Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Banda Black Rio - Maria Fumaça

Year : 1977
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco, Samba

"Maria Fumaça" is probably one of the best Brazilian Jazz Funk album ever recorded, recommended by Gilles Peterson himself ! Banda Black Rio was formed in 1976 by saxophonist Oberdan Magalhães & trumpeter José Carlos Barroso ("Barrosinho"). Both were members of Abolição, a group which accompanied the pianist Dom Salvador from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The band is also supported by The Percussionists Of Rio De Janeiro featuring Luna, Nenê, Wilson Canegal & Geraldo Bongô. Often compared to Kool & The Gang and Earth Wind & Fire, the band rather plays a sound close to The Headhunters style, the backing band of Herbie Hancock during the seventies, and includes some Brazilian music elements. In 1978, the band was recruited as backing band for Time Maia on "Tim Maia Disco Club" and Caetano Veloso on his "Bicho Bale Show". Titles includes the Samba Funk "Marai Fumaça", the killer song Mr. Funky Samba and the Brazilian classics "Casa Forte" of Edu Lobo and "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro" of Ary Barroso. All tracks Arranged by Cristovao Bastos.

Oberdan Magalhães_saxophones
Lucio Silva_trombone
Cristovao Bastos_keyboard
Claudio Stevenson_guitar
Jamil Joanes_bass
Luis Carlos Santos_drums & percussion
Luna, Nenê, Wilson Canegal & Geraldo Bongô_percussion

01. Maria Fumaça
02. Na Baixa do Sapateiro
03. Mr. Funky Samba
04. Caminho da Roça
05. Metalúrgica
06. Baião
07. Casa Forte
08. Leblon Via Vaz Lôbo
09. Urubu Malandro
10. Junia


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Betty Davis - The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Year : 2016
Label : Light In The Attic
Genre : Jazz, Rock, Soul
Style : Jazz Rock, Funk/Soul

Betty "Davis" Marbry presents her recordings sessions for Columbia, during the 1968-1969 period featuring Miles Davis as arranger and Teo Macero as producer. The first six songs were recorded in 1969 at Columbia Studios, New York with the famous Jimi Hendrix musicians Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys) & Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Harvey Brooks from Super Session and the masters of Jazz : Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Larry Young and Wayne Shorter. The last three tracks were recorded in 1968 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, along with Hugh Masekela and featuring The Crusaders. Titles include unrealeased tracks & alternate takes, written by Betty Davis except "Born On The Bayou" by John Forgety and  "Politician Man" by Jack Bruce.

Betty Davis_vocal
Billy Cox_drums
Mitch Mitchell & Harvey Brooks_bass
Herbie Hancock_keyboard
Larry Young_organ 
John McLaughlin_guitar
Wayne Shorter & Wilton Felder_saxophone
Joe Sample_piano
Wayne Henderson_trombone

01. Hangin' Out
02. Politician Man
03. Down Home Girl - Take 4
04. Born On The Bayou
05. I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 1
06. I'm Ready, Willing & Able - Take 9
07. It's My Life - Take 8
08. Live, Love, Learn - Take 12
09. My Soul Is Tired - Take 9


Friday, February 10, 2017

Lee Moses - Time And Place

Year : 2016/1971
Label : Future Days Recordings/Maple Records
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk, R&B

Lee Moses was a american R&B, Soul singer and guitarist from Atlanta. After a singles serie recorded for Musicor in the late sixties (whose the famous "Bad Girl" in 1967), Lee Moses released this unique album on Maple Record in 1971. This lost "Holy Grail" Soul record was unfortunately  a commercial failure and was only first reissued in 2006. Recorded with his own backing group "The Deciples" featuring some members of The Ohio Players, Time And Place includes some powerful funk songs & beautiful melodies : "Got That Will", "Free At Last", "Hey Joe" and the magnificent version of the Flower Power hit "California Dreaming" from The Mamas & The Papas.

01. Time And Place
02. Got That Will
03. What You Don't Want Me To Be
04. California Dreaming
05. Every Boy And Girl
06. Hey Joe 
07. Free At Last
08. Would You Give Up Everything
09. Adorable One
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