Saturday, November 22, 2014

Caetano Veloso (Self-Titled)

Year : 1968
Label : Philips
Serie : DeLuxe
Genre : Latin, Rock, Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Bossa Nova, Samba, Psychedelic

After his brilliant debut Bossa Nova album, "Domingo" (1967), which launched Gal Costa's career in Brazilian Pop Music, the committed artist Caetano Veloso enters in the Tropicália movement in becoming one of its famous leaders with among others artists such as Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Maria Bethânia or Tom Zé. This protest movement started in the late sixties, formed by a community of musicians, political activists, songwriters & poets who wanted revolutionize the brazilian culture involving an assertive social awareness against Brazilian military dictatorship (Gil & Veloso were held for several months in 1969 before to be forced to leave the country). They have searched in introducing largely some influences, spirit, writing style & attitude from the Beat Generation, folk & psychedelic music as performed by the Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Veloso has recruited Rogério Duprat for the arrangements (himself involved in several albums of the Tropicália movement), co-written & composes with the poet José Carlos Capinan, his friend Gilberto Gil, Ferreira Gullar and the songstress Gal Costa, all with the ambition to make it the equivalent of the "Sgt. Peppers" album for Brazil. Titles include the two anthems Tropicália & the freedom song "Alegria, Alegria" (often referred to as the Brazilian hymn of 1967), Ave Maria from the Franz Schubert version & Clara featuring Gal Costa. All songs are composed by Caetano Veloso except those mentioned.

01. Tropicália
02. Clarice (Caetano Veloso, Capinan)
03. No Dia Em Que Eu Vim-Me Embora (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil)
04. Alegria, Alegria
05. Onde Andarás? (Caetano Veloso, Ferreira Gullar)
06. Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
07. Superbacana
08. Paisagem Útil
09. Clara feat. Gal Costa
10. Soy Loco por Tí, América (Capinan, Gilberto Gil)
11. Anunciação (Caetano Veloso, Rogerio Duprat)
12. Eles (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil)


George Otsuka Trio - Page 2

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Contempory Jazz

The second volume of a three serie recorded by a legendary modern Jazz trio where evolve the pianist Hideo Ishikawa & bassist Masaoki Terakawa between 1965-1969. This masterpiece of George Otsuka is a japanese jazz classic (among Sleep Walker's influences), which received the same year, the "Grand Prix" from the Japan Jazz Awards '69 edition. Titles include the dancing tune "Hot Cha!" (Junior Walker), the jazz standards On Green Dolphin Street, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Blues By Five (based on a version recorded in 1956 by the Miles Davis Quintet) & Lament (J.J. Johnson).

Hideo Ichikawa_piano
Masaoki Terakawa_bass
George Otsuka_drums

01. Hot Cha!
02. On Green Dolphin Street
03. I Fall In Love Too Easily
04. Blues By Five
05. Lament


Groove Holmes - American Pie

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

American Pie is representative of the main influences to the Acid Jazz movement whose the fatherhood could return to Holmes. An album in the same vein than the previous Comin' On Home from Blue Note, and his first recording for the Sonny Lester label, Groove Merchant. He plays within an keyboardists duet (Holmes being associated here with electric pianist Larry Willis who replaces Weldon Irvine), and a rhythm section consisting of the same couple Hubbard/Jemmott, however without the percussionist Ray Armando.  Titles include stoned-soul grooves, some funky attitude (suggested by some great organ solos flights), relaxing & mellow moods, speaking it in seven tracks among American Pie by Don McLean, the Sonny Rollins' standard, St. Thomas, his demonstrative Fingers & a variation of the Jimmy Van Heusen's Here's That Rainy Day. Produced by Sonny Lester.

Richard "Groove" Holmes_organ
Larry Willis_electric piano
Gerald Hubbard_guitar
Jerry Jemmott_bass
Kwasi Jay Ourba_drums, congas, bongos

01. American Pie
02. St. Thomas
03. Catherine
04. Fingers
05. It's Impossible
06. Rainy Day
07. Who Can I Turn To


Lou Donaldson - Say It Loud !

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

More commercial language for Lou Donaldson who uses, for the first time, the varitone process, an amplification system for saxophone. Indeed, the Lou Donaldson Quintet (featuring Charles Earland, Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Ponder, and of course, Idris Muhammad), adopts here the Blues/Boogie mode, making of Say It Loud! one of his funkiest LP. The first side is entirely devoted to covers songs including the opening track, the Funk/Soul classic from James Brown and the great jazz standards than are Summertime (played in a Latin variation) and Caravan, while the other side consists on two originals composed by Lou.

Lou Donaldson_ alto saxophone
Charles Earland_organ
Jimmy Ponder_guitar
Idris Muhammad_drums

01. Say It Loud I'm Black And Proud
02. Summertime
03. Caravan
04. Snake Bone
05. Brother Soul

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