Sunday, November 27, 2011

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson

Year : 1971
Label : Philips
Genre : Rock
Style : Experimental, Psychedelic Pop

The Story Of Melody Nelson is the first concept album of Serge Gainsbourg and, probably, the most representative work of the french Pop Avant-Garde from the second half of twentieth century, with Jazz Rock influences, Symphonic expressions & spoken words inspired by the French literature. According to the Rolling Stone magazine, its the 4th greatest French rock album being part of the main influences for various contemporary artists such as Air, David Holmes, Jarvis Cocker, Portishead or likewise Beck. Melody was recorded with the collaboration of arranger Jean-Claude Vannier (L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches - 1972), with the participation of his wife (the second, after the brilliant Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg album released two years before), the Opéra Comique' choir and the orchestra "les Jeunesses Musicales de Paris (de France)". All are supported by a line-up which consists of french/british musicians featuring Big Jim Sullivan, Jean-Luc Ponty from Mahavishnu Orchestra & Brian Odgers from Apollo 100. Titles include Melody, Valse de Melody, L'hôtel Particulier & Cargo Culte composed by Serge Gainsbourg, the Ballade De Melody Nelson, Ah! Melody & the funky En Melody by Serge Gainsbourg & JC Vannier. All tracks arranged & conducted by JC Vannier, recorded at Marble Arch Studios, London and Studio Des Dames, Paris between 1970-1971.

Serge Gainsbourg_vocals, guitar, piano
Jane Birkin_vocals
Jean-Claude Vannier & Roger Coulam_keyboards
Vick Flick_lead guitar
Big Jim Sullivan_rhythm guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty_violin
Brian Odgers_bass
Dougie Wright_drums

01. Melody
02. Ballade de Melody Nelson
03. Valse de Melody
04. Ah! Melody
05. L'hôtel particulier
06. En Melody
07. Cargo culte


Friday, November 25, 2011

Serge Gainsbourg - Initials B.B.

Year : 1968
Label : Philips
Genre : Rock
Style : Pop

Serge Gainsbourg introduces a new route in his prolific career, leaving Jazz to Pop music, a genre he knows well since it has already composed for several French entertainers previously. This album includes several tracks recorded between 1965 and 1968, some in the studio Fontana (Docteur Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde, Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba, Qui Est In Qui Est Out, Marilu in 1965) and the studio Chappell (Bloody Jack, Initials B.B., Black And White, Ford Mustang in 1968) in London. The famous french Pop song anthem Initials BB (nickname of Brigitte Bardot) echo the arrangements of the Dvorak' Symphony No. 9 From the New World. Arranged & Conducted by David Whitaker for Comic Strip, Torrey Canyon and Hold-Up, Michel Colombier for Bonnie & Clyde, Arthur Greenslade for the other pieces. All tracks written by Serge Gainsbourg.

01. Initials B.B.
02. Comic Strip
03. Bloody Jack
04. Docteur Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde
05. Torrey Canyon
06. Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba
07. Ford Mustang
08. Bonnie And Clyde
09. Black And White
10. Qui Est In Qui Est Out
11. Hold Up
12. Marilu


Deodato - Whirlwinds

Year : 1974
Label : MCA
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

Producer and arranger since the 1960s, Eumir Deodato brazilian keyboardist and arranger was collaborated with Wes Montgomery, Astrud Gilberto, Marcos Valle. He played straight ahead and crossover jazz in the seventies, in particular for CTI and later worked on orchestrations & arrangements for Kool & The Gang or Björk (Homogenic). It features John Tropea, Romeo Penque, Billy Cobham, Urbie Green plus strings ensemble and brass band. Titles include Moonlight Serenade, variation of Do It Again, the funky Havana Strut and Whirlwinds also known under the name of Tropea. All tracks arranged, conducted & produced by Deodato.

Eumir Deodato_keyboards, percussion
John Giuliano & Tony Levin_bass
Alvin Brehm & Russel Savakus_accoustic bass
John Tropea_electric guitar 
Billy Cobham_drums
Ruben Bassini_percussion, congas & bongos
Jon Faddis_trumpet
Romeo Penque_saxophone 
Urbie Green_trombone

01. Moonlight Serenade
02. Ave Maria
03. Do It again
04. West 42nd Street
05. Havana Strut
06. Whirlwinds

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Janko Nilovic - Soul Impressions

Year : 1975
Label : Montparnasse 2000
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Funk/Soul, Pop

Rare collector from French Music Library, reissued by Vadim Music, originally released under the french cult label, Montparnasse 2000. Soul Impressions is one of best Fench Music library productions which contains great breakbeats, funky flute & horns, wah-wahs guitar and roaring bass, make it a essential to have for all the Music Library Lovers. Eclectic sound from Pop, Easy Listenning, Jazz Rock &  even Samba with the killer tunes Hippocampus, Crazy Enterprise & Drug Song. Music arranged & conducted by Janko Nilovic & Dave Sucky.

01. Hippocampus
02. Open Country
03. Crazy Enterprise
04. Soul Impressions
05. Lettre De Mer
06. Drug Song
07. Man Of Genius
08. Push Push
09. Black Swan Lake
10. Lady Day
11. To And Fro
12. Family Tree


Hiromasa Suzuki - Rock Joint Biwa

Year : 1972
Label : RCA
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods, World, Free improvisations

Rock Joint Biwa - Kumikyoku Fulukotofumi, is the first part of two musical projects (the  second is Rock Joint Cither), recorded during the same recording session, mixing Jazz Rock & World Music. These are the best known japanese traditional instruments which are used here, the string instruments wadaiko & biwa, respectively performed by Akira Ishikawa & Kuifumi Miyake. Hiromasa Suzuki, surrounded himself by talented japanese musicians as Kunimitsu Inaba, Takeru Muraoka & Kiyoshi Sugimoto, has also recruited a strings group, the Tamaki Quartet, adding some cinematic mood to his work. Titles include Hayabusawake To Medori No Okimi, Uruwashito Saneshisaneteba & Hi No Kawa featuring the Tamaki Quartet, the psychedelic grooves Ashiharashiko Kamuyamatoiwarehiko & Ananiyashiewotomewo, the relaxing Watatsumi No Irokonomiya, and at last, the musical suite for biwa, Yamatoshi Uruwashi. All tracks arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki..
Hiromasa Suzuki_piano, electric piano
Kunimitsu Inaba_bass
Hideo Sekine_drums
Kuifumi Miyake_biwa
Akira Ishikawa_wadaiko
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Takehisa Suzuki_trumpet
Takeru Muraoka_tenor saxophone
Tadataka Nakazawa_trombone
Tamaki Quartet_strings

01. Ame No Iwayado
02. Hayabusawake To Medori No Okimi
03. Ashiharashiko
04. Uruwashito Saneshisaneteba
05. Kamuyamatoiwarehiko
06. Hi No Kawa
07. Ananiyashiewotomewo
08. Watatsumi No Irokonomiya
09. Yamatoshi Uruwashi


Yoshiaki Masuo - 24

Year : 1970
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic, Free Improvisations
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The essential masterpiece of Yoshiaki Masuo is a Progressive Jazz album characterized by an eclectic style from Jazz Rock to the Rhythm & Blues with some Free improvisations & Psychedelic sounds. The whole of the album is brilliant, the Woodstock generation's legacy, just as the influence of the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew album, hangs over here and there, in particular on Round Trip : Coming (a composition of Sadao), a kind of a synthesis of the Rock 'N' Roll spirit. The rest of the album include some others pearls as Uptight, the Pop-Folk song Shirley or the Blues Rock, Dirty Mashy Toe. As on Winds Of Barcelona, Yoshio Suzuki is still part of the rhythm section to which were added : Hideo Ichikawa, Motohiko Hino & Hiro Tsunoda, Sadao Watanabe, as a guest musician, meanwhile contributes to the beat of Corvallis by percussions (and also flute). All tracks arranged written by Yoshiaki Masuo.

Yoshiaki Masuo_guitar
Hideo Ichikawa_keyboards
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Motohiko Hino_drums
Hiro Tsunoda_drums, percussions
Sadao Watanabe_flute, percussions
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Takashi Imai_trombone
Shigemichi Domoto_trombone

01. Uptight
02. Shirley
03. 24
04. Corvallis
05. Dirty Mashy Toe
06. Round Trip : Coming
07. Soft Sadness


Brother Jack McDuff - Tobacco Road

Year : 1967
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Focused on standards soul grooves and pop tunes, this album was recorded at Chess Studios in 1966 by Brother Jack McDuff and his legendary Hammond B-3. Titles include Shadow Of Your Smile, song from Bob Dylan, Blowin' In The Wind, two original compositions of McDuff, Can't Get Satisfied & Wade In The Water. Arranged & conducted by J.J. Jackson except track 3, 4, 6 and 9 by Brother Jack McDuff.

Brother Jack McDuff_organ
Roland Faulkner & Calvin Green_guitar 
Danny Turner_flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone 
Red Holloway_tenor saxophone
Lonnie Simmons_baritone saxophone
Frederick Berry & King Kolax_trumpet
John Watson_trombone 
Bobby Christian_vibraphone, percussion 
Joe Dukes & Robert Guthrie_drums. 

01. Teardrops From My Eyes
02. Tobacco Road
03. Shadow Of Your Smile
04. Can't Get Satisfied
05. Blowin' In The Wind
06. And the Angels Sing
07. This Bitter Earth See
08. Alexander's Ragtime Band
09. Wade In The Water

Bobbi Humphrey - Fancy Dancer

Year : 1975
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Latin

Bobbi Humphrey is the pseudonym of Barbara Ann, an american jazz flautist and singer who plays in particular in the Soul Jazz & Jazz Fusion Funk styles. Produced & arranged by brothers Fonce and Larry MizellFancy Dancer is her last album of six Blue Note recordings serie after five LPs and one live performance recorded in Montreux Jazz Festival. She was discovered by Be Bop trumpeter Dizzie Gillepsie and recruited renowned musicians as Lee Morgan for Flute In (1971) or Ron Carter on Dig This! (1972). A part of the line-up consists of Chuck RaineyHarvey MasonDorothy Ashby, Skip ScarboroughLarry Mizell & Fonce Mizell.

Bobbi Humphrey_flute, vocals
Chuck Rainey_bass
Craig McMullen & John Rowin_guitar
Dorothy Ashby_harp
Harvey Mason_drums
Tyree Glenn Jr._tenor saxophone
Julian Priester_trombone
Oscar Brashear_trumpet
Fonce Mizell_trumpet & keyboards
Skip ScarboroughLarry Mizell & Jerry Peters_keyboards
Mayuto Correa_congas
Roger Glenn_marimba & vibes

01. Uno Esta
02. The Trip
03. You Make Me Feel So Good
04. Fancy Dancer
05. Mestizo Eyes
06. Sweeter Than Sugar
07. Please Set Me at Ease

Kool And The Gang

Year : 1970
Label : De-Lite
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style :  Funk/Soul

The first album which introduced the group formed on the Jazziacs' ashes, a high school jazz band founded in 1964 by the Bell brothers (Robert 'Kool' Bell & Ronald 'Khalis' Bell). In 1969, they adopted the Kool & The Gang's name in order to sign on De-Lite Records. Titles include only instrumental tracks including some jazz inspirations. The drums on Give It Up was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest in Scenario, Beastie Boys in Professor Booty and Cypress Hill in The Phuncky Feel One. 

Robert 'Kool' Bell_bass &  
Ronald 'Khalis' Bell_tenor & soprano saxophone, keyboards 
Dennis 'DT' Thomas_alto saxophone, flute, percussions   
Georges 'Funky' Brown_drums
Robert 'Spike' Mickens_trumpet
Claydes 'Charles' Smith_guitar

01. Kool & The Gang
02. Breeze & Soul
03. Chocolate Buttermilk
04. Sea Of Tranquility
05. Give It Up
06. Since I Lost My Baby
07. Kools Back Again
08. The Gangs Back Again
09. Raw Hamburger
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