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.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Be Hard Bop - Bop Or Not Session #1 For Radio Rap Tz

Opening show for Parisian webradio RADiO RAPTZ including Jazzy Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk, Brazilian Funk & Samba from Japan to America by Europe. It features ShinSight TrioIdris MuhammadShigeru SuzukiDJ Mitsu The BeatsAkira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo, Substantial, Di MeloKool & The Gang, Nujabes, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions and more...

TRACKLISTShinSight Trio - I Love Good MusicBanda Uniao Black - A Familia BlackIdris Muhammad - House Of The Rising SunShigeru Suzuki - Suna No On'naRonald Mesquita - Balança PemaEdson Frederico - Tava Mais Não TavaCravo & Canela - Capoeira PoeiraShin-Ski Feat. Louis Logic - Let You SlideDJ Mitsu The Beats Feat. Audessey The Sound Sci - Stolen MomentsAkira Ishikawa & Count Buffalo - TanchameSubstantial - Be PeopleDi Melo - A Vida Em Seus Métodos Diz CalmaBanda Black Rio - Mr. Funky SambaKool & The Gang - Jungle JazzJazz Liberatorz Feat. Declaime - Music Makes The World Go Round (20Syl Remix) - Nujabes Feat. Apani B - Thank YouSoil & "Pimp" Sessions - Funky Goldman


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Piero Piccioni - Musica-Amore

Year : 2016/1972
Label : Cinedelic Records/General Music
Genre : Stage & Screen, Jazz, Soul
Style : Soul Jazz, Easy Listening

Maestro Piero Piccioni was an italian pianist, conductor & composer, in charge of over 300 movie soundtracks, influenced by iconic film directors among Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder or John Ford. He worked for the masters of italian cinema during the golden years of Cinecittà including Michelangelo Antonioni, Francesco Rosi, Luchino Visconti, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini, Dino Risi. Piccioni’s first score for a feature film was Gianni Franciolini’s "Il Mondo Le Condanna" in 1952, but his most famous work were for the movies “Swept Away” (1975), “Salvatore Giuliano” by Francesco Rosi (1963) and "Lo Staniero" by Visconti (1967). He worked also on italian variation of "Le Mépris" soundtrack (original music by Georges Delerue) and OSS 117. "Musica-Amore" brings together several movie themes and others jazz soundscapes composed for various italian films recorded between late sixties and early seventies, including two songs "Right Or Wrong" & "Once And Again" featuring his regular vocalist Lyn McDonald aka Shawn Robinson.

TRACKLIST : Right or Wong from Dopo Di Che, Uccide Il Maschio E Lo Divora (1971) - Easy Dreamer from Colpo Rovente (1970) - Ebony Ride from Un Italiano In America (1967) - Musica Amore - TNT Dance War Call Love (Un Italiano In America) - Once And Again from La Volpe Dalla Coda Di Velluto (1972) - Abigaille from Fumo Di Londra (1966) - Play Girl from Play Girl 70 (1968) - Fiero Nero (Colpo Rovente)

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Tadaaki Misago & His Tokyo Cuban Boys - This Is Cuban Rock Sounds

Year : 1974
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Master Sonic
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Afro-Cuban Jazz, Jazz Rock

The kings of japanese mambo honored by the Cuba state, explore the world of rock 'n' roll, including psychedelia, mixing it with Latin Jazz. Formed and conducted by Tadaaki Misago, The Tokyo Cuban Boys is the oldest japanese jazz big band actives since 1949, which took advantage of the mambo's whirlwind that swept Japan in the 50s, to become a major big band in Latin Music in which emerged the famous japanese latin percussionnist, Yoshinori Nohmi. Indeed, Tadaaki Misago & His Tokyo Cuban Boys have contributed to the expansion of  latin music in Japan, recording over 200 albums between 1949 and 1980, the year of their dissolution. They have associated acts alongside Sharps & Flats, collaborated with various artists from Jazz such as Norio Maeda, Jiro Inagaki & Minoru Muraoka, to japanese folk and pop music as backing band for Michiya Mihashi, the "King of Enka" or actress Eri Chiemi. Titles include the great standards of Latin Music including Boléro (Bésame Mucho, Historia De Un Amor, Perfidia), Mambo (Siboney, Quién Será) or Bossa Nova styles (La Cancion De Orfe). All tracks arranged by Takeshi Koizumi.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Edson Frederico - Edson Frederico E A Transa

Year : 2019/1975
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Jazz Funk, Samba

Killer samba/jazz funk gem "Edson Frederico E A Transa" including "Bobeira" selected by DJ Cliffy for the "Black Rio Compilation Vol. 2", released in 2009. Edson Frederico was a pianist and arranger who started as musical director of various brazilian TV programs and soundtracks. During his prolific career, he was sideman as pianist for the bossa nova legends Toquinho, Tom Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes or Elis Regina. In the 70s, he was an arranger very popular among MPB artists, collaborating with the Antônio Carlos and Jocáfi duo, Djavan, Jorge Ben, Sonia Santos, that earned him, thereafter, to be engaged by the biggest stars such as Roberto Carlos, Spanky Wilson or Sarah Vaughan ("Exclusivamente Brasil", 1980). Edson is surrounded by experienced musicians featuring multi-instrumentalist Bebeto Castilho, singer Orlandivo, Raymundo Bittencourt from Aquarius and Wilson Das Neves, in groups The Ipanemas and Os Gatos, formed by Eumir Deodato. Titles include pure samba songs like "Sambané" and the Jazz Funk tracks "Tava Mais Não Tava" and "Babuíno".

MUSICIANS : Edson Frederico - keyboards - Raymundo Bittencourt - lead vocal - Orlandivo - vocal, percussion - Bebeto Castilho - bass - Wilson Das Neves - drums - Helcio MilitoChico Batera & Luna Messina - percussion

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ronald Mesquita E A Central Do Brasil - Brésil 72

Year : 2019/1972
Label : Mr Bongo/Barclay
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Jazz Samba, Bossa Nova

Brazilian gem recorded in France at studio Barclay in 1972, including killer song "Balanca Pema" sampled by Madlib for "Flight To Brazil" in 2010. Originally released as "Brésil 72", this album was also known as "Bossa Explosiva" and now reissued by Mr Bongo simply titled "Ronald Mesquita". Ronald Mesquita was best-known as the second drummer in Luis Carlos Vinhas's trio Bossa Três ("Os Reis Do Rítmo", "Em Forma", 1966), member of Bossa Rio produced by Sergio Mendes, and also sideman for Bola Sete, Tenório Jr. or Osmar Milito. "Brésil 72" echoes to famous Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 who contributed to popularize Bossa Nova in US or Aquarius, another brazilian group perfectly cut for the jazz dancefloors. Ronald Mesquita & his Central Do Brazil covers songs from the masters of Bossa Nova featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim (Águas De Marco), Toquinho & Vinicius De Moraes (Tarde Em Itapôa), Edu Lobo (Zanzibar) or from the brazilian new wave of Samba among Gilberto Gil (Fechado Prá Balanço) or Jorge Ben (Balança Pema). The group was supported by french sound engineers duo, Joachim Roy & Charles Rochko, who was actives in music library and french pop music, working for Janko Nilovic, Ben & The Platano Group or Baden Powell.

MUSICIANS : Marily Tavaresvocals - Ricardo Do Cantobass - Rolando Fariapercussion, guitar, vocals - Gilson Peranzzettakeyboards, percussion, guitar - Ricardo Pontesflute, percussion, saxophone - Ronald Mesquita drums, percussion

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Be Hard Bop - African Music Machine - DiSCO Hi-LiFE

Get into the west african Funk scene of late seventies from the cameroonian and nigerian highlife's post era. This "new wave" of Funk adds an african touch to the US Disco, Boogie & Jazz-Funk styles, featuring multi-instrumentalists, arrangers and influential producers such as Pasteur Lappé, Emma Baloka, J.M. Tim & Foty, Orlando Julius, Jo Bisso, Eko Roosevelt, Livy Ekemezie, Odion Iruoje and many others. All tracks recorded between 1977-1983. Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Emma Baloka - Freedom

Year : 2019/1982
Label : Kétu Records/Odec
Genre : Disco, Funk/Soul
Style : Afro Disco, Afro Funk, Boogie

Born in Cameroon, Emma Baloka is a guitarist/singer who started at 21 in the famous nigerian funk band "The Mighty Flames". Subsequently, he was enrolled as studio musician in various groups from Nigeria and Cameroon, in particular during the nigerian highlife era between late seventies and early eighties. Influenced by US music and Makossa from West Africa, Emma Baloka recorded this unique record, finally reissued by french label Kétu Records, an album imbued by Funk, Boogie & Disco accents to the african rhtyhms. Titles include deep grooves supported by powerful slapping bass lines, wah wah effects on guitar and keyboard, serving a music ideally cut for clubs as evidenced the songs "Come To My Sweetie", "Funky Down" & the eponymous track "Freedom". "Let's Love Each Other" was included in compilation "Brand New Wayo" released in 2011 by Comb & Razor Sound label. All tracks arranged and composed by Emma Baloka.

MUSICIANS : Emma Baloka - vocal, guitar - Basile Barap - bass - Frankie Sonj - keyboards - Paul Sokeng - drums - Chico - congas - Kemi & Tokunbo Falodun - chorus

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kosuke Ichihara & 3 L - Now Sound '75

Year : 2017/1975
Label : Deep Jazz Reality/Victor
Serie : HMV Project Re:Vinyl
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Fusion, Folk

Last testimony of Love Live Life (also known as 3L), japanese psychedelic jazz rock band born in full expansion of the japanese new rock era initiated by the Flower Travellin' Band (himself influenced by the Woodstock generation). Love Live Life's frontman Kosuke Ichihara is a japanese saxophonist, composer and arranger who evolved in famous Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd big band, in groups Tokyo Ensemble Academy, Takayuki Inoue Band, Masami Kawahara & The Exotic Sounds, was sideman for japanese jazz songstress Maki Asakawa, Mari Nakamoto and played alongside pianist Masahiko Satoh or drummer Jimmy Takeuchi. Among  japanese works mixing Jazz, Rock with popular folk songs from different parts of Japan (Okinawa to Hokkaido), "Now Sound '75" is one of the finest production of the genre, including deep grooves, catchy bass line, synthesizer sounds floating, soundscapes with cinematographic atmosphere and oriental melodies, all played in a psychedelic mood. 

LOVE LIVE LIFE : Kosuke Ichihara - tenor saxophone, flute - Toshiaki Yokota - flute, saxophone - HiroYanagida - piano, organ - Masaoki Terakawa - bass - Kimio Mizutani, Takao Naoi - guitar - Chito Kawachi - drums - Naomi Kawahara - percussion

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