
Producer - Thom Birdwell
Written By - James Carter
A3 Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real 5:06
Producer - David Paich , Marty Paich
Written-By - Cheryl Lynn , David Foster , David Paich
B1 Jackie Moore - This Time Baby 6:53
Producer - Bobby Eli
Written By - C. James , L. Bell
B2 Mandrill - Stay Tonite 7:50
B3 Ozone - Our Hearts Will Always Shine 4:03
Producer - Michael Stokes
C1 Rhyze - Bizzaar 4:33
Producer - Paul L. Kyser
Written-By - Leon Stuckey , Paul Kyser
C2 Brooklyn Express - You Need A Change Of Mind 6:33
Producer - Began Cekic , Fred Zarr
Written-By - Anita Poree , Leonard Caston
C3 Carol Williams - Can't Get Away (From Your Love) 7:06
Producer - Darryl Payne , Ray Velazquez
Written-By - Wayne Brathwaite
D1 Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix) 7:23
Producer - Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare
Remix - Larry Levan
Written By - T. Smith
D2 Active Force - Give Me Your Love 6:30
Producer - Michael Stokes
D3 World Premiere - Share The Night 7:25
Producer - Bernard Bullock , Douglas Pittman

Notes:
Format:2 x Vinyl, LP
Country:UK
Released:2006
Subtitle: Another 12 soulful boogie gems.

By Pier

Various Artists ''Groove On Down''

Various Artists

''Groove On Down''
( 2xLP, Compilation, Soul Brother Records, UK, 2004 )
Catalog # LP SBPJ 19


Tracklisting:
A1 Melba Moore - Standing Right Here 7:01
Producer - Gene McFadden , John Whitehead , Victor Carstarphen
A2 Harvey Mason - Groovin' You 6:15
A3 Charme - Georgy Porgy 5:58
B1 Garfield Fleming - Don't Send Me Away 5:06
Producer - David Morris Jr. , Roger Meltzer
B2 James Perry - April Lady 4:23
Producer - Alto Lee , Louis Foushee
B3 Dunn Pearson Jr. - Groove On Down 8:16
C1 Goldie Alexander - Show You My Love 6:29
Producer - Tony Green
C2 New Jersey Connection, The - Love Don't Come Easy 6:31
Producer - Eddie Saunders
C3 Hipnotic - Are You Lonely? 5:06
Producer - Allan Felder
D1 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll 7:30
D2 Circle City Band - Magic 6:34
Producer - Stanlee Paul
D3 Young & Company - I Like What You're Doing To Me 7:16

Credits:
Compiled By - Laurence Prangell

Notes:
Format:2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country:UK
Released:2004
12 full length and rare classic Disco/Boogie cuts.

By Pier

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Various Artists ''Hip Hammond & Soulful Grooves''

Various Artists

''Hip Hammond & Soulful Grooves''
( Compilation, Blue Note/EMI Records, 2006 )


Tracklisting:
Disc 1:
01. Face to Face (“Baby Face” Willette)
02. Brown Sugar (Freddy Roach)
03. And Satisfy (Stanley Turrentine)
04. Yeh Yeh (The Three Sounds)
05. The Jody Grind (Horace Silver)
06. Midnight Special (Jimmy Smith)
07. Along Came John (Big John Patton)
08. Grantstand (Grant Green)
09. Good Gracious (Lou Donaldson)
10. Our Miss Brooks (Harold Vick)
11. Preach Brother (Freddie Jackson)
12. Us Three (Horace Parlan)
Disc 2:
01. Wavy Gravy (Kenny Burrell)
02. Sara’s Dance (Stanley Turrentine)
03. Plaza de Toros (Larry Young)
04. Fat Judy (Big John Patton)
05. Hi Heel Sneakers (Blue Mitchell)
06. Dem Tambourines (Don Wilkerson)
07. Googa Mooga (Freddy Roach)
08. Amanda (Duke Pearson)
09. Funky Mama (Lou Donaldson)
10. Blackjack (Donald Byrd)
11. Egypt Land (Fred Jackson)

Note:
The Blue Note Explosion (2 disc set) is a compilation series from the team that brought you the Blue Series, the biggest selling jazz series ever. Main compiler Dean Rudland has compiled many successful compilation series in addition to his work at Blue Note, including BGPs Super Breaks and Super Funk compilations and EMI / Stateside's Minnie Riperton 'Les Fleurs' and David Axelrod 'Anthology'. The compilations will all cover distinct historical and stylistic phases of the label's history, gathering together tracks that are rarely anthologised alongside some of the more well known cuts. Each one will then be housed in a distinctive sleeve that looks like a Blue Note compilation that was done at the specific period covered by the release, but then left on a shelf and forgotten about until now. It creates a unique and wonderfully Blue Note feel to the whole series.
From JB-HIFI

Links in comments.

By Pier

Friday, 5 February 2010

Gene Ammons ''All-Star Sessions With Sonny Stitt''

Gene Ammons

( Prestige/OJC, 1991 )
Catalog # OJCCD-014-2


Personnel :
Gene Ammons with :
#1-2
Art Farmer - Trumpet
Lou Donaldson - Sax (Alto)
Freddie Redd - Piano
Addison Farmer - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums

#3-7 and 10
Sonny Stitt - Sax (Tenor)
Duke Jordan - Piano
Tommy Potter - Bass
Jo Jones - Drums

#8 and 11-12
Sonny Stitt - Sax (Tenor)
Junior Mance - Piano
Gene Wright - Bass
Wesley Landers - Drums

#9
Sonny Stitt - Sax (Tenor)
Bill Massey - Trumpet
Al Outcalt - Trombone
Charlie Bateman - Piano
Gene Wright - Bass
Teddy Stewart - Drums

Recorded Mar 5, 1950-Jun 16, 1955

Tracklist :
01 Woofin' and Tweetin'
02 Juggernaut
03 Blues Up and Down [Take 3]
04 Blues Up and Down [Take 2]
05 Blues Up and Down [Take 3]
06 You Can Depend on Me [Take 1]
07 You Can Depend on Me [Take 2]
08 Stringin' the Jug
09 New Blues up and Down
10 Bye Bye
11 When I Dream of You
12 A Lover Is Blue

Review :
This is an excellent recording that pieces together three separate sessions. The first, with Art Farmer and Lou Donaldson marked Ammons' return to jazz after exploring R&B for a period of time. The second and third sessions find "Jug" teaming up with his musical soulmate Sonny Stitt for two separate dates. Their interplay over the years produced some of jazz's most stimulating moments and they don't disappoint here. The songs are short, but the addition of numerous outtakes make for a long, satisfying listen. Essential.
By Robert Taylor (AMG)

By Rob

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Art Blakey ''In This Korner''

Art Blakey

''In This Korner''
( Concord Jazz Records, 1978 - Reissued:1992 )
Catalog # CCD-4068


Tracklisting:
1 Art Blakey Intro 1:17
2 Pamela 9:31
3 Unlimited 6:36
4 In This Korner 7:47
5 The Song Is You 7:28
6 Dark Side, Light Side 10:11
7 1977 A.D. 10:19
8 Blues For Two 7:33

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Dennis Irwin
Drums - Art Blakey
Piano - James Williams
Producer - Frank Dorritie
Saxophone [Alto] - Robert Watson
Saxophone [Tenor] - David Schnitter
Trumpet - Valerie Ponomarev

Notes:
Recorded live at Keystone Korner
San Francisco, CA May 1978.
Track # 7 was added to the Compact Disc and
is not on the original LP.
Country:Germany
Released:1992

Review:
Although one of the lesser-known editions of The Jazz Messengers, the sextet featured on this Concord session (trumpeter Valeri Ponomarev, altoist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist David Schnitter, pianist James Williams and bassist Dennis Irwin in addition to the leader/drummer) could hold its own with its more acclaimed predecessors and successors. Blakey always encouraged his sidemen to write new music, so on this set Williams, Watson and Ponomarev contributed fresh material for the hard-bop ensemble. Blakey fans should enjoy this underrated set.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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By Andy

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers “Straight Ahead”

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

“Straight Ahead”
( Concord Jazz Records, 1981 )
Catalog # CJ-168


Personnel & Notes:
Wynton Marsalis(tp)
Bobby Watson(as)
Bill Pierce(ts)
James Williams(p)
Charles Fambrough(b)
Art Blakey(ds)
Rec. Jun. 1981, live at 'Keystone Korner', San Francisco

Tracklisting:
(A-1)Fallin' In Love With Love
(A-2)My Romance
(A-3)Webb Cuty
(B-1)How Deep Is The Ocean
(B-2)E.T.A.
(B-3)The Theme

Review:
One of the best recordings by Art Blakey's 1981 Jazz Messengers, this set features Wynton Marsalis (then 19) on "How Deep Is the Ocean" and other illustrious sidemen (including altoist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce and pianist James Williams) playing such group pieces as "Falling in Love with Love," "My Romance" and Watson's "E.T.A." Highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Not available on the blog free edition.

By Andy

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Solid Solution ''Loving You''

Solid Solution

''Loving You''
( LP Silver Spoon Records, 1978 )
Catalog # 7118


Tracklisting:

Think About It, Girl
This Must Be Love
L.O.V.E.
Don't Ask Me
Once You Fall In Love
If It's Good To You
Loving You
Spending My Money

Notes:
Rare Detroit Modern Soul.
Independent label 1978 Detroit soul LP, featuring the highly sought after track 'Think About It Girl.' Never re-pressed or re-released, only available on this LP, never released a 7" single / 45.

By Pier

Monday, 1 February 2010

Various Artists ''Scotch & Sofa: Blue Note Mix Tape, Vol. 2''

Various Artists

''Scotch & Sofa: Blue Note Mix Tape, Vol. 2''
( Mixtape, Blue Note Records, 2000 )
Catalog # 7243 5 24415 1 8


Tracklisting:
A1 3 Sounds - Out Of This World 6:51
A2 Lonnie Smith - Dancing In An Easy Groove 11:57
B1 Earl Klugh - I Heard It Though The Grape Vine 7:12
B2 Duke Pearson - The Phantom 10:52
C1 Lou Donaldson - One Cylinder 6:30
C2 Donald Byrd - Estavanico 10:24
D1 Lee Morgan - Neophilia 8:33
D2 Donald Byrd - Xibaba 1:52
D3 Eddie Henderson - Nostalgia 4:10
D4 Bobby Hutcherson - Bouquet 7:57

Credits:
Compiled By - Booster

Note:
The second in Blue Note's new themed series is their after party set. The sophisticated chill-out compilation. With such an extensive back catalog to shoot at the compilers have narrowed things down to a kind of soul-jazz fusion flavor with Lonnie Smith's 'Dancing In An Easy Groove' perhaps best summing up the mood. Ten tracks in all with other artists including Earl Klugh, The Three Sounds, Lou Donaldson, Duke Pearson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Eddie Henderson and Bobbi Hutcherson. Sophisticated chill-out for those a little advanced for the cares and the challenges of the Cafe Del Mar. 2000.
(out of print or unavailable edition of this title)
This is just one mp3 file,no breaks.

By Andy

Marc Moulin ''Placebo Years 1971 - 1974''

Marc Moulin

''Placebo Years 1971 - 1974''
( Compilation Blue Note Records, 2006 )
Catalog # 00946 356688 2 7


Tracklisting:
1. Balek
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. N.W.
4. Polk
5. Showbizz Suite
6. S.U.S.
7. Aria
8. Stomp
9. Red Net

Personnel & Credits:
Acoustic Guitar - Nick Kletchkovsky, Philip Catherine
Arranged By - Marc Moulin
Clarinet [Bass] - Johnny Dover
Drums - Bruno Castellucci , Freddy Rottier, Garcia Morales, Jean-Pierre Oenraedt
Flugelhorn - Nick Fissette, Richard Rousselet
Flute - Alex Scorier, Johnny Dover
Guitar - Nick Kletchkovsky, Philip Catherine
Keyboards - Marc Moulin
Mastered By [Remastering] - Piet De Wachter
Percussion - Bruno Castellucci, Freddy Rottie, Garcia Morales, Jean-Pierre Oenraedt
Producer - Marc Moulin
Saxophone - Alex Scorier
Saxophone [Baritone] - Johnny Dover
Synthesizer - Marc Moulin
Trombone - Frans Van Dijk
Trumpet - Nick Fissette, Richard Rousselet
Trumpet [Electric] - Nick Fissette, Richard Rousselet

Notes:
A2 & B2 are from LP "Ball of Eyes" (recorded in august 1971)
A1 & A4 are from LP "1973" (recorded in April 1973 at Start Studio by Jean Paques)
A3, B1 & B3 are from LP "Placebo" (recorded in February 1974 at Studio Madeleine by Roland Leclercq)
Compilation of Moulin's years with avant-garde jazz/rock band Placebo (NOT the Britpop band), recorded between 1971-74. Moulin would later reach wider fame with his electronic outfit, Telex. EMI.

Biography:
Marc Moulin was a Belgian musician and journalist (print, radio, TV). He was a member of the avant-garde rock band Aksak Maboul in 1977 and formed the pop group Telex in 1978. Next to that Moulin was one of Belgium's jazz legends, making jazz records for over 30 years.

Covers here.

By Andy

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