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


Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Year : 1998
Label : Rawkus
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Conscious

Black Star is a Hip-Hop band formed by Mos Def & Talib Kweli associated with producer DJ Hi Tek & DJ Evil Dee on turntables. Black Star is part of the Native Tongues Posse, a collective that contains among others A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers, Da Bush Babees and Common. Black Star come from the underground movement of the late 1990s on independent record label, Rawkus Records in New York City. Mos Def & Talib Kweli appeared together in the movie Dave Chappelle's Block Party filmed by Michel Gondry. The term of Black Star is a reference to Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey movement. Titles include featurings with jazz keyboardist Weldon Irvine on Astronomy (8th Light), Vinia Mojica on K. O. S. (Determination), Apani B Fly on Hater Players, the magnificient Common on Respiration and Jane Doe, Punch&Words on Twice Inna Lifetime. All tracks produced by DJ Hi Tek, Mr.WaltJ.Rawls, Shawn J. Period, G-Ology & 88Keys

  • Brown Skin Lady contains a sample of We Almost Lost Detroit from Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ‎– Bridges (1977)
  • K.O.S. (Determination) contains a sample of  Baby, This Love I Have from Minnie Riperton - Adventures In Paradise (1975)

Talib Kweli_rap
Mos Def_rap, keyboards
DJ Hi Tek_cuts & scratches
DJ Evil Dee_cuts & scratches

01. Intro
02. Astronomy (8th Light)
03. Definition
04. Re-Definition
05. Children's Story
06. Brown Skin Lady
07. B Boys Will B Boys
08. K. O. S. (Determination)
09. Hater Players
10. Yo Yeah
11. Respiration
12. Thieves In The Night
13. Twice Inna Lifetime

Harvey Mason - Marching In The Street

Year : 1975
Label : Arista
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Jazz Funk

Debut album solo of american studio jazz drummer, Harvey Mason. He collaborated with many jazz and fusion musicians such as George Benson or The Brecker Brothers, almost present in all the Mizell Brothers productions with Donald Byrd or Bobbi Humphrey and played for several japanese artists as Hiroshi Fukumura on Hunt Up Wind (1978). He best known as in group The Headhunters and sideman for Herbie Hancock on Head Hunters (1973), Man-Child (1975), Mr. Hands (1980). Titles include featurings with guests musicians as Melvin 'Wah Wah' Ragin (guitar & talkbox on Fair Thee Well), Hubert Laws (flute on Modaji) George Bohannon (trombone on Hop Scotch) and Blue Mitchell (solo trumpet on Marching In The Street). All tracks composed by Harvey Mason except Modaji by Dave Grusin and Wild Rice by Lee Ritenour. Arranged & produced by Harvey Mason.

Harvey Mason_drums, vocal
Chuck Rainey & Paul Jackson_bass
Lee Ritenour_guitar
Herbie Hancock & Dave Grusin_keyboards
Oscar Brashear & Bobby Bryant_trumpet
Ernie Watts & Bennie Maupin_saxophone

01. Marching In The Street
02. Modaji
03. Hop Scotch
04. Wild Rice
05. Ballad For Heather
06. Fair Thee Well
07. Building Love

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book

Year : 2007
Label : Self-Released
Genre : Electronic, Hip-Hop
Style : Trip Hop, Abstract, Downtempo

James Anthony Simon is a DJ/producer based in New York who has released most of his albums on Ninja Tune label. He was member with Jer of the Hip-Hop/comedy band Party Fun Action Committee and Nobody's Smiling with Justin Levy, worked for rapper Aesop Rock, in charge of writing & arrangements on Bazooka Tooth (2003), was associate producer for the independent Hip-Hop label, Definitive Jux of producer Jaime Meline, best known as EL-P. For this third LP, he recruited multi-instrumentalist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos & DJ Signify from 1200 Hobos. Titles include Soul Jazz samples & oriental inspirations from India. All tracks composed, mixed, arranged & produced by Blockhead.
DJ Signify_cuts & scratches
Damien Paris_bass, guitar, syntheziser
Andrew Totolos_drums

01. Coloring Book
02. The Strain
03. Grape Nuts And Chalk Sauce
04. Duke Of Hazzard
05. Squirmy Worm
06. Put Down Your Dream Journal And Dance
07. The Hucklebuck Slice
08. Not So OK Corral
09. Do The Tron
10. Get Your Regal
11. Cheer Up You're Not Dead Yet
12. Trailer Love
13. NYC Bounce

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gato Barbieri - Yesterdays

Year : 1974
Label : Flying Duchtman
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Afro Cuban Jazz, Modal, Free Improvisations

The Sixth album for Flying Dutchman label by argentine saxophonist Leandro Barbieri, nicknamed El Gato (The Cat) and featuring Ron Carter & Bernard Purdie. He was mainly influenced by Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler & Pharoah Sanders and participated to the Free Jazz movement in the sixties, which contributes to do to Gato, the precursor of the fusion between Free & Latin Jazz in the seventies, when he was settled in New York. He was sideman for Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s and for Don Cherry in the early 1960s, collaborated to the Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill band and composed music for Bernardo Bertolucci's film : Last Tango in Paris in 1972. Titles include Jazz standard Yesterdays composed by Jerome Kern, A John Coltrane Blues translation of his Village Blues (1959) & Cariñoso by brazilian saxophonist/arranger Pixinguinha. Produced by Bob Thiele.

Gato Barbieri_tenor saxophone
Ron Carter_electric bass,  
Paul Metzke_electric guitar
Pretty Purdie_drums, 
George Dalto_electric piano & piano,  
Raymond Mantilla_timbales 

01. Yesterdays
02. A John Coltrane Blues
03. Marnie
04. Cariñoso

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DJ Mitsu The Beats - New Awakening

Year : 2003
Label : Planetgroove (parent label of Jazzy Sport)
Genre : Electronic, Jazz, Hip Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop

  • First solo album of japanese beatmaker DJ Mitsu The Beats released on Planetgroove label of Yasuhiro Komatsu & Masaya Fantasista (Jazzy Sport Productions & label Jazzy Sport). DJ Mitsu The Beats forms part of these talented DJs & beatmakers who are appeared in Japan recent years like DJ Krush, DJ Honda, DJ Muro and more recently DJ Kentaro. He's also member with DJ Mu-R & rapper Hunger of the japanese Hip-Hop band GAGLE and of the electronic duo, Jazz Phenomenon, with DJ and producer from Tokyo, Grooveman Spot. Several artists uses his services like Jazzy Jeff, Madlib, Kero One and different western labels include Chocolate Industries, Blue Note, Ubiquity and Universal recruited him  for many remixes compilations. His music style mixes Downtempo, Breakbeat, Hip-Hop with Jazz, R&B and Soul. 

  • Titles include featurings american & japanese rappers Hunger (Intro & 独行JAZZ道), Agapé from Isosceles (Pursuits Of Clarity), K-Otix (Tokyo), Promoe from Looptroop (Material War), Audessey The Sound Sci (Stolen Moments), Phonte & Big Pooh from Little Brother (Feelin Alright), Dwele (Right Here), Medina (Do Right), singers Lady Alma (Away), Stone Love (Music Mate), keyboardist Mark De Clive-Lowe (Rendezvous). All tracks composed & produced by DJ Mitsu The Beats, mixed by IdeA & Yoshiaki Onishi.

DJ Mitsu The Beats_cuts & scratches
Ed "Yo-Yo!!" Russell_guitar
Donald "Y K" Tucker_Hammond organ
Dwele_Fender Rhodes
Mark de Clive - Lowe_Fender Rhodes, Korg syntheziser
J-Funk & YK2_keyboards on Miwa Says...

01. Miwa Says...
02. Intro
03. Pursuits Of Clarity
04. Tokyo
05. Material War
06. Mood For Otis
07. Stolen Moments
08. Feelin Alright (We've Got Have It)
09. 独行JAZZ道
10. Away
11. Music Mate
12. Rendezvous
13. Negative
14. Right Here
15. Do Right
16. 独行JazzOrgy

DJ Mitsu The Beats - The Excellence (Selected Works)

Year : 2006
Label : P-Vine/Jazzy Sport
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop

Compilation of original tracks & remixes by DJ Mitsu The Beats including several productions recorded for Jazzy Sport label. Titles include DJ Mitsu The Beats featurings with rappers Roddy Rod & Kev Brown on Yeah Y'all, with DJ Kentaro on Cannon Baller & Hidenka on the last track. All tracks produced by DJ Mitsu The Beats, directed by Masaya "Fantasista" Kobayashi & Taro "Wassupski" Kesen.

01. Yeah Y'all / DJ Mitsu The Beats feat. Kev Brown & Roddy Rod
02. Hope (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Pete Philly & Perquisite feat. Talib Kweli
03. Help Me (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Alex Attias presents Mustang feat. Colonel Red
04. Ain't Right( DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Diverse
05. Stay With Me (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Tiombe Lockhart
06. Spireedom 2004 (RE KJM) / DJ Mitsu The Beats
07. Thinking About (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Bakura
08. Everlasting (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Ivana Santilli
09. Weekend Soul (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix) / Crown City Rockers
10. Cannon Baller / DJ Mitsu The Beats & DJ Kentaro
11. (Instrumental) / Hidenka X DJ Mitsu The Beats

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Apani - Story 2 Tell

Year : 2004
Label : Miclife
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Funk/Soul, Abstract

Apani Smith known as Apani B Fly is a MC based in New-York, active since 1996. She released her single 'Estragen' in 1996 and recorded Rhyme Related in 1999, as a member of Polyrhythm Addicts with rappers Corey Roberts, Marcus Vialva & DJ Spinna. She collaborated with Nujabes for Hyde Out Productions, Jazz Liberatorz, Black Star (Talib Kweli & Mos Def). She released Story 2 Tell, his first official solo album after eight-year career on which she recruits a set of great producers among DJ Spinna, Tamashie, Crazy DJ Bazzaro, DJ Crossfader & Celph Titled. Titles include featurings with MCs Sara Kana, Chico's Son, Sekou720, her friend Jean Grae, N'didi, Kojoe, Frank Cilva & Monet

  • On Spot Me, cuts & scratches performed by Evad:e
  • Airtight contains a sample of Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) from Natty Dread LP by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974)
  • Revolution LIVE! is extracted from a live performance in Jenna, Germany
  • No Matter is a secret bonus track

01. Assimilate
02. Spot Me feat. Sara Kana
03. Niggas
04. Airtight feat. Chico's Son & Sekou720
05. Picture This
06. The Epidemic feat. Jean Grae
07. Revolution LIVE!
08. A Million Eyes feat. N'didi
09. 位置に三 (Ichinisan) feat. Kojoe
10. Right the Wrongs
11. Tequila feat. Frank Cilva
12. 6PM Cool Down
13. Suckafree
14. Abracadabra
15. Stay Up feat. Monet
16. No Matter

Saturday, January 10, 2009

DJ Food - Kaleidoscope

Year : 2000
Label : Ninja Tune
Genre : Electronic
Style : Future Jazz, Downtempo, Ambiant

Originally produced by Coldcut on the Ninja Tune label, the DJ Food project started in 1990, was formed by a collective composed of Matt Black from Coldcut & Jonathan More featuring Patrick Carpenter (PC) & Kevin Foakes (Strictly Kev). In 1998, the collective recorded a remix for Cowboy Bebop OST, the Power Of Kung Food Remix which features on Cowboy Bebop : No Disc. Their style mixes Jazz, Downtempo & Ambient with the use of computer programming, samples & turntables. Titles include Cookin' from their MAXI "A Dub Plate Of Food Vol.2" and featurings with Bundy K. Brown (additional programming & mixing on Full Bleed), Ken Nordine (vocals on The Ageing Young Rebel) and Jamie Tilly who plays bass on Nocturne (Sleep Dyad 1). All tracks mixed by Ali Tod & Strictly Kev, produced by PC & Strictly Kev.

  • Break contains a sample of Hustler's Convention performed by Lightnin' Rod. 
  • The Riff contains a sample of Rack 'Em Up performed by Quincy Jones
  • Nocturne (Sleep Dyad 1) contains a sample of Millionaire performed by Dudley Moore 
  • On Cookin', cuts & scratches performed by Strictly Kev

01. Full Bleed
02. Cookin'
03. Break
04. The Riff
05. The Ageing Young Rebel
06. The Crow...
07. Nocturne (Sleep Dyad 1)
08. Nevermore (Sleep Dyad 2)
09. The Sky At Night
10. ...You
11. Minitoka
12. Reprise (A Splash Of Debussy)

Wagon Christ - Musipal

Year : 2000
Label : Ninja Tune
Genre : Electronic, Future Jazz
Style : Breakbeat, Leftfield, Downtempo, Electro Jazz

Luke Vibert as Wagon Christ is a British composer of electronic music composer, also producer known for his work in many style of Electro who began his musical career as a member of the Hate Brothers and released under many pseudonyms (most notably are Plug and Wagon Christ), several Hip-Hop productions for Ninja Tune. In 1998, He joined DJ Vadim, Ian Pooley, Mr Scruff & others in the remix compilation of Cowboy Bebop OST : Music For Freelance where he signed the track Tank!. This album gathers Electro tunes with Jazz flavors (check Receiver) & pure clubbing tracks with some Drum'N'Bass style (Natural Suction, Perkission). All tracks written & produced by Luke Vibert.

01. The Premise
02. Bend Over
03. Tomach
04. Thick Stew
05. Natural Suction
06. Musipal
07. It Is Always Now, All Of It Is Now
08. Receiver
09. Boney
10. Cris Chana
11. Tomorrow Acid
12. Step To The music
13. Perkission

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Pimpin'

Year : 2004
Label : Victor/JVC
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Hard Bop, Contempory Jazz, Post Bop, Free Improvisations

Debut album from the japanese modern Jazz band combining all styles of jazz, from Bebop to Hard & Post Bop, as well as Latin & Cool Jazz with some Funk/Soul inspirations and Rock&Roll spirit. They define their sound as the Death Jazz style, a kind of fusion between Jazz & Punk music associated to energic and aggressive performance. The group was formed by trumpeter Tabu Zombie and Sacho  who used to play in jam session with DJs in the dance clubs of Tokyo. The consecration came on stage when they were invited to perform their music at the Fuji Rock Festival in the summer 2003. Outside of Japan, they were introduced, in 2005, by british DJ Giles Peterson on the Acid Jazz label, broadcasted on his show on the BBC radio ("Worldwide") and then released for Europe & US. Titles include tracks from their Pimpin' EP, Fuller Love & Harbor by Bobby Watson, jazz cover Wives And Lovers by Bacharah & David and the theme of the band called Satsuriku No Theme. All tracks arranged by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions.

Shacho_presenter (credited as "agitator & spirit")
Josei_piano, electric piano
Akita Goldman_bass
Tabu Zombie_trumpet

01. Intro
02. Fuller Love
03. Wives And Lovers
04. Harbor
05. First Lady
06. Pimpnosis
07. Mature
08. J.D.F
09. 16 Blues
10. Carnaval
11. Satsuriku No Theme (Theme Of Soil & "Pimp" Sessions)

Robert Charlebois - Québec Love

Year : 1969
Label : Gamma
Genre : Rock, Jazz
Style : Psychedelic Rock, Folk, Pop, Rhythm&Blues

Sixth album of Robert Charlebois following his cult LP 'Lindberg', his second & last psychedelic will become a great classic of Québec' Pop many years later. He was probably influenced by the giants of Rock&Roll of the time as Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin or Grateful Dead. Robert Charlebois is once more surrounded by le Quatuor du Nouveau Jazz Libre Du Québec plus a brass band orchestra conducted by Pierre Nadeau. Titles include the soul jazz rock Te Vl'a, singles Les Ailes D'un Ange & Québec Love, Tout Ecartillé (reference to the city of Paris & french singer Marie Laforêt), Sensation (based on a poem of Arthur Rimbaud), the pyschedelic tunes 'Broches de Bécik' & 'La Fin Du Monde' featuring Louise Forestier. All tracks composed & written by Robert Charlebois with Marcel Sabourin except Le Canada by Mouffe, Québec Love by Daniel Gadouas.

01. Te Vl'a
02. Les Ailes D'un Ange
03. Le Canada
04. Tout Ecartillé
05. Sensation
06. Québec Love
07. Ôôô Margo
08. Broches De Bécik
09. Sûrement Hong Kong
10. La Fin Du Monde

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Pimp Of The Year

Year : 2006
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz, Electronic
Style : Contempory Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Latin

The third album of this furious jazz combo from the japanese 'New Wave' Jazz alongside Sleep Walker featuring Shacho aka Agitator in charge of encouragement & energy for the group, the evil breath of trumpeter Tabu Zombie, saxophonist Motoharu, the hands of fire from keyboardist Josei, bassist Akita Goldman & drummer Midorin. Titles include Summer Goddess from eponymous EP, the single Crush!, the cover of Branford Marsalis, The Black Widow Blues, his variation 'The White Widow' by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, the dance-oriented, Last Long & their anthem, Satsuriku. All tracks arranged & written by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions except The Black Widow Blues.

01. Memai
02. Summmer Goddess
03. Worldwide
04. Crush!
05. Sabotage
06. Scoop Out
07. Sahara
08. Ha Hen
09. The Black Widow Blues
10. The White Widow
11. I Rony
12. Last Long
13. Satsuriku New Wave
14. Need For Speed

Hiroshi Fukumura With Sadao Watanabe - Hunt Up Wind

Year : 1980/1978
Label : Inner City Records/Flying Disk
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco, Smooth Jazz, Caribean

Originally released on Flying Disk in 1978, reissued for US by Inner City Records, "Hunt Up Wind" was recorded in Tokyo by the Japanese trombone player Hiroshi Fukumura associated to saxophonist Sadao Watanabe and arranger Hiromasa Suzuki. Hiroshi Fukumura recruited some of the best american musicians from the Jazz Fusion scene, in order to produce an essential Japanese Jazz Funk album including a rhythm section featuring Harvey Mason from The Headhunters, Chuck Rainey, Cornell Dupree (guitarist for james Brown), Don Grusin & Paulinho Da Costa. Titles include Jazz Funk tunes with disco beats (Hunt Up Wind, Captain Caribe), Caribbean's rhythms (Jongo, Mr. Blue) and Bossa Nova (Pra Dizer Adeus by Edu Lobo). All tracks arranged by Hiromasa 'Colgen' Suzuki except Pogo by Sadao Watanabe, Hunt Up Wind, Jongo & White Clouds were composed by Hiroshi Fukumura, Captain Caribe & That's Enough For Me composed by Don Grusin.

Hiroshi Fukumura_trombone
Sadao Watanabe_alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone & flute
Don Grusin_keyboards
Cornell Dupree_guitar
Chuck Rainey_bass
Harvey Mason_drums
Paulinho Da Costa_percussion
01. Hunt Up Wind
02. That's Enough For Me
03. Jongo
04. Mr. Blue
05. Pogo
06. White Clouds
07. Captain Caribe
08. To Say Goodbye (Pra Dizer Adeus)


Isao Suzuki & New Family - The Thing

Year : 1979
Label : Flying Disk
Genre : Jazz
Syle : Fusion

Isao with his "New Family" quartet featuring Masayoshi Yoneda, Takayuki Katoh, Shigeo Hirayama & Shuji Miyake. Best known as the 'Jazz Godfather', Isao Suzuki is a jazz bassist, one of these japanese jazz giant who still influences many Japanese artists today. In the seventies, Isao Suzuki joined the George Kawaguchi's Big Four (George And Sleepy - 1969/The Big Four - 1976), played alongside others japanese renowned musicians such as saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, trumpeter Terumasa Hino or jazz songstress Kimiko Kasai, with various international jazzmen in many famous Jazz festivals, and was sideman for american pianist Mal Waldron (member of the legendary Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers) or brazilian guitarist Baden Powell (On Stage - 1974). The Thing brings together several titles ranging from Jazz Rock to Latin & Contemporary Jazz, associated to some free forms of improvisations including a tribute to Miles Davis. All tracks arranged by Isao Suzuki.

Isao Suzuki_wood bass
Takayuki Katoh_guitar & violin
Masayoshi Yoneda_keyboards
Shigeo Hirayama_drums & percussion
Shuji Miyake_trumpet

01. The Thing
02. For Miles
03. Sunburn Samba
04. Open Space
05. Crystal Hills


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Eyedea & Abilities - E & A

Year : 2004
Label : Rhymesayers Entertainment
Genre : Hip Hop, Electronic
Style : Funk/Soul, Abstract, Conscious

Their second LP with the same good ingredients as on First Born : fast flow associated to evil cuts featuring DJ Infamous, rapper Carnage & bassist Sean McPherson. Titles include single Now & b-side E&A Day, Star Destroyer with Carnage, Two Men And A Lady With DJ Infamous. All lyrics by Eyedea, except that mentioned, cuts & scratches by DJ Abilities. Mixed by Eyedea.

  • Sean McPherson plays bass on Paradise, Two Men And A Lady & Glass
  • On Two Men And A Lady, cuts & scratches DJ Infamous
  • On Star Destroyer, additional lyrics by Carnage

01. Reintroducing
02. Now
03. Kept
04. Exhausted Love
05. Star Destroyer
06. Paradise
07. One Twenty
08. Man Vs. Ape
09. Get Along
10. Two Men And A Lady
11. E&A Day
12. Act Right
13. Glass

Friday, January 2, 2009

Various - Punch The Monkey!

Year : 1998
Label : Columbia
Genre : Electronic
Style : Future Jazz, Funk/Soul

First of three volumes from 'Punch The Monkey!', the remixes compilation which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Lupin The 3rd created in 1967 by  Kazuhiko Katô alias Monkey Punch. Supervised by Konishi Yasuharu, the project was released for his own label Readymade Records from Nippon Columbia, best known as producer, composer, DJ & mainly leader of japanese pop former band Pizzicato Five. Joined to the project, several artists from japanese electronic scene featuring remixes by Fantastic Plastic Machine, japanese-french Nu-Jazz duo U.F.O. (United Future Organization), Fuzita Blender and of course, Konishi Yasuharu. Titles include Funny Walk In Old Fashion, Afro Rock Theme, Toward The Patrol Line plus famous openning theme & ending theme of Lupin The 3rd recorded for first (1971-1972) & second (1977-1980) animated serie.

  • tracks 1 to 3, 6, 8, 9 & 10 originally recorded by Yuji Ohno
  • tracks 4, 5, 7 & 11 originally recorded by Takeo Yamashita
  • Love Squall - Fujiko's Love Mix sung by Maki Kanaho 

01. Shunji Ito - Lupin III '80 - Latin ♥&☮ Calucatta Mix
02. Toshio Matsuura - Theme from Lupin III'78 - Walther P99 Mix
03. Escalator Team - Theme from Lupin III'78 - Club Escape Mix
04. Fantastic Plastic Machine - Lupin III Theme I - F.P.M's Reconstruction Mix
05. Konishi Yasuharu - Lupin III Theme III- The Readymade やんぐ Oh! Oh! Mix
06. Fuzita Blender - Funny Walk In Old Fashion - Mori No Blend Mix
07. Comoesta Yaegashi - Afro Rock Theme - Rock Afro Mix
08. Fantastic Explosion - Toward The Patrol Line - Fantastic Explosion Mix
09. Jun Sasasaki - Love Squall - Fujiko's Love Mix
10. Sunaga T Experience - Lupin III '80  Sunaga T Experience 9849 Mix
11. Izuru Utsumi - Lupin III Theme Song II - Bossa 98 Mix

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Kool & The Gang - Spirit Of The Boogie

Year : 1975
Label : De-Lite
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Jazz Funk

The Quintessence of Groove by the inventors of the Boogie Funk at their climax, in the continuity of Wild & Peaceful album. Always led by the brothers Bell, the charismatic Robert "Kool" Bell & the multi-instrumentalist Ronald Bell in charge of the arrangements. They have recruited new members featuring Amir Bayyan (credited as Kevin Bell), Ota Nash and a chorus called Something Sweet. Spirit Of The Boogie is served by energic tracks including the openning song to the deep tone from Don Boyce, an alternative version of their powerful groove hit, Jungle Boogie (where flute & trumpet solo replaced the Don Boyce's voice), Caribbean Festival with some african inspirations. All tracks written & arranged by Ronald Bell except Winter Sadness by Claydes Smith, Spirit Of The Boogie by Don Boyce, Mother Earth by George Brown, Caribbean Festival by Kool & The Gang.

Kool Bell_bass, vocals 
Claydes Smith & Kevin Bell_guitar
Ronald Bell_piano, synthesizer, clavinet, tenor saxophone, flute, percussion
Rick West_clavinet, moog, vocals
George Brown_drums, percussion,vocals 
Dennis Thomas_alto saxophone, flute, percussion, vocals
Robert Spike Mickens_trumpet, percussion, vocals
Ota Nash_trombone, vocals
Don Boyce_vocal

01. Spirit Of The Boogie
02. Ride The Rhythm
03. Jungle Jazz
04. Sunshine And Love
05. Ancestral Ceremony
06. Mother Earth
07. Winter Sadness
08. Caribbean Festival

Kool & The Gang - Wild And Peaceful

Year : 1973
Label : De-Lite
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul

Wild And Peaceful is the fourth official studio album released by Kool & the Gang, and one of the greatest Funk album ever recorded in the seventies featuring the Boogie Man, Don Boyce (the voice on Jungle Boogie). Wild And Peaceful is the album of the breakthrough, once more back to the light, thanks to Jungle Boogie selected by Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction. It was their first commercial success which introduced their new Boogie sound.  Titles include their two hit singles, Funky Stuff & its energic reprise More Funky Stuff, Hollywood Swinging, the jazzy tunes Heaven At Once & the title track. All tracks produced, composed & arranged by Kool & The Gang.

Kool Bell_bass, vocals  
Clay Smith_guitar
Rick West_electric piano, vocals
Dee Tee Thomas_alto saxophone, flute, congas, vocals
Ronald Bell_tenor & soprano saxophone, vocals   
Spike Mickens_trumpet, vocals
Funky George Brown_drums & percussion, vocals

01. Funky Stuff
02. More Funky Stuff
03. Jungle Boogie
04. Heaven At Once
05. Hollywood Swinging
06. This Is You, This Is Me
07. Life Is What You Make It
08. Wild And Peaceful
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