Sunday, March 12, 2017

Miguel De Deus - Black Soul Brothers

Year : 2016/1977
Label : Groovie Records/Underground
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk

Portugese reissue of the "impossible to Find" Black Soul Brothers, the first solo album of brazilian guitarist Miguel De Deus, originally released in 1977 on Underground, subsidiary of Copacabana label. Miguel De Deus was the founding member of the latin rock group "Os Brazões" which accompagnied Gal Costa on stage & Tom Zé on the Grande Liquidação album in 1968. With "Os Mutantes", the band was emblematic of brazilian psychedelic rock scene in the late sixties. In the mid seventies, Miguel De Deus oriented his music to the Funk style, becoming a initiator of the Afro-Funk movement later called "Black Rio", strongly inspired by James Brown & the Black Power spirit. Recorded in São Paulo, at the Reunido Studio, all tracks composed by Miguel De Deus excepted those mentionned.

01. Cinco Anos
02. Pedaços
03. Mister Funk (Miguel de Deus / Nelsão Triunfo)
04. Flaca Louca
05. Black Soul Brothers (P. Rocco / Santiago)
06. Lua Cheia
07. Pode Se Queimar
08. Fábrica de Papéis


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Banda Black Rio - Maria Fumaça

Year : 1977
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco, Samba

"Maria Fumaça" is probably one of the best Brazilian Jazz Funk album ever recorded, recommended by Gilles Peterson himself ! Banda Black Rio was formed in 1976 by saxophonist Oberdan Magalhães & trumpeter José Carlos Barroso ("Barrosinho"). Both were members of Abolição, a group which accompanied the pianist Dom Salvador from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The band is also supported by The Percussionists Of Rio De Janeiro featuring Luna, Nenê, Wilson Canegal & Geraldo Bongô. Often compared to Kool & The Gang and Earth Wind & Fire, the band rather plays a sound close to The Headhunters style, the backing band of Herbie Hancock during the seventies, and includes some Brazilian music elements. In 1978, the band was recruited as backing band for Time Maia on "Tim Maia Disco Club" and Caetano Veloso on his "Bicho Bale Show". Titles includes the Samba Funk "Marai Fumaça", the killer song Mr. Funky Samba and the Brazilian classics "Casa Forte" of Edu Lobo and "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro" of Ary Barroso. All tracks Arranged by Cristovao Bastos.

Oberdan Magalhães_saxophones
Lucio Silva_trombone
Cristovao Bastos_keyboard
Claudio Stevenson_guitar
Jamil Joanes_bass
Luis Carlos Santos_drums & percussion
Luna, Nenê, Wilson Canegal & Geraldo Bongô_percussion

01. Maria Fumaça
02. Na Baixa do Sapateiro
03. Mr. Funky Samba
04. Caminho da Roça
05. Metalúrgica
06. Baião
07. Casa Forte
08. Leblon Via Vaz Lôbo
09. Urubu Malandro
10. Junia


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Betty Davis - The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Year : 2016
Label : Light In The Attic
Genre : Jazz, Rock, Soul
Style : Jazz Rock, Funk/Soul

Betty "Davis" Marbry presents her recordings sessions for Columbia, during the 1968-1969 period featuring Miles Davis as arranger and Teo Macero as producer. The first six songs were recorded in 1969 at Columbia Studios, New York with the famous Jimi Hendrix musicians Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys) & Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Harvey Brooks from Super Session and the masters of Jazz : Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Larry Young and Wayne Shorter. The last three tracks were recorded in 1968 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, along with Hugh Masekela and featuring The Crusaders. Titles include unrealeased tracks & alternate takes, written by Betty Davis except "Born On The Bayou" by John Forgety and  "Politician Man" by Jack Bruce.

Betty Davis_vocal
Billy Cox_drums
Mitch Mitchell & Harvey Brooks_bass
Herbie Hancock_keyboard
Larry Young_organ 
John McLaughlin_guitar
Wayne Shorter & Wilton Felder_saxophone
Joe Sample_piano
Wayne Henderson_trombone

01. Hangin' Out
02. Politician Man
03. Down Home Girl - Take 4
04. Born On The Bayou
05. I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 1
06. I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 9
07. It's My Life - Take 8
08. Live, Love, Learn - Take 12
09. My Soul Is Tired - Take 9


Friday, February 10, 2017

Lee Moses - Time And Place

Year : 2016/1971
Label : Future Days Recordings/Maple Records
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk, R&B

Lee Moses was a american R&B, Soul singer and guitarist from Atlanta. After a singles serie recorded for Musicor in the late sixties (whose the famous "Bad Girl" in 1967), Lee Moses released this unique album on Maple Record in 1971. This lost "Holy Grail" Soul record was unfortunately  a commercial failure and was only first reissued in 2006. Recorded with his own backing group "The Deciples" featuring some members of The Ohio Players, Time And Place includes some powerful funk songs & beautiful melodies : "Got That Will", "Free At Last", "Hey Joe" and the magnificent version of the Flower Power hit "California Dreaming" from The Mamas & The Papas.

01. Time And Place
02. Got That Will
03. What You Don't Want Me To Be
04. California Dreaming
05. Every Boy And Girl
06. Hey Joe 
07. Free At Last
08. Would You Give Up Everything
09. Adorable One

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio - Brasil

Year : 2002/1973
Label : BMG/Ariola
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Samba, Bossa Nova, Jazz Funk

Japanese reissue of rare album from the brazilian group Aquarius featuring the brazilian singers Luiz Antonio & Erica Norimar. Originally recorded in Barcelona, it includes Bossa Nova & Samba associated to Funk rhythms, the great classics of Brazilian music from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo, Milton Nascimento...Aquarius is led by the arranger, producer & drummer, Raymundo Bittencourt, consisting also in Octavio Bonfá Burnier (nephew of Luiz Bonfá), one of the best contemporary brazilian guitarist, member of the group "Burnier & Cartier". Erica Norimar sung for spanish jazz pianist Jordi Sabatés on the Ocells Del Més Enllà album. Produced by Raymundo Bittencourt & Octavio Bonfá Burnier.

Luiz Antonio_lead vocals
Erica Norimar_lead vocal & percussion
Raymundo Bittencourt_drums, vocals & percussion
Ruben Serrano Filho_guitar, vibes, vocals & percussion
Bonfá Burnier_guitar, vocals & percussion
Walmer Sendim_electric bass & percussion
Leonardo Luz_piano & percussion

01. Dia 4 Dezembro
02. Pais Tropical
03. Madalena
04. Marta Sar
05. Se Você Pensa
06. Feitinha Para O Poeta
07. Sonho
08. Que Nem Jilo
09. Nada Sera Como Antes
10. Rosa Morena
11. Agua De Beber 


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Be Hard Bop - Ode To Blue by Be Hard Bop


Tribute to Blue Note Records, the most famous american jazz label established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Recorded between 1966-1975, these thirteen tracks include various styles of Jazz produced by the Blue Note label, from Latin to Soul by Funk featuring Ronnie Foster, Bobby Hutcherson, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Brother Jack McDuff, Bobbi Humphrey, Reuben Wilson, Alphonse Mouzon, Candido Camero & Duke Pearson

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions

Year : 1973
Label : Talma Motown
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, R&B, Jazz Funk

Innervisions is the third album from the most creative period of Stevie Wonder, initiated with the Music of Mind album in 1972, the first milestone of a five serie acts which concludes in apogee with "Songs In The Key Of Life" in 1976. Innervisions is representative of a one-man band using a large panoply of instruments, likewise supported by great musicians featuring Jazz Funk guitarist David T. Walker & producer Malcolm Cecil (inventor of TONTO synthesizer). The nine songs of Innervisions are entirely composed by Stevie, gathered in a wide range of styles, from Jazz to Soul by Funk & Latin music (Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing). Stevie put into songs his thoughts and his feelings on the American social context, including political ethic ("He's Misstra Know It All", a acerbic criticism of Richard Nixon's policy), afro-american conscience (the racism on "Living for the City") and spiritual language on "Jesus Children of America". Titles include also "Higher Ground", the reminiscence of groove from his previous big hit "Superstition", the both ballads "All in Love Is Fair" & "Golden Lady", and "Too High" dealing with drug abuse.

Stevie Wonder_lead vocal, piano, keys, harmonica & drums
Clarence Bell_organ
Malcolm Cecil_bass
Scott Edwards & Willie Weeks_electric bass    
David T. Walker_electric guitar
Dean Parks & Ralph Hammer_acoustic guitar
Larry "Nastyee" Latimer_congas
Sheila Wilkerson_bongos, Latin gourd
Yusuf Roahman_shaker
Tasha Thomas & Jim Gilstrap_background vocal

01. Too High
02. Visions
03. Living for the City
04. Golden Lady
05. Higher Ground
06. Jesus Children of America
07. All in Love Is Fair
08. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
09. He's Misstra Know It All

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gal E Caetano Velloso ‎- Domingo

Year : 1967
Label : Philips
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

Domingo is the debut "Bossa Nova" album of Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa (featuring guitarist Dori Caymmi plus string and horns ensemble), both influenced by the João Gilberto's style. Domingo is part of respectives Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso's discographies, it was recorded just before the explosion of Tropicália movement. Titles include solo and duo songs based on original compositions by Caetano, Edu Lobo (Candeias), Sidney Miller (Maria Joana), Gilberto Gil & Torquato Neto (Minha Senhora, Zabelê). All tracks arrangged by  Francis Hime and Roberto Menescal.

Caetano Veloso_vocals
Gal Costa_vocals
Dori Caymmi_acoustic guitar
01. Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo
Caetano Veloso - Onde Eu Nasci Passa Um Rio
Gal Costa - Avarandado
Caetano Veloso - Um Dia
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Domingo
Gal Costa - Nenhuma Dor
Gal Costa - Candeias
08. Caetano Veloso - Remelexo
Gal Costa - Minha Senhora
10. Caetano Veloso - Quem Me Dera
Gal Costa - Maria Joana
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Zabelê

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Brasilia Modern Six - Estréia


Year : 2002/1969
Label : BGM, Ultra-Vybe/RCA Victor
Genre : Pop, Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Rock, Bossa Nova, Samba, Soft rock

Obscure Soft Rock group from the late 60's, formed by a Brazilian chorus of six members (who sings as well in english as in portugese), and a backing band featuring groovy organ sound reminding the Walter Wanderley style. In the same vein as the Mario Castro Neves & Samba S. A., titles include typical brazilian style, bossa & samba songs (Roda De Samba, Homem Zero, Balanço De Criança), international pop standards (whose a lounge version of the classic from The Doors, Light My Fire), and some latin cover songs (The theme song of Chile movie "Morir un Poco" (1967), "Viento Dile A la Lluvia" from Argentine rock group Los Gatos). Originally released on RCA Victor in 1969.

01. I Love You
02. Estou Aqui
03. Those Were The Days
04. Light My Fire
05. Roda De Samba
06. I Say A Little Prayer
07. O Carrossed De Dusseldorf
08. Viento Dile A La Lluvia
09. Tomorrow's Love (Morir Um Poco)
10. Homem Zero
11. Balanço De Criança
12. Summer Rain


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Be Hard Bop - We've Got The Jazz Vol. 6

Back to basics through various "verses" of Hip-Hop & Jazz recorded during the last decade (2000-2010), featuring Soil & Pimp Sessions, United Future Organization, Grand Pianoramax, Yoko Kanno, Mo' Horizons, Gerardo Frisina, Sleep Walker, Uyama Hiroto & more...

Compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Isao Etoh & His Pick-Up Seven - Exciting Electric Bass

Year : 1969
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz, Pop
Serie : Perfect Sound 6
Style : Jazz Rock

Exciting Electric Bass is a rock cover album recorded by Isao Etoh & His Pick-Up Seven (feat. arranger Kunihiko Suzuki), which focuses on western pop hits & Soul Music from The Supremes to Stevie Wonder, passing by The Jackson 5. Isao Etoh is a japanese studio musician who served, alongside the jazz drummer Akira Ishikawa, in the backing band formed for the Japanese version of  Broadway musical "Hair". Best known as a regular bassist for Akira, he collaborated to over 5 000 recordings of pop songs, accompanying various famous japanese pop icons, among others,  Linda Yamamoto, Yukari Ito, Jun Mayuzumi, Mieko Hirota... In the sixties, he played a eminent key role to the success of the GS rock genre as studio bassist. He was recruited by Jackie Yoshikawa and his Blue Comets, The Jaguars, The Wild Ones or Terry and his Blue Jeans (Takeshi Terauchi). From the late sixties, Isao recorded a series of albums pop cover albums (Golden Electric Bass with the Black Panthers) and joined several prestigious japanese jazz formations such as : Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd (Exciting Rock Beat - 1969), Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet (Playboy Sound - Get Back - 1969), Akira Ishikawa's Count Buffalo (Bakishinba ~ Memories Of Africa - 1970). And finally, during the seventies, Isao also played for Masabumi Kikuchi (Masabumi Kikuchi + Gil Evans Orchestra - 1972), Kimiko Kasai, Jiro Inagaki & Motohiko Hino (Beat Drums - 1971).

01. Black Is Black    
02. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me    
03. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da    
04. Gimme Little Sign   
05. Love Child    
06. Back In The U.S.S.R.    
07. Fire    
08. White Room    
09. Maybe Tomorrow    
10. The Beat Goes On    
11. You Keep Me Hangin' On   
12. This Magic Moment 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Masahiko Sato - Kanashimi No Belladonna (Original Soundtrack)

Year : 2015/1975
Label : Finders Keepers/Cinevox
Genre : Soundtrack, Stage & Screen, Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock

Kanashimi No Belladonna (Belladonna Of Sadness) is the final act in the Animerama trilogy, a kind of "pink" film serie conceived by Osamu Tezuka which includes Senya Ichiya Monogatari (A Thousand And One Nights - 1969) & Kureopatora (Cleopatra - 1970). Produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Production, directed by Eiichi Yamamoto, Belladona is based on the book "La Sorcière" (The Witch), a story written in 1862 by French historian Jules Michelet. The music was entirely composed by the most-avant garde japanese jazz pianist, Masahiko Sato, recorded at Aoi studio in 1972 with probably a part of Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd ensemble, featuring his wife Chinatsu Nakayama on vocals. Only one EP was released in Japan in 1973, including singles "Kanashimi No Belladonna" & "Jeanne No Namida", both performed by japanese songtress, Mayumi Tachibana, but two years later, the soundtrack finally comes in Europe thanks to Italian label Cinevox, and now reissued by Finders Keepers Records. Sato created for Belladona, an atmosphere of certain deep melancholy, a free jazz rock score in the direct line of his "Amalgamation" project (recorded in 1971), mixing psychedelic jazz with orchestral music incorporating experimental sounds, suspense & action music elements. Titles includes all Sato's compositions for the film, except "Belladonna (Reprise)", "Jeanne No Namida" & the main love theme written by Asei Kobayashi and sung by Mayumi Tachibana.

01. Andy Warhol
02. Belladonna feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
03. Valle Incantata
04. The Notice Is Notice
05. Mr. London feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
06. Little Flower
07. Funny Feeling
08. TBSF feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
09. Take It Easy

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