Donald Byrd – Black Byrd

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Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd’s brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Never before had a jazz musician embraced the celebratory sound and style of contemporary funk as fully as Byrd did here — not even Davis, whose dark, chaotic jungle-funk stood in sharp contrast to the bright, breezy, danceable music on Black Byrd. Byrd gives free rein to producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell, who crafts a series of tightly focused, melodic pieces often indebted to the lengthier orchestrations of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield. They’re built on the most straightforward funk rhythms Byrd had yet tackled, and if the structures aren’t as loose or complex as his earlier fusion material, they make up for it with a funky sense of groove that’s damn near irresistible. Byrd’s solos are mostly melodic and in-the-pocket, but that allows the funk to take center stage. Sure, maybe the electric piano, sound effects, and Roger Glenn’s ubiquitous flute date the music somewhat, but that’s really part of its charm. Black Byrd was state-of-the-art for its time, and it set a new standard for all future jazz/R&B/funk fusions — of which there were many. Byrd would continue to refine this sound on equally essential albums like Street Lady and the fantastic Places and Spaces, but Black Byrd stands as his groundbreaking signature statement. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Donald Byrd (vocals, trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn); Fonce Mizell (vocals, trumpet); Freddie Perren (vocals, electric piano, synthesizer); Larry Mizell (vocals); David T. Walker, Dean Parks, Barney Perry (guitar); Allan Curtis Barnes (flute, oboe, saxophone); Roger Glenn (flute, saxophone); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Kevin Toney (piano); Chuck Rainey, Wilton Felder (electric bass); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Keith Killgo (drums); Perk Jacobs, Stephanie Spruill, Bobbye Hall, Bobbye Porter (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Flight Time
02. Black Byrd
03. Love’s So Far Away
04. Mr. Thomas
05. Sky High
06. Slop Jar Blues
07. Where Are We Going?

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Lionel Loueke – Heritage

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Lionel Loueke’s album Heritage, his dynamic third Blue Note album, which was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper. Heritage finds Loueke who was hailed by The New York Times as a gentle virtuoso exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The album presents seven new compositions by Loueke, two by Glasper, and one co-written by the two. Glasper also contributes piano and keyboards to six tracks, while singer Gretchen Parlato provides background vocals on two tracks. A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke is bringing jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title Heritage is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S. I speak English, I speak French, and I have that heritage too. I called this album Heritage because I’ve been blessed by all different parts of the world, and most of the songs reflect that.”

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

Personnel: Lionel Loueke: guitar; Mark Guiliana: drums; Derrick Hodge: electric bass; Robert Glasper: piano (2-4, 6, 8, 10); Gretchen Parlato: vocals (3, 4).

Tracklist

01. Ifê
02. Ouidah
03. Tribal Dance
04. Hope
05. Freedom Dance
06. Chardon
07. Farafina
08. African Ship
09. Goree
10. Bayyinah

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Bennetrhodes – Sun Ya

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New project from the japanese artist Kan Sano, enjoy! For more info and buy check: www.kansano.com

Tracklist

01. Joyful Spring
02. Electrified Feeling
03. Ameeta
04. Tenderness
05. Mind Map
06. Body Electric
07. Share in Love
08. Modern Times
09. Sketch of a Dream
10. Wake Up Sauce
11. Svara
12. Steppin’
13. Over
14. New Life
15. Open Your Inner Eye

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813 – Blend EP

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South London imprint 92 Points is back but this time in a year 3,000 style via Moscow bringing you the sounds of 813. The six tracks that make up the E.P. range from the interstellar funk musings of ‘La Fantiko’ to the cloud hopping excursion of ‘Pan O Matika’ to the ‘80s channeling synth madness of ‘Erotica’. Indeed it is Om Unit’s remix of ‘Erotica’ that brings the E.P. to a close sounding like Wiley, Cyndi Lauper and the Neptunes trapped in an ice rink over night!

For more info and buy check: >here<

Tracklist

01. Bibabo
02. La Fantiko
03. Pan-O-Matika
04. Erotica
05. Moon River Not Come To Sun
06. Erotica (Om Unit Remix)

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Freddie Joachim – “If I Ask You”

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New from Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

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Aretha Franklin – Take a Look: Complete on Columbia (11CD+DVD)

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Take a Look demonstrates how Aretha was born the “Queen of Soul,” paying loving care and attention to every facet of her years at Columbia.

The package includes CDs of Aretha’s seven full-length albums for Columbia; two CDs reflecting her collaborations with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964); and a bonus CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston and rarities that were “sweetened” and released after Aretha left the label. The set will also includes a DVD featuring Aretha, at the piano, performing several songs on The Steve Allen Show in 1964.

Among the highlights of Take a Look is a previously unreleased version of Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet which strips away the artificial club ambience that was added to the album’s studio performances, revealing Aretha at the peak of her powers. Another high point is an unreleased album called A Bit of Soul. Though it contains previously released material, the original album is presented here for the first time in its master form. Other revelations include riveting studio conversation between Aretha, John Hammond and pianist Ray Bryant during the making of Aretha’s debut album in the summer of 1960.

The set’s producer, Leo Sacks, says: “The stunning performances on Take a Look demonstrate how Aretha Franklin paved the path to her own greatness. Here is the young Aretha planting the seedlings that would blossom a short time later at Atlantic Records. From standards to show tunes to bebop to blues, Take a Look captures a gritty soul about to take flight.”

CD1 – Aretha (With The Ray Bryant Combo)
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Tracklist

01. Won’t Be Long
02. Over The Rainbow
03. Love Is The Only Thing
04. Sweet Lover
05. All Night Long
06. Who Needs You
07. Right Now
08. Are You Sure
09. Maybe I’m A Fool
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So
11. By Myself
12. Today I Sing The Blues
13. Are You Sure (Rehearsal)
14. Who Needs You (Take 9)
15. Right Now (Take 1)
16. Maybe I’m A Fool (Take 4)
17. By Myself (Mono)
18. Won’t Be Long (Mono)
19. All Night Long (Mono)
20. Love Is The Only Thing (Mono)
21. Right Now (Mono)
22. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono)

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CD2 – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
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01. You Made Me Love You
02. I Told You So
03. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
04. Nobody Like You
05. Exactly Like You
06. It’s So Heartbreakin’
07. Rough Lover
08. Blue Holiday
09. Just For You
10. That Lucky Old Sun
11. I Surrender, Dear
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
13. Introduction To Hard Times
14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
15. When They Ask About You
16. Operation Heartbreak
17. I Surrender, Dear (Mono)
18. Rough Lover (Mono)
19. Kissin’ By The Mistletoe (Mono)

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CD3 – The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin
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01. Don’t Cry, Baby
02. Try A Little Tenderness
03. I Apologize
04. Without The One You Love
05. Look For The Silver Lining
06. I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
07. Just For A Thrill
08. God Bless The Child
09. I’m Wandering
10. How Deep Is The Ocean
11. I Don’t Know You Anymore
12. Lover Come Back To Me
13. Trouble In Mind (Mono)
14. Without The One You Love (Mono)
15. Don’t Cry, Baby (Mono)
16. I’m Wandering (Mono)
17. Try A Little Tenderness (Mono)
18. I Apologize (Mono)
19. Lover Come Back To Me (Mono)
20. I Don’t Know You Anymore (Mono)

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CD4 – Laughing On The Outside
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01. Skylark
02. For All We Know
03. Make Someone Happy
04. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
05. Solitude
06. Laughing On The Outside
07. Say It Isn’t So
08. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
09. If Ever I Would Leave You
10. Where Are You
11. Mr. Ugly
12. I Wanna Be Around
13. Ol’ Man River
14. You’ve Got Her (Mono)
15. Here’s Where I Came In (Here’s Where I Walk Out) (Mono)
16. Say It Isn’t So (Mono)

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CD5 – Tiny Sparrow – The Bobby Scott Sessions
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01. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
02. Please Answer Me
03. Harbor Lights
04. I May Never Get To Heaven
05. Moon River
06. I Won’t Cry Anymore
07. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
08. My Little Brown Book
09. Tiny Sparrow
10. Johnny
11. Looking Through A Tear
12. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (Mono)
13. Johnny (Mono)

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CD6 – Unforgettable – A Tribute To Dinah Washington
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01. Unforgettable
02. Cold, Cold Heart
03. What A Diff’rence A Day Made
04. Drinking Again
05. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
06. Evil Gal Blues
07. Don’t Say You’re Sorry Again
08. This Bitter Earth
09. If I Should Lose You
10. Soulville
11. Lee Cross (Mono)

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CD7 – Take A Look – The Clyde Otis Sessions
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01. I’ll Keep On Smiling
02. Shangri-La
03. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
04. People
05. A Mother’s Love
06. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
07. But Beautiful
08. That’s Entertainment
09. Take A Loo
10. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
11. Jim
12. Sweet Bitter Love
13. Only The Lonely
14. My Coloring Book
15. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
16. People (Mono)
17. A Mother’s Love (Mono)

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CD8 – Runnin’ Out Of Fools
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01. Mockingbird
02. How Glad I Am
03. Walk On By
04. Every Little Bit Hurts
05. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
06. You’ll Lose A Good Thing
07. I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face
08. It’s Just A Matter Of Time
09. Runnin’ Out Of Fools
10. My Guy
11. Two Sides Of Love
12. One Room Paradise
13. A General Market Advertisement From Columbia Records
14. A Special Ad For Christmas
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Mono)
16. Winter Wonderland (Mono)

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CD9 – A Bit Of Soul
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01. Follow Your Heart
02. Only The One You Love
03. One Step Ahead
04. Can’t You Just See Me
05. How To Murder Your Wife
06. A Little Bit Of Soul
07. Cry Like A Baby
08. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland
09. Remember Me
10. Land Of Dreams
11. Little Miss Raggedy Ann
12. Deeper
13. I Still Can’t Forget
14. Rose Of Washington Square
15. Take It Like You Give It (Mono)
16. Follow Your Heart (Mono)
17. Only The One You Love (Mono)
18. One Step Ahead (Mono)
19. How To Murder Your Wife (Mono)
20. A Little Bit Of Soul (Mono)
21. Cry Like A Baby (Mono)
22. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland (Mono)

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CD10 – Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet
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01. This Could Be The Start Of Something
02. Once In A Lifetime
03. Misty
04. More
05. There Is No Greater Love
06. Muddy Water
07. If I Had A Hammer
08. Impossible
09. Today I Love Ev’rybody
10. Without The One You Love
11. Trouble In Mind
12. Love For Sale
13. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
14. Misty (Ppreviously Unreleased)
15. Love For Sale (Ppreviously Unreleased)
16. Once In A Lifetime (Ppreviously Unreleased)
17. Today I Love Ev’rybody (Ppreviously Unreleased)
18. Impossible (Ppreviously Unreleased)
19. This Could Be The Start Of Something (Ppreviously Unreleased)
20. More (Ppreviously Unreleased)
21. There Is No Greater Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
22. If I Had A Hammer (Ppreviously Unreleased)
23. Muddy Water (Ppreviously Unreleased)
24. Without The One You Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
25. Trouble In Mind (Ppreviously Unreleased)

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CD11 – The Queen In Waiting
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01. Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door) (Mono)
02. (Тo, No) I’m Not Losing You
03. Why Was I Born
04. Hands Off (Mono)
05. Swanee
06. You Made Me Love You
07. Until You Were Gone (Mono)
08. Mockingbird (Mono) Overdubbed Version
09. Can’t You Just See Me (Mono) Overdubbed Version
10. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono) Overdubbed Version
11. Walk On By (Overdubbed Version)
12. One Room Paradise (Overdubbed Version)
13. Every Little Bit Hurts (Overdubbed Version)
14. Evil Gal Blues (Overdubbed Version)
15. Rough Lover (Overdubbed Version)
16. Trouble In Mind (Overdubbed Version)
17. Without The One You Love (Overdubbed Version)
18. Won’t Be Long (Overdubbed Version)
19. Take A Look (Overdubbed Version)
20. Runnin’ Out Of Fools (Overdubbed Version)
21. Skylark (Overdubbed Version)

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DVD – Aretha ’64 Live On The Steve Allen Show
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01. Lover Come Back To Me
02. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
03. Won’t Be Long
04. Skylark
05. Evil Gal Blues

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Horace Parlan – Happy Frame Of Mind

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Happy Frame of Mind finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason why Happy Frame of Mind sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Horace Parlan (piano); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Grant Green (guitar); Johnny Coles (trumpet); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. Home Is Africa
02. A Tune for Richard
03. Back From The Gig
04. Dexi
05. Kucheza Blues
06. Happy Frame Of Mind

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Armando Trovaioli – Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta

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Original soundtrack from the motion Picture Blazing Magnum (Una magnum special per Tony Saitta) composed by Armando Trovaioli. The thypical american cop movies sound with a great Orchestra and the orchestration in the style of the 70s will let you dive into the funkyest decade of the history! A great proof of the genious of the Maestro that gives evidence of his unearthly class.

Tracklist

01. Louise
02. Blazing Magnum
03. Black Pearl Necklace
04. Theme for a Murder
05. Who Killed Louise?
06. A Very Strange Party
07. Tony’s Back
08. A Weird Phone Call
09. The Puzzle is Completed
10. Identikit
11. Blind Suspence
12. The Story Concludes

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Bobby Hutcherson – San Francisco

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Bobby Hutcherson’s late-’60s partnership with tenor saxophonist Harold Land had always produced soulful results, but not until San Francisco did that translate into a literal flirtation with funk and rock. After watching several advanced post-bop sessions gather dust in the vaults, Hutcherson decided to experiment with his sound a bit, but San Francisco still doesn’t wind up the commercial jazz-funk extravaganza that purists might fear. Instead, Hutcherson and Land stake out a warm and engaging middle ground between muscular funk and Coltrane-style modality; in other words, they have their cake and eat it too. Joined by pianist/keyboardist Joe Sample (also of the Jazz Crusaders), acoustic/electric bassist John Williams, and drummer Mickey Roker, Hutcherson and Land cook up a series of spacious, breezy grooves that sound unlike any other record in the vibist’s discography (even his more commercial fusion sessions). The selections — all group-member originals — often skirt the edges of fusion, but rarely play it as expected; they might float some spare tradeoffs over a loping, heavy bass groove, throw in an oboe solo by Land, or — as on the slowest piece — keep time only with intermittently spaced piano chords. It’s all done with enough imagination and harmonic sophistication to achieve the rare feat of holding appeal for traditional jazz and rare-groove fans alike. It’s a shame Hutcherson didn’t explore this direction more, because San Francisco is not only one of his best albums, but also one of his most appealing and accessible. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba, percussion); Harold Land (tenor saxophone, flute, oboe); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Mickey Roker (drums); John Williams (bass).

Tracklist

01. Goin’ Down South
02. Prints Tie
03. Jazz
04. Ummh
05. Procession
06. A Night In Barcelona

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Erimaj – Conflict Of A Man

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From the abstract mind of world-renowned drummer Jamire Williams, ERIMAJ is a progressive new band stirring up the NYC scene. This group is comprised of some of the most honored and respected musicians in music today. Spearheaded by the collaborative writing style of Williams and Corey King, the band features talented vocalist Chris Turner, the dynamic guitarist Matthew Stevens along with bassist Vicente Archer and Burniss Earl Travis. Extensions of the band include MacAuthor Genius Award winner Jason Moran and staple saxophonist John Ellis. With a new sound and experimental attitude towards the art form ERIMAJ is focused on breaking down the genre walls while still capturing the hearts of the true listener.

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

Tracklist

01. Unrest (Journey To The Land Of Milk & Honey)
02. Black Super Hero Theme Song
03. This Night, This Song
04. The Day The Sun Rose Twice
05. Nothing Like This
06. Plants
07. Confict Of A Man
08. Social Life
09. Choosing Sides

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Dwele – Greater Than One

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“Greater Than One,” the fifth studio album from Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Dwele. Notable features on “Greater Than One” are provided by Monica Blair, LaLa Hathaway, Black Milk and J Tait. Dwele, who wrote every track on the album, plays keyboard, horns and drums on a majority of the songs. Dwele took some time since his fourth work 2010′s W.ants. W.orld. W.omen (W.W.W) to gain some international inspiration. What resulted was a singular, limited edition project and a precursor to “Greater Than One” which fans will have to see to hear. Dwele’s newest offering is a mixture of silky ballads and crispy up-tempo jams.

Tracklist

01. Greater Than One Less Than Three
02. Going Leaving
03. Takes22Tango
04. What You Gotta Do (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)
05. What Profit
06. Obey
07. This Love
08. Must Be (feat. J Tait, L’Renee, Black Milk)
09. Swank (feat. Monica Blaire)
10. PATrick RONald (feat. Monica Blaire)
11. Special
12. Love Triangle
13. Frankly My Dear (I’m Bennet I Ain’t Innit)

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Mecca:83 – Sketchbook Pieces

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Whilst warming up for his new project “Open” (coming soon), Mecca took the time out to compile some of his favourite free download/collaboration/remix tracks from the last 18months into one collection. 12 tracks of good soulful music and all for free (or donate if you dig!)… Featuring Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Bobby Blunt, Buscrates 16bit Ensemble, Kan Sano, Jesse Futerman and Somepling to name a few!

Tracklist

01. Aura feat. Bobby Blunt
02. Midnight Kids (feat. Kan Sano x Buscrates 16bit Ensemble)
03. Golden
04. Booda French x Von pea – Full Time (Mecca:83 Remix)
05. Jesse Futerman x Rise – One For Irvine
06. Alexis Davis – The Lift
07. Chapter 2
08. Love Story
09. Jay’s Theme
10. Head West
11. Swilkqa Night (feat. Somepling)
12. Nas – One Love (Mecca loves the 90s Remix) *BONUS*

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Madlib – Madlib Remixes Vol. 1+2

2 compilations full of remixes by Madlib released (only on vinyl) in 2000 and 2004 , Madlib originally intended the remixes for personal use but decided to independently release them, enjoy!

Madlib Remixes
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Tracklist

01. Intro
02. Mos Def – Next Universe
03. Slum Village – The Look of Love Pt. 2
04. Interlude
05. Noreaga – Misery Needs Company
06. Big Pun – Firewater
07. Interlude I
08. Cappadonna – Slang Editorial
09. Pharoahe Monch – The Mayor
10. Interlude II
11. Charizma – My World Premiere
12. The Roots – Don’t See Us
13. No Holds Barred
14. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
15. Interlude III
16. Common – Car Horn
17. Gary Bartz – I’ve Known Rivers

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Madlib Remixes 2
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Tracklist

01. Madlib – Remixtroduction
02. Elite Terrorists – Moodswing
03. AG – Ghetto Dwellaz
04. Nas – Devils
05. Tash – Rap Niggaz
06. MF Doom – My Favorite Ladies
07. Inspectah Deck – Movement
08. Madlib – Disco Break
09. Tha Alkaholiks – Likwidation
10. Madlib – Rockin
11. Jadakiss – Put Yr Hands Up
12. Blunt Break
13. Method Man & Redman – Flyby
14. Madlib – Bear Wizz Beer Commercial
15. Raekwon – Throwback
16. Pete Rock – Nothin Lesser
17. Viktor Vaughn – Doomilla
18. Nas – Nasty N.
19. Jadakiss – Game
20. Elite Terrorists – Memory Lane
21. Madlib – Public Disservice Announcement
22. Inspectah Deck – On the Grind
23. Teflon – Gitmine
24. Phil Da Agony – Net Weight
25. Madlib – Quarterlude
26. Kurupt – Ridewitus
27. Madlib – Cog Was Wrong Commercial

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Let’s Get Lost – Chet Baker Documentary [DVD]

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Directed by internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, the Oscar nominated Let’s Get Lost offers an incredibly powerful insight into the life of the late jazz great Chet baker.

Travelling with the exclusive icon, Weber weaves together the life story of a man they called “the James Dean of the jazz world” charting his incredible rise to international fame and adulation and his tragically rapid demise into womanising and drug addiction. The film uses excerpts from rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends and battling ex wives in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

His movie star looks and cool sound set Baker apart but his endless battle with a narcotic addiction also gave a generation of fans a Doomed Youth of their very own. Chet Baker’s life plays out like a Kerouac creation, as did his death (he fell out of an Amsterdam hotel window, age 58), but out of life came some of the most lyrical trumpet playing and jazz vocals ever heard.

Let’s Get Lost was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1988.

Language: English – Subtitles: English

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Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks And Blues

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Bobbi Humphrey scored her biggest hit with her third album Blacks and Blues, an utterly delightful jazz-funk classic that helped make her a sensation at Montreux. If it sounds a lot like Donald Byrd’s post-Black Byrd output, it’s no accident; brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell have their fingerprints all over the album, and as on their work with Byrd, Larry handles all the composing and most of the arranging and production duties. It certainly helps that the Mizells were hitting on all cylinders at this point in their careers, but Humphrey is the true star of the show; she actually grabs a good deal more solo space than Byrd did on his Mizell collaborations, and she claims a good deal of responsibility for the album’s light, airy charm. Her playing is indebted to Herbie Mann and, especially, Hubert Laws, but she has a more exclusive affinity for R&B and pop than even those two fusion-minded players, which is why she excels in this setting. Mizell is at the peak of his arranging powers, constructing dense grooves with lots of vintage synths, wah-wah guitars, and rhythmic interplay. Whether the funk runs hot or cool, Humphrey floats over the top with a near-inexhaustible supply of melodic ideas. She also makes her vocal debut on the album’s two ballads, “Just a Love Child” and “Baby’s Gone”; her voice is girlish but stronger than the genre standard, even the backing vocals by the Mizells and keyboardist Fred Perren. Overall, the album’s cumulative effect is like a soft summer breeze, perfect for beaches, barbecues, and cruising with the top down. (allmusic.com)

Peronnel: Bobbi Humphrey (flute, vocals); Chuck Rainey, Ron Brown (bass); Fonce Mizell (clavinet, trumpet, backing vocals); King Erison (congas); Harvey Mason (drums); Jerry Peters (electric piano); David T. Walker, John Rowin (guitar); Stephanie Spruill (percussion); Fred Perren (synthesizer, backing vocals); Larry Mizel (backing vocals).

Tracklist

01. Chicago, Damn
02. Harlem River Drive
03. Just A Love Child
04. Blacks and Blues
05. Jasper Country Man
06. Baby’s Gone

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Ronnie Foster – Cheshire Cat

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Reuniting Ronnie Foster with guitarist George Benson, who also produced the previous On the Avenue, the keyboardist’s final Blue Note date Cheshire Cat completes his immersion into the mainstream. Few records that fall into the soul-jazz genre balance both sides of the equation so carefully or so deftly. While Foster’s original compositions boast the harmonic complexity and structural rigorousness of jazz, Benson’s production is pure pop, with numbers including “Like a Child” sounding indistinguishable from the commercial soul fare making radio play lists during the mid-’70s. (A convincing cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Tuesday Heartbreak” further blurs the genre lines.) Expanding upon ideas first explored via On the Avenue, Foster again steps behind the microphone to handle vocal chores on several tracks, proving a fine if unspectacular singer. He remains most persuasive as a composer and instrumentalist, however, articulating the infectiousness and gradations of his music with clarity and aplomb. (allmusic)

Peronnel: Ronnie Foster (keyboards, vocals); George Benson (guitar, backing vocals); Gary King, William Allen (bass); James Mtume (congas, percussion); Dennis Davis (drums); Joe Beck (guitar).

Tracklist

01. Like A Child
02. Tuesday Hertbreak
03. Fly Away
04. Funky Motion
05. Cheshire Cat
06. Heartless

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JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

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Debut collaborative album from MF DOOM and Jneiro Jarel (aka Shape of Broad Minds/ Dr. Who Dat?) under the moniker JJ DOOM.

The album will appeal to fans of classic DOOM material. JJ’s tough, far out hip hop production will appeal to fans of J Dilla, Flying Lotus and El-P. “KEY TO THE KUFFS’ features guest appearances from Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and Khujo (Goodie Mob). Tracks from the album have already been remixed by Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Dave Sitek. Album artwork is by graffiti artist Steve Powers aka ESPO.

For more info and buy check: lexrecords.net

Tracklist

01. Waterlogged
02. Gov’nor
03. Banished
04. Bite The Thong
05. Rhymin’ Slang
06. Dawg Friendly
07. Borin’ Convo
08. Snatch That Dough
09. GMO
10. Bout The Shoes
11. Winter Blues
12. Still Kaps
13. Retarded Fren
14. Viberian Sun Part II
15. Wash Your Hands

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Flying Lotus – See Thru To U feat. Erykah Badu

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single from ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ out October 1/2 2012, enjoy!

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Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Question Remix)

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Really good remix from Question, enjoy!

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Dj Mitsu The Beats – New Awakening + [Re-New Awakening] Part.01-02

This is DJ Mitsu’s first solo album, ‘New Awakening’ features Dwele, Lady Alma, Rich Medina, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Little Brother, Loop Troop. A great ecletic hip hop album, which crosses over to soul, broken beats and house. Has been receiving support from Patrick Forge, Phil Asher, Francois K, Ron Trent, DJ Spinna, Laurant Garnier, UFO, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Yukihiro Fukutomi a.o. Tip! [Re-New Awakening] Part.01 and Part.02 are two compilations full of remixes from various producers, enjoy.

New Awakening
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Tracklist

01. Miwa Says
02. Intro (ft. Hunger of Gagle)
03. Pursuits of Clarity (ft. Agape of Isosceles)
04. Tokyo (ft. K-Otix)
05. Material War (ft. Promoe of Looptroop)
06. Mood for Otis
07. Stolen Moments (ft. Audessey of Mass Influence)
08. Feelin Alright (ft. Phonte & Big Pooh of Little Brother)
09. Dokkou Jazz Dou (ft. Hunger of Gagle)
10. Away (ft. Lady Alma)
11. Music Mate (ft. Stone Love aka Mahya)
12. Rendezvous (ft. Mark De Clive – Lowe)
13. Negative
14. Right Here (ft. Dwele)
15. Do Right (ft. Rich Medina)
16. Dokkou Jazz Orgy

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[Re-New Awakening] Part.01
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Tracklist

01. Miwa Says (Breakthrough Remix)
02. Pursuits of Crarity (Kev Brown Mix)
03. Right Here (Seoul City Refix)
04. Tokyo (Tokyo Black Star Remix)
05. Music Mate (hip hop mix)
06. Material Curse (Brooklyn’s Sky High Remix)
07. Negative Ion (Sa-Ra mix)
08. M.o.o.d for Otis feat. Medaphoar
09. Away (Musiclovelife – Life Mix)
10. Doukou Jazz Dou (SW Mix)

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[Re-New Awakening] Part.02
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Tracklist

01. Intro (Grooveman Spot Remix)
02. M.o.o.d for Otis feat. Medaphoar
03. Right Here (Wajeed’s Rock City Edit)
04. Stolen Moments (DJ KIYO Remix)
05. Feelin’ Alright (Agent K Remix)
06. Away (Musiclovelife – Love Mix)
07. Rendezvous (Monk’s Revelution Remix)
08. Music Mate (Dela Soul Mix)
09. Do Right (Rich Medina’s Sushi Hoagie Mix)

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