Friday, October 24, 2014

Zito Righi E Seu Conjunto - Alucinolândia

Year : 1969
Label : Hot
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Bossa Nova

Great japanese press, "Absolute For Dancing", reissued by the parisian store 'Superfly Records', of an unrecognized bijou from Brazilian Pop Music perfomed by Zito Righi, an obscure multi-instrumentalist, best known as saxophonist, arranger and band leader. As far as I know, Zito have also previously released three others albums in the early sixties : Sax De Ouro ; The Song Is You ; Ribamar & Zito Righi. Alucinolândia is not only an ode to the psychedelism (as the title suggests), but also a large brazilian tapestry which consists of a sophisticated blend from versatile sounds and various rhythms between Boogaloo, Easy Listening, Samba/Rock & Jazz. Titles include instrumental tracks, some songs with english & portugese lyrics featuring Sonia Santos and the classic of George Gershwin, Love Here To Stay. All tracks recorded, led & arranged by Zito Righi.

Zito Righi_saxophone, piano
Renato_baritone saxophone
Alberto_organ, piano
Verinha, Sonia Santos & Charlie_vocals

01.  Poema Ritmico Do Malandro
02. Somos Todos Irmãos
03. Once In A While
04. Birimbau
05. Primeira Conjugação
06. Bye Bye
07. Love Is Here To Stay
08. Isn't A Dream
09. Sou Feliz Aqui
10. Adeus Amor
11. Alvorada
12. Hert

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Takehiro Honda & His Orchestra - What's Going On

Year : 1971
Label : Trio Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk

The Rare Groove Collector with Soul Jazz expressions, What's Going On, is the sixth Honda's studio album and his first recorded in the US. He recruits here, an american line up formed by the arranger Teddy Adams, guitarist Ken Lawson & drummer James Cheek, surrounded by a horn section featuring Kohsuke Mine & Tetsuo Fushimi. What's Going On includes his R&B influences from the Soul genius Curtis Mayfield (the classic of the Impressions, Check-Out Your Mind), James Brown (the groovy Ain't Funky Now), Marvin Gaye (the title-track) or Otis Redding (Dock Of The Bay). Others titles include also the Eddie Harris' cover Sham Time, Greasy Spoon by The Crusaders and a reprise of his original composition, Ain't Tell You A Good Way But. All tracks arranged by Terry Adams.

Takehiro Honda_organ, piano & electric piano
Ken Lawson_guitar 
Tamio Kawabata_bass
Yuji Imamura_congas
James Cheek, Takuji Kusumoto_drums
Kohsuke Mine_alto saxophone
Kazunori Takeda_tenor saxophone
Teddy Adams_trombone
Tetsuo Fushimi, Shuzo Morikawa_trumpet

01. Ain't Tell You A Good Way But   
02. Check-Out Your Mind   
03. Ain't Funky Now   
04. What's Going On   
05. Sham Time   
06. Greasy Spoon   
07. Dock Of The Bay

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