Friday, December 7, 2018

Yuji Ohno - Space Kid

Year : 1978
Label : CBS
Serie : Master Sound 76
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco, Smooth Jazz

"Space Kid" is a concept album which prefigures the future sound of You & The Explosion Band, formed for the original soundtrack of "Lupin The 3rd". Indeed, some sounds seem to us familiar, various soundscapes have been used in the serie and in particular the moog synthesizer effects heard in the "Cagliostro No Shiro" movie (1979). The core of You & Explosion Band is based on the rhythm section featuring Akira Okazawa, Tsunehide Matsuki, Yasushi Ichihara, Pepe Anai & Larry Sunaga, supported by horn section feat. Jake H. Conception & the Suzuki Group (strings). Tiltes include the disco funk song "Space Kid", a variation of the "Mayflower" recording from Electro Keyboard Orchestra, where accoustic piano replaces moog synthesizer, two featurings with brazilian songtress Sonia Rosa (Never More, Dancing Raccoon) and the latin funk "Solar Samba". All tracks composed, arranged & recorded by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Kazushi Sugihara_synthesizer programmer
Akira Okazawa & Kenji Takamizu_bass
Tsunehide Matsuki_guitar
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Pepe Anai, Larry Sunaga & Fujio Saitoh_percussion
Jake H. Conception_saxophone
Yukio Etoh, Takeshi Shinohara & Minoru Sohma_flute
Takehisa Suzuki & Mitsuru Nakazawa_flugel horn
Keiko Yamakawa_harp
Sonia Rosa_vocal
Suzuki Group_strings
Ishu Kayoko group_chorus

01. Prologue -Crystal Love-
02. Space Kid
03. Interlude
04. Mayflower
05. Never More
06. Melting Spot
07. Solar Samba
08. Dancing Raccoon
09. A Single Trace Of Love
10. Epilogue -Crystal Love-

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pasteur Lappé & The Sekele Movement - We, The People

Year : 2018/1979
Label : Africa Seven/Disques Espérance
Genre : Funk/Soul
Style : Disco, Afro Disco, Afro Funk

Debut album of Pasteur Lappé, a Cameroonian singer from Douala who recorded from 1979 to 1981, some amazing funky nuggets such as "Na Real Sekele Fo' Ya" or "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)". Pasteur Lappé is best-known to have popularized the "Sekele", a typical afro-groove embracing furious dances and the disco style, whole played in the cameroonian way. Settled in Paris from the seventies, he recruited Jacob Desvarieux, future founder member of Zouk band, Kassav, as arranger, and the collective "The Zulu Gang" formed by Christophe Zadire, as backing band to produce his albums. The album opens with "More Sekele Movement" including deep bass groove & syncopated beat, followed by the catchy afro-folk-pop song "Dora". Titles include also two ballads  ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams", "As Far I Can Remember") and the single "The Sekele Movement" which was selected by Analog Africa label for the "Pop Makossa" compilation released in 2017. 

Pasteur Lappé_vocal
Jacob Desvarieux_guitar
Christophe Zadire_bass
Philippe Draï_drums, percussion
Douglas Mbida, Robert Benjamin_keyboards
Alain Hatot, Jimmy Mvondo_saxophone 
Alex Perdigon_trombone
Cako, Tony Rousseau_trumpet

01. More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)
02. Dora
03. Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams
04. Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)
05. The Sekele Movement
06. As Far I Can Remember


Sunday, October 28, 2018

M'Bamina - Expérimental

Year : 2016/1978
Label : Africa Seven/Fiesta Records
Genre : Soul
Style : Afro Funk, Disco

M'Bamina was formed in 1972 by eight african musicians of Bantu ethnic group, coming from Congo, Benin & Cameroon, and settled in Pavia, Italty. Discovered in an italian night club by Ivo Lunardi, they toured on the italian riviera before to spot by french impresario Christian Carbaza. After they moved to France, where they became friends of cameroonian legend Manu Dibango, they recorded in 1975 their first album "African Roll". On their success way, they performed across Europe in 1976, then in Cameroon at Stade Yaounde alongside French Pop star, Claude François, Manu Dibango, and finally played the first part of  the James Brown's concert at Pavillon de Paris in 1977. In the early eighties, they signed on the short-lived Paco Rabanne's label recording two albums before they disbanded. The group is a killer funk machine distilling pure dancing groove, connected to their African Roots with traditional Bantu lyrics, including Boogie Funk with a strong disco baseline (Atide O Sika, Tchiayala), Afro-Cuban rhythms & Folk Soul (Mambu, Zizi Ku Mbele). Produced by Philippe Brejean & arranged by Samba N'Gó.

Samba N'Gó_lead guitar, vocals
Antoine Nkouka Batenda_rhythm guitar, vocals
Bernard Bifuanibo_bass
Jean-Marie Bolangassa_percussion
Anselme Tambakassa_congas
Ligali Ali Amidou_percussion, vocals
Sergio Gabbani_drums

01. Djambo (Salut À L'Afrique)
02. Tchiula (Le Crapaud)
03. Mamy
04. Tchiayala
05. Mosi Zole (Un Et Deux)
06. Mambu (À L'École De La Sagesse Bantu)
07. Atide O Sika (Scène De Village)
08. Zizi Ku Mbele (Étrange Guérisseur)
09. Mbongui


Friday, October 5, 2018

Various - Doing It In Lagos

Year : 2016
Label : Soundway Records
Genre : Funk/Soul, Pop
Style : Disco, Boogie, Afro Funk

Twenty amazing funky songs from the Nigerian pop & club music recorded between late 1970s and early 1980s, compiled by british label Soundway Records. The songs are the reflect of a joyful period, all were recorded during the short democratic interlude in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, before the military dictatorship back. A new generation of artists featuring Steve Monite, Livy Ekemezie or Willy Roy have been emerge on the Lagos musical scene. Moving away the Afrobeat, they were supported by influential producers like Odion Iruoje, and perfectly suited for dancefloor with the casualness brings by the disco style (Donna Summer or Michael Jackson), but adding their Afro touch. "Doing It In Lagos" has been concieved as the ultimate dance compilation including various styles as Funk (Willy Roy - Don't Give Up), Pop (Burnis Moleme - Where Is The Answer), Boogie (Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body / Godfrey Odili - Let's Do More Music), Jazz Funk (Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment) and Disco (Ofege - Burning Jungle) closed to House music (Steve Monite - Only You).

DISC 1 : Hotline - Fellas Doing It In Lagos / Peter Addul - Don't You Know / Steve Monite - Only You / Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life / Kio Amachree - Ivory / Livy Ekemezie - Holiday Action  

DISC 2 : Willy Roy - Don't Give Up / Danny Offia - Funk With Me / Rick Asikpo - Too Hot Toby Foyeh - Ore Mi / Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment / Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body

DISC 3 : Burnis Moleme - Where Is The Answer / Sony Enang - Don't Stop That Music / Nkono Teles - Be My Lady / Veno - Groove I Like / Godfrey Odili - Let's Do More Music / Terry Mackson - Distant Lover / Ofege - Burning Jungle / Lexy Mella - On The Air

Thursday, October 4, 2018

War Featuring Eric Burdon - Love Is All Around

Year : 1976
Label : ABC Records/Far Out Productions
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Rhythm & Blues

"Love Is all Around" isn't the return of Eric Burdon in WAR band, but a collection of epic b-sides & unrealeased songs recorded from 1969 to 1970, and gathered in a compilation released during a WAR break in 1976, between the "Why Can't We Be Friends" & "Galaxy" albums. Most of the songs were recorded during the year 1970, including "Love Is All Around" & the Beatles reprise "A Day In A Life", both extracted from the Eric Buron Declares War's recordings sessions at the Wally Helder studio, San Fransisco. Other titles include first studio recording by WAR, the original version of "Tobacco Road" from 1969, the "Magic Mountain" b-side of the WAR massive hit, "Spill The Wine", the blues "Home Dream" and "Paint It Black", in a live performance at the Whiskey, Los Angeles in 1969. All tracks produced by Jerry Goldstein.

Eric Burdon_lead vocal, percussion
B.B. Dickerson_bass, vocals
Papa Dee Allen_congas, bongos, vocals
Harold Brown_drums, percussion, vocals
Charles Miller_flute, saxophones, percussion, vocals
Howard Scott_guitar, vocals
Lee Oskar_harmonica, percussion, vocals
Lonnie Jordan_organ, piano, vocals

01. Love Is All Around (Unreleased)
02. Tobacco Road (First Version)
03. Home Dream (Unreleased)
04. Magic Mountain (B-Side)
05. A Day In The Life (Unreleased)
06. Paint It Black (Live)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

I Marc 4 ‎- Nelson Psychout


Year : 2017
Label : Vampi Soul
Genre : Jazz, Stage&Screen
Style : Jazz Rock, Easy Listening, Psychedelic Rock

The Vampi Soul's compilation of "original library music from the vaults of Nelson Records", an italian music library label actives during the seventies and primarily issuing records from I Marc 4, one of the most famous italian studio session group. I Marc 4 is a jazz quartet formed by Maurizio Majorana, Antonello Vannucci, Roberto Podio and Carlo Pes whose the name comes from the initials of the four members. Maurizio Majorana & Roberto Podio, both from the Modern Jazz Gang, have played with Lionel Hampton, and Carlo Pes with Barney Kessel. I Marc 4 also played for famous Italian international composers such as Ennio Morricone or Piero Umiliani and recorded most of the Armando Travaioli's compositions. All tracks recorded between 1970-1976, extracted from Nelson GLP catalogue including serie 1000 (1001 to 1007 & 1010), compiled by Alessandro Casella.

Maurizio Majorana_bass
Antonello Vannucci_piano, organ
Roberto Podio_drums, percussion
Carlo Pes_guitar

01. Distorsion Mind   
02. The Trip   
03. Compression   
04. Dirottamento   
05. Suoni Distorti   
06. Beat Generation   
07. Beat Morbido   
08. Leslie Love        
09. Attesa Spasmodica   
10. Deep Bass   
11. Filter   
12. Airon   
13. Wonder   
14. Underground   
15. Ray Ban   
16. Berkey 70


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Jorge Ben (Self-Titled)

Year : 1969
Label : Philips
Genre : Latin, Jazz
Style : Samba, MPB

Since his psychedelic samba pop album "O Bidú: Silêncio No Brooklin", recorded in 1967, which contributed to the Tropicália movement emergence, Jorge Ben released during more than a decade various essential pieces of the Brazilian pop music, including the masterworks from his esoteric trilogy, "A Tabúa De Esmeralda" in 1974 & "Africa-Brasil" at the top of his career in 1976. This self-titled album is likewise a part of these, the first recording of a three album series and one "on stage" including "Força Bruta" & "Negro É Lindo", introcuding the Trio Mocotó as his new backingband until 1972. With only one album, Jorge succeeded to influence the main Tropicália artits, writting & composing among his biggest classics  including "País Tropical", "Que Pena", "Take It Easy My brother Charles" or "Charles Anjo 45", which became instantly standards, covered among others Gal Costa ("Que Pena" with Gil), Astrud Gilberto & Som Três ("Take It Easy...") or  Caetano Veloso ("Charles Anjo 45").  

Jorge Ben_vocal, guitar
Fritz escovao_guitar, percussion, vocals
Nereu Gargalo_percussion, vocals
João Parahyba_drums, percussion, vocals

01. Criola
02. Domingas
03. Cadê Teresa
04. Barbarella
05. País Tropical
06. Take It Easy My Brother Charles
07. Descobri Que Eu Sou Um Anjo
08. Bebete Vãobora
09. Quem Foi Que Roubou A Sopeira De Porcelana Chinesa Que A Vovó Ganhou Da Baronesa
10. Que Pena
11. Charles Anjo 45


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 6

The compilation series dedicated to the essential & versatile sound of the Brazil '70, episode 6. From the Tropicália to the Black Rio movements, this volume includes Psychedelic Grooves, MPB, Samba Funk, Soul, Disco & Boogie sounds, featuring Jorge Ben, Os Mutantes, Antônio Carlos & Jocafi, CéliaRenata Lú, Novos Baianos, Dom Salvador, Gal Costa, Antonio Adolfo, Bebeto, Tim Maia, União Black, Banda Black Rio, Cristina Camargo & many others. All tracks recorded between 1968-1980.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mieko Hirota - My Funny Valentine

Year : 1976
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Best Vocal Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

"My Funny Valentine" is a cover album of western jazz & soul music by the most famous japanese songtress outside Japan, Mieko Hirota. "The Queen of Pop" in Japan, also nicknamed "MICO", started her professional career at 14, making her debut with cover song "Don't Treat Me Like A Child" released in 1961, but it's with the hit single "Vacation" that she really gained recognition in Japan from 1962. In July 1965, she was the first Japanese singer to perform at the american Newport Jazz Festival, and at the end of the sixties, she was also among the first japanese songstress to turn to the Soul and R&B music. During the seventies, she recorded several jazz funk albums with the Colgen Band led by arranger & pianist Hiromasa Suzuki, including some of the Akira Ishikawa's Count Buffalos group featuring Takeru Muraoka, Akira Okazawa or Takao Naoi. In the late seventies, she settled in New York city and recorded "Mieko Hirota in New York" featuring the Billy Taylor Trio and "Step Across" featuring  Terumasa Hino, Joe Farrell, Stanley Cowell, Billy Cobham & Richard Davis. Tiles include the Soul classics of Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" & Aretha Franklin "Day Dreaming", the killer funk "Easy Evil", the Jazz standards "My Funny Valentine" & "There Will Never Be Another You" played in a samba fusion variation.

Mieko Hirota_vocal
Hiromasa Suzuki_synthesizer, piano
Takeru Muraoka_saxophones, flute
Takao Naoi & Tsunehide Matsuki_guitar
Akira Okazawa & Isao Eto_bass
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Akira Ishikawa_drums, percussion

01. My Funny Valentine
02. Easy Evil
03. What's Going On
04. Sweet Love
05. There Will Never Be Another You
06. You're As Right As Rain
07. Day Dreaming
08. My Love

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tim Maia - Tim Maia Vol. 6

Year : 2016/1977
Label : ViNiLiSSSiMO/Som Livre
Genre : Soul, Latin
Style : Funk/Soul, Latin Funk, Boogie

No need to introduce the great Tim Maia, one of the most popular brazilian artist of his time. After his controversial spiritual phase of the Rational culture, when he recorded the masterpieces "Racional Vol. 1 & 2", Tim Maia gets involved into the explosion of the "Black Rio" movement along with brazilian artists like Toni Tornado or Banda Black Rio, who popularized the James Brown's funky sound in Brazil. In 1977, he signed this first and only studio album for Som Libre in the same line, before to released his most popular album nowadays, "Disco Club", including his two biggest hits "Sossego" and "Acenda O Farol" feat. Hyldon & Banda Black Rio. Also nicknamed "Verão Carioca", "Tim Maia Vol. 6" includes killer tunes from the anthem "É Necessário" to the boogie gems "Verão Carioca" or "Ride Twist And Roll", the funky "Feito Para Dançar", passing by "Venha Dormir Em Casa" which show us that he's the real Brazilian Soul man number one.

Tim Maia_vocal, acoustic guitar, congas
Sebastião_alto saxophone
César Fernando_congas, vocals
Paulo Do Couto_cowbell
Carlos Simões_bass
Paulo Ricardo R. Alves, José Maurício & Paulo Roberto R. Nazareth_guitar, vocals
Reginaldo Francisco_piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals
Darci Seixas_trombone

01. Pense Menos   
02. Sem Você   
03. Verão Carioca   
04. Feito Para Dançar   
05. É Necessário   
06. Leva O Meu Blue   
07. Venha Dormir Em Casa   
08. Música Para Betinha   
09. Não Esquente A Cabeça   
10. Ride Twist And Roll   
11. Flores Belas (Instrumental)   
12. Let It All Hang Out


Friday, June 8, 2018

Cravo & Canela - Preço de Cada Um

Year : 2011/1977
Label : Mr Bongo/Padrão
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Samba, MPB, Bossa Nova, Jazz Funk

Originally reissued by japanese label Production Dessinée, "Preço de Cada Um" is one of the most unknown and most wanted original album from the late seventies, recorded in the Brazilian Jazz Samba style. Cravo & Canela, successor of the Sergio Mendes '66, plays Samba fusion with MPB elements & Jazz Funk arrangements, with the soulful sound of electric piano in the same line as Deodato or Antonio Adolfo. The band is lead by Aramis Barros and formed around guitarist Lucio Nascimento, pianist Reinaldo Arias & his wife Fabiola. Produced, recorded and arranged by Oswaldo Cadaxo, "Preço de Cada Um" includes a skilled line-up with experienced studio musicians featuring Teo Lima (sideman for Antonio Adolfo, Sergio Mendes, Gilberto Gil or Oscar Castro-Neves) and guest star musician, the world famous brazilian accordion player, Sivuca, who worked for Airto Moreira, Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon among others.

Aramis Barros_leading
Lucio Nascimento_guitar, bass
Agenor Mendes_congas
Teo Lima_drums, percussion
Sivuca_accordion, synthesizer
Reinaldo Arias_piano, organ
Fabiola, Verinha Cordovil_vocals

01. Preço De Cada Um
02. Fogo Pagó
03. Capoeira Poeira
04. Gago Apaixonado
05. Estatutos De Gafieira
06. Asa Branca - Que Nem Giló
07. Amor Em Jacumã
08. Loteca
09. Estúpido Cupid (Stupid Cupid) - Banho De Lua (Timtarella Di Luna)
10. Iboru Iboya
11. O Trem Atrazou
12. Beijo Baiano (Boca De Caqui)


Monday, June 4, 2018

J.M. Tim & Foty - African Funk Experimentals 1977 - 1979

Year : 2018
Label : Africa Seven
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Jazz Funk, Afro Funk, Disco, Boogie

Between 1976 to 1982, the J.M. Tim & Foty duo (Jean Marie Tiam and Maurice Foty) left their mark on the west african pop music, surrounded by brilliant musicians such as Jean-Yves Messan, Daniel Haustant & François Corea Amadou from Malinga Five, JC Naimaro from french west indies zoukband Kassav' or arranger Alan Shelly. Seen as the precussors of the cameroonian disco, with their big hit "Douala By Night", they gained an international recognition in the 80's, from "Help" album and became thereafter one of the biggest african selling music artists. This compilation include various songs extracted from their three first albums, featuring the magnetic disco "Douala By Night", sampled by Missy Elliot for "Dog In Heat" (2001), the reminiscence of Herbie Hancock to the african style "Funky Bafoussam", the Soul ballad "Love Is Light", the boogie disco tunes "Not So Bad" and "Funky Boogie Love", and the punchy Afro Funk "Aie" & "Eda".

Jean Marie Tiam_vocal, percussion, rhythm guitar
Maurice Foty_vocal, electronic effects, keyboards
Jean-Yves Messan_bass
Claude Vamur_drums
J.-C. Naimro_keyboards
François Corea Amadou_lead guitar
Daniel Haustant_percussion
Mahmoud Houari_saxophone
Jacques Bessot_trumpet

01. Douala By Night   
02. Funky Bafoussam   
03. More And More   
04. Love Is Light   
05. Aie   
06. Not So Bad   
07. I Love Yaounde   
08. Eda   
09. Funky Boogie Love   
10. Eya Mba

Friday, May 18, 2018

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 12

The compilation series dedicated to the golden age of the Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. The volume 12 celebrates the Groove into the Boogie sphere, highly tinted of Slapping Bass, Disco Rhythms & Funky Beats, including twelve pure jazz funk tracks recorded between 1976-1982, featuring Terumasa Hino, Jun Fukamachi, Hiromasa Suzuki, Ryo Kawasaki, Native Son, Sadao Watanabe, Naoya Matsuoka, Mikio Masuda, Toshiyuki Honda, Jiro Inagaki & Chuck Rainey Rhythm Section, Kenji Omura, Kazumi Watanabe & Lee Ritenour.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mary Afi Usuah - African Woman

Year : 1978
Label : Clover Sound
Genre : Soul, Rock
Style : African Funk, Disco

Mary Afi Usuah was an a opera former singer to the raw power, reminding Betty Davis or Tina Turner's voices and Sly & The Family Stone for the music, one of the greatest songstress than the African continent has produced. From 1969 to 1978, she only released three albums (the first was reissued by the Frank Gossner's label, Voodoo Funk), and toured in Europe as chorister for Duke Ellington, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, before returning to Lagos to take a position at the Ministry of Culture. "African Woman" is the meeting between soul music, afrobeat and nigerian highlife including pure funk (What’s A Woman To Do), reggae (Our Generation) and disco sounds (Tell Me Now). For "African Woman", She composed all lyrics, in english and african languages, supported by the Heads Funk Band, aka Akwassa, featuring bassist Joe "Castro" Matthews and guitarist Felix Odey, also in charge of the songs arrangements.  All lyrics by Mary Afi Usuah, arranged by Sylvester Akaiso, Joe Matthews and Felix Odey.

Mary Afi Usuah_vocal
Charles Effiom Duke_lead guitar (guest)
Felix Odey_rhythm guitar
Joe "Castro" Matthews_bass
Kevin Coburn_organ, piano, synthesizer
Eddy Offeyi_drums
Ricky West_percussion
Uncle Beejay_congas

01. African Woman
02. Kam Fat Owo (Mbata)
03. What's A Woman To Do
04. Tell Me Now
05. Sweet Elijah
06. Spread More Love
07. Our Generation (Ode To Our Nation)
08. Tenkim Kpoho

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Eko - Funky Disco Music

Year : 2018/1979
Label : Africa Seven/Dragon Phénix
Genre : Jazz, World
Style : Disco, Afrobeat, Afro Funk

Eko Roosevelt, nicknamed as the camroonian Quincy Jones, is an arranger, producer & keyboardist, member of the Dikalo group founded in 1976.  The sound of Eko, as the one of his fellow countryman Manu Dibango, is a blend of Makossa music tainted with funk, disco, soul & Jazz. During several years, he was an pianist accompagnist for various french variété singers as Johnny Hallyday or Claude François, and was conductor of the Cameroon's national orchestra. "Funky Disco Music" is Eko's third album including punchy horns, afro-rhythms and groovy bass lines featuring Vicky Edimo from Dikalo. The album was recorded in France at the famous studio Barclay, it opens on the afro-caribbean funky swing song "Funky Disco Music" and closes on the smooth jazz ballad "Emen' Ango", passing by the african folk pop song "Me To A De Try My Own" and the two afro-disco-club gems, the favorites of DJs : "Ndolo Embe Mulema" & "Bowa'a Mba Ngebe".  

01. Funky Disco Music
02. Ndolo Embe Mulema
03. Une Chanson Sans Paroles
04. Bowa'a Mba Ngebe
05. Toi Da Manga
06. Me To A De Try My Own
07. Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am
08. Emen' Ango

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