Monday, June 23, 2014

Marcos Valle - Máximo Valle by Be Hard Bop

Between 1963 to 1973, Marcos Valle & his brother Sergio have left their mark on Brazilian music and participated in its expansion to the United States. This versatile musician has explored most of the existing musical genres & styles from Bossa Nova, Contemporary Jazz, Rhythm&Blues as well as Soul, Rock, Pop Music and Jazz Funk, all associated to the samba rhythms. He also allowed different brazilian Rock & Jazz brazilian to emerge, such as O Têrço, Som Imaginario or Azimuth by recruiting them for Marcos Valle '70, Garra (1971), Vento Sul (1972) & Previsão Do Tempo (1973). Most of his albums recorded during this period, have become the must classics of Brazilian music of the twentieth century. Since his first LP, Samba Demais, released in 1963, the Valle's work divides into three distinct periods : his early 'Bossa Nova' years (1963-1968), the Psychedelic years (1969-1972) and finally the Jazz Funk period which starts in 1973 with Previsão Do Tempo. This eclectic compilation brings together some of his finest compositions including the  standards Gente, Samba De Verao & Os Grilos.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Gal Costa (Self-Titled)

Year : 1969
Label : Philips
Genre : Jazz, Latin, Rock
Style : Bossa Nova, MPB, Psychedelic, Pop

In the Top of MPB recordings, this is the second 'jewel' album of Gal Costa and her second collaboration with singer/lyricist Caetano Veloso (he also lends his voice on Que Pena & Baby) featuring special guest Gilberto Gil. For this album, she recruited the arranger Rogério Duprat, the maestro who has revolutionized the Brazilian Music, often compared to George Martin, which, indeed, creates here some sophisticated arrangements using some psychedelic effects as the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album released two years ago. This Brazilian tapestry introduces Costa in the International Pop Music by mixing Latin grooves from Bossa Nova & Samba with Rock, Soul & Jazz Funk. Titles include compositions of Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Erasmo & Roberto Carlos, Tom Zé, Jorge Ben, the funky grooves Se Você Pensa & Vou Recomeçar plus some Bossa Nova (the beautiful Saudosismo) & psychedelic Samba songs (as Sebastiana). All tracks arranged by Rogério Duprat.

01. Não Identificado
02. Sebastiana Feat. Gilberto Gil  
03. Lost In The Paradise   
04. Namorinho De Portão Feat. Gilberto Gil  
05. Saudosismo
06. Se Você Pensa   
07. Vou Recomeçar   
08. Divino, Maravilhoso   
09. Que Pena (Ela Já Não Gosta Mais De Mim) Feat. Caetano Veloso 
10. Baby Feat. Caetano Veloso   
11. A Coisa Mais Linda Que Existe   
12. Deus È O Amor


Vladimir Cosma - Ultra Pop-Op

Year : 1970
Label : Sylvester Music Company
Serie : Sounds Pop
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic, Pop

Vladimir Cosma is a French/Romanian composer, conductor and violinist who worked alongside Michel Legrand in several music genres, collaborating for Chet Baker, Pepper Adams or Toots Thielemans. He was head of numerous french film music compositions (as Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob) during over fifties years. The original issue was recorded for the French library music label MPI (Musique Pour L'Image), returned to the light thanks to the track Black Flowers which was selected by Michaël Darmon (owner of Kif recordings label & producer of Jazz Liberatorz) for the compilation Mélodie En Soul Sol - Paris 70's released in 2002.

  • original issue under Musique Pour L'Image N° 27

01. Deep Pop
02. Misty Honey
03. Black Flowers
04. Ultra Pop-Op
05. Square Face
06. Whiteness
07. 13th April
08. Sweet And Sour Pop
09. Cool Pool
10. Pop-Pourri


Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group - Bamboo

Year : 1970
Label : King Records
Serie : NEWS
Genre : Jazz, Folk, World & Country
Style : Tradionnal, Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods

Minoru Muraoka was probably with Hozan Yamamoto & Toshiaki Yokota from Sound Limited, the most well known shakuhachi Jazz player (traditional bamboo flute) outside Japan. He was among the first to mix Japanese Folk with popular music and also one of main actor of the japanese Jazz-Rock scene from the late sixties to the early seventies such as Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Akira Ishikawa, Jiro Inagaki or Takeshi Inomata have been. This crossbreeding between jazz, pop and the traditional Japanese music give an 'oriental' deep groove to the Muraoka' album thanks to a large ensemble of traditional instruments as shakuhachi, koto, biwa, shamisen and taiko, all performed by his New Dimension ensemble featuring Makiko Hirayama & Hiromitsu Katada. Note that Minoru Muraoka has played, in particular, with Herbie Mann for Gagaku And Beyond (1976), Makiko Hirayama & Hiromitsu Katada were recruited by Yuji Ohno for Zantetsuken extracted from Original Soundtrack From Lupin The 3rd released in 1978. Bamboo is divided into two parts : the Side A that showcases the traditional Japanese instruments (in particular the percussions) performed by the New Dimension group while the Side B gives way to a more conventional rhythm section. This last is more Pop/Rock-oriented with evolving of 'psych' organ, electric guitar & bass plus drums played by The New Emotion featuring probably organist Yusuke Hoguchi and maybe guitarist Sadanori Nakamure & drummer Akira Ishikawa. Titles include a jazz standard of Paul Desmond, the classic Take Five, three originals with the folk Nogamigawa Funauta, his masterpiece, The Positive And negative, the cult song, Soul Bamboo, plus several pop covers from The Beatles, The Animals to Bacharat, Simon & Gartfunkel and finally a bossa version of the Chris Montez' song, Call Me. Tracks A1 to A4 performed by Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension, arranged by Kozaburo Yamaki, tracks B1 to B9 performed by Minoru Muraoka & New Emotions, arranged by Takashi Ikeda.

Minoru Muraoka_shakuhachi
Jun Suzuki_bass
Makiko Hirayama_biwa
Kimiko Yamauchi_koto
Hiromitsu & Kisaku Katada_percussion 
Akira Ishikawa_drums

Side A : The New Dimension Group

Take Five
Nogamigawa Funauta
The Positive And The Negative
And I Love Her

Side B : The New Emotions

The House Of The Rising Sun
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Soul Bamboo
Call Me
Scarborough Fair

Yuzo Hayashi & Salon '68 - Life As A Cinema

Year : 2002
Label : April Records
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Easy Listening, Bossa Nova, Nu-Jazz

Sweet lounge music recorded in 2002 by an obscure japanese keyboarder/conductor & his group featuring scat singing performances by Minako Kasahara (former member of Reggae Disco Rockers) & Mayumi Chida. In 2006, with the same formation, Yuzo Hayashi was in charge of the soundscape for the josei animated serie, Honey & Clover, and recorded a tribute to the italian actress, Monica Vitti (Memory Of Monica Vitti) in the same vein. Life As A Cinema is somehow the reminiscent of the classics Italian soundtracks, reminding the famous reissues & compilations from the italian Music library label, Easy Tempo (Piero Umiliani or Stefano Torossi), but also the Konishi Yasuharu productions with his Pizzicato Five group. Titles include some retro & erotic atmosphere surfing on the glorious days of the french/italian riviera from the mid sixties : Bossa Nova tunes, french Pop (Sasowarete 63) & the groovy Kyū Shigai No Zawameki. All tracks composed & arranged by Yuzo Hayashi.

Yuzo Hayashi_organ, keyboards & scat
Minako Kasahara, Mayumi Chida_vocal, scat
Yuzo Oka_bass
Daisuke Meguri_guitar
Reiko Aoyama_violin
Masaharu Ishikawa_drums
Tadashi Satoh_percussion
Mitsuharu Sonoyama_saxophone & flute
Toshimichi Imao_saxophone & flute
Nabuhiro Kikuchi_trumpet & flugelhorn

01. Incontro Hajime Wa Tanin
02. O' baka No. 9
03. Itsumo Onaji Mise De
04. Koisuru Futari
05. Kaigantōri To Hanauri
06. Machi O Nukedashite
07. Koibito-Tachi No 7 Gatsu
08. Merukāto No Kudamono
09. Rimōne No Jikan
10. Sasowarete 63
11. Erotica Mibōjin
12. Kyū Shigai No Zawameki
13. Kioku No Koibito

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