Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova

Year : 1962
Label : Mercury
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

One of Quincy’s best-known record with the hit track Soul Bossa Nova that can be heard in the movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997). Quincy discovered Bossa Nova when he moved to Buenos Aires for a tour and met the brazilian pianist Lalo Schifrin. Quincy Jones & His Orchestra is formed by brass band, horns & rhythm section featuring Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Hall, Phil Woods and of course Lalo Schifrin.  Titles include original compositions by Quincy Jones, Jobim & Bonfa (Desafinado, Manha De CarnavalOne Note Samba, Chega De Suadade), the Lalo Bossa Nova tune and Boogie Bossa Nova by Charlie Mingus. Written, arranged, conducted and produced by Quincy Jones.

Quincy Jones_conductor
Lalo Schifrin_piano
Chris White_bass
Jim Hall_guitar  
Rudy Collins_drums
Carlos Gomez, Jack Del Rio & José Paula_percussion
Rahsaan Roland Kirk_flute
Jerome Richardson_woodwind, flute
Phil Woods_alto saxophone 
Paul Gonsalves_tenor saxophone
Clark Terry_trumpet & flugelhorn
01. Soul Bossa Nova
02. Boogie Stop Shuffle
03. Desafinado
04. Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)
05. Se E Tarde Me Pardoa (Forgive Me If I'm Late)
06. On The Street Where You Live
07. One Note Samba (Samba De Una Nota So)
08. Lalo Bossa Nova
09. Serenata
10. Chega De Suadade (No More Blues)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stanley Turrentine - Common Touch

Year : 1968

Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Stanley  Turrentine meets one of best Soul Jazz organist, Shirley Scott in a mix of swinging rhythms, danceable beats, Blues & Straight ahead Jazz. Common Touch is the particular Jazz Funk sound that was becoming popular with other Blue Aote artists such as Lou Donaldson, Reuben Wilson or also John Patton.Titles include Bob Dylan cover song' Blowin' in The Wind, the groovy Buster Brown and Boogaloo by Shirley Scott.

Stanley Turrentine_tenor saxophone
Shirley Scott_organ
Jimmy Ponder_guitar
Bob Cranshaw_electric bass
Idris Muhammad_drums

01. Buster Brown
02. Blowin' In The Wind
03. Lonely Avenue
04. Boogaloo
05. Common Touch
06. Living Through It All

Yuji Ohno Trio - LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] - The 2nd

Year : 2000
Label : VAP
Genre : Jazz
Style : Cool Jazz, Vocal
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

Second album recorded for the LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] series and released under VAP label. It's the same line-up than his previous work, featuring the voice of Cynthia Dewberry who introduces beautifully the album, the japanese jazz master, guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto plus other new guests as Lileth who sings on Take Me & Stolen Moments and Toku (vocal and flugel horn) on Deep Night Call & Treasures of Time. Cool & Swing Jazz. All tracks composed & arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_piano
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Kenichiro Murata_drums
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Joe Yamada_tenor saxophone
Tatsuji Yokoyama_percussion 

01. Lupin the Third
02. Bourbon Street Lullaby
03. Take Me
04. Deep Night Call
05. Treasures of Time
06. He's Gone
07. Stolen Moments
08. Adios Santiago
09. Cat Walk
10. Heartbreak Journey


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Gil Evans Orchestra - Plays The Music Of Jimmy Hendrix

Year : 1974
Label : RCA
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Big Band

"Plays The Music Of Jimmy Hendrix" is the perfect meeting between Jazz & Rock, first conceived as a project with the collaboration of the legendary guitarist, it was unfortunately interrupted by the death of the party concerned. But Gil Evans did not give up so far to this project, he pays tribute to Jimmy few years later, recruiting various talented young musicians such as Don Pate, John Abercrombie, Ryo Kawasaki, David Sanborn, Billy Harper or Marvin Peterson. Titles include Angel, Gypsy Eyes, Crosstown Traffic featuring the voice of Marvin Peterson, and the classics Foxy Lady, Voodoo Chile.

Gil Evans_leader, piano
David Sanborn_soprano saxophone, flute
Billy Harper_tenor saxophone, flute
Marvin Peterson_trumpet, vocals
Don Pate_bass
John Abercrombie & Ryo Kawasaki_guitar
Susan Evans_congas, drums

An More...

01. Angel
02. Crosstown Traffic/Little Miss Lover
03. Castles Made From Sand/Foxy Lady
04. Up From The Skies
05. 1983-A Merman I Should Turn to be
06. Voodoo Chile
07. Gypsy Eyes

Sadao Watanabe Sextet - Bossa Nova '67

Year : 1967
Label : Victor
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova
Website :

Fifth album of Sado Watanabe as a leader, his second album which contibuted to the Bossa Nova boom in Japan. Sadao plays in a sextet formation featuring Masabumi Kikuchi, Isao Suzuki or Masahiko Togashi, all surrounded by strings ensemble. Titles include a collection of big hits which made the fame of Bossa Nova plus Pop covers & Jazz standards from A.C. Jobim (The Girl From Ipanema, Meditation), Luiz Bonfa (Black Orpheus), Jorge Ben (Mas Que Nada) or A Man And A Woman extract from musical score by Francis Lai
Sadao Watanabe_alto saxophone & flute
Masabumi Kikuchi_piano
Isao Suzuki_
Masahiko Togashi_drums
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Hideo Miyata_cabasa

01. The Girl From Ipanema
02. Meditation
03. Black Orpheus
04. O Grande Amor
05. Bonita
06. Dindi
07. Mas que Nada
08. The Shadow Of Your Smile
09. Fly Me To The Moon
10. A Man And A Woman
11. So Danco Samba
12. She Is Carioca


Year : 1999
Label : VAP
Genre : Jazz
Style : Cool  Jazz
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

The first Yuji Ohno's album introducing the LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] serie, released under VAP label. It was recorded with a new Trio featuring Yoshio Suzuki and Kenichiro Murata (the main Yuji Ohno's formation during the early 2000 years), likewise surrounded by some guest musicians as former member of You & The Explosion Band Yasushi Ichihara (who replaces Kenichiro on love theme), Tatsuji Yokoyama,  Kiyoshi Sugimoto and Joe Yamada. Titles include only compositions by Yuji Ohno and songs from Lupin The 3rd OST. All tracks arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Yuji Ohno_piano
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Kenichiro Murata_drums
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Joe Yamada_tenor saxophone
Tatsuji Yokoyama_percussion 

01. Theme from Lupin III
02. O Meu A Mor
03. love theme
04. Members Only
05. Zenigata March
06. Funny Walk
07. Fire Treasure
08. Manhattan Joke
09. Love Squall


Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quintet - Babylonia Wind

Year : 1971
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : The Essence Of Jazz
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods

Very deep rare groove recording including Jazz Rock & Free improvisations, an essential of japanese Jazz originally issue for the Takt Jazz Series from Columbia record. Babylonia Wind is the second solo album performed by Kiyoshi Sugimoto who playing in a Quintet formation featuring the same rhythm section as in his previous LP, Country Dream (1969), with the addition of Hideo Ichikawa (replaces Hiromasa Suzuki) and the saxophonist Takao Uematsu. All tracks are original compositions of Kiyoshi Sugimoto, all arranged by himself.

Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Takao Uematsu_tenor saxophone
Hideo Ichikawa_organ & piano
Yoshio Ikeda_bass
Motohiko Hino_drums

01. Babylonia Wind
02. Mrs Darius
03. Rosetta Stone
04. Colasabard Hill
05. Hieroglyph


Jun Fukamachi - Triangle Session

Year : 1977
Label : Kitty
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Space Age

Triangle Session is the meet between Jun Fukamachi & The Brecker Brothers in a live recording at Tokyo Seibu Theater in june 1977. A fantastic performance by the japanese master of the Electronic Jazz/Funk based on the play of Korg synthesizer & Fender Rhodes, featuring american and japanese musicians such as Barry Rogers and the Kenji Omura/Martin Willweber duo from the Count's Jazz Rock Band. All selections composed by Jun Fukamachi except Funky Sea, Funky Dew by Michael Brecker. In 2008, Triangle Session was reissued in a double CD "Deluxe" edition including the entire concert.

Jun Fukamachi_keyboards
Michael Brecker_saxophone
Randy Brecker_trumpet
Barry Rogers_trombone
Kenji Takamizu_bass  
Kenji Omura_guitar
Martin Willweber_drums 
Motoya Hamaguchi & Pecker_percussions

01. Stick Freighter
02. Funky Sea, Funky Dew
03. Perfidy
04. Hateruma
05. Plastic Echelon


Friday, February 18, 2011

The Jazz Crusaders - Chile Con Soul

Year : 1965
Label : Pacific Jazz
Genre : Latin Jazz
Label : Afro Cuban Jazz

The Jazz Crusaders was originally formed by Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Nesbert "Stix" Hooper and Wayne Henderson. Later joined by Larry Carlton in 1971, they take a new route adopting Jazz Funk style and rename the band as The Crusaders. Chile Con Soul is their ninth album recorded for Pacific Jazz, including a nice selection of eight latin grooves played in the pure Afro Cuban style featuring notable players like Hubert Laws, Carlos Vidal or Al McKibbon.

Wilton Felder_tenor saxophone
Wayne Henderson_trombone
Hubert Laws_flute
Joe Sample_piano
Clare Fischer_organ
Al McKibbon_bass
Nesbert "Stix" Hooper_drums
Carlos Vidal_congas
Hungaria "Carmelo" Garcia_timbales, cowbell.

01. Agua Dulce (Sweetwater)
02. Soul Bourgeoisie
03. Ontem a Note
04. Tough Talk
05. Tacos
06. Latin Bit
07. The Breeze and I
08. Dulzura

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nobuo Hara And His Sharps & Flats '68 - Forest Flower

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Big Band, Contempory Jazz

Nobuo Hara is a band leader, saxophonist & arranger was part of those who popularized Jazz in Japan. He formed his Big Band in 1951, in which passed some future notable great Jazz players, likewise present on Forest Flower, such as Hiroshi Suzuki, Yoshiaki Masuo or arranger Norio Maeda. His playing partners have included Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Henry Mancini, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Oliver Nelson, and also famous french actor/singer, Yves Montand. This album reminds the work of the Buddy Rich Big Band including original compositions plus Jazz & Pop cover songs from Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Lee Morgan, Joe Zawinul, Bobby Hebb or The Beatles.

Nobuo Hara_tenor saxophone
Koji Suzuki, Kazunori Taniguchi & Hajime Maekawa_alto saxophone
Nobuyuki Morikawa_baritone saxophone
Shuzo Morikawa, Teruyuki Fukushima, Kunitoshi Shinohara, Hiroshi Saba_trumpet
Tadao Taniyama, Hiroshi Suzuki, Haruo Ochi_trombone
Toshihiko Ogawa_piano
Yoshiaki Masuo_guitar
Hiroshi Takeuchi_bass
Yoshio Nakamura_drums

01. Elijah
02. Walk Tall
03. Backlash
04. Sunny
05. The "In" Crowd
06. Forest Flower
07. A Day In The Life
08. Watermelon Man
09. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
10. The Sidewinder


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Akira Ishikawa & His Count Buffalos - Get Up

Year : 1975
Label : RCA
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Fusion

Akira Ishikawa his long time friend the pianist & arranger, Hiromasa 'Colgen' Suzuki, in a joint project of Fusion Jazz Funk such as played the Weather Report, featuring the Count Buffalo band. Titles include only original tracks specially composed for this album by Suzuki, except The Heated Point & Painted Paradise respectively recorded for Electro Keyboard Orchestra & Jiro Inagaki's Funky Stuff albums, both released in 1974. All tracks arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.
Akira Ishikawa_drums
Hiromasa Suzuki & Hideo Ichikawa_electric piano,
Takeru Muraoka & Masao Suzuki_saxophone
Takao Naoi_guitar
Masaoki Terakawa_bass
Eji Arai_trombone
Koji Hatori_trumpet
Larry Sunaga_percussion

01. Get Up!
02. Discharge
03. Heated Point
04. Painted Paradise
05. Stone River
06. Minor Jump

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jorge Ben - Força Bruta

Year : 1970
Label : Philips
Genre : Latin Jazz, Rock, Pop
Style : Bossa Nova, Samba, MPB

Considered as the most important album in Jorge Ben' career, Fôrça Bruta is a great classic from the moderm musical movement in Brazil, the Samba Soul (also called Samba Rock). Jorge mixes Samba & Bossa Nova into Rock & Funk/Soul inspirations from North America with his soulful voice and mellow samba form. Jorge Ben is surrounded by the Brazilian band Trio Mocotó (leader of the movement) featuring Fritz Escovao, João Parahyba, Nereu Gargalo all surrounded by a Brass Band plus Strings Orchestra. Titles include a succession of nice Brazilian grooves as the classics Pulo Pulo and O Telefone Tocou Novamente, the hits País Tropical and Cadê Teresa, the funky track Força Bruta. All tracks composed by Jorge Ben.
Jorge Ben_guitar, vocal 
Fritz Escovao_cuica, guitar & vocals
João Parahyba_drums & percussion, vocals
Nereu Gargalo_tamborim, vocals

01. Oba lá Vem Ela
02. Zé Canjica
03. Domênica Domingava Num Domingo Toda de Branco
04. Charles Junior
05. Pulo, Pulo
06. Apareceu Aparecida
07. O Telefone Tocou Novamente
08. Mulher Brasileira
09. Terezinha
10. Força Bruta

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella

Year : 1969
Label : Reprise Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, Pop, Vocal

His unique Soul Funk LP on Frank Sinatra' Label : Reprise Records. She also published Things Ain't What They Used to Be in 1970 on the same label. A very rare groove record with soul & pop standards from the famous Lady of Swing. Arranged & produced by Richard Perry.

01. Get Ready (Smokey Robinson)
02. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (Robinson)
03. Yellow Man (Randy Newman)
04. I'll Never Fall in Love Again (Burt Bacharach)
05. Got to Get You into My Life (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
06. I Wonder Why (Newman)
07. Ooo Baby Baby (Warren Moore, Robinson)
08. Savoy Truffle (George Harrison)
09. Open Your Window (Harry Nilsson)
10. Knock on Wood (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Madlib - Shades Of Blue

Year : 2003
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronic
Style : Jazzy Hip Hop, Downtempo

The Hip-Hop producer, multi-instrumentalist & DJ, Otis Jackson Jr, remixes for Blue Note some of its Soul Jazz catalog among Donald Byrd, Ronnie Foster or Bobby Hutcherson. In addition, Madlib offers likewise new interpretations of Blue Note classics from Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock performed featuring the Morgan Adams Quartet (for Stormy, Funky Blue Note), the Yesterdays New Quintet (for Footprints) & the Sound Direction (for Song For My Father). All cuts & beats by Madlib except on Slim's Return & Montara by DJ Lord Such.

Madlib, Malcom Catto, Joe Chambers, Lefty Houston_drums
Joe McDuphrey, Morgan Adams III_organ, keyboards
James King_flute
Dan Ubick_guitar
Derek Holman, Malik Flavors, Malcom Catto, Derek Holman_percussion
Ahmad Miller_vibes
Monk Hughes, Russel Jenkins, Jeff Jank_bass

01. Introduction
02. Slim's Return
03. Distant Land
04. Mystic Bounce
05. Stormy
06. Blue Note Interlude
07. Please Set Me At Ease feat. M.E.D.
08. Funky Blue Note
09. Alfred Lion Interlude
10. Steppin' Into Tomorrow
11. Andrew Hill Break
12. Montara
13. Song For My Father
14. Footprints
15. Peace/Dolphin Dance
16. Outro

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hidehiko Matsumoto & His Quintet - This is Blues

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Rhythms & Blues

Although the title suggests a blues album, it's likewise one of the classic from japanese Soul Jazz released and performed by the saxophonist Hidehiko 'Sleepy' Matsumoto, one of the most greatest jazzmen that Japan could rely. In 1963, he was the first japanese invited to Monterey Jazz Festival and the same year, he met John Coltrane in New York. He was also known as a member of the legendary japanese jazz quartet formed by George Kawaguchi : The Big Four. With George Kawaguchi, he recorded in particular, the 'Most Wanted' George And Sleepy (1969) and The Big 4 released in 1976. Later at the end of the seventies, he evolved in the Inner Galaxy Orchestra of the conductor, Bingo Miki. Titles include some jazz standards as the St. Louis Blues popularized by Louis Amstrong, the Dixieland style of Basin Street Blues, The Touch extract from the french movie Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954) and some originals composed by Matsumoto.

Hidehiko Matsumoto_tenor & baritone saxophone
Akio Mitsui_trumpet
Ushio Sakai_organ
Ikuo Shiosaki_guitar
Kimio Koizumi_bass
Masatsuka Nagashiba _drums

01. St. Louis Blues
02. Wakare No Blues
03. Saint-Tropez Blues
04. It's a Lonesome Old Town
05. Champs-Elysées
06. Stranger On The Shore
07. Blues de Memphis
08. Broken Promises
09. Wonderland by Night
10. Basin Street Blues
11. Night Fall
12. The Touch (Le Grisbi)
13. Mittemacht Blues
14. Ame No Blues
15. G.I. Blues


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Soul Square - Live & Uncut

Year : 2010
Label : Kif Recordings
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

Soul Square (aliases Drum Brother) is a band formed around four DJ/producers, F. Moyon , L. Andrianiazy , T. Le Vexier and W. Le Bras from France. They collaborate with additionals musicians & several MC from different countries : Justis (Canada), Blezz (Sweden), Voice & Melodiq (US), Dajla & Elodie Rama (France). Melodiq & Elodie Rama appear on Pat D' Take A Little Time, Voice on Wax Tailor' Hope & Sorrow. Live & Uncut was included on Optical Axis mixtape by DJ Ryow. Produced by Soul Square & mixed by Thomas Le Vexier on the independant label KIF Record. All cuts by Atom (Thomas Le Vexier) except DJ Sembal on Take It Back, Pangea Delphi on Change, Fraction on Fresh Air. Hip-Hop Jazz & Abstract Hip-Hop.

01. Live & Uncut (Feat. Pfel & Atom)
02. Living The Dream (Feat. Justis)
03. Take It Back (Feat. Blezz)
04. Know I'm Saying
05. It is All In Your Mind (Feat. Melodiq)
06. That Swing
07. Change (Feat. Justis)
08. Get Together (Feat. Melodiq & Elodie Rama)
09. Trippin' (Feat. Blezz)
10. Fresh Air (Feat. Justis & Mantis)
11. I.R.U (Feat. Voice)
12. Love Break (Feat. Fazz)
13. Spades (Feat. Hus Tha Kingpin)
14. Get Into It (Feat. Melodiq & Dajla)
15. Jazz Lesson
16. Too Short
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