Stanley Turrentine with The Three Sounds – Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions

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Stanley Turrentine & the Three Sounds were initially featured together on an album called Blue Hour, which was a very relaxed and bluesy release. The spaciousness of “I Want a Little Girl” makes the listener savor every note, while “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” is played with an almost identical tempo and feeling. Gene Harris’ “Blue Riff” picks up the pace a good bit, before “Since I Fell for You” and “Willow Weep for Me” once again slow the proceedings back to a late-night feeling. Turrentine’s tenor sax is in top form, while Harris is the consummate blues pianist in his supporting role. After the first CD reissue of Blue Hour went out of print, it was expanded into a two-CD set by Blue Note, with eight new unissued or alternate takes added on the second disc. It is apparent right away that the original producer Alfred Lion was correct in withholding most of these recordings from release. As well as Turrentine plays during “Blues in the Closet,” the rhythm section seems a bit stiff. Harris’ piano is too much in the background on “Just in Time,” while the pianist’s composition “Blue Hour” doesn’t seem to be fully formed as a blues vehicle. “Strike Up the Band” is the one truly up-tempo recording present on this release, but probably wasn’t issued previously because it is faded prematurely and it was so different from the producer’s concept for the originally conceived release. Regardless, since both Stanley Turrentine and Gene Harris passed away within a year of each other in 2000, having additional music made available featuring these two fine musicians is most welcome.

Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Gene Harris (piano); Andrew Simpkins (bass); Bill Dowdy (drums).

Tracklist

CD1
01. I Want a Little Girl
02. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
03. Blue Riff
04. Since I Fell For You
05. Willow Weep For Me
CD2
01. Blues In The Closet
02. Just In Time
03. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
04. Where or When
05. Blue Hour
06. There Is No Greater Love
07. Alone Together
08. Strike Up The Band

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Donald Byrd – Fuego

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Donald Byrd’s Fuego is one of the many fine hard-bop sets the trumpeter recorded for Blue Note throughout the late 1950s and ’60s. Featuring all Byrd originals, from the driving pulse of the opening title track to the gospel-tinged “Amen,” which closes out the album, Fuego has much to recommend it. There are top-notch personnel (Jackie McLean lends his soulful sax work to the proceedings), strong compositions, and a relaxed, open feel throughout. And, of course, Rudy Van Gelder’s pristine engineering is the icing on the cake.

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Duke Pearson (piano); Doug Watkins (bass); Lex Humphries (drums).

Tracklist

01. Fuego
02. Bup A Loup
03. Funky Mama
04. Low Life
05. Lmanet
06. Amen

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Bill Evans – How My Heart Sings!

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A new Bill Evans Trio re-entered the studio in the spring of 1962, nearly one year after the untimely death of innovative bassist Scott LaFaro. Chuck Israels was LaFaro’s replacement, and while he would never take musical charge the way LaFaro did, his supportive presence and solid sound helped make this second edition of the Trio a worthy successor. The 1962 dates produced two albums’ worth of material. The previously released Moonbeams was lyrical yet somber, while the altogether brighter How My Heart Sings! consistently swings. There is little evidence here of the depressive slump which caused Evans to take off the previous year in response to LaFaro’s death.

Just as on Moonbeams, we are introduced here to new Evans originals, additions to a growing and impressive catalog, like “Walking Up” and the exhilarating “Show-Type Tune” in which the pianist puts on his best Bud Powell hat, knocking off line after line of thrillingly executed runs. Add Earl Zindar’s haunting title track, then a nod to Dave Brubeck on the two takes of the latter’s “In Your Own Sweet Way” and How My Heart Sings stands as the most varied Bill Evans set since his breakthrough Everybody Digs Bill Evans.

Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Chuck Israels (bass); Paul Motian (drums).

Tracklist

01. How My Heart Sings
02. I Should Care
03. In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 1)
04. In Your Own Sweet Way (Take 2)
05. Walking Up
06. Summertime
07. 34 Skidoo
08. Ev’rything I Love
09. Show-Type Tune

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Kenny Dorham – Una Mas

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Trumpeter Kenny Dorham was a significant presence in the bop and hard bop scenes, a musician whose distinctive, lyrical style had been apparent from his work in the late ’40s with Charlie Parker’s quintet. The year 1963 was especially good for him. He had just returned from a trip to Brazil where he had been absorbing the bossa nova, and he had formed a musical partnership with Joe Henderson, a powerful young tenor saxophonist whose rugged sound and coiling lines were an ideal complement to Dorham’s often subtler approach. This session is the first in a series of dates that would pair the two, and the fifteen minute “Una Mas,” a percolating mix of hard bop sonorities and a samba beat, was the first recorded example of Dorham’s distinctive exploration of bossa nova (his “Blue Bossa” would become a jazz standard).

Personnel: Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Butch Warren (bass); Tony Williams (drums).

Tracklist

01. Una Mas (One More Time)
02. Straight Ahead
03. Sao Paulo
04. If Ever I Would Leave You

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Erik Truffaz – Out Of a Dream

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Truffaz has experimented with electronica-tinged dance music and ensemble improvisation, but on his 1997 major label debut Out Of A Dream, he channels the spirit and sound of Miles Davis. The way Truffaz delicately and economically phrases smatterings of thin warm notes begs comparison with Miles. But Truffaz doesn’t just play parrot here, he takes that classic sound and wraps it around a bunch of elegant tunes that you’d swear were laid down decades ago.

Tracklist

01. Down Town
02. Out Of a Dream
03. Beaute Bleue
04. Wet In Paris
05. Porta Camollia
06. Indigo
07. Saisir
08. Elegie
09. Samara
10. Up Town
11. Betty

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The Heliocentrics – Out There

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Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics’ debut album is finally complete. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics.

Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Distant Star
03. Flight 583
04. Once Upon A Time
05. Beyond Repair
06. Sirius B
07. Untitled
08. They Are Among Us – Part 1
09. The Zero Hour
10. Joyride
11. The American Empire
12. Before I Die
13. Intermission
14. Age Of The Sun
15. The Are Among Us – Part 2
16. Witner Song
17. A World Of Masks
18. Sounds Of The East
19. Somewhere Out There
20. Second Chance (K2′s Prayer)
21. Return Journey
22. Sirius A
23. Falling To Earth
24. Outro

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Simon & G-Funk – MNLTHM RMX EP

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It’s been an amazing couple of months for our dude Monolithium. Simon & G-Funk, his debut via Error Broadcast, has gained quite a bit of traction within the underground continuum. He’s popped up on XLR8R a couple of times & the title track has been receiving spins from the likes of Om Unit, Jacques Greene & Jay Scarlett. He performed at MUTEK & has upcoming slots at Rifflandia & Decibel Festival.

In the wake of all that loveliness, quite a slew of remixes popped up outside of the official Ango & Prison Garde joints that accompanied the EP. So we’ve gathered those reworks alongside “Simon & G-Funk” and YES, we giving that shit away.

Trap music, warehouse vibes, psych crunk, aqueous funk – take your pick, these remixers take Monolithium’s sound to new places. Snatch it up…

pros to subdivnet.com

Tracklist

01. Simon & G-Funk
02. Selfish Lil’ Crunk [RocCazba Remix]
03. Simon & G-Funk [Eames Refix]
04. Simon & G-Funk [Taal Mala Remix]
05. Swag Equity [Montgomery Clunk Remix]

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B. (aka Blu) – Jesus LP

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Recently, a mysterious album titled Jesus turned up on the popular music site Bandcamp, uploaded by an artist calling himself “B”. Soon, the LP was discovered to be the latest work from enigmatic L.A. rapper Blu, and within hours, it was the talk of the blogosphere.

Featuring production from Madlib, Alchemist, and Hezekiah, and an appearance from Planet Asia, Jesus features some of the most intriguing collaborations of Blu’s career. With fully mastered audio, plus CD and vinyl editions, this important edition to Johnson Barnes’ catalog will finally be heard as it was meant to be. Officially the debut for alter-ego “B”, Jesus is sure to satisfy the cult-like fanbase that’s been steadily growing around the artist most famously known as Blu.

For more info and buy check: www.nature-sounds.net

Tracklist

01. New S**t
02. What If I Was
03. On The Porch
04. Lucky
05. DMV
06. Burgandy
07. 4 U
08. Doo Whop (feat. Planet Asia)
09. Bird N Beez
10. Jesus
11. Do The Knxwledge

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Knxwledge – Hexual.Sealings.LP

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New stuff from Knxwledge! 128kbps so buy hq here: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Lovahorts
02. Dukshun
03. Leftwist
04. July3rd.91(Mash)
05. BuukofRhymes
06. (F∆ithEv∆nsHeartU)
07. eek.ArtOfStorytellingPt.4
08. Beech
09. Inoticed
10. Riminise
11. Imjustsayin(Bownus)

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Question – Interludes & Interpretations

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New stuff from Question, “Some old jazzy joints off the MPC.” enjoy!

Tracklist

01. First Notice
02. The Day After
03. Snappy
04. Ode To SP’s
05. Frankly Speaking
06. Crawfish & Chips
07. Stompy Stomperton
08. Goin’ To Wichita

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Erykah Badu – “Telephone (Freddie Joachim Remix)”

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Another good remix by Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

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DOOMSTARKS – Victory Laps (Remixes) EP

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It’s been five years in the making, but DOOM and Ghostface Killah are finally set to unveil their first single together as DOOMSTARKS. For more info and buy check: www.nature-sounds.net

Tracklist

01. Victory Laps
02. Victory Laps (Instrumental)
03. Victory Laps (Madvillainz Remix)
04. Victory Laps (Madvillainz Remix Instrumental)
05. Victory Laps (Clean)
06. Victory Laps (Madvillainz Remix Clean)

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Gramatik – Beatz & Pieces Vol.1

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Gramatik is a slovenian beatmaker, Gramatik’s Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 (out July 12 on Pretty Lights Music) is his first release on Pretty Lights Music and builds on the amazing momentum created from his last release No Shortcuts and the Street Bangerz mix-tape series.

For more info check: www.prettylightsmusic.com

Tracklist

01. DreamBIG
02. On The Boardwalk
03. While I Was Playin’ Fair
04. So Much For Love
05. Good Evening Mr. Hitchcock
06. Skylight
07. Like You Do
08. Portorose In July
09. Somebody
10. Break Loose
11. The Drink Is Called Rakija
12. Make You Better
13. Is It Over
14. Happiness On A Leash
15. Moar Jive
16. Friday
17. The Monolith

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DJ Mitsu the Beats – Midnight Roses

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Although still largely unheralded in Europe outside the nu-jazz and downtempo hip-hop scenes, DJ Mitsu The Beats is widely regarded as one of Japan’s finest dusty-fingered crate-diggers, with a colossal record collection to match. As a result, his sporadic mix CDs are never less than essential listening. For this latest audio adventure, he’s decided to don his best pulling pants and head off on an erection section excursion through the dimly lit world of soft-focus jazz-funk, lovelorn rare groove and slow-dance instrumentals. Think pages from Ceefax, Tony Hart’s Gallery and Barry White doing the horizontal rumba (but not at the same time, obviously). Sleazy, easy and oh-so smooth.

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The Miles Davis Story

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Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis’s middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis’s narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-’50s to late ’60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.

Outstanding musical selections include modal masterpieces “So What” and “Blue in Green,” the haunting soundtrack to the 1957 French film Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, his romantic rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans. The most surprising aspects of Davis’s personality that emerge from this film are his shyness, vulnerability, and, yes, humility. As he said himself, “Don’t call me a legend. Call me Miles Davis.” –Eugene Holley Jr.

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John Coltrane – Soultrane

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This wonderful 1958 session features the tenor sax legend leading pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Arthur Taylor on a well-chosen five-song set of jazz and pop standards. The album opens with a lively version of Count Basie’s “Good Bait” that allows Coltrane, Chambers and Garland to indulge in some exquisite, highly inventive solos. While Coltrane’s versions of Billy Eckstine’s “I Want To Talk About You” and Fred Lacey’s “Theme For Ernie” are pretty much straight ballad performances, his bold, powerful style brings out the soulful feel of these two beautiful, reflective melodies.

Personnel: John Coltrane (vocals, tenor saxophone); John Coltrane; Paul Chambers (upright bass); Red Garland (piano); Art Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. Good Bait
02. I Want To Talk About You
03. You Say You Care
04. Theme For Ernie
05. Russian Lullaby

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Jackie McLean – Demon’s Dance

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The late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean had one of the most distinctive sounds in jazz history–fluid and bittersweet, with an impassioned “cry” at its heart. McLean made several classic albums for Blue Note in the 1960s, with Demon’s Dance arriving in 1967, near the end of his time with the label. While not as well known as his other albums, Dance exhibits some excellent bristling, surging hard bop, much of which features trumpeter Woody Shaw–most notably on the indelible, infectious would-be hit “Sweet Love of Mine.”

Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Jackie McLean; Scott Holt (bass instrument); Woody Shaw (trumpet); LaMont Johnson (piano); Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Tracklist

01. Demon’s Dance
02. Toyland
03. Boo Ann’s Grand
04. Sweet Love Of Mine
05. Floogeh
06. Message From Trane

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Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Shades Of Blue

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If ever there was a golden period in British jazz it was the 1960s, with Don Rendell and Ian Carr, 2 of the most innovative musicians around, with the albums their quintet produced now legendary, and still fresh and stunning in their simplicity and power. This comes not only from the exquisite playing of Ian Carr on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Don Rendell’s tough tenor and soprano excursions, but equally from the thought that had gone into the writing and arranging.

The dynamics of the quintet members are beautifully balanced, with the lyrical playing of pianist Michael Garrick an often wistful counter to the searching bass of Dave Green, and the ever changing, explosive patterns from drummer Trevor Tomkins. There had never been such concise small ensemble playing since Miles Davis and John Coltrane came together in the 1950s.

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Tracklist

01. Blue Mosque
02. Latin Blue
03. Just Blue
04. Sailin’
05. Garrison ’64
06. Blue Doom
07. Shades Of Blue
08. Big City Strut

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Flying Lotus – SC Stuff

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Flying Lotus posted a lot of stuff last month on soundcloud, basically i saved them and… enjoy!

Check his soundcloud: soundcloud.com/flyinglotus/

Tracklist

01. Kingmids ‘Lost Remix Instrumental’ ’08
02. Voyagerrrrrs
03. BuriedMIX-Burial dj Kicks08
04. Shafiq evil man remix final
05. Velvet cake Mix2
06. Elephant Ride ’07
07. Lullaby
08. Heave (n) mix2
09. CARPET CARPET CARPET ”07 Rough Loop Mix
10. Happening Really Mdrender1
11. Serum Acquired Mix3
12. Massive Attack-Vibeangel Mix1
13. Mr.Oizo-Rubber (Unprotected Sex Mix)3-1
14. BJork-Shiver
15. Stereolab-GalactagonFINAL2rMX
16. Metling3
17. Psuedo Nymph (OG Version)
18. Caravan Of Delight
19. Tell Tales
20. Bilal – Levels (Flying Lotus Remix)

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Kankick – Serious Business This!

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Kankick has been chopping drums with fellow Oxnard legend Madlib since Junior High, and was an original member of the Lootpack. Raised by a single mother, Kankick immersed himself in music from childhood. Pillaging his Mom’s records he developed his ear, with music ranging from Bruce Springsteen to RUN DMC. Fiercely independent, Kankick broke off from the Lootpack to form his own ‘Funk Farm’ crew, whose members included DJ Babu and God’s Gift. Honing his own unique sound over the years, Kankick’s production is still light years ahead of today’s contrived and static Hip Hop scene.

Tracklist

01. S.O.S.
02. O.X. Bully
03. Africa: World’s #1 Super Power (’03)
04. Blood In I Eye
05. Black Agony (’99)
06. Yes, Yes (Suite 3)
07. O.X. Trinity (’02)
08. Budweiser ‘N’ Stress
09. You Better Know It (’96)
10. True Adore
11. Voltage Of Dust (’02)
12. Alien Herb (’03)
13. Serious Biz w/Blame
14. Break Of Dawn
15. Samba Prints (’01) -Mysterys Babies
16. Anti-Yall (4080)

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