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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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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George Benson – Body Talk

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Benson stretches out extensively on this recording, cut in a couple of days in 1973. He also wrote four of the five tunes, though often his composing here consists of laying down enough of a riff to establish a groove and then letting a handful of horn hits complete the job. “Top of the World,” “Dance,” and the title cut follow this pattern; “Plum” makes more of melody statement, cooking in a smoky, mid-tempo vein before jumping into double time, with Benson getting busy over a two-chord vamp.

The six horns, arranged by James Brown vet Alfred (Pee Wee) Ellis, include musicians like Frank Foster and Jon Faddis, and succeed in sounding hot and funky rather than cheesy and contrived. While the liner notes emphasize the presence of Earl Klugh in Benson’s band at this time (Benson had recently met and hired the 19-year old), his presence on Body Talk is minimal; he can be heard playing recurring R&B figures in the background on “Dance,” and takes a 16-bar solo on “When Love Has Grown,” the album’s one cover, after harmonizing on the melody with his boss.

Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Earl Klugh (guitar); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); John Gatchell, Waymon Reed, Jon Faddis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dick Griffin, Gerald Chamberlain (trombone); Harold Mabern (electric piano); Gary King (electric bass); Jack DeJohnette (drums); Mobutu (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Dance
02. When Love Has Grown
03. Plums
04. Body Talk
05. Top Of The World
06. Body Talk (Alternate Take)

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McCoy Tyner – Song For My Lady

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A dynamic album from Tyner – recorded with a core group that includes Sonny Fortune on reeds, Calvin Hill on bass, and Alphonze Mouzon on drums – plus additional work on some tracks by Charles Tolliver, Michael White, and Mtume! With a lineup like that, it’s hard to miss – but even so, Tyner’s still the real focus of the session – pounding up and down the keyboard with fury, really driving on the other players with his core inspiration here!

props to my “Nonna”

Tracklist

01. Native Song
02. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
03. Song For My Lady
04. A Silent Tear
05. Essence

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Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Soul Makossa

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Recorded in Paris and New York under the production guidance of Pierre Jaubert (“Berjot”), the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band were a jazz-based super session group that created a heavy, dense, no compromise ghetto funk that has since been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy to Wreckz ‘N’ Effect.

Soul Makossa was the debut release of the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. At the time the band’s popularity was primarily contained within Europe, but the album is now considered a raw funk gem by collectors everywhere. Everyone was quick to recognize such an abundance of talent in one group. Such classics as “Hihache and “Voodounon” have secured the band’s place in funk history.

At this point, we could go on and on, but for those who already know the band, you will be fully aware of what we mean. For those who are listening for the first time, the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band’s bandwagon is becoming larger and is ready to take people on their heaviest musical trip.

Tracklist

01. Soul Makossa
02. Azeta
03. M.F. Grayson
04. Oglenon
05. Hihache
06. Voodounon
07. Right Foot
08. Nicky ‘First One’

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The Crusaders Albums!

In 1961, four fellows from Houston transplanted themselves to Los Angeles and added more distinctly bluesy elements to the soul jazz style with an ear-grabbing album called The Freedom Sound on the Pacific Jazz label. The band, which had been known in turn as the Swingsters, the Modern Jazz Sextet, and the Nighthawks, was now named the Jazz Crusaders. Its four co-leaders were trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxophonist (and occasional bassist) Wilton Felder, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper.

The Jazz Crusaders sound caught on big time, and their subsequent Pacific Jazz albums rewarded them with a good deal of exposure. The band performed regularly and got plenty of airplay. One of its signature pieces, the rollickingly fast “Young Rabbits,” was even used as the musical background for a Ford Mustang TV commercial.

But as times changed, so did the Jazz Crusaders. In the late Sixties, they placed such popular numbers as the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and “Get Back” in their repertoire, and firm backbeats began to bolster many a selection. By 1971, they decided that the word “jazz” kept them from attracting a wider listener base, and so they emerged anew with The Crusaders, Vol. 1 (Chisa), an album that openly infused jazz with pop, soul, and r&b elements.

If the Jazz Crusaders had achieved some degree of popularity, it was nothing like the crossover success that greeted the Crusaders. Such albums as Scratch, Southern Comfort, Chain Reaction, Those Southern Knights, Free as the Wind, Images, Street Life, and Royal Jam (recorded variously for the Chisa, ABC Blue Thumb, and MCA labels) sold well and brought in a deluge of new fans. Street Life’s title track provided the Crusaders with a Billboard top forty hit, reaching no. 36 in 1979.

The Crusaders’ popularity started to fade in the early Eighties, prompted by Henderson’s departure. Hooper then left as well, and by the early Nineties Sample and Felder had disbanded the group. A few years later, Henderson and Felder began performing together, first as the New Crusaders and, more recently, as the Jazz Crusaders.

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1961 – Freedom Sound
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Tracklist

01. The Geek
02. M.J.S. Funk (Alternate Version)
03. Coon (Alternate Version)
04. Freedom Sound
05. Theme From “Exodus”
06. That’s It
07. M.J.S. Funk
08. Coon

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1962 – At The Lighthouse
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Tracklist

01. Introduction
02. Congolese Sermon
03. Cathy’s Dilemma
04. Blues For Ramona
05. Weather Beat
06. Scandalizing
07. Appointment In Ghana
08. Penny Blue
09. Boopie

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1962 – Lookin’ Ahead
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Tracklist

01. Sinnin’ Sam
02. Tonight
03. 507 Neyland
04. Till All Ends
05. Tortoise And The Hare
06. In A Dream
07. Big Hunk Of Funk
08. The Young Rabbits
09. Song Of India

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1963 – Tough Talk

Tracklist

01. Deacon Brown
02. Turkish Black
03. Brahm’s Lullaby
04. Boopie
05. Tough Talk
06. No Name Samba
07. Lazy Canary
08. Lonely Horn
09. Brother Bernard

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1964 – Heat Wave
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Tracklist

01. On Broadway
02. Green Back Dollar
03. Close Shave
04. Free Sample
05. Mr Sandman
06. Heat Wave
07. Sassy
08. Theme From ‘The L Shaped Room’
09. Some Samba
10. Stix March
11. Purple Onion

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1965 – Chile Con Soul
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Tracklist

01. Agua Dulce (Sweetwater)
02. Soul Bourgeoisie
03. Ontem A Note
04. Tough Talk
05. Tacos
06. Latin Bit
07. The Breeze And I
08. Dulzura

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1965 – The Thing
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Tracklist

01. The Thing
02. Sunset In Mountains
03. While The City Sleeps
04. White Cobra
05. New Time Shuffle
06. Para Mi Espoza
07. Soul Kosher

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1966 – Live At The Lighthouse ’66
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Tracklist

01. Aleluia
02. Blues Up Tight
03. You Don’t Know What Love Is
04. Miss It
05. ‘Round Midnight
06. Some Other Blues
07. Scratch
08. Doin’ That Thing
09. Milestones

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1966 – Talk That Talk
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Tracklist

01. Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog
02. Studewood
03. I Can’t Believe You Love Me
04. There Is A Time (Le Temps)
05. Hey Girl
06. Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
07. Arrastao
08. Mohair Sam
09. Walk On By
10. 1,2,3
11. The Shadow Do
12. Turkish Black

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1966 – The Festival Album Live Newport & Pacific Jazz Festivals
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Tracklist

01. Introduction
02. Trance Dance
03. Summer’s Madness
04. Young Rabbits
05. Freedom Sound
06. Wilton’s Boogaloo
07. Half And Half

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Freddie Hubbard – Keep Your Soul

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Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay set – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very cosmic approach to the solos! The groove is funky, yet easy – featuring playing that’s very open and very soulful, by a group that includes Freddie, Ron Carter, George Benson, and Hubert Laws. Titles include “Keep Your Soul Together”, “Spirits Of Trane”, “Destiny’s Children”, and “Brigitte”.

Tracklist

01. Bigitte
02. Keep Your Soul Together
03. Spirits Of Trane
04. Destiny’s Children

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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 – Quotation Marks

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Enrico Rava is a hugely popular trumpet player (born in Trieste, 1939) almost single-handedly brought Italian jazz to international attention. “Unique” is so overused now, but that’s exactly what this session is – there simply is nothing quite like it in the world of music. The concept might be unfairly but quickly described as bright jazz meets bittersweet South American. Apparently, Rava began with a series of poems by Argentian poet Mario Trejo and recorded three settings of them in New York. The late Jeanne Lee has rarely sounded better than she does in this context, with a superb backup band – guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Jack DeJohnette, David Horowiz on piano and synth, Herb Bushler on bass and percussionists Ray Armando and Warren Smith – all of whom work hard to sound light and driving, very much in the spirit of Brazilian and Argentinian music.  Four months later Rava completed the album in Buenos Aires, recording four non-vocal tracks with a completely different band including the soulful bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos, reedman Finito Bingert (who gets one nice flute solo), pianist Matias Pizarro, guitarist Ricardo Lew, and percussionists Nestor Astarita and El Chino Rossi.  The similarity in instrumentation is one element that gives the album its unity, but each of the pieces is complementary to the others – by the end of the album, you feel that you’ve heard a complete artistic statement.

Tracklist

01. Espejismo Ratonera
02. Short Visit To Malena
03. Sola
04. San Justo
05. Water kite
06. Quotation Marks – Naranjales
07. Melancolia De Las Maletas

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Junior Mance – The Junior Mance Touch

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Tracklist

01. Zabuda
02. Let’s Stay Together
03. Tin Tin Deo
04. Midnight Special
05. I Can See Clearly Now
06. Where I Come From
07. Something

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Tonio Rubio – Rhythms

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Tracklist

01. Latin Leitmotiv
02. Red Medium
03. Dead Slow
04. Royal Shuffle N°1
05. Royal Shuffle N°2
06. Rock 73
07. Bass In Action N°1
08. Bass In Action N°2
09: Pepper Rock

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Shirley Scott – Superstition

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Tracklist

01. Hanky’s Panky
02. Lady Madonna
03. Last Tango In Paris
04. Superstition
05. People Make The World Go Round
06. Liberation Song
07. Rainy Days And Mondays Always Get Me Down

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Alain Goraguer – La Planète Sauvage (An Original Soundtrack Recording)

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A totally excellent soundtrack! This is one of the maddest we’ve heard from the 70s — with a baroque mix of wah wah funk and sophisticated orchestrations, very much in the mode of work by David Axelrod or some of the backings heard on Serge Gainsbourg’s best records. No surprise it’s handled by Alain Gouraguer, a groovy Frenchman with a style that’s a mix of the late 60s baroquery of Michel Columbier, and some of the smooth sexiness of the best Italian composers of his age. Great electric piano, wah wah guitar, and soaring strings — with a sound that’s as odd as the cover! Titles include “Le Bracelet”, “Deshominisation”, “Mort De Draag”, “La Femme”, “Mira Et Ten”, and “Ten Et Medor”.

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Tracklist

01. Deshominisation (II)
02. Deshominisation (I)
03. Generique
04. Le Bracelet
05. Ten et Tiwa
06. Maquillage de Tiwa
07. Course de Ten
08. Ten et Medor
09. Ten et Tiwa Dormet
10. Ten est Assome
11. Abite
12. Conseil des Draags
13. Les Hommes – La Grande Co-existence
14. La Femme
15. Mira et Ten
16. Morte de Draag
17. L’Oiseau
18. La Cite des Hommes Libres
19. Attaque des Robots
20. La Longue Marche – Valse Des Statues
21. Les Fusees
22. Generique
23. Strip Tease
24. Meditation des Enfants
25. La Vielle Meurt

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Herbie Hancock – Sextant

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Released in 1973 but recorded in 1972, Sextant was Herbie Hancock’s first album on Columbia Records. It was, and remains extremely complex, and a harmonically and rhythmically challenging musical statement. Hancock was no stranger to electronic music, having used synthesisers extensively during his short time with Warner Bros. Records, but Sextant took his sound to a new level, and arguably pushed the boundaries of the growing jazz-fusion movement further than any of his contemporaries.

Sextant was by far the furthest Herbie Hancock ever pushed himself musically. While a select few were collectively wowed by his new approach, Hancock alienated the bulk of his audience, who found his sound extremely inaccessible. Made up of just three tracks, the album recalls many of Hancock’s critically acclaimed Blue Note recordings, but also points toward the commercial success he would enjoy in the 80s with Future Shock and Sound-System, among others. However, with Sextant, commercial success would have seemed a long way away.

Ironically, Hancock’s first recording on Columbia would be his last recording with his Mwandishi-era group, with Sextant’s poor album sales forcing him into the mainstream with Head Hunters.

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Tracklist

01. Rain Dance
02. Hidden Shadows
03. Hornets

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Phil Ranelin – The Time is Now!

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Phil Ranelin’s first record as a leader is worlds away from his later 1976 offering, Vibes From the Tribe. The Time Is Now is a vanguard jazz record, full of the spirit, determination, and innovation inspired by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp. Recorded in 1973 and 1974 and released at the end of 1974, the set shows Ranelin to be an imposing composer and frightfully good trombonist. The original album contained six compositions that are a deep musical brew of avant-garde improvisation, hard bop jazz esthetics, and soulful melodic ideas that were superimposed as a jump off point for both harmonic and rhythmic (read: Latin) invention. The stamp of Detroit is all over this thing. Tracks like the title and “Black Destiny” reflect the anger and vision of the era, while moving it all in a positive musical direction. Soloists on the set include the rest of the Tribe collective — Marcus Belgrave and Wendell Harrison — as well as local players who deserved far more than they received in terms of national recognitions: bassist Reggie “Shoo-Be Doo” Fields, trumpeter Charles Moore, pianist Keith Vreeland, drummer Bill Turner, and others including Ranelin himself. The arrangements on The Time Is Now were ahead of their time, clustering a rhythm section as part of the horn’s front line (“13th and Senate” and the title track) and a stylistic angularity that reflected both musical history and futurism in jazz and R&B (“Time Is Running Out” and “Times Gone By”). Tortoise drummer and mastermind has remixed and remastered the entire album (and added three bonus tracks). Its sound and fidelity have changed substantially, but not the spirit or the letter of the music — a remarkable achievement. The Time Is Now is a must for any vanguard jazz aficionado or anyone interested in the strange, rhythm-oriented evolution of Detroit music.

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01. The Time Is Now For Change
02. Time Is Running Out
03. Of Times Gone By
04. Black Destiny
05. 13th and Senate
06. He The One We All Knew
07. The Thime is Now For Change (Outtake)
08. Time Is Running Out (Extended)
09. He The One We All Knew (Extended)

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Catalyst – A Tear and A Smile

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People living anywhere other than southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York in the ’70s missed the Catalyst experience. Catalyst, a four-man jazz combo from Philadelphia, played a gourmet of avant-garde, contemporary bop, soul, and funk at the dawn of the big fusion explosion. The originals were Eddie Green (keyboards, vocals), Sherman Ferguson (drums, percussion, marimba), Odean Pope (sax, flute, oboe), and Al Johnson (bass). Tyrone Brown replaced Johnson after Catalyst’s self-titled debut album on Cobblestone Records in 1972. Producer Skip Drinkwater discovered them playing at the Aqua Lounge in West Philly; this resulted in a contract with Cobblestone Records, with Drinkwater producing. Green was a disciple of the Bud Powell school of pianism, and was instructed on chord changes by Powell’s brother, Richard. Pope was tutored by Ray Bryant, Benny Golson, and others; strains of John Coltrane are revealed when the aggressive sax player expands. Ferguson was a bop drummer whose effortless tempo changes and impeccable timing kept Catalyst tight. Johnson, who joined Weather Report after Catalyst’s first album, was self-taught, but influenced by classical music.

They rehearsed hard and inspired one another to push farther into unknown territories where all the music they liked could be wrapped into a holistic sound. Jazz clubs in Philly were plentiful in the ’70s, which may account for the group’s lack of trips outside the region. The band’s eponymous funk-jazz debut, Catalyst, is highly regarded as a fusion masterpiece; many regard the set as being superior to better-known recordings from the era by Weather Report and Return to Forever. Billy Hart from Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi ensemble accompanies Catalyst on this spacy, illuminating set. A second album, Perception, was issued in 1972 on Cobblestone as well. It featured some brilliant avant-garde work that won the hearts of jazz purists and increased their cult following. This was a creative period — the recording deal was fresh, and they were eager to please and expand their already stimulating original material. In 1974, the band recorded Unity for Muse Records, which had acquired the Cobblestone label. A final album, 1975′s A Tear and a Smile, also appeared on Muse, differing yet again from those that preceded it because it was steeped in funk. Stylistically, Catalyst never made the same album twice.

Four sterling efforts with no significant sales made the group leery of the recording business. They put a lot of time into their albums; they weren’t jam sessions, but were carefully thought-out, well-rehearsed studio executions that Muse kept shelving as if they were contaminated. Disheartened and unable to get any lucrative gigs, the members of Catalyst parted ways in 1976. Green played with Pat Martino, and accompanied many of Philadelphia International Records’ biggest acts, including Billy Paul, MFSB, and the Three Degrees live; he also taught music. Pope and Brown joined Max Roach for a time. Pope was also a founder and integral member of the acclaimed Saxophone Choir. Johnson left early to play with Weather Report, and Sherman Ferguson has bopped around with Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Burrell, Bud Shank, and others.

The acquisition of the Muse catalog by the late Joel Dorn’s 32 Jazz venture and reissuing of Catalyst material on CD has rekindled interest and introduced the band to a new generation of hip-hop, dance music, soul-jazz, and funk fans. First out the box was Groove Jammy: Rare Groove Classics from the Muse Catalog in 1998, a compilation CD that features Catalyst and other Muse artists. The release created a spark and listeners demanded more of the quartet, resulting in The Funkiest Band You Never Heard in 1999, a two-disc CD containing all four Catalyst albums from the ’70s. Their individual albums have since been re-released in the 21st century on LP by Scorpio Distribution’s reissue department. The original vinyl LPs and even the 32 Jazz double-CD command high prices at auction among collectors.

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01. The Demon Pt. 1
02. The Demon Pt. 2
03. A Tear And A Smile
04. Fifty Second Street Boogie
05. Suite For Albeniz
06. A Prayer Dance
07. Bahia

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Merl Saunders – Fire Up

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01. After Midnight
02. Expressway (To Your Heart)
03. Charisma (She’s Got)
04. Soul Roach
05. Chock-Lite Puddin’
06. Benedict Rides
07. The System
08. Lonely Avenue

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George Duke – The Inner Source

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01. Au-Right
02. Love Reborn
03. Peace
04. My Soul
05. Feels So Good
06. Manya
07. Sweet Bite
08. The Followers
09. The Inner Source
10. Life
11. Some Time Ago
12. So There You Go
13. Solus
14. Nigerian Numberuma
15. Twenty-Five
16. Always Constant

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Hamilton Bohannon – Stop & Go

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01. The Stop And Go
02. Getting To The Other Side
03. The Pimp Walk
04. Run It On Down Mr DJ
05. Save Their Souls
06. Singing A Song For My Mother
07. It’s Time For Peace
08. Happiness

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Stevie Wonder Albums!

1962 – The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder
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Tracklist

01. Fingertips
02. The Square
03. Soul Bongo
04. Manhattan At Six
05. Paulsby
06. Some Other Time
07. Wondering
08. Session Number 112
09. Bam

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1962 – Tribute to Uncle Ray
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01. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
02. Ain’t That Love
03. Don’t You Know
04. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
05. Frankie And Johnny
06. Drown In My Own Tears
07. Come Back Baby
08. Mary Ann
09. Sunset
10. My Baby’s Gone

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1963 – The 12 Year Old Genius
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01. Fingertips (live)
02. Soul Bongo (live)
03. La La La La La (live)
04. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (live)
05. Hallelujah I Love Her So (live)
06. Drown In My Own Tears (live)
07. Don’t You Know (live)

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1963 – With a Song in My Heart
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01. With A Song In My Heart
02. When You Wish Upon A Star
03. Smile
04. Make Someone Happy
05. Dream
06. Put On A Happy Face
07. On The Sunny Side Of The Stree
08. Get Happy
09. Give Your Heart A Chance
10. Without a Song

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1964 – Stevie At The Beach

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01. Castles in the Sand
02. Ebb Tide
03. Sad Boy
04. Red Sails in the Sunset
05. The Beachcomber
06. Castles in the Sand (Instrumental)
07. Happy Street
08. The Party at the Beach House
09. Hey Harmonica Man
10. Beachstomp
11. Beyond the Sea

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1966 – Down to Earth
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01. A Place In The Sun
02. Bang Bang
03. Down To Earth
04. Thank You Love
05. Be Cool, Be Calm(And Keep Yourself Together)
06. Sylvia
07. My World Is Empty Without You
08. The Lonesome Road
09. Angel Baby(Don’t You Ever Leave Me)
10. Mr. Tambourine Man
11. Sixteen Tons
12. Hey Love

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1966 – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
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01. Love a Go Go
02. Hold Me
03. Blowin in the Wind
04. Nothings Too Good For My Baby
05. Teach Me Tonight
06. Uptight
07. Aint That Asking For Trouble
08. I Want My Baby Back
09. Pretty Little Angel
10. Music Talk
11. Contract on Love
12. With a Childs Heart

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1967 – I Was Made To Love Her
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01. I Was Made to Love Her
02. Send Me Some Lovin’
03. I’d Cry
04. Everybody Needs Somebody
05. Respect
06. My Girl
07. Baby Don’t You Do it
08. A Fool For You
09. Can I Get a Witness
10. I Pity the Fool
11. Please, Please, Please
12. Everytime I See You I Go Wild

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1967 – Someday at Christmas
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01. Someday At Christmas
02. Silver Bells
03. Ave Maria
04. The Little Drummer Boy
05. One Little Christmas Tree
06. The Day That Love Began
07. The Christmas Song
08. Bedtime For Toys
09. Christmastime
10. Twinkle Twinkle Little Me
11. A Warm Little Home On A Hill
12. What Christmas Means To Me

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1968 – Stevie Wonder (Italian)

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01. Dove Vai
02. Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day
03. Baby Don’t You Do It
04. Send Me Some lovin’
05. Uptigh (Everything’s Alright)
06. Passo le mie Notti Qui da Solo
07. Non Sono Un Angelo
08. I Was Made To Love Her
09. Blowin in the Wind
10. Respect
11. A Fool For You
12. Il Sole è di Tutti

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1968 – Eivets Rednow…Alfie
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01. Alfie
02. More Than a Dream
03. A House Is Not a Home
04. How Can You Believe
05. Never My Love, Ask the Lonely
06. Ruby
07. Which Way the Wind
08. Bye Bye World
09. Grazing in the Grass

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1968 – For Once In My Life
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01. For Once in My Life
02. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
03. You Met Your Match
04. I Wanna Make Her Love Me
05. I’m More Than Happy
06. Don’t Know Why I Love You
07. Sunny
08. I’d Be a Fool Right Now
09. Ain’t No Lovin’
10. God Bless the Child
11. Do I Love Her
12. House on the Hill

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1969 – My Cherie Amour
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01. My Cherie Amour
02. Hello Young Lovers
03. At Last
04. Light My Fire
05. The Shadow of Your Smile
06. You And Me
07. Pearl
08. Somebody Knows,Somebody Cares
09. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
10. Angie Girl
11. Give Your Love
12. I’ve Got You

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1970 – Signed, Sealed & Delivered
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01. Never Had a Dream Come True
02. We Can Work It Out
03. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
04. Heaven Help Us All
05. You Can’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover
06. Sugar
07. Don’t Wonder Why
08. Anything You Want Me To Do
09. I Can’t Let My Heaven Walk Away
10. Joy (Takes Over Me)
11. I Gotta Have A Song
12. Something To Say

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1971 – Where I’m Coming From
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01. Look Around
02. Do Yourself A Favor
03. Think Of Me As Your Soldier
04. Something Out Of The Blue
05. If Your Really Love Me
06. I Wanna Talk To You
07. Take Up A Course In Happiness
08. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer
09. Sunshine In Their Eyes

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1972 – Music Of My Mind
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01. Love Having You Around
02. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
03. I Love Everylittle Thing About You
04. Sweet Little Girl
05. Happier Than The Morning Sun
06. Girl Blue
07. Seems So Long
08. Keep On Running
09. Evil

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1972 – Talking Book
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01. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
02. Maybe Your Baby
03. You And I
04. Tuesday Heartbreak
05. You’ve Got it Bad Girl
06. Superstition
07. Big Brother
08. Blame it on the Sun
09. Lookin’ For Another Pure Love
10. I Believe

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1973 – Innervisions
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01. Too High
02. Visions
03. Living for the City
04. Golden Lady
05. Higher Ground
06. Jesus Children of America
07. All in Love Is Fair
08. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
09. He’s Misstra Know It All

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1973 – Live At The Rainbow
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01. Introduction
02. Higher ground
03. Mary wants to be a superstar
04. To know you is to love you
05. Signed, sealed and delivered I’m yours
06. Visione
07. Don’t worry ’bout a thing
08. Living for the city
09. You are the sunshine of my life
10. Superstition

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1973 – Live In Brighton
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01. Contution
02. Higher Ground
03. Mary Wants To Be
04. To Know You Is To Love You
05. Signed, Sealed and Delivered
06. Visions
07. Sunshine Of My Life
08. Superstition
09. Lot Of My Dreams

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1974 – Fulfillingness’ first finale
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01. Smile Please
02. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
03. Too Shy To Say
04. Boogie On Reggae Woman
05. Creepin’
06. You Haven’t Done Nothin’
07. It Ain’t No Use
08. They Won’t Go When I Go
09. Bird Of Beauty
10. Please Don’t Go

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1975 – Live In NYC
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01. Intro-Contusion
02. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
03. Superwoman
04. To Know You is to Love You
05. Visions
06. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
07. Superstitious
08. The Traitor (Herbie Hancock Cover)
09. Living for the City
10. Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing
11. Overjoyed (Live Solo Piano)
12. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing

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1976 – Songs In The Key of Life
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CD1
01. Love’s in Need of Love Today
02. Have a Talk With God
03. Village Ghetto Land
04. Contusion
05. Sir Duke
06. I Wish
07. Knocks Me off My Feet
08. Pastime Paradise
09. Summer Soft
10. Ordinary Pain
11. Saturn
12. Ebony Eyes
CD2
01. Isn’t She Lovely
02. Joy Inside My Tears
03. Black Man
04. Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing
05. If It’s Magic
06. As
07. Another Star
08. All Day Sucker
09. Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call)

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1979 – The Secret Life of Plants
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CD1
01. Earth’s Creation
02. The First Garden
03. Voyage To India
04. Same Old Story
05. Venus Flytrap And The Bug
06. Ai No, Sono
07. Seasons
08. Power Flower
09. Send One Your Love (Music)
10. Race Babbling
CD2
01. Send One Your Love
02. Outside My Window
03. Black Orchid
04. Ecclesiastes
05. Kesse Ye Lolo De Ye
06. Come Back As A Flower
07. A Seed’s A StarTree Medley
08. The Secret Life Of Plants
09. Tree
10. Finale

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1980 – Hotter Than July
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01. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
02. All I Do
03. Rocket Love
04. I Ain’t Gonna Stand For it
05. As If You Read My Mind
06. Master Blaster
07. Do Like You
08. Cash in Your Face
09. Lately
10. Happy Birthday

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1982 – Original Musiquarium
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CD1
01. Superstition
02. You haven’t done nothin’
03. Living for the city
04. Front line
05. Superwoman (where were you when I needed you)
06. Send one your love
07. You are the sunshine of my life
08. Ribbon in the sky
CD2
01. Higher Ground
02. Sir Duke
03. Master Blaster (Jammin’)
04. Boogie On Reggae Woman
05. That Girl
06. I Wish
07. Isn’t She Lovely
08. Do I Do

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1984 – The Woman in Red
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01. The Woman in Red
02. It’s You
03. It’s More Than You
04. I Just Called to Say I Love You
05. Love Light in Flight
06. Moments Aren’t Moments
07. Weakness
08. Don’t Drive Drunk

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1985 – In Square Circle
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01. Part Time Lover
02. I Love You Too Much
03. Whereabouts
04. Stranger On The Shore Of Love
05. Never in Your Sun
06. Spiritual Walkers
07. Land of La La
08. Go Home
09. Overjoyed
10. It’s Wrong

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1985 – Love Songs – 20 Classic Hits
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01. Contract on Love
02. My Cherie Amour
03. Until You Come Back to Me
04. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
05. Never Had a Dream Come True
06. If You Really Love Me
07. Heven Help Us All
08. Never Dream’d You’d Leave in Summer
09. A Place in the Sun
10. Alfie
11. Hey Love
12. For Once in My Life
13. We Can Work it Out
14. I Was Made to Love Her
15. Don’t Know Why I Love You
16. Blowin’ in the Wind
17. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
18. I’m Wondering
19. Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby
20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

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1987 – Characters

01. You Will Know
02. Dark’n'Lovely
03. In Your Corner
04. With Each Beat Of My Heart
05. One Of A Kind
06. Skeletons
07. Get It (Duet With Michael Jackson)
08. Galaxy Paradise
09. Crying Trough The Night
10. Free
11. Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down
12. My Eyes Don’t Cry

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1991 – Jungle fever
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01. Fun Day
02. Queen in the Black
03. These Three Words
04. Each Others Throat
05. If She Brreaks Your Heart
06. Gotta Have You
07. Make Sure Your Sure
08. I Go Sailing
08. Jungle Fever
09. Chemical Love
10. Lighting Up the Candles

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1995 – Natural Wonder (Live)
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CD1
01. Dancing to the Rhythm
02. Love’s in Need of Love Today
03. Master Blaster
04. Stevie Ray Blues
05. Higher Ground
06. Rocket Love
07. Stay Gold
08. Ribbon in the Sky
09. Pastime Paradise
10. If It’s Magic
11. Ms. & Mr. Little Ones
12. Village Ghetto Land
13. Tomorrow Robins Will Sing
CD2
01. Overjoyed
02. My Cherie Amour
03. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours
04. Living For the City
05. Sir Duke
06. I Wish
07. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
08. Superstition
09. I Just Called to Say I Love You
10. For Your Love
11. Another Star

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1996 – Song Review A Greatest Hits Collection
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01. Ramsey Lewis – Living for the City
02. Roy Ayers – Don’t You Worry About a Thing
03. Ray Barretto – Pastime Paradise
04. Mongo Santamaria – My Cherie Amour
05. Lee Ritemour – Isn’t She Lovely
06. Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
07. Grover Washington Jr – Overjoyed
08. Keiko Lee – Too Shy to Say
09. Tuck and Patti – I Wish
10. Basie – Until You Come Back to Me
11. Gene Harris – As
12. Stanley Turrentine – Sir Duke
13. Ronnie Foster – Superwoman
14. Ahmad Jamal – Superstition
15. Herbie Hancock feat Bobby Mcfe – Chan’s Song (Never Said)

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1998 – A Jazz Tribute To Stevie Wonder
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01. Ramsey Lewis – Living for the City
02. Roy Ayers – Don’t You Worry About a Thing
03. Ray Barretto – Pastime Paradise
04. Mongo Santamaria – My Cherie Amour
05. Lee Ritemour – Isn’t She Lovely
06. Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
07. Grover Washington Jr – Overjoyed
08. Keiko Lee – Too Shy to Say
09. Tuck and Patti – I Wish
10. Basie – Until You Come Back to Me
11. Gene Harris – As
12. Stanley Turrentine – Sir Duke
13. Ronnie Foster – Superwoman
14. Ahmad Jamal – Superstition
15. Herbie Hancock feat Bobby Mcfe – Chan’s Song (Never Said)

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1999 – At The Close Of A Century
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CD1
01. Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2
02. Uptight
03. Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby
04. Blowin’ in the Wind
05. A Place in the Sun
06. Hey Love
07. I Was Made to Love Her
08. Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What
09. I’m Wondering
10. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
11. You Met Your Match
12. For Once in My Life
13. I Don’t Know Why
14. My Cherie Amour
15. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
16. Never Had a Dream Come True
17. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
18. Heaven Help Us All
19. We Can Work it Out
20. If You Really Love Me
21. Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer
22. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Neede
23. I Love Every Little Thing About You
CD2
01. Superstition
02. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
03. You And I
04. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be For
05. Too High
06. Visions
07. Living For The City
08. Golden Lady
09. Higher Ground
10. All In Love Is Fair
11. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
12. He’s Misstra Know It All
13. You Haven’t Done Nothin’
14. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
15. Too Shy To Say
16. Boogie On Reggae Woman
17. Creepin’
CD3
01. Sir Duke
02. I Wish
03. Knocks Me Off My Feet
04. Pastime Paradise
05. Isn’t She Lovely
06. Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing
07. If It’s Magic
08. As
09. Another Star
10. Send One Your Love
11. All I Do
12. Rocket Love
13. I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It
14. Master Blaster (Jammin’)
15. Lately
16. Happy Birthday
CD4
01. That Girl
02. Ribbon In The Sky
03. Do I Do
04. Love Light In Flight
05. I Just Called To Say I Love You
06. Overjoyed
07. Part-Time Lover
08. Go Home
09. You Will Know
10. Skeletons
11. Gotta Have You
12. These Three Words
13. For Your Love
14. How Come, How Long

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1999 – Ballad Collection
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01. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
02. My Cherie Amour
03. Golden Lady
04. You And I
05. If Ever
06. Too Shy To Say
07. All In Love Is Fair
08. For Your Love
09. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer
10. If It’s Magic
11. Overjoyed
12. Send One Your Love
13. Kiss Lonely Good-Bye
14. Love’s In Need Of Love Today
15. Ribbon In The Sky
16. Stay Gold
17. Lately
18. Free

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2000 – First Hits

Tracklist

01. A Place in the Sun
02. Blowin’ in the Wind
03. I Was Made to Love Her
04. I’m Wondering
05. Thank You Love
06. Uptight (Everything’s Allright)
07. Music Talk
08. Be Cool, Be Calm
09. Travelin’ Man
10. Fingertips
11. Workout Stevie, Workout
12. Contract on Love
13. I Call it Pretty Music
14. Smile
15. Put on a Happy Face
16. With a Song in My Heart

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2002 – The Definitive Collection
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Tracklist

CD1
01. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
02. Isn’t She Lovely
03. My Cherie Amour
04. Sir Duke
05. I Wish
06. If You Really Love Me
07. As
08. Overjoyed
09. Pastime Paradise
10. Boogie On Reggae Woman
11. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
12. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
13. I Was Made To Love Her
14. A Place In The Sun
15. He’s Misstra Know It All
16. Send One Your Love
17. I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It
18. Living For The City
19. I Just Called To Say I Love You
20. Part-Time Lover
CD2
01. Superstition
02. Higher Ground
03. Master ad A Dream Come True
06. We Can Work It Out
07. Uptight(Everything’s Alright)
08. Blowin’ In The WindBlaster
04. For Once In My Life
05. Never Had A Drem Come True
06. We Can Work It Out
07. Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
08. Blowin’ In The Wind
09. You Haven’t Done Nothin’
10. Ebony & Ivory(with Paul McCartney)
11. For Your Love
12. Fingertips(Part.1 and 2)
13. I’m Wondering
14. I Don’t Know why
15. Heaven Help Us All
16. Lately
17. Do I Do
18. Happy Birthday
19. To Feel The Fire

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2003 – Conception – An interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s songs

Tracklist

01. Higher Ground
02. Superstition
03. That Girl
04. Master Blaster
05. Another Star
06. Overjoyed
07. You Will Know
08. Send One Your Love
09. All In Love Is Fair
10. Rocket Love
11. Visions
12. Love’s In Need Of Love Today
13. I Don’t Know Why I Love You
14. Wonderful

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2005 – A Time 2 Love

Tracklist

01. If Your Love Cannot Be Moved
02. Sweetest Somebody I Know
03. Moon Blue
04. From The Bottom Of My Heart
05. Please Don’t Hurt My Baby
06. How Will I Know (feat. Aisha)
07. My Love Is On Fire
08. Passionate Raindrops
09. Tell Your Heart I Love You
10. True Love
11. A Time 2 Love
12. Can’t Imagine Love Without You
13. Positivity
14. Shelter From The Rain
15. So What The Fuss

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2007 – Stevie Wonder’s Lost Treasures
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Tracklist

01. Fingertips
02. Fine Young Thing
03. Superstition
04. Signed Sealed Delivered
05. Feeding Off The Love Of The Land
06. My Mother’s Eyes
07. Drown In My Own Tears
08. I Was Made To Love Her
09. It Ain’t No Use
10. Uptight
11. Uptight (extended)
12. Each Other’s Throats
13. Gotta Have You
14. For Your Love
15. Summer Night
16. St. Louis Woman
17. Let The Good Times Roll (with Ray Charles)
18. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Marvin Gaye Tribute)
19. I’m The One Who Loves You (Curtis Mayfield Tribute)
20. Dream Come True (Barry Gordy Tribute)
21. If I Ever Had A Chance To Love You (Maya Angelou Tribute)

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2009 – Live At Last

Tracklist

01. Intro / All Blues
02. As if You Read My Mind
03. Master Blaster (Jammin)
04. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
05. All I Do
06. Knocks Me Off My Feet / Celebrtion of love – harmony
07. UK Medley
08. People Make the World Go Round
09. Higher Ground
10. Spain
11. Dont You Worry Bout A Thing
12. Visions
13. Living for the City / A Man Go
14. Part-Time Lover
15. Overjoyed
16. Lately
17. Im Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
18. My Cherie Amour
19. Signed, Sealed, Delivered Im Yours
20. Sir Duke
21. I Wish
22. Isn’t She Lovely
23. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
24. I Just Called to Say I Love You
25. You Are the Only One for Me
26. Superstition (So What the Fuss)
27. As

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