J Rawls “#OhioTakeOver The Mixtape”

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Guess what y’all – I’m Back!!! I am here with a vengeance! You are going to get a lot of new J Rawls in the next few months! J Rawls and Count Bass D album, a new Lone Catalysts album, and a new Liquid Crystal Project called LCP 3!

The mixtape features new music from Fly.Union, Lefortheuncool, Copywrite and Stalley and much more. My goal is to let everyone know what is going on here in OHIO. I even went back in time and put some classic Ohio hip-hop on there. Enjoy and spread it around. Big Ups to James Hindley from the-Cave.co.uk for the artwork!

for more info check: www.jrawls82.wordpress.com

Tracklist

01. J Rawls Intro
02. Slapp – Stalley f. Rashad
03. Good to Go – Fly Union
04. Aint I – Dominique LaRue
05. What’s My Name – Illogic
06. J Rawls – I’m Me Intro
07. Trav Dave – I’m Me
08. 6S – Have you Ever
09. Hood Apostle – Grooveback
10. Speak Williams – The City
11. J Rawls – The City Outro
12. J Rawls – Capricorn Intro
13. Shoddy T – Capricorn
14. J Rawls – Ol’ School OHIO intro
15. Camu Tao – Hold the Floor
16. Spitball – Ya Times Up f. Copywrite
17. Neccassary (of SPIRIT) – I Swear
18. Basic Element – C’mon
19. The 3rd – Brazil
20. P. Blackk – Concorde Rollin’
21. P. Blackk – Izuaintorizuwitit
22. J Rawls & LE – Send Me (Special Bonus Song)
23. Copywrite – Mega Mega f. Camu Tao, Tage, Jakki and RJD2
24. Ilyas – I-EL Live from OHIO
25. J. Osceola – You Can’t Stop Me
26. Ill Poetic – Gone
27. J. Rawls – OhioTakeOver Outro
28. J Rawls – We’re On Top (#OhioTakeOver)

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John Coltrane Archie Shepp – New Thing at Newport

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In 1965, a breakthrough year for John Coltrane, the great saxophonist began a fervent period of exploration–acting not only as a lightning rod for the emerging free jazz movement, but becoming something of a free jazz patron. Much as he championed the music of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy, Coltrane now used his enormous popularity to midwife the work of firebrands such as Albert Ayler and young horn players featured on Ascension.

Few players benefitted from Coltrane’s patronage as much as Florida native Archie Shepp. Coming of age in Philadelphia, Shepp was a veteran of numerous blues and R&B bands when he first came to prominence with Cecil Taylor. Coltrane got him his first contract with Impulse!, leading to Shepp’s debut as a leader, Four For Trane. A New Thing At Newport documents the original Coltrane Quartet, a few months before its dissolution, and a fine edition of the Shepp Quartet.

Coltrane’s set straddles stylistic periods, and the aesthetic tension is plain to hear. When Coltrane solos on the elliptical theme to “One Down One Up” and the lyrical incantations of “My Favorite Things,” the band takes on a fierce, freewheeling demeanor. The saxophonist stretches his melodic lines to the breaking point, reaching out for the intuitive brand of freedom his younger acolytes were then pursuing. But when Tyner solos, you can hear Garrison and Jones coalesce into the kind of rhythmic juggernaut that initially established the quartet’s reputation.

As for Shepp’s set, despite the loose ensemble trappings, the saxophonist comes across as a provocative composer with a dark romantic conception–equal parts free jazz, blues and modern theater (check out his recitation on “Skag,” the brooding lyricism of “Le Matin Des Noire,” the contrasting delicacy and bite of “Call Me By My Rightful”). As the jagged stops and starts of his opener “Rufus” demonstrate, his amorphous melodic conception is firmly rooted in the blues, and his subtle manipulations of embouchure, inflection and pitch paved the for David Murray (and inevitably drew comparisons to Ben Webster).

JOHN COLTRANE:
Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); Father Norman O’Connor (spoken vocals); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

ARCHIE SHEPP:
Personnel: Archie Shepp (spoken vocals, tenor saxophone); Billy Taylor (spoken vocals); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Barre Phillips (bass); Joe Chambers (drums).

Tracklist

01. Spoken Introduction To John Coltrane’s Set By Father Norman O’Connor
02. One Down, One Up
03. My Favorite Things
04. Spoken Introduction To Archie Shepp’s Set By Billy Taylor
05. Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy
06. Call Me By My Rightful Name
07. Scag
08. Rufus (Swung His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped)
09. Le Matin Des Noire

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Freddie Hubbard – Breaking Point

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After leaving his post with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard led one of the most adventurous sessions of his career, the remarkable Breaking Point. Also of significance here is Hubbard’s depth as a composer, as he also penned four of the five stunning pieces on this disc. Hubbard breaks new ground with his playing as well. His edgy tone, relentless drive, and signature chops come together to present a highly individual sound that supports his newfound musical vision. Powerful though he was with Blakey, this session certainly finds Hubbard breaking out on his own trail.

The explosive title track’s raucous fanfare eventually settles into driving calypso that sports a heated exchange between Hubbard and saxophonist James Spaulding. The modal “Far Away” is a compelling mambo that clearly draws on Hubbard’s days with Blakey while pointing out a new direction for the trumpeter. The swinging blues of “Blue Frenzy,” Breaking Point’s most traditional cut, features superior blowing by all. Of special note, Chamber’s “Mirrors” is presented here, a classic ballad with magnificent counterpoint work by Hubbard and Spaulding (flute) on the gracefully intertwining melody line. In all, this is a classic session that is not to be missed.

Tracklist

01. Breaking Point
02. Far Away
03. Blue Frenzy
04. D Minor Mint
05. Mirrors
06. Blue Frenzy (Alternate Take)
07. Mirrors (Alternate Take)

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Pharoah Sanders – Welcome To Love

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When this was first released, the slow, straight sounds of Pharoah Sanders on a series of mostly famous ballads came as a bit of a surprise to some. Others saw Sanders as following the road of his mentor, John Coltrane, who had recorded most of these tunes himself. In retrospect, the inside playing of Sanders is less of a surprise, the saxophonist having followed that path regularly since at least the ’80s. This performance has held up well through the years, and while the thin, reserved approach is reminiscent of Coltrane, it is still marked with Pharoah’s print. The competent and thoroughly professional rhythm section of pianist William Henderson, bassist Stafford James, and drummer Eccleston W. Wainwright takes a decidedly reserved cue from the saxophonist, but each song is infused with a subtle emotional quality that simply does not let go.

Tracklist

01. You Don’t Know What Love Is
02. The Nearness Of You Dedicated To Eddy Moore
03. My One and Only Love
04. I Want To Talk About You
05. Soul Eyes
06. Nancy
07. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
08. Say It (Over and Over) Again
09. Lament
10. The Bird Song

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Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time

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The mid-’50s Blue Note date Newk’s Time is a shining star in the Sonny Rollins catalog. The title is derived from Rollins’ nickname “Newk,” so-called because of his resemblance to baseball player Don Newcomb. It is Rollins’ fierce strength as an improviser, along with his assembled quartet of stellar guests, which makes this session so special. Still in his 20s, the saxophonist displays relentless imagination and fire in lengthy solos on standards like Miles Davis’ “Tune Up” and Kenny Dorham’s rhythmically challenging “Asiatic Raes.”

Rollins also continues his penchant for reinterpreting popular tunes, with a delightful reading of “Wonderful, Wonderful!” and “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” on which he and Philly Joe Jones play a masterful sax/drums duet. Rollins’ only composition on the disc is his swinging “Blues For Philly Joe” in honor of the legendary drummer who displays his signature style here. Finally, a lightly swinging stroll through Johnny Mercer’s “Namely You” puts the finishing touch on a hard-bop classic.

Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Sonny Rollins; Doug Watkins (bass instrument); Wynton Kelly (piano); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Tune Up
02. Asiatic Raes
03. Wonderful! Wonderful!
04. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
05. Blues For Philly Joe
06. Namely You

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Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz – Hamp and Getz

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In the 1950s, producer Norman Granz loved to team together swing and bop all-stars in jam session settings. One of his most inspired ideas was having vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and tenor-saxophonist Stan Getz interact in a quintet with pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Shelly Manne. While Hampton was the definitive swing vibraphonist and the epitome of hot, Getz’s cool tone was highly influential, particularly on ballads. The two giants had not crossed paths much before their 1955 meeting.

What these masterful musicians most had in common, in addition to brilliant technique and very individual sounds, was a strong competitiveness that made their solos particularly exciting. When matched with equally talented musicians, they tended to be quite inspired, and that is what happened on this classic set. A four-song ballad medley, a couple originals and a version of Louise are all excellent but the highpoints are the explosive uptempo jams on Cherokee and Jumpin’ At The Woodside. Hamp and Getz really rip into those tunes, taking lengthy solos, riffing hard and challenging each other for chorus after chorus.

The results are quite memorable, making this a highly recommended set for fans of Hampton, Getz, bebop and straightahead jazz.

Tracklist

01. Cherokee
02. Louise
03. Ballad Medley
04. Jumpin’ At The Woodside
05. Gladys (Alternate)
06. Gladys (Master)
07. Headache

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Andrew Hill – Lift Every Voice

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A rare and beautiful Andrew Hill session, and one of the classic Blue Note entries into the “jazz and voices” sound that the label pioneered with Donald Byrd and Eddie Gale. Hill leads a core jazz group that includes Woody Shaw, Carlos Garnett, Richard Davis, and Freddie Waits — and the group is backed by a vocal ensemble with a very spiritual vibe. The sound is a lot more hip than the Donald Byrd & Voices albums, and the playing of the core jazz group is very very soulful — along the lines of Hill’s Grass Roots album, which was also from the same period. The record’s similar to the Max Roach/Billy Harper vocal work around the same time, and titles include “Ghetto Lights”, “Hey Hey”, “Two Lullabies”, and “Love Chant”. A very unique album for Andrew Hill!

Tracklist

01. Hey Hey
02. Lift Every Voice
03. Two Lullabies
04. Love Chant
05. Ghetto Lights
06. Blue Spark
07. A Tender Tale
08. Drew’s Tune
09. Mother Mercy
10. Natural Spirit
11. Such It Is

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Christian Scott Albums!

Christian Scott, born March 31, 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana is a Grammy Award nominated jazz trumpeter, composer and producer. He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as “the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion” and “Jazz’s young style God.” The nephew of jazz alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, since 2006 Scott has released four studio albums, and one live recording. The trumpeter is noted for his use of an unvoiced tone, which he calls his “whisper technique.

for more info and buy check: www.christianscott.tv

2006 – Rewind That
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Tracklist

01. Rewind That
02. Say It
03. Like This
04. So What
05. Rejection
06. Lay In Vein
07. She
08. Suicide
09. Caught Up
10. Paradise
11. Kiel

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2007 – Anthem
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Tracklist

01. Litany Against Fear
02. Void
03. Anthem (Antediluvian Adaption)
04. Re:
05. Cease Fire
06. Dialect
07. Remains Distant
08. The Uprising
09. Katrina’s Eyes
10. The 9
11. Like That
12. Anthem (Post Diluvial Adaption) feat. Brother J of X-Clan

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2008 – Live at Newport
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Tracklist

01. Died In Love
02. Litany Against Fear
03. Isadora
04. Rumor
05. Anthem
06. The Crawler
07. James Crow Jr. Esq.
08. Rewind That

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2010 – Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
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Tracklist

01. K.K.P.D.
02. The Eraser
03. After All
04. Isadora
05. Angola, LA & The 13th Amendment
06. The Last Broken Heart
07. Jenacide
08. American’t
09. An Unending Repentance
10. The Roe Effect

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Freddie Joachim – From Now On/Make Love (Interlude)

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Something new from Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

Freddie Joachim – From Now On by freddiejoachim

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Freddie Joachim – Make Love (Interlude) by freddiejoachim

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Finest Ego – New Zealand – Australian Beatmaker Compilation

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Images of endless beaches, post card landscapes and a certain peace and purity come to mind when you think of New Zealand and Australia. Tucked away on the other side of the world, these two country’s stand together as they always have to present, Finest Ego | New Zealand & Australia Beatmaker Compilation. Like the area these two countries cover, their sound is wide varying. From heavily laced future funk and soul to the beautiful musical textures and organic vibe their surrounding environment inspires.

This compilation exhibits the talent of some of the South Pacific’s finest beat making talent such as, Adi Dick, Ben Houghton, Ben Jamin w/ Matt Miller, Christoph El Truento, D:UNK, Electric Sea Spider, Galapagoose, Isaac Aesili, Kilter, Lewis McCallum, Mike Kay, Panorama, Slamagotchi and Ta Ku. The sum of this talent leaves you inspired and hankering for these rich musical tapestry’s.

Tracklist

01. Adi Dick – Spacedust
02. Ben Houghton – Slow Embrace
03. Ben Jamin w/Matt Miller – Gutter Fonk
04. Christoph El Truento – Water Bearer
05. D:UNK – Down Town Funk
06. Electric Sea Spider – Young King Trash
07. Galapagoose – Shades of Summer
08. Isaac Aesili – Freedomcry
09. Kilter – Vagabond
10. Lewis McCallum – Fly Or Die
11. Mike Kay – Beep
12. Panorama – Cosmic Love
13. Slamagotchi – 99 Cent
14. Ta Ku – Nice Eyes

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Reggie B & Saadiq – Tomorrows Not Promised EP

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This is a project that has been on the shelf for a while from to 2 dynamic artist Reggie B and Saadiq of the infamous Platinum Pied Pipers. A collaborative effort from these guys of songs done over the years during the time of the Go and Get Down With Me LPs from Reggie B, which both albums include songs from this time period. Now for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Suga Momma
02. Tomorrows Not Promised
03. Independance
04. Lady Of The Night

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74 Miles Away – 74 Miles Away

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MPM have teamed up with the Laid Back Radio collective from Brussels to add a new chapter to the metaphysics of a jazzthing. 74 Miles Away is a collaboration between Belgian jazz pianist/composer Pierre Anckaert and producers Monkey Robot (previously known as Infinitskills), curated by LBR founder Julius Mourlon. Pierre Anckaert composed and recorded four electric jazz tracks with his trio. Monkey Robot have radically reworked these four songs featuring singers AHU (One Handed Music, best known from the first Flying Lotus album), Carina Andersson (the voice behind 4 Hero’s epic take on Minnie Riperton’s “Les Fleurs”) and Miles Bonny (MPM, DJ Day). 74 Miles Away take you on a trip from the days of Bob James and Herbie Hancock to the future beat and soul sound of today. The tracks are 128kbps quality so you can buy the album on bandcamp: HERE or clicking on the widget below

check www.mpmsite.com for more info and buy.

Tracklist

01. Pierre Anckaert Trio – Rome and July
02. Pierre Anckaert Trio – One Take Groover
03. Pierre Anckaert Trio – August City Blues
04. Pierre Anckaert Trio – Chromeface
05. Monkey Robot – Finding A Place feat. Carina Andersson
06. Monkey Robot – So Amazing
07. Monkey Robot – Same Dream Again feat. AHU & Miles Bonny
08. Monkey Robot – Neverending Rhodes

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Take – Only Mountain The Remixes

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Sixteen fresh reflips from the tracks of Only Mountain, the standout 2010 full-length album from Alpha Pup producer Take. A diverse and very talented cast of artists re-sling Take’s work into new tunes that bubble, break and curve, displaying a brilliant spectrum of sounds from some of the best in the bent world of beats.

for more info and buy check: www.alphapuprecords.com

Tracklist

01. Begin End Begin (Take Remix)
02. Quartz For Amber (Mono/Poly Remix)
03. Don’t Look Now (Alex B Remix)
04. Horizontal Figuration (Tokimonsta Remix)
05. Incredibright (Anenon Remix)
06. Paper Garden (Griffi Remix feat. Aqeel)
07. Neon Beams (Dibiase Remix)
08. If We Don’t All Go Insane (Mux Mool Remix)
09. Before You Think (Free The Robots Remix)
10. Implosions (Shigeto Remix)
11. Neon Beams (The Clonious Remix)
12. Quartz For Amber (Leonard Dstroy Remix Feat. Reggie B. )
13. Paper Garden (Low Limit Remix)
14. Neon Beams (Eliot Lipp Remix)
15. Juniper (Om Unit Remix)
16. Begin End Begin (Falty DL Remix)

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The Insane Warrior – We Are The Doorways

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RJ’s Electrical Connections is pleased to bring you The Insane Warrior. In a way, this album could be considered a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist (at the moment). A strictly instrumental affair, the album “We Are The Doorways” was loosely inspired by horror and sci-fi film scores of the wonderfully fruitful period of 1976-1984. Several things mark this record – for one, there is a departure from the concise nature of most modern pop-oriented records. Expansive, open passages – often with no rhythmic elements – recall the work of both Eno and John Carpenter. These give way to spastic outbursts of energy in places. At other times, the tension-meets-groove aesthetic of Dario Argento’s pet Goblin give birth to some surprisingly funky cuts as well.

While heavily leaning on big, expansive analog synth sounds, angular rhythms, and blissful ambient passages, the record still maintains the attention to groove that RJD2′s label is known for. At times jazzy, psychedelic, and introspective, the exploratory nature of the music shines through. The Insane Warrior’s ‘We Are The Doorways’ is yet another unique landmark in the growing catalog of RJ’s Electrical Connections.

for more info and buy check: rjd2.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Thrust and Gain
02. The Water Wheel
03. Within The Maze
04. Then You Hear Footsteps
05. Black Nectar
06. Saint Ignatius Belsse
07. The Mountain
08. Trail Of Fire
09. Seldom Seen Smith
10. Sunshine

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Eric Lau “Quadrivium”

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In this video Eric Lau talks about the production of the LP and where the inspiration for the music originated. “Quadrivium” is released on Feb 25th on Vinyl x Digital. http://bit.ly/he6mwQ

And let me remind you “Star Trekking” track from the upcoming album which you can find here.

The Best of Soul Train Vol.1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9

For over 35 years, Soul Train was a nation institution, the premier U.S. television show for showcasing the latest names in the world of black music. Every week Ameircan viewers got to see legendary superstars and pionner who made soul music a mainstream global genre beloved the world over, like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Patti laBelle, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, The Temptations, Sly & The Family Stone, Earh, Wind & Fire and many others. Plus, there was Soul Train’s famous “dance line” during which the studio audience shared with the world up-to-the-minute fashion, hairstyles, and dance moves.

This are collection of performances from the Soul Train archives, many of which haven’t been see for some thirty years. You’ll witness historic appearances by the architects of soul music on an incredible and momentous journey into the richest archive of R&B shows ever seen.

“these are not mp3s but videos”

Volume 1
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Performances

01. The Isley Brothers – That Lady (Part 1)
02. The Isley Brothers – Live It Up Part 1
03. The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze (Part 1)
04. Graham Central Station Soul Train Dancers – Release Yourself
05. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
06. Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s Theme
07. Barry White – What Am I Gonna Do With You
08. Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
09. Marvin Gaye – Come Get To This
10. Marvin Gaye – Distan Lover
11. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
12. Sly & The Family Stone – I Want You Take You Higher
13. Earth, Wind & Fire Soul Train Dancers – Mighty Mighty
14. Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
15. Glady Knight & The Pips – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
16. The O’Jays – Back Stabbers
17. Aretha Franklin Soul Train Dancers – Respect
18. Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady

Bonus:
Don Cornelius Interview
Smokey Robinson Interview
Brian McKnight Interview

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Volume 2
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Performances

01. Bill Withers – Use Me
02. Bill Withers – Lean On Me
03. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
04. Commodores – Still
05. Commodores – Three Times a Lady
06. Commodores – Sail On
07. Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman
08. War Soul Train Dancers – The Cisco Kid
09. The Main Ingredient – Everybody Plays The Fool
10. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
11. James Brown – Get On The Good Foot Part 1
12. James Brown – Try Me
13. James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine (Part 1)
14. James Brown – Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)

Bonus:
Don Cornelius Interview
Cuba Gooding, Sr. Interview

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Volume 3
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Performances

01. The O’Jays Soul Train Dancers – Love Train
02. Stevie Wonder – Medley: My Cherie Amour/Sir Duke/I Wish/These Three Words
03. Aretha Franklin – I Was Made For You
04. Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson – Ooo Baby Baby
05. Aretha Franklin Soul Train Dancers – Respect
06. Teddy Pendergrass – The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me
07. Teddy Pendergrass – I Don’t Love You Anymore
08. Commodores Soul Train Dancers – Brick House
09. Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
10. L.T.D. – Love Ballad
11. Lou Rawls – From Now On
12. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
13. The Jackson 5 – Corner On The Sky
14. Jermaine Jackson – Daddy’s Home
15. The Jackson 5 – Lookin’ Through The Windows

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Jody Watley Interview
Clarence Avant Interview

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Volume 4
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Performances

01. Luther Vandross – A House in Not a Home
02. Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn – If This World Were Mine
03. The Stylistics – Betcha by Golly, Wow
04. The Stylistics – You Make Me Feel Brand New
05. Bobby Womack – Lookin’ For a Love
06. The Moments Soul Train Dancers – Sexy Mama
07. Spinners – I’ll Be Around
08. Spinners – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
09. War Soul Train Dancers – The World Is a Ghetto
10. George McCrae – Rock you Baby
11. Rufus – Tell Me Something Good
12. Billy Preston – Nothing from Nothing
13. War Soul Train Dancers – Ballero
14. Wilson Pickett – Fire and Water
15. War – All Day Music
16. Wilson Pickett – Don’t Knock My Love Pt.1
17. War – Slippin’ Into Darkness

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Volume 5
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Performances

01. Jean Knight – Mr.Big Stuff
02. The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
03. The Chi-Lites – (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People
04. The Chi-Lites – Have You Seen Her
05. The Bells – The Originals
06. Joe Tex – I Gotcha
07. The Honey Cone – Want Ads
08. The Persuaders – Thin Line Between Love & Hate
09. Curtis Mayfield – Get Down
10. Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band Soul Train Dancers – Scorpio
11. Al Green – You Ought To Be With me
12. Al Green – For The Good Times
13. Al Green – Love and Happiness
14. The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl
15. Edwin Starr – War

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Volume 6
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Performances

01. Ike & Tina Turner
02. Jerry Butler – I Only Have Eyes For You
03. Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary
04. Joe Simon – Power Of Love
05. The Sylvers – Wish That I Could Talk To You
06. Billy Paul – Me and Mrs. Jones
07. The Temptations – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
08. Four Tops – Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)
09. The O’Jays – Love Train
10. Esther Phillips – What a Diff’rence a Day Makes
11. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – Bad Luck (Part 1)
12. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)
13. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Soul Train Dancers – The Tears Of a Clown
14. Smokey Robinson – Cruisin’
15. Smokey Robinson Dance Routine – Get Ready

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Volume 7
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Performances

01. Tower of Power – So Very Hard To Go
02. Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can
03. Tower of Power – What Is Hip?
04. The O’Jays Soul Train Dancers – Put Your Hands Together
05. Glady Knight & The Pips – On and On
06. The O’Jays Soul Train Dancers – For The Love of Money
07. Glady Knight & The Pips – Neither On Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
08. Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – Good Things Don’t Last Forever
09. Carl Douglas Soul Train Dancers – Kung Fu Fighting
10. B.T. Express – Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)
11. Ohio Players – Skin Tight
12. Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby
13. The O’Jays Soul Train Dancers – Livin’ For The Weekend
14. Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady
15. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Soul Train Dancers – Dance Wit Me

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Volume 8
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Performances

01. The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself
02. Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
03. Isaac Hayes Soul Train Dancers – Theme From Shaft
04. Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
05. Aretha Franklin Soul Train Dancers – Rock Steady
06. The Intruders – Cowboys To Girls
07. Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
08. The O’Jays Soul Train Dancers – Love Train
09. Brighter Side of Darkness – Love Jones
10. Kool & The Gang – Funky Stuff
11. Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
12. Carl Carlton – Everlasting Love
14. LaBelle – Lady Marmalade
14. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up (Pt.1)

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Volume 9
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Performances The Soul Train Awards Show

01. Cameo – Word Up
02. Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
03. Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick – My Cherie Amour
04. Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick – Your Are The Sunshine Of My Life
05. Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick – All in Love Is Fair
06. Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick – I Just Called to Say I Love You
07. Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston – That’s What Friends are For
08. Luther Vandross – So Amazing
09. Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch,
Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins and the Edwin Hawkins Singers,
The Williams Brothers, Cissy Houston, The Winans – Oh Mary Don’t You Weep

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Milt Jackson – In a New Setting

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Milt Jackson made a number of solo albums during his long tenure with the Modern Jazz Quartet is one of his best as a leader. With young pianist McCoy Tyner and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Jackson puts together a great session, kicking off with his hard driving “Sonny’s Blues.” The leader’s percussive but swinging style, plus the potent solos by Tyner and Heath, are all appealing. The only reservation about this album is the deteriorated condition of the master tape from which it was made; it is rather noticeable on several tracks, though finding a mint copy of the original record is not a viable option for most collectors. Pick this one up in a heartbeat.

Tracklist

01. Sonny’s Blues
02. I’m Gonna Laugh You Of My Life
03. Spanish Fly
04. No Moon At All
05. Slow Death
06. Clay’s Blues
07. Lazy Melody
08. Project S
09. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
10. That’s In
11. Ineffable
12. The Other Half Of Me

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Donald Byrd – A New Perspective

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A New Perspective stands out from most other Blue Note releases of the era. A groundbreaking record in its use of a gospel choir in a jazz setting, it’s unlike anything Blue Note had released before. In addition to the eight-person choir and arrangements by Duke Pearson, Donald Byrd works with a septet that includes pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and saxophonist Hank Mobley.

Pearson contributes two compositions, the easily swinging “Chant” and “Cristo Redentor,” a stately, ghostly tune that became a hit on the album’s release. In the arrangements, the choir functions as an instrument, with voices closely recorded, making its presence intimate and palpable. The septet performs beautifully, with Burrell’s guitar and Donald Best’s vibes providing shimmering contrast to the horns on the aforementioned tunes, and on the Byrd originals “Elijah” and “The Black Disciple.” Distinctive and inventive, A New Perspective is a high watermark in Byrd’s discography.

Personnel includes: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Donald Best (vibraphone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Butch Warren (bass); Lex Humphries (drums).

Tracklist

01. Eljah
02. Beast Of Burden
03. Crist Redentor
04. The Black Disciple
05. Chant

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Art Blakey Quartet – Jazz Message

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Taking a step outside his Jazz Messengers ensemble, Art Blakey recorded a leisurely session for Impulse! In 1963 with friend Sonny Stitt and the then youngsters McCoy Tyner and Art Davis. Jazz Message, however, is not an insignificant session, but rather a grand documentation of the natural talent of these remarkable artists. Indeed, the session has the feel of a Sunday afternoon jam where four friends have come together to enjoy each other’s company and talents. The group’s loose approach, with little regard for any details save the music, gives the tunes a freshness that is sometimes lacking when arrangements are overly complicated.

From the opening romp of “Cafe” the energy flows freely as Blakey drives the quartet with his powerful drumming. Gershwin’s perennial “Summertime” is given an easy-going swing and provides a pleasant take on the often-overworked standard. Likewise, Tyner’s “Blues Rack” is a simple traditional blues that serves as a springboard for some fine blowing by all. Finally, the always uplifting “The Song Is You” is a gentle swinger that closes the session with a smile that, in the end, is the best message of all.

Tracklist

01. Cafe
02. Just Knock On My Door
03. Summertime
04. Blues Back
05. Sunday
06. The Song Is You

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Hank Mobley – Peckin’ Time

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Hank Mobley’s Peckin’ Time is a classic bop date featuring heavyweight talent. Besides the obvious abilities of the leader, most notable here is a still very young Lee Morgan on trumpet. The jubilant Morgan, at this time a rising star yet to hit his stride, makes an exquisite partner for the bluesy Mobley, one of the most underrated tenor men in jazz. Rounding out the quintet is the rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and the often-overlooked drummer Charlie Persip.

As the title suggests, Peckin’ has the spirit of a blowing session with a hefty amount of up-tempo rousers. The bopping opener “High and Flighty” gets things kicking with frenzied ensemble work and hard-blowing solos. The only standard of the set is the classic “Speak Low,” here presented as a bouncing rhumba with exceptionally lyrical contributions by Morgan. The swinging title track and the aptly titled burner “Stretchin’ Out” both offer more opportunities for all to display their wares with plenty of hard bop gusto. Finally, “Git-Go Blues” closes the session with a long, rolling groove that swings hard and deep. Also included are three alternate takes that offer even more blowing and swinging.

Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass instrument); Charlie Persip (drums, drum).

Tracklist

01. High and Flighty
02. Speak Low
03. Peckin’ Time
04. Stretchin’ Out
05. Git-Go Blues
06. High and Flighty (Alternate Take)
07. Speak Low (Alternate Take)
08. Stretchin’ Out (Alternate Take)

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