Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jimmy Smith - Stay Loose...Jimmy Smith Sings Again

Year : 1968
Label : Verve
Genre : Jazz
Style: Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

Jimmy Smith plus Orchestra, return to the roots of Rhythm & Blues. Titles include some kind of funky gospel-blues as I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town, the Aretha Franklin' hit track Chain of Fools or Stay Loose. Jimmy brings his energic voice with great musicians featuring Stanley Turrentine Phil Upchurch, Grady Tate and a large panel of horns & reeds section, in part, consisting to Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams, Garnett Brown. Arranged and conducted by Tom McIntosh.

Jimmy Smith_organ & vocal
James Tyrell & Jimmy Merritt_bass
Phil Upchurch & Carl Lyn_guitar
Grady Tate_drums
Stanley Turrentine_tenor saxophone
Johnny Pacheco_percussion

01. I´m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
02. Stay Loose
03. If You Ain´t Got It
04. One For Members
05. Is You Is Or Is You Ain´t My Baby
06. Chain Of Fools
07. Grabbin´ Hold

Friday, September 9, 2011

Soil & Pimp Sessions - Pimpoint

Year : 2007
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Post Bop, Electronic, Punk, Jazz Rock

Their fourth LP and first release outside of Japan. A Heavy bebop & Fusion Jazz with powerful energy of its members. Titles include a great reprise of Freddie Hubbard' Red Clay, The Slaughter Suite & Makuroke, both being representative of their particular "Death" Jazz sound (the punky beat of the drums & the howling horns). An eclectic album from Hardbop to Soul Jazz.

President aka Shacho_vocal, conductor
Tabu Zombie_trumpet
Akita Goldman_bass

01. Dawn
02. A.I.E.
03. Makuroke
04. Mashiroke
05. We Want More!!!!!!
06. Zambezi
07. Red Clay
08. Hype Of Gold
09. Pluto
10. The Party
11. Funky Goldman
12. The Slaughter Suite
13. Scales

O'Donel Levy - Black Velvet

Year : 1972
Label : Groove Merchant
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

First album from talented guitarist who plays several styles from Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz to Soul and Jazz Funk featuring saxophonist Arthur 'Fats' Theus. Titles include Rhythm & Blues cover songs (Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time, I'll Be There, You've Made Me So Very Happy), Jazz standards (I'll Close My Eyes, Misty) and two own compositions (Granny & Nature's Child). Produced by Sonny Lester.

O'Donel Levy_guitar
Alarza Lee Collins_bass
Chester Thompson_drums
Charles Covington_electric piano, organ
Arthur 'Fats' Theus_saxophone, flute
Billy Skinner_trumpet
William Thorpe_percussion
Nathaniel Rice Jr._congas

01. Watch What Happens
02. Granny
03. I'll Close My Eyes
04. Nature's Child
05. Love Story
06. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
07. I'll Be There
08. Misty
09. Call Me
10. You've Made Me So Very Happy

Mikio "Mickey" Masuda - Corazon

Year : 1978
Label : King Records
Serie : Electric Bird
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Smooth Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz, Fusion

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York by japanese keyboardist Mikio Masuda, Corazon is a fusion album of Latin Jazz Funk, released under Electric Bird label and conducted & arranged by David Matthews. Mikio Masuda is surrounded by american players featuring Anthony Jackson & Bernard Purdie, supported by a string ensemble. Titles include jazz funk vibes with latin flavor as Fania records  has could produced : the Mexican/Spanish song 'Corazon', the caribbean 'Ride On The Donkey', Another Rainy Day In New York City played as Bob James, the brazilian beat with Samba Em Praia composed by Sadao Watanabe, and the original composition by Masuda (Let's Get Together)  All tracks arranged & conducted by David Matthews.

Mikio Masuda_keyboards
Anthony Jackson_bass
Bernard Purdie_drums
Sammy Figueroa_percussion

01. Corazon
02. Before The Rain
03. Ride On The Donkey
04. Another Rainy Day In New York City
05. Samba Em Praia
06. Let's Get Together
07. Love Talkin'


Herbie Mann - Latin Fever

Year : 1964
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban Jazz

Recorded between New York and Rio De Janeiro by one of the most wellknown jazz flutist. His music incorporates many cultures from Africa to Latin America. Herbie Mann had among his sidemen future jazz superstars musicians as Willie Bobo, Chick Corea or Roy Ayers. It features some best Brazilian musicians of the period, Baden Powell, Durval Ferreira, Paulo Moura, Pedro Paulo, Sergio Mendes & Antonio Carlos Jobim. During the New York sessions, the line-up include Bill Suyker, Paul Griffin, Rudy Collins, Clark Terry & Ernie Royal. Titles include jazz standard, Harlem Nocturne,  Fever, Bossa Nova cover How Insensitive by Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Golden Striker by John Lewis from The Modern Jazz Quartet, Sergio Mendes' Groovy Samba.

Herbie Mann_flute
Baden Powell, Durval Ferreira & Bill Suyker_guitar 
Sergio Mendes & Antonio Carlos Jobim_piano
Paul Griffin_piano, organ
Rudy Collins_drums
Paulo Moura_alto saxophone
Pedro Paulo_trumpet 
Clark Terry & Ernie Royal_trumpet, flugelhorn

01. Harlem Nocturne
02. Fever
03. Not Now-Later On
04. The Golden Striker
05. How Insensitive
06. You Came a Long Way from St.Louis
07. Batida Differente
08. Nana
09. Groovy Samba

10. Influenza de Jazz

Gabor Szabo - Macho

Year : 1975
Label : Salvation Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

A Jazz Funk & Smooth Jazz album first issue on Salvation label by the most famous Hungarian jazz guitarist. Bob James contributes largely to the achievement of this album as arranger, producer and pianist. Gabor Szabo' group featuring Eric Gale, Harvey Mason, Idris Muhammad, Louis Johnson, Tom Scott, John Faddis. Titles include the huge groovy version of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (Franz Liszt), boogaloo style as The Meters, Ziggidy Zag by Harvey Mason, Macho & Time by Gabor. All tracks arranged by Bob James, Gabor Szabo & Harvey Mason.
Gabor Szabo & Eric Gale_guitar
Bob James_keyboards
Louis Johnson_bass
Harvey Mason_drums
Tom Scott_lyricon, saxophone
Idris Muhammad, Ralph MacDonald_percussion
George Bohannon_trombone
John Faddis_trumpet

01. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
02. Time
03. Transylvania Boogie
04. Ziggidy Zag
05. Macho
06. Poetry Man


Ahmad Jamal - Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival

Year : 1986
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Post Bop

Double album from the impressive live performance recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1985 by Ahmad Jamal quartet featuring James Cammack, Herlin Riley and Selden Newton. Titles include a trio of jazz standard 'Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter' Footprints, Ebony by Jack DeJohnette and three original tracks by Ahmad Jamal (Acorn, Crossroads & Rossiter Road).

Ahmad Jamal_piano
James Cammack_bass
Herlin Riley_drums
Selden Newton_percussion

01. Yellow Fellow
02. Make Someone Happy
03. Acorn
04. Crossroads
05. Rossiter Road
06. 'Round Midnight
07. Footprints
08. Ebony

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Idris Muhammad - Power of Soul

Year : 1974
Label : CTI/Kudu
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Jazz Funk

The first recording for CTI by Idris Muhammad and probably among his best fusion album. An essential of Fusion Jazz with powerfull rock beats, soul grooves & funky arrangements featuring Bob JamesGrover Washington Jr., Gary King, Joe beck, Ralph MacDonald and Randy Brecker. Titles include the Jimmy Hendrix' Power of Soul, Piece Of Mind by Bob James, The Saddest Thing by Joe Beck and Loran's Dance by Grover Washington Jr.. Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder. All tracks arranged and conducted by Bob James.
Idris Muhammad_drums
Bob James_keyboards
Grover Washington Jr._tenor & soprano saxophones
Gary King_bass 
Joe beck_guitar
Ralph MacDonald_percussion
Randy Brecker_trumpet & flugelhorn.

01. Power Of Soul
02. Piece Of Mind
03. The Saddest Thing
04. Loran's Dance

Baden Powel - Tristeza

Year : 1976
Label : Festival
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, Samba Jazz

Baden Powell was one of the great masters from the Bossa Nova genre, the Baden Powell style being caracterized by a mix between Jazz, Samba and African music with a high level of guitar skill. During the seventies, Powell recorded several albums for French label Festival as La Grande Réunion with french jazz violonist Stéphane Grappelli (1975). Since 1973, the french bassist Guy Pedersen incorporates his quartet for several years which featuring here Jorge Arena from The Percussionists Of Rio De Janeiro & Jean Arpino. Titles include Powell's own compositions and the Bossa Nova covers, So Danso Samba by Jobim, Bahia by Ary Barroso. Recorded in France at studio Frémontel.

Baden Powell_guitar, vocals
Guy Pedersen_bass
Jean Arpino_drums
Jorge Arena_percussion

01. Tristeza
02. A Primera Vez
03. Canto De Ossanha
04. Samba De Minhaterra
05. So Danso Samba
06. Ciudade Vazia
07. Bahia
08. Imagem

Johnny Hammond - Breakout

Year : 1971
Label : Kudu/CTI
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk

Another genious Hammond B-3 organ player also known under the name John Robert Smith started his solo career with Imagination in 1959. In he signed on Prestige label in 1961 and later, recorded several albums for Kudu (subsidiary of CTI Records). In the line-up feature some best CTI musicians as Hank Crawford, Grover Washington Jr., Billy Cobham, Eric Gale and the famous brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. Titles include the super groove version of Carole King' It's Too Late and Never Can Say Goodbye popularized by the Jackson Five. Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder and produced by Creed Taylor.

Johnny Hammond_organ & electric piano
Johnny Williams_bass
Eric Gale_guitar
Billy Cobham_drums
Hank Crawford_alto saxophone
Grover Washington Jr._tenor saxophone  
Danny Moore_trumpet
Airto Moreira_percussion

01. It's Too Late
02. Workin' On A Groovy Thing
03. Never Can Say Goodbye
04. Blues Selah
05. Breakout
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