Duke Pearson – Sweet Honey Bee

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Pianist/composer Duke Pearson leads an all-star group on this run-through of seven of his compositions. The musicians (trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, altoist James Spaulding, Joe Henderson on tenor, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Mickey Roker, and the pianist/leader) are actually more impressive than many of the compositions, although the swinging minor-toned “Big Bertha” deserved to become a standard. The frameworks are quite intelligent (and everyone doesn’t solo on each selection), and the improvisations are concise and clearly related to each tune’s melody and mood.

Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ron Carter (bass); Mickey Roker (drums).

Tracklist

01. Sweet Honey Bee
02. Sudel
03. After The Rain
04. Gaslight
05. Big Bertha
06. Empathy
07. Ready Rudy?

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Jane Monheit – Home

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Home finds jazz vocalist Jane Monheit celebrating the golden age of the jazz standard. The first album Monheit has produced for herself, 2010′s Home finds the lauded singer performing a variety of classic American popular song standards. Included are guest appearances by such notable jazz musicians as guitarist John Pizzarelli, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, violinist Mark O’Connor, and others.

Tracklist

01. A Shine On Your Shoes
02. There’s A Small Hotel
03. This Is Always
04. Tonight You Belong To Me
05. Look For The Silver Lining
06. I’ll Be Around
07. Everything I’ve Got Belongs To You
08. It’s Only Smoke
09. The Eagle And Me
10. I Didn’t Know About You/All Too Soon
11. Ins’t It A Lovely Day

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Brenk – Gumbo II

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Gumbo II (Pretty Ugly) marks a new state of the art for sample-based productions. Taking his trademark formula to perfection, Brenk brings together 70′s soul with twisted electronica, analogue korg lines, Lil John ad-libs and police sirens, all backed by the most relentless grooves and drum-loops. While every track works for itself, „Gumbo II (Pretty Ugly)“ takes you on a heavy ride through music history: From the embracing brazilian sounds of „Perdido“ to the grimey talkbox craze of „Wolves 2 (Still Hungy)“ or the prog-rock stompin’ „Hit U“.

Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Murda Dem
03. Lupo
04. Whereva
05. Everyday Scenario
06. Dedicated feat. Miles Bonny
07. Anotha Sip
08. Nite Ridah 2K11
09. Shangri-La
10. Can’t Seem 2 Forget
11. Anotha All Nighta
12. One Daaay
13. Predido
14. Bright Foozel
15. Wheneva
16. The Spirit Of Chad Butler
17. Grindas Skit
18. Hit U
19. Body Skit
20. Wolves 2 (Still Hungry)
21. Tryin’
22. Intruda
23. It’s Yours

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Freddie Joachim – “Sweep Away My Sorrow”

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New track from Freddie, enjoy! For more check > blog.freddiejoachim.com

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Mara Hruby – From Her Eyes

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I was completely in love with her in last months and never posted her work (until now).

This album introduces a new twenty-two year old artist named Mara Hruby from Oakland, CA. These seven tracks represent the genesis of the view “From Mara’s Eyes” of the various works of her favorite male artists. Each song is connected to a memory experience in Mara’s young life. The beauty and elegance of Van Hunt’s “Character,” Bob Marley’s love of Jah, Mos Def’s soulful poetry, André “3000” Benjamin’s “Take Off Your Cool,” as well as D’Angelo’s “Send It On” – are all examples of art forms from today’s exceptional musicians.

For more info check: www.marahruby.com

Tracklist

01. StereoLab (Lose Myself)
02. Character
03. Take Off Your Cool
04. Send It On
05. Is This Love
06. Alright
07. The Panties
08. Is This Love (Unmastered)
09. Character (Unmastered)

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Ras G & The Alkebulan Space Program – Space Base Is The Place

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Ras G & The Alkebulan (or Afrikan) Space Program are back on the planet with a brand new double 10″ LP fittingly titled “Spacebase Is The Place”. This album is a proper nod to his musical heroes Sun Ra, Lee Scratch Perry, Madlib, J Dilla as well as his Brainfeeder/Low End Theory musical comrades Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and Samiyam but still maintaining that cosmic heavy blunt smoking dub-wise quality that is Ras G! Strongly limited edition.

For more info and buy check: www.poobah.com

Tracklist

01. Requiem 4 Mr. Yancey
02. Stick Em Up
03. HollyHood/Where Dem Trees
04. One 4 Steve EL
05. Ancestrial Echoes
06. Ascension From Nigga 2 Negus
07. Silly Earthlings
08. (Innerlude)
09. If U FEEL (No Ego)
10. Star Messengers
11. Disco 4000
12. Mush Mouth (I Can’t Feel My Face)
13. Love Something…..
14. Psilocybin

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Finest Ego | German / Austrian / Swiss Compilation

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A while has passed since our last compilation has been released but just in time for the 2011 holiday season Project: Mooncircle and Finest Ego bring you the already fifth edition of our acclaimed compilation series. Shifting focus towards central Europe, we find the three countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sharing lots of their historical and cultural heritage, this copious collection contains work from producers of a wide range of musical manifestations – all located in the spectrum between traditional sample-based and organic sound to electronic and experimental compositions. Grown up in the nineties with the organic sounds from across the big pond and a long tradition of electronic music in the German speaking world, this compilation showcases the fusion of electronic and classical soulful organic elements in the beat scene. The sound is as diverse as the country and its people, from Spaetzle to Klopse and from HipHop to Techno, on this compilation you can find Boombap from the likes of Brenk & Suff Daddy but also electronic sounds from the likes of Robot Koch and Bit Tuner as well as atmospheric sonical waves from Glenn Astro and Anthony Drawn. The influences vary from Jazz records, video games, Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ Bass and Techno. But are there two different camps clashing here? Retro vs future, mountain village vs urban center, winter vs summer…

For more info check: www.projectmooncircle.com

Tracklist

01. Chief – Check This Out (Additional Vocals by Ghostape)
02. Brenk – Dolla Bill
03. Dexter – Painquillizer
04. Mono:Massive – Cloud
05. Hulk Hodn – Nicht Mehr Als 6 Euro
06. Captain Crook – Gemetzel Geplant Ganove
07. Stroe – Les Biscuits
08. Hubert Daviz – Zwischenspiel
09. Comfort Fit – Hundred One Percent
10. Robot Koch – Follow Birds
11. Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie – Astro Funk & Welfrieden
12. Quendolin Fender – Nightwish
13. Ju-Ar – Tropical Vibrations
14. Twit One – Treestessa
15. Suff Daddy – Amazonas
16. Figub Brazlevic – A Plante Out Of Control
17. Szenario – Paranoid Polaroid
18. Portformat – Platinum Soul Rebels
19. Flowtec – Brainsick
20. D-Fekt & Mr.Beef – 90Prozent Of Me
21. Bit-Turner – Cranberry Temper
22. Feux & Kalifornia Kurt – Gossip
23. B-Ju – Linguist
24. Playpad Circus – Sequence 57
25. Flex Fab – Pulpo
26. Ill-Luzion – Lucid Dream
27. Anthony Drawn – Sugar Across The Sea
28. Hazeem – Nemesis
29. Minor Sick – We Used To clash Like Buses
30. XL The Red One – Green Hands
31. Glenn Astro – You’re No Good
32. Frederic Robinson – So close To Being Himan
33. Willy Sunshine – Malkovich Malkovich

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Yuk. – Of Wilderness

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” A selection of remixes from this past year. Wanted to share these songs through some sort of yuk. collection. Official and unofficial remixes for and/or from:ahnnu, run dmt / happy family, Teebs, Ras G, Mane Mane, Ana Caravelle, Anenon, knxwledge, devonwho, and mndsgn. Also a celebration to coincide with the launching of the “of wildermess” blog. Sort of an all things yuk. sonic & visual journal. Several upcoming releases this year both art & music! l o v e & l i g h t “

For more info check: www.myhollowdrum.com

Tracklist

01. Ahnnu – Old Rag (Yuk. Let Go Vox Rendition)
02. Run DMT/Happy Family – Amandahugnkiss (Yuk. Live Re-Edit)
03. Teebs – Burner (Yuk. Remix)
04. Ras G – Dustierthandigital (Saturn Spores for G Yuk. flip)
05. Mane Mane – Skin Fox (Yuk. Remix)
06. Ana Caravelle – Anti-Anxiety Pill (Yuk. Rendition
07. Yuk. – Oh Shaman (Anenon Remix)
08. Yuk. + Devonwho – Shining Restitch
09. Yuk. + Knxwledge – Dahlia[4yuk]87
10. Yuk. – Greenflash Ritual (FrashingRites Mndsgn Remix)

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Full Crate “Without My Heart” feat. David Simmons

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After hitting y’all over the head with his stellar Golden Glasses EP, Dutch producer Full Crate decided to make something special for all you okayplayers out there. Listen to the OKP premiere of “Without My Heart” (artwork by Anthonio). For this smooth slow jam, FC enlists the help of David Simmons, who’s lush vocals flow perfectly over Full Crate’s latest creation. Unwrap Full Crate’s latest musical gift, below. For you collectors out there, you can now accompany your digi version of Golden Glasses with the limited 10″ vinyl via Wonderful Ear Records (check the promo video after the jump).

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Charlie Parker – Complete Savoy & Dial Sessions

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In his brief career, Charlie Parker transformed jazz, spontaneously extending the harmonic and rhythmic range of the music in his fluent improvisations. Only Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane have had as dramatic an influence on other musicians. Broadly considered as one of the greatest saxophonists of all time, he was crucial in the development of the bebop movement. Many of his compositions have become standards including “Billie’s Bounce”, “Ornithology” and “Confirmation”. Two of his albums, Jazz at Massey Hall and Charlie Parker with Strings, have received the Grammy Hall of Fame award.

His playing was highly acclaimed during his lifetime although his many performances were, from time to time, hampered by his growing addictions – primarily to alcohol and heroin. His prodigious output of albums belies that fact that he died aged only 34, from pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer.

Tracklist

CD 1
01. Tiny’s Tempo
02. I’ll Always Love You Just The Same
03. Romance Without Finance
04. Red Cross
05. Tiny’s Tempo
06. Tiny’s Tempo
07. I’ll Always Love You Just The Same
08. Romance Without Finance
09. Romance Without Finance
10. Romance Without Finance
11. Romance Without Finance
12. Red Cross
13. Warming Up A Riff
14. Billie’s Bounce
15. Now’s The Time
16. Thriving From a Riff
17. Meandering
18. KoKo
19. Billie’s Bounce
20. Billie’s Bounce
21. Billie’s Bounce
22. Billie’s Bounce
23. Now’s The Time
24. Now’s The Time
25. Now’s The Time
26. Thriving From a Riff
27. Thriving From a Riff
28. Koko
29. Diggin’ Diz

CD 2
01. Moose The Mooche
02. Yardbird Suite
03. Ornithology
04. A Night In Tunisia
05. Moose The Mooche
06. Moose The Mooche
07. Yardbird Suite
08. Ornithology
09. Ornithology
10. A Night In Tunisia
11. A Night In Tunisia
12. Max Making Wax
13. Lover Man
14. The Gypsy
15. Bebop
16. Donna Lee
17. Chasin’ The Bird
18. Cheryl
19. Buzzy
20. Donna Lee
21. Donna Lee
22. Donna Lee
23. Donna Lee
24. Chasin’ The Bird
25. Chasin’ The Bird
26. Chasin’ The Bird
27. Cheryl
28. Buzzy
29. Buzzy
30. Buzzy
31. Buzzy

CD 3
01. This Is Always
02. Dark Shadows
03. bird’s Nest
04. Cool Blues
05. This is Always
06. Dark Shadows
07. Dark Shadows
08. Dark Shadows
09. Bird’s Nest
10. Bird’s Nest
11. Cool Blues
12. Cool Blues
13. Cool Blues
14. Relaxin’ At Camarillo
15. Cheers
16. Carvin’ The Bird
17. Stupendous
18. Relaxin’ At Camarillo
19. Relaxin’ At Camarillo
20. Relaxin’ At Camarillo
21. Cheers
22. Cheers
23. Cheers
24. Carvin’ The Bird
25. Stupendous

CD 4
01. Milestones
02. Little Willie Leaps
03. Half Nelson
04. Sippin’ At Bell’s
05. Milestones
06. Milestones
07. Little Willie Leaps
08. Little Willie Leaps
09. Half Nelson
10. Sippin’ At Bell’s
11. Sippin’ At Bell’s
12. Sippin’ At Bell’s
13. Dexterity
14. Bongo Bop
15. Dewey Square
16. The Hymn
17. Bird Of Paradise
18. Embraceable You
19. Dexterity
20. Bongo Bop
21. Dewey Square
22. Dewey Square
23. The Hymn
24. Bird Of Paradise
25. Bird Of Paradise
26. Embraceable You

CD 5
01. Bird Feathers
02. Klact-oveeseds-tene
03. Scrapple From The Apple
04. My Old Flame
05. Out Of Nowhere
06. Don’t Blame Me
07. Klact-oveeseds-tene
08. Scrapple From The Apple
09. Out Of Nowhere
10. Out Of Nowhere
11. Barbados
12. Au-leu-Cha
13. Constellation
14. Parker’s Mood
15. Barbados
16. Barbados
17. Barbados
18. Au-Leu-Cha
19. Constellation
20. Constellation
21. Constellation
22. Constellation
23. Parker’s Mood
24. Parker’s Mood
25. Parker’s Mood
26. Parker’s Mood

CD 6
01. Drifting On a Reed
02. Quasimodo
03. Charlie’s Wig
04. Bongo Beep
05. Crazeology
06. How Deep Is The Ocean?
07. Drifting On a Reed
08. Drifting On a Reed
09. Quasimodo
10. Charlie’s Wig
11. Charlie’s Wig
12. Bongo Beep
13. Crazeology
14. Crazeology
15. Crazeology
16. How Deep Is The Ocean?
17. Another Air Do
18. Bluebird
19. Klaunstance
20. Bird Gets The Worm
21. Another Air Do
22. Another Air Do
23. Another Air Do
24. Bluebird
25. Bird Gets The Worm
26. Bird Gets The Worm

CD 7
01. Perhaps
02. Marmaduke
03. Steeplecahse
04. Merry Go Round
05. Perhaps
06. Perhaps
07. Perhaps
08. Perhaps
09. Perhaps
10. Perhaps
11. Marmaduke
12. Marmaduke
13. Marmaduke
14. Marmaduke
15. Marmaduke
16. Marmaduke
17. Marmaduke
18. Marmaduke
19. Marmaduke
20. Marmaduke
21. Marmaduke
22. Steeplechase
23. Merry Go Round
24. Hallelujah
25. Get Happy
26. Slam Slam Blues
27. Congo Blues
28. Hallelujah
29. Hallelujah
30. Get Happy
31. Slam Slam Blues
32. Congo Blues
33. Congo Blues
34. Congo Blues
35. Congo Blues

CD 8
01. Groovin’ High
02. All The Things You Are
03. Dizzy Atmosphere
04. Salt Peanuts
05. Shaw ‘Nuff
06. lover Man
07. Hot House
08. Dizzy’s Boogie
09. Flat Foot Floogie
10. Poppity Pop
11. Slim’s Jam
12. Dizzy’s Boogie
13. Flat Foot Floogie
14. Blues
15. Yardbird Suite
16. Lullaby In Rhythm, Part 1
17. Lullaby In Rhythm, Part 2
18. Home Cooking I: Opus
19. Home Cooking II: Cherokee
20. Home Cooking III: I Got Rhythm

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John Coltrane – The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions

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In 1961 John Coltrane’s explorations of different modes and rhythms led to several powerful works that invoked other cultures, like “Olé,” “India,” and “Brazilia.” While those pieces were all recorded with expanded versions of his quartet, “Africa” was a unique opportunity, with Eric Dolphy’s arrangements for up to 13 brass and reed instruments providing a setting of volcanic energy for Coltrane’s majestic, declamatory tenor and the surging drumming of Elvin Jones. The orchestrations, as well as the solos, vary on the two sessions heard here, and there are also thoughtful adaptations of traditional material like “Greensleeves,” a lilting feature for Coltrane’s soprano saxophone that recalls the earlier treatment of “My Favorite Things,” and “Song of the Underground Railroad.” The two-CD complete collection expands on the original release with alternate takes of “Africa” and “Greensleeves” as well as a previously unissued recording of “The Damned Don’t Cry.”

Tracklist

CD1
01. Greensleeves
02. Song Of The Underground
03. Greensleeves (Alternate Take)
04. The Damned Don’t Cry
05. Africa (First Version)

CD2
01. Blues Minor
02. Africa (Alternate Take)
03. Africa

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The Amazing Bud Powell – Time Waits

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One of jazz history’s greatest pianists, Bud Powell suffered from mental illness and heavy medication that often interfered with his playing. When he recorded this session in 1957, at age 33, his most incandescent inventions were already behind him, but what remained was a pianist of extraordinary depth, capable of the deepest blues and a rhythmic incisiveness like Thelonious Monk’s. And he was still a composer of first-rate bop lines, like “John’s Abbey” and “Time Waits,” the latter a reference to his once blazing “Tempus Fugue-it.” The rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Philly Joe Jones is absolutely masterful at the slow and medium tempos that Powell had come to favor, with Jones often prodding the pianist into exuberance. This is the finest of Powell’s later recordings, revealing a bop pianist who paled only in comparison with his former self.

Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Buster Rides Again
02. Sub City
03. Time Waits
04. Marmalade
05. Monopoly
06. John’s Abbey
07. Dry Soul
08. Sub City (Alternate Take)
09. John’s Abbey (Alternate Take)

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Live Tropical Fish – The Day Is Too Short To Be Selfish

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The new project of Live Tropical Fish is born from the fusion of three complementary and symbiotic creative minds: the successful encounter of the original founders Fabrizio “Doc Bix” Poli and Antonio “Lurpak” Fernè with the eclectic guitarist-composer Salvo Pignanelli: what was born out of it was a new creative push along with the unconsciousness of jumping into an enterprise that only brave visionaries of music would do. The “Fernè, Pignanelli and Poli” trio started a production that soon appeared to be timeless: with a general crisis of record industry going on the goal was to create something that would go against the flow, a “handmade” album by craftsmen-musicians, exactly like it was done in the 70’s, without the harassment of marketing logics or the frenzy of disposable music.

Due to a profound musical concept every guest artist present in the album has been chosen for personal respect, intrinsic value, interpretative originality or just pure congeniality. This is how the Tropical Fish album came to life, by an alchemic process of transformation, combining, assembling, feeding, but with the capability of giving shape to a precise and personal stylistic identity. The primordial power of the rhythmic bases has unavoidably influenced the horns’ arrangements created by Adriano Pancaldi, that result at times edgy at times symphonic, always capable of complex and articulated support to melody, at times substituting the tune, at times making it richer.

From afrobeat we borrowed the feeling of a fully played and hard-won music, perfectly identifiable, instrument by instrument, note by note, without ever taking short-cuts, that looks back to what the masters of black music have always done: play live.
After all, the name Live Tropical Fish contains the intention itself, live music has always been the core target of the project: a music that finds in live playing its highest expressive capability, of comunicating and sharing emotions.

Tracklist

01. Peace Of Mind (feat. Deborah Jordan)
02. Complete Me (feat. Alison Crockett)
03. Breathe Again (feat. Laurnea)
04. Speak Easy and Listen (Nick Rolfe)
05. A Rather Uncomforrtable Combination (feat. April Hill)
06. Double Dream (feat. Larunea)
07. Run and Hide (feat. Deborah Jordan)
08. Rubber Soul (feat. Omar)
09. Slide Away (feat. Alison Crockett)
10. Believe (feat. Deborah Jordan)
11. I’m Tired (feat. Laurena)
12. Rising Bible (feat. Maya Azucena)
13. Rubber Soul (feat. Omar) (Simon S Remix) (Bonus Track)

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The Log.Os – λόγος

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The Log.Os is a free (alternative/soul) project from Ken Barrientos aka KenBts (producer/engineer/sound-designer for artist Blu, Bilal, Shafiq Husayn, J*DaVeY, and many more) featuring vocals from Nikko Gray, Bilal, Iman Omari, Ty$ (Of Ty & Kory), enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Drm Sqnc
02. Nascent
03. Cancerous
04. Tingy
05. Blades
06. Untitled
07. Antikythera
08. Snad
09. Kyoto
10. Dunes (Rebirth)
11. Lvels Log.Os (Bonus)

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Teebs – Collections 01 (Japanese Edition)

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Japanese edition of “Collections 01″ with 9 Bonus Tracks, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Just The Yellow Bits
02. Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version)
03. Pretty Polly
04. Jahara
05. Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff
06. Your Favorite Weekday
07. LSP featuring Austin Peralta
08. While You Dooooo (Extended)
09. Red Curbs Loop (Stuff I Dream About)
10. Yellow More New
11. Jahara (Just Harp) (Bonus Track)
12. Probably (Bonus Track)
13. There Is A Difference (Autumn’s Trash) (Bonus Track)
14. Blessed Assurance (Bonus Track)
15. Just For You (Bonus Track)
16. Sunrise Remedy (Bonus Track)
17. Jahara (Juj Remix) (Bonus Track)
18. Top Hats (Bonus Track)
19. Estara (Yellow Bits Redo by Teebs & Yuk) (Bonus Track)

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Knxwledge – WrapTaypes.Port.1

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Another one for Knx! enjoy! 128kbps so buy HQ here: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Nyeve[WhereDat.intro]
02. Pat[DanejirusEmcees]
03. Kargoes84[ree.stoar]
04. Luchini[TWRK]
05. TopOfTheyGayme[PrblmsRMX]
06. Lyke[Woe]
07. 13.[MVP]
08. Stedilly[PortiWifMe]

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Lou Donaldson – The Midnight Creeper

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As he delved deeper into commercial soul-jazz and jazz-funk, Lou Donaldson became better at it. While lacking the bite of his hard bop improvisations or the hard-swinging funk of Alligator Bogaloo, Midnight Creeper succeeds where its predecessor, Mr. Shing-A-Ling failed: it offers a thoroughly enjoyable set of grooving, funky soul-jazz. The five songs — including two originals by Donaldson and one each by Lonnie Smith (who also plays organ on the record), Teddy Vann, and Harold Ousley — aren’t particularly distinguished, but the vibe is important, not the material. And the band — Donaldson, Smith, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, guitarist George Benson, and drummer Leo Morris — strikes the right note, turning in a fluid, friendly collection of bluesy funk vamps. Donaldson could frequently sound stilted on his commercial soul-jazz dates, but that’s not the case with Midnight Creeper. He rarely was quite as loose on his late-’60s/early-’70s records as he is here, and that’s what makes Midnight Creeper a keeper.

Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Lonnie Smith (organ); George Benson (guitar); Idris Muhammad (drums).

Tracklist

01. Midnight Creeper
02. Love Power
03. Elizabeth
04. Bag of Jawels
05. Dapper Dan

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Hank Mobley – A Caddy For Daddy

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Like many of Hank Mobley’s mid-’60s Blue Note dates, A Caddy For Daddy features Lee Morgan, Billy Higgins, and an attempt to recapture the funky backbeat of Morgan’s hit “The Sidewinder.” What’s different here is that Mobley leads a quintet with the addition of the fabulous Curtis Fuller on trombone, Coltrane’s pianist McCoy Tyner, and veteran bassist Bob Cranshaw rounding out the group. The vibe is bluesy and swinging, like most Mobley dates, with plenty of choice hard-bop moments from the assembled crew.

The “Sidewinder” of this disc is the title track, which once again finds Higgins easing into a quasi-Latin funk under a gutbucket melody by the horns. Beyond this opening resides the meat of the session. The dark, bouncing waltz “The Morning After” is a curiously flighty groove with crisp ensemble work by the horns and tasty solos all around. The comically titled swinger “Venus Di Mildew” follows and continues the laid-back groove that permeates the session. The most driving cut is the punchy “Ace Deuce Trey,” an intricate piece that offers some of Mobley’s best soloing of the date. Finally, the bopping “3rd Time Around,” an uptempo burner, closes the set with a frenzy.

Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. A caddy For Daddy
02. The Morning After
03. Venus Di Mildew
04. Ace Deuce Trey
05. 3rd Time Around

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Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them

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“New” stuff from Blu & Exile! unmastered/ unmixed album recorded back in 2009, enjoy

Tracklist

01. A Letter
02. More Out Of Life
03. The Only One
04. Mask Your Soul
05. I Am Jean
06. Money
07. She Said Its Ok
08. Goo dMOrning Neighbor
09. Everybody Nose (feat. Johaz & Fashawn)
10. Dont Be Jelly
11. Berries & Juices
12. Seasons
13. John Mccain
14. O Heaven (Bonus)
15. Ope (Bonus)

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VA – Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 1-2-3

One would never have imagined that an unexhausted supply of amazing funky, groovy compositions and hidden treasures from the 1970s would emerge from the vaults and shed light on the world over 30 years later.

“Dramatic Funk Themes” is a collection of such gems, all of which originate from the archives of the Themes International Music Library. Soundtracks for scenes which did not exist at the time – sometimes action-packed, dramatic or driving – such as a high speed car chase – or sometimes more laid-back and relaxed like crusing in a ragtop through the city. These are the scenes played out over a musical backdrop loaded with wah-wah guitars, deep basslines, rhodes, clavinets, analogue synthesizers, hammond organs, flutes, razor-sharp brass, groovy percussion and solid drum beats.

The Themes International Library was founded in 1973 as an offshoot to its parent company KPM by England’s elite studio session musicians Alan Parker, Alan Hawkshaw, Mike Moran and Barry Morgan.
The sounds and arrangements from the Themes Library were way ahead of their time, with their classic breaks and beats, and remain today on the most wanted lists of rare groove collectors, DJs and hip-hop producers alike. Also worth noting is that, in addition to the recordings made in London, some were put to tape in Munich with the support of none less than the brass section of the Max Greger Orchestra!

Themes International Library LPs were never available for purchase by the general public and were pressed in small quantities solely for the purposes of supplying music samples to the radio, television, film and production houses. Nowadays one has to dig very deeply in the pockets in order to snap up these treasures on auction sites such as Ebay. Depending on the album, prices can lie in the range 40 to 400 US Dollars (e.g. “The All American Powerhouse”).

Volume 1 – British Rare Grooves From The Themes International Music Library 1973-1976
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Tracklist

01. Les Hurdle – Soul Train
02. Alan Hawkshaw – Flashpoint
03. Kenny Salmon – Flying Squad
04. Allan Parker – Sweeny Todd
05. David Lindup – The Observer
06. Kenny Salmon – Get Up And Go
07. Alan Hawkshaw – High Driver
08. Madeline Bell & Alan Parker – Soul Slap
09. Keith Roberts – Override
10. Mike Moran – El Zoro
11. Alan Tew – Scenechange 6a
12. David Lindup – At Risk
13. Johnny Pearson – Work Force
14. James Clarke – The Heavies
15. Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennnett – Oddball
16. Alan Tew – Headlights
17. Alan Hawkshaw – Speed Run
18. David Lindup – Inside Information
19. Mike Moran – The Pick-Up
20. Alan Hawkshaw – The Investigator

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Volume 2 – Thrilling Rare Grooves From UK’s Leading Music Libraries 1970-1980
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Tracklist

01. T. Elerth – Beatin’ It
02. John Hawksworth – Flash Barrier
03. Frank McDonald & Chris Rae – Soul City Drive
04. Keith Mansfield – Hot Property
05. Nick Ingman – Thrust
06. Brian Bennett – Drama Montage
07. John Cameron – The Great Escape
08. Steve Gray – Nevada Junction
09. Dave Gold – City Police
10. Alan Hawkshaw – Fuel Injection
11. Keith Mansfield – Jagged
12. Johnny Pearson – Product Efficiency
13. Duncan Lamont – Punch Drunk
14. Martin Kershaw – Riff-Raff
15. Sound Prospect – Hit Man
16. Frank McDonald, Chris Rae & Gerry Shury – Fast Drive
17. John Saunders – Gun Man
18. Nick Ingman – Tense Preparation

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Volume 3 – Roaring Rare Grooves Action & Detective Breaks 1972-1983
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01. Leer Paul Leary – Nowhere To Run
02. Dieter Reith – Andy
03. Ernst Arno – Outlines Part 3
04. Simon Haseley – Prototype
05. Gerhard Narholz – Open Game
06. Peter Reno – Contact
07. Unknown Composer – Fat Man Part II
08. Jean Pierre Desvernois – Blue Jeans Danse
09. Dave Patterson – Solid Funk
10. Bunny J. Browne – Schizo
11. Keith Mansfield – Staying Power
12. Sammy Burdson – New Background A
13. Konrad Plaickner – Competition Start
14. Danny Edwardson – Stuck In
15. Marc Rosen – The Connection
16. Barry Stoller – Disco King
17. Dave Richmond – Police Car
18. Peter Martin – Stick And Stones
19. Frank McDonald Chris Rae – Plug In
20. Manfred Schoof Uwe Buschkotter – XY Patrol

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