Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brother Jack McDuff - Moon Rappin'

Year : 1970
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk

Recorded in four days at New York in december 1969, Moon Rappin' is a typical Soul Jazz/Funk album of its time, featuring Richard Davis, Joe Dukes & the voice of Soul/Jazz songstress Jean DuShon. In his second album for Blue Note, McDuff explores the space soundscapes including reverb effects straight-ahead jazz codes, long bluesy inspirations with groovy organ & Wah Wah guitar. Moon Rappin' was sampled many times by various Hip-Hop bands like A Tribe Called Quest in their song Scenario (The Low End Theory - 1991), which contains a sample of Oblighetto, or more recently the eponymous track by the Hip-Hop collective from Brooklyn, Pro Era, for Vinyl extracted from their P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse album in 2012. All tracks produced & arranged by Brother Jack McDuff.

Brother Jack McDuff_organ
Bill Phillips_tenor saxophone, flute
Richard Davis_bass
Jerry Byrd_guitar
Joe Dukes_drums
Jean DuShon_vocal on Oblighetto

01. Flat Backin'
02. Oblighetto
03. Moon Rappin'
04. Made In Sweden
05. Loose Foot


Arawak ‎– Accadde A.......

Year : 1970
Label : Squirrel records
Genre : Jazz, Library
Style : Jazz Funk, Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz

Reissue of rare italian library by the portuguese label, Golden Pavilion Records (already in charge of the Stefano Torossi's Feelings album reissue). Arawak is the most famous pseudonym for Luciano Simoncini, an italian pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, in charge of many film scores, background music in radio and TV programs. Titles include disco beat (Accadde A Las Vegas), Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening & Funky sounds associated to world music according to the localities he met, recorded all over the world : Bali, Lima, Harlem, Belfast ....Accadde A Bali was sampled by Madlib on Real Eyes for his Quasimoto project, The Unseen album released in 2000.

01. ...A Harlem
02. ...A Cuzco
03. ...A Bali
04. ...A Bahia
05. ...A Belfast
06. ...A Tutti Noi
07. ...A Las Vegas
08. ...In Biafra
09. ...A Yellow Park
10. ...A Lima
11. ...A Atene
12. ...A Boston


Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Stillness

Year : 1970
Label : A&M Records
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Samba, Bossa Nova

Stillness is a concept album resulting the fusion between the Latin Beat & Pop Music, the 7th and last album recorded by Sérgio Mendes with his Brasil '66 group (featuring american saxophonist Tom Scott), before be renamed it the Brasil '77. The original band was formed in 1966, under initiative of Richard Adler & Herb Alpert, to found a band able to sing in English as well as Portuguese, in order to better suit the American music market & of its public (their first success was the single Mas Que Nada by Jorge Ben). Titles include an alternating of brazilian songs from Gilberto Gil (Viramundo), Caetano Veloso (Lost In Paradise), Celebration Of The Sunrise by the Oscar Castro-Neves/Sebastião Neto duo, folk/rock songs from Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning), Blood Sweet & Tears (Sometimes In Winter) and some others pop sounds tunes composed by Paula Stone. All tracks produced by Herb Alpert & Sérgio Mendes, orchestrated by Dick Hazard (Righteous Life & Sometimes In Winter) & Thomas W. Scott (Lost In Paradise).

Sérgio Mendes_piano, vocals
Gracinha Leporace_introducing, vocals
Michael Lang_piano
Oscar Castro-Neves_guitar
Joe Osborn_bass
Tom Scott_flute
Mark Stevens_drums
Lani Hall & Karen Philipp_vocals

01. Stillness
02. Righteous Life
03. Chelsea Morning
04. Cancao Do Nosso Amor
05. Viramundo
06. Lost In Paradise
07. For What It's Worth
08. Sometimes In Winter
09. Celebration Of The Sunrise
10. Stillness


Isao Suzuki Trio/Quartet - Blow Up

Year : 1973
Label : TBM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Avant Garde, Progressive Jazz

The "Jazz Godfather", responsible of more 50 albums, has gained a lot of experience playing alongside Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald or Ron Carter, before contribute to the development of the japanese fusion & the Progressive Jazz movement, throughout the seventies. For his first solo steps, Suzuki recruited two japanese jazz greats, Kunihiko Sugano & George Otsuka, as well as support of the sideman, Takashi Mizuhashi (session bassist for TBM label), passing from the trio to a quartet formation when he plays cello. Many times awarded, the timeless Blow Up still remains a reference and an essential for all Japanese Jazz fans. Titles include three compositions of Suzuki, the cello piece Aqua Marine, the funky eponymous track, Blow Up,  & Low Flight, the pop standard Everything Happens To Me, the Errol Garner's Like It Is in the New Orleans style and I Can't Get Started by Vernon Duke. All tracks arranged by Isao Suzuki, on tracks 1, 3, 5 & 6, Takashi Mizuhashi is added.
Isao Suzuki_bass & cello
Kunihiko Sugano_piano & electric piano
George Otsuka_drums
Takashi "Gon" Mizuhashi_bass

01. Aqua Marine
02. Everything Happens To Me
03. Blow Up
04. Like It Is
05. I Can't Get Started
06. Low Flight

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