Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Gloria Gaynor ''Anybody Wanna Party?'' 12''

Gloria Gaynor

''Anybody Wanna Party?'' 12''
( 12'' Polydor Records, 1978 )
Catalog # PD D 507

A Anybody Wanna Party? (Special New Disco Version) (7:41)
Written-By - Freddie Perren
B Anybody Wanna Party (Album Version)
C Anybody Wanna Party (Radio Version)
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: US
Released: 1978

Arranged By [Strings & Horns] - Peter Robinson
Producer [Associate], Arranged By [Rhythm] - Freddie Perren
Producer, Written-By - Dino Fekaris

From Album PD-1-6184 "LOVE TRACKS".
Produced for Grand Slam Productions.

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By Pier

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Various Artists ''Blue Pacific Funk''


Various Artists

''Blue Pacific Funk''
( Compilation, Blue Note Records )

1 Booker Ervin - East Dallas Special
Arranged By - Teddy Edwards
Bass - Reginald Johnson
Conductor - Teddy Edwards
Drums - Lenny McBrowne
Flugelhorn - Martin Banks , Ray Copeland
Piano - Kenny Barron
Saxophone [Tenor] - Booker Ervin
Trombone - Bennie Green , Britt Woodman
Trombone [Bass] - Benny Powell
Trumpet - Johnny Coles , Martin Banks , Ray Copeland , Richard Williams
2 Johnny Lytle - Done It Again
Bass - Major Holley
Congas - Don Alias
Drums - William "Peppy" Hinnant
Organ - Jim Foster
Vibraphone [Vibes] - Johnny Lytle
3 Richard "Groove" Holmes - This Here
Drums - Lawrence Marable
Guitar - Joe Pass
Organ - Richard "Groove" Holmes
4 Les McCann - Sack O' Woe
Bass - Paul Chambers
Drums - Paul Humphrey
Guitar - Joe Pass
Piano - Les McCann
5 Carmell Jones - Sad March
Bass - Gary Peacock
Drums - Leon Pettis
Piano - Frank Strazzeri
Saxophone [Tenor] - Harold Land
Trumpet - Carmell Jones
6 Les McCann And Jazz Crusaders, The - Spanish Castles
Bass - Bobby Haynes
Drums - "Stix" Hooper
Electric Piano - Les McCann
Organ - Joe Sample , Les McCann
Piano - Joe Sample , Les McCann
Saxophone [Tenor] - Wilton Felder
Trombone - Wayne Henderson
7 Charles Kynard With Clifford Scott - Where's It At
Drums - Milt Turner
Guitar - Howard Roberts
Organ - Charles Kynard
Saxophone [Tenor] - Clifford Scott
8 Gerald Wilson Orchestra - Paco
Bass - Leroy Vinnegar
Bongos - Modesto Duran
Drums - Chuck Carter
Guitar - Joe Pass
Piano - Jack Wilson
Saxophone [Alto] - Jimmy Woods , Joe Maini
Saxophone [Baritone] - Jack Nimitz
Saxophone [Tenor] - Harold Land , Teddy Edwards
Trombone - Bob Edmonson , Don Switzer , John Ewing , Lester Robinson
Trumpet - Al Porcino , Carmell Jones , Freddie Hall , Jules Chaikin , Nathaniel Meeks
9 Jazz Crusaders, The - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Bass - Leroy Vinnegar
Drums - "Stix" Hooper
Piano - Joe Sample
Saxophone [Tenor] - Wilton Felder
Trombone - Wayne Henderson
10 Billy Larkin And The Delegates - Pygmy
Drums - Mel Brown
Guitar - Hank Swarn
Organ - Billy Larkin
11 Freddie Robinson - Coming To Atlantis
Guitar - Freddie Robinson
12 Les McCann And Jazz Crusaders, The - All Blue
Bass - Bobby Haynes
Drums - "Stix" Hooper
Electric Piano - Les McCann
Organ - Joe Sample , Les McCann
Piano - Joe Sample , Les McCann
Saxophone [Tenor] - Wilton Felder
Trombone - Wayne Henderson
13 Jazz Crusaders, The - Turkish Black
Bass - Bobby Haynes
Drums - "Stix" Hooper
Piano - Joe Sample
Saxophone [Tenor] - Wilton Felder
Trombone - Wayne Henderson
14 Lenny McBrowne And 4 Souls, The - Soul Sisters
Drums - Herbie Lewis , Lenny McBrowne
Piano - Terry Trotter
Saxophone [Tenor] - Daniel L. Jackson
Trumpet - Donald Sleet
15 Wes Montgomery With Harold Land - Montgomeryland Funk
Bass [Fender Electric Bass] - Monk Montgomery
Drums - Tony Bazley
Guitar - Wes Montgomery
Piano - Buddy Montgomery
Saxophone [Tenor] - Harold Land
16 Paul Bryant - Burnin'
Bass - Jimmy Bond
Drums - Jimmy Miller
Guitar - Jim Hall
Organ - Paul Bryant
17 Booker Ervin - L.A. After Dark
Arranged By - Teddy Edwards
Bass - Reginald Johnson
Conductor - Teddy Edwards
Drums - Lenny McBrowne
Flugelhorn - Ray Copeland
Piano - Kenny Barron
Saxophone [Tenor] - Booker Ervin
Trombone - Bennie Green , Garnett Brown
Trombone [Bass] - Benny Powell
Trumpet - Charles Tolliver , Freddie Hubbard , Ray Copeland , Richard Williams

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Various Artists ''Get It Together''

Various Artists

''Get It Together''
( LP Mainstream Records - MRL 350 )

Charles Kynard - Smiling Faces Sometimes [reissued on MRL-413 Booty]
Charles McPherson - What's Going On [from MRL-329 Charles McPherson]
Dave Hubbard - Respect Yourself [reissued on MRL-413 Booty]
Charles McPherson - Have You Seen Her
Charles Kynard - Fire and Water
Dave And The Jay Jay's - Family Affair* [reissued on MRL-413 Booty]
Charles Williams - (Where Do I Begin) Love Story [from MRL-312 Charles McPherson]
Charles Kynard - It's Too Late [from MRL-331 Charles Kynard]
Johnny Coles - Never Can Say Goodbye [from MRL-346 Katumbo (Dance)]

*Assuming the "Dave" is Dave Hubbard since there seems to be absolutely no record anywhere of a group called "Dave and The Jay Jays".

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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Double Exposure ''Acetate 12'' Promo'' (Instrumental Versions)

Double Exposure

''Acetate 12'' Promo''
(Instrumental Versions)

Double Exposure - PICK ME (INSTRUMENTAL)

Label:Franford/Wayne Recording Lab5

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Toshiko Akiyoshi ''Just Be-Bop''

Toshiko Akiyoshi

''Just Be-Bop''
( Discomate Records, 1980 )
Cat # DSP-8102

"Kelo" (Johnson) – 5:02
"But Beautiful" (Van Heusen) – 5:15
"Serpent's Tooth" (Heath) – 5:25
"Mobious Trip" (Huffsteter) – 4:29
"Con Alma" (Gillespie) – 8:10
"I Thought About You" (Mercer, Van Heusen) – 4:39
"Joy Spring" (Brown) – 7:38


Mar 24&25, 1980 at Sage & Sound studio, Hollywood
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008

Andy's Note:
Here's a great album kindly sent to me by another UK Jazz Radio presenter Ray "The Jazz Rep" Porter.It's so good I just had to share it!

One of the coolest sessions we've ever heard from pianist Toshiko Akioshi – a great US session that features Charles McPherson on alto sax! The album definitely lives up to its bebop title, but it's also far more than that too – and really shows the depth in Akioshi's playing in the years since she first cracked the US scene in the 50s as a big devotee of Bud Powell's style. Although some tunes are boppish, there's a nice degree of sensitivity in the music too – and McPherson's alto sax really helps bring this side in strongly – as the album's almost that same mix of modes that he was showing in his great late 60s work as a leader for Prestige. Toshiko produced the session herself, and other players include Steven Huffsteter on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gene Cherico or Bob Bowman on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Titles include "Serpent's Tooth", "Mobius Trip", "Con Alma", "Joy Spring", "Kelo", and "I Thought About You". © 1996-2011, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Daddy Dewdrop ''Meet The Beat''

Daddy Dewdrop

( LP Inphasion Records, 1979 )
Catalog # INP-3902

A1 Hold On (To The Best Part Of Me) 6:17
A2 Nanu Nanu (I Wanna Funky With You) 3:48
A3 The Real Thing 3:20
A4 Turn On The Motion 5:20
B1 If Ya Wanna Wanna 6:12
B2 Do What Ya Come To Do 6:53
B3 Meet The Beat 5:10

Format:Vinyl, LP

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Monday, 11 April 2011

Henry Mancini ''Symphonic Soul''

Henry Mancini

''Symphonic Soul''
( LP RCA Records, 1975 )
Catalog # APD1-1025

Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Quadraphonic
CD-4 QuadraDisc LP.

A1 Symphonic Soul 2:26
A2 Butterfly 4:47
A3 Satin Soul 3:07
A4 Peter Gunn (New Version) 4:33
B1 Slow Hot Wind (Lujon) 2:43
B2 Pick Up The Pieces 3:36
B3 Sun Goddess 3:33
B4 Soul Saga (Song Of The Buffalo Soldier) 3:11
B5 African Symphony 3:38

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Al Kent ''Secret Sounds''

Al Kent

''Secret Sounds''
( BBE Records, 2009 )

Format:9 x File
Released:09 Dec 2009
Bitrate:320 kbps

1 I Like It 6:16
2 Come Back Home 5:33
3 Get Get Get Down Down 6:18
4 Disco Sex 6:56
5 Get Funky 7:57
6 Mint Minus 4:51
7 Reverb Is Your Friend 6:15
8 Strung Out 4:27
9 Tenner Rap 5:29

Al Kent ''Secret Sounds'' E.P. here (no pw).

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Dee Dee Bridgewater ''Love & Peace'' ( A Tribute To Horace Silver )

Dee Dee Bridgewater

"Love & Peace"
( A Tribute To Horace Silver )

Dee Dee Bridgewater performs 13 of Horace Silver's songs on this well-conceived release. On most selections she is accompanied by her French quintet, but there are also two guest appearances apiece for organist Jimmy Smith and pianist Silver himself ("Nica's Dream" and "Song for My Father"). Throughout, Bridgewater uplifts Silver's lyrics, proves to be in prime form, and swings up a storm. Other high points include "Filthy McNasty," "Doodlin'," and "Blowin' the Blues Away."

''Love & Peace'' ( A Tribute To Horace Silver ) was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals);
Lionel Belmondo (tenor saxophone);
Stephane Belmondo (trumpet);
Horace Silver, Thierry Eliez (piano);
Jimmy Smith (organ);
Hein Van De Geyn (bass);
Andre "Dede" Ceccarelli (drums).

1 Permit me to introduce you to yourself
2 Nica`s Dream
3 The Tokyo Blues
4 Pretty Eyes
5 Saint Vitus dance
6 You happened my way
7 Soulville
8 FilthyMcNasty
9 Song for my Father
10 Doodlin`
11 Lonely Woman
12 Blowin` the Blues away

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Joe Henderson ''So Near, So Far''

I picked this cd up in Brisbane last weekend,it's so good I just had to share it!

"Miles Ahead" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Jazz Instrumental Solo."

"So Near, So Far" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Jazz Instrumental, Individual or Group."

Although he only played with Miles Davis a handful of times in 1967, saxophonist Joe Henderson understood both the intricacies and the overall vision of the late trumpeter's music. Supported here by a world-class rhythm section, Henderson performs nine Davis selections plus the title track, a song popularized by Davis, but written by Tony Crombie and Benny Green.

On SO NEAR, SO FAR (MUSINGS FOR MILES), Henderson combines classic Davis tunes with some of the trumpeter's little-known compositions. The jaunty "Swing Spring" and the highly rhythmic "Side Car" are good examples of some of the rarer material presented on this disc. (Other tunes such as "Miles Ahead," "Milestones," and "Flamenco Sketches" should be more familiar to listeners.) As expected, Henderson and his band navigate their way through these tunes with panache. Guitarist John Scofield's subtle, yet supportive, comping is particularly effective throughout, as is drummer Al Foster's colorful use of percussion. The highlight of the record is the ensemble's hard-swinging version of "Joshua;" the time signature shifts on the bridge are especially complex, but Henderson and company glide through them effortlessly.

Recorded at the Power Station, New York, New York from October 12-14, 1992. Includes liner notes by Bill Milkowski.

Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone);
John Scofield (guitar);
Al Foster (drums).

Recording information:
Power Station Studios, New York, NY (10/12/1992-10/14/1992).
Photographers: David Gahr; Susan Ragan.
Arranger: Don Sickler.

Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone);
John Scofield (guitar);
Dave Holland (bass);
Al Foster (drums).

Entertainment Weekly (12/31/93, p.117) - Cited by Entertainment Weekly as one of `The Best Jazz Records Of 1993' - "...gorgeously, agelessly, tortured music..."
Q (6/93, p.97) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...It's refreshing to reflect on Davis as a composer rather than a soloist or band leader...Particular successes are `Circle' and `Flamenco Sketches,' where Henderson's sax really stretches out..."
Down Beat (3/93, p.33) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...[Henderson] is masterful throughout this well-sequenced program, toasting sublime lyricism on `Miles Ahead,' invoking Iberian mysteries on `Flamenco Sketches,' and summoning fire on `Side Car'...This is an excellent Miles album..."
JazzTimes (5/95, p.64) - "...There is a love of material and fellow musicians that is readily apparent in the way these four address this date that really completes the package. This could be the first great record of 1993."
Musician (4/93, p.90) - "...every inch as potent as his heralded tribute to Billy and painterly and heroically laid-back..."

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Monday, 4 April 2011

Donald Byrd ”Slow Drag” (FLAC - Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

Donald Byrd

”Slow Drag”
( LP Blue Note Records, 1967 )
Catalog # BST 84292

{2002 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG -> 258 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 92 Mb
Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 10 Mb
© 2002 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 5 35560 2 0 | 24-bit Remaster

Slow Drag 9:40
Secret Love 3:50
Books Bossa 6:45
Jelly Roll 5:10
The Loner 6:10
My Deal 6:15

Donald Byrd (tp) Sonny Red (as)
Cedar Walton (p) Walter Booker (b)
Billy Higgins (d, vo)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood
Cliffs, NJ, May 12, 1967

Slow Drag was one of trumpeter Donald Byrd's final hard bop dates. Teamed with altoist Sonny Red, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins (who takes a surprise vocal on the title cut), this quintet outing features originals by Byrd, Walton and Red along with the standards "Secret Love" and "My Ideal." The music in general finds Byrd looking both backwards toward the blues and forwards toward modal music and hints of the avant-garde. A fine effort.

Beautiful stuff — and one of the best Donald Byrd albums of the 60s! The album is a killer all the way through — recorded with a group that Byrd maintained for 2 years, one that featured Sonny Red on alto sax, Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums — all of whom come together magnificently in a razor-sharp formation, mixing hardbop and soul jazz with an edge that you’ll hardly find on any of Byrd’s other albums from the time. A lot of the credit is due to Sonny Red — who plays with a raspy tone that’s odd for the alto, and which really draws out Byrd’s solo skills. Walton’s got a heavy left-handed approach that really hits some great grooves — and the team of Booker and Higgins leap lyrically, yet also throw just the right amount of funk into the rhythms. Includes the Blue Break classic “Jelly Roll”, the amazing jazz dancer “Book’s Bossa”, and the sublime “Slow Drag”, one of the strangest groovers you’ll ever hear!

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Various Artists ''The Polydor Disco Anthology'' (8 Volumes)

Various Artists

''The Polydor Disco Anthology''
(8 Volumes)

1. I Love the Nighlife (Disco Round) 5:40 Alicia Bridges
2. Never Can Say Goodbye (A Tom Moulton Mix) 6:17 Gloria Gaynor
3. Risky Changes (Jim Burgess 12'' Remix) 7:17 Bionic Boogie
4. Stranger In Paradise (A Tom Moulton Mix) 10:14 Isaac Hayes
5. Got To Have Loving (Extended Version) 8:19
Don Ray
6. Paradise (Full Length Lp Version) 5:20 Bionic Boogie
7. Funtime (Extended Version) 6:35 Peaches & Herb
8. I Will Survive (A Tom Moulton Mix) 10:32 Gloria Gaynor
9. It Must Be Love (Jim Burgess 12'' Remix) 4:46 Alton Mclain & Destiny
10. Running Away (Extended Version) 6:58 Roy Ayers
11. Dance Little Dreamer (12'' Extended) 5:15 Bionic Boogie

1. Shake Your Groove Thing (Original LP Version) 5:34 Peaches & Herb
2. Substitute (12'' Disco Mix) 8:27 Gloria Gaynor
3. Don't Let Go (Extended Version) 12:55 Isaac Hayes
4. Steppin Out (Long Version) 6:16 Ray Dahrouge
5. Cream Always Rises To The Top (Full Length LP Version) 6:44 Bionic Boogie
6. Casanova Brown, If You Want It Do It Yourself, How High The Moon (Medley) 18:54 Gloria Gaynor
7. Standing In The Rain (Extended Version) 6:03 Don Ray
8. Watch Out For The Boogieman (Full Length Lp Version) 14:13

1. Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond 12'' Mix) 7:56 Bionic Boogie
2. Crazy Love (Jim Burgess Remix) 7:01 Alton McClain & Destiny
3. Don’t Wanna Forget You (12” Mix) 5:49Denise McCann
4. On The Shelf (12'' Promo Mix) 4:14 Donny & Marie
5. Symphony Of Love (Jim Burgess Remix) 5:59 Miquel Brown
6. The Love Stealers (Full Length LP Version) 5:08 Peaches & Herb
7. Chains (Gregg Diamond 12’’ Mix) 6:49 Bionic Boogie
8. Heat Of The Beat (Extended Version) 7:11 Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson
9. Tonight (Full Length Version) 7:21 Gloria Gaynor
10. Roller Skatin' Mate (Full Length Lp Version) 6:49 Peaches & Herb
11. Love And Desire (Full Length LP Version) 8:57 Arpeggio
12. Africanism/Gimme Some Lovin’ (Album Edit) 6:09 Kongas

1. Get On The Good Foot (Pts. 1+2) 5:48 James Brown
2. Moonlight Lovin' (A Tom Moulton Mix) 16:14 Isaac Hayes
3. Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess Mix) 8:17 Bionic Boogie
4. Can't You See Me (12'' Mix) 6:55 Roy Ayers
5. (Do The) Spanish Hustle (12” Mix) 5:13 The Fatback Band
6. Sir Dancealot (Extended Version) 6:30
Olympic Runners
7. Anybody Wanna Party (12'' Intro Version) 7:57 Gloria Gaynor
8. Backstrokin' (Extended Version) 6:20The Fatback Band
9. Tattoo Man (12'' Mix) 5:30 Denise McCann
10. Don't Stop The Music (12'' Promo) 8:10 Roy Ayers

1. Disco Dancer (7” Mix) 3:55 The Music Machine With Patti Boulaye
2. Crystal World (7” Mix) 3:03 Crystal Grass
3. Shaft II (Full Length Lp Version) 9:56 Isaac Hayes
4. Slippin' Away (Full Length Lp Version) 7:51 The Independent Movement
5. Freaky Deaky (Full Length Lp Version) 5:21 Roy Ayers
6. Fever (Extended Version) 8:19 Isaac Hayes
7. Just Take My Body (Full Length Lp Version) 6:43 Ruby
8. Panic (Save Me Suite) 8:39 French Kiss
9. Blue Light (Extended Version) 5:59 Red Point Orchestra
10. My Desire (Full Length Lp Version) 7:33 Don Ray
11. We've Got Love (Full length Lp Version) 3:22 Peaches & Herb
10. You Stepped Into My Life (12'' Disco Mix) 6:43 Patti Boulaye

1. I Will Survive '93 (Phil Kelsey Classic 12'' Mix) 7:51 Peaches & Herb
2. It Must Be Love (Disco Lust Re-Edit) 7:14 Alton McLain & Destiny
3. Love It Up Tonight (Midnight Delight Mix) 8:20 Peaches & Herb
4. Goin' Out Of My Head (Crazy Disco Re-Edit) 8:39 Gloria Gaynor
5. Spanish Hustle (Jski Edit) 6:23 The Fatback Band
6. Jungle Fever (Dirk Diggler's Boogie Nights Remix) 5:42 Chakachas
7. For Your Love (Todd Terje Re-Edit) 8:23 Chilly
8. Stoplight (Traffic Jam Remix) 7:02 Gloria Gaynor
9. Do The Bus Stop Cooper (Subway Baby Re-Edit) 7:10 The Fatback Band
10. Rapp Payback (Pied Piper Redux) 12:55 James Brown

1. Funtime (Brown Brothers Re-Edit) 8:22 Peaches & Herb
2. I Love The Nightlife (Disco Action Re-Edit) 9:21 Alicia Bridges
3. Moonlight Lovin' (Todd Terje Edit) 5:51 Isaac Hayes
4. Casanova Brown (Ugly Edit) 9:37 Gloria Gaynor
5. Standing In The Rain (The Noodleman Sleaze Remix) 7:27 Don Ray
6. Dead on It (U-Tern Disco Edit) 6:08 James Brown
7. Zeke The Freak (Todd Terje Rekutt) 6:11 Isaac Hayes
8. Crystal World (A Jimmy Michaels Mix) 6:06 Crystal Grass
9. My Desire (Jski Instrumental Edit) 6:18 Don Ray
10. Street Dance (Todd Terje Rekutt) 4:31 The Fatback Band
11. On The Shelf (Extended Shelflife Mix) 7:03 Donny & Marie

Hot Butterfly - Bionic Boogie
Jungle Fever - Chakachas
Moonlight Lovin' - Isaac Hayes
Dance Little Dreamer - Bionic Boogie
Casanova Brown - Gloria Gaynor
Don't Stop The Music - Roy Ayers
On The Shelf - Donny & Marie
Chains - Bionic Boogie
Running Away - Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Slippin' Away - Independent Movement
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Funtime - Peaches & Herb
My Desire - Don Ray
Risky Changes - Bionic Boogie
Crystal World - Crystal Grass
The Love Stealers - Peaches & Herb
Cream Always Rises To The Top - Bionic Boogie
Spanish Hustle - The Fatback Band
I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
Standing In The Rain - Don Ray
Steppin' Out - Ray Dahroughe
Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor
Stranger In Paradise - Isaac Hayes

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The Afro Soul-Tet ''Afrodesia''


The Afro Soul-Tet

( Original LP on Banyon Records, Cat. # 1001 )
Re-Issued on Luv N'Haight

01. Afrodesia
02. Mozamba
03. Soul Rockin’
04. Afro Revolt
05. Drumbouie
06. Torrid Zone
07. Oom-Gowa
08. Slave Traders
09. Aphro Bugaloo
10. Chocolate Drop
11. Le Berber
12. Sand, Sun and Sea


After seeing them play at the Living Room on Sunset Boulevard, producer/musician Jack Millman became manager of the Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1, and signed them to Randy Woods (creator/owner of the Mira, Mirwood, Crestview, Surrey labels) in the late 1960s.Having released several albums the band morphed into the Afro Soultet For just one album, released in limited quantity on Millman's Banyan label. After their short stint as the Afro Soultet, the band became The Afro Latin Soultet releasing records with pianist Phil Moore III at the helm. The Afrodesia album will be re-issued on Luv N'Haight in early 2011. The album mixes jazz, Latin, funk, surf, and exotica - Aphro Bugaloo is one of the more jazz flavored joints.
Luv n’ Haight kills it again with this platter recorded circa 1968-71. The grooves blend Latin Jazz with Straight-ahead Jazz, worldly percussion, Surf, Rock, Funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of Lounge, and some hints of Tropicalia. All coming together for one monster of a set from this Texas combo.

The Afro Soul-Tet – Afrod back bl

Jack Millman, aka Johnny Kitchen, had a hand in many interesting, obscure and highly collectible records from the 1960s and 1970s. Producing, composing, recording, editing, releasing, licensing – you name it, Millman did it. The records he touched had an eclectic range from psychedelic rock to Latin jazz, and several include editing techniques that can only be described as an early incarnation of sampling in music.
After seeing them play at the Living Room (which later became the Comedy Store) on Sunset Boulevard, Millman became manager of the Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1, and signed them to Randy Woods (creator/owner of the Mira, Mirwood, Crestview, Surrey labels) in the late 1960s.
Having released several albums this band would later become the Afro Soultet. The liner notes to their Afrodesia album state "This is Afrodesia! A Musical collage of many peoples. . .it comes from Africa and from Arabia, from the South Seas and from Asia." Living up to the promise of those notes Afrodesia mixes Latin Jazz, with straight jazz, worldly percussion, surf, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of lounge, and some hints of tropicalia. Millman produced and released the Afrodesia album on his own Banyon label sometime between 1968-1971 (no release date is listed on the record, and Millman cannot recall a more exact date.)
Somewhere between 500 and 1000 LPs were pressed on Banyon. The album was licensed non-exclusively to Betty Chiappetta (of Vee-Jay fame) for a period of time, but it is possible that the record only saw release as a test pressing during the license, and that no official release was made commercially available. After their short stint as the Afro Soultet, the band morphed one more time into The Afro Latin Soultet releasing records with pianist Phil Moore III at the helm.
(Ubiquity Records)

Afrodesia is the lone album by the Afro-Soultet, which may or may not have been officially released by Banyon sometime between 1968 and 1971 (no one still breathing can remember the exact date). What we do know is that Johnny Kitchen (aka Jack Millman) licensed the record to Banyon's Betty Chiappetta (Vee-Jay Records), and the record received a test pressing. The Afro-Soultet originally hailed from Texas and recorded several albums under the name Afro-Blues Quintet +1, who had previously recorded three albums and seven 45s. After some personnel changes, the band relocated to L.A., where Millman caught them playing the Living Room. He became their manager and entered the band as its "Latin drummer" (Eddie Paris was their "jazz/rock" drummer). Other members included Joey Dubreau on vibes (the lone surviving founding member of their former incarnation), Frank Morris on guitar and harmonica, Dean Elliot on percussion, William Quinn on reeds and winds, and keyboardist Bill Collins. Millman produced Afrodesia, which was reissued by Ubiquity's Luv N'Haight imprint. The dozen tracks that make up this set are a truly wild, exotic, and delicious meld of Latin and soul-jazz, boogaloo, funky instrumental soul, Middle Eastern rhythms and modes, surf, rock, blues, and hard bop. Millman's editing of sounds, such as the amplified, distorted kalimba (decades before we heard Konono No. 1) add to the percussion orgy that is "Drumbouie"; he primitive equivalent of sampling. "Soul Rockin'" weaves together boogaloo, funky handclaps (à la "Fingertips, Part II"), and soul-jazz grooves with a nice tenor solo by Quinn. The title track opens the record with the sound of a thunderstorm, followed by a blues progression via Morris' electric guitar and harmonica vamps. The army of percussion -- congas and timbales playing triple time over two syncopated drum kits -- underscores a tight groove accented by flute and an electric organ. "Mozamba" layers a Wes Montgomery-esque guitar vamp over Nigerian and Afro-Cuban polyrhythms. Collins' piano solo is a driven chord sequence reminiscent of Ramsey Lewis from the same era, but rawer and tougher. "Slave Traders" is straight-ahead hard bop jam with a two-saxophone head, swinging congas, drum kit, and a fine piano break by Collins. "Aphro Bugaloo" follows it with a less Latin, more post-bop feel. Afrodesia is a true lost classic and belongs in any soul or Latin jazz collection, as well as in any serious groove digger's crate. [This title is available on LP as well, and comes with a digital download coupon.]

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Sounds of the Universe):
A mixed bag of heavily percussive, high sprited late 60's Afro-Latin rhythms from The Afro Soul-tet on Ubiquity!
The Afro Soul-tet formed in Texas circa 1968. 'Afrodesia' mixes Latin Jazz, straight jazz, worldly percussion, surf, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of lounge, and some hints of tropicalia.
The vinyl comes with a CD version and download code.

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Friday, 1 April 2011

Melvin Sparks ''Texas Twister''

Melvin Sparks

''Texas Twister''
( LP Eastbound Records, 1973 )
Catalog # EB 9006

A1 Whip! Whop! 4:01
Written-By - Melvin Sparks
A2 Gathering Together 9:22
Written-By - Bobby Graham
A3 Judy's Groove 4:30
Written-By - Melvin Sparks
B1 Texas Twister 6:09
Written-By - Melvin Sparks
B2 Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got) 3:33
Flugelhorn - Cecil Bridgewater , Jon Faddis
Written-By - Brian Potter , Denise Lambert
B3 I Want To Talk About You 4:16
Drums - Jesse Kilpatrick Jr.
Organ - Sonny Phillips
Written-By - Billy Eckstine
B4 Star In The Crescent 5:23
Written-By - Melvin Sparks

Personnel & Credits:
Baritone Saxophone - Edward Xiques (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Congas - Buddy Caldwell (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Drums - Idris Muhammad (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Electric Bass - Wilbur Bascomb (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Electric Piano - Sonny Phillips (tracks: A1, A3, B2)
Engineer - Malcolm Addey
Guitar - Ron Miller (tracks: A1, B2)
Guitar, Arranged By, Conductor - Melvin Sparks
Organ - Ceasar Frazier (tracks: A2, B1, B4)
Producer - Bob Porter
Tenor Saxophone - Ron Bridgewater (tracks: A1 to B2, B4)
Trumpet - Cecil Bridgewater (tracks: A1, A3, B2) , Jon Faddis (tracks: A1, A3, B2)

All guitar solos by Melvin Sparks
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo

Review by Richie Unterberger (AMG):
Like many soul-jazz musicians, Melvin Sparks moved into funkier directions as the mid-'70s approached, whether out of pressure from marketing trends, a desire to explore that area, or both. As such efforts go, Texas Twister is a decent one, though not innovative or tremendously exciting. Working as the leader of three different configurations of musicians varying in size from a trio to a ten-piece, Sparks wrote about half of the material and took all the guitar solos, though Ron Miller also played guitar on three tracks. The cuts with the larger band tend to be the funkiest, the group playing with real pluck on "Whip! Whop!" But elsewhere, they lean toward a more straight-ahead soul-jazz direction, with "Judy's Groove" setting a nice swinging, walking beat. "Star in the Crescent" is an effortless throwback to the classic, more bop-driven '60s soul-jazz style, Sparks peeling off some fluid lightning riffs and giving plenty of space to Idris Muhammad's drums and Caesar Frazer's skittering organ. Texas Twister was combined with the 1975 LP '75 on a single-disc CD reissue.

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