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15.04.2008 г.

Joe Thomas - 1976 - Feelin's From Within


JOE THOMAS: FEELIN'S FROM WITHIN
GROOVE MERCHANT RECORDS, GM-3315(LP)
(P)1976 GROOVE MERCHANT INTERNATIONAL, INC., USA
RECORDED: OCTOBER 1976
RELEASED: 1976, USA

Joe Thomas - flute, tenor saxophone

Rhythm section:
Bob Babbitt (bass)
Jerry Friedman (guitar)
Lance Quinn (guitar)
Pat Rebillot (keyboads)
Gary Mure (drums)
Barry Miles (synthesizers)
Jimmy Maelen (percussion)
Steve Gadd (drums on 6)
Jeff Mironov (guitar on 6)

Horn section:
Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis (trumpet)
Dave Taylor, Barry Rogers (trombone)
Michael Brecker, George Young, Lew DelGatto (saxophone)

Strings section:
Peter Dimitriades, Harry Cykman, Norman Carr,
Richard Sortomme, John Pintavalle, Harold Kohan,
Tony Posk, Carol Webb, Harry Glickman,
Harry Lookofsky (violin)
Julian Barber, Seymour Berman (viola)
Kermit Moore, Jesse Levy (cello)

Background vocals:
David Lasley, Arnold McCuller (on 1)


1. Funky Fever (7:24) [Jerry Friedman]
arranged by Jerry Friedman and Brad Baker
2. Feelin's From Within (6:51) [Lance Quinn, Brad Baker]
arranged by Lance Quinn snd Brad Baker
3. Polarizer (5:34) [Joe Thomas, Lance Quinn, Brad Baker]
arranged by Joe Thomas, Lance Quinn and Brad Baker
4. Coco (6:04) [Bob Babbitt]
arranged by Bob Babbitt and Brad Baker
5. Galaxy Dreamin' (6:05) [Lance Quinn, Brad Baker]
arranged by Lance Quinn snd Brad Baker
6. Venus (4:59) [Brad Baker]
arranged by Brad Baker

9.04.2008 г.

Donny Hathaway - 2004 - These Songs For You, Live!


A fantastic document of the genius of Donny Hathaway and a set that shows that the 70s soul legend was every bit as wonderful live as he was in the studio! The set features a huge number of unreleased tracks by Donny , grouped with numbers pulled from his two successful 70s live sets (Donny Hathaway Live and In Performance, neither of which are in print in the US!) The tracks feature Donny on electric keyboards and organ , leading a group of players that includes Phil Upchurch, Cornell Dupree, and Richard Tee , all coming together in a tightly-jamming small group formation that's quite different than the backing on Hathaway's studio albums. There's a warm, organic feel to the set that's really wonderful and which offers new versions of tunes you might only know from their studio incarnations, as well as a few covers of work by contemporary soul acts that come off amazingly well.

01 - Flying easy
02 - Valdez in the country
04 - You've got a friend
05 - He ain't heavy, he's my brother
07 - Yesterday
08 - Superwoman
10 - Sack full of dreams
12 - I love you more than you'll ever know
14 - Interview

4.04.2008 г.

European Jazz Trio Featuring Art Farmer - 2004 - Ballad Of The Sad Young Man


01. Che Voule Questa Musika Stasera
02. Ballad Of The Sad Young Man
03. Hello
04. Plein Soleil
05. How Deep Is The Ocean
06. Chopin; Prelude Op.28
07. Sweet Sweep
08. Jealous Guy
09. Walts
10. Sonata Nr.8 Op.13 Pathetique Adagio Cantabille
11. In Your Own Sweet Way

1.04.2008 г.

Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds - 1973 - The Black Motion Picture Experience

Artist: The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds
Album: The Black Motion Picture Experience
Label: Buddah
Original Released: 1973
Album info from www.blaxploitation.com

You might be tempted to pass up on this one because of the NASTY cover. Don't make that mistake. Buy this album. It's an instrumental reworking of all the major pre-1974 black action themes, and features the likes of Randy Brecker in a killer studio band. The album contains one of the few versions of the 'Slaughter' theme committed to vinyl.
Cecil Holmes was an executive at Buddah Records as well as a recording artist himself. This was one of his solo releases. It was aimed at capitalizing on the huge popularity of Blaxploitatin movies during the time. Many of the songs seemed shortened, but still keep to the original arrangements. Holmes included most of the well known hits like Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly and Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man/T Stands For Trouble. Also Sprach Zarathursta (2001) has a short but sweet open drum break.

A1. ACROSS 110th STREET (B.Womack-J.J.Johnson)
A2. SLAUGHTER (Billy Preston)
A3. BEN (W.Scharf-D.Black)
A4. ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTA (2001)
A5. SUPERFLY (C.Mayfield) Curtom

B1. TROUBLE MAN/T STANDS FOR TROUBLE (M.Gaye)
B2. SHAFT (Isaac Hayes)
B3. LOVE THEME FROM LADY SING THE BLUES
B4. FREDDIE'S DEAD (C.Mayfield)