Sunday, April 30, 2017

Susumu Arima And New Creators - Eleanor Rigby - Rock & Drums

Year : 1972
Label : JVC
Serie : CD-4
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock

Susumu Arima is a japanese arranger and pianist who worked for japanese folk rock band "Garo" and played alongside Kunihiko Sugano on "The More I See You" in 1972. During the 1972 year, he recorded several pop cover albums for the Victor 4 Channel Serie (also called CD-4), whose "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "The Dock Of The Bay" and "Eleanor Rigby" (feat. drummer Sadakazu Tabata) albums. Later, he recorded the contemporary jazz albums "Good Life" in 1976 and his piano solo project "Super Touch" in 1977. Titles include western rock hits such as "Eleanor Rigby", "Hitchin' A Ride", "As The Years Go By" and the Motown's Soul classic "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me".

Susumu Arima_organ, electric piano
Sadakazu Tabata & Chico Kikuchi_drums

01. Eleanor Rigby   
02. 25 Or 6 To 4   
03. She Sold Me Magic   
04. People Got To Be Free   
05. Hitchin' A Ride   
06. Rock Drum No. 1   
07. Spinning Wheel   
08. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me   
09. Puppet Man   
10. As The Years Go By


Friday, April 14, 2017

Osamu Furuya & The Freshmen - Disco Hit Number

Year : Late '70
Label : Homeros Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul, Disco

Osamu Furuya was a arranger, pianist and former member of the rockabilly group "The Sharp Hawks" from 1963 to 1965. Later called, "The Sharp Five", the group have played an active part in the japanese rock boom during the "Group Sounds" & "Eleki" era. Osamu was also a peerless studio player and composer for various japanese pop artists as the songstress Beverly Maeda & her backing band, the Linders aka "Lind & The Linders". In the late seventies, he was in charge of several pop & disco/funk covers albums series, whose "Disco Hit Number" is coming from.

01. I Can't Give You Anything
02. Disco Baby
03. Viva America
04. That's The Way
05. Love To Love Baby
06. Shanghai Kung Fu

07. El Bimbo
08. Tell Me What You Want
09. Fly, Robin, Fly
10. Theme From S.W.A.T.
11. Gimme the Key
12. The Hustle
13. Chinese Kung Fu
14. High Jack


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 5

The compilation serie dedicated to the essential sound of the Brazil '70, including Latin Grooves, MPB, Jazz Funk & Samba Rock featuring some eminent actors of the Brazilian Soul movement (called "Black Rio"), such as Miguel De Deus, Toni Tornado, Banda Black Rio, Hyldon or Dom Salvador. Recorded between 1967-1977.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, April 10, 2017

Som Três - Som 3

Year : 1993/1969
Label : EMI/Odeon
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, MPB, Funk/Soul, Soul Jazz

Som Três is a bossa jazz trio, actives from 1966 to 1971, who have offered their services as backing band for Wilson Simonal on "Vou Deixar Cair" (1966) and the "Show Em Simonal" (1967) albums. The group is led by the renowned brazilian pianist, arranger & producer, César "Camargo" Mariano, who worked for Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, Jorge Ben and international artists such as French Pop songstress, France Gall. César "Camargo" Mariano was also a eminent member of  the Sambalaça Trio (alongside Airto Moreira), one of the most influential jazz samba formation in Brazil. The two others members who formed the trio are Sebastião "Sabá" Oliveira Da Paz & Antônio "Toninho" Pinheiro, both came from another brazilian jazz samba formation, the Jongo Trio. "Som 3" is a crossover jazz album with latin, pop and funk orientations including also the Soul Jazz style on "Blood-Mary" & "There's Gonna Be A "Showdown". Titles include soul covers of the Motown sound (For Once In My Life, California Soul...), the brazilian classics (Sé Vocé Pensa, Que Pena), and the killer tune "Homenagem A Mongo" composed by Camargo.

César "Camargo" Mariano_piano, organ
Sebastião "Sabá" Oliveira Da Paz_bass
Antônio "Toninho" Pinheiro_drums & percussion

01. For Once In My Life
02. Moça
03. Se Você Pensa
04. Blood-Mary
05. California Soul
06. Homenagem A Mongo
07. Que Pena
08. Tijuana
09. There's Gonna Be A "Showdown"
10. Caruarú


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tania Maria - Brazil With My Soul

Year : 1978
Label : Barclay
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Samba, Bossa Nova

"Brazil With My Soul" is the third Tania Maria's album recorded in France, at studio Hoche, Paris, after "Via Brazil Vol. 1 & 2". The album is a mix of jazz, bossa & up-tempo samba including scat singing in the pure Ella Fitzgerald's style and piano jazz improvisations. Tania is surrounded by some of the best French Jazz players among bassist J.F. Jenny-Clark (sideman for Gato Barbieri, Michel Portal & Masahiko Togashi) and drummer Aldo Romano. Titles include Passarella, , Eu Fui A Europa, Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Jobim/Buarque) & Ideias E Ideais.

Tania Maria_vocals, piano
Zezito & J.F. Jenny-Clark_bass
Hubert Varron_cello
Aldo Romano & Passarinho_drums
L.C. Fuina_drums, percussions
Clovis Lobâo_percussions
Alain Hatot_saxophone, flute
Alfred Housepian_trumpet, flugelhorn

01. Tatiana
02. Passarella
03. Pecados Meus
04. Rua 17B
05. Zé
06. Eu Fui A Europa
07. Retrato Em Branco E Preto
08. Para Chick
09. Ideias Eideais


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Trio Mocotó (Self-Titled)


Year : 2016/1973
Label : ViNiLiSSSiMO/RGE
Genre : Latin
Style : Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB, Funk/Soul

Trio Mocotó was formed in 1968, in São Paulo, by three percussionists : Fritz Escovão, Joãozinho Parahyba & Nereu Gargalo. Their music is the result of a Brazilian sounds fusion (samba & bossa) with the American pop, often reduced to the name of "samba rock". But Trio Mocotó is more a synthesis between various musical styles from funk to rock, passing by the jazz, than some samba rock. The trio are mainly known as the Jorge Ben’s backing band, during the zenith of his career (1969-1971), when they took part in his great recordings as the "Força Bruta" & "Negro E Lindo" albums. Titles include the opening track "Desapareça" (a powerful afro-brasileira-samba-funk song), a funny variation of the pop cover "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (Gotas De Chuva Na Minha Cuíca), and the Latin Jazz songs "Palomares" & "Eu Tou Por For Da Jogada". 

Joãozinho Parahyba_drums & vocal
Nereu Gargalo_percussioniss & vocals
Fritz Escovão_percussion & vocal

01. Desapareça    
02. Nó Na Garganta    
03. Vem Ça    
04. Recordar (Recordar É Viver)    
05. Não Va Embora    
06. Desculpe    
07. Maior É Deus    
08. Samba Da Preguiça    
09. Palomares    
10. Swinga Sambaby    
11. Eu Tou Por For Da Jogada    
12. Gotas De Chuva Na Minha Cuíca (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head)


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Edwin Starr - War & Peace

Year : 1970
Label : Gordy
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Psychedelic Soul

The Edwin Starr's masterpiece comprising the american counterculture anthem, the anti-war song about the Vietnam conflict. Released on Motown Records in 1970,  "War & Peace" is a magnum opus of Soul Music, an essential  record, a classic among the classics from the Berry Gordy's productions. From the beginning to the end, "War & Peace" contains no dead time, as evidenced the future standards included in the album, such as "Running Back And Forth" & "Time" (both composed by Edwin Starr), the cover songs "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "California Soul" (Ashford & Simpson), and of course, the timeless "War", originally recorded by The Temptations and composed by the hitmakers couple : Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong.

01. War
02. Running Back And Forth
03. Adios Senorita
04. All Around The World
05. I Can't Escape Your Memory
06. At Last (I Found A Love)
07. I Just Wanted To Cry
08. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
09. Time
10. California Soul
11. I Can't Replace My Old Love
12. She Should Have Been Home


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Native Son (Self-Titled)

Year : 1979
Label : Infinity records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Latin Jazz

"Native Son" is a Japanese fusion band formed in 1978, when the crossover jazz "boom" was at climax in Japan. From  the late seventies to the mid eighties, they had met an international audience, when they were regularly on stage in Europe (Montreux Jazz Festival '83) and in the USA. Led by pianist Takehiro Honda featuring saxophonist Kosuke Mine, drummer Hiroshi Murakami and later joined by trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura, the group released between 1978-1987, seven albums whose the record hit "Savannah Hot-Line" in 1979. Their music includes some Latin melodies (Whispering Eyes feat. Damião Gomes De Souza), caribbean styles (Wind Surfin) & Funk elements (Super Safari). "Heat Zone" is a variation of "Spirits Flow" previously realeased on "Another Departure" in 1977, during the Vanguard studio recording sessions with Tony Williams & Ron Carter.  All tracks composed by Takehiro Honda.

Takehiro Honda_electric piano, clavinet & Synthesizer  
Kohsuke Mine_tenor & soprano saxophones
Tamio Kawabata_bass 
Motonobu Ohde_guitar
Hiroshi Murakami_drums
Damião Gomes De Souza_cuica

01.Bump Crusing
02.Heat Zone
03.Breezin' & Dreamin'
04.Wind Surfing
05.Whispering Eyes
06.Twilight Mist
07.Super Safari
08.Whispering Eyes (Reprise)

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