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The Meters – Rejuvenation

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When the Meters jumped from the Josie label to Reprise in 1972, their new label seemed intent on crossing them over to a wider audience. Released in 1974, Rejuvenation, the Meters’ second Reprise album, stands as the best of this period, with their core funk sound embellished with elements of rock and mainstream soul. The success of this album can be judged by the fact that six of these nine songs stayed fixed in the (Funky) Meters repertoire more than 25 years after they recorded them. Their version here of “Hey Pocky A-Way” stands as the song’s definitive reading, but tracks such as “People Say,” “Just Kissed My Baby” (featuring the contributions of Lowell George), “Jungle Man,” and “Africa” are career highlights as well, retaining the power of stripped-down funk while still fleshing out the sound with punchy horns, background singers, and a more rock-oriented production. These cuts don’t quite reach the level of the gloriously funky three-minute instrumental nuggets they made for Josie, but they come very close. –Marc Greilsamer

Tracklist

01. People Say
02. Love Is for Me
03. Just Kissed My Baby
04. What’cha Say
05. Jungle Man
06. Hey Pocky A-Way
07. It Ain’t No Use
08. Loving You Is on My Mind
09. Africa
10. People Say (single version)
11. Hey Pocky A-Way (single version)

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Meshell Ndegeocello – Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone

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After the release of ‘Weather’, Meshell Ndegeocello releases her 10th album, ‘Pour une ame souveraine’ (For a sovereign soul). After a career of more than 20 years, Meshell Ndegeocello, the American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist and vocalist and her musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys), and Deantoni Parks (drums) recorded a tribute to Nina Simone and play some of the tracks made famous by the icon of black music. Meshell also invited a few guests to take part of this dedication to Nina Simone, such as Sinead O’Conner, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT.

Tracklist

01. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
02. Suzanne
03. Real Real (feat. Toshi Reagon)
04. House Of The Rising Sun (feat. Toshi Reagon)
05. Turn Me On
06. Feelin’ Good
07. Don’t Take All Night (feat. Sinead O’Connor)
08. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (feat. Lizz Wright)
09. Be My Husband (feat. Valerie June)
10. Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (feat. Valerie June)
11. See Line Woman (feat. Tracy Wannomae)
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black (feat. Cody Chesnutt)
14. Four Women

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Elaquent – Parallel

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New stuff from Elaquent! 128kbps quality so buy HQ here > urbnet.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Parallel
02. Rainy Days
03. Wish You Were Here
04. In This Style 10-6 (feat. Evil Needle)
05. Like Water

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Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X – Zulu Guru

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Zulu Guru is the first full-length collaboration from singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III and producer/emcee MeLo-X. Both Jesse and MeLo-X have critically acclaimed self-released albums and duets.With Zulu Guru, they bring together a solid collection of songs that reflect and define a new direction in Hip Hop and R&B, both lyrically and musically. This new sound is rooted in traditional soul music, adding elements from multiple genres to serve a purely unique and honest look at modern romance. With Zulu Guru, Jesse and MeLo-X absorb influences from around the world into the production including Afro-Beat, West Indian, and Electronic Soul – expanding their brand and message wordlwide. Zulu Guru also features emerging singers Chris Turner and Mara Hruby, rapper MoRuF, style mavens Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette and wordsmiths Kesed, Trae Harris and Joekenneth Museau.

For more info and buy check: ninjatune.net

Tracklist

01. Zulu Guru I ft. Trae Harris
02. I’m New Here
03. Black Orpheus
04. Change Of Heart ft. Moruf, Chris Turner
05. Broken Wings
06. Schwaza ft. Joe Kenneth
07. Perfect Blues ft. Jesse Boykins III
08. Searching Her Ways
09. Primal Chance ft. Mara Hruby, Jesse Boykins III
10. Strange Recreation ft. Jesse Boykins III
11. Tribe Of Stafa ft. MeLo-X
12. Better For You (Remix) ft. Ango
13. Outta My Mind ft. Chris Turner, Jesse Boykins III
14. Zulu Guru II ft. Kesed
15. Schwaza Culture ft. Street Etiquette

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Melodiesinfonie – Ja​$​$

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Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie’s Melodiesinfonie goes solo for this great beat tape. Ja$$ consists of 22 tracks done with samples, a collection of beats exclusive to this project.

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The Red Garland Quintet – All Mornin’ Long

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On November 15, 1957, a quintet headed by pianist Red Garland recorded enough material for two records. This CD reissue (whose companion is Soul Junction) has a 20-minute version of “All Mornin’ Long,” along with briefer renditions of “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (a mere ten minutes) and Tadd Dameron’s “Our Delight.” More important than the material is that, in addition to Garland, the main soloists are John Coltrane and trumpeter Donald Byrd. Byrd was on his way to getting his sound together, while Trane, very much in his sheets-of-sound period, was already blazing a new path for jazz to follow. An excellent and often quite colorful jam session-flavored hard bop set. ~ Scott Yanow

Personnel: Red Garland (piano); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); George Joyner (bass); Arthur Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. All Morning Long
02. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
03. Our Delight

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George Russell Sextet – Ezz-Thetics

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George Russell is listed in the Encyclopedia of Jazz as “composer, piano, educator” and all of these are accurate descriptions of this dynamic musical revolutionary. But in the early Sixties he also spent some exciting years as a bandleader, presenting his Lydian and pan-tonal concepts in action and helping vitally in the rise to prominence of two significant innovators of the period: Eric Dolphy and Don Ellis. Both men play major roles in this 1961 album by probably the best of Russell’s small groups, which includes one of Dolphy’s most lasting celebrated recorded efforts–his astonishing bass clarinet solo on the Thelonious Monk classic, “‘Round Midnight.”

Personnel: George Russell (piano); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet); Stephen Swallow (bass); Joe Hunt (drums); Dave Baker (trombone); Don Ellis (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Ezz-Thetics
02. Nardis
03. Lydiot
04. Thoughts
05. Honesty
06. ‘Round Midnight
07. Kige’s Tune (take 2)
08. Kige’s Tune (take 5)

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Ennio Morricone – Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare

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Soundtrack of “Milano Odia: la polizia non può sparare” with the music composed by Ennio Morricone and conducted by Bruno Nicolai, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Rapimento
02. Raptus Omicida
03. I Conti Ora Tornano
04. Milano Odia: La POlizia Non Può Sparere (Titoli- versione film)
05. Raptus Omicida (# 2)
06. Raptus Omicida (# 3)
07. Rapimento (# 2)
08. Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (# 2)
09. Rapimento (# 3)
10. Raptus Omicida (# 4)
11. Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (# 3 Titoli- versione lunga)
12. Raptus Omicida (# 5)

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Roy Ayers – Ubiquity

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Roy Ayers’ leap to the Polydor label inaugurates his music’s evolution away from the more traditional jazz of his earlier Atlantic LPs toward the infectious, funk-inspired fusion that still divides critics and fans even decades after the fact. Although Ubiquity maintains one foot in Ayers’ hard bop origins, the record favors soulful grooves and sun-kissed textures that flirt openly and unapologetically with commercial tastes. Several cuts feature the male/female vocals that would become a hallmark of subsequent Ubiquity efforts, while mid-tempo instrumentals like “Pretty Brown Skin” and “The Painted Desert” feature evocatively cinematic arrangements and intriguing solos that unfurl like psychedelic freak flags. The crack supporting cast including bassist John Williams, keyboardist Harry Whitaker, and drummer Alphonso Mouzon proves equally effective on high-energy numbers like “Can You Dig It” and the Nat Adderley-penned “Hummin’ in the Sun,” which point the way to the mind-expanding funk Ayers would perfect across the sessions to follow. An outstanding record. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Pretty Brown Skin
02. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
03. I can’t Help Myself
04. Love
05. The Fuzz
06. Hummin’
07. Can You Dig It
08. Painted Desert
09. He Gives Us All His Love

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Fat Thumbs Ronnie (A Unity Sextet Release) – Time To Shine

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When The Unity Sextet released their debut album in January 2012 it came as a real surprise. Rarely in the last few years have a full-on live band captured the spectrum that the sextet embraced with their unique sound-scape: the open-minded grooves of the Sixties, the spiritual instrumental craftsmanship of the Seventies, the sense of globality discovered with Acid Jazz in the Eighties, the immediacy and realness of Nineties’ HipHop, all captured in a style and sound which is distinctively “Now”. With “Time To Shine” Buddy Franco, Fats Young Jr., Cassius Farqhuar, Junior Oliver, Chuck Waldron and ‘Fat Thumbs’ Ronnie introduce the second chapter of their musical story. Fat Thumbs Ronnie, piano wizard and master of synthesizers, already worked on a collection of his own compositions during the initial Unity Sextet album sessions, but only during this summer after the release of his band’s album was he ready to record. Needless to say, the whole Unity team was on the spot, joined by guest musicians Lukas Drinkwater on guitar and Charlie Hearnshaw on saxophone.

“Time To Shine”, as Ronnie calls his debut solo collection of eleven tracks, is a love affair with cinematic, eclectic rhythms and some virtuoso keyboard work, perfectly put into context by producer Lack Of Afro.

Tracklist

01. A Tenuous Link
02. The Playhouse
03. Holcomb
04. Interlude 4
05. Two Steps Forward
06. The Betrayal
07. Building Bridges
08. Interlude 5
09. Left Behind
10. Major Minus
11. A Parting Gesture

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Grooveman Spot – Paradox

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New stuff from the japanese artist Grooveman Spot, enjoy! for more info and buy check: www.jazzysport.com

Tracklist

01. Groove Me
02. Earth Drum
03. Nelson Dead End
04. Pretending (Featuring Hollie Smith & Isaac Aesili)
05. A Little Step
06. The New Terrain
07. Sugar Dance
08. Urbanizer
09. Horizon
10. Astronaut
11. Night In KBC
12. Take A Stance
13. At Noodle Kingdom
14. Inevitable (Featuring Capitol A)

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Label Love Vol. 5 – The Jazz Edition

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Label Love is an eclectic yet unified bundle of unique sounds compiled simply for the love of sharing them with the universe – each track plucked and presented by Jazz heads from Tru Thoughts Recordings, Impossible Ark Records, Gondwana Records, Jazzman Records, Edition Records, Katalyst Entertainment, Revive Music Group, and Basho Records.

Label Love Volume 5: The Jazz Edition showcases a broad range of Jazz, with the goal of expanding minds to the magical genre and its many forms.

Each label and artist evokes its own signature giving this collection a diversified and interesting flow. Label Love consists of nostalgic jazz classics, unreleased gems, and exclusive selections.

Tracklist

01. Menagerie – The Chosen
02. Sara Mitra – April Song
03. Matthew Halsall – Fletcher Moss Park
04. Greg Foat – Girl and Robot with Flowers Pt 5
05. Ivo Neame – American Jesus
06. Nostalgia 77 & The Monster – The Taxidermist
07. Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnics – It’s Time feat. Nona Hendryx
08. Troyka – Rarebit
09. Dwigth Trible – Hyku For Peace / Come Ye
10. Gizmo – Red Balloon
11. Allsopp, Vosloo, Stanley, Giles – Like Someone In Love
12. That’s Why – Udoyeleg
13. The Golden Age Of Steam – Waffle Throne
14. Examples Of Twelves – Please Hold (Part 2)
15. Kit Downes – Skip James

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Cosmic Compositions – Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol.1 -Pharoah Sanders

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We feel there is huge similarity’s between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50′s & 60′s & the beat movement of Today. As both movements attempted to break down, extend & alter the conventions of their original genres (Jazz & Hip Hop) & were never afraid to experiment & improvise to create something that wasn’t accepted commercially at the time.

C O S M I C | C O M P O S I T I O N S will be putting together a Series of Compilations dedicated to some of the pioneers of the Avant-Garde Jazz Movement.

Tracklist

01. K*Saba & Christoph El Truento – Cosmic Compositions
02. @Peace [Produced by Dandruff Dicky] – Down To Earth
03. Scruffnuk – Hash & Jazz
04. Twit One – Nile Cruise
05. K*Saba feat. HoneBeGood – Nubian Riot
06. Christoph El Truento – Mountains
07. Thallus – The Bird Of The King
08. Nahm-Sayn – Phrī Jaija
09. The Pilots – Q & A
10. Iller The Abstract Giraffe – Selflessness
11. Tuamie – Spaghetti
12. Oisima – Takes Me Back
13. Dutchmassive – Astral Travelling
14. Matt Miller – Once Again [Instrumenta]
15. Third3ye [Produced by Matt Miller] – Once Again
16. Ackryte – Ferrell
17. Ben Jamin’ – Flowerz
18. Kakapo – Broken Emotion
19. Amin Payne – Pharoah Rays
20. Josh Hey – New York 61
21. Ann Arbor – Pharoah’s Dance
22. Andherpackage – Luni’n Chant
23. Clear Blue – Vienna
24. REZ – Up
25. Wodoo Wolcan – Astral Travelling
26. KVZE – Ironlungs

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Insightful – The Shy Lanterns Glow

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“An album dedicated to the lantern you are. The world is dark at times, and this was created to remind you of the light inside of you. My life has been a series of ups and downs and I hope this resonates somehow. Take care.”
-Insightful

Tracklist

01. Bad Burp
02. God’s Getting Drunk
03. Identical Door
04. Breaking A Mind Cycle
05. Allah
06. Too Many Souls
07. A Horses Soul
08. Floating Brain
09. Ugliful
10. Sky Tribe
11. Chain Mail
12. 1,000 Inches
13. Secure
14. Fever

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Dizzy Gillespie – Have Trumpet, Will Excite!

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It’s easy and perhaps unfair to take any later jazz album by a trendy, “hot” trumpeter and compare it to a classic like Have Trumpet, Will Excite!. Critics and fans have been afforded the luxury of time to weed out half-efforts. Still, even without former knowledge of who Dizzy Gillespie is, Have Trumpet, Will Excite! separates itself from the crowd pretty quickly. The Latin up-tempo arrangement of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” thrusts the song into an entirely different realm. Junior Mance’s piano kicks things of with a quirky, forceful rhythm, and after Gillespie’s trumpet lays down the bare bones of the melody, it’s pretty much forgotten. From there, the band takes off on a creative surge. The same is true of “My Man.” A brave arrangement, kicked off by piano and outlined by trumpet, completely rewrites the piece. “Sure,” Gillespie and the band, seem to say, “We can play old swing tunes, but wouldn’t it be cool if we turned them inside out?” This approach, along with sharp solos, gives the material an exciting edge. Gillespie’s solo on “St. Louis Blues” just soars, while Les Spann, who plays both flute and guitar on the album, follows him with a bristly guitar solo. Mance offers distinctive piano work that matches Gillespie’s enthusiasm on tunes like “Woody ‘N’ You,” while bassist Sam Jones and drummer Lex Humphries keep a high-octane rhythm in constant motion. Have Trumpet, Will Excite! more than measures up to its promise and stands as a cornerstone of Gillespie’s ’50s work. (allmusic)

Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Les Spann (flute, guitar); Junior Mance (piano); Sam Jones (bass).

Tracklist

01. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
02. My Man
03. Moonglow
04. St. Louis Blues
05. Woody ‘N’ You
06. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)
07. There Is No Greater Love
08. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
09. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
10. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
11. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
12. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) (Alternative Take)

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Joe Henderson – Inner Urge

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This early recording by Joe Henderson is not only one of the finest of all of his fine recordings, but is also a high point for 1960s jazz. At this point in his career, Henderson was a full-time member of Horace Silver’s combo and did not yet have a steady band in his hire. He is joined on Inner Urge by veterans of other combos: McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones from John Coltrane’s unit and Sonny Rollins sideman Bob Cranshaw. The presence of these luminaries aside, Inner Urge is home to two of Henderson’s best (and best-loved) compositions: “Inner Urge” and “Isotope.” The leader’s solo on the title track is a marvelous thing, full of melody as well as anarchic bursts of sound, which is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the song’s probing, searching theme. The other musicians support Henderson nicely as well as turning in some strong solos of their own. Tyner especially sounds fantastic on this record. Although not the equal of the leader in terms of the quality of his lines or the overall sense of composition of his solos, his performance is at least the rival of Henderson’s in terms of raw kinetic power. The other great song on “Inner Urge,” the Monk-ish “Isotope,” is another ideal showcase for Henderson’s total command of his instrument. The remaining tracks on Inner Urge are also fantastic, especially the wailing cry of “El Barrio” and the Henderson-altered head to “Night and Day,” but the first side, even if taken alone, is by itself enough to guarantee this album as perhaps the best Henderson recorded in his long and illustrious career, and stands easily alongside the best records of the era. (allmusic)

Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Inner Urge
02. Isotope
03. El Barrio
04. You Know I Care
05. Night And Day

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Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump

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Strut Records delve deeper into the Lagos underground for NIGERIA 70: LAGOS JUMP, another essential box of West African dynamite with the emphasis firmly on the dancefloor. From the heavy jazz of Peter King to Bola Johnson’s scratchy Afro funk and the rolling grooves of juju legend Sir Shina Peters, the album captures a rich and unique era in West African music. Compiled by leading Afro archivist Duncan Brooker and Strut’s Quinton Scott, NIGERIA 70: LAGOS JUMP forms another chapter in the rich musical background of Afric

For more info and buy check: www.strut-records.com

Tracklist

01. Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars – Yabis
02. Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Likes Something Good
03. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – Ezuku Buzo
04. Ashanti Afrika Jah – Onyame
05. Olufemi Ajasa & His New Nigerian Bros – Aiye Le
06. Peacocks Guitar Band – Eddie Quansa
07. Peter King – African Dialects
08. Dynamic Africana – Igbehin Lalayo Nta
09. Chief Checker – Ire Africa
10. Tony Tete Harbor & The Star Heaters of Nigeria – Tete Muo Bu Muo
11. The Faces – Tug Of War
12. Eric (Showboy) Akaeze & His Royal Ericos – Wetin De Watch Goat, Goat Dey Watcham
13. The Immortals – Hot Tears
14. Rex Williams – You Are My Heart
15. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes – Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)
16. Eddie Okwedy – Happy Survival

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Fat Jon – Rapture Kontrolle

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New stuff from Fat Jon! This is is “Rapture Kontrolle” which is a continuation of his Maurice Galactica personality. For more info and buy check: www.amplesoul.com

Tracklist

01. Thoughtform
02. Divided Ascention
03. Magic Flute
04. Eternal Type Satellite
05. Galaxy Class
06. Losing U
07. Little Green Book
08. Intellect Bombs
09. A Wingman Supreme
10. Various Random
11. The Prowess
12. Pain Of A Cultured Night
13. Thirdbass Allday
14. Just A Moment

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Noyce – Moment’s Good

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Noyce (Sheffield/England). Finding the balance between the simplicity of an emotion and the complexity of the sound in which arouses it; he presents this unpredictable masterpiece of a journey destined to leave you with a fresh new view and perspective of organic downtempo beats. From the colourful chords and familiar sounds which we take for granted everyday, your imagination will be challenged, creativity released and your ecstasy found.

For more info check: www.sunday-records.com

Tracklist

01. Lucy
02. With You
03. Always
04. Moods
05. Ongoing
06. Yearn

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