Friday, July 1, 2011
Quite far from the first 70s albums of the nice SoundStage catalogue, this set contains typical late 80s synth sounds recorded in 1986 by Albert Alan Owen.
Unashamedly looping rhythm boxes, fat synthetizer chords and nostalgic melodies mixed in a bright fusion way with some pop touches.
Dressed To Kill
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Here is a nice little gem issued on Amphonic label and recorded in 1975 by some british library jazz funk cats of this area : Syd Dale, Steve Gray, among the most famous ones. This album offers up some classy and slick jazz funk themes all along larded with nice mellow arrangements.
To wit and do some useful commercials, some of the tracks of this album have been booted in a tasty Amphonic compilation that you can find here.
Long Time Gone
Monday, May 9, 2011
Here's one of the too much rare albums recorded by composer/leader Claude Cagnasso and his big band. This one is ripped from a rendition on Palm Vendémiaire label released in 1982. The album was originally released in 1977.
Tunes vary from modal, classy, latin, up-tempo swing to some jazz funk cuts as the groovy number The Mover.
Tony Russo, Michel Barrot, Tony Brenes, Freddy Ovzepian, Michel Bos: trumpet - Jacques Bologonesi, Christian Guizen, Luis Fuentes: trombone - Maurice Sevrero, Bernard Camus: trombone bass - Francis Cournet: alto sax - Alain Hatot: alto tenor sax - Claude Thirifays, Jean-Michel Hervé: tenor sax - Gilbert Dal'Anese: bass - George Arvanitas: piano - Frédéric Sylvestre: guitar - Tony Bonfils: clarinet bass - Jean-Paul Batailley: drums - Jean Schulteis: percussions - Claude Cagnasso: leader - Pierre Goasguen, Guy Arbion: trombone - Patrick Bourgoin: alto sax - Maurice Vander: piano - Patrice Caratini: bass - Guy Bardet: trumpet - Benny Vasseur: trombone - Robert Castagne: trumpet - Gérard Massot: trombone - Gérard Berioz: percussions - Alex Perdigon: trombone - Christian Lete: drums - Teddy Hameline: alto sax - JF Leroux: conga - Didier Sutton: guiro
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This interesting german lp released on Marcato label sounds like a demo lp to test your hi-fi installation on Side A, with several atmosphere noises and a man introducing them in german language.
Side B is fully instrumental, with some nice short cuts orcherstrated by British composers (Syd Dale, Steve Gray, etc) as "Number One Spy" or "In-Time", embedding different styles.
Shifting Sands Of Sound
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Very rare private press jazz LP recorded in the 70s by several Santa Cruz musicians. This seems to be the second album by this group. It includes covers of standards like "Laura", "I Only Haves Eyes For You" and "I'll Never Smile Again".
Don McCaslin: vibes, piano - Gary Grifith: piano - Stan Poplin, Bob Boeme, Steve Berman: bass - Con Moto: drums - John Thomson: congas - Franck E. Castellanos: congas, trombone - Wesley Braxton: tenor sax - Wayne Goodwin: violin, viola - Larry Scale: guitar - Ron Williams, Harry Woodward: vocal
Here a cover of Lennon/McCartney standard
Fool On The Hill
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Just one of my favorite jazz albums : soulful, mellow, intimist, groovy. It includes some standards as "We've Only Just Begun" and "Never Can Say Goodbye". And of course the sweet introspective and melancholic ballad "Maybe Tomorrow".
French writer Victor Hugo said : "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad". And according to me, that's exactly what this tune deals with.
Musicians are :
Grant Green: guitar - Emanuel Riggins: electric piano - Chuck Rainey: electric bass - Billy Wooten: vibes - Harold Cardwell: drums & percussion - Idris Muhammed: drums - Ray Armando: conga.
Recorded on Blue Note label in 1971.