Thursday, December 23, 2010

Timing n°11 [De Wolfe]

It seems that this album fits quite well with Christmas and this spirit many would like to find out and keep inside. Childish pieces alternate with strange or more relaxing moods. And you even find an easy jazz waltz and a samba tune at the end of B side.
lp was released in 1976 on De Wolfe Music records (for In Editions label).
A side is composed and recorded by Daniel J. White, B side by Allan Feanch.

Good Morning Julie

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We're #1 - The Perfect Circle (1977)

Rare lp relased by an obscure soul funk combo on Inner City Records in 1977 and produced by George Semper.

Featuring :
Carl (c-man) Walker: lead guitar/percussion/vocals/rhythm guitar - Clyde (czar) Dixon: lead vocals/guitar/percussion/background vocals - Dave (the world) Parnell: tenor/alto saxophone, flute, percussion - Flemmon Green Jr. (ratts): fluegelhorn/lead vocals/percussion/trumpet - Jimmy Smith (jimbo): congas/vocals/latin percussion - Ed (muff) Lyons: electric fender bass/percussion - Ed James (e.j.): drums (traps)/tenor toms/cabasa/vocals - George Semper: clavinet/fender rhodes/hammond organ/piano/string ensemble

This Love Is Mine

The Hands Of Time

Friday, December 3, 2010

Etienne Cap And His Orchestra - Flight Of Fancy (ISST 136)

This rare album by trumpetist Etienne Cap and his Orchestra was recorded on Intersound label (70s).
It contains some jazz funk tracks as the damn groovy "Take a Taxi" and the jazz-funker "Pass The Pepper" that can be found on now out-of-print french jazz funk compilations Funk De Luxe and Opération Héritage.
The lp also contains some easy bossa mid-tempo tunes but also some more cheesy compositions among them.

Musicians are :
Etienne Cap: trumpet/fluegelohrn/arrangement/production - Pepe Solera: tenor/soprano/alto saxophone, harmonica, flute - Thomas Strasser: electric and acoustic guitars, synthetizers - Eric Stevens: electric and acoustic bass - Ladia Basé: piano, fender rhodes, synthetizer - Alan Waterson: drums, percussion, syndrums - Freddie Santiago: percussion, Christian Finck: leader of the string ensemble

Here are two previews.

Flight Of Fancy

Take A Taxi

Steve Grossman - Born At The Same Time (1977)

This one is a very nice spiritual jazz album released on OWL records label in 1977 and recorded by tenor/soprano saxophonist Steve Grossman with a solid quartet featuring Daniel Humair on drums, Patrice Caratini on bass, and Michel Graillier on piano.
It seems that the CD reissue included "Lord Jesus Thinks On me" not available on the original vinyle edition.
Here's on preview one of the 9 tracks ripped from the LP.

March Nineteen

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Romantic Music Vol.2 (Chappell CIS 5049)

This rare library music was released in 1975 on British Chappell label.
It includes short cuts with a laid back atmoshpere between jazz and bossa either played by small groups or soloists.

Intriguing mood with ...
Moonlight Rhythm

... Or some sweet bossa flute
Brazilian Nights

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pierre Porte - Claviers Unlimited (MON 17)

On this easy lib lp recorded for Mondiophone label, French musician Pierre Porte (who composed many themes for french television in the 80s and had his own orchestra) play different keyboard types as accoustic and electric piano, harpsichord, glockenspiel or organ for example.

Thème 12

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

JC Pierric - GO Vol. 2 (1002)

Go Reggae Vol. 2 is the second album of the sweet and rare "Go" library series recorded in the early 80's by legendary french arranger/composer/instrumentist J.C. Pierric.

Here's one preview.

Ho mama

And check out J.C. Pierric's blog for more.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chris Hinze - Vivat Vivaldi (1970)

Dutch flautist Chris Hinze is well known by jazz funk diggers for Bamboo Magic, an album recorded in 1978 with the Chris Hinze Combination formation.
In Vivat Vivaldi released for CBS records in Netherlands in 1970, he provides a beautiful work by paying tribute to classic composer and virtuoso violonist Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741). He shows in seven cuts choosen among the compositions of the baroque italian genius a nice ability to give them a natural jazz flavour. For each piece, the theme is exposed then musicians deeply appropriate themselves its spirit.
"Vivace from Sonata n° 6" is a long groovy 10 minutes piece with Hammond organ and hypnotic bass that spreads a sweet bluesy atmosphere.
"Allegro from Sonata n° 1 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 1)" is an uptempo swinging cut. "Largo From Concerto in C Major" is played as a nice introspective ballad. "Minuetto I/II Sonata n° 5 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)" has a nice spiritual touch.
"Allegro From Sonata n° 5" closes the album with a piece that begins like a chamber music theme with spinet in background and ends on an uptempo jazz cut played with bongos and an oriental-style flute.
The original Chris Hinze Quartet is accompanied with some other studio musicians.

Musicians :
Chris Hinze, Hutÿra Ferenc & Govert Jurrianse: flute, Henk Alkema: piano / spinet, Rob Langereis: bass, Peter Ypma: drums, Rien de Reede: alto flute, Wouler Möller: cello, Cor Willems: Hammond organ, Wim Vanderbeek: bongos

But let the music speak with the first cut of the album.

Vivace from Sonata n° 5 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)

A1 - Vivace from Sonata n° 5 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)
A2 - Vivace from Sonata n° 6 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)
A3 - Allegro from Sonata n° 1 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 1)
B1 - Largo From Concerto in C Major
B2 - Minuetto I/II Sonata n° 5 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)
B3 - Largo From Part IV (The Winter) Of "The Four Seasons"
B4 - Allegro From Sonata n° 5 ("II Pastor Fido" Vol. 2)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fania All Stars - Delicate And Jumpy (1976)

One of the numerous albums of the huge catalog of the guaranteed quality Fania label. Salsa, boogaloo, latin jazz, etc. This label has represented all afro latin styles and its close derivatives.
Many great artists from Ray Barretto to Roberto Roena, from Tito Puente to Joe Bataan, from Joe Cuba to Mongo Santamaria, etc ... participated in the apogee of the label.

Just a note to say this lp also includes a version of the mellow Rosemary's Baby theme from prematuraly dead Polish jazz pianist Krzysztof Komeda.
Now about the album, it is surely neither the hottest nor the more salsa-oriented from the label, but it includes nice orchestrations/arrangements and we'll go back to more "hard salsa" later. But if you feel "caliente" now you can check out a hot session there.

Musicians :
Johnny Pacheco: flute & percussion, Bobby Valentin: bass, Ray Barretto: congas, Nicky Marrero: timbales, Roberto Roena: bongos, Papo Lucca: piano, Steve Winwood: guitar
Arranged and conducted by Gene Page.

First preview is the smooth I'll See You Again.

I'll See You Again

Second one is Fania All Stars'Cha Cha Cha. And it includes in the second part a nice groovy bass accompanied with flute that may give some ideas to some hip hop producers.

Fania All Stars'Cha Cha Cha

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Unity - Blow Thru Your Mind (1974)

Here a nice ballad retrieved from this legendary spiritual jazz album leaded by saxophonist Byron Morris and his Unity band (Tony Waters on percussion, conga and maracas, Mike Kull on piano, Abdush Shahid on drums, Vince McEwan on trumpet, Milton Suggs on bass, Jay Clayton on vocals). It was recorded in 1974 and reissued some years ago. Just a sparkling fragment of a timeless lyrical meditation.

Transcendental Lullaby

Sweet Colours (MON 40)

Rare and great library music album released on Creasound label bringing together compositions by Janko Nilovic, Pierre Sellin, Pascal Auriat, etc. It just sounds like a late french 60s movie with many wordless vocals and nice string arrangements. Just listen to Deliria, Ballade Pour Une Voix, the beautiful ballad Du Sable Et Du Vent or the nice well-named bossa tune Bossa Beach and you will see what I mean. If you're into french library music you should purchase this gem if you find it.

Trumpet On The Beach

A1 - Le Vent Dans Les Algues
A2 - Adagio Sur La Plage
A3 - Le Soleil Sur La Neige
A4 - Bossa Beach
A5 - Verseau
A6 - Ballade Pour Une Voix
A7 - Trumpet On The Beach
B1 - Ciel De Vacances
B2 - Snow And Tears
B3 - Du Sable Et Du Vent
B4 - Deliria
B5 - Soleil De Minuit
B6 - Concerto Pour Une Etoile

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Virus [OST] (1980)

Late 70s/early 80s saw the emergence of many post apocalyptic movies inspired from SF novels of the past decades. They were reflecting the ambient paranoia of this period of transition between the end of "flower power" insouciance and fear of a near apocalyptic future due to the threat of nuclear war. Of course it had become popular with movies as 1968's Planete of The Apes (and its psyche funk soundtrack) and then grew up with Mad Max or John Carpenter's Escape from New York.
Main theme is generally that whatever the level of technology human civilzation may have reached, human being will never get a full secure control on it and one day he will destruct himself and will go back to the original condition he never actually really left : an animal, only concerned by his more primary instincts.

Less popular Virus directed by japanese Kinji Fukasaku took also part in that new exciting although deeply pessimistic genre.
Now, back to this OST : LP includes solid jazz rock cuts, great orchestral arrangements and some vocals by Janis Ian on the main theme You Are Love. Teo Macero produced it.

Musicians :
Janis Ian: vocals, Chick Corea: keyboards, Larry Coryell: guitar, John Faddis: trumpet, David Sanborn: saxophone, Dave Valentin: flute, Kazumi Watanabe: guitar, Ron Carter: bass, Steve Gadd: drums, Steve Kahn: guitar, Dave Butterfield: saxophone, Wareen Bernhardt: keyboards, Dick Hyman: keyboards +
London Philarmonic Orchestra

Complete credits available here.


A1 - Adieu, Mon Amour
A2 - You Are Love (Toujours Gai Mon Cher)
A3 - Love Sweet Love
A4 - Bedroom
A5 - Sweet Truth
B1 - You Are Love (Toujours Gai Mon Cher)
B2 - MM 88
B3 - Marit
B4 - Struggle Is My Name
B5 - All To You

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Massada - Pukul Tifa (1979)

Some latin rock from Dutch-Moluccan band Massada. Pukul Tifa was their second album after Astaganaga. "Unknown Destination" is the disco funk piece of this LP that mixes both latin rock and more traditional songs.

Unknown Destination
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Claude Thomain Et Son Orchestre Vol. 1 (1971)

Musicians as french Marcel Azzola or Richard Galliano gave the accordion a chance to have a place into jazz sphere, bringing a true nostalgia and authenticity proper to its sound. Such as Claude Thomain. This jazz accordion player was born in 1940 and played with many great french musicians of the 60's area. He recorded this LP on Epervier label. Maybe you already know the title "Un Soir De Blanco" recorded on "Dusty Fingers" compilations. This album brings you into a 60's detective movie atmosphere, sometimes dark, gloomy or passionate.
Antoher great mellow album.

Un Soir De Blanco

bass: A. Masselier - drums: A. Ceccarelli - guitar: M. Gesina - perscusion: M. Lorin - bass trombone: G. Vilain - trombones: B. Vasseur - C. Verstraete, F. Lusiez

A1 - Route Sans Tunnel
A2 - Flash Color
A3 - Un Soir De Blanco
A4 - Notes Vagabondes
A5 - Week-End Danse
A6 - Major Flash
B1 - Shaker Man
B2 - Deux Phares Dans La Nuit
B3 - Du Soleil A Gogo
B4 - Sorti De L'Ombre
B5 - La Caravane Rouge
B6 - Flirtissimo Blues

Foehn - Faëria (1985)

After some months of musical abstinence, it has been some times I wanted to post this unusual and rare lyric jazz fusion album recorded in 1985 by an obscure formation composed by some known french musicians as saxophonist Sylvain Beuf.
Nice bass lines, spacey keyboards and electric guitar, jazzy saxophone with various rhythmics (jazz, syncopation, latin, ...) accompanied with 'Cortexish' vocals make this album an intimate voyage into darkness of heaven.


bass: Michel Boussiars, drums: Marcel Beaudry-Gal,guitar: Alain Blessin, keybooards: Philippe François, percussion: Jean-Manuel Belliard, saxophone: Sylvain Beuf, Vocals: Anou Belliard

A1 - Fœhn
A2 - Loreleï
A3 - Ludine
A4 - Licorne I
A5 - Nomade
B1 - Licorne II
B2 - Melba
B3 - Rétrodroïde
B4 - Faëria
B5 - Tadji's Song
B6 - Dernier Souffle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fabriano Fuzion - Cosmic Sindika (1982)

Here is a nice afro latin jazz LP from West Indies recorded in 1982 for Safran records by the "Fuzion" band leaded by bassist Serge Fabriano.
Deep and hypnotic mood (as in Kaladja Vivilo) and fresh percussion, berimbau, etc. accompanied with bass and nice vocals.

Musicians :
Edouard Labor: sax (on A4) - Pierre Labor: sax (on B1, B2) - Mario Pierrecelas, Hector Ficadière: percussion - Alain Jean-Marie: piano, synthetizer - drums: Claude Vamur - Mario Canonge: piano, percussion [ti bwa] - Serge Fabriano: vocals, berimbau, bass - Roger Raspail: vocals, bells, bongos, percussion, percussion, triangle - Suly Cally: vocals, bells, whistle, percussion [ka, ti bwa, calebasse] - Marie-Reine Lamoureux: vocals, percussion [calebasse] - Marie-Céline Fontaine: vocals, percussion [ti bwa]


A1. Kaladja Vivilo 1
A2. Kaladja Vivilo 2
A3. Karibean Suite
A4. Métamorphose
A5. Sé Kon Sa
B1. Kominiké
B2. Kosmos 1
B3. Kosmos 2
B4. Manège

Monday, March 15, 2010

Audio Directions Presents The Grab Bag (1976)

This LP is a direct-to-disk recording released in 1976 on Direct Disc label. As it can be assumed each side was directly recorded to disk in one shot "from start to finish".
As explained in the liner notes, this kind of recording makes the task more difficult both for the musicians of course but also for the mastering and studio engineers who must take quick and good decisions on the cutting electronics in order to not screw up the artists' live studio performance and give the recording its deserved rendering. And the result is pretty nice.

Musicians :
Ron Oates: Acoustic piano, clavinette - Randy Goodrum: fender rhodes - Jack Williams: Bass - Kenny Malone: drums - Pete Bordonali: guitars - Farrell Morris & Billy Wiggins: percussion - Barry McDonald & George Tidwell: trumpet & fluegelhorn - Dennis Good: tenor & bass trombone - Dennis Solee: Soprano, alto, tenor & baritone sax, flute, bass clarinet - Billy Puet: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone sax, flute - Buddy Skipper: alto & tenor sax, flute, clarinet - Sheri Kramer & Diane Tidwell: vocals


A1. Peace-Piece
A2. Itutu
A3. Can You Stand It
B1. We Can Fly
B2. And I Learned It From A Princess
B3. Emergence

Yuji Ohno - Chips (1981)

This set was released by Yuji Ohno & The Explosion Band in 1981 on RCA records for the TV series diffusion in Japan.
The famous theme composed by John Carl Parker is arranged in a very disco shape and music here has typically the Yuji-san touch.

Route 101

A1. Theme From "Chips"
A2. "Maquina" My Love
A3. I Love You "Chips"
A4. California Sunset
B1. Route 101
B2. Ventura Feeling
B3. Power Chase
B4. Moonlight Freeway

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Toshiyuki Honda - Burnin' Waves (1978)

This classic LP by Japanese saxophonist and flutist Toshiyuki Honda was released in 1978 on Electric Bird label for Inner City records.
Of course it includes the breezy "747 Wind Flight" but also some nice breaks on the album's funky eponymous title, Sao Paulo and "Thunder Kiss".

Musicians :
Toshiyuki Honda: alto sax, soprano sax, flute, alto flute -Bob Wilson: drums, percussion - Pauline Wilson: vocal (side2-2) - Larry Williams: electric piano, mini moog, oberheim, polyphonic, percussion - Jerry Hey: trumpet, fluegelhorn, percussion - Gary Herbig: tenor sax, alto sax, alto flute - Ken Wild: electric bass - Bud Nuanez: electric guitar - Eiji Arai: trombone (side 1-4 / side 2-2,3) - Tadaomi Anai: percussion side 1-4 / side 2-2, 3 - Chikara Ueda: arrange, conduct

747 Wind Flight

A1. Burnin' Waves
A2. All-Night Rendez-Vous
A3. Thunder Kiss
A4. You Blow My Heart Away
B1. Just A Dream Away
B2. Havana Candy
B3. Sao Paulo
B4. 747 Wind Flight

Friday, January 29, 2010

Billy Foster - Reflections (1989)

Here is a solid and fresh jazz trio LP (with some nice vocals and trumpet on some tracks) recorded by pianist Billy Foster for Equistar label in 1989. That kind of disc that sounds so obvious at first listening. My favorite is the beautiful ballad "Dedication" sung by Sharmaine Congress but the whole album has a very cool flavour to me.


Billy Foster: piano - Bruce Evans: bass - Jeff Brown: drums - Glenda Eskew :vocal on B2 - Sharmaine Congress : vocal on A3 - Dr. Odies Williams III: trumpet on A4


1. A Swing Thing
2. Sunrise
3. Dedication
4. Straight Strut
5. Prism
6. Dreams
7. Just Now
8. Steps

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