Ike Quebec – It Might As Well Be Spring

Working with the same quartet that cut Heavy Soul, Ike Quebec recorded another winning hard bop album with It Might As Well Be Spring. In many ways, the record is a companion piece to Heavy Soul. Since the two albums were recorded so close together, it’s not surprising that there a number of stylistic similarities, but there are subtle differences to savor. The main distinction between the two dates is that It Might As Well Be Spring is a relaxed, romantic date comprised of standards. It provides Quebec with ample opportunity to showcase his rich, lyrical ballad style, and he shines throughout the album. Similarly, Roach has a tasteful, understated technique, whether he’s soloing or providing support for Quebec. The pair have a terrific, sympathetic interplay that makes It Might As Well Be Spring a joyous listen.

Tracklist

01. It Might As Weel Be Spring
02. A Light Reprieve
03. Easy Don’t Hurt
04. Lover Man
05. Ol’ Man River
06. Willow Weep For Me

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Joe Henderson – Mirror Mirror

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Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson has had a remarkably consistent career. Although he has spent periods (such as the 1970s) in relative obscurity and others as almost a jazz superstar, Henderson’s style and sound has been relatively unchanged since the 1960s. This lesser-known album finds Henderson in typically fine form in an acoustic quartet with pianist Chick Corea, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Higgins. Carter and Corea contribute two songs apiece, Henderson gets to perform his “Joe’s Bolero” and the tenor sounds majestic on “What’s New.”

Tracklist

01. Mirror, Mirror
02. Candlelight
03. Keystone
04. Joe’s Bolero
05. What’s New
06. Blues For Liebestraum

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Caravan

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Yet another fabulous session by Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers from the early ’60s. Caravan was the Messengers’ debut for Riverside during a time when they primarily recorded sessions for Alfred Lion’s Blue Note label. This is the sextet version of the group, with Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, and Wayne Shorter forming one of the best front lines of all time. As usual, the band is the epitome of classic hard bop, with tight ensemble work, highly advanced arrangements, and powerful solos by all.

The group’s impressive arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” opens the set with signature African drum grooves and solos from the leader. Music director Shorter contributes two original selections for the set; his swinging waltz “Sweet ‘N’ Sour” is offered in two takes, and the moving “This is For Albert” is, interestingly enough, a dedication to pianist Bud Powell. One of the group’s strengths, of course, was their treatment of standards, and both “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” and “Skylark” receive beautiful readings here. Freddie Hubbard’s classic “Thermo” gets two excellent takes to close the set in true Messengers fashion.

Tracklist

01. Caravan
02. Sweet ‘N’ Sour (Take 4)
03. Sweet ‘N’ Sour
04. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
05. This Is For Albert
06. Skylark
07. Thermo (Take 2)
08. Thermo

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Alessandro Brugnolini – Utopia

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Bypassing most of the genre’s cheesy lounge lizard trappings, 1972′s ‘Utopia’ is a highly melodic instrumental LP that sits somewhere between library music and groovy prog, despite some obvious jazzy vibes.

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Tracklist

01. Giuggi
02. Anna
03. Supermarket
04. Sepoltura
05. Gregorio VII
06. Chiostro
07. Ritorno In Macchina
08. Utopia

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Sam Rivers – Dimensions And Extensions

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Multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers is usually identified with jazz’s avant-garde wing, but many of his albums are highly accessible thanks to his use of hard swing and his well-defined themes. Recorded in 1967,Dimensions And Extensions  is one of Rivers’s finest albums ever. It features a group of simpatico musicians including trombonist Julian Priester (later to play with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band), alto saxophonist James Spaulding, and hard bop (later crossover) expert trumpeter Donald Byrd. While much of this set is cerebral and sometimes challenging, Rivers engages the listener with his fervent soloing on soprano and tenor saxes and flute, as well as with his rhythmic urgency.

Personnel: Sam Rivers (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); James Spaulding (flute, alto saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Cecil McBee (bass instrument); Steve Ellington (drum).

Tracklist

01. Precis
02. Paean
03. Effusive Melange
04. Involution
05. Afflatus
06. Helix

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Archie Shepp – Soul Song

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Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed poet, playwright, Archie Shepp is a legend, once a leading saxophone player in the New Thing movement of the sixties, professor Archie Shepp later rediscovered jazz history in unexpected ways. Featuring piano wizard Kenny Werner, this studio recording by Shepp’s 1982 quartet is a classic.

Tracklist

01. Mama Rose
02. Soul Song
03. Geechee
04. My Romance

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Billy Higgins – Bridgework

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Billy Higgins was an American jazz drummer. He played mainly free jazz and hard bop.

Higgins played on Ornette Coleman’s first records, beginning in 1958. He then freelanced extensively with hard bop and other post-bop players, including Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, and Cedar Walton. He was one of the house drummers for Blue Note Records and played on dozens of Blue Note albums of the 60′s. On a whole, he played on over 700 recordings, including recordings of rock and funk.

Tracklist

01. Evidence
02. Bridgework
03. Old Folks
04. Decepticon
05. I Hear a Rhapsody
06. Plexus
07. The Theme

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Franco Micalizzi – La Banda Del Gobbo

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Soundtrack of italian movie “La Banda Del Gobbo” by Franco Micalizzi, enjoy!

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Tracklist

01. Seq. 1 – Titoli
02. Seq. 2
03. Seq. 3
04. Seq. 4
05. Seq. 5
06. Seq. 6
07. Seq. 7
08. Seq. 8
09. Seq. 9
10. Seq. 10
11. Seq. 11
12. Seq. 12
13. Seq. 13
14. Seq. 14
15. Seq. 15
16. Seq. 16
17. Seq. 17
18. Seq. 18 – Finale

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Blue Note plays Stevie Wonder

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Compilation of Stevie Wonder songs covered by artists from the Blue Note label.

Tracklist

01. Najee – I Wish
02. Noel Pointer – Living For The City
03. Stanley Turrentine – Don’t You Worry ’bout A Thing
04. Pieces Of A Dream – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
05. Najee – Summer Soft
06. Stanley Turrentine – Boogie On Reggae Woman
07. Paul Jackson Jr. – It’s a Shame
08. Najee – Black Man
09. Noel Pinter – Superwoman
10. Stanley Turrentine – You and I
11. Pat Martino – Too High

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David Axelrod – David Axelrod

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David Axelrod, funk pioneer, comes to Mo’Wax for this semi-retrospective (two new tracks bookend seven remastered tracks straight from acetate), and he proves that he’s still ahead of his time. The opening track, “The Little Children” combines strings, choir… and an MC for a mysterious dirge-like result. There’s the summer funk of “Jimmy T.” or the bright and shiny cacophony of “Crystal Ball.” These tracks have been carefully orchestrated, and the attention to sonic quality is evident: from the romantic piano chords and strings that lead into a clarinet whirlwind on “Fantasy for Ralph” to the rolling country-western-gospel feel of “For Land’s Sake.” The lonely trumpet at the start of “Loved Boy” heralds a profound and heartrending spiritual, reminiscent of Mahalia Jackson but with male vocals instead. A startling cap to a timeless album.

Tracklist

01. The Little Children feat. Rass Kass
02. Jimmy T
03. Crystal Ball
04. Fantasy For Ralph
05. The Dr & The Diamond
06. Big B Plus
07. For Land’s Sake
08. The Shadow Knows
09. Loved Boy feat. Lou Rawls

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La Funk Mob – Tribulations Extra Sensorielles

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Although MC Solaar was the only French rapper of note during the ’90s, several hip-hop production crews made inroads in the quintessentially American style, including DJ Cam, the Mighty Bop, and La Funk Mob. The latter team was formed by Boom Bass and Philippe Zdar in the early ’90s, though Boom Bass had worked with Solaar on his first two solo albums, weaving samples from Black Sheep to Serge Gainsbourg. The act debuted with a track on the 1993 compilation album Jimmy Jay Présente ‘Les Cool Sessions’ and signed to Britain’s seminal Mo’Wax for two 1994 EPs, Tribulations Extra Sensorielles and Casse les Frontieres, Fou les Têtes en L’air (“Breaking Boundaries, Messing Up Heads”). Little was heard from the duo during 1997-1998, though two side-projects (Motorbass and L’homme Qui Valait 3 Milliard) saw release, and Boom Bass again provided production work for MC Solaar on his third album, Paradisiaque. The duo resurfaced as Cassius in 1999 for the purpose of French progressive house.

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Tracklist

01. La Doctoresse
02. Motorbass Get Phunked
03. Suspense
04. Ravers Suck Our Sound And Get Fuck
05. 357 Magnum Force
06. Blunt Konnection

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Lone – Ecstasy & Friends

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“Ecstasy & Friends”, Lone’s first full-length outing on Werk Discs, is a rejuvenating step back from the undeniable bass-driven style that has dominated the UK underground scene in recent years. Dreamy memories of Madlib are likely first impressions from these full-frontal productions, which come on like extensive workouts in melody and playful beats. Intriguing shades of post-club nostalgia pervade, underlined by warm, enveloping synths, while parallel sympathetic strands of muscular rhythm hit the mind and body with a refreshing and clean sound, willing and ready to go as hard in clubs as it does on the ears. This much-anticipated album fuses FlyLo-esque haziness and 808 drums and claps through a crate-digging production sound, which is as joy-reelingly bounce-laden as it is slaved-over and meticulous in its execution. Although inevitably grouped with the current wonky-hop movement of beat exploders, Lone’s output is immediately distinct from his contemporaries. His tunes stand out a mile as they strive to maintain groove and soul, switching effortlessly from the hip-house-in-space stylings of “Endlessly”, to a futurist R&B groove on “Waves Imagination”. Delving into every beat pocket, “Ecstacy & Friends” hot-spotlights Lone’s perpetual experimentation within hip hop’s perimeters.

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Tracklist

01. To Be With A Person That You Really Dig
02. Sungrazer Cascade
03. Paradise Backyard Jam
04. Arcade
05. Waves Imagination
06. Endlessly
07. The Twilight Switch
08. Love Heads
09. Karen Loves Kate

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The Beast – Freedom Suite

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Echoing the style of Guru’s Jazzmatazz, jazz vocalist and multi Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon join hip-hop quartet The Beast to release Freedom Suite, a 10-track collection of creative reflections on jazz and hip-hop hosted by 9th Wonder.

Drawing from a traditional jazz canon as well as hip-hop “standards” from the recent past, the album brings a live jazz sound to some of the most loved tracks in popular music.  The album features six original songs written and produced by The Beast and also re-makings of modern classics such as Mos Def’s “Umi Says,” Johnny Mercer & Hoagey Carmichael’s “Skylark,” and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop.”  The project has guest appearances from Branford Marsalis, Phonte (of The Foreign Exhchange/Little Brother), YahZarah and Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo).

Recognizing the importance of talking about the convergence of jazz and hip-hop and its role in forward-thinking culture, the album also features conversations among some of hip-hop and jazz’s greatest intellectual minds including ?uestlove, Herbie Hancock, Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Angela Davis and more.

We are thrilled to present this project as an exclusive free album download for readers of The Revivalist.

Tracklist

01. Good Evening feat. 9th Wonder
02. Rise Beyond the Sky feat. YahZarah & Rapsody
03. Freedom Part II feat. Suede (prod. by Apple Juice Kid)
04. Let Go feat. Tyler Woods
05. Once Again feat. Kooley High
06. Get Out of Town feat. Phonte (prod. by David Amber)
07. Skylark (prod. by Freddie Watts)
08. Love feat. King Mez & Thee Tom Hardy (prod. Apple Juice Kid)
09. No Escape feat. Carlitt Durand & Darien Brockington
10. Strangelove feat. Shirlette Ammons
11. Umi Says
12. Good Night feat. 9th Wonder

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MED – Bang Ya Head

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West coast MC Medaphoar (MED), has shared a few of his singles on the Sounds of VTechSalute with J.Rocc feat. WildChild and  Candlelight feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow, but this time, he’s blessing us with his newest mixtape, “BangYaHead III.”

This Oxnard native with a reputation for collaborating with some music luminaries such as Just Blaze, Oh No, and the amazing J.Dilla, produced his newest mixtape with an impressive line-up of talented performers, producers, MC, and musicians. From Oxnard fam, Madlib and Declaime to LMNO and Georgia Anne Muldrow, DJ Babu, Pok, Soul Professa, J Rocc, the list goes on and on. Mixed by DJ Romes with a special outro live on drums by Daru Jones, after one listen, you’ll know, it’s definitely something to Bang Ya Head to.

Download and Enjoy.

Tracklist

01. Intro -prod by JRocc
02. Advice – LMD prod by Madlib
03. Misunderstood -MED prod by Madlib
04. Candlelight -MED feat/prod by Georgia Anne Muldrow
05. 50,000 Watts -MED prod by Soul Professa
06. Salute – J Rocc/MED feat WildChild & Baby Boogalu
07. Fall Back – Fred feat Med/Pok prod by FRED
08. R.E.M -Epsilon Project Feat MED prod by Oddisee
09. West Iz Back -MED prod by Khalil
10. Saga Cont. -Babu feat MED prod by Babu
11. O.U.T -Matt feat MED prod by Matt
12. Listen -Descry feat MED prod by Descry
13. Outro Prod by JRocc feat Daru Jones on the drums

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VA – Tribute To Jun

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a tribute album to a greater producer passed away some months ago, smooth jazzy beats inspired by Nujabes, enjoy! for more info and buy check: www.digicrates.com

Tracklist

01. DJ Sorama – Shooting Star (Dear Nujabes)
02. Taku – Yes
03. DJ Ezasscul – Heavenly Keys
04. Hai Le – Kindness
05. 14 – Dreams
06. Taku – Fairy Tale
07. Reki – Amber Light
08. Hai Le – Late Blossom
09. God Sense – Chop
10. DJ Ezasscul – Jazz Meditation
11. Evan Awake – Spring Melody
12. ST/Mic – Going Out (Rest In Beats)

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Lukid – Chord

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“Chord” is a vital body of work from an important member of the Werk Discs group of questing artists. Lukid’s tunes unfold and ripen into sonic screenplays that you can re-discover and re-immerse yourself in on each listen. This collection of perplexingly complex hip hop instrumentals takes the low-slung, late night pace of his first, “Onandon”, and runs headlong with it through a room full of wilting vinyl into a sample bank of bitty drum hits and scuzzed out succulent synth swells.” Presented as a vinyl-only triple pack limited to 500 copies, “Chord” extends and develops the sonic themes of “Foma”, taking three tracks from that CD-only release into the vinyl realm for the first time as augmentation to the eight brand new pieces on display.

for more info and buy check: myspace.com/lukid

Tracklist

01. Chord
02. Veto
03. Rags
04. Hair Of The Dog
05. Child Of The Jago
06. Saddlebags
07. Through Gritted Teeth
08. Lego
09. Spiller
10. Stripes
11. Makes

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Stussy x Turntablelab – Beats

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Put together by Adam Weissman (Stussy) and James Sheffield (Turntable Lab), Beats is a collection of instrumentals from up and coming producers. Some have already blown-up, expect the others to follow closely. This boxset release includes a 12″ record featuring 10 tracks and one of two t-shirt designs. Limited edition of 500.

Tracklist

01. Gaslamp Killer – After All
02. Lukid – Layabout
03. Sample 208 – Sk8
04. Egg For Young – East Coast Mayer
05. De Signer – 010+440(b)
06. Free The Robots – Unknown
07. Flying Lotus – I Dont Like You Anymore
08. Nosaj Thing – Bach
09. Strategy – Fantastic Chime
10. Climber – Speak

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Cradle Orchestra – Transcended Elements

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Cradle is a groundbreaking Japanese unit specializing and leading a beautiful revolution in mellow and jazzy Hip Hop track making. Pursuing their dream sound (and also partly due to the risks and limitations using sampling) Cradle commenced working hard on creating their own unique “LIVE SOUND”, an exciting, new sound that they have always wanted to create. By collaborating directly with some amazingly skilled and high profile musicians in Japan CRADLE now incorporate live violin, flute, piano, saxophone, bass, and many more instruments into their track making. This collaboration has resulted in the creation of amazingly beautiful and unique melodies with an incredibly original orchestra type sound……the CRADLE ORCHESTRA sound!

for more info and buy check: myspace.com/cradleorchestra

Tracklist

01. Don’t Wake Me Up feat. Speech
02. The Night Is Right feat. Giovanca
03. Follow This feat. Hocus Pocus
04. On My Way feat. Nieve & Jean Curley
05. You Got To Luv It feat. Guru
06. Things Have Changed feat. Pismo
07. Jazzentic
08. Walk Out feat. Need Not Worry
09. Picnic feat. De La Soul (Pos Plug Won and Dave)
10. Imported Nights feat. Camp Lo
11. Married To The Game feat. Cl Smooth & Jean Curley
12. Make Life feat. Aloe Blacc
13. I Never Knew feat. Substantial
14. Eternal Truth

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Freddie Hubbard – Keep Your Soul

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Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay set – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very cosmic approach to the solos! The groove is funky, yet easy – featuring playing that’s very open and very soulful, by a group that includes Freddie, Ron Carter, George Benson, and Hubert Laws. Titles include “Keep Your Soul Together”, “Spirits Of Trane”, “Destiny’s Children”, and “Brigitte”.

Tracklist

01. Bigitte
02. Keep Your Soul Together
03. Spirits Of Trane
04. Destiny’s Children

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Randy Weston – African Cookbook

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Randy Weston has long been an important and highly original pianist and composer within musicians’ circles. This album, which Randy produced and released himself in limited edition, is among his finest works and has become a valuable collectors’ item among those of us who have known of its existence. The album, especially the composition African Cookbook, is in very heavy debt; to Africa. The melody evokes North Africa and the rhythms come from all over Africa. I knew the rhythms were African, of course, but I didn’t realize how universally African they were until the 1967 tour when Africans in nearly every I country we visited claimed the rhythms in Cookbook as their own, as typical of Ghana or Gabon or Upper Volta or Morocco or wherever. That’s pretty heavy!

Tracklist

01. Berkshire Blues
02. Portrait Of Vivian
03. Willie’s Tune
04. Niger Mambo
05. African Cookbook
06. Congolese Children
07. Blues For Five Reasons

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