Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Candido - Drum Fever

Year : 1973
Label : Polydor
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Afro-Cuban Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Last volume of the Candido "Funk Trilogy" serie which started with "Thousand Finger Man" (1970 - Solid State), and passing by "Beautiful" licenced on Blue Note records in 1971. "Drum Fever" is one of the Candido's funkiest records, conducted by the legendary Afro-Cuban-Jazz arranger Chico O' Farrill, it includes latin waves and soul-jazz grooves with swinging congas, killer keyboards, wah wah guitar and funky brass section. "Drum Fever" was conceived with the Chico O' Farrill complicity, most of the tracks are composed by the Candido-Farrill duo, including also two jazz standards, the big classic "St. Louis Blues" and the carribean jazz "St. Thomas" of Sonny Rollins played in a full dynamic funk variation.

01. Candido's Funk
02. Succulent
03. Mighty Mouth
04. St. Louis Blues
05. Yolanda
06. St. Thomas
07. Sultry
08. Kushy
09. Soulwanco

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès - Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2

Year : 2015
Label : Teranga Beat
Genre : Jazz, World, Folk
Style : Afro Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz, Psychedelic Rock

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès is a senegalese band formed in 1979, composed by 13 members  featuring the three singers Assane Camara, Gora Mbaye, Bassirou Sarr and the  guitarist/leader Pape Seck. From 1979 to 1983, the group known a great success in Senegal and Gambia before to separate. Recently rediscovered by Greek Dj Adamantios Kafetzis, the group started to tour in Europe after the two reissues Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 & 2, recorded in 1982 and released on the Teranga Beat label.  The Music of Dieuf-Dieul is a kind of Afro-Jazz crossover producing an hypnotic groove, the result of a clever blend between musical traditions (including Mandigo sound) and modern music (including psychedelic rock & Soul music), the african rhythms with Jazz & Afro Cuban Music.

Pape Abdou Aziz Seck_leader, guitar
Abdoulaye Camara_guitar
Doudou Leo Dior_bass
Pape Cissé_alto saxophone
Pape Demba Diop_tenor saxophone
Alioune Badara Diop_trumpet
Sogui Ngom_drums (sabar)
Abdoulaye Ly_drums (tumba)
El Hadji Ngom_talking drum (tama)
Cheikh Ndiaye_timbales
Assane Camara, Bassirou Sarr & Gora Mbaye_vocals

01. Ariyo
02. Am Sa Waye
03. Rumba Para Parejas
04. Jirim
05. Nianky
06. Sidy Ndiaye
07. Raki


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - Mudei De Idéia

Year : 1971
Label : RCA
Genre : Latin, MPB
Style : Psychedelic Rock, Samba, Funk/Soul

Fantastic debut album of the brazilian duet formed in 1969 by Antônio Carlos Marques Pinto (Antonio Carlos) and José Carlos Figueiredo (Jocafi) including heavy grooves, fuzz guitar and samba beats, featuring arranger Rogerio Duprat and jazz guitarist Lanny Gordin (Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil...). Antonio Carlos & Jocafi is one of the most famous Brazilian writing duo who worked for Wilson Simonal, Trio Mocotó, Milton Banana or Toquinho. From 1971 to 1996, they have recorded 13 albums, composed many soundtracks for brazilian telenovelas during the seventies, and other popular songs as "Vocé Abusou" or "Kabaluerê" (sampled by brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 on "Qual é?" in 2002). "Vocé Abusou" was a big success when it was sung by Maria Creuza and in France, with its cover "Fais Comme l'Oiseau" by Michel Fugain & Le Big Bazar released in 1972. Titles include also psychedelic rock songs in accordance with the Tropicalià movement (Se Quiser Valer, Quem Vem Lá...), samba (Conceição Da Praia, Morte Do Amor...) and beautiful pop ballads (Hipnose, Bonita).

01. Você Abusou
02. Se Quiser Valer
03. Kabaluerê
04. Conceição Da Praia
05. Hipnose
06. Mudei De Idéia
07. Quem Vem Lá
08. Nord West
09. Morte Do Amor
10. Deus O Salve
11. Dalena
12. Bonita


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Be Hard Bop - SUPERSOUND Vol. 2

A collection of some incredible songs with heavy funky beats & groovy sounds, eigtheen tracks recorded from the mid seventies to the early eighties including Afro Funk, Disco Highlife and Jazz Funk featuring Donald Byrd, The Magic Diso Machine, The Blackbyrds, Jimmy Castor Bunch, Oneness Of Juju, Livy Ekemezie, Lee Fields, Joe Tex, Reuben Wilson & More...

Compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, January 1, 2018

Norio Maeda & All Stars - Rock Communication "Yagi Bushi"

Year : 2017/1970
Label : HMV Record Shop/Teichiku Records
Sub-Label : Deep Jazz Reality
Genre : Jazz, Folk
Style : Fusion, Jazz Rock

Genius arranger, master of japanese avant-garde (check his album Revolution), the pianist Norio Maeda revisits some popular standards of the japanese folk (as the similar project of Akira Ishikawa, "Drum Yagibushi Drum") featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Kaoru Iiyoshi, Takeshi Inomata, Tetsuo Fushimi & Shigeo Suzuki. During the late sixties and the early seventies, Norio Maeda collaborated as well as arranger and pianist to a wide variety of jazz rock albums for eminent musicians among others : Jiro Inagaki (This Is Jazz Rock - 1968), Akira Ishikawa (Bakinshinba - 1970) or Takeshi Inomata (Drum Method - 1972). This ambitious work mixing skillfully the japanese folk repertoire with psychedelic rock and straight-ahead jazz arrangements. Rock Communication was recorded the same year as the Inomata's Sounds Of Sound L.T.D., and can be see as its extension ("Aizu Bandai San" is the perfect example) .

Norio Maeda_piano, leader
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_electric guitar
Mitsuo Murakami_rhythm guitar
Kaoru Iiyoshi _electric piano, Hammond organ
Mihiro Arai, Masahiro Arashi_bass
Koichi Uchida_vibes
Takeshi Inomata & Takahiro Suzuki_drums
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Shigeo Suzuki_flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

01. Yagi Bushi
02. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi
03. Hanagasa Ondo
04. Otemoyan
05. Sado Okesa
06. Soran Bushi
07. Konpira Fune Fune
08. Asadoya Yunta
09. Hokkai Bon Uta
10. Aizu Bandai San
11. Oedo Nihonbashi
12. Tairyo Utaikomi
13. Don Pan Bushi
14. Kuroda Bushi


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Various - Brand New Wayo : Funk, Fast Times And Nigerian Boogie Badness

Year : 2011
Label : Comb & Razor Sound
Genre : Soul, Disco
Style : Funk/Soul, Boogie

"A Brand New Wayo" brings togheter fifteen songs recorded during the post-afrobeat era, when the nigerian disco explosion occured from the late seventies to the early eighties. The evolution of nigerian society, the end of dictatorship and the short democratic period that followed, gave birth to a freedom artistic which contributed to the developpement of some creative emulation from nigerian producers & musicians. Selected by Uchenna Ikonne for his label "Comb & Razor Sound", all the songs fit into a own musical genre, called the ''Nigerian Boogie'', based on modern dance groove, served by the bass beat of disco funk and connected to the afro spirit (check below "Boys And Girls" ). Titles include songs from Mixed Grill, Murphy Williams, Joe Moks, Bayo Damazio, Martha Ulaeto...etc.

01. Mixed Grill - A Brand New Wayo
02. Kris Okotie - Show Me Your Backside
03. Murphy Williams - Get On Up
04. Joe Moks - Boys and Girls
05. Amas - Slow Down
06. Oby Onyioha - I Want To Feel Your Love
07. Dizzy K. Falola - Excuse Me Baby
08. Chris Mba - Funky Situation
09. Bayo Damazio - Listen to the Music
10. Martha Ulaeto - Music Alone
11. Segun Robert - Big Race
12. Amel Addmore - Jane
13. Honey Machine - Pleasure
14. The Stormmers - Love or Money
15. Emma Baloka - Let's Love Each Other

Friday, December 1, 2017

Livy Ekemezie - Friday Night

Year : 2017/1983
Label : Odion Livingstone/Linic Major Production Records
Genre : Disco
Style : Funk/Soul, Boogie

The reissue of nigerian Holy Grail record "Friday Night", entirely arranged, composed and produced by Livy Ekemezie. This "impossible to find" was originally released in 1983 and was never reissued, until the british label "Soundway" decided to bring it up to date, with the song "Holiday Action" (included in the Boogie Disco compilation "Doin' It In Lagos" in 2016). "Friday Night" is the epitome of the original Nigerian disco-funk sound that could be produced in the early '80s, focusing compositions based on powerful bass grooves and heavy keyboards sounds. Titles include the funky diabolic song "Get It Down", the Boogie Woogie anthem "Friday Night" and the brilliant "Delectation" problably inspired by "Superstition" of Stevie Wonder.

Livinus Ekemezie_guitar, bass, lead vocal, percussion
Richard Peather_saxophone
Kenneth Bucknor, Julius Elong _clavinet
Herbert Brown, Julius Elong_keyboards
Frank Izuora, Tony Guitor_guitar
Fred Pants, John Norway & King Gusher_bass
Feddy Ohams, Kif Goods_drums
Smart Lee_percussion, backing vocals
Frank Izuora, Panam, Pater & Tessy Lizzy_backing vocals

01. Get It Down
02. Holiday Action
03. I Wan' My Bab' Back
04. Friday Night
05. Classic Lover
06. Night Party
07. Delectation


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Magic Disco Machine - Disc-O-Tech

Year : 1975
Label : Motown
Genre : Funk/Soul
Style : Disco

The Magic Disco Machine was a collective of Motown's own producers including Jesse Boyce (of The Fame Gang, Dillard & Boyce) and Freddie Perren (the man behind the hit of Gloria Glaynor "I Will Survive"). Disc-O-Tech explores the disco movement nascent and reminds some of the best soundtracks from the Blaxploitation, featuring the Motown's studio musicians and its backing vocals bands : The Devastating Affair and The Sisters Love (formed on the Raelettes' ashes, the vocal group of Ray Charles). The collective produced two albums which seem especially designed for nightclubs & DJs. Some of the tracks were sampled many times, including the popular "Scratchin" by Hip-Hop artists such as RUN DMC in "Jam Master Jay" (1984) & DJ Shadow in "Lesson 4" (1991).

01. Control Tower
02. Window Shopping
03. Jumbo Sam
04. Let's Go Back To Day One
05. Control Tower (Reprise)
06. (I Could Never Make) A Better Man Than You Feat. The Sisters Love
07. Scratchin'
08. Tryin' To Get Over
09. Love Pains
10. You Don't Know (How Hard It Is To Make It) Feat. The Devastating Affair


Friday, November 3, 2017

Various - Black Rio 2 (Original Samba Soul 1968-1981)

Year : 2009
Label : Strut
Genre : Latin, Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Samba

Compiled by DJ Cliffy and released under the British Afro music Label "STRUT", Black Rio Vol. 2 brings together some of the best Brazilian Soul & Funk songs recorded from the late sixties to the early eighties. Some of which are belong to a new musical genre arising in the mid-seventies, called Black Rio, the meeting between typical Brazilian sound and the music of James Brown. The Black Rio matches to a style mixing Afro-Samba & Funk influenced by the Black Power movement, whose the most representative actors then were Miguel De Deus, Toni Tornado, Tim Maia, Emilio Santiago, Dom Salvador, Banda Black Rio or Bebeto with the song "Princesa Negra De Angola" included in this compilation.

01. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - Coluna Do Meio  
02. Renata Lú - Faz Tanto Tempo    
03. Balanca Povo - Novo Dia    
04. Guimaes E O Grupo Som Sagrado - Our Sound  
05. Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção - Ta Tudo Ai    
06. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira    
07. Watusi - Oio Gere    
08. Os Diagonais - Não Vou Chorar    
09. Som Nosso - Pra Swingar    
10. Super Som Lord - BR Samba    
11. Pete Dunaway - Supermarket  
12. Marilene - Sinal Vermelho  
13. Avan Samba - Ibere  
14. Azambuja & CIA - Tema Do Azambuja  
15. Cry Babies - It's My Thing  
16. Edson Frederico E A Transa - Bobeira    
17. Bebeto - Princesa Negra De Angola    
18. Sonia Santos - Poema Ritmico Do Malandro


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yasuo Higuchi & Doremi Band - New York Cut

Year : 1979
Label : Warner Pioneer
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Yasuo Higuchi is a pianist, bandmaster and arranger, best known through his musical works produced for japanese television series & cinema. Yasuo Higuchi was especially in charge of famous compositions for animation music such as Osamu Tezuka's "Phoenix 2772" movie, "Tetsuwa Atom" (Astro Boy) and "Mobile New Century Gundam X" series. "New York Cut" is a condensed of pure jazz groove played by the Doremi Band, formed around guitarist John Scofield, bassist Will Lee, keyboardist Jorge Dalto and percussionist Dwight Gassaway. Titles include "To The New World" (cited by Gilles Peterson as his inspirations), "Uncle From Uncle", "Giraffe (In Memory Of Taki San)" played in a kind of flamenco style, "A Magazine On The Street" to the disco funk accents, all composed by Yasuo Higuchi. Recorded at CBS Studio, New York, on March 9 & 10, 1979.

Yasuo Higuchi_piano, conductor
Jorge Dalto_piano
Will Lee_bass
Chris Parker_drums
John Scofield_guitar
Dwight Gassaway_percussion

01.To The New World
02.The Earth`s Bellybutton
03.Uncle From Uncle
04.The West Wind From The East brass band
05.Giraffe (In Memory Of Taki San)
06.A Magazine On The Street
07.Warm Air In The Ellipsoid Of Revolution
08. On To The New World
09. The Other Side of Life


Monday, September 25, 2017

Various - Saigon Supersound 1965-75 Volume 1


Year : 2017
Label : Saigon Supersound
Genre : Pop, Rock, Latin Jazz, Folk
Style : Latin, Funk/Soul

Saigon Supersound, the compilation which brings together some lost vietanmese pop songs recorded between 1965 and 1975, when US army was stationned in the South Vietnam, a period considered as the golden era of popular vietnamese music. Americans brought with them Rock 'N' Roll and Soul music to Vietnam, which influenced local artists and popular singers such as Carol Kim who integrated it to the standard vietnamese songs repertoire (melancholic and love themes), all developed in opposion of communist revolutionary music. Marked by the american way of life, some young bands were formed like the Dew Drop or The Dreamers. They performed in the G.I. Clubs integrating western rock as well as funk/soul elements to their music, but not only, their songs included also latin rhythms such as Rumba, Tango and Cha Cha Cha.

01. Carol Kim - Tình Ta Như Lửa Đơm Hoa
02. Hùng Cường & Mai Lệ Huyền - Sống Cho Nhau
03. Duy Quang & Thái Hiền - Mộng Về Quê
04. Thanh Vũ - Nếu Mình Còn Yêu Nhau
05. Connie Kim - Lý Luận Tình Yêu
06. Hòa Tấu - Phố Đêm
07. Phượng Mai - Mùa Xuân Gửi Em
08. Khánh Ly - Diễm Xưa
09. Kim Loan - Căn Nhà Ngoại Ô
10. Thanh Thuý, Văn Thanh, Hoàng Liêm & Thanh Mai - Đoàn Người Lữ Thứ
11. Kiều Oanh - Đêm Cuối Cùng
12. Thanh Lan, Châu Hà & Thanh Mai - Hát Mừng Xuân
13. Mai Lệ Huyền - Có Ai Trên Đời Mà Không Yêu (Con Tim Và Nước Mắt)
14. Vân Sơn & Thùy Dung - Chọn Mặt Gửi Vàng
15. Hoàng Oanh - Mùa Gặt Mới
16. Thanh Lan - Tình Đêm Liên Hoan
17. Phương Dung - Vòng Tay Giữ Trọn Ân Tình
18. Ngọc Giàu - Câu Vọng Cổ Chúc Tết 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Erasmo Carlos - Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões

Year : 1970
Label : RGE Discos
Genre : Rock, Latin, Jazz
Style : Latin Rock, MPB, Bossa Nova

Another jewel of Brazilian pop music which made Erasmo, a pop star in Latin America. Recorded in 1969, "Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões" is a transition album opening a new era for Erasmo, which embraces definitly the artistic freedom of the US counterculture. The album incorporates various musical genres from Rock ‘N’ Roll by Soul & Bossa Nova (to the Tropicália style), including compositions by the writers duo Erasmo/Roberto, some brazilian cover tunes revisited of Caetano Veloso (Saudosismo), Antônio Adolfo (Teletema) & Ary Barroso (the unofficial Brazilian national anthem "Aquarela Do Brasil"), plus originals songs, such as "Jeep" & "A Bronca Da Galinha" which bring the Funk. Arranged by Chiquinho De Moraes.

01. Estou Dez Anos Atrasado
02. Gloriosa
03. Espuma Congelada
04. Teletema
05. Jeep
06. Sentado À Beira Do Caminho
07. Coqueiro Verde
08. Saudosismo
09. Aquarela Do Brasil
10. A Bronca Da Galinha (Porque Viu O Galo Com Outra)
11. Menina
12. Vou Ficar Nú Para Chamar Sua Atenção

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spanky Wilson - Doin' It

Year : 2017/1969
Label : Soul Brother Records/Mothers Records
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

The reissue of the "most wanted" album recorded by Spanky Wilson in 1969, which includes Soul Jazz tunes (Don't Mess With Bill), funk classics (You, Then I'll Be Happy) and the DJ favorites "Sunshine Of Your Love" (cover of Cream) and "Light My Fire". Spanky Wilson is an american Soul & Jazz songtress from Pittsburgh who was backing vocalist for some great jazz names among others Duke Ellington, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy McGriff or Funk/Soul artists as Marvin Gaye and Sammy Davis Jr. After a long absence, she's back under the spotlights with the album "I'm Thankful". Released in 2006,  the album was produced by the famous British DJ, Will Holland, and supported by The Quantic Soul Orchestra

01. Don't Mess With Bill
02. Sunshine Of Your Love
03. That's What A Woman Should Give To A Man
04. Hurtin
05. Loveland
06. Little Things Mean A Lot
07. Light My Fire
08. You
09. If I Could
10. Who's Sorry Now
11. Then I'll Be Happy


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Azimüth (Self-Titled)

Year : 2015/1975
Label : Far Out Recordings/Som Livre
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : MPB, Jazz Funk, Samba, Latin Jazz

One of the best brazilian jazz group whose the name "Azimuth" inspired by a song from Marcos & Paulo Sérgio Valle, a jazz-funk trio formed in 1973 by Jose Roberto Bertrami, Alex Malheiros and Ivan Conti. The group started as "Conjunto Azimuth" on the soundtrack of brazilian movie "O Fabuloso Fittipaldi" alongside Marcos & Paulo Sergio Valle, and the same year, as backing band for Marcos on his "Previsão Do Tempo" album. The group engaged in the post-tropicalia era with their self-titled debut album in 1975, mixing samba funk & disco beats, influencing in the same time, the nascent Black Rio movement. Always actives today, the band has gained an international audience with "Águia Não Come Mosca" album (released on Atlantic, first record of the band released outside Brazil), a noticeable appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival '77 and by participating to the U.S. tour of Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. Then, they moved to the United States in the early eighties, by signing on Milestone Records in 1979. Titles include their pop hit "Linha Do Horizonte", the songs "Manhã" (remixed by Peanut Butter Wolf in 2007), "Esperando Minha Vez" (sampled by Joey Bada$$ in "Amethyst Rockstar" - 2013) and the killer jazz rock track "Periscópio".

José Roberto Bertrami_piano, organ, synthesizer, bells
José Alexandre Malheiros_bass, guitar, vocals
Ivan C. Miguel Conti_drums, percussions
João Américo_guitar, percussion, vocals
Ariovaldo Contesini_percussions
Marcio Lott_vocals 

01. Linha Do Horizonte
02. Melô Dos Dois Bicudos
03. Brazil
04. Faça De Conta
05. Caça A Raposa
06. Estrada Dos Deuses
07. Esperando Minha Vez
08. Montreal City
09. Manhã
10. Periscópio


Monday, July 3, 2017

Masaru Imada Trio + 2 - Green Caterpillar

Year : 1975
Label : TBM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Modal, Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz

The Masaru Imada's best known record released on the legendary japanese jazz label TBM. "Green Caterpillar" is a jazz masterpiece featuring talented musicians as guitarist Kazumi Watanabe, percussionist Yuji Imamura, bassist Isao Fukui (also called Isoo) & drummer Tetsujiro Obara (both members of Imada's main trio formation during the seventies). The album opens with a top of the groove "A Green Caterpillar", a 11 minute piece played in the jazz funk style including the characteristic guitar play of Kazumi Watanabe, similar as his american peers, Wes Montgomery and George Benson. The other titles include "A Straight Flash", "Blue Impulse" and the flamenco tune "Spanish Flower" rather played in a modal style. All tracks composed by Masaru Imada.

Masaru Imada_piano, Fender Rhodes
Kazumi Watanabe_guitar
Isoo Fukui_bass
Tetsujiro Obara_drums
Yuji Imamura_congas, percussion

01. A Green Caterpillar
02. Straight Flash
03. Blue Impulse
04. Spanish Flower

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