Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chris Joss - You've Been Spiked

Year : 2004
Label :
Eighteenth Street Lounge Music
Genre :
Style :
Acid Jazz, Downtempo, Future Jazz, Funk/Soul

Chris Joss is a french self-taught multi-instrumentalist and studio producer. In 1999, Chris Joss released his first LP "The Man With A Suitcase", a imaginary soundtrack of 60's TV series whose the title-track is featured in the movie trailer of Ocean's 13. Chris Joss recreate this time, the atmosphere of the typical sound from the seventies. His style is a mix of Breakbeat, Funk/Soul & Cinematic Atmosphere which translates by Acid Jazz style associated to Disco beats, Funky bass lines, Wah-Wah guitars and the own & unique sound of the Hammond Organ & Fender Rhodes. All tracks composed, performed & produced by Chris Joss, all vocals by Cosmika.

01. Discotheque Dancing
02. You've Been Spiked
03. Drink Me Hot
04. Wrong Alley Street (Part 1)
05. Riviera 69
06. Shellah V.
07. Wrong Alley Street (Part 3)
08. Waves Of Love
09. A Part In That Show
10. Early Morning Wanderings
11. Waking Up In The Park

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Specifics - Lonely City

Year : 2004
Label : P-Vine
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Conscious

Specifics is a Canadian Hip-Hop band based in Montreal, made up of producer/engineer Think Twice featuring MC Golden Boy & DJ Goser. Backed by the spirit of Think Twice and the finest cut of DJ Goser, Golden Boy shines on the mic with his poeticals & conscious lyrics. Titles include Jazz & Soul samples (the sound of Shaft by Isaac Hayes on Patience), some strings & bass materials and their two singles released for Hyde Out Recordings, Craig's House & Under The Hood (produced by Nujabes). All tracks produced, recorded & mixed by Phil Kennedy except Dreams & Interlude produced by DJ Goser. All lyrics by Golden Boy.

Think Twice_engineering
Golden Boy_rap
DJ Goser_cuts, scratches & adlibs

01. Intro
02. TGIM
03. Craig's House
04. Take Me Back
05. Lonely City
06. Backroads Pt 1
07. Backroads Pt 2
08. Dreams
09. Interlude
10. Put Ya Hands Up
11. Patience
12. Thats Just Gold
13. Under The Hood
14. The Kid Is Back
15. That Is Why
16. Outro


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nujabes, Various - Hyde Out Productions - 2nd Collection

Year : 2007
Label : Hyde Out Recordings
Genre : Electronic, Hip-Hop, Jazz
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo
Website :

The second and final compilation following the  Hyde Out Productions - First Collection released four years ago, and gathering various Nujabes' recordings under his own label. Titles include original tracks performed by Nujabes featuring CL Smooth, Substantial & Five Deez, songs from Pase Rock, Emancipator & Shing02, instrumental tracks by Uyama Hiroto, DSK plus remixes by Nujabes. All tracks produced & mixed by Nujabes for Hyde Out Recordings.

01. Voice Of Autumn / Nujabes
02. Sky Is Falling Feat. CL Smooth / Nujabes
03. Walz For Life Will Born / Uyama Hiroto
04. Imaginary Folklore / Clammbon by Nujabes
05. Hikari Feat. Substantial / Nujabes
06. Counting Stars / Nujabes
07. Another Reflection / Nujabes
08. Fly By Night Feat. Five Deez / Nujabes
09. Old Light (Voices From 93 Million Miles Away Remix) / Pase Rock
10. With Rainy Eyes / Emancipator
11. Luv (Sic.) (Modal Soul Remix) / Shing02
12. Windspeaks / Uyama Hiroto
13. Winter Lane (Nujabes Remix) / DSK
14. After Hanabi - Listen To My Beats- / Nujabes


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Takeshi Inomata And His Friends - Get Happy

Year : 1975
Label : Audio Lab. Record
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Post Bop
Website :

Rare Jazz record released by another famous japanese drummer, Takeshi Inomata, supported by arranger Norio Maeda & engineer Okihiko Sugano, featuring Yasuo Arakawa, Tadayuki Harada, Jake H. Concepcion and Pepe Anai. Titles include Pop & Jazz standards with energic version of Stevie Wonder' cover song, Uptight (Everything's Alright), Here's That Rainy Day by Van Heusen/Burke, Witch Doctor by Lee Morgan, I've Got You Under My Skin by Cole Porter and the classic of Duke Ellington, Caravan. All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda, produced & mixed by Okihiko Sugano.

Okihiko Sugano_presenter
Takeshi Inomata_drums
Norio Maeda_piano
Yasuo Arakawa_bass
Fujio Saitoh & Pepe Anai_percussion 
Jake H. Concepcion_alto saxophone
Kohnosuke Saijoh_tenor saxophone
Tadayuki Harada_baritone saxophone
Tadataka Nakazawa_trombone

01. Uptight
02. Too Close For Comfort
03. Here's That Rainy Day
04. Witch Doctor
05. I've Got You Under My Skin
06. Stars Fell On Alabama
07. Caravan


Monday, May 18, 2009

Sadao Watanabe - Round Trip

Year : 1970
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Free Improvisations, Hard Bop, Post Bop
Website :

Sadao Watanabe is one most famous Japanese Jazz Giant, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist arranger & composer best known as the man who introduced Bossa Nova in Japan. He's surrounded by great musicians featuring some great sideman for Miles Davis : Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Jack DeJohnette. In 1962, Sadao moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music and later played with Chico Hamilton, Gary McFarland, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin or Hank Jones. Then he explored music all over the world reflecting his Brazilian & African inspirations on his work to become the japanese representative of Bossa Nova and and more broadly of World Music as Joe Zawinul. In 1967, Sadao recorded two Latin Jazz albums with Charlie Mariano, Iberian Waltz/Nabesada & Charlie and the following year, We Got A New Bag with various Indian influences.  All tracks composed, arranged by Sadao & produced by Kiyoshi Itoh.

Sadao Watanabe_saxophone
Chick Corea_piano
Miroslav Vitous_bass
Jack DeJohnette_drums

01. Round Trip : Going & Coming
02. Nostargia
03. Pastoral
04. Sao Paulo


Friday, May 8, 2009

Takeshi Inomata & Sound L.T.D. - Sounds Of Sound L.T.D.

Year : 1970
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Groovy Sound Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic
Website :

Essential, unforgettable & most valuable rare groove LP, Sounds Of Sound L.T.D. is a classic from the Japanese Jazz Rock scene, recorded by the great jazz drummer, Takeshi Inomata. Inomata is one of the best known japanese jazz musicians, born into a musical family, who, under the influence of his brother and after have heard the Gene Krupa performance on Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman, decided him to become professional drummer. In the early sixties, he was enrolled in the Hidehiko Matsumoto Quintet, played several times for Helen Merrill (In Tokyo '63, Plaisir D'amour '69, Sings The Beatles '70), with Teddy Wilson, Hiroshi Suzuki, in the Mal Waldron Trio and later, was sideman for pianist Norio Maeda (in groups Norio Maeda Trio, The Wind-Breakers in 1978). In the late sixties, he formed The Sound Limited Jazz Rock group based on his previous band, The West Liners, with some of its members featuring Toshiaki Yokota, Jun Suzuki, Ryo Kawasaki, Takashi Imai & the young Shunzo Ohno. Titles includes psychedelic grooves, Big Band sessions, great solo flute, organ & drum strong beat on Mustache (which ends by the Hey Jude chorus), the massive and dynamic funky Joint, the psychedelic rock Tak's Tune and the melodic jazz, Monster.

Takeshi Inomata_drums
Jun Suzuki_bass
Ryo Kawasaki & Shigenori Kamiya_guitar
Yusuke Hoguchi_organ
Toshiaki Yokota_flute
Takao Uematsu_saxophone
Shunzo Ohno & Takashi Kumagai_trumpet
Shigemichi Domoto & Takashi Imai_trombone

01. Theme/Mustache
02. Tak's Tune
03. Joint
04. Monster
05. Lullaby For Yuh
06. scotland Scene
07. Theme


Friday, May 1, 2009

Sonia Rosa With Yuji Ohno - Spiced With Brazil

Year : 1974
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Pop, Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB

Sonia Rosa recorded her first album with Chiquinho De Moraes in 1967, before she left Brazil for Japan at the age of 20 years old, Spice With Brazil is her best-known album. She had the opportunity to sing on various Yuji Ohno's albums as Space Kid (1978) and more recently, on original soundtrack of TV Special 'Lupin III Episode 0 First Contact' (2002), whose some songs will appear later on Lupin The Third [JAZZ] : Bossa & Fusion album. She's surrounded by a large ensemble of musicians featuring future members of You & The Explosion Band (Akira Okazawa, Larry Sunaga, Pepe Anai, Tsunehide Matsuki), plus backing vocals supported by Time Five. To approximate the typical sound of the famous Bossa Nova productions released under the Verve label during the sixties, Ohno recruited a set of string instruments gathered in the Ohno Group and conducted by himself. Titles include classics of Bossa Nova from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Chico Buarque & Edu Lobo, jazz standard of Jimmy Van Heusen (Here's That Rainy Day) and pop covers by James Taylor (Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight) and Linda Creed (You Make Me Feel Brand New). Others titles include also some solo performances by Tsuyoshi Yamamoto with great piano improvisations, alongside Ohno, on the classic of Edu Lobo, Casa Forte (and Sonia Rosa's scat singing likewise). All tracks arranged and conducted by Yuji Ohno except Chove Là Fora by Sonia Rosa.

Sonia Rosa_vocal, guitar
Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto_acoustic piano (track 6)
Akira Okazawa_electric bass
Isoo Fukui_acoustic bass
Takao Naoi_Gut & folk guitar
Tsunehide Matsuki_electric guitar (tracks 3 & 8)
Kazuyoshi Okayama_drums
Larry Sunaga, Pepe Anai & Fujio Saitoh_latin percussion  
Keiko Yamakawa_harp
Gaishi Ishibashi_oboe

01. Garota De Ipanema
02. Here's That Rainy Day
03. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
04. Secret Love
05. Corcovado
06. Casa Forte
07. Atras Da Porta
08. You Make Me Feel Brand New
09. Chove Là Fora


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Akira Ishikawa Count Buffalo Jazz And Rock Band - Bakishinba

Year : 1970
Label : Polydor
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Rock

The legendary drummer Akira Ishikawa & his Count Buffalos, were prolific on the japanese Jazz Rock scene from the late sixties to the early seventies. Best known as the bandleader for the Japanese version of rock musical ‘Hair’ from Broadway, he was also an active member of various japanese Jazz formations as Ace 7 or the famous 'Freedom Unity' quintet featuring pianist Hiromasa Suzuki, saxophonist Takeru Muraoka, bassist Kunimitsu Inaba and trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki. Akira Ishikawa started in the mid-fifties  when he joined the Akira Miyazawa's Modern All Stars and later the New Herd conducted by saxophonist Toshiyuki Miyama. After after a trip in eastern Africa, Akira introduced several traditional Afro-percussions in his music, in order to create a clever fusion between Jazz, Rock & Soul, in which african sounds were added as evidenced Bakishinba - Memories Of Africa with the African Deer suite. This orientation which will reach its apogee with the cult album, 'Uganda', released in 1972, all in collaboration of Norio Maeda & Hiromasa Suzuki in charge of arrangements. Titles include Sandstorm & Sunrise composed by M. Yoshino, Flamingo & African Deer by Norio Maeda, Bakishinba, Mirage & Blue Soul by Hiromasa Suzuki. All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda & Hiromasa Suzuki.

Akira Ishikawa_drums & african percussion
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_electric guitar
Isao Eto_electric bass
Hirosama Suzuki_keyboards
Norio Maeda_organ
Takeru Muraoka_tenor sax
Masami Kawahara_latin percussion

01. Sandstorm
02. Sunrise
03. Flamingo
04. African Deer
05. Bakishinba
06. Mirage
07. Blue Soul


Chute Libre - Spasmolune

Year : 1977
Label : EMI
Genre : Jazz
Style :  Jazz Rock/Jazz Funk

With Cortex, here another cult french Jazz Funk band, Chute Libre, which was formed by former members of Moravagine featuring Mino Cinelu, Olivier Hutman, Denis Barbier & Pierre-Jean Gidon. Olivier Hutman was collaborated with Pepper Adams, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Eddy Louiss or Claude Barthélemy while Mino Cinelu was member of Gong, Weather Report and collborated with Pat Metheny, Gato Barbieri, Dave Holland or Michel Portal. The band released another album called Ali Baba in 1978.

Olivier Hutman_piano, electric piano, keys
Patrice Cinelu_guitar
Gilles Douieb_bass
Umberto Pagnini_drums
Mino Cinelu_percussion
Pierre-Jean Gidon & Eric Letourneux_saxophone
Olivier De La Taille_trumpet
Phillippe Simon_trombone
Denis Barbier_flute

01. Black Sweat
02. Jerba
03. Tao
04. Sainte Bernadette
05. Flaucerto
06. Penelope Au Balcon
07. Spasmolune
08. Jeremy

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Robert Charlebois Avec Louise Forestier - Lindberg

Year : 1968
Label : Gamma
Genre : Jazz, Rock
Style : Psychedelic Rock, Pop

Rare & cult collectible LP of the quebecois Robert Charlebois, is the most well-known songwritter, poet, singer & musician from Montréal. He started on stage in 1962 and released his first single La Boulée in 1965. In 1967, he left Canada to California where he met several american Rock&Roll artists & band like Frank Zappa and discovered the psychedelism which will revolutionize his vision of music. In 1969, he caused a scandal when he played at Olympia in Paris, performed later at Festival Pop of Toronto and the same year he take the Pancanadian train with Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead & others. Robert Charlebois plays featuring Le Quatuor du Jazz Libre du Québec & Louise Forestier plus Philipe Gagnon. Titles include La Marche Du Président by Gilles Vigneault, the single Lindberg & CRP Blues by Claude Péloquin, Egg Génération & Engagement by Marcel Sabourin, Long Flight (b-side of Lindberg). All tracks arranged by Robert Charlebois, recorded by Michel Robidoux.

Robert Charlebois_guitar, vocal
Louise Forestier_vocal
Philippe Gagnon_electric violin
Maurice Richard_bass
Pierre Nadeau_piano
Jean Préfontaine_tenor saxophone, flute
Yves Charbonneau_trumpet
Guy Thouin_drums & percussions

01. California
02. La Marche du Président
03. Lindberg
04. Cpr Blues
05. Joe Finger Ledoux
06. Egg Generation
07. Engagement
08. Dolores
09. Long Flight 500

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dagha - Object In Motion

Year : 2005
Label :
Miclife Recordings
Genre :
Style :
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Conscious

Dwayne Simmons is a rapper from Boston who started with his friend Insight in the Hip-Hop band Electric Company. He's sharing stages with KRS-1, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, Wycleff, Common and also Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5. Dagha collaborated to many Insight' albums including ShinSight Trio LPs, Insight does the same for this 'Object In Motion', in charge of production, recording & mixing. Also in charge of production plus arrangements, cuts & scratches, DJ Real from Martiangang (band formed with Shin-Ski). Titles include featurings with Insight (8 Count & Skoolhouse Rock), Al-Jabra (Conquerors) & Wanda aka Butter (Don't Start Nothing). Songs 15 to 18 are bonus track released only for Japan featuring Cloke (Whatever It May Be), Anonymous from Project Move (Hands Up) & Insight (2 Solutions) plus remix by DJ Aquarela. Produced by DJ Real, Insight & Dagha.

Insight_rap, scratches & cuts on Heaven or Hell
DJ Real_cuts & scratches

01. Intro
02. 8 Count
03. No Sheets
04. Object In Motion Interlude
05. Conquerors
06. Heaven or Hell
07. Handwriting On The Wall
08. Build
09. P.A.
10. Skoolhouse Rock
11. Don't Start Nothing
12. No Labels
13. De Ja Vu
14. Back To The Center
15. Whatever It May Be
16. Hands Up
17. 2 Solutions
18. No Sheets - DJ Aquarela Remix

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Main Ingredient

Year : 1994
Label :
Genre :
Style :
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul

Classic from Old School Hip-Hop, one of most renowned & masterpiece in the history of Rap music recorded by the pair DJ/MC Pete Rock & CL Smooth who split before this album. Titles include two featurings with Rob-O on Worldwide & In The Flesh (plus Deda). Each track is introduced by a sample of the original song. Produced by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, mixed by Jamey Staub & Rod Hui.
  • Pete Rock is an American DJ, record producer, and MC. He played from jazz into hip hop music, also known as jazz rap, along with the groups Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots or Gang Starr. He played a large role in the fusing of jazz and funk music into Hip-Hop. He used many jazz samples such as Cannonball Adderley's Country Preacher, for the song Return of the Mecca, or Capricorn for the song In the House, Freddie Hubbard, Grant Green, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Deodato, Bob James...And many Funk/Soul artists as James Brown, Kool & The Gang, The Meters...After the pair split in 1995, Pete Rock became one of the finest producers in Hip-Hop. 
  •  C.L. Smooth is an american rapper & poet appeared as a guest on several albums whose Pete Rock' albums. He was invited to many featurings as Only the Strong Survive with DJ Krush (1996), All I Know on the DJ Jazzy Jeff album The Return of the Magnificent (2007) or Sky is Falling with Nujabes (2007). He released his debut solo album, American Me in 2007. 

01. In the House
02. Carmel City
03. I Get Physical
04. Sun Won't Come Out
05. I Got A Love
06. Escape
07. The Main Ingredient
08. Worldwide
09. All The Places
10. Tell Me
11. Take You There
12. Searching
13. Check It Out
14. In The Flesh
15. It's On You
16. Get On The Mic

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eric Burdon Declares ''War''

Year : 1970
Label : MGM
Genre : Rock, Soul, Jazz
Style : Psychedelic Rock, Funk/Soul, Rhythm & Blues

In 1969, Eric Burdon left The Animals and joined the californian Funk/Blues band War. The band released two albums and published one B-Sides compilation in 1976, before Eric left the group. The album starts with The Vision of Rassan, a tribute to the great multi-saxophonist, the jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk followed by Tobacco Road which told us the history of the Afro-American slaves way. Others titles include Spill The Wine which appears on Paul Thomas Anderson's movie Boogie Night and was covered by jazz guitarist, Melvin Sparks, another tribute for Memphis Slim & the short track You're No Stranger. On the back cover is printed : "We the people have declared war against the people for the right to love each other". Artwork concept by Eric Burdon, design by The Visual Thing, produced by Jerry Goldstein.

Eric Burdon_lead vocal
Bee Bee Dickerson_bass, vocals
Dee Allen_congas, percussion
Harold Brown_drums
Charles Miller_flute, tenor saxophone
Howard Scott_guitar, vocals
Lee Oskar_harmonica
Lonnie Jordan_organ & piano

01. The Vision Of Rassan
  • Dedication
  • Roll On Kirk
02. Tobacco Road
  • Tobacco Road
  • I Have A Dream
  • Tobacco Road
03. Spill The Wine

04. Blues For Memphis Slim
  • Birth
  • Mother Earth
  • Mr. Charlie
  • Danish Pastry
  • Mother Earth

05. You're No Stranger

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yuji Ohno - Inugamike No Ichizoku (Original Soundtrack)

Year : 1976
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style :  Free Jazz, Jazz Rock, Fusion

Another cult OST by Yuji Ohno from the japanese horror movie Inugamike no ichizoku directed by Kon Ichikawa and based on a long tradition of supernatural suspense. Titles include eclectic sound with the prominence of japanese traditional instrument (biwa & dulcimer), Pink Floyd' influence on Grudge & Hatred's Theme, some free jazz tracks and jazz fusion (rock & funk). Performed by You & The Explosion Band featuring the guests Kiyoshi Sugimoto & Takao Naoi from Akira Ishikawa' Count Buffalo band plus strings ensemble, the Minoru Suzuki group. All tracks composed & arranged by Yuji Ohno & conducted by Hiroshi Yoshizawa.

Yuji Ohno & Shigeto Ohara_piano
Minoru Kuribayashi_organ
Tyuei Yoshikawa_accoustic guitar
Akira Okazawa & Kenji Takamizu_bass
Masako Hirayama_biwa
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Keiji Azami_dulcimer
Masami Nakagawa, Takeshi Shinohara & Yukio Nishizawa_flute
Kiyoshi Sugimoto & Takao Naoi_guitar
Tadaomi 'Pepe' Anai_percussion 
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet

And More...

01. Love Ballade
02. Grudge
03. Cursed House
04. Mask
05. Death
06. Prologue To Grief
07. Hatred's Theme
08. Meditation
09. The Mirage
10. Prayer
11. The Blood Of Passion
12. Vision
13. Loneliness


Monday, March 16, 2009

Bingo Miki And Inner Galaxy Orchestra - Back To The Sea

Year : 1978
Label : Three Blind Mice
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Big Band, Fusion

Back To The Sea is a project to the cinematic concept created by Bingo Miki and recorded on the cult label Three Blind Mice (equivalent of CTI records in Japan). It performed by a large Big Band based on 28 musicians gathered in three sections (brass, reeds & rhythm), including some Japanese Jazz Giants as Hidehiko Matsumoto, Masao Suzuki Kenji Mori, Masaru Imada or Himiko Kikuchi. On Back To The Sea (Epilogue), note the presence of famous pop/jazz vocalist Mari Nakamoto who recorded Unforgetable! (1973) & Little Girl Blue (1974) with the Shoji Yokouchi Trio on the same label. At Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979, The Inner Galaxy Orchestra was surrounded by trumpetist Jon Faddis, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, guitarist Joe Beck and bassist Richard Davis. The project mix Contempory Jazz tracks & Fusion Jazz Funk all arranged, composed and conducted by Bingo Miki.

Bingo Miki_leader
Hidehiko Matsumoto_flute & tenor saxophone
Masao Suzuki_soprano & alto saxophone, clarinet 
Kenji Mori_alto & tenor saxophone, clarinet
Masaru Imada & Himiko Kikuchi_keyboards
Masatsugu Matsumoto_guitar
Mitsuaki Furuno & Yukinori Narishige_bass
Yoshiyuki Nakamura & Takuji Kusumoto_drums
Tetsuya Furutani_percussion 

And many others...

01. Back To The Sea (Prologue)
02. Swingin' On The Horizon
03. When Waves Sing
04. Natural Flow
05. Merman's Dance
06. Back To The Sea (Epilogue)


Sunday, March 15, 2009

DJ RYOW a.k.a Smooth Current - Optical Axis

Year : 2008
Label :
Genre :
Electronic, Hip-Hop, Jazz
Style :
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Mixtape, Breakbeat, Funk/Soul

Ryo Yoshihara is one of the most famous japanese Hip-Hop DJ, trackmaker, turnabilist & producer from Nagoya. Member & former of the Hip-Hop groups ShinSight Trio & Levitatorz (with Shin-Ski), DJ RYOW has played with many US artists and DJ's such as DJ Green Lantern, DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Enuff or The Alchemist. This mixtape brings together various favorite artists featuring Daily Bread (Aloe Blacc), Quantic, french Drum Brothers & Jazz Liberatorz, DJ Alibi, DJ Cam...Titles composed by DJ RYOW are released as Smooth Current. Compiled & mixed by DJ RYOW.

01. Smooth Current - Introduction
02. Dinner At The Thompson's - Vegas
03. Daily Bread - That's That
04. Y Society - Setting The Example
05. Dadamnphreaknoizphunk - Lunchcorner
06. Andrew J & Kaltenecker - Inch
07. Quantic - We Got Soul
08. Jazz Liberatorz - Music In My Mind Part 2
09. The Dining Rooms - Existentialism (Milano Bossa mix)
10. Thievery Corporation - Supreme Illusion (Nickodemus remix)
11. Zeb - Toe To Toe (original version)
12. Drum Brothers - C2C/Beat Torrent (feat Pfef & Atom - Live & Uncut)
13. Smooth Current - Re: Strain Of Stairs (Unmixed Demo version)
14. Mo' Horizons - Green Day
15. DJ Alibi - One Day
16. DJ Cam Quartet - Rebirth Of Cool
17. E Reece & Core Elements - What U Need (Smooth Current remix)
18. Liquid Spirits - If You Don't Love Me (feat Phonte)
19. Liquid Spirits - Stepney
20. Smooth Current - Outro

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nujabes - Modal Soul

Year : 2005
Label : Hyde Out Recordings
Genre : Hip Hop, Electronic, Jazz
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo
Website :

The second solo album from the japanese beatmaker, Nujabes, which as his predecessor (Methaporical Music (2003), maintains the same combination of Hip-Hop, Jazz & Downtempo, featuring his musical partner, Uyama Hiroto on saxophone & keyboards. Titles include several Jazz instrumentals plus featurings, in order of appearance, Cise Starr & Akin from CYNE (Feather), Terry Callier (Ordinary Joe), Shing02 (Luv (Sic.) Pt3), Substantial (Eclipse), Pase Rock from Five Deez (The Sign), Apani B (Thank You). Produced, composed & arranged by Nujabes.

01. Feather
02. Ordinary Joe
03. Reflection Eternal
04. Luv (Sic.) Pt3
05. Music Is Mine
06. Eclipse
07. The Sign
08. Thank You
09. World's end Rhapsody
10. Modal Soul
11. Flowers
12. Sea Of Cloud
13. Light On The land
14. Horizon


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Yuji Ohno & His Project - Proof Of The Man (Original Soundtrack)

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

Nigen No Shomei is a nippon-cop movie directed by Yusaku Matsuda and released in 1977. The soundtrack was recorded in 1976 and performed by the Yuji Ohno' Jazz Funk band : You & The Explosion Band supported by the strings of the Minoru Suzuki Group. All are joined by guests musicians featuring some Japan Jazz Greats as Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Kentaro Haneda or Hiroshi Suzuki. Titles include Jazz Funk tracks (Scorch To Kirizumi), disco beats (Get Up All The People) & The Main Theme From Proof Of The Man sung by Joe Yamanaka from famous japanese rock group Flower Travellin' Band. Composed & arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Kentaro Haneda & Minoru Kuribayashi_organ
Akira Okazawa_bass
Kiyoshi Sugimoto & Tsunehide Matsuki_guitar
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Takeru Muraoka & Jake H. Concepcion_saxophone   
Eiji Arai, Hiroshi Suzuki_trombone
Koji Hatori & Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Larry Sunaga, Pepe Anai_percussion
Minoru Suzuki Group_strings

And More...

01. Opening
02. A Key To The Mystery
03. Happy Feelings
04. Ballad Of Lament
05. Car Chase
06. Coffee House At Dawn
07. Get Up All The People
08. Fantasia
09. Reminiscences Of Kirizumi
10. Scorch To Kirizumi
11. The Main Theme From Proof Of The Man
12. The Way To The Spa Of Kirizumi
13. Instrumental Theme From Proof Of The Man


Monday, March 9, 2009

Cortex - Inédit '79

Year : 2006
Label : Underdog Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Compilation of unreleased tracks by cult French Jazz-Funk band from the seventies formed around producer/arranger Alain Mion & drummer/percussionist Alain Gandolfi. Cortex recorded several singles for Sonodisc and released their most famous work 'Troupeau Bleu' (Disques Espérence) in 1975 with Jean Grevet, Jean-Claude D'Agostini, Jo Pucheu, Alain Labib & Mireille Dalbray. Their sound is between The Headhunters, Herbie Hancock & Roy Ayers and their influences were Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson, Al Jarreau. Many samples were taken by several artists such as J.Dilla. All tracks written & arranged by Alain Mion except Moanin' by Bobby Timmons.

01. I Heard A Sigh
02. Back To My World
03. Said I Do
04. A Winning Team
05. High On The Funk
06. Bring My Bonnie Back
07. Moanin'
08. Stand And Move
09. Hannibal March
10. The Sky Is Grey, I'm So Blue
11. Maïlys
12. Emily

Insight - Targeting Zones

Year : 2004
Label :
Bad News
Genre :
Hip Hop, Electronic
Style :
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Conscious
Website : Insight FM

Insight (born Andre Todman) is a prolific multi-instrumentalist, producer, rapper & DJ from Boston, also in group, ShinSight Trio, Electric Company, Y Society, has developed various projects under several pseudonyms. Titles include Rhyme Master featuring Dagha Good Morning & Situations featuring Electric Company, Encouragement featuring Rafy Rosa and The Message featuring Old School rapper KRS-One. All tracks produced & composed by Andre Todman except track 4 by Dagha, tracks 5 & 15 with Electric Company, track 7 by KRS-ONE. Associate producer : Shinsuke Taoka (Shin-Ski).

01. Insightroduction
02. The Usual Scene
03. An Intermission
04. Rhyme Master
05. Good Morning
06. Encouragement
07. The Message - Pandemonium Edit
08. Inventors - Remix
09. Now Time To Cool Out
10. Got Skills Galore
11. Zone
12. Only One
13. No Turning Back
14. Evolution
15. Situations

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shin-Ski Of Martiangang - Shattered Soul On A Pastel Sky

Year : 2007
Label :
Miclife Recordings
Genre :
Hip-Hop, Electronic
Style :
Jazzy Hip-Hop, Conscious

First album solo of Shinsuke Taoka, producer & DJ from Hyogo in Japan, also member of Designed People, Levitatorz and ShinSight Trio groups. Collaborated alongside Shin-Ski, some DJs as DJ Real from Martiangang, Mista Donuts from Levitatorz, DJ RYOW & DJ Drez plus additionals musicians, saxophonists Yuichiro Kato & Takasada Inada. Titles includes featurings with american and european MCs of the alternative Hip-Hop scene as The Procussions (It's All Real), Dagha (Elements), Apani B Fly (Koyoi), Othello from Lightheaded (Time), Funky DL (Have You Been A Good Girl), Louis Logic from The Odd Couple (Let You Slide), Time Machine (Rough Draft) & Melodee from La Melodia (Peace Of Mind). Shin-ski & DJ Real perfomed Prelude (Shintro) as Martiangang, You Did It Again as ShinSight Trio with Insight & DJ RYOW aka Smooth Current. All songs written, produced & arranged by Shinsuke Taoka for Soul Believer Production. 

Shin-Ski_keyboards, beats, cuts & scratches
DJ RYOW_cuts & scratches
Mista Donuts_cuts & scratches

01. Prelude (Shintro)
02. It's All Real
03. Elements
04. Koyoi
05. Time
06. Flow High
07. Steps 2 Heaven
08. Have You Been A Good Girl
09. Let You Slide
10. You Did It Again
11. Rough Draft
12. Till The Day We Die (Lonely Nights Theme Reprise)
13. Peace Of Mind
14. Harmonia
15. Finale (Martian Odyssey)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ShinSight Trio - Shallow Nights Blurry Moon

Year : 2006
Label : Bad News
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Conscious

ShinSight Trio is a american & japanese Hip-Hop band formed by Andre 'Insight' Todman with Shin-Ski (Of Martiangang) & DJ RYOW (a.k.a. Smooth Current). Insight is a MC, DJ & Hip-Hop producer who come from the Boston underground scene as his friends, the rapper Dagha & Edo G. While Shin-Ski & DJ RYOW are two producers /beatmakers also known as Levitatorz group who come from Tokyo. Titles include featurings with Dagha on Let's Do A Jam & Heart with Edo G but also the singles Early Dayz Amazement, I Love Good Music, Everything Steady Goin Downhill & two bonus tracks, Positive Energy/Freedom Of Speech. Produced & composed by ShinSight Trio, lyrics written by Insight except Let's Do A Jam by Dagha & Heart by Edo G.

DJ RYOW_cuts & scratches

01. Intro
02. Early Dayz Amazement
03. Kick Snare Hi Hat
04. I Love Good Music
05. What's The Word
06. Passin By
07. No Clouds On A Sunny Day
08. Work With Options Around Me
09. Let's Do A Jam Feat. Dagha
10. Interlude
11. Lucky Dayz
12. Everything Steady Goin Downhill
13. Heart Feat. Edo G
14. Positive Energy
15. Freedom Of Speech

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oliver Nelson - Skull Session

Year : 1975
Label : Flying Dutchman
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Big Band, Electronic Moods, Soul Jazz, Post Bop

Skull Session is a formidable eclectic album of saxophonist and arranger Oliver Nelson which contains several styles as well as Bossa Nova, Electronic, Contempory Jazz,  Jazz Funk or Post Bop and Soul Jazz. Composed entirely by Oliver Nelson surrounded by great a Big Band featuring Lonnie Liston Smith, Willie Bobo, Lee RitenourBuddy Collette, Bill Perkins all incorporated in a large Big Brass Band. Titles include the electronic groove Skull Session, the Nelson standard' 125th St. And 7th Ave. and the funky tracks Dumpy Mama & Flight For Freedom. All tracks composed, conducted & arranged by Oliver Nelson, produced by Bob Thiele.

Oliver Nelson_alto saxophone
Buddy Collette_clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute
Billy Green_tenor saxophone
Bill Perkins_clarinet, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone
Jerome Richardson_clarinet, flute, alto & soprano saxophone
Oscar Brashear & Bobby Bryant_flugelhorn, trumpet 
Lonnie Liston Smith_keyboards
Chuck Domanico_bass
Lee Ritenour_guitar
Jimmy Gordon_drums
Willie Bobo_percussion

And many others...

01. Skull Session
02. Reuben's Rondo
03. 125th St. And 7th Ave.
04. One For Duke
05. Dumpy Mama
06. Baja Bossa
07. In A Japanese Garden
08. Flight For Freedom

Friday, February 20, 2009

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek (Reflections Eternal) - Train Of Thought

Year : 2000
Label : Rawkus
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Conscious
Website :

Great must classic of Rap from the late nineties by Reflection Eternal, a Hip Hop duo formed by Talib Kweli ex-Black Star (with rapping partner Mos Def) and Tony Cottrell aka Hi-Tek (DJ and producer from Cincinnati).Train of Thought was released for famous underground Hip Hop label, Rawkus Records (who produced also Eminen). It's features jazz pianist Weldon Irvine, many artists from the underground Hip Hop scene as Mos Def (This Means You) or Kool G Rap (Ghetto Afterlife) but also old school band as De La Soul (Soul Rebels). Also featuring DJ Crossphader from Double Edge & MCs  Rah Digga, Xzibit, Piakhan & Supa Dav West, french artists, Les Nubians (chorus On Love Language), Vinia Mojica, including additionals musicians and special guest friend Dave Chapelle, the voice of Nelson Mandela (Experience Dedication) & Rick James (Touch You). The track listing includes the hidden track Four Women. All tracks produced by Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek.

Additionals Musicians :

Weldon Irvine_keyboards
Jeff Davidson_guitar
Teodross Avery_saxophone
Derrick Gardner_trumpet
Chris Crossfader_cuts
Owen Brown_fiddle
Bassi Kolo Percussion Group_percussion

01. Experience Dedication
02. Move Somethin'
03. Some Kind Of Wonderful
04. The Blast
05. This Means You
06. Too Late
07. Memories Live
08. Africa Dream
09. Down For The Count
10. Name Of The Game
11. Ghetto Afterlife
12. On My Way
13. Love Language
14. Love Speakeasy
15. Soul Rebels
16. Eternalists
17. Big Nel From Da Natti
18. Touch You
19. Good Mourning
20. Expansion Outr

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

6ix Toys (Self-Titled)

Year : 2008
Label : FW (First World Records)
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz, Soul, Electronic
Style : Jazz Funk, Fun/Soul, Hip-Hop, Fusion

Originally from Liverpool, based around the brothers Bernardis and Fred Ruddick, 6ix Toys mix Jazz & Funk with the use of turntables, all in a fusion style approaching the sound of their influences : James Brown & The JBs, The Meters and in particular the japanese jazz band  Soil & Pimp Sessions. Their first live performance takes place at The Isle of Wight Festival in 2008. The Line-up incorporates additional musician Emma Welsby on percussions and special guest Mike Davis from British jazz rock band of the seventies The Keef Hartley Band. Titles include featurings with the british blues singer Connie Lush on Paint The Toon, MC Yarah Bravo (from DJ Vadim' Hip Hop group One Self) on Wanna Ride and Katie Miller on Cannibal Lunch. This Jazz Funk' blend is associated with different style as Afro Cuban Jazz (Mosquito & P-Knuckle) or Hip Hop (Wake 'N' Bake & Wanna Ride). Produced by Fred Ruddick.

Marco Bernardis_tenor sax,
Paul Burton_trombone
Tom Ashbrook_electric piano, organ, piano
Mark Beaney_guitar
Jacob Foordonç_bass
Adam Beaney_drums
DJ Fred Ruddick_cuts & scratches

01. Paint The Toon
02. Skreech
03. Voodoo People
04. Mosquito
05. Wake 'N' Bake
06. Wanna Ride
07. Bend Your Knee
08. Giggle
09. Cannibal Lunch
10. P-Knuckle

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shing02 - Wankyoku

Year : 2008
Label : Mary Joy Recordings
Genre : Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul
Style : Conscious, Traditionnal, World, Funk/Soul, Spoken Word

For this project, Shing02 is involved in the Kosmic Renaissance group formed with  David Boyce & Sameer Gupta (influenced by Elvin Jones & Tony Williams) featuring Ajo, additionals musicians and chorus. No sample is used and the band practice several instruments as shakukachi, various forms of keyboards, strings and others traditional japanese instruments (as biwa or shamisen). Titles includes the Far East folklore music, Bijou suite, a good Hip Hop cuisine with Funk, Reggae & Dub flavor (Saikou or  Chotsugai), Jazz ingredients associated to Spoken Words, Japanese Folklore and Poetry. Written, composed by Shingo Annen, orchestrated by Vector Omega.

Shing02_rap, synthesizer, organ, percussion, vibraphone, guitar   
David Boyce _alto & soprano saxophone, musicbox  
Sameer Gupta_drums, tabla & percussion
Philip Gleb_shakuhachi
Motoki Yamaguchi_drums, triangle
Doc Max_Fender Rhodes
Junzo_lead guitar
Cave_bass & keyboards
Ras Takashi_melodica

& More...

01. Jo
02. Jukou
03. Katsubou
04. Saikou
05. Shingame
06. Shousou
07. Bijou, Part1
08. Chotsugai
09. Bijou, Part2
10. Sekkin
11. Kushi To Kanzashi
12. Wankyoku
13. Houyou
14. Nagusame
15. Shakunetsu
16. Tamayura

One Self - Children Of Possibility

Year : 2005
Label : Ninja Tune
Genre : Electronic, Hip-Hop
Style : Trip Hop, Abstract, Downtempo, Breakbeat, Pop

One Self is a Hip-Hop & instrumental band formed by DJ Vadim with his wife Yarah Bravo and MC Blu Rum 13 featuring Demolition Man, Little Green (John Ellis & Judy Green), Bongo Pete from Freak Power & DJ Woody plus additionals musicians. The use of Sitar & Koto contibute to an oriental mood associated with different style as well as Pop, Broken Beat, Trip Hop & Hip-Hop. Titles include single Bluebird, Be Your Own, Over Exposed & Paranoid. All tracks composed & produced by DJ Vadim.

DJ Vadim_keyboards
DJ Woody_cuts 
John Ellis_bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Judy Green_vocal
Jeppe Saugman_keyboards
Bongo Pete_percussion
Ben Dawson_cello, violin, viola
Finn Peters_flute, saxophone
Bruno Wonder Lich Heinen_koto, keyboards

And More...

01. Fear The Labor
02. Trying To Speak
03. Be Your Own
04. Temptation
05. Over Exposed
06. Bluebird
07. SD2
08. Paranoid
09. Hollow Human Beings
10. Cupid Smiling The Smile
11. Sunshine
12. Unfamiliar Places

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Shing02 - 400

Year : 2002
Label : Mary Joy Recordings
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Funk/Soul, Spoken Word, Jazzy Hip-Hop

Shingo Annen is a japanese activist MC, multi instrumentalist, rapper, poet & songwriter who raised in Tanzania, England, Japan and in San Francisco where he became involved in various creative arts programs. He's well-known as Shing02 name and his work with japanese beatmaker Nujabes. He was discovered outside Japan in Samourai Champloo OST with the openning theme 'Battelcry'. He is a bilingual able to compose songs entirely in either Japanese or English. Titles include the single 400Ultra-HSuck On My Dub & bonus track, Ajo Funk. Funky Hip-Hop with James Brown' influence hovers on this LP featuring DJ Nozawa, Heavy and Ajo. All tracks written by Shingo Annen, produced by Cosiner & Vector Omega.

Shing02_rap, spokenword
DJ Nozawa_cuts & scratches
Ajo_taku, vocals

01. Incision
02. 400
03. 44K
04. S02-2102
05. Citylife Xlude
06. Temple Of Dreams
07. Whirlwind
08. UFO Xlude
09. 3min Drill
10. Ultra-H
11. Edo Funk
12. JAL002
13. Sunday Break
14. Stat 108
15. Yukoku
16. Psych Xlude
17. Suck On My Dub
18. Alive
19. Humanity Xlude
20. Sand Saga
21. Genome Of Life
22. Suture
23. Ajo Funk (bonus track)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sonia Rosa - Sensitive Sound Of Sonia Rosa

Year : 1970
Label : Express
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

The first recording of Sonia Rosa in Japan featuring renowned jazz players as Yoshiaki Masuo or Yoshio Suzuki, evolving within the Sadao Watanabe Quartet plus a trio of arrangers : Kunihiko Suzuki (famous GS producer), Koichi Uzaki & Shunichi Makaino. Titles include hits of Bossa Nova from Antonio Carlos Jobim as The Girl From Ipanema, Desafinado and Meditation, the jazz standards as Fly Me To The Moon or The Shadow of Your Smile, the pop covers The look Of Love & I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Bacharach & David, a version of Corcovado with english lyrics called Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars and La Chanson D'Orphée extract from Marcel Camus movie 'Orfeu Negro'.

Sonia Rosa_vocal & guitar
Sadao Watanabe_saxophone
Yoshiaki Masuo_guitar
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Hiro Tsunoda_drums

01. The Girl From Ipanema
02. Fly Me To The Moon
03. Desafinado
04. The look Of Love
05. Meditation
06. Corcovado
07. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
08. The Shadow Of Your Smile
09. La Chanson D'Orphée
10. Alfie
11. Secret Love
12. Tristeza

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