5.11.2010 г.

Shamek Farrah - 1974 - First Impressions

Shamek Farrah - First Impressions
Produced by Shamek Farrah / Janfar Productions
1974 Strata-East Records

Alto Sax - Shamek Farrah
Bass - Milton Suggs
Trumpet - Norman Person
Piano - Kasa Mu-Barak Allah
Piano - Sonelius Smith
Drums - Clay Herndon
Drums - Ron Warwell
Conga - Calvert "Bo" Satter-White
Percussion - Kenny Harper

As Strata-East Records got rolling, one of the admirable things it was able to do was offer a platform to some more obscure artists who weren’t being heard elsewise, folks like Billy Parker’s Fourth World (including DeeDee, Ronald, and Cecil Bridgewater); the Washington, DC ensemble Juju (who evolved from an Art Ensemble knock-off into the great jazz-funk band Oneness of Juju by the mid-70s); and alto sax player Shamek Farrah. I don’t really know too much about Shamek except that he made two great albums of spiritual jazz for Strata-East in 1974 and ’77 (the second and half of the first in collaboration with pianist Sonelius Smith).
01 "Meterologicly Tuned" (11:20) - Shamek Farrah
02 "Watch What Happens Now" (5:41) - Fredger Dupree
03 "Umoja Suite" (7:23) - Norman Person
04 "First impressions" (10:28) - Shamek Farrah

8.10.2010 г.

Jimmy Owens - 1970 - No Escaping It

Jimmy Owens - No Escaping It
1970/3/6,13 NYC

Jimmy Owens(tp,flh),
Kenny Barron(p,el-p),
Chris White(b,el-b),
Billy Cobham(dr),
Howard Johnson(tuba,bs),
Billy Harper(ts,fl),
Ray Alonge(frh),
Sam Brown(g).

side A:

side B:

5.10.2010 г.

Reggie Moore - 1971 - Wishbone

Reggie Moore - Wishbone
( LP Mainstream Records, 1971 )
Catalog # MRL 341
“A Red Lion Production” Stylized Lion Logo
Produced by: Bob Shad
Engineer: Carmine Rubino
Photography: Raymond Ross
Liner Notes: Nat Hentoff

Reggie Moore - Piano
Hank Haynie - Electric Bass & Fender Bass
Chip Lyles - Drums

Wishbone- 3:42 (Reggie Moore)
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life- 8:21 (M&A Bergman)
Fuzzy- 5:07 (Reggie Moore)
Pinnochio- 3:40 (Wayne Shorter)
Vonetta- 5:48 (Wayne Shorter)
Have Mercy- 4:35 (Reggie Moore)
A Love Remembered- 5:30 (Reggie Moore)

21.08.2010 г.

Freddy Robinson - 1970 - Hot Fun In The Summertime

Freddy Robinson - Hot Fun In The Summertime
Liberty LST-11007
Pacific Jazz PJ 20176
Recorded 1970 in Los Angeles;
Freddy Robinson: guitar
unknown: piano
Henry Franklin: acoustic bass
Wilton Felder: electric bass
Paul Humphrey: drums
Al Vescovo: guitar
Bobby Bryant & Freddy Hill: trumpets
Tom Scott: alto sax
Bill Green: sax, poss.
Clydie King, Darlene Love & Edna Wright: vocals
Sid Garp's string section.

01 - Caprice's Green Grass
02 - Moon Glow
04 - I'm In Love
05 - Hot Fun in the Summertime
06 - Someday We'll Be Together
07 - Becky's Rainbow
08 - The Creeper

2.08.2010 г.

Scott Hamilton - 2000 - Ballad Essentials

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials
Original Release Date: February 22, 2000
Label: Concord Records

 01 - Skylark
02 - Everything Happens to Me
03 - My Foolish Heart
04 - That's All
06 - I Should Care
07 - Body and Soul
08 - 'Round Midnight
09 - My Romance
10 - Stardust
11 - I'll Be Around
12 - Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)

8.05.2010 г.

George Shearing - 1974 - The Way We Are

George Shearing - The Way We Are
MPS 1974

The Quintet:
George Shearing - Piano
Andy Simpkins - Bass
Rusty Jones - Drums
Sigi Schwab - Guitar
Heribert Thusek - Vibes

The Amigos;
Chino Valdes - Congas & Bongos
Carmelo Garcia - Timbales

Found in Leicester market along with some other great Jazz lp's that included Thad Jones, Charlie Parker and the Dizzy Gillespie landmark bebop LP 'Champ'. The cover looked vaguely familiar and one of the tracks sounded really familiar by name- "The World Is A Ghetto"!!!! Seeing that it had a cover of "Aquarius" on there and being on MPS it was purchased for the sizeable fee of 50 pence. Connoseirs of the breaks should be aware of this Lp for the 2 aformentioned tracks, Aquarius kicks of with what must be one of the heaviest and most begging to be sampled drum intro on any MPS recording whilst "The World Is A Ghetto" should be very familiar to most.
01 - The Way We Are
02 - Do You Know The Way To San Jose
03 - Killing Me Softly
04 - The World Is a Ghetto
05 - Superstar
06 - Eleanor Rigby
07 - Brian's Song
08 - Aquarius
09 - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
10 - Alone Again, (Naturally)

14.04.2010 г.

Fania All Stars - Our Latin Thing 2 (2006)

Our Latin Thing 2 is part of Fania’s re-issue campaign, Fania being the record label that is to salsa “what Def Jam is to hip hop,” at least according to Louie Vega. It was founded in 1960s New York by Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco Fania and went on to become the home of Celia Cruz, Tuti Puente and Ray Barretto.
The re-issues consist of never heard before material, re-mastered classics, some limited release DJ mixes by the likes of DJ Format, Bugz in the Attic and Ashley Beedles, and a series of samplers such as this.

Our Latin Thing 2 is an intro to the early work of Fania and 1970s New York - a time when soul, jazz and funk were finding a footing in the Latin scene. Tracks such as Ralph Robles’ ‘Come and Get It’ and Monguito Santamaria’s ‘Ne Ne’ simply ooze cool, though in very different ways; the former with its bouncy piano riffs and sexy horns topped with Robles’ smoky vocals, the latter with its bongo rhythms and fast flowing lyrics.
01 - Willie Rosario - Last Tango In Paris
02 - Willie Colon - The Hustler
03 - Ralph Robles - Come and Get It
04 - Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader - Bamboleate
05 - Johnny Pacheco - Dakar, Punto Final
06 - Monguito Santamaria - Ne Ne
07 - Hector Lavoe - El Todopoderoso
08 - Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco - No Mercedes
09 - Ruben Blades and Willie Colon - Pedro Navaja
10 - Joe Bataan - Shaft

9.04.2010 г.

Paul Humphrey - 1969 - Paul Humphrey and The Cool-Aid Chemists

Lizard/P-Vine (Japan)

Funky drums from the mighty Paul Humphrey, one of the standout studio players of the LA scene of the 60s and 70s, and an even better talent as a leader on this set! Paul's working here in a style that's partly in a funk mode, and partly soul instrumental, supported by small combo instrumentation from other figures on the LA scene, including David T Walker on guitar, Clarence McDonald on keyboards, and Phil Upchurch on bass. The sound is lean and mean, often with a hard-stepping feel that makes many of the cuts sound like some of the more stripped-down blacksploitation numbers from the time! 

01 - Cool Aid
02 - Them Changes
03 - Sack Full Of Dreams
04 - Music Talk
05 - Something
06 - Baby Rice
07 - Detroit
08 - Ain't That Peculiar
09 - Dreams

5.04.2010 г.

Deep Funk (compilated by me)

This is something i made for those of you who love new heavy raw deep funk.. I got so many albums in my stash and this came out quickly, but i hope to enjoy it every one of you. And another thing , if don't mind, i expect a little comment bout that...

2.04.2010 г.

Billy Harper - 1975 - Black Saint

Date of Release: Jul 21, 1975 - Jul 22, 1975

Billy Harper - Sax (Tenor), Cowbell

Malcom Pinson - Drums
Virgil Jones - Trumpet
David Friesen - Bass
Joe Bonner - Piano

Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper helped launch the Italy-based Black Saint jazz label with this 1975 release. And not only does this represent the inaugural outing for the label, it also signifies one of the finest modern jazz releases of the '70s. Influenced by tenor sax giant John Coltrane, Harper proceeded to mold a distinctly personalized sound awash with slight inferences of R&B and hard bop. Additionally, the saxophonist's melodic gifts come to the forefront throughout this often-invigorating studio date. On the opening piece, titled "Dance Eternal Spirits, Dance," the tenor saxophonist fuses an engagingly melodic theme with lightning-fast flurries atop a peppery jazz waltz groove. Harper radiantly executes soul-searching lines atop a loosely based jazz waltz/swing vamp during "Croquet Ballet," as he alternates lower-register voicings with high-pitched, plaintive cries. Here the artist shrewdly reworks the primary melody as he literally interrogates his tenor saxophone. Highlights abound, while trumpeter Virgil Jones and pianist Joe Bonner provide Harper with buoyant frameworks via hearty soloing and intuitive support. Vigorously recommended.

Harper's solos are worth the price of the record alone searing with a raw, post-Coltrane energy as he darts in and out of the voices in the backings.

1. Dance, Eternal Spirits, Dance! (Harper) - 06:52
2. Croquet Ballet (Harper) - 13:02
3. Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (Harper) - 21:22

30.03.2010 г.

Dexter Gordon - 1961-1978 - Ballads

Dexter Gordon - Ballads
1962-1965. A good collection of cuts from various Gordon Blue Note sessions. Though you can't knock the quality of the material, this remains a troublesome practice.

Along with Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon was one of the top ballad players of the '60s. Having already made his name in the bebop era and as an expatriate in Europe, Gordon returned to the States to record a series of fine Blue Note discs during the first half of the decade. This edition of the label's Ballads series features Gordon at his peak and in the company of some of hard bop's best players. Whether melding nicely with trumpeter Donald Byrd from a Paris date in 1964 ("Darn That Dream") or locking in with the stellar rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren, and Billy Higgins ("Don't Explain"), Gordon delivers his almost sleepy and smoke-filled solos with regal grace. The same can also be said of the rest of this incredible program, including a latter-day live cut from 1978. A perfect set for those in need of a provocative after-hours session in front of the stereo.

Dexter Gordon - Sax (Tenor)
George Cables - Piano
Sonny Clark - Piano
Kenny Drew - Piano
Barry Harris - Piano
Billy Higgins - Drums
Philly Joe Jones - Drums
Pierre Michelot - Bass
Horace Parlan - Piano
Bud Powell - Piano
Rufus Reid - Bass
Art Taylor - Drums
George Tucker - Bass
Butch Warren - Bass
Al Harewood - Drums
Bob Cranshaw - Bass
Todd Barkan - Producer
Donald Byrd - Trumpet
Paul Chambers - Bass
Kenny Clarke - Drums

1. Darn That Dream (DeLange/VanHeusen) - 7:32
2. Don't Explain (Herzog/Holiday) - 6:06
3. I'm a Fool to Want You (Herron/Sinatra/Wolf) - 6:45
4. Ernie's Tune (Gordon) - 4:16
5. You've Changed (Carey/Fischer) - 7:27
6. Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) - 8:48
7. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (Cahn/Kahn/Styne) - 5:22
8. Body and Soul (Eyton/Eyton/Green/Green/Heyman/Heyman/Sour) - 17:00

29.03.2010 г.

Mongo Santamaria - 1968 - Soul Bag

Conguero Mongo Santamaria released this LP in 1968 on Columbia Records, it was produced by David Rubinson, personnel is Mongo Santamaria on congas, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on drums, Rodgers Grant on piano & organ, Victor Venegas on bass, Hubert Laws on sax & flute, Mauricio Smith on sax & flute, Sonny Fortune on sax, Louis Gasca on trumpet, "Chihuaha" and Ray Maldonado on percussion and Stephen Berrios on timbales & drums. Arrangements by Marty Sheller.
02 - Green Onions
05 - Chili Beans
06 - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
07 - Sing a Simple Song

8.03.2010 г.

John Coltrane - 1965 - Sun Ship

Impulse, 1965

An excellent set of tracks that was recorded by Coltrane in 1965, but not released until after his death, when Impulse were going through the vaults, and pulling out some amazing work that ranked with his best official releases of the time.
Other than First Meditations, which was not released at the time, Sun Ship was the final studio album by John Coltrane's classic quartet before Pharoah Sanders joined the band on second tenor. At this point in time, Coltrane was using very short repetitive themes as jumping-off points for explosive improvisations, often centered around one chord and a very specific spiritual mood. Tyner sounds a bit conservative in comparison, but Jones keeps up with Trane's fire (especially on "Amen"). Even in the most intense sections (and much of this music is atonal), there is a logic and thoughtfulness about Coltrane's playing.

John Coltrane - Tenor Saxophone
McCoy Tyner - Piano
Jimmy Garrison - Bass
Elvin Jones - Drums

1. Sun Ship 6:13
2. Dearly Beloved 6:27
3. Amen 8:16
4. Attaining 11:27
5. Ascent 10:05

Charles Sullivan - 1976 - Re-entry

One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by soul jazz trumpeter Charles Sullivan, a brilliant talent who shone brightly in the mid 70s, working in hip small groups that were very much in the Strata East mode. This rare, previously Japanese-only release has Sullivan working with Rene McLean, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, and Billy Hart on a tightly crafted set of tunes that share the same lyrical searching quality as some of McLean or Barron's own work from the time. The compositions are incredibly soulful, very much in the mode of some of Billy Harper's genius Japanese recordings.
01 - Re-entry
02 - Body & Soul
03 - Carefree
04 - Waltz For Cricket
05 - Mabe's Way
06 - Body & Soul
07 - Carefree

27.02.2010 г.

Herbie Hancock - 1973 - Live In Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, New York

Live at Ultrasonic Recording Studios, Hempstead, NY , October 1st, 1973

Herbie Hancock: keyboards
Bennie Maupin: reeds
Paul Jackson: bass
Mike Clark: drums

01. Actual Proof (9.37)
02. Butterfly (12.47)
03. Sly (17.48)
04. Chameleon (15.41)

25.02.2010 г.

Herbie Hancock - 1978 - Live At Nakano Sun Plaza. Tokyo

Herbie Hancock - Live At Nakano Sun Plaza.Tokyo

September 29, 1978
4 Brothers Beats

Herbie Hancock - Electric Piano, Keyboards
Bennie Maupin - Soprano & Tenor Saxophones
Webster Lewis - Keyboards
Paul Jackson - Bass
Bill Summers - Percussion
Alphonse Mouzon - Drums

1. Butterfly
2. Sunlight
3. I Thought It Was You
4. Chameleon
5. Shifless Shuffle

18.01.2010 г.

George Coleman - 1979 - Playing Changes (Live at Ronnie Scott's Club)

George Coleman
Playing Changes (Live at Ronnie Scott's Club)


George Coleman - Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Ruiz - Piano
Ray Drummond - Bass
Billy Higgins - Drums

01 - Laura
02 - Sierra
03 - Moment's Notice

17.01.2010 г.

George Coleman - 1987 - At Yoshi's


George Coleman - Sax (Tenor), Producer, Main Performer
Harold Mabern - Piano
Ray Drummond - Bass
Alvin Queen - Drums

When any recording made by George Coleman is issued, it's an instant event. Though Coleman has always been busy performing, writing, and especially teaching, scant few LPs or CDs have come listeners' way. It is especially thrilling to hear him live in concert performance at the initial site of the then newly minted Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, as his extended techniques and heightened sense of tonal ideas come fully to the fore. Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern, both originally from the fertile jazz scene in Memphis, make the perfect tandem, ably supported by super pros in expatriate drummer Alvin Queen and veteran New York bassist Ray Drummond, both of whom Coleman played with when he was in Europe.There are many solemn, laid-back, and reflective moments from Coleman, as both of the opening tracks, "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Good Morning Heartache," warm slowly and simmer at their easily swinging maximum, with the tenor man progressively squeezing out more and more notes in refined fashion.Never far from the soul of his homeland, "Laig Gobblin' Blues" is a refreshing modal original by the leader, a 5/4 beat in a 12-bar idea, with 7/4 tossed in cleverly. The dignity and class of Coleman cannot be overemphasized, as he further displays on his neat and clean composition "Father." A lovely and loping "Soul Eyes" is a perfect closer over its nearly 17 minutes, giving pause to the thought that it was in fact Coleman who influenced John Coltrane. The quick, constantly forward-moving Freddie Hubbard standard waltz "Up Jumped Spring" further shows a relationship between the tenor titans, with the band quoting Trane's "Ole." The talent of Mabern is formidable, tasteful, and exciting, as showcased during his rumbling chords during "Io," a killer modal track written by Paul Arslanian, as Coleman inserts a memorable singsong line and Queen injects some calypso. This one is as definitive a track as Coleman has in his repertoire. Frankly, the whole CD from top to bottom has Coleman and his band inspired to the hilt and playing their best, and At Yoshi's is a highly recommended effort that deserves a space on each and every jazz lover's shelf.

01 - They Say It's Wonderful
02 - Good Morning Heartache
03 - Laig Gobblin' Blues
04 - Io
05 - Up Jumped Spring
06 - Father
07 - Soul Eyes