Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Ambolley


Year : 2019/1982
Label : Mr Bongo/Wea International
Genre : Soul,
Style : Funk/Soul, Afro Funk, Highlife

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Ghana, contributor of the fusion between Funk, Jazz and High-Life music. Influenced by his countryfellow and master Ebo Taylor, he released his debut solo album "Simigwa" in 1975, a afro-funk album to the tropical flavour that will give him the nickname of the "James Brown" of Ghana. "Ambolley" adds a boogie-disco touch including Caribbean and Soul music elements, performed with the backing band "Obsidia", an Afro-Caribbean collective based in London since 1969. It features Daku Potato (ds, congas), Emmanuel Rentzos (ep), Teddy Osei (fl), Kari Bannerman (eg), plus additional musicians whose indian musician Pandit Dinesh on tabla and George 'Lee' Larnyoh, saxophonist for "Toots & The Maytals". Titles include dancefloor bomb "It's Highlife", calypso funk "Cut Your Coat" & "Frafranta", reggae rocker variation of his song "Adwoa" from his first album, a catchy instrumental of percussion "Simigwa", the soulful songs "Walking Down The Street" and "Cause I Love You".

Monday, February 17, 2020

Marcos Valle ‎- Mustang Côr De Sangue


Year : 1969
Label : Odeon
Genre : Latin Jazz, Pop
Style : MPB, Psychedelia

The album that opens the Valle's psychedelic pop era including six masterpieces released from 1970 to 1974, whose the iconic "Bed Album" (the Marcos Valle self-titled album in 1970), "Garra" in 1971 and "O Fabuloso Fittipaldi Original Soundtrack" introducing the Brazilian Jazz Funk band "Azymüth" in 1973. "Mustang Côr De Sangue" is a sublime baroque-pop album tinged by Soul, Jazz and Samba elements, comprising a variation on the Bossa Nova standard "Summer Samba" (Samba De Verão 2), the up-tempo drum song "Frêvo Novo", the killer instrumental jazz-samba "Azimuth" (inspired the name of the same band), the latin pop tune "Mentira Carioca". Titles include also various collaborations with some major figures of the seventies Brazilian music scene such as arranger Eumir Deodato on "Dia De Vitória" featuring the Golden Boys quartet, guitarist/singer Milton Nascimento on "Diálogo", the percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, and bassist Novelli from Mário Castro Neves & Samba S.A., among others.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Marcos Valle - Vontade De Rever Você


Year : 1981
Label : Som Livre
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Boogie Funk, MPB

Recorded at the end of the disco era and during the smooth jazz climax, "Vontade De Rever Você" is the first Marcos Valle's album released after his Californian stay to escape to the Brazilian censorship between 1975-1980. Marcos brought back with him the north american "sound" including boogie-funk and disco music to take a new artistic direction, recruiting R&B songwriter Leon Ware, one Marvin Gaye's collaborator. Other talented musicians surround him, such as the founder members of american jazz-funk collective "Chicago" (Peter Cetera, Walter Parazaider, James Pankow), and a Brazilian stellars crew with saxophonist Oberdan & bassist Jamil Joanes from Banda Black Rio, jazz percussionist Airto Moreira, Robson Jorge on guitar, José Roberto Bertrami from Azymuth on keyboards and accordionist Sivuca. Titles include "Paraiba Nao E Chicago" (his own variation on the Leon Ware's "Baby Don't Stop Me"), "Garimpando", the disco-funk gem cut for the dancefloor "Velhos Surfistas Querendo Voar", the samba interlude "Campina Grande", the sublime latin pop ballad "Sei La" and an up-tempo song "Pecados De Amor", originally composed for Cristina Camargo and previously released as "Mortal Tem Hora" in 1980.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tim Maia - Disco Club


Year : 2018/1978
Label : Mr Bongo/Atlantic
Genre : Soul, Latin
Style : Disco, Boogie Funk

Recorded by the iconic brazilian Soul Legend, "Disco Club" was cut for dancefloor spotlighting the disco-boogie sound as the title suggests, including his biggest hits "Sossego" and "Acenda O Farol". Tim Maia is surrounded by experienced musicians, including the core members of the Banda Black Rio featuring bassist Jamil Joanes and drummer Paulinha 'Black' Braga plus Hyldon De Souza on guitar, Robson Jorge on clavinet and Lincoln Olivetti as arranger on keyboards. The first side is devoted to dancefloors opening on the disco glitz "A Fim De Voltar" and "Acenda O Farol", following by the mighty boogie-funk "Sossego", instrumental "Vitória Régia Estou Contigo E Não Abro" and the fusion "All I Want". The other side brings together numerous of glamorous sweet soul songs "Mumurio", "Pais E Filhos", "Vitó", "Juras" and "Jhony".

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Be Hard Bop - Bop or Not Session #4 For Radio Rap Tz


Bop or Not Session #4 for Parisian webradio RADiO RAPTZ including Hip-Hop, Breakbeat & Jazz Funk songs dedicated to Japanese soundtracks, TV screen animated series (Cowboy Be Bop, Samurai Champloo...) and iconic movies themes. It features Yuji Ohno, Kentaro Haneda, The Seatbelts, Yoko Kanno, DJ MuroRZA, Luke Vibert and many more...

TRACKLIST : Yuji Ohno - Theme From Golden DogHozan Yamamoto, Yu Imai - Kindaichi Kōsuke Nishi E Iku - The Mystery Kindaichi Band - Eight Village Grave (Yatsuhakamura)Kentaro Haneda - The Heroes Of Wu - Jake H. Concepcion & The Sound Limited - On Any Sunday - Jimmy Takeuchi - Enter The DragonThe Seatbelts Feat. Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch - Mushroom Hunting - Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro - Dandy's Fly - Yoko Kanno - High Heel Runaway - Kassin - Corre Michiko, Corre!!!Latin Quarter - Kogarashi - RZA Feat. Black Knights, Dexter Wiggle & Thea Van Seijen - Bloody Samurai - DJ Muro Feat. Big-O, Chief Low & Suiken - V.I.P. -  FORCE OF NATURE Feat. Suiken & S-Word - Hiji Zuru Style - Mocky - Two Of Us - Takeo Yamashita Feat. Kayoku Ishu - Scat ThemeYasuharu Konishi Lupin The Third 1 (Readymade All That Jazz! Remix) - Luke Vibert - Tank! Remix - Soil & Pimp Sessions Paraiso (TV Version)

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Be Hard Bop - Bop or Not Session #3 For Radio RapTz


Bop or Not Session #3 for Parisian webradio RADiO RAPTZ including Hip-Hop, Breakbeat, Afro-Disco & Jazz Funk from Japan to America by Europe. It features Marcos Valle, Force Of Nature, Steve Monite, Five Deez, DJ Muro, The Procussions and more...

TRACKLIST : Specifics - Thats Just Gold - Marcos Valle - A Paraíba Não E Chicago - Mighty Salad Syndicate - Funky Horse - Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro - Word Pack - DJ Mitsu The Beats Feat. Promoe - Material Curse - Force Of Nature - Unstoppable - Steve Monite - Only You - Livy Ekemezie - Get It Down - Chris Joss - A Part In That Show - Eyedea & Abilities - Big Shots - Five Deez - Funky - DJ Muro Feat. De La Soul & Lunch Time Speax - So Cool - Dagha Feat. Al Jabra - Conquerors - The Procussions - All That It Takes

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats - Beautiful Bamboo Flute


Year : 2019/1971
Label : Mr Bongo/Philips
Genre : Jazz
Style : Big Band, Folk, World, Fusion

Recognized as a “living national treasure” by the Japanese government in 2002, Hozan Yamamoto was the best known shakuhachi player outside Japan. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute" is the fourth collaboration between Hozan Yamamoto and saxophonist Nobuo Hara within his famous big band, after two albums as Sharps & Flats ("Sharps & Flats In Newport" in 1967, "New Jazz In Japan" in 1968), and one under his own name ("New Dimension Of Bamboo Flute" in 1968). The album is result of a clever mix between japanese folk music (called "Min'yō") and Jazz including Jazz Rock, Soul Jazz & Big Band styles, featuring arranger Masahiko Sato, guitarist Takao Naoi from Akira Ishikawa's Count Buffalos. Impossible to find original album nowadays, it was finally reissued by Mr Bongo Records.

MUSICIANS : Hozan Yamamoto - bamboo flute - Nobuo Hara - tenor saxophone - Hajime Maekawa, Koji Suzuki - alto saxophone - Nobuyuki Morikawa - baritone saxophone - Masahiro Nakajima, Tadao Taniyama - trombone - Hiroshi Saba, Shuzo Morikawa - trumpet - Sadayasu Fujii - piano - Hiroshi Takeuchi - bass - Takao Naoi - guitar - Yoshio Nakamura - drums

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Various, Yuji Ohno - The Boss And His Piano Part II by Be Hard Bop


Volume 2 of the compilation series dedicated to the japanese jazz pianist Yuji Ohno including studio and live recordings as sideman, producer & arranger. Yuji Ohno was in charge of numerous background music composed for films, among others "Inugamike No Ichizoku" (The Inugami Family, 1976), "Nigen No Shomei" (Proof Of The Man, 1977) and animation TV series such as "Lupin The 3rd" (since 1977), "Captain Future" (1979). During the seventies, he was a popular arranger for various japanese jazz&pop songstress, including Martha Miyake, Mieko Kaji, Eiko Shuri, Kimiko Kasai, Mieko Hirota or Hatsumi Shibata. From 1975, Yuji turns to the Jazz Funk style and formed his famous "You & The Explosion Band" featuring Jake H. Conception, Takeru Muraoka & Akira Okazawa for the "Lupin III" soundtrack. Compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop featuring Yuji Ohno, Chu Kosaka & Ultra, Hatsumi Shibata & Hang Over, Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Masa Matsuda, You & The Explosion Band, Electro Keyboard Orchestra.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Wilson Simonal - Alegria! Alegria! Vol. 4


Year : 1969
Label : Odeon
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Bossa Nova, Samba Soul

Last act in the popular "Alegria! Alegria!" album series recorded between 1967-1969, by one of the finest Brazilian singer, including his smash hit "Pais Tropical" composed by his friend Jorge Ben. Since "Vou Deixar Cair" in 1966, Wilson Simonal is supported by the top latin jazz trio "Som Três", his regular backing band until 1969, lead by Cesar Camargo Mariano (p) featuring Sabá (b, vo) & Toninho Pinheiro (ds, vo). "Alegria! Alegria! Vol. 4" is a subtle blend of soulful music with jazz, samba, bossa and latin boogaloo sounds including beautiful strings arrangements directed by maestro Antonio Adolfo. Titles include gorgeous songs among the best ever recorded by Wilson Simonal, "Maquilagem", "Porque Hoje É Domingo", "Brasileira", "Canção Da Criança", "Eu Fui No Tororó", "Que Maravilha" (Jorge Ben), "Adios, Muchachos-Adios".

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Be Hard Bop - Bop or Not Session #2 For Radio RapTz



Bop or Not Session #2 for Parisian webradio RADiO RAPTZ including Jazzy Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk, & Latin music from Japan to America by Europe. It features James Brown, Donald Byrd, Tim Maia, Gene Harris, Candido, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Erasmo Carlos and more...

TRACKLIST : James Brown - My Thang - Donald Byrd - Have You Heard the News ? - Hiromasa Suzuki - Between O&M - J.M. Tim & Foty - Funky Bafoussam - Tim Maia - Rhodesia Gene Harris - Koko And Lee Roe - Theory Hazit Feat. Braille - IOU - Funky DL Feat. DJ Stixx & Dukus Alemay - Rhymin' 76 (Remix) - Zerosen - Scramble - Osamu Furuya & The Freshmen - Chinese Kung Fu - Candido - Soulwanco - Talib Kweli - Africa Dream - Chlorine Free Feat. Soweto Kinch - Natural Blend - Pat D Feat. Melodiq & Lady Paradox - In Control - Jurassic 5 - If You Only Knew - Mo' Horizons - Brandnew Shoes - Erasmo Carlos - Coqueiro Verde - Madlib - Alfred Lion Interlude

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Be Hard Bop - BOSSA for Sofa (Bossa Nova, Jazz Samba And Screen Favorites)



Lean back in your sofa and listen these 23 musical pieces of Bossa Nova featuring european, japanese & american jazz musicians (Benny Golson, Cortex, Norio Maeda, Ron Carter, Helen Merrill among others), and compositions for various TV shows, series, advertising or others soundtracks. Titles include background music extracted from famous European music library labels such as KPM (England), Montparnasse 2000 (France) or Selected Sound (Germany). Compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop.
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