Saturday, June 25, 2016

Universal Togetherness Band (Self-Titled)

Year : 2015
Label : The Numero Group
Genre : Jazz, Funk/Soul, New Wave
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco

The first issue of the chicago jazz funk band "The Universal Togetherness Band" lead by songwriter/producer Andre Gibson and released, at last, after over thirty years by The Numero Group label. This compilation brings together some of their best session recordings,  from 1979 to 1982, under the Columbia College audio engineering program. In spite of the many hours passed in the studio, neither album based on UTB's own material has been released, the band never had the opportunity to sign a record deal. UTB fuses Funk, Soul & Disco rhythms with Jazz breaks, offers a kind of synthesis between P-Funk & the New Wave nascent. A catchy music as the Nile Rodgers' Chic band (the reminiscence of the bass line from Bernard Edwards), Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang or Prince, have could produce during the late seventies till the edge of the eighties.
Andre Gibson_vocals, guitar, vibraphone
Leslie Misher_lead guitar
Fred Misher_bass, backing vocals
Paul Hanover_harmonica, piano
Arnold Gibson_drums, bass
Louis Sanford_percussion

01. Ain't Gonna Cry    
02. Real Thrill
03. Try Try Try    
04. My Sentiment    
05. Once In A Lifetime
06. Taken By Love    
07. Call For Love
08. I Want You


Monday, June 13, 2016

Serge Gainsbourg - Le Cinéma De Serge Gainsbourg

Year : 2015
Label : DECCA
Series : Back To Black
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen, Soundtrack
Style : Chanson, Psychedelic, Pop, Rock, Soul Jazz

Compilation of various works composed by Serge Gainsbourg for french directors (among others Bertrand Blier, Georges Lautner & Michel Audiar), including 14 cinematographic pieces recorded in the sixties, exactly from 1959 to 1969. Since "L'Eau A La Bouche" (1959), his first soundtrack arranged by Alain Goraguer, Serge Gainsbourg was able to surround himself  by others talented arrangers/composers, most of the time, the French Michel Colombier & Jean-Claude Vannier on several films : Si J'étais Un Espion (1967), Anna (1966), Manon 70 (1968) & Le Pacha (1968) with Michel Colombier ; Les Chemins De Katmandou (1969), Slogan (1969) & Une Veuve En Or (1969) with Jean-Claude Vannier (also in charge of the cult Serge Gainsbourg's album "Histoire De Mélodie Nelson"). The tracklist includes some songs sung by Serge Gainsbourg, Anna Karina & Michèle Mercier or Serge Gainsbourg featuring Jane Birkin, and several unreleased tracks extracted from "Si J'étais Un Espion"(Breakdown), "Les Chemins De Katmandou" (Générique & Transe Party Des Haschichiens), "Manon 70" (New Delire Again), "Le Pacha" (Un Noël 67) & "Slogan" (Paris-Bombay).

01. Serge Gainsbourg - L’Eau À La Bouche
02. Breakdown (Si J’étais Un Espion)
03. Serge Gainsbourg - L’Escroc (Les Plus Belles Escroqueries Du Monde)
04. Anna Karina - Sous Le Soleil Exactement (Anna)
05. Anna (Générique Fin)
06. Serge Gainsbourg - Manon
07. New Délire Again (Manon 70)
08. Requiem Pour Un Con (Le Pacha)
09. Un Noël 67 (Le Pacha)
10. Les Chemins De Katmandou (Générique)
11. Transe Party Des Haschichiens (Les Chemins De Katmandou)
12. Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - La Chanson De Slogan
13. Paris-Bombay (Slogan)
14. Michèle Mercier - La Fille Qui Fait Tchic-Ti-Tchic (Une Veuve En Or)


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jacques Loussier - Play Bach N°2

Year : 1962
Label : DECCA
Genre : Jazz, Classical
Style : Baroque, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz

Volume 2 of the five discs serie starting from 1959, performed by the Jacques Loussier Trio featuring percussionist Christian Garros & bassist Pierre Michelot, former member (with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Considered as a pioneer, “the grandfather” of crossover jazz has attempted to unify the classical and the jazz world. Jacques Loussier introduces his jazz improvisations on some Johann Sebastian Bach compositions, in five acts, all recorded between 1959 and 1965 for DECCA label. He played in four continents from London to New York by Tokyo and sold over six million copies in the world. 

Jacques Loussier_piano
Pierre Michelot_bass
Christian Garros_drums, percussions

01. Allemande   
02. Courante   
03. Sarabande   
04. Menuet I - Menuet II   
05. Gigue   
06. Choral   
07. Prelude 6   
08. Aria   
09. Prelude 16   
10. Fugue 16   
11. Prelude 21 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Albert Ayler - Free Jazz

Year : 1979/1964
Label : Vogue/Freedom Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Free Jazz, Hard Bop

Although he was recognized by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler (1936-1970) remained an accursed artist who divided critics, while he was a brilliant Avant-Garde saxophonist and a eminent actor of the Free Jazz movement during the early sixties. Originally released under "My Name Is Albert Ayler" on Debut Records (a Jazz label founded by Charles Mingus & Max Roach), "Free Jazz" was recorded live in 1963 in Copenhagen for the Danish National Radio. The formation consists on two danish jazz players, the rookie Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (a 16 year old bassist), Niels Brønsted and an american drummer, Ronnie Gardiner. Titles are mainly played in the Hard Bop style including free improvisations, jazz standards & covers from Charlie Parker (Billie's Bounce) to George Gershwin (Summertime), and an Ayler's original composition, "C.T.".

Albert Ayler_tenor, alto saxophone
Niels Brønsted_piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen_bass
Ronnie Gardiner_drums

01. Introduction by Albert Ayler
02. Bye, bye, blackbird
03. Billie's Bounce
04. Summertime
05. On Green Dolphin Street
06. C.T.

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