Monday, November 16, 2009

Vikings De La Guadeloupe - Dégagez Payez Impots (1976)

This quite rare lp from guadeloupean orchestra "Vikings De La Guadeloupe" was recorded in 1976 for Les 3A label. This group included bassist Pierre-Edouard Decimus and played both traditional music (let's say this band invented "zouk" music) and some more funk-oriented stuff. The two best pieces of this album are certainly the groovy and hypnotic "Funky Duke" and the latin "Ven A Comer".

Musicians :
Pierre-Edouard Decimus: bass - Camille "Soprann" Hildevert: saxophone - Max "Maxo" Severin : voice - Happy Lewis: trumpet - Guy Jacquet: guitar - Pierre Menade: piano

Funky Duke
Ven A Comer

1. Dégagez
2. Payez Impots
3. Goge A Yo Si Compte A Yo
4. Funky Duke
5. Magma Tension
6. Sauve Qui Peut
7. Pa Desesperé
8. Ven A Comer

Monday, November 2, 2009

Patsy Gallant - Patsy! (1978)

This 1978 album recorded for Attic label by Canadian singer Patsy Gallant is tainted with some disco and easy ballads. Stand out tracks are the groovy "It'll All Come Around" and the fast brazilian classic "Te Caliente".

It'll All Come Around

Te Caliente

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Klaus Wuesthoff & Kurt Drabek Orchestra - Multivision 2000 (Selected Sound 9083)

Rare german library album recorded in 1980 on Selected Sound label by arrangers/composers Klaus Wuesthoff and Kurt Drabek.
Featuring short themes with nice instrumentations

Transformation (Samba Rock)

Sambaline (Soft Samba)

1. Multivision 2000 (Latin Rock)
2. Multivision 2000 (Soft Rock Waltz)
3. Sambaline (Samba)
4. Multivision 2000 (Medium Rock)
5. Clouds (Slow Rock)
6. Transformation (Samba Rock)
7. Multivision 2000 (Slow Rock)
8. Sambaline (Soft Samba)
9. Multivision 2000 (Blues Rock)
10. Light Reflections (Slow)
11. Multivision 2000 (Slow Rock)
12. Soft Line Theme (Slow)
13. Soft Line Theme (5/4 Rock)
14. Antique (Rock Waltz)
15. Soft Line Theme (Samba)
16. Soft Line Theme (Medium Rock)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Prophets Of Soul - Gregory James Edition (1972)

Not much time to post since several weeks and no internet at home (moving house ...), but this lp is worth to be known in the funk sphere.
It was recorded in 1972 on Dakar records by Prophets Of Soul, a band formed in the late 60's.
Funky keyboards sounds and a nice batch of various rhythms and atmospheres.
Features the nice ballad "Brother Marcus" dedicated to black activist Marcus Garvey, and some standards as "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Shaft". Just great.

Musicians :
Gregory Bibb: clarinet, combo organ, grand piano, fender rhodes - James Norris: guitar - Anthony McAllister: drums

Changing Things

1. Brother Marcus
2. Ain't No Sunshine
3. Grandma Heavy
4. Shaft
5. Changing Things
6. Love And Happiness
7. Make It Easy On yourself

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Willie Bobo - Hell Of An Act To Follow (1978)

Late nicely arranged latin jazz album by percussionist Willie Bobo, recorded in 1978 for Columbia records and produced by Wayne Henderson.
It includes some groovy numbers as "Always There", "Snort Of Green" or "Sixty-Two Fifty" and a sweet cover of "Dindi".


see credits here.

1. Always There
2. Keep That Same Old Feeling
3. Together
4. Pisces
5. Dindi
6. Snort Of Green
7. Fairy Tales For Two
8. Sixty-Two Fifty

you can buy it here

Sunday, August 23, 2009

H. Rierat / M. Santini - Rafraichissant (Musax 100 016)

Fresh and rare french library album that begins with the groovy "L'Oeuf Dur" and then goes on with some nice easy jazz bossa sound.
No information about the musicians : flute / electric piano / bass / drums
Recorded on Musax label (early 80s).

L'Oeuf Dur

1. L'Oeuf Dur
2. Quart De Rouge
3. Tortilla Espagnola
4. Escalope Milanaise
5. Onko Le Roi
6. Canaris De Rechange
7. Epinards Rouges
8. Lèvres En Bois
9. Poucet Le Chat
10. Reglisse The Cat
11. Sortie De Boule
12. Petite Perle
13. La Belle A Laurence
14. Les Bonnes Notes De Valerie

Young-Holt Unlimited - Mellow Dreamin' (1970)

Classic soul funk lp recorded in 1970 on Cotillion records by the Young / Holt combo. This album includes great covers of "Wichita Lineman" and overall "Midnight Cowboy" + several originals as "The Creeper" or the beautiful "Melllow Dreamin'". Definitely one of their bests.

Eldee Young: string bass, electric bass, 8 string & electric cello - Isaac "Redd" Holt: drums - Kenneth Channey: piano & organ - Franck Gordon: trumpet, fluegelhorn

The Creeper

1. The Devil Made Me Do Dat
2. Going In Circles
3. Witchita Lineman
4. Mellow Dreamin'
5. Trippin'
6. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
7. The Creeper
8. There'll Be A Greater Day
9. Black And White
10. Midnight Cowboy

Saturday, August 8, 2009

George Muribus - Brazilian Tapestry (1976)

This nice brazilian jazz lp was recorded by pianist George Muribus in 1976 for Catalyst records.
Actually, as the liner notes say, it can be separated into 2 parts: first side is more oriented to brazilian electric sounds while side B is accoustic and played on a very inspired piano / bass / drums jazz mode. To me, kind of a classic.

George Muribus: electric piano (side A) / accoustic piano (side B) - Michael Howell: guitar - Vince Denham: saxophone - Vince Lateano: drums - Willie Colon: conga - Dave Dunaway: bass (side A) - Len Lasher: bass (side B)

The Dolphin

1. Brazilian Tapestry
2. I Won't Last A Day Without You
3. The Dolphin
4. Pocrasni
5. Diminishing Returns
6. Night Flower
7. Alon

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Scope - II (1974)

Nice dutch jazz rock album by Scope band released in 1974 for Atlantic records.
This group recorded only 2 albums, first one was more oriented to progressive rock music.
This one is a good blend of jazz rock effects with a really solid rhytmic section and interesting pieces and solos.

Rick Elings: fender bas guitar, hammond organ, arp synthetizer, grand piano, gemeinhart flute - Rob Franken: fender rhodes, piano, arp odiseey synthetizer - Rens Nieuwland: guitar, 12 string guitar - Henk Zomer: drums

High Checker

1. Tamotua
2. Frisky Frog Funk
3. Shuttle Service
4. Ant-Artica
5. Big Ferro
6. High Checker
7. Shuffle Funk Dog
8-9. The Zebra Part I/II

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Marcos Valle - Nova Bossa Nova (1997)

Late work by Marcos Valle released in 1997 on Farout records (go to visit for more stuff)
Ideal brasilian stuff for summer thoughts :) I particularly like "Nordeste" for its nice rhodes solo and also the fast "Bar Ingles". Enjoy ...

Novo Visual

1. Novo Visual
2. Abandonu
3. Cidade Aberto
4. Bahia Blue
5. Nova Bossa Nova
6. Nordeste
7. Bar Ingles
8. A Vontage

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Camille Sauvage - Caminou (MON26)

Nice and rare 70s curiosity, this french library Lp was released by Camille Sauvage on Creasound records. Includes nice arrangements with flutes, clarinets, ondes martenot, bugle, trombone, organ, saxes, vibraphone, guitars, percussions, etc.
Pieces go from classic, folk to easy listening music or jazz - no funk here except maybe on "Helga" and "Moulin A vent"-.

Moulin A Vent (Wind Mill)

1. Les Caminou
2. Carillon Rose
3. Baby Polka
4. Bebe Reve
5. Miss Berlingot
6. Pierrot Et Colombine
7. Bateau Mouche
8. Maison De Poupee
9. Les Petits Soldats
10. Helga
11. Noel En Autriche
12. Les Elfes
13. Moulin A Vent (Wind Mill)
14. Le Petit Train
15. Guimbarde Western

you can buy it here

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Closer To It! (1973)

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express Band released this jazz funk lp in 1973 for RCA label. It contains a very groovy and solid percussions / bass / drums section with nice keyboards.
The excellent "Light On The Path" is the only fully instrumental piece of the album.

Brian Auger: organ, piano, electric piano, moog, mellotron, vocals - Barry Dean: bass guitar - Jack Mills: lead guitar - Lennox Laington: congas - Godfrey MacLean: drums, cowbell

Voices Of Other Times

1. Whenever You're Ready
2. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
3. Light On The Path
4. Compared To What
5. Inner City Blues
6. Voices Of Other Times

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rudy Ray Moore - Dolemite (1975)

Solid classic soul funk soundtrack released by one the great figures of blaxploitation scene, actor and musician Rudy Ray Moore (March 17, 1927 – Oct. 19, 2008). This O.S.T. was released for Generation International label in 1975.

Soul Rebellion Orchestra conducted by Rudy Ray Moore / arranged by Arthur Wright - vocals: Ben Taylor, Mary Love, Revelation Funk

The Rumble

Willie Green

1. Dolemite
2. The Queen
3. Do You Still Care
4. The Rumble
5. Mayor's Get Away
6. Power of Your Love
7. Willie Green
8. When We Start Making Love
9. The Hitmen
10. Ghetto Expressions
11. Time Is On Our Side
12. Creeper
13. The Jive Jungle
14. Flatland

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Christian Gaubert - Last Exit (1979)

A "must have" and nearly classical french funk album originally released in 1979 by Christian Gaubert for RCA label. It was reissued on 2006 on Japanese Production Dessinée label.
No need to present this gem for knowers, really every track is a killer.

"Sweet And Fool Like A Child" was a also compiled on the Funk De Luxe compilation released in 2001 for Hutch Production.

See credits here.

You can buy it here or here in reissued CD or Lp format or original Lp format.

Sweet And Fool Like A Child

Sweet Marilyne

1. It
2. Man On a Wire
3. Sweet And Fool Like A Child
4. Going Ups And Coming Downs
5. Sweet Marilyne
6. Keep On! Keep On!
7. We're Together
8. Running Wave

Boosey & Hawkes Background Music (SBH 3005)

Rare library Lp released by arranger/composer Dennis Farnon in 1973 for SBH label in the GREAT legendary "Boosey & Hawkes background Music series". This one is oriented to slow drama pieces with beautiful arrangements + some jazzy tunes at the end of the second side.

Paddle Wheeler

1. By Candlelight
2. The Veil
3. Protoplasm
4. Cataclysm
5. Intrigue
6. Time Lapse
7. The Alchemist
8. Subversive Element
9. Journey Into Fear
10. Requiem
11. Portrait Of A Girl
12. Suddenly
13. Paddle Wheeler
14. Ad-libs No. 4a
15. Trip - Scene
16. Wild

You can buy it here

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spin - S/T (1976)

Dutch progressive jazz/rock band Spin formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1977. They only recorded 2 albums, both for Ariola label : An eponymous one in 1976, and "Whirlwind" in 1977.

Rein van den Broek: trumpet, flugelhorn - Jan Vennik: reeds, flute - Hans Jansen: keyboards - Hans Hollestelle: guitar, synthesizer - Jan Hollestelle: bass, synthetizers, piano, violoncello - Cees Kranenburg: drums, percussion
Covert Art: Chris Duinmeijer.

Beautiful Queenie

1. Grasshopper
2. Spinning
3. Excenter
4. Sea And Seasons
5. Little Bitch
6. Sunday Afternoon's Dream
7. Flat Tyre
8. Beautiful Queenie

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Frank Pleyer And His Orchestra - Romantic Mood (197?)

Really nice and rare jazzy library album by German arranger Frank Pleyer. It was released on Golden Rings records in the beginning of the 70s. Other original copies were released a bit later on Morning records.
This album brings together some beautiful orchestration stuffs from various arrangers and composers, including himself. This is the first of two volumes.

Here We Go Again

Flowers And Girls

1. Remember Yesterday
2. Her Name Is Amy
3. Lady Like
4. Wide Range
5. To Be In Love
6. Flower And Girls
7. Blossom Dreams
8. Romantic Moon
9. Here We Go Again
10. Cheerless Afternoon
11. Smooth Touch
12. Taiga Melody

you can grab an original copy here for example. And also here !
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Martin Circus - Acte II (1971)

"Martin Circus" was a quite popular band in France during the 70s-80s for those who are today at least more than 35 or 40 years-old (not my case yet but not so far !). They were firstly known for their live performance album "En Direct Du Rock'n Roll Circus", released in the end of the 60s. After that they recorded some hits in the 70s and 80s as for example 'Je m'éclate Au Sénégal", "Marylène", "Tremblant De Fièvre", etc. that were largely broadcasted on radio stations.

Most of their work can be classified between some real progressive music (with a clear Franck Zappa's inspiration) and more pop songs that were more or less commercially-oriented. But the fact is that this band often tended to experiment new things and brought new sounds to the french rock scene of this period, particularly in the beginning of their carreer.
That is what this double Lp-album, "Acte II", released in 1971 for Vogue records, deals with. Despite of the demoded vocals (but funny too, in "Je m'éclate Au Sénégal" for example: "Je n'sais même plus où est ma copine de ch'val avec qui j'ai pris un bain de minuit, à poil sous la lune ..." well, french people will understand), this Lp is a mix of crazy vocals, nice progressive rock and pop arrangements and orchestrations ("Pourquoi Tous Ces Cris", "Poussières", "J'ai Perdu" - groovy wah wah guitar in the second part -) mixed with some bossa ("Le Tromblon Magique"), jazz and funk touch ("Hyznogod", "O' Secours Bob").
Anyway, a rich album and quite an overlooked one too.
And an opportunity to pay tribute to Gérard Blanc who died this year, on January 24, 2009.

Musicians :
Gérard Blanc: vocals, guitar, percussion - Bob Brault: bass, flute, percussion, vocals - René Guérin: drums, violin, percussion - Sylvain Pauchard: organ, piano, vibraphone, vocals, accordion - Alain Pewzner: guitar, organ, percussion, vocals - Gérard Pisani: buggle, saxophones, flute, clarinet, trombon, percussion

Je M'éclate Au Sénégal

Le Tromblon Magique

O' Secours Bob

Disc 1 :

1. Boudjateelack
2. Pourquoi Tous Ces Cris
3. Chevauchée Fantastique
4. Poème
5. Ti'Bill
6. Poussières
7. J'ai Perdu
8. J'Suis Une Groupie
9. Ouvrez Vos Mémoires

Disc 2 :
10. Je M'éclate Au Sénégal
11. Le Tromblon Magique
12. Hyznogod
13. Images
14. A Dada Sur Paranoïa
15. Façon De Parler
16. O'Secours Bob
17. J'aimerai Bien Te Faire Flipper Un P'Tit Peu
18. Ma Guitare

album is available here for example to get a cleaner copy. It was also reissued in CD format but is regularly out of stock.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Roland Kirk - Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (1967)

One among the less adventurous and by consequence more "conventional" recordings by the great "showman" and multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Aug. 7, 1935 - Dec. 5, 1977), this album was released in 1967 for Verve label. Roland Kirk had the particularity to be able to play together several brass instruments including tenor saxophone, flute, manzello, stritch, castanets and some others.
But on the opposite of his habit, on this one he plays many instruments at the same time only sporadically. And this shows even more how outstanding his talent was and that he could be compared with many other great saxophonists.
Indeed it confirms that his playing was not only a batch of demonstrations about his ability to play several instruments even though he was one of the best (maybe the best) to possess this particular artistry to push back the frontiers of music.

The album contains two ballads, the Burth Bacharach's "Alfie" and the beautifully sad eponymous title, and also two blues, "Blue Rol" and the hot "Fallout". The bossa "Why Don't They Know", and more post-bop oriented "Stompin' Ground" or "It's A Grand Night For Swinging" are also part of these nice numbers.

Somehow, it is maybe one of the more "classic" albums by Roland Kirk and also certainly one of the more overlooked ones.
But of course be sure to dig out also "I Talk with The Spirits" or also "The Inflated Tear", etc. among all the quality albums this exceptional musician recorded.
Note the young Lonnie Liston Smith, then aged 27 and some years before his spacey electric sets, was on piano.

Musicians :
Roland Kirk: tenor saxophone, flute, stritch, manzello - Lonnie Liston Smith: piano - Ronald Boykins: bass - Grady Tate: drums

Alfie - Why Don't They Know - It's A Grand Night For Swinging

1. BLue Rol
2. Alfie
3. Why Don't They Know
4. Silverization
5. Fallout
6. Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith
7. Stompin' Ground
8. It's A Grand Night For Swinging

This album has been reissued in Lp format and also in a 2 albums CD package including the album "Rip, Rig and Panic".

Friday, June 26, 2009

Le Pamplemousse - S/T (1976)

This album mixes easy listening, funk and disco materials with different keyboards played by Michael Lewis (who also produced / recorded albums for "El Coco" with Laurin Rinder).
Lp Released by Le Pamplemousse band in 1976 for AVI records.
Includes some good break intros, cheezy covers of some standards (Manha De Carnival, Poinciana) but also more funky pieces (Gitcha Down) or disco (Soular Street, Song Of The Jet) and the famous "Gimmie What You Got".

Musicians :
Michael Lewis: synthesizer, clavinet - Washington "Soulman" Jones: organ, piano - Laurin Rinder: drums, percussion - Rapito: congas, tymbales - John Hunt, Jack Weber: guitar - Harry Kim: trumpet - Doug Richardson: tenor & soprano sax - Jo Bim Avanzi: tenor sax - Joe Bellamy: bass - Stan "Fingers" Fisher: bass on "Manha De Carnival" - Vocals: Adrienne Wiliams, Marsha Thacker, Kathy Nixon, Jerri Bocchino, Chris Bocchino, Mark Bryson

Gimmie What You Got

1. Manha De Carnival
2. Gimmie What You Got
3. Beginning Of The End
4. Poinciana
5. Gitcha Down
6. Soular Street
7. El Diablo Dorado
8. Love To Michelle
9. A Man And A Woman
10. Song Of The Jet
11. After The Carafe

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Bye Michael ... R.I.P. (Aug. 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

J.C. Pierric - GO Vol. 1 (1001)

Previously I've posted an album released by French musician Daniel Janin featuring some of his best numbers. On this occasion I'd written some words about his friend and fellow musician Jean-Claude Pierric. J.C. Pierric participated to several libray music albums as "Go" (5 volumes, here is the first one), "Velvet Dreams", "News Boys" or "Delta Sound" for example, and also produced or played for some really rare and cult albums : Godchild, the Abrax albums, Harlem Pop Trotters ...

Concerning this today album, the first "Go" of the serie, the cover picture was taken on his excellent blog, but the rip presented here is mine.
There are few details about this album on the back cover which is as enigmatic as the nice but strange front cover.
Even the release year is not printed. Maybe end of 70's, beginning of 80's according to the electronic materials used in this full-of-inventiveness and very groovy disco / funk & easy library music.

M. Chadcar, J.C. Pierric, G. Gesina, V. Laitinen, M. Cron and P. Bernard.

Royal Society

1. Cinder Red Track
2. Mind For Sea
3. Feast Movable
4. Sweet Royal
5. Boggy Boggle
6. In Profusion
7. Chunk Loving
8. Simply Mamy
9. Aglow Life
10. Moving Kelpie
11. Royal Society
12. I'm Mirthful

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Leon Thomas - Full Circle (1973)

Back to some great spiritual jazz / soul album with singer Leon Thomas (best known for his cover of "The Creator Has A Master Plan" with saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on "Karma" album), who released this Lp in 1973 for the excellent Flying Dutchman label. This album is a mix of deep soul and nice string arrangements conducted by Glenn Osser with a great all stars combo.
"It's My Life I'm Fighting For" is a long funk piece with nice solos. Includes also the up-tempo "Just In Time To See The Sun", the fast bossa "Balance Of Life (Peace Of Mind)" with some good electric piano by Neal Crecque + nice cover of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life".

Musicians :
Leon Thomas: vocals - Neal Creque: acoustic and electric piano - Joe Beck, Lloyd Davis: guitare - Richard Davis: bass - Bernard Pretty Purdie: drums, congas - Jimmy Owens: trumpet - Pee Wee Ellis: soprano sax - Sonny Morgan: congas, percussion - Joe Farrell: flute - Herbie Lovelle: drums - Richard Pablo Landrum: percussion + Strings

It's My Life I'm Fighting For (excerpt) - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

1. Sweet Little Angel
2. Just In Time To See The Sun
3. It's My Life I'm Fighting For
4. Never Let Me Go
5. I Wanna Be Where You Are
6. Got To Be There
7. Balance Of Life
8. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
9. What Are We Gonna Do?

P.S.: This album is available here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - 9 (1977)

Nice Salsa album released by Puerto Rican band "Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound", recorded in 1977 for Fania records and led by Roberto Roena (who also was a member of the famous "Fania All Stars" combo). Some nice brass and percussion arrangements and vocals, and a funky intro on "Los Demas".

Musicians :
Roberto Roena: Leader / bongo - Mario Alvarez Cora, Ramon Morales, Fernando Mareano: trumpet - Miguel Rodriguez: Sax Tenor - Julio Merced: trombon - Jose Priesto: piano - Jose Souffront: bass - Feo. Clemente: conga - Domingo Santos: timbales - vocals: Papo Sanchez, Tito Cruz, Mario Cora, Ruben Blades, Adalberto Santiago

Que Me Lo Den En Vida

1. Marejada Feliz
2. Que Me Lo Den En Vida
3. Ya Ves No Te Quiero
4. Dejame Demostrarte
5. Nadie Sabe
6. Los Demas
7. La Distancia
8. Amor En Banca Rota
9. Hay Que Saber Comenzar

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Juan Carlos Calderon - Y Su Taller De Musica Vol. 2 (1975)

Some inspired spanish funk with nice orchestration led by arranger / composer / singer Juan Carlos Calderon. The album was released in 1975 for CBS label. It begins with "Fiesta", a mid-tempo ballad with nice arrangements. More groovy rhythms for "Tio Sam", "Mafioso" and the standard "Eleanor Rigby", mixed with more easy listening moments like "Marilyn" or "Laurel & Hardy".

Tio Sam

1. Fiesta
2. Tio Sam
3. La Diligencia
4. Marilyn
5. Eleanor Rigby
6. California
7. Mafioso
8. Mi Pequeno Chopin
9. Laurel & Hardy
10. El Desfile

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Friends From Rio 2 (FARO 029 - 1998)

Many among you do know the Farout records label. And if you don't then you will. This modern brasilian-oriented label (that sometimes reissues some old brasilian albums from the past) was created 15 years ago and recorded albums for multi-instrumentalist Marcos Valle, vocalist Joyce, Celia Vaz, Azymuth (their album "Carnival" is a classic), etc ...
On 1998 was released the "Friends From Rio 2" album whose goal was to bring together some of the finest brasilian musicians of this new generation. On this album you can find some nice pieces including fender rhodes like "Dona Cora", by keyboardist Fabio Fonseca. This song begins quietly then goes mid-tempo and then takes an explosive samba rhythm with nice percussions.

Musicians :
Fabio Fonseca: fender thodes - C.A.: drums - Andre Rodriguez: bass - Reginaldo Vargas: various percussions

Fabio Fonseca - Dona Cora (Friends From Rio 2)

Tony Williams (Dec. 12, 1945 - Feb. 23, 1997)

Anthony Williams. Better known as Tony Williams. This great jazzman drummer (one of my some favourite ones with Elvin Jones and Ed Blackwell) played with so many other monsters like Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, formed in the 70's V.S.O.P. with his old Miles' Quintet fellows (with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet) and later in a more jazz-rock oriented mode with John McLaughlin and Larry Young (with whom he formed his excellent "Lifetime" band), then still with Miles during his jazz-pop-rock experiences, also participated to Weather Report albums, and again and again ...
His fine, percussive, colourful, open playing, always in search of perfection was unique but has also influenced many generations of musicians and will do so still for many decades to come.
I just wanted to pay tribute to this great musician through one of my favourite songs from his 60's period : "Love song", a beautiful waltz, released on "Spring" album in 1965 for Blue Note label and recorded by sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder, of course.

Musicians :
Tony Williams : drums - Gary Peacock : bass - Herbie Hancock: piano - Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers : tenor sax

Love Song

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Azteca - Azteca (1972)

Here's a great Latin Funk record released by Azteca in 1972 For Columbia records. The music was arranged by percussionist Coke Escovedo and trumpeter/composer Tom Harrell.

get credits from discogs.


1. La Piedra Del Sol
2. Mamita Linda
3. Ain't Got No Special Woman
4. Empty Prophet
5. Can't Take The Funk Out Of Me
6. Peace Everybody
7. Non Pacem
8. Ah! Ah!
9. Love Not Then
10. Azteca
11. Theme: La Piedra Del Sol

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Les Givrés (Musique Originale Du Film - 1980)

Ok ... I can admit the sleeve of this obscure 80's french movie - whose title make think about the classic (in France !) serial movies "Les Bronzés"- is not really attractive. But this record released in 1980 on Baret label presents some kind of unexpected french disco curio like "Arco Disco" and "One Day Each Day" (but also more easy pop music that one could call "typically french" music ...).
"Nathalie Thème"'s vocal part can briefly remind of some Cortex-like songs (just an excuse to make a reference to this great french 70's funk band, if you don't have them then you just have to purchase their 3 first monster Lps !).
The compositions were written by Jean-Pierre Bouaziz and Yves Dessca and arrangements were performed by P. and A. Francfort and Jean-François Boudinou.

Nathalie Thème

Arco Disco

One Day Each Day

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The John Payne Band - The Razor's Edge (1978)

Solid jazz funk record released by saxophonist/flutist John Payne and his band for Freedom Records (FLP 41036) in 1978. Includes some great and spacy fender rhodes / bass / percussion stuff with very groovy rhythms.

Musicians :
John Payne: tenor / soprano / bariton sax, flute - Louis Levin: fender rhodes, acoustic piano, clavinet, synthetizers - Scott Lee: electric and acoustic bass - Gerald Murphy: tama drums / percussion - Ricardo Torres: congas, timbales, percussion

Sounds From The Sea's Edge

1. Lolita
2. Sounds From The Sea's Edge
3. Himiola
4. Ariadne
5. The Razor's Edge
6. New Spaces
7. Electric Lush
8. Past Days
9. Reaching

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yuji Ohno - Castle Of Cagliostro (1983)

This weekend I listened again one great japanese funk album from singer Tatsuro Yamashita, "Spacy", recorded in 1977. Just listen for pleasure some excerpts of this album on the let's get funk blog ("Solid Slider" is a killer).
You can also listen to the dope and rare Adventure Of Kohsuke Kindaichi album for still more great japanese funk on the pyrexscholar blog.
So today I wanted to share some stuff from one of my favourite japanese arrangers: Yuji Ohno. He is responsible for many 80's manga soundtracks as Lupin the 3rd, Captain Future, etc. His style is quickly recognizable, and is often mixing electric piano, flute, bass loops and other various sound effects that participate to a special atmosphere.
Here are some of the most groovy tracks from one of his recordings, Castle Of Cagliostro - not really his funkiest album but some really good moments and beautiful arrangements -, released for a movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki and recorded in 1983 for RCA Japan.

Towards The Patrol Of Line Variation

A Riddle Of Underground Waterworks

Tropical Wave Variation

1. Towards The Patrol Line Variation
2. Fire Treasure Variation I
3. Sneakin'
4. Fire Treasure Variation II
5. A Riddle Of Underground Waterworks
6. Fire Treasure Variation II
7. Strange Sensation
8. Fire Treasure
9. You are Like Breeze Variation
10. Widding
11. In The Lun-Lun Variation
12. Tropical Wave Variation
13. The Plot Of The Earl
14. Mystery Zone
15. Lone Wolf
16. Uncanny Night
17. Mysterious Journey Variation

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Daniel Janin - Vade Retro (1975)

Record released by Daniel Janin with his orchestra in 1975 for the legendary 70's french label "Les Tréteaux" (on which was released the very rare "Godchild" library album). Daniel Janin released several records under various aliases (Eddy Driver, etc.) on this quite eclectic label with his accomplice Jean-Claude Pierric and also collaborated with singer Nancy Holloway (check the stunning title "Hurt So Bad" recorded for the "Escale Party" album).
On this album you can find (hidden beyond some hits pop covers) some real killer funk gems typical of this french funk touch of the 70's like "Saramina", "Black Knight", or "Shout".
Note also the quiet cover of the Duke Ellington's Solitude.

Black Knight

1. Vade Retro
2. Chattanooga Choo Choo
3. Assez C'est Assez
4. Le Prince D'Amour
5. Shout
6. Ce N'est Pas Un Au Revoir
7. Vanina
8. Solitude
9. Saramina
10. Black Night
11. Coming Back Home
12. La Déclaration D'Amour

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Zébaron - Concerto Pour Une Flute (1976)

Great french bossa nova album released by Zébaron playing flute + some slow standards covers (Jeux Interdits, Aranjuez), recorded in 1976 for Mfp label. My fav' one is "Mélancolie", a beautiful and lyrical 10 minutes piece.

J.C. Gozzo: flute - Sergio Renucci: guitar - Bibi Rover: bass - Fred Desplan: percussions

7 Rue Decres

1. Concerto Pour une flute
2. Jeux Interdits
3. Le Baron
4. Mélancolie
5. Versailles
6. Aranjuez
7. 7 Rue Decres
8. Rencontre

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Steel Funk (STF001)

The idea for this today's post came to me after visiting the moogsensation's blog which reminded me that I had this record somewhere. It's "Steel Funk", a funk compilation oriented to steel drums, a typical instrument originary from Trinidad And Tobago (Southern Carribean).

The Dutch Ryhthm And Steel Band
- Funky Stuff

Earl Rodney - Midnight Man

1. The Dutch Rhyhm And Steel Band : Funky Stuff
2. Sapodilla Punch : Hold On I'm Coming
3. Trinidad And Tobago Steel All Stars : Do Your Thing
4. Trinidad Steel Drummers : Cissy Strut
5. Original Tropicana Steel Band : Funky Abbey Road
6. Carl McKnights Sweat And Steel Drums Band : Ain't No Sunshine
7. Original Tropicana Steel Band : Calypso Rock
8. Earl Rodney : Midnight Man
9. 20th Century Steel Band : Heaven And Hell Is On Earth
10. Nite Blues Steel Band : T S O P
11. Carl McKnights Sweat And Steel Drum Band : The Devils Out Tonight

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Johnny Pate - Outrageous (1970)

Outrageously great soul jazz session by composer & arranger Johnny Pate, who also released some blaxploitation movie soundtracks like "Shaft In Africa" (plus other Shaft OSTs) and "Brother On The Run".
Great all-stars combo. Recorded in 1970 for MGM records.

Snooky Young: trumpet - Montegro Joe: Conga - Al grey: trombone - Bernard Purdie: drums - Marky Markowitz - Chuck Rainey: bass - Cornell Dupree: guitar - Joe Beck: guitar - George Devens: percussion - Jerome Richardson: flute - Thomas Mitchell: trombone - Richard Tee: organ - Ernie Royal: trumpet

Constant Wind - That Ain't Too Cool

1. Outrageous
2. Constant Wind
3. That Ain't Too Cool
4. Frustrating Disappointment
5. Bound To Happen
6. No Hang Ups
7. Patience
8. You're Starting Too Fast
9. Totally Unexpected
10. Sangria

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roy Porter - Jessica (1974)

Funk Lp recorded by drummer Roy Porter in 1974 for Vistone label. Includes the famous "Jessica" with a both latin and funk flavour. Very groovy brass section playing various styles.

Here I just propose to you in streaming format the side A of this album since side B of my Lp has many scratches that I could not remove and is not in a very clean state. Anyway, the second side is not the best of the album in my opinion but ok that's no excuse ;)
If someone has a full recording of this Lp in a good state then it would be appreciated.

Musicians :
Roy Porter: drums - Jimmy Holloway, Leslie Hargrove: guitar - Tollie Moore: electric piano - Bob Davis: irgan - Charles Jones: Fender bass - Oscar Dye: congas - Hense Powell, James Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn - Lester Robertson: trombone - Jack H. Fulks: tenor sax, flute - Sone' Campbell: tenor sax

Jessica - Funky Twitch - Hip City - Hense-Forth (excerpt)

1. Jessica
2. Funky Twitch
3. Hip City
4. Hense-Forth
5. Drums For Daryl
6. "Wow"
7. Ooh-La-La

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

African Music Machine - Water Black Gold (1972)

One quite rare album recorded by this obscure group in 1972. Solid brass session accompanied with good guitar riffs and heavy funky bass.

Louis Villery: bass, vocals - Louis Acom: drums - Tyrone Dotson: tenor sax - Osman: percussion - Amal: trumpet - Ete-Ete: tenor sax, flute - Jumbo: guitar - Obitu: piano, organ

Tropical - Making Nassau Fruit Drink

1. Black Water Gold (Pearl)
2. Mr. Brown
3. A Girl In France
4. The Dapp
5. Never Name A Baby (Before It's born)
6. Tropical
7. Making Nassau Fruit Drink
8. Camel Time

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Funk Inc - Hangin' Out (1972)

Funky album recorded by Funk Inc. in 1972 for Prestige label. Includes Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".

Bobby Watley: organ - Gene Barr: tenor sax - Steve Weakley: guitar - Jimmy Mumford: drums - Cecil Hunt: conga - Gordon Edwards: eletric bass

Give Me Your Love

1. Smokin' At Tiffany
2. Give Me Your Love
3. We Can Be Friends
4. Dirty Red
5. I Can See Clearly Now
6. I'll Be Around

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Jackie McLean - Music From The Connection (1959)

Pianist Freddie Redd composed this music for the Jack Gelber's "The Connection" play and recorded it for the mythical BLue Note jazz label with saxophonist Jackie McLean in 1959. One word about the play : it deals with a jazz band of junkies that are waiting for their "fix". The atmosphere, actor's play and of course music describe the despair of their condition and show the steps of excitment, sadness and excess.
Jackie McLean's playing is warm and reaches a full and deep inspiration thanksfull to the melancholic melodies of the album and clean rhythm section where Freddie Redd takes nice solos.

"Time To Smile" is the optimistic tune of the album, showing the excitment for an addict to get what he wants.
Time To Smile

"Theme For Sister Salvation" begins on a march rhythm and quickly gets into a sad but beautiful ballad.
Theme For Sister Salvation

Musicians :
Jackie Mc Lean: alto sax - Freddie Redd: Piano - Michael Mattos: bass - Larry Richie: drums

1. Who Killed Cock Robin
2. Wigglin'
3. Music Forever
4. Time To Smile
5. Theme For Sister Salvation
6. Jim dunn's Dilemma
7. O.D.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Awakening - Mirage (1973)

Here's one of my scratchy original Lps. This is the group "The Awakening" recording the album "Mirage" in 1973 for the legendary Black Jazz Records label. Their second album after the more jazzy and also excellent "Hear, Sense And Feel" recorded in 1972.
Funk and Spiritual Jazz all along, an album to listen as an initiatic voyage.

Musicians :
Ken Chaney: keyboard - Franck Gordon: Trumpet - Steve Galloway: Trombone & percussions - Richard Brown: Tenor / Soprano sax - Arlington Davis Jr.: drums & percussions - Reggie Willis: bass - Rufus Ried: bass on "Slinky", "Glory To The Sun"- Drasheer Khalid: Percussions on "Ultimate Frontier", "Mirage" and "March On" - Anita Jeffereies / Ben Wright: vocals on "Ultimate Frontier"

1. Mode For D.D.
2. The Ultimate Frontier
3. Just A Little Peace
4. Slinky
5. Mirage
6. Glory To The Sun
7. March On

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Brian Augers's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead (1974)

One of the best and most jazz funk-oriented albums (with "Closer To It") by Oblivion Express (just my opinion). And showing Brian Auger playing much fender rhodes, which I particularly appreciated since I've discovered (quite long ago now !) the "Thrust" album by Herbie Hancock's Headhunters.
While I'm not particularly a fan of the vocals by Brian Auger, it is important to listen enough to each piece (a bit more than 2 minutes as for "Beginning Again" for example) to see how groovy and inventive this musician can be, accompanied with this excellent rhythmic session.
"Bumpin' On Sunset" is the only completely instrumental piece and reminds by its arrangement of the Wes Montgomery cover, with a deep organ touch.
The last piece "You'll Stay In My Heart" is the mellow one of the album and Brian Auger then delivers an inspired rhodes solo.

Musicians :
Brian Auger : organ, fender rhodes, piano, moog, Freeman string machine and vocals - Barry Lean : bass guitar - Jack Mills : guitar - Lennox Laington : congas - Steve Ferrone : drums - Mirza Al Sharif : timbales, percussion

Beginning Again

You'll Stay In My Heart

1. Beginning Again
2. Bumpin' On Sunset
3. Straight Ahead
4. Change
5. You'll Stay In My Heart

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Crusaders - Those Southern Knights (1976)

/ Funk Lp recorded by the great multi sampled Crusaders guys in 1976.

Musicians :

Wayne Henderson: trombone - Wilton Felder: Tenor sax - Joe Sample : keyboards - "Stix" Hooper: Drums - Larry Carlton: Guitar - Robert Popwell: bass - Arthur Adams: Guitar


1. Spiral
2. Keep that Same Old Feeling
3. My Mama Told Me So
4. 'Til The Sun Shine
5. And Then There Was The Blues
6. Serenity
7. Feeling Funky

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