Saturday, May 29, 2010

N.Maeda = J.Inagaki And The All-Stars - This Is Jazz Rock

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

The great pianist Norio Maeda associated to saxophonist Jiro Inagaki and the Columbia All-Stars band featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Tetsuo Fushimi & Takeshi Inomata. Norio Maeda was best known as Jazz arranger & pop composer in television programs and soundtrack for japanese movies. Norio has arranged several Jazz Rock albums and also played in Akira IshikawaCount Buffaloes. Despite the fact that album' title is appointed Jazz-Rock, Norio revisits here some of classic cover songs from Jazz, Pop, Rhythm&Blues in a Soul Jazz version including titles by The Beatles, The Barkays, The Temptations, Zawinul/Adderlay or Herbie HancockThis Is Jazz-Rock was reissue for the Yasuharu Konishi Classics Serie on his Columbia*Readymade label.

Norio Maeda_organ
Jiro Inagaki_tenor saxophone
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tatsuro Takimoto_bass
Osamu Nakajima_percussions

01. Pata-Pata
02. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
03. Day Tripper
04. Snap-Shot
05. My Girl
06. Boom Boom
07. Watermelon Man
08. Barock
09. House Of The Rising Sun
10. Go Go A Go Go
11. Soul Finger
12. Here, There & Everywhere


Friday, May 14, 2010

Lyn Collins - Think (About It)

Year : 1972
Label : People Records/Polydor
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

First album solo by the James Brown's Female Preacher who joined the James Brown Revue in the early seventies. For this album, she's surrounded by the JB's including four titles especially written for her by James Brown, Just Won't Do Right, Things Got To Get BetterWomen's Lib  & the biggest hit Think (About It). Titles include also a cover of Bill Withers, the superb Ain't No Sunshine, Gamble & HuffNever Gonna Give You Up and the jazz standard, Fly Me To The Moon. All tracks produced & arranged by Dave Matthews & James Brown.

01. Think (About It)
02. Just Won't Do Right
03. Wheels Of Life
04. Ain't No Sunshine
05. Things Got To Get Better
06. Never Gonna Give You Up
07. Reach Out For Me
08. Women's Lib
09. Fly Me To The Moon

Marlena Shaw - The Spice Of Life

Year : 1969
Label : Cadet
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul

One of the best Soul album ever recorded, The Spice of Life is the second studio album recorded by Marlena Shaw, his last for Cadet Records (division of Chess Records), before she signed for Blue Note. Titles include the cult Woman Of The Ghetto, the groovy Liberation Conversation written by Marlena, the protest song, I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) popularized by Nina Simone and her hit single California Soul by Ashford & Simpson. Produced & arranged by  Richard Evans/Charles Stepney. This album his a huge classic for international DJs, the song California Soul was notably sampled by DJ Sadow for Midnight In A Perfect World extract from Endtroducing (1996). 

01. Woman Of The Ghetto
02. Stormy Monday
03. Where Can I Go ?
04. I'm Satisfied
05. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)
06. Liberation Conversation
07. California Soul
08. Go Away, Little Boy
09. Looking Through the Eyes of Love
10. Anyone Can Move a Mountain

Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Five - LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] - The 10th~New Flight

Year : 2006
Label :
Genre : Jazz
Style :
Jazz Funk, Contempory Jazz
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

Yuji Ohno introduces his new band, the Lupintic Five featuring special guest saxophonist Masabumi Yamaguchi (in groups Motohiko Hino Quartet, Yosuke Yamashita Trio, played with Hiromasa Suzuki). Among the best productions that the band have recorded including some great grooves with the standards of Original Soundtrack from Lupin III, Straight Ahead, Cool Jazz & Bossa Nova compositions (Hot Samba & Love Squall) plus two originals tracks. All tracks composed & arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_piano & electric piano
Yoshihito Eto_drums,
Masayuki Tawarayama_
wood bass & electric bass,
Keiji Matsushima_
Hisatsugu Suzuki
& Masabumi Yamaguchi _soprano & tenor sax
Satoshi Izumi_guitar

01. Hot Samba
02. Theme From Lupin III
03. Love Theme
04. Manhattan Joke
05. Love Squall
06. Treasures Of Time
07. Isn't It Lupintic ?
08. Tornado
09. Zenigata March
10. Party's Over


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Various - Modal Soul Classics By Nujabes

Year : 2008
Label : Hyde Out Recordings
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop, Latin Jazz
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Future Jazz
Website :

Modal Soul Classics is a compilation/concept album planned by Nujabes including some of his inspirations and influences from various artists of US, Europe & Japan. Nujabes brings together various genres including as well as electro-lounge or Downtempo featuring Scoot Matelic, Goldfix, Hepcram, Clammbon, Hip-Hop feat. Specifics, Unison, Latin with Omar Sosa, LAVA, Jazz with Sleepwalker, Takero Ogata, Haki R Madhubuti and even Pop mood with DSK & Todd Rundgren. All tracks recorded between 1974-2005. Compiled & mastered by Nujabes for Hyde Out Productions.

01. To Impress The Empress / Scoot Matelic from Primitive Pessimist LP (2004)
02. Ai-No-Kawa / Sleepwalker from Sleepwalker LP (2003)
03. Atoll Moao / Goldlix from Atoll Moao 12" (2005)
04. Under the Hood / Specifics from Lonely City LP (2004)
05. Winter Lane / DSK from CRUE-L LP (2006)
06. Mourn, Sob & Cry / Blue Asia from Hotel Ibah LP (2001)
07. Children / Haki R Madhubuti from Medasi LP (1984)
08. Sound Network / Unison from Sound Network EP (2005)
09. Omnipresence / Takero Ogata from Quiet Will LP (2003)
10. A Dream Goes On Forever  / Todd Rundgren from Todd LP (1974)
11. Dionna / Heprcam from Cohcox LP (2004)
12. Folklore / Clammbon from Imagination LP (2003)
13. Vem Para Ficar / LAVA from Aile Alegria LP (2001)
14. Iyawo / Omar Sosa from Mulatos LP (2004)


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Astrud Gilberto - Now

Year : 1972
Label : Perception Records
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Samba, Bossa Nova

The second album by Astrud Gilberto with brazilian arranger Eumir Deodato featuring wellknown musicians from CTI as Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Bob Cranshaw plus chorus formed by Maria Helena Toledo and Nick La Sorsa. As on her previous LP (Gilberto With Turrentine - 1971), Astrud leaves Bossa Nova, where she was able to show all her talent, and turns to Soul & Funk music to become a songwriter and internationally renowned Pop singer. So, she recruits R&B arranger Boo Frazier and Stax/Volt songwriter, David Louis Jordan, as associate producers to obtain a mix between Rhythm & Blues and Latin grooves : the typical sound of Latin Soul. Titles include the earliest compositions of Astrud Gilberto and the Jordan' collaborations, Touching You and Take It Easy, My Brother Charlie (later covered by japanese singer Kahimi Karie). Produced by Astrud Gilberto &  arranged Eumir Deodato.   

Astrud Gilberto_vocal
Eumir Deodato_acoustic guitar, vocals
Al Gaffa_guitar
Bob Cranshaw, Patrick Adams & Ron Carter_bass
Mike Longo_keyboards
Billy Cobham, Jr. & Mickey Rocker_drums
Airto Moreira_percussion
01. Zigy Zigy Za
02. Make Love to Me
03. Baiao
04. Touching You
05. Gingele
06. Take It Easy, My Brother Charlie
07. Where Have You Been?
08. General Da Banda
09. Bridges
10. Daybreak (Walking Out on Yesterday)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet - Country Dream

Year : 1969
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Post Bop, Jazz Rock

First solo album recorded for the New Stream In Jazz collection of the Columbia' Takt Jazz Series, by one of the most finest japanese jazz guitarist. Sugimoto who was sideman for Yuji Ohno, played also with trumpeter Terumasa Hino, worked for arranger Norio Maeda, but best known as a member in group, the Count Buffalos of drummer Akira Ishikawa. The Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet features Motohiko Hino, Yoshio Ikeda and Hiromasa Suzuki in charge of arrangements. Titles include only compositions of Hiromasa Suzuki except Country Dream by Kiyoshi Sugimoto. All tracks arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.

Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Hiromasa Suzuki_piano
Yoshio Ikeda_bass
Motohiko Hino_drums

01. Country Dream
02. Step Ahead
03. The Apple
04. Limited Space
05. D-51


Monday, May 3, 2010

Soul Strings & A Funky Horn

Year : 1968
Label :
Solid State
Genre :
Style :

Solid State Records was a famous Jazz label founded in 1966 by producers Sonny Lester and Phil Ramone associated to arranger Manny Albam. The label released original recordings in the mid to late 1960s by Joe Williams, Chick Corea, Jimmy McGriff, Dizzy Gillespie, The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and many others before its jazz artists were consolidated under United Artists' Blue Note label. This album was performed by studio players from the label mixing Soul Jazz & Jazz Funk.

01. The Look Of Love
02. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
03. Grazing In The Grass
04. Stoned Soul Picnic
05. What The World Needs Now Is Love
06. This Guy’s In Love With You
07. Baby You Come Rollin’ Across My Mind
08. Hang ‘Em High
09. Think
10. Bring A Little Lovin’
11. Yester Love
12. Mrs. Robinson
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