Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shungo Sawada Quintet - Mood In Vossa Nova

Year : 1968
Label : Think!/RCA
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

Reissue for Vamos ! Japanese Bossa Style collection of classic from the master of japanese Bossa Nova guitar featuring Takeru Muraoka,  Tokuyama, H. Takiya, Motohiko Hino and Takeshi Onodera. Titles include the great standards of Bossa Nova from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Ben, Luiz Bonfa, Vinicius de Moraes as Desafinado, Mas Que Nada, Meditation, Girl From Ipanema or One Note Samba, jazz standards Fly Me To The Moon, Going Out Of My Head and The Beatles covers A Little Help From My Friends, Day Tripper played in Bossa Nova style.

Shungo Sawada_guitar
Takeru Muraoka_tenor sax & flute 
H. Takiya_bass 
Motohiko Hino_drums 
Takeshi Onodera_percussion

01. Desafinado
02. A Little Help From My Friends
03. Black Orpheus (Manhã de Carnaval)
04. Mas Que Nada
05. Corcovado
06. Meditation
07. Girl From Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema)
08. One Note Samba
09. Fly Me To The Moon
10. Going Out Of My Head
11. Day Tripper
12. Chove Chuva


Candido - Thousand Finger Man

Year : 1969
Label : Solid State
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Afro Cuban Jazz

Original issue on Solid State, reissue on Blue Note. A pop album with Jazz & Latin Spirits. Greats Candido’s abilities to play both conga drums & bongo drums. He plays especially with David Spinozza (guitar) & Chuck Rainey (guitar on tracks 4 & 5). Produced by the pianist Duke Pearson.

01. Jump Back
02. Come On Choo-Choo Train
03. Soul Limbo
04. Tony's Theme
05. Hallelujah! I'm Comin' Home
06. Thousand Finger Man

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Idris Muhammad - Peace And Rhythm

Year : 1971
Label : Prestige
Genre : Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul

Second studio album by the american jazz drummer, Idris Muhammad featuring Ron Carter, Kenny Baron, Melvin Sparks, Clarence ThomasVirgil Jones. Idris Muhammad started as Leo Morris (his name before his conversion to Islam) with Fats Domino in 1956, later in the sixties, was session musician for various Blue Note recordings and for CTI in the seventies. Idris is best known as sideman for saxophonist Lou Donaldson from 1965 to 1971, collaborating to several of his albums such as the famous Alligator Bogaloo released in 1967. He played with a considerable number of Jazz legends, inter alia, Pharoah Sanders, Reuben Wilson, Lonnie Smith and more recently Ahmad Jamal. Titles include the Peace & Rhythm SuiteBrother You Know You're Doing Wrong written by his wife, Sakinah, and the funky hit song by Wilson Pickett, Don't Knock My Love. All tracks arranged by Clarence Thomas.

Idris Muhammad_drums, cabasa, gong
Ron Carter & Jimmy Lewis_bass
Melvin Sparks & Alan Fontaine_guitar
Kenny Baron_electric piano
Angel Allende_percussion, timbales
Buddy Caldwell_congas
Clarence Thomas_saxophones, flute, bells
Virgil Jones_trumpet
Willie Bivins_vibes

01. Peace & Rhythm Suite : Peace
02. Peace & Rhythm Suite : Rhythm
03. Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong
04. Don't Knock My Love
05. I'm A Believer

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock

Year : 1973
Label : Pride
Genre : Soul
Style : Surf, Funk/Soul

A project of Michael Viner, an american producer who assembled this group around the bongo drums & conga drums. The project consists of instrumental remakes songs from the 50's & 60's (The Shadows, The Ventures...). This LP become a classic among the Hip-Hop bands. The Beastie Boys sampled Last Bongo In Belgium on Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.

01. Let There Be Drums
02. Apache
03. Bongolia
04. Last Bongo In Belgium
05. Dueling Bongo's
06. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
07. Raunchy '73
08. Bongo Rock

Melvin Sparks - Sparks !

Year : 1970
Label : Prestige
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Debut album of studio jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks. He started to play in the backing band of Little Willie John, Little Richard and Sam Cooke between 1963 to 1967, on Brother Jack McDuff' Double Barrelled Soul in 1968, Reuben Wilson' Blue Mode & Lou Donaldson' Everything I Play Is Funky in 1969. He recorded Sparks ! with a great combo featuring Virgil Jones, John Manning, Leon Spencer Jr., Idris Muhammad and special guest saxophonist Houston Person on The Stinker. Titles include Thank You & Spill The Wine by Sly & Family Stone & Eric Burdon with War respectively, a great composition of Spencer, The Stinker. Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Melvin Sparks_guitar
Leon Spencer Jr._organ
Idris Muhammad_drums
Virgil Jones_trumpet
John Manning_tenor saxophone

 01. Thank You
02. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
03. Charlie Brown
04. The Stinker
05. Spill The Wine

The Rotary Connection - Songs

Year : 1969
Label : Cadet
Genre : Soul, Rock
Style : Psychedelic Soul

Minnie Riperton joined the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection from 1967 to 1971. Rotary Connection, a funky rock-soul group creation of Chess Records. The band consisted of Minnie Riperton (vocal), Sidney Barnes (vocal), Mitch Aliota (bass), John Jerimiah (keyboards), John Stocklin (guitar), Kenny Venegas (drums). Arranged by Charles Stepney.

01. Respect
02. The Weight
03. Sunshine of Your Love
04. I've Got My Mojo Working
05. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
06. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
07. This Town
08. We're Going Wrong
09. Salt Of The Earth

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Marlena Shaw - Out Of Different Bags

Year : 1967
Label : Cadet Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Big Band, Contempory Jazz, Funk/Soul, Vocal

Her first album, accompagnied by a big band with strings ensemble. Produced & arranged by Richard Evans. A Contemporary Jazz album rather than the R&B sound of The Spice of Life (1968) on the same label.

01. Matchmaker, Matchmaker
02. A Couple Of Losers
03. It Sure Is Groovy
04. Naked City Theme
05. I Stayed Too Long At The Fair
06. Eyes Of Love
07. Will I Find My Love Today
08. Nothing But Tears
09. I've Gotten Over You
10. Somewhere In The Night

Friday, June 24, 2011

Richard "Groove" Holmes - Soul Message

Year : 1965
Label : Prestige
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Richard 'Groove' Holmes is considered as a precursor of Soul Jazz and a great player of organ Hammond B3. Titles include superb variation of the classic Song for my Father by Horace Silver, the Jazz hit Misty by Erroll Garner and Clifford Brown' Dahoud. Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Richard 'Groove' Holmes_organ
Gene Edwards_guitar
Jimmie Smith_drums

01. Groove's Groove
02. Dahoud
03. Misty
04. Song for my Father
05. Things We Did Last Summer
06. Soul Message

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd - Your Best Pops 12

Year : 1969
Label : Crown
Genre : Jazz
Style : Pop, Jazz Rock, Big Band

Toshiyuki Miyama, one of the greatest japanese jazz saxophonist, arranger & conductor, made his first steps during the fifties in some US military clubs. Toshiyuki has recorded over 70 albums, composed & produced several music materials for radio, cinema & television. In 1958, he formed his first "New Herd", one of the most preeminent Big Band in the Japan Jazz history which gained international recognition with the Sharps & Flats led by Nobuo Hara. The New Herd has otherwise counted in its ranks another great pianist and arranger in the person of Norio Maeda. Among his feats, The New Herd has supported Charlie Mingus on Charles Mingus With Orchestra album (1971), performed itself in concert for Thelonius Monk (Thelonius Monk In Tokyo - 1970) and Nancy Wilson in 1974. Toshiyuki Miyama present us a cover album taking the greatest hits of international Pop Music including famous songs from The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marie Laforêt, the Zombies or The Doors. All tracks conducted & arranged by Toshiyuki Miyama.

Toshiyuki Miyama_band leader, alto & soprano saxophone
Hiroshi Takami_alto saxophone
Kosuke Ichihara_tenor saxophone
Shunzo Sunahara_baritone saxophone
Kōji Hatori_trumpet
Seiichi Tokura_trombone
Masahiko Sato & Norio Maeda_piano
Kōzaburō Yamaki_guitar
Masao Kunisada_bass
Sadaichi Tabata_drums

 01. Get Back
02. Bubble Gum Music
03. Aquarius
04. Proud Mary
05. Manchester & Liverpool
06. I Can't Keep from Cryin' Sometimes
07. La Pioggia
08. Time of the Season
09. Indian Giver
10. Touch Me
11. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
12. Good Bye


Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory


Year : 1991
Label : Jive
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Conscious, Hip Hop Jazz

An impressive list of samples from Jazz (Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Grant Green, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers) to Soul Funk (Sly & Family Stone, James Brown, Minnie Ripperton, Kool & The Gang). The participation of the great bassist Ron Carter and Vinia Mojica on Verses from the Abstract, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, Diamond D on Show Bizness, Busta Rhymes & Dinco D on Scenario. All these ingredients make this album a must in Hip Hop History. Formed by rappers Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White (only on their first LP People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm) and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Produced & composed by A Tribe Called Quest.

01. Excursions
02. Buggin 'Ou
03. Rap Promoter
04. Butter
05. Verses from the Abstract
06. Show Business
07. Vibes and Stuf
08. The Infamous Date Rape
09. Check the Rhime
10. Everything Is Fair
11. Jazz (We've Got)
12. Skypager
13. What?
14. Scenario

Superfly Records In Paris

A nice shop in Paris with Soul Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin & Brazilians beats. Superfly Records we offer a wide range of interesting rare grooves from Africa & Europa, classics of american Soul Jazz records and some good japanese LPs.

Superfly Records Blog

Thanks to Mademoiselle h for these nice pictures !!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Count Bass D & Insight are The Risktakers

Year : 2011
Label :
Genre :
Hip Hop
Style :
Electronic, Funk/Soul, Hip Hop Jazz
Website : Insight FM

Dwight Farrell (producer, multi-instrumentalist from Nashville) and Andre Todman on a same project combining Hip Hop & Electronica. Dagha collaborated on Dinner Is Served, Pacewon on Be Rockin It and Kool Keith on Leverage Of Fighting. Composed and Produced by Insight The Truncator & Count Bass D. All cuts by Insight.

01. Which One Remix
02. War
03. In Charge
04. Risk Taker
05. Not My Style
06. Sight Boom Blam
07. Snakes
08. King Of Life
09. Seem Phoney
10. Seize The Moment
11. Dinner Is Served
12. Be Rockin It
13. Break Suckas
14. Second Ambush
15. Leverage Of Fighting
16. Which One

George Benson - The Other Side of Abbey Road

Year : 1969
Label : A&M
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Fusion

George Benson revisits some iconic cover songs from The Beatles directory, performed in tribute to their last testimony, the Abbey Road album. The Other Side of Abbey Road was arranged & directed by Don Sebesky, produced by Creed Taylor and recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder, announcing the future "straight ahead" direction taken by the CTI productions during the 70's decade. George Benson is surrounded by a golden sextet featuring Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Idris Muhammad, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter & Ray Barretto, all supported by strings orchestra, and that will be recruited as studio players by Creed Taylor for the next CTI recordings. 

George Benson_guitar
Herbie Hancock_piano, organ, harpsichord  
Bob James_electric piano 
Idris Muhammad_drums
Ray Barretto_percussions  
Freddie Hubbard_trumpet
Hubert Laws_flute 
Ron Carter_bass

01. Golden Slumbers/You Never Give Me Your Money
02. Because/Come Together
03. Oh! Darling
04. Here Comes the Sun/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
05. Something/Octopus's Garden/The End

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kaolu Iiyoshi & The Wip - Soul Tripper

Year : 1971
Label : Denon/Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Rock, Pop

Kaolu Iiyoshi, also known as Garo, is a jazz pianist, organist, arranger & band leader of the japanese Jazz Rock band, The Wip ( for War, Intelligence & Peace) presented here. This album reminds the work of Serge Gainsbourg on Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg album (1969) : a blend of Baroque Pop with some sides from Bossa Nova, Easy Listening & Jazz Rock, associated to wah-wah guitar effects, funky organ, strings orchestra and beautiful arrangements, the whole contributing so to create a sweet mood. Titles include the pop covers from The Beatles (Eleanor Rigby, Ticket To Ride) or The Carpenters (We' ve Only Just Begun), the tribute I Love Jobim, the Jazz standard, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, plus four original composition from Garo. All tracks arrnged by Kaolu Iyoshi.

01. Soul Tripper
02. Eleanor Rigby
03. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
04. A Treasure Island
05. Secret Love
06. I Love Jobim
07. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
08. We' ve Only Just Begun
09. Ticket To Ride
10. Who Can I Turn To
11. Love Story
12. Catolea


Ella Fitzgerald - Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Year : 1971
Label : Reprise Records
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, Vocal, Big Band

A similar project to Ella in 1969 when a big band encounter Pop Culture from the sixties. Jazz, Soul, Bossa Nova and Funk. Arranged & conducted by Gerald Wilson and his orchestra with notable musicians as Joe Sample (organ & keyboards), J.J. Johnson (trombone).

01. Sunny
02. Mas Que Nada
03. A Man And A Woman
04. Days Of Wine And Roses
05. Black Coffee
06. Tuxedo Junction
07. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
08. Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me
09. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
10. Willow Weep For Me
11. Manteca
12. Just When We're Falling In Love

Reuben Wilson - Love Bug

Year : 1969
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

The second album for Blue Note by Reuben Wilson featuring Lee Morgan, George Coleman Grant Green & Idris Muhammad. Titles include covers pop (I'm Gonna Make You Love Me I Say a Little Prayer) & jazz standard (Stormy) played in Soul Jazz style and four Wilson' Originals. Produced by Francis Wolf and recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Reuben Wilson_organ
Grant Green_guitar
Idris Muhammad_drums
Lee Morgan_trumpet
George Coleman _tenor saxophone

01. Hot Rod
02. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
03. I Say a Little Prayer
04. Love Bug
05. Stormy
06. Back Out

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jimmy McGriff - Electric Funk

Year : 1969
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

The grooviest album of one organ master recorded in association with Horace Ott, featuring Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell and studio drummer Bernard Purdie. One of the most Jazz album sampled which include huge grooves Back on The Track and cover pop Spinning Wheel. Tracks 1 to 3, 7 & 9 composed by Horace Ott, 4 to 6 by Jimmy McGriff. Produced by Sonny Lester, all tracks arranged by Horace Ott.

Jimmy McGriff_organ
Horace Ott_electric piano
Bernard Purdie_drums
Blue Mitchell_trumpet
Stanley Turrentine_tenor saxophone
01. Back On The Track
02. Chris Cross
03. Miss Poopie
04. The Bird Wave
05. Spear For Moondog, Part 1
06. Spear For Moondog, Part 2
07. Tight Times
08. Spinning Wheel (D.C. Thomas)
09. Funky Junk

Takeo Yamashita - Lupin The 3rd - Original BGM Collection

Year : 1980
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Funk, Traditionnal

Reissue of the classic Original Score BGM first TV serie (1971-1972) from Lupin The 3rd with new recordings of the original master tape by the famous japanese 'cinematic' composer Takeo Yamashita featuring Minoru Muraoka, Charlie Kosei from Count's Jazz Rock Band, plus string ensemble ! Titles include the groovy tracks Afro Rock Theme, Japanese Tone Of Lupin, Disco Plays Lupin, Rock Theme No.1, A Touch Of Japanese Tone, the scat songs Afro 'Lupin '68', Nice Guy Lupin-Two Beat & Scat Theme, the brazilian tapes : Samba Crazy, Medium & Slow Samba. All tracks composed & arranged by Takeo Yamashita.

Takeo Yamashita_keyboards
Susumu Hashimoto & Shigeki Ikeno_synthesizer, electric piano
Yuji Karaki & Youichi Tamura_guitar
Ken Sato_bass 
Taketoshi Igarashi_drums
Minoru Muraoka_shakuhachi
Charlie Kosei_vocal
Yoshiro Hiroshi_vocal, scat

01. Lupin III Part I -Opening Theme
02. Moody Theme - Lupin III Part II
03. Afro Rock Theme
04. Japanese Tone Of Lupin
05. Gallop Samba
06. Disco Plays Lupin
07. Scat Theme
08. Rock Theme No.1
09. Two-Beat Rock- Lupin III Part II
10. Slow Ballad- Lupin III Part I
11. Dexy Rock March
12. A Touch Of Japanese Tone
13. Shuffle Rock -Lupin Walkin'
14. Medium Samba
15. Afro 'Lupin '68'
16. Samba Crazy
17. Nice Guy Lupin-Two Beat
18. Slow Samba
19. Lupin III Part II-Ending Theme


Kimiko Kasai - Butterfly

Year : 1979
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

For her fifteenth album, Kimiko recruits Herbie Hancock and his Jazz Funk band, the Headhunters. The band is formed by Paul Jackson, Alphonse Mouzon, Bill Summers and Benny Maupin plus the adding of Webster Lewis. Titles include six tracks composed by Herbie Hancock, two extract from Sunlight album released in 1977 (I Thought It Was You & Sunlight), Tell Me A Bedtime Story (from  Fat Albert Rotunda - 1969) and his classic Maiden Voyage (Jazz Standard). The vocoder, popularized by the german band Kraftwerk, is prevalent on this album that Herbie uses first once in 1977, as evidenced Stevie Wonder' As, I Thought It Was You & Sunlight. All tracks produced, mixed and recorded by David Robinson & Herbie Hancock at CBS studio in Tokyo.

Kimiko Kasai_vocals
Herbie Hancock_keyboards, vocoder
Bennie Maupin_tenor & alto saxophone
Paul Jackson_bass
Alphonse Mouzon_drums
Bill Summers_percussion
Webster Lewis_piano, synthesizer

01. I Thought It Was You
02. Tell Me A Bedtime Story
03. Head In The Clouds
04. Maiden Voyage
05. Harvest Time
06. Sunlight
07. Butterfly
08. As

Wax Tailor - Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies

Year : 2005
Label : Under Cover
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop
Style : Trip Hop, Downtempo, Hip Hop Jazz

First album by French underground hip hop producer J.C. Le Saoût. It mixing Hip-Hop, Downtempo and Trip-Hop with samples extracted from several movies. Special guests as Marina Quaisse on cello, an american Hip Hop band The Others, and Charlotte Savary. All samples & cuts by Wax Tailor.

01. Behind The Curtain (Opening)
02. Que Sera
03. Ungodly Fruit
04. Between Fellows
05. Hypnosis Theme (Feat. Marina Quaisse)
06. Damn That Music Made My Day
07. Where My Heart's At (Feat. The Others)
08. Birth Of A Struggle
09. Am I Free
10. Ringing Score
11. I Don't Know
12. Our Dance (Feat. Charlotte Savary)
13. Stay Tuned
14. Walk The Line (Feat. The Others)
15. A Woman's Voice
16. Don't You Remember
17. How I Feel
18. Behind The Disguise "Closing" (Feat. Marina Quaisse)
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