Friday, April 14, 2017

Osamu Furuya & The Freshmen - Disco Hit Number

Year : Late '70
Label : Homeros Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, Disco

Osamu Furuya was a arranger, pianist and former member of the rockabilly group "The Sharp Hawks" from 1963 to 1965. Later called, "The Sharp Five", the group have played an active part in the japanese rock boom during the "Group Sounds" & "Eleki" era. Osamu was also a peerless studio player and composer for various japanese pop artists as the songstress Beverly Maeda & her backing band, the Linders aka "Lind & The Linders". In the late seventies, he was in charge of several pop & disco/funk covers albums series, whose "Disco Hit Number" is coming from.

01. I Can't Give You Anything
02. Disco Baby
03. Viva America
04. That's The Way
05. Love To Love Baby
06. Shanghai Kung Fu

07. El Bimbo
08. Tell Me What You Want
09. Fly, Robin, Fly
10. Theme From S.W.A.T.
11. Gimme the Key
12. The Hustle
13. Chinese Kung Fu
14. High Jack


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 5

The compilation serie dedicated to the essential sound of the Brazil '70, including Latin Grooves, MPB, Jazz Funk & Samba Rock featuring some eminent actors of the Brazilian Soul movement (called "Black Rio"), such as Miguel De Deus, Toni Tornado, Banda Black Rio, Hyldon or Dom Salvador. Recorded between 1967-1977.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, April 10, 2017

Som Três - Som 3

Year : 1993/1969
Label : EMI/Odeon
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, MPB, Funk/Soul, Soul Jazz

Som Três is a bossa jazz trio, actives from 1966 to 1971, who have offered their services as backing band for Wilson Simonal on "Vou Deixar Cair" (1966) and the "Show Em Simonal" (1967) albums. The group is led by the renowned brazilian pianist, arranger & producer, César "Camargo" Mariano, who worked for Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, Jorge Ben and international artists such as French Pop songstress, France Gall. César "Camargo" Mariano was also a eminent member of  the Sambalaça Trio (alongside Airto Moreira), one of the most influential jazz samba formation in Brazil. The two others members who formed the trio are Sebastião "Sabá" Oliveira Da Paz & Antônio "Toninho" Pinheiro, both came from another brazilian jazz samba formation, the Jongo Trio. "Som 3" is a crossover jazz album with latin, pop and funk orientations including also the Soul Jazz style on "Blood-Mary" & "There's Gonna Be A "Showdown". Titles include soul covers of the Motown sound (For Once In My Life, California Soul...), the brazilian classics (Sé Vocé Pensa, Que Pena), and the killer tune "Homenagem A Mongo" composed by Camargo.

César "Camargo" Mariano_piano, organ
Sebastião "Sabá" Oliveira Da Paz_bass
Antônio "Toninho" Pinheiro_drums & percussion

01. For Once In My Life
02. Moça
03. Se Você Pensa
04. Blood-Mary
05. California Soul
06. Homenagem A Mongo
07. Que Pena
08. Tijuana
09. There's Gonna Be A "Showdown"
10. Caruarú


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tania Maria - Brazil With My Soul

Year : 1978
Label : Barclay
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Samba, Bossa Nova

"Brazil With My Soul" is the third Tania Maria's album recorded in France, at studio Hoche, Paris, after "Via Brazil Vol. 1 & 2". The album is a mix of jazz, bossa & up-tempo samba including scat singing in the pure Ella Fitzgerald's style and piano jazz improvisations. Tania is surrounded by some of the best French Jazz players among bassist J.F. Jenny-Clark (sideman for Gato Barbieri, Michel Portal & Masahiko Togashi) and drummer Aldo Romano. Titles include Passarella, , Eu Fui A Europa, Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Jobim/Buarque) & Ideias E Ideais.

Tania Maria_vocals, piano
Zezito & J.F. Jenny-Clark_bass
Hubert Varron_cello
Aldo Romano & Passarinho_drums
L.C. Fuina_drums, percussions
Clovis Lobâo_percussions
Alain Hatot_saxophone, flute
Alfred Housepian_trumpet, flugelhorn

01. Tatiana
02. Passarella
03. Pecados Meus
04. Rua 17B
05. Zé
06. Eu Fui A Europa
07. Retrato Em Branco E Preto
08. Para Chick
09. Ideias Eideais


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trio Mocotó (Self-Titled)


Year : 1973
Label : RGE
Genre : Latin
Style : Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB, Funk/Soul

Trio Mocotó was formed in 1968, in São Paulo, by three percussionists : Fritz Escovão, Joãozinho Parahyba & Nereu Gargalo. Their music is the result of a Brazilian sounds fusion (samba & bossa) with the American pop, often reduced to the name of "samba rock". But Trio Mocotó is more a synthesis between various musical styles from funk to rock, passing by the jazz, than some samba rock. The trio are mainly known as the Jorge Ben’s backing band, during the zenith of his career (1969-1971), when they took part in his great recordings as the "Força Bruta" & "Negro E Lindo" albums. Titles include the opening track "Desapareça" (a powerful afro-brasileira-samba-funk song), a funny variation of the pop cover "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (Gotas De Chuva Na Minha Cuíca), and the Latin Jazz songs "Palomares" & "Eu Tou Por For Da Jogada". 

Joãozinho Parahyba_drums & vocal
Nereu Gargalo_percussioniss & vocals
Fritz Escovão_percussion & vocal

01. Desapareça    
02. Nó Na Garganta    
03. Vem Ça    
04. Recordar (Recordar É Viver)    
05. Não Va Embora    
06. Desculpe    
07. Maior É Deus    
08. Samba Da Preguiça    
09. Palomares    
10. Swinga Sambaby    
11. Eu Tou Por For Da Jogada    
12. Gotas De Chuva Na Minha Cuíca (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head)


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Edwin Starr - War & Peace

Year : 1970
Label : Gordy
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Psychedelic Soul

The Edwin Starr's masterpiece comprising the american counterculture anthem, the anti-war song about the Vietnam conflict. Released on Motown Records in 1970,  "War & Peace" is a magnum opus of Soul Music, an essential  record, a classic among the classics from the Berry Gordy's productions. From the beginning to the end, "War & Peace" contains no dead time, as evidenced the future standards included in the album, such as "Running Back And Forth" & "Time" (both composed by Edwin Starr), the cover songs "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "California Soul" (Ashford & Simpson), and of course, the timeless "War", originally recorded by The Temptations and composed by the hitmakers couple : Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong.

01. War
02. Running Back And Forth
03. Adios Senorita
04. All Around The World
05. I Can't Escape Your Memory
06. At Last (I Found A Love)
07. I Just Wanted To Cry
08. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
09. Time
10. California Soul
11. I Can't Replace My Old Love
12. She Should Have Been Home


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Native Son (Self-Titled)

Year : 1979
Label : Infinity records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Latin Jazz

"Native Son" is a Japanese fusion band formed in 1978, when the crossover jazz "boom" was at climax in Japan. From  the late seventies to the mid eighties, they had met an international audience, when they were regularly on stage in Europe (Montreux Jazz Festival '83) and in the USA. Led by pianist Takehiro Honda featuring saxophonist Kosuke Mine, drummer Hiroshi Murakami and later joined by trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura, the group released between 1978-1987, seven albums whose the record hit "Savannah Hot-Line" in 1979. Their music includes some Latin melodies (Whispering Eyes feat. Damião Gomes De Souza), caribbean styles (Wind Surfin) & Funk elements (Super Safari). "Heat Zone" is a variation of "Spirits Flow" previously realeased on "Another Departure" in 1977, during the Vanguard studio recording sessions with Tony Williams & Ron Carter.  All tracks composed by Takehiro Honda.

Takehiro Honda_electric piano, clavinet & Synthesizer  
Kohsuke Mine_tenor & soprano saxophones
Tamio Kawabata_bass 
Motonobu Ohde_guitar
Hiroshi Murakami_drums
Damião Gomes De Souza_cuica

01.Bump Crusing
02.Heat Zone
03.Breezin' & Dreamin'
04.Wind Surfing
05.Whispering Eyes
06.Twilight Mist
07.Super Safari
08.Whispering Eyes (Reprise)


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Arthur Verocai (Self-Titled)

Year : 2016/1972
Label : Mr Bongo/Continental
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock, MPB

One of the favourites Madilb's albums, the self-titled "Arthur Verocai" album has been sampled many times by various Hip-Hop artists  like MF Doom, Common, Little Brother and more recently Action Bronson. Arthur Verocai is a brilliant brazilian conductor, pianist and guitarist, who has worked for several artists from the Tropicalia movement such as Jorge Ben, Marcos Valle and Gal Costa. Recorded at Studio Somil, Rio de Janeiro in 1972, this album incorporates the Brazilian musical direction taken by the Tropicalia, a skilled fusion of Jazz & Funk including some sound elements from the Blaxploitation music. Arthur Verocai has surrounded himself by prestigious musicians  including Paulo Moura and Oberdan Magalhães from Banda Black Rio, the jazz drummers Robertinho Silva and Pascoal Meirelles, Serginho Do Trombone from Dom Salvador & amp; Grupo Abolição, supported by string orchestra. Titles include the beautiful folk song "Caboclo", the samba jazz "Seriado" featuring Célia, the funky "Presente Grego" and the air of jazz rock "Karina (Domingo No Grajaú)". Produced, arranged, directed by Arthur Verocai.

Arthur Verocai_guitar
Luis Alves_bass
Pascoal Meirelles_drums
Robertinho Silva_drums & percussion
Pedro Sorongo_percussion
Aloisio Milanez Aguilar_piano & electric piano
Oberdan Magalhaes_saxophone & flute
Pedro Santos, Paulo Moura_saxophone
Nivaldo Ornelas_tenor saxophnoe
Serginho Do Trombone_trombone
Paulinho Oliveira_trumpet

01. Caboclo
02. Pelas Sombras
03. Sylvia
04. Presente Grego
05. Dedicada A Ela
06. Seriado
07. Na Boca Do Sol
08. Velho Parente
09. O Mapa
10. Karina (Domingo No Grajaú)

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
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