Charles Mingus – Let My Children Hear Music

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One of Charles Mingus’ most ambitious efforts and among the finest albums from the last stage of his career, this 1972 recording features extended compositions for jazz orchestra. Let My Children Hear Music songs It’s serious, sophisticated, modernist music that still swings hard. Soloists include Charles McPherson, James Moody, and Sir Roland Hanna, with arrangements and orchestrations beautifully handled by Sy Johnson. Mingus called this his personal favorite among all his recordings.

Personnel includes: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass); Sy Johnson, Alan Raph, Teo Macero (conductor); Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); James Moody, Bobby Jones (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Lonnie Hillyer, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Charles McCraken (cello); Sir Roland Hanna (piano).

Tracklist

01. The Shoes Of The Fisherman`s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
02. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
03. Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too
04. Taurus In The Arena Of Life
05. Hobo Ho
06. The Chill Of Death
07. The I Of Hurricane Sue

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Monk Higgins – Extra Soul Perception

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Extra Soul Perception is one of Monk Higgins’ better pieces of work. He starts off with a moody build up with the title track that has strings hovering in the background while the sax and guitar play a little bit over the top. That leads right into the excellent Soul-jazz piece called The Look Of Slim with a nice drum and bass intro before the head nodding rhythm comes in. It’s by far the best tune. Then there’s the light and upbeat A Good Thing, a nice re-arrangement of Watermelon Man, the slow groove of Straight Ahead, the 60s sound of Collision In Black, and Poker Chips that sounds a bit like a Prestige Soul-Jazz number. (soulstrut)

Personnel: Monk Higgins (tenor, organ); Jim Horn (flute); Miles Grayson (piano, percussion); Alan Estes (vibes, percussion); Dee Ervin (percussion, organ); John Guerin (drums); Bob West, Ron Brown (bass); Jerry Williams (conga); Thomas Scott, William Peterson (trumpet); David A. Duke (french horn).

Tracklist

01. Extra Soul Perception
02. The Look Of Slim
03. A Good Thing
04. Watermelon Man
05. Straight Ahead
06. Canadian Sunset
07. Collision In Black
08. Just Around The Corner
09. Little Green Apples
10. Poker Chips
11. Sittin’ Duck
12. Doing It To Deff

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Joe Farrell – Outback

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A 1972 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Performance by a Group, Joe Farrell’s Outback is “brilliant a stunner,” writes Allmusic.com, “an album that is at least as inspired as anything Farrell ever recorded, and perhaps more so.” Joined here by Chick Corea, Elvin Jones and Airto, Farrell “pushes the envelope not only of his own previous conceptualism in jazz, but the CTI label’s envelope as well. For starters, this is not a funk, soul, or fusion date, but an adventurous, spacy tightrope-walking exercise between open-ended composition and improvisation. That said, there is plenty of soul in the playing, not only by Farrell, but by all the players.

Personnel: Joe Farrell (flute, alto flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Chick Corea (electric piano); Elvin Jones (drums); Buster Williams (bass);  Airto Moreira (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Outback
02. Sound Down
03. Bleeding Orchid
04. November 68th

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Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu of Ethiopia

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Once again Mulatu Astatke, has come to us from Ethiopia, with a new and different sound. He has interwoven into his fantastic arrangments, the beautiful Ehtopian five tone scale and the Afro-American soul and jazz sounds. The melodies and rhythms, pulsate through your mind hours after hearing theme. This is a record you cannot play just one. It is musically addictiv, especially when the volume is turned up.

Tracklist

01. Mulatu
02. Mascaram Setaba
03. Dewel
04. Kulunmanqueleshi
05. Kasalefkut-Hulu
06. Munaye
07. Chifara

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Hubert Laws – Morning Star

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Flutist Hubert Laws is joined by a large string orchestra on this set, which was arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky. Keyboardist Bob James is in the supporting cast, and some unnecessary background vocalists (including Debra and Eloise Laws) are employed on some of the numbers, but the focus is mostly on Laws’ brilliant and appealing flute. Highlights include “Let Her Go,” “Where Is the Love,” and, particularly, “Amazing Grace.” The results are pleasing, if not quite essential.

Personnel: Hubert Laws (flute, alto flute, piccolo); Debra Laws, Eloise Laws, Lani Groves, Tasha Thomas (vocals); John Tropea (guitar); Gloria Agostini (harp); Elliot Rosoff, David Nadien, Gene Orloff, Irving Spice, Harry Cykman, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Lucien Schmit, George Koutzen, Charles McCracken (cello); Romeo Penque (flute, alto flute, piccolo, English horn); Phil Bodner (flute, alto flute, clarinet); Jack Knitzer (bassoon); Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); James Buffington (French horn); Garnett Brown (trombone); Bob James (electric piano); Dave Friedman (vibraphone, percussion); Billy Cobham (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion)

thanks N.

Tracklist

01. Morning Star
02. Let Her Go
03. Where Is The Love
04. No More
05. Amazing Grace
06. What Do You Think Of This World Now?

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The Pharoahs – In The Basement

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The great Luv N’ Haight album of unreleased material by legendary Chicago soul jazz group Pharaohs – live tracks that serve as a vital document of the group outside the studio! There’s 5 long tracks here, 4 of them recorded live, plus an unreleased gem from the Awakening sessions. Standouts include is a spacey version of “People Make The World Go Round and the extended drum suite of a closer – but it’s excellent throughout! Other titles include “Pharaohs Love Y’All”, which is a stellar funk jam, plus “African Roots”. Nice heavy vinyl, too. Essential! (dustygroove)

Tracklist

01. In The Basement
02. People Make the World Go ‘Round
03. African Roots
04. The Pharaohs Love Y’all
05. Drum Suite
06. Love and Happiness

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Ennio Morricone – D’Amore Si Muore

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Soundtrack of “D’Amore Si Muore” (For Love One Dies) by Ennio Morricone, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Si Muore D’Amore
02. Un Po D’Ironia Acida
03. Amo Lei
04. Lei Mi Ama
05. Valzer Da Strada
06. Si Muore D’Amore (#2)
07. Un Po D’Ironia Acida (#2)
08. Si Muore D’Amore (#3)
09. Lei Mi Ama (#2)
10. Si Muore D’Amore (#4)
11. Lei Mi Ama (#3)
12. Si Muore D’Amore (#5)
13. Un Po D’Ironia Acida (#3)
14. Si Muore D’Amore (#6)
15. Amo Lei (#2)
16. Si Muore D’Amore (#7)
17. Si Muore D’Amore (#8)

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Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna

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This is the soundtrack for a 1970 Italian film that played out the romantically charged story of a couple coming apart against a sultry tropical island locale. Fittingly, composer Piero Umiliani’s score mixes jazzy romanticism with strong tropical rhythms to create a score that is both lush and exotic. It is built on one main theme, “Pelle Di Luna,” a hypnotic tune that is seductive and bittersweet all at once. This theme is repeated through the majority of the cues. This could have resulted in a dull score, but Umiliani makes it work because he consistently takes the theme in new and interesting musical directions through imaginative arrangements; the many forms it takes on include an acoustic guitar theme with chorus, a solo organ piece, a mellow instrumental built on steel guitar, and a full orchestral version that mixes layers of the vocal chorus over swirling strings.

Tracklist

01. Pelle di Luna
02. Pelle di Luna
03. Mahe
04. Addio Isola Felice
05. Tanto Tempo Fa (Extended Version)
06. Il Santone dell’Isola
07. Seychelles Isole Dimenticate
08. Seyga Seyga
09. Bossa at Seychelles
10. Ricerca nell’Isola
11. Pelle di Luna
12. Un’Incontro Fatale
13. Danza del Fuoco
14. Un’Isola Felice (Extended Version)
15. Stella del Sud
16. Tanto Tempo Fa
17. Laguna Tropicale
18. Tanto Tempo Fa
19. Stella del Sud
20. Ricordandoti
21. Danza della Luna
22. La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna (Extended Version)
23. Funerailles d’un Heros
24. Tanto Tempo Fa
25. Pelle di Luna
26. La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna

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P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – Winter Winds

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A brilliantly soulful set from the PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – an early 70s group with a style that mixes the sunny and the spiritual! Hewitt’s group works at a level that’s definitely in line with some of our favorite indie jazz at the time – really pushing the boundaries with a great sense of spirit – stretching out towards new ideas, yet never getting too free or too outside to lose their sense of swing. But at another level, there’s a slightly groovy undercurrent to the record too – one that comes from the wordless vocals of singer Nina Scheller, whose style reminds us a bit of the singing on the Sound Of Feeling record with Oliver Nelson – particularly given the modal grooves on the best numbers here. Rhythms are really in the lead at the album’s strongest points – driven by Phil Hewitt’s work on piano and vibes, and topped with alto sax and flugelhorn too.

Tracklist

01. I’m Wondering Why
02. More Than Anything
03. It’s Got Two, and That’s Alright (Show Me The Way)
04. Ill Love Song
05. Oma Rakas
06. The Winter Wind
07. Baon Que Bash
08. Tuija
09. Betrayed
10. It Doesn’t Matter…Yes It Does, …But I Can’t Sop

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Oscar Peterson – Reunion Blues

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Pianist Oscar Peterson joins up with his old friends, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and bassist Ray Brown, in addition to his drummer of the period, Louis Hayes, for a particularly enjoyable outing. After a throwaway version of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the all-star quartet performs Jackson’s title cut, Benny Carter’s ballad “Dream of You,” and four standards. Although not up to the excitement of Peterson’s best Pablo recordings of the 1970s, this is an enjoyable album.

Tracklist

01. Satisfaction
02. Dream Of You
03. Someday My Prince Will Come
04. A Time For Love
05. Reunion Blues
06. When I Fall In Love
07. Red Top

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Alessandro Brugnolini – Utopia

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

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Tracklist

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

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Weather Report Albums!

Weather Report was one of the earliest and most influential Jazz-Rock groups. Keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophone player Wayne Shorter formed the group in 1971. Both had spent in time in Miles Davis’ group – Shorter played with the legendary 1960s quintet (along with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams). Zawinul joined later, during the early days when Davis pioneered the fusion movement. Zawinul was one of the early masters of the synthesizer. Before joining Davis’ group, he played electric piano in the Cannonball Adderly quintet. The sound so impressed Davis, that he hired Zawinul and made future keyboard players play the instrument.

In addition to forming the group and composing many of their songs, they were the two constant members in the group, as many musicians passed through. One of the most famous to pass through was bassists Jaco Pastorius. Pastorius was a pioneer on the electric bass. He took it from a rhythm instrument into an important solo instrument by playing with speed and grace, often dazzling audiences with his virtuosity during unaccompanied solos . He created a slippery effect by using a fretless bass. He has influenced countless bass players to this day. He joined Weather Report in 1976 and left in 1982, forming his own group Word of Mouth. Aside from a tremendous ego, he was alcoholic and a heroine addict. He died tragically in 1987 after he instigated a fight at a bar and suffered head injuries.

Unlike many groups, Weather Report focused on a group sound, creating complex arrangements in addition to their improvised solos, which made it more difficult to distinguish between the soloist and accompanists, because they were virtuosos on their instruments, providing awe-inspiring solos, as well as accompaniment work.

The group originally included Miroslav Vitous, percussionist Airto Moreira and drummer Alphonze Mauzon. Their self-titled debut album, as well as their follow-up I sing the Body Electric, are jazz-rock classics. However, their greatest line-up was in the mid 70s when Pastorious and drummer Peter Erskine joined. This line-up put out the fine records Black Market, Mr. Gone, and Heavy Weather, which was their biggest selling album and included their most famous hit Birdland). After Erskine and Pastorious left, they were replaced by Omar Hakim and Victor Bailey, respectively. While they were fine musicians, they lacked the flamboyance and imagination as their predecessors, Their records afterward, were polished, yet detached and lacked the fire of the early works. Shorter and Zawinul disbanded the group in 1987. In 1996, rumors circulated that the Shorter and Zawinul would reunite the group, but it never happened.

While many fusion groups only lasted a few years, Weather Report lasted over fifteen.

1971 – Weather Report
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Tracklist

01. Milky Way
02. Umbrellas
03. Seventh Arrow
04. Orange Lady
05. Morning Lake
06. Waterfall
07. Tears
08. Eurydice

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1972 – I Sing The Body Electric
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Tracklist

01. Unknown Soldier
02. The Moors
03. Crystal
04. Second Sunday In August
05. Medley: Vertical Invader/T.H./Dr. Honoris Causa
06. Surucucú
07. Directions

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1972 – Live in Tokyo
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Tracklist

01. Medley: Vertical Invader/Seventh Arrow/T.H./Doctor Honoris Causa
02. Medley: Surucucu/Lost/Early Minor/Directions
03. Orange Lady
04. Medley: Eurydice/The Moors
05. Medley: Tears/Umbrellas

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1973 – Sweetnighter
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Tracklist

01. Boogie Woogie Waltz
02. Manolete
03. Adios
04. 125th Street Congress
05. Will
06. Non-Stop Home

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1974 – Mysterious Traveller
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Tracklist

01. Nubian Sundance
02. American Tango
03. Cucumber Slumber
04. Mysterious Traveller
05. Blackthorn Rose
06. Scarlet Woman
07. Jungle Book
08. Miroslav’s Tune

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1975 – Tale Spinnin’
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Tracklist

01. Man in the Green Shirt
02. Lusitanos
03. Between the Thighs
04. Badia
05. Freezing Fire
06. Five Short Stories

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1976 – Black Market
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Tracklist

01. Black Market
02. Cannon Ball
03. Gibraltar
04. Elegant People
05. Three Clowns
06. Barbary Coast
07. Herandnu

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1977 – Heavy Weather
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Tracklist

01. Birdland
02. A Remark You Made
03. Teen Town
04. Harlequin
05. Rumba Mamá
06. Palladium
07. The Juggler
08. Havona

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1978 – Mr. Gone
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Tracklist

01. The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat
02. River People
03. Young and Fine
04. The Elders
05. Mr. Gone
06. Punk Jazz
07. Pinocchio
08. And Then

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1979 – 8:30
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Tracklist

01. Black Market
02. Scarlet Woman
03. Teen Town
04. A Remark You Made
05. Slang (Bass Solo)
06. In a Silent Way
07. Birdland
08. Thanks for the Memory (Tenor Sax Solo)
09. Medley: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz
10. 8:30
11. Brown Street
12. The Orphan
13. Sightseeing

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1980 – Night Passage
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Tracklist

01. Night Passage
02. Dream Clock
03. Port of Entry
04. Forlorn
05. Rockin’ in Rhythm
06. Fast City
07. Three Views of a Secret
08. Madagasar

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1982 – Weather Report
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Tracklist

01. Volcano for Hire
02. Current Affairs
04. Dara Factor One
05. When It Was Now
06. Speechless
07. Dara Factor Two

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1983 – Procession
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Tracklist

01. Procession
02. Plaza Real
03. Two Lines
04. Where The Moon Goes
05. The Well
06. Molasses Run

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1984 – Domino Theory
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Tracklist

01. Can It Be Done
02. D Flat Waltz
03. The Peasant
04. Predator
05. Blue Sound – Note 3
06. Swamp Cabbage
07. Domino Theory

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1985 – Sportin’ Life
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Tracklist

01. Corner Pocket
02. Indiscretions
03. Hot Cargo
04. Confians
05. Pearl On the Half Shell
06. What’s Going On
07. Face on the Barroom Floor
08. Ice-Pick Willy

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1986 – This Is This
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Tracklist

01. This Is This
02. Face the Fire
03. I’ll Never Forget You
04. Jungle Stuff, Part I
05. Man With the Copper Fingers
06. Consequently
07. Update
08. China Blues

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2002 – Live and Unreleased
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Tracklist

CD1
01. Freezing Fire
02. Plaza Real
03. Fast City
04. Portrait Of Tracy
05. Elegant People
06. Cucumber Slumber
07. Teen Town
08. Man In The Green Shirt
CD2
01. Black Market
02. Where The Moon Goes
03. River People
04. Two Lines
05. Cigano
06. In A Silent Way/Waterfall
07. Night Passage
08. Port Of Entry
09. Rumba Mama
10. Directions/Dr. Honoris Causa

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Enrico Rava – Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi

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Enrico Rava, born in Trieste in 1939, is undoubtedly the most internationally acknowledged Italian jazzman. In forty years of his career as trumpet player, and composer, he has produced more than hundred recordings, thirty of which as a leader. “Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi” his first album as a leader Recorded in February 1972 at Fonit-Cetra Studios, Turin.

Tracklist

01. C.T.’s Dance
02. Back To The Sun
03. Xanadu
04. Attica
05. Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi
06. To Start With
07. Olhos De Gato

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Randy Weston – Blue Moses

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Randy Weston’s most popular record, this Lp (which he had mixed feelings about) features Weston not only on piano but electric keyboards. Backed by Don Sebesky arrangements and assisted by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor-saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., Weston plays quite well on four of his compositions; best-known are “Ganawa (Blue Moses)” and “Marrakesh Blues.” The music retains the African feel of most of Weston’s latter-day playing but also has some commercial touches that do not hurt the performances.

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Tracklist

01. Ifrane
02. Ganawa Blue Moses
03. Night In Medina
04. Marrakesh Blues

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Joe Henderson – Black Is The Color

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Black is the Color (of My True Love’s Mind): the holy effin’ grail of this era.  Core tracks recorded by Cables, Holland, & DeJohnette, then extensively overdubbing, including David Horowitz’ synthesizer, George Wadenius’ electric guitar, Airto’s percussion, & even a turn from DeJohnette on electric piano.  From the opening cut, the 12 minute “Terra Firma”, you know you’ve died & gone to Kozmigroov heaven.  Very similar to Miles of this era in terms of sonic overload, but more intricate & complex overall.  But it grooves like a motherfucker, too!  Great beyond words.  “Vis-a-Vis” is the only straight cut (no overdubs), but it just serves to nicely link to the past & show what a smoking session they had to play w/in the studio! “Foregone Conclusion” is a nice hard funk cut, intensely soulful, that quickly heads out into the stratosphere w/distorto-sax & electrobleepage aplenty.  “Black is the Color” is a pretty, layered ballad w/plenty of intense peaks; but proves to be the calm before the storm that is “Current Events”.  It starts w/some spooky electronic atmospherics & rain jungle percussion, some excellent quizzical bass soloing from Holland plays against the increasingly wild analog synth washes & pans, then Henderson comes in echoing & raging & everyone plays beautifully off of each other up to several stunningly wild finales.  One of the peak musical events of my life.

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Tracklist

01. Terra Firma
02. Vis-A-Vis
03. Foregone Conclusion
04. Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Mind)
05. Current Events

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Hank Crawford – We Got A Good Thing Going

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Of Hank Crawford’s somewhat erratic output for Kudu during 1971-78, this is the album to get. The Don Sebesky arrangements for strings and an oversized rhythm section fit Crawford’s soulful style well and the altoist performs consistently strong material that was also commercially successful. Of the nine numbers, Crawford is heard at his best on “Imagination,” “The Christmas Song,” “Alone Again (Naturally)” (the definitive version of that pop standard), “I’m Just a Lucky So and So” and “Winter Wonderland.” A minor gem.

Tracklist

01. We Got A Good Thing Going
02. Imagination
03. Down To Earth
04. The Christmas Song
05. Alone Again (Naturally)
06. I Don’t Know
07. I’m Just A Luck So and So
08. Winter Wonderland
09. A Little Tear
10. Dirt Dobbler
11. Betcha By Golly Wow
12. Think Is All I Ask
13. Jazz Bridge

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Julius Brockington – Sophisticated Funk

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Funky keyboard tracks from Julius Brockington – a mad early 70s figure who not only cut some wild funk, but who also ended up doing a fair bit of gospel work in later years. This set’s a good bit of stoner funk tracks – in the wilder mode of the Perception/Today label – and it’s got production by Boo Frazier and Patrick Adams that is very “hands off” when it comes to Brockington’s keys. The track list includes covers of some soul stuff like “Rock Steady” and “Do Your Thing” (which is done in a nice long version), plus a good original called “Cold Water”.

Tracklist

01. Let’s Stay Together
02. Rock Steady
03. Since I Fell For You
04. Cold Water
05. If You Really Love Me
06. Old Fashion Love Song
07. Got To Be There
08. Do Your Thing

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Ann Peebles Albums!

Ann Peebles (born April 27, 1947) is a singer and songwriter, best known for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s on the Hi Records label. Two of her better known songs are “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, popularised by cover versions by Paul Young and Eruption  respectively. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” was written by her husband, Don Bryant, former radio broadcaster, Bernard “Bernie” Miller, and Peebles.

Peebles was discovered as a talent by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller of Hi Records during a 1968 trip to sit in singing with him at a Memphis, Tennessee, nightclub. A popular local bandleader, Miller was known for also helping other musicians, such as members of the Hi Rhythm Section, get their start in the Memphis music industry. Peebles soon began penning and singing hits for the label, co-writing with label staff songwriter Don Bryant, whom she later married in 1974. Peebles released a number of commercially successful and critically well received albums produced by Willie Mitchell on Hi Records throughout the 1970s, until the rise of disco music in the late 1970s took her music  out of the limelight. Hi Records was sold in 1977, but Peebles reunited with Willie Mitchell in 1989 to produce her comeback album, Call Me.

In 2006 she released the album Brand New Classics, which consisted of re-recordings of some of her songs in an acoustic style.

1969 – This Is Ann Peebles
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Tracklist

01. Give Me Some Credit
02. Crazy About You Baby
03. Make Me Yours
04. My Man He’s A Lovin’ Man
05. Solid Foundation
06. Chain Of Fools
07. It’s Your Thing
08. Walk Away
09. Rescue Me
10. Won’t You Try Me
11. Steal Away
12. Respect
13. Part Time Love
14. I’ll Get Along
15. I Still Love You
16. Generation Gap Between Us
17. I Can’t Let You Go

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1971 – Part Time Love
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Tracklist

01. Part Time Love
02. Ill Get Along
03. I Still Love You
04. Make Me Yours
05. Its Your Thing
06. Generation Gap Between
07. Crazy About You
08. Give Me Some Credit
09. Steal Away
10. Solid Foundation

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1972 – Straight From The Heart
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Tracklist

01. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
02. Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
03. What You Laid On Me
04. How Strong Is A Woman
05. Somebody’s On Your Case
06. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home Tonight
07. I’ve Been There Before
08. I Pity The Fool
09. 99 Pounds
10. I Take What I Want

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1974 – I Can’t Stand The Rain
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Tracklist

01. I Can’t Stand The Rain
02. Do I Need You?
03. Until You Came Into My Life
04. (You Keep Me) Hangin’ On
05. Run, Run, Run
06. If We Can’t Trust Each Other
07. A Love Vibration
08. You Got To Feed The Fire
09. I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
10. One Way Street

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1975 – Tellin’ it
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Tracklist

01. Come To Mama
02. I Don’t Lend My Man
03. I Needed Somebody
04. Stand By Woman
05. It Was Jealousy
06. Doctor Love Power
07. You Can’t Hold A Man
08. Beware
09. Put Yourself In My Place
10. Love Played A Game

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1977 – If This Is Heaven
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Tracklist

01. If This Is Heaven
02. A Good Day For Lovin’
03. I’m So Thankful
04. Being Here With You
05. Boy i Gotta Have You
06. When I’m in Your Arms
07. You’re Gonna Make Me Cry
08. Games
09. Lovin’ You Without Love
10. It Must Be Love
11. Fill This World with Love (Bonus Track)

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1978 – Handwriting Is On The Wall
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Tracklist

01. Old Man With Young Ideas
02. Bim Bam Thank Your Man
03. The Handwriting Is On The Wall
04. I Didn’t Take Your Man
05. You’ve Got The Papers
06. Lookin’ For a Lovin’
07. You Are More Than I Can Stand
08. Livin’ In Lovin’ Out
09. If I Can’t See You
10. Let Your Love Light Shine On Me

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1988 – Call Me
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01. Call Me
02. Buckle Up
03. Didn’t We Do It
04. Your Well’s Gone Dry
05. One Bad Turn
06. I Found Somebody New
07. If You’re Going To Leave
08. I Like a Man
09. I Won’t Let Your Heart Down

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1992 – Full Time Love
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Tracklist

01. Bouncin’ Back
02. St. Louis Woman (With a Memphis Melody)
03. Read Me My Rights
04. Full Time Lover
05. Fear No Evil
06. Nobody But You
07. Ain’t No Business Like Your Business
08. I Miss You
09. Just You Just Me
10. He’s My Superman
11. I Can’t Stand The Rain

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1996 – Fill This World With Love
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Tracklist

01. I’m Yours
02. Fill This World With Love
03. When I’m Over You
04. Stand Up
05. Friends
06. I Don’t Think That I Can Last Tonight
07. Medley Fired Up
08. Walk Away
09. Give Me Some Credit Where It’s Due
10. I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love
11. I Pity The Fool
12. Bip Bam Thank You Ma’am
13. Ninety-Nine Pounds
14. One Way Street
15. I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For One Moment I’ve Spent With You

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2006 – Brand New Classics
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Tracklist

01. I’ll Get Along
02. (You Keep Me) Hanging On
03. I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
04. I Want to Know What Love Is
05. Walk Away
06. Steal Away I Still Love You
07. Handwritting Is On The Wall
08. Love Vibration
09. I’m So Thankful
10. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
11. Chase These Blues Away
12. Miss You
13. Tears In Heaven
14. I Can’t Stand The Rain
15. Spread

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Sunbirds – Zagara

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Tracklist

01. My Drear Groovin’
02. I Don’t Need
03. African Sun
04. Fire Dance
05. Homecoming
06. Ocean Song
07. Still Pointing
08. Zagara

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Augusto Martelli – Black Sounds From White People

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If you can forgive the title of this one, you’ll find it to be a very groovy record! The album’s a killer batch of funky instrumentals (“black sound”) recorded in Italy in 1972 by Augusto Martelli (“white people”) and it’s got the groove and swing of some of the best Italian soundtracks from the time, no surprise, as Martelli had his hand in a few from that era! The package is a nice one  with a thick booklet, notes in Japanese, but some good images of Martelli and album covers  and the music is really great, with some excellent sax and flute work that takes the tracks into a jazzier mode than usual for this sort of thing!

Tracklist

01. Loco Love Motor
02. Ma Ne Vale La Pena
03. Krypto Blues
04. Nanaue’
05. Free Samba
06. Mondo…No!
07. Sarà Stato Il Futuro
08. 90° Compleanno (90th Birthday)

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