Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lou Donaldson - Everything I Play Is Funky

Year : 1970
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Rare groove and the most funkiest LP from Lou Donaldson and his brilliant quintet  featuring Idris Muhammad Lonnie Smith (such as on Midnight Creeper) plus Blue Mitchell, Melvin Sparks and guests Ed Williams & Charles Earland who replaces Blue Mitchell & Lonnie Smith on Donkey Walk & West Indian Daddy. Titles include his best funk track Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On) written by Allen Toussaint, Over The Rainbow from movie The Wizard Of Oz by Judy Garland and four original compositions by Lou Donaldson.

Lou Donaldson_alto & baritone saxophone, vocal
Lonnie Smith_organ
Jimmie Lewis_bass
Melvin Sparks_guitar
Idris Muhammad_drums
Blue Mitchell_trumpet

01. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On)
02. Hamp's Hump
03. Over The Rainbow
04. Donkey Walk
05. West Indian Daddy
06. Minor Bash

Monday, January 24, 2011

Various - Mélodie En Soul Sol - Paris 70's

Year : 2002
Label : Kif Recordings
Genre : Jazz
Style : Big Band, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz

Compilation of sixteen Jazz Funk tracks & Big Band grooves, focusing on French Jazz of the seventies, recorded between 1967-1976, selected by the DJ & producer Michaël Darmon (Jazz Liberatorz/Kif Recordings), from various Music Library & Jazz catalogs. Titles include essentially compositions from Daniel Janin & JC Pierric, but also Claude Vasori, Vladimir Cosma, Martial Solal or Vincent Geminiani, two songs performed by Nancy Holloway (Sand And Rain & Hurt So Bad). Tracks 2, 3, 6,10, 11 composed by Daniel Janin, tracks 1, 4, 9, 14 by Daniel Janin & JC Pierric, Hurt So Bad composed by Daniel Janin & Nancy Holloway, Nobel Tower by Janin & Roger Viger.

  • Trumpet Flower was sampled by Nujabes for Kodama (interlude) extracted from Impression (Samurai Champloo Music Record).

01. Daniel Janin- Saramina
02. Nancy Holloway - Sand And Rain
03. Daniel Janin - The Little Green Man Walk
04. Daniel Janin - Black Night
05. Claude Vasori - Punching Ball
06. Nancy Holloway - Hurt So Bad
07. Vladimir Cosma - Black Flowers
08. Daniel Janin - Nobel Tower
09. Daniel Janin - Fat Fat Fellow
10. Daniel Janin - Hep Taxi
11. Daniel Janin - Trumpet Flower
12. Martial Solal - Un Train Vaut Mieux Que Deux Tu L'auras
13. Vincent Geminiani - Insidieusement Les Elfes
14. Daniel Janin - Goose Skin
15. Claude Vasori - Fantomaniac
16. Vincent Geminiani - Ophis Le Serpentaire

Candido - Beautiful

Year : 1970
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Latin Jazz, Jazz
Style : Afro Cuban Jazz, Jazz Funk

The second LP on Blue Note by the conga master Candido Camero. High-energy percussion, juicy organ backgrounds & funk-jazz enthusiasts. He played with Chico O'Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie 's Orchestra, Tito Puente, Machito & his Afro-Cubans, Elvin Jones . Afro-Cuban Jazz Funk.

01. I'm On My Way
02. Tic Tac Toe
03. Hey, Western Union Man
04. Serenade To A Savage
05. New World In The Morning
06. Beautiful
07. I Shouldn't Believe
08. Money Man
09. Ghana Spice
10. Ghana Spice part 2

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Brother Jack McDuff & David Newman - Double Barrelled Soul

Year : 1968
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

McDuff meets David 'Fathead' Newman on this great Atlantic record featuring Melvin Sparks, Leo JohnsonAbe Blasingame and Danny Turner. Mc Duff played in group The Honeydripper in 1961 with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Grant Green, launched the career of the young George Benson (The New Boss Guitar, 1964) while David 'Fathead' Newman played in Ray Charles band in the fifties and on Herbie Mann' Hold on I'm Coming (live in New York & Montreux Festival in 1972). Titles include But It's Alright by Soul Singer J.J. Jackson, nice version of Bobby Hebb' Sunny, the awesome pefect groove Duffin' Around and More Head by Newman.

Brother Jack McDuff_organ
David Newman_alto, tenor saxophone & flute
Melvin Sparks_guitar
Abe Blasingame_drums
Danny Turner_alto saxophone
Leo Johnson_tenor saxophone & flute

01. But It's Alright
02. Sunny
03. Esperanto
04. Duffin' Round
05. More Head
06. Untitled Blues

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Freddie Hubbard - A Soul Experiment

Year : 1968
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Label : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

His third release for Atlantic label, a turning point in his career. He had discovered Rhythm'n'blues with James Brown, King Curtis or Aretha Franklin. An interlude in Hubbard Free Jazz & Hard Bop period before Red Clay (1970). As a sideman he played in particular with Art Blakey, John Coltrane & Herbie Hancock. Titles alternate Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk & Cool Jazz tracks featuring Grady Tate/Bernard Purdie, Eric Gale, Kenny Barron and Carlos Garnett. Produced by Joel Dorn.

Freddie Hubbard_trumpet
Billy Butler & Eric Gale_guitar
Jerry Jemmott_bass
Bernard Purdie & Grady Tate_drums
Gary Illingworth_organ
Kenny Barron_piano
Carlos Garnett_tenor saxophone

01. Clap Your Hands
02. Wichita Lineman
03. South Street Stroll
04. Lonely Soul
05. No Time to Lose
06. Hang 'Em Up
07. Good Humor Man
08. Midnite Soul
09. Soul Turn Around
10. A Soul Experiment

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DJ Mitsu The Beats - The Excellence II : Selected Works

Year : 2010
Label : Jazzy Sport/P-Vine
Genre : Electronic, Funk / Soul, Hip Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Conscious

Another production from Jazzy Sport Label by the legendary japanese beatmaker. Directed by DJ Mitsu The Beats, Taro Kessen & Masaya Kobayashi. This compilation is a mix of electro & Hip-Hop Jazz.

01. Elizabeth Shepherd / Seven Bucks
02. Grooveman Spot feat. Count Bass D / Benzaiten Love
03. Steppah Huntah / I Don't Know
04. Frankie Valentine / Marinheiro So
05. The Louie Gee Ensemble / Scrabble
06. The Politik / Moonlight feat. Blu
07. Made In Japan / Babyspace
08. Mamas Gun / Let's Find A Way
09. DJ Mitsu the Beats / Beats Of Luv
10. TettoryBad / Ruff & Tuff feat. Randolph
11. Cro-Magnon / Eclipse
12. Sleep Walker / Brotherhood
13. Jazztronik / Listen To Your Love
14. Julien Dyne / Falling’ Down feat. Parks

Monday, January 17, 2011

Doug Carn - Revelation

Year : 1973
Label : Black Jazz
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Spiritual, Vocal

Rare Soul & Spiritual Jazz with free improvisations by a versatile pianist (worked with Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson or Stanley Turrentine) and featuring the voice of Jean Carn, his wife. He was member of Black Jazz Legacy Band for the independent Black Jazz label founded by the pianist Gene Russell. Titles include Naima by John Coltrane, Contemplation by Mc Coy Tyner and Jihad by Rene McClean. All tracks arranged, composed & written by Doug Carn except those mentionned.

Doug Carn_keyboards
Nathan Page_guitar
Walter Booker_bass
Ira Williams_drums
Jean Carn_vocals
Rene McClean_alto & tenor saxophone, flute, vocals
Earl McIntyre_trumpet
Olu Dara_trumpet & vocal

01. God Is One
02. Power And Glory
03. Revelation
04. Naima
05. Fatherhood
06. Contemplation
07. Feel Free
08. Time Is Running Out
09. Jihad

Jimmy McGriff - The Worm

Year : 1968
Label : Solid State
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Produced by Sonny Lester and first released on Solid State Records (later incorporated into the Blue Note Label Rare Groove series) featuring Grady Tate, Blue Mitchell, Bob Bushnell and Fat Theus. The Worm introduced Jimmy McGriff in Jazz Funk style. Titles include The Worm sampled by The Chemical Brothers for Delik (the drum beat), cover Think of Aretha Franklin and Duke Ellington' Take the “A” Train.

Jimmy McGriff_organ
Mel Lewis & Grady Tate_drums
Thornel Schwartz_guitar
Fats Theus_tenor saxophone
Robert Ashton_baritone saxophone
Danny Turner_alto saxophone
Blue Mitchell_trumpet
Bob Bushnell_bass

01. The Worm
02. Keep Loose
03. Heavyweight
04. Think
05. Lock It Up
06. Girl Talk Hefti
07. Blue Juice
08. Take the “A” Train

Jimmy McGriff - Soul Sugar

Year : 1971
Label : Capitol
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

One of the best hammond organ star influenced by Richard 'Groove' Holmes & Jimmy Smith,. Soul Sugar brings Jimmy Mc Griff into the jazz rock & funk scene. Soul Jazz & Funk with four original tracks composed by Jimmy Mc Griff, covers song of James Brown (Ain't It Funky Now), Stevie Wonder (Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours), the gospel Spirit in the Dark by Aretha Franklin, the pop standard Sugar Sugar from the cartoon series The Archie Show and Little Sister band' You're The One. Dig on It was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest in God Lives Through from their Midnight Marauders LP. Recorded at Bell Sound Studios & produced by Sonny Lester.

Cliff Davis_ flute & tenor saxophone
Murray Watson_trumpet
Johnny Board_baritone saxophone
Horace Ott_electric piano
Larry Frazier _guitar
Richard Davis_electric bass
Lawrence Killian_conga & tambourine
Marion J. Booker_drums

01. Sugar Sugar (Jeff Barry & Andy Kim)
02. Ain't It Funky Now (James Brown)
03. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder, L. Garret, S.Weight, L. Hardaway)
04. Dig on It
05. Bug Out
06. The Now Thing
07. You're the One (Sylvester Stewart)
08. Fat Cakes (R. Greenwood)
09. New Volume
10. Spirit in the Dark (Aretha Franklin)

Takeshi Inomata & Sound L.T.D. - Drum Method

Year : 1972
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Method Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock
Website :

The third album of Takeshi Inomata with his progressive jazz rock band, the Sound Limited featuring pianist Norio Maeda. The line-up consists on the same formation as for the Sound Of Sound L.T.D. record, released two years earlier, except guitarists Ryo Kawasaki & Shinegori Kamiya who left the band. Titles include crossover jazz in the same vein as the Chicago band (Jazz Rock tunes with Funk/Soul inspirations), two amazing Inomata' drum break solos (Drum Concert I & II), Sleeper & Seven Four by Norio MaedaPourquoi Pas ? by Michel Colombier, and the jazz standards  Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock & Dave Brubeck' Blue Rondo A La Turk. All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda.

Takeshi Inomata_drums
Norio Maeda_piano, electric piano
Yusuke Hoguchi_organ
Kimio Mizutani_guitar
Toshiaki Yokota_flute
Shunzo Ohno_trumpet
Jake H. Concepcion_saxophone

And more...

01. Runaway Child
02. Smack Water Jack
03. Child Of Storm
04. Pourquoi, Pas ?
05. Where Do You Go From Here
06. Drum Concert I
07. Fibonaccis Number
08. Blue Rondo A La Turk
09. Maiden Voyage
10. Drum Concert II
11. Sleeper
12. Seven Four


Friday, January 14, 2011

Grant Green - Green Is Beautiful

Year : 1970
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk

The ultimate Grant Green's rare groove record to the James Brown touch, from Soul Jazz to Jazz Funk, in collaboration with Earl Neal Creque, one of his best release for Blue Note featuring Idris Muhammad, Blue Mitchell and Candido Camero. Titles include the DJs' choice "Ain’t It Funky Now" (JB), vision by Green of two famous pop covers from The Beatles (A Day In The Life) and Bacharach (I’ll Never Fall in Love Again) and the contributions of Earl Neal Creque (Windjammer Dracula). Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder and arranged by Earl Neal Creque.

Grant Green_guitar
Idris Muhammad_drums
Candido Camero_conga
Blue Mitchell_trumpet
Richard Lendrum_Bongo
Emmanuel Riggins & Earl Neal Creque_organ
Claude Bartee_tenor sax
Jimmy Lewis_fender bass

01. Ain’t It Funky Now
02. A Day in the Life
03. Windjammer
04. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
05. Dracula

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yuji Ohno - Y.O. Connection

Year : 2009
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Fusion
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

The second album from Yuji Ohno for his new label Lupintic. Yuji plays with the entire Lupintic Five band plus additionals musicians and featurings with special guest friends as Akira Okazawa, brazilian Bossa Nova singer Sonia Rosa, Masami & Ejiro Nakagawa from Pretty Good and Takashi Ooi, Keiji Matsushima, all surrounded by the Masatsugu Shinohara strings group. Titles include Theme From M.A.S.H. exctract from the original soundtrack, jazz standards as How High The Moon by Nancy Hamilton or Five Spot After Dark by Benny Golson, the classic Bossa Nova Jobim' Desafinado  and traditional Russian romance (Dark Eyes) popularized by Django Reinhart (Les Yeux Noirs). All tracks produced & arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Satoshi Izumi_guitar
Masayuki Tawarayama_wood bass & electric bass
Yoshihito Eto_drums
Keiji Matsushima_trumpet
Hisatsugu Suzuki
_soprano & tenor sax
Sonia Rosa_vocal
Akira Okazawa_bass
Masami Nakagawa_flute
Ejiro Nakagawa_trombone
Takashi Ooi_vibes

01. Theme From M.A.S.H. (Mandel)
02. Undecided
03. Desafinado
04. I'm Not in Love
05. How High The Moon
06. Five Spot After Dark
07. Sweet memories
08. Dark Eyes
09. Where or When


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Yoshiaki Masuo And His Group - Winds Of Barcelona

Year : 1969
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz
Website :

First solo album from famous the japanese 'boss' guitar featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Yoshio Suzuki, Kazuo Yashiro, Larry Sunaga & Fumio Watanabe from the Takehiro Honda Trio (brother of Sadao Watanabe). Influenced by Wes Montgomery and the Grant Green's works, Yoshiaki was discovered by saxophonist Sadao Watanabe which launched his professional career in joining up the Sadao formation in 1967. In 1968, he was recruited by Nobuo Hara in order to incorporate his Sharps & Flats Big Band for the Forest Flower album and played for Takehiro Honda's debut album (1970). In 1971, he moved to New York where he had opportunity to play for his fellow Teruo Nakamura, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Chick Korea, Elvin Jones and later in 1973, for the Sonny Rollins group. Titles includes pop cover songs by Laura Nyro (Stoned Soul Picnic), Simon & Garfunkel (Scarborough Fair), Bacharach/Hal David duo (I Say A Little Prayer & What The World Needs Now is Love), his own tribute to his 'spiritual master' Wes Montgomery (One For Wes) and at last, the 'Bossa' Gary's Tune, an original composition of Sadao.

Yoshiaki Masuo & Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Hideo Miyata_flute
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Fumio Watanabe_drums
Larry Sunaga_percussions
Kazuo Yashiro_organ
Nobuhiro Suzuki_vibes & marimba

01. Winds Of Barcelona
02. Scarborough Fair
03. Stoned Soul Picnic
04. One For Wes
05. I Say A Little Prayer
06. Gary's Tune
07. What The World Needs Now Is Love
08. Winds Of Barcelona-Theme


Thursday, January 6, 2011

ShinSight Trio - Wheres' There A Moon That Is Mine

Year : 2010
Label : Bad News
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz, Funk/Soul

The new Jazzy Hip Hop release from the band, the first time in four years since Shallow Nights Blurry Moon. In collaboration featuring Sondu on Teamwork & Cool Mellow, Saylove on On My Mind and Cosmonaut Seven on 6MCs From My Area. Sax on Teamwork by Kenichi Fukushima, all cuts performed by DJ Ryow. Produced by Shin-Ski for Badnews Records Label.

01. Teamwork
02. You Got Soul
03. Only As Serious As You Make It
04. Wheres There A Moon That Is Mine
05. Pure Organic
06. Shining From Your Soul
07. On My Mind
08. 6MCs From My Area
09. R&B Song
10. I Don't Understand (Why You Ain't Moving)
11. Party On
12. Cool Mellow
13. Peace
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