Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Be Hard Bop - Ode To Blue by Be Hard Bop


Tribute to Blue Note Records, the most famous american jazz label established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Recorded between 1966-1975, these thirteen tracks include various styles of Jazz produced by the Blue Note label, from Latin to Soul by Funk featuring Ronnie Foster, Bobby Hutcherson, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Brother Jack McDuff, Bobbi Humphrey, Reuben Wilson, Alphonse Mouzon, Candido Camero & Duke Pearson

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions

Year : 1973
Label : Talma Motown
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, R&B, Jazz Funk

Innervisions is the third album from the most creative period of Stevie Wonder, initiated with the Music of Mind album in 1972, the first milestone of a five serie acts which concludes in apogee with "Songs In The Key Of Life" in 1976. Innervisions is representative of a one-man band using a large panoply of instruments, likewise supported by great musicians featuring Jazz Funk guitarist David T. Walker & producer Malcolm Cecil (inventor of TONTO synthesizer). The nine songs of Innervisions are entirely composed by Stevie, gathered in a wide range of styles, from Jazz to Soul by Funk & Latin music (Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing). Stevie put into songs his thoughts and his feelings on the American social context, including political ethic ("He's Misstra Know It All", a acerbic criticism of Richard Nixon's policy), afro-american conscience (the racism on "Living for the City") and spiritual language on "Jesus Children of America". Titles include also "Higher Ground", the reminiscence of groove from his previous big hit "Superstition", the both ballads "All in Love Is Fair" & "Golden Lady", and "Too High" dealing with drug abuse.

Stevie Wonder_lead vocal, piano, keys, harmonica & drums
Clarence Bell_organ
Malcolm Cecil_bass
Scott Edwards & Willie Weeks_electric bass    
David T. Walker_electric guitar
Dean Parks & Ralph Hammer_acoustic guitar
Larry "Nastyee" Latimer_congas
Sheila Wilkerson_bongos, Latin gourd
Yusuf Roahman_shaker
Tasha Thomas & Jim Gilstrap_background vocal

01. Too High
02. Visions
03. Living for the City
04. Golden Lady
05. Higher Ground
06. Jesus Children of America
07. All in Love Is Fair
08. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
09. He's Misstra Know It All

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gal E Caetano Velloso ‎- Domingo

Year : 1967
Label : Philips
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

Domingo is the debut "Bossa Nova" album of Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa (featuring guitarist Dori Caymmi plus string and horns ensemble), both influenced by the João Gilberto's style. Domingo is part of respectives Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso's discographies, it was recorded just before the explosion of Tropicália movement. Titles include solo and duo songs based on original compositions by Caetano, Edu Lobo (Candeias), Sidney Miller (Maria Joana), Gilberto Gil & Torquato Neto (Minha Senhora, Zabelê). All tracks arrangged by  Francis Hime and Roberto Menescal.

Caetano Veloso_vocals
Gal Costa_vocals
Dori Caymmi_acoustic guitar
01. Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo
Caetano Veloso - Onde Eu Nasci Passa Um Rio
Gal Costa - Avarandado
Caetano Veloso - Um Dia
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Domingo
Gal Costa - Nenhuma Dor
Gal Costa - Candeias
08. Caetano Veloso - Remelexo
Gal Costa - Minha Senhora
10. Caetano Veloso - Quem Me Dera
Gal Costa - Maria Joana
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Zabelê

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Brasilia Modern Six - Estréia


Year : 2002/1969
Label : BGM, Ultra-Vybe/RCA Victor
Genre : Pop, Latin Jazz
Style : MPB, Rock, Bossa Nova, Samba, Soft rock

Obscure Soft Rock group from the late 60's, formed by a Brazilian chorus of six members (who sings as well in english as in portugese), and a backing band featuring groovy organ sound reminding the Walter Wanderley style. In the same vein as the Mario Castro Neves & Samba S. A., titles include typical brazilian style, bossa & samba songs (Roda De Samba, Homem Zero, Balanço De Criança), international pop standards (whose a lounge version of the classic from The Doors, Light My Fire), and some latin cover songs (The theme song of Chile movie "Morir un Poco" (1967), "Viento Dile A la Lluvia" from Argentine rock group Los Gatos). Originally released on RCA Victor in 1969.

01. I Love You
02. Estou Aqui
03. Those Were The Days
04. Light My Fire
05. Roda De Samba
06. I Say A Little Prayer
07. O Carrossed De Dusseldorf
08. Viento Dile A La Lluvia
09. Tomorrow's Love (Morir Um Poco)
10. Homem Zero
11. Balanço De Criança
12. Summer Rain

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