The Meters – Rejuvenation

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When the Meters jumped from the Josie label to Reprise in 1972, their new label seemed intent on crossing them over to a wider audience. Released in 1974, Rejuvenation, the Meters’ second Reprise album, stands as the best of this period, with their core funk sound embellished with elements of rock and mainstream soul. The success of this album can be judged by the fact that six of these nine songs stayed fixed in the (Funky) Meters repertoire more than 25 years after they recorded them. Their version here of “Hey Pocky A-Way” stands as the song’s definitive reading, but tracks such as “People Say,” “Just Kissed My Baby” (featuring the contributions of Lowell George), “Jungle Man,” and “Africa” are career highlights as well, retaining the power of stripped-down funk while still fleshing out the sound with punchy horns, background singers, and a more rock-oriented production. These cuts don’t quite reach the level of the gloriously funky three-minute instrumental nuggets they made for Josie, but they come very close. –Marc Greilsamer

Tracklist

01. People Say
02. Love Is for Me
03. Just Kissed My Baby
04. What’cha Say
05. Jungle Man
06. Hey Pocky A-Way
07. It Ain’t No Use
08. Loving You Is on My Mind
09. Africa
10. People Say (single version)
11. Hey Pocky A-Way (single version)

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Ennio Morricone – Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare

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Soundtrack of “Milano Odia: la polizia non può sparare” with the music composed by Ennio Morricone and conducted by Bruno Nicolai, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Rapimento
02. Raptus Omicida
03. I Conti Ora Tornano
04. Milano Odia: La POlizia Non Può Sparere (Titoli- versione film)
05. Raptus Omicida (# 2)
06. Raptus Omicida (# 3)
07. Rapimento (# 2)
08. Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (# 2)
09. Rapimento (# 3)
10. Raptus Omicida (# 4)
11. Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare (# 3 Titoli- versione lunga)
12. Raptus Omicida (# 5)

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Cymande – Promised Heights

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On their final LP for Janus Records, Cymande continues the heavy message theme of Second Time Round. “Pon de Dungle” is about the secrets of life and love articulated over a lazy beat. “Equatorial Forest” is a multifaceted tune with a lightning tempo and sliding, accentuating horns, while the Curtis Mayfield-ish “Brothers on the Slide” has some commercial appeal. The flavorful “Changes” is like viewing a good oil painting; the slow, moody instrumental has a meditating effect, and a soft, airy flute makes for an inconspicuous lead instrument. “Promised Heights,” the title cut, is strong, and should have done better for Cymande. It has the lilt and beauty of earlier sides, the horn work is sensational, and a nice sax solo scintillates. That same looping reggae beat is matched with meaningful lyrics and a positive, working-together theme on “Losing Ground.” “The Recluse” has a great hook (“When will all the lights go, will they leave the blackest night”) and features a nice romping beat spiced by sweeping horns. Cymande is a perfect example of music’s universal appeal; despite not knowing 70-percent of what they’re saying, you’re still drawn into the sounds. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Pon De Dungle
02. Equatorial Forest
03. Brothers On The Slide
04. Changes
05. Breezemen
06. Promised Heights
07. Losing Ground
08. Leavert
09. The Recluse
10. Sheshamani

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Grover Washington Jr. – Mister Magic

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This is one of Grover Washington, Jr.’s best-loved recordings and considered a classic of r&bish jazz. All four songs (which includes Billy Strayhorn’s “Passion Flower”) are quite enjoyable but it is “Mister Magic” that really caught on as a major hit. Bob James provided the colorful if somewhat commercial arrangements, there are spots for guitarist Eric Gale, and Washington (mostly on tenor and soprano) is heard in particularly creative form. Highly recommended. (allmusic)

Peronnel: Grover Washington Jr. (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bob James (electric piano, piano); Phil Bodner (baritone saxophone); Gary King (bass); Phil Upchurch (bass); Alan Shulman (cello); Charles McCracken (cello); Harvey Mason (drums); Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Erig Gale (guitar); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Jerry Dodgion (tenor saxophone); Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (trombone); Al Brown, Marny Vardi (viola); David Nadien, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman (violin).

Tracklist

01. Earth Tones
02. Passion Flower
03. Mister Magic
04. Black Frost

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Chet Baker – She Was Too Good To Me

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Besides being a great recording, this one also has some historical significance, as it is viewed by many as Chet’s “comeback” album. Although Baker recorded in the late sixties, they were really dreadful commercial albums. This is the first significant recording Chet made since the ’65 Prestige sessions. It also marks the beginning of a very successful association with Creed Taylor and CTI Records. Chet recorded some of best work for CTI in the mid-to-late 1970′s. Bob James’ electric piano and some strings (just the right amount) give this CD a unique flavor. Chet sings several ballads, and this is where you start to hear the change in his voice. It’s still soft and sincere, but it is lower and starting to show the ravishes of cigarettes and drugs. (chetbakertribute.com)

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet, vocals); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Bob James (electric piano); Ron Carter (bass); John DeJohnette (drums); Steve Gadd (drums); Dave Friedman (vibes); Hubert Laws (flute).

Tracklist

01. Autumn Leaves
02. She Was Too Good To Me
03. Funk In Deep Freeze
04. Tangerine
05. With A Song In My Heart
06. What’ll I Do
07. It’s You Or No One
08. My Future Just Passed

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Wayne Shorter Albums!

Though some will argue about whether Wayne Shorter’s primary impact on jazz has been as a composer or as a saxophonist, hardly anyone will dispute his overall importance as one of jazz’s leading figures over a long span of time. Though indebted to a great extent to John Coltrane, with whom he practiced in the mid-’50s while still an undergraduate, Shorter eventually developed his own more succinct manner on tenor sax, retaining the tough tone quality and intensity and in later years, adding an element of funk. On soprano, Shorter is almost another player entirely, his lovely tone shining like a light beam, his sensibilities attuned more to lyrical thoughts, his choice of notes becoming more spare as his career unfolded. Shorter’s influence as a player, stemming mainly from his achievements in the 1960s and ’70s, has been tremendous upon the neo-bop brigade who emerged in the early ’80s, most notably Branford Marsalis. As a composer, he is best known for carefully conceived, complex, long-limbed, endlessly winding tunes, many of which have become jazz standards yet have spawned few imitators.

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1959 – Introducing Wayne Shorter
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Tracklist

01. Blues A La Carte
02. Harry’s Last Land
03. Down In The Depths
04. Pug Nose
05. Black Diamond
06. Mack The Knife
07. Blues A La Carte (Alternate Take)
08. Harry’s Last Stand (Alternate Take)
09. Down In The Depths (Alternate Take)
10. Black Diamond (Alternate Take)

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1960 – Second Genesis
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Tracklist

01. Ruby & The Pearl
02. Pay As You Go
03. Second Genesis
04. Mr.Chariman
05. Tenderfoot
06. The Albatross
07. Getting To Know You
08. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

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1962 – Wayning Moments
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Tracklist

01. Black Orpheus (Take 4)
02. Devil’s Island (Take 8 )
03. Moon Of Manakoor (Take 2)
04. Dead-End (Take 8 )
05. Wayning MOments (Take 2)
06. Powder Keg (Take 5)
07. All Or Nothing At All (Take 3)
08. Callaway Went That A Way (Take 3)
09. Black Orpheus (Take 3)
10. Devil’s Island (Take 7)
11. Moon Manakoor (Take 1)
12. Dead End (Take 7)
13. Wayning Moments (Take 3)
14. Powder Keg (Take 1)
15. Callaway Wen That A Way (Take 1)

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1964 – Juju
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Tracklist

01. Juju
02. Deluge
03. House Of Jade
04. Mahjong
05. Yes Or No
06. Twelve More Bars To Go
07. Juju (Alternate Take)
08. House Of Jade (Alternate Take)

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1964 – Night Dreamer
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Tracklist

01. Night Dreamer
02. Oriental Folk Song
03. Virgo
04. Black Nile
05. Charcoal Blues
06. Armageddon
07. Virgo (Alternate Take)

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1964 – Speak No Evil
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Tracklist

01. Witch Hunt
02. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
03. Dance Cadaverous
04. Speak No Evil
05. Infant Eyes
06. Wild Flower
07. Dance Cadaverous (Alternate Take)

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1965 – Etcetera
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Tracklist

01. Etceter
02. Penelope
03. Toy Tune
04. Barracudas (General Assembly)
05. Indian Song

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1965 – The All Seeing Eye
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Tracklist

01. The All Seeing Eye
02. Genesis
03. Chaos
04. Face Of The Deep
05. Mephistopheles

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1965 – The Soothsayer
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Tracklist

01. Lost
02. Angola
03. The Big Push
04. The Soothsayer
05. Lady Day
06. Valse Triste
07. Angola (Alternate Take)

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1966 – Adam’s Apple
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Tracklist

01. Adam’s Apple
02. 502 Blues
03. El Goucho
04. Footprints
05. Teru
06. Chief Crazy Horse
07. The Collector

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1967 – Schizophrenia
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Tracklist

01. Tom Thumb
02. Go
03. Schizophrenia
04. Kryptonite
05. Miyako
06. Playground

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1969 – Super Nova
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Tracklist

01. Super Nova
02. Sweet Pea
03. Dindi
04. Water Babies
05. Capricorn
06. More Than Human

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1970 – Moto Grosso Feio
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Tracklist

01. Moto Grosso Feio
02. Montezuma
03. Antigua
04. Vera Cruza
05. Iska

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1970 – Odyssey of Iska
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Tracklist

01. Wind
02. Storm
03. Calm
04. De Pois Do Amor o Vazio
05. Joy

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1974 – Native Dancer
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Tracklist

01. Ponta De Areia
02. Beauty And The Beast
03. Tarde
04. Miracle Of The Fishes
05. Diana
06. From The Lonely Afternoons
07. Ana Maria
08. Lilia
09. Joanna’s The Theme

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1985 – Atlantis
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Tracklist

01. Endangared Species
02. The Three Marias
03. The Last Silk Hat
04. When You Dream
05. Who Goes There!
06. Atlantis
07. Shere Khan, The Tiger
08. Criancas
09. On The Eve Of Departure

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1986 – Phantom Navigator
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Tracklist

01. Condition Rend
02. Mahogany Bird
03. Remote Control
04. Yamanjia
05. Forbidden, Plan-It!
06. Flagships

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1988 – Joy Ryder
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Tracklist

01. Joy Rider
02. Cathay
03. Over Shadow Hill Way
04. Anthem
05. Causeways
06. Daredevil
07. Someplace Called Where

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1995 – High Life
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Tracklist

01. Children Of The Night
02. At The Fair
03. Maya
04. On The Milky Way Express
05. Pandora Awakened
06. Virgo Rising
07. High Life
08. Midnight In California
09. Black Swan (In Memory Of Susan Portlynn Rome)

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2002 – Footprints Live!
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Tracklist

01. Santuary
02. Masequelero
03. Valse Trist
04. Go
05. Aung San Suu Kyi
06. Footsprints
07. Atlantis
08. Juju

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2003 – Alegria
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Tracklist

01. Sacajawea
02. Serenata
03. Vendiendo Alegria
04. Bachianas Brasileras No.5
05. Angola
06. Interlude
07. She Moves Through The Fair
08. Orbits
09. 12Th Century Carol
10. Capricorn II

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2005 – Beyond the Sound Barrier
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Tracklist

01. Smilin’ Through (Arthur Penn)
02. As Far As The Eye Can See
03. On Wings Of Song
04. Tinker Bell
05. Joy Ryrder
06. Over Shadow Hill Way
07. Adventures Aboard The Golden Mean
08. Beyond The Sound Barrier

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Ramon Morris – Sweet Sister Funk

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One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that’s like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater’s on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include “Sweat”, “Lord Sideways”, “Sweet Sister Funk”, and a nice version of “People Make The World Go Round”.

Tracklist

01. Hermitage
02. Body and Soul
03. The Good Life
04. In The Moment
05. Bay City
06. My Foolish Heart
07. Passport
08. Taney County
09. The Blessing
10. Passion Flower

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Franco Micalizzi – Chi Sei

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Soundtrack of the film “Chi Sei”(Beyond The Door) by the great Franco Micalizzi, enjoy!

little preview:

Tracklist

01. Bargain With The Devil
02. Jessica’s Theme
03. Dimitry’s Theme
04. Robert’s Theme
05. Jessica’s Theme Pt. 2
06. Family’s Theme
07. Bargain With The Devil Pt. 2
08. Flute Sequence
09. Dimitry’s Theme Pt. 2
10. Family’s Theme Pt 2

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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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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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Freddie Hubbard – High Energy

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Sweet electric Freddie Hubbard – a wonderfully laidback session that’s filled with space and soul – hardly what you’d expect from the title! The album follows nicely in the style that Hubbard hit at CTI – an openly flowing groove that has Freddie’s trumpet on top of long electric piano lines from George Cables, with occasional fuller backings to flesh out the sound! Arrangements are by Dale Oehler, who’s conducting a larger group behind a core quintet that also features excellent reeds from Junior Cook – possibly one of his strongest (and only) appearances on an electric date like this. Cables is the champ, though – and really makes the set cook by changing the vibe strongly with his keys – setting a tone for Freddie throughout. Titles include “Camel Rise”, “Crisis”, “Too High”, “Black Maybe”, and “Baraka Sasa”.

Tracklist

01. Camel Rise
02. Black Maybe
03. Baraka Sasa
04. Crisis
05. Ebony Moonbeams
06. Too High

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Franco Micalizzi – Hold-Up Istantanea Di Una Rapina

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Soundtrack of crime thriller “Hold-Up Istantanea Di Una Rapina” 1974 by Franco Micalizzi.

Tracklist

01. Titoli
02. M3
03. M11/M10
04. M36/M38/M6/M37/M9
05. M13/M14/M8
06. M12/M18/M21/M1/M28
07. M40
08. M31/M27/M35/M33
09. M19/M4
10. M22
11. M40 Vers. Spagnola
12. M20/M34/M39
13. M26/M7/M5/M16
14. M32
15. M29/M23/M15/M30/M24/M2
16. Hold Up Vers. Disco
17. No 3 Vers. Disco

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Sonny Fortune – Long Before Our Mothers Cried

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When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy – but well deserved – for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard.

Arranged By, Composed By, Flute, Producer, Saxophone [Alto, Soprano] – Sonny Fortune

Tracklist

01. Long Befor Our Mothers Cried
02. A Tribute To a Holiday (Billie)
03. Sound Of Silents
04. Five For Trane
05. Wayneish

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Maurizio Giammarco e Andrea Centazzo – Davanti e Oltre La Soglia

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Tracklist

01. Musica Originale dal Film della Mia Vita
02. Shapperpie
03. Il Filosofo
04. Ti Ho Portata fra le Nuvole
05. Davanti e Oltre la Soglia
06. Dkas
07. Flash on the Rock Scene
08. Canzone per Carla
09. Moruzzo-Sensazioni della Campagna
10. Relaxin’ at Borgo Treppo

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Joe Farrell – Canned Funk

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One of Joe Farrell’s crackling funky fusion albums for CTI, and a tasty batch of long tracks with a nice hard groove! The group features Jim Madison on drums, Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, and Ray Mantilla on congas – and they all lay down a sound that shows Farrell finely displaying his talent for choppy, edgey reed playing. Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include “Canned Funk”, “Animal”, and “Spoken Silence”.

Tracklist

01. Canned Funk
02. Animal
03. Suite Martinique
04. Spoken Silence

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George Benson – Bad Benson

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Although originally titled and released as BAD BENSON in 1974, subsequent reissues were titled TAKE FIVE, to prevent misunderstanding on the part of the public as to the content of the album (i.e. Benson’s “worst”). Also, the two bonus tracks finally restore the original recording session track sequence.

Preceding Breezin’, his crossover smash for Warner in 1976, Bad Benson shows the guitarist still hanging on to his Wes Montgomery roots in places while stretching his soul-jazz persona into even funkier arenas. CTI had a formula for making funky, accessible jazz and fusion records that in 1974 still held true. Arranged by Don Sebesky, Bad Benson is a collection of delicious, varied, and sometimes confusing choices. Benson’s own playing is precise and smooth as always, and guitarist Phil Upchurch keeps a large color palette for him to draw from, as in the funkified version of “Take Five.” Other notables are the stellar “My Latin Brother,” which begins as a Debussy-ian impressionistic string study before becoming a heavily arpeggiated variation on the samba. Kenny Barron’s pianism here is the driving force behind a rhythm section that also includes drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Ron Carter. They give Benson a harmonic floor for one of the most inspiring solos of his career. These intensely meaty cuts — along with Upchurch’s stellar swinging in the pocket groover “Full Compass” — are juxtaposed against ballads such as “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” and “The Changing World,” a pair of ballads that ape Montgomery’s later snore-fest session for A&M. Thankfully, Legacy’s remastered CD version includes three bonus tracks from the session: a hip and syncopated read of “Take the ‘A’ Train” (with truly surreal and shimmering colors courtesy of Sebesky’s string section) and the amazingly driving, greasy funk of “Serbian Blue,” as well as a simply beautiful — and brief — solo from Benson called “From Now On.” Not a great album, but a very, very good one.

Tracklist

01. Take Five
02. Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
03. My Latin Brother
04. No Sooner Said Than Done
05. Full Compass
06. The Changing World
07. Take The “A” Train
08. Serbian Blue
09. From Now On

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Milt Jackson – Olinga

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Originally out on the CTI label, this set features vibraphonist Milt Jackson with some of his favorite musicians (pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Mickey Roker, and Jimmy Heath on tenor and soprano) along with an occasional string section. The performances are pretty straight-ahead for CTI, with Bags and company performing the ballad “Lost April,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Olinga,” a Walton original, and three recent songs by Jackson. Although Cedar Walton does not sound as formidable on electric piano as on acoustic and the other solos overall are a bit safe, this is a nice album.

Tracklist

01. Olinga
02. Re-Rev
03. The Metal Melter
04. The Steel Bender
05. Lost April
06. I’m Not So Sure
07. The Metal Stelter (Alternate)
08. The Steel Bender (Alternate)

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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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Tracklist

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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Gene Harris – Astral Signal

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A masterpiece from Gene Harris  an album that’s probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris’ acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s  into sublime spacey territory that’s wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke’s MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record.

Tracklist

01. Prelude
02. Summer (The First Time)
03. Rebato Summer
04. I Remember Summer
05. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
06. Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong
07. My Roots
08. Green River
09. Beginnings
10. Feeling You, Feeling Me Too!
11. Higga-Boom
12. Love Talkin’

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Larry Willis – Inner Crisis

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One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis  a super-hip keyboard player who’s best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album’s a gem all the way through  with a free-thinking soulful sound that’s head and shoulders above the rest of the work on Groove Merchant at the time. Players include Harold Vick, Roland Prince, and Eddie Gomez and the overall groove is an incredible array of soulful rhythms, played by Larry on electric piano, in a mode that makes the record feel like a lost gem from Strata East or Black Jazz.

Tracklist

01. Out Of The Coast
02. 153rd Street Theme
03. Inner Crisis
04. Bahamian Street Dance
05. For A Friend
06. Journey’s End

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