George Duke – I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry

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George Duke has always been a musician who refused to limit himself to one style. I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry music CDs Prior to I Love The Blues, which came out in 1975, Duke excelled in contexts both acoustic and electric, in straight-ahead jazz, arty rock (with Frank Zappa), and fusion. I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry songs Blues finds him fronting an all-star lineup (Lee Ritenour, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Flora Purim) in a set of fierce blues, soul/R&B, and rock songs (lead vocals by Duke) amid some nifty jazz-fusion instrumentals. I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry album This set is recommended to listeners as musically diverse as Duke himself. (cduniverse)

Personnel: George Duke (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Johnny “Guitar” Watson (vocals, guitar, background vocals); John Wittenberg (vocals, violin); Janet Ferguson Hoff, Flora Purim, Janet Fergusonhoff (vocals); Byron Miller (guitar, bass instrument); Daryl Stuermer, George Johnson , Lee Ritenour (guitar); Airto Moreira (berimbau, tambourine, percussion); Bruce Fowler (trombone); Ruth Underwood (marimba, percussion, gong); Emil Richards (marimba, percussion); Tom Fowler (bass instrument); Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums, percussion, gong, background vocals); Ndugu (drums); Roger Dollarhide, Donna Correa, Debra Fay, Chris Norris, Pat Norris, Patrick Norris, Larry Robinson (background vocals).

Tracklist

01. Chariot
02. Look Into Her Eyes
03. Sister Seren
04. That’s What She Said
05. Mashavu
06. Rokkinrowl
07. Prepare Yourself
08. Giant Child Within Us – Ego
09. Someday
10. I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry

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Parliament – Mothership Connection

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George Clinton was the leader of a collective of funk musicians in the 70s who mostly recorded under two names: Parliament and Funkadelic. Together they were known as the P-funk collective, or Parliament-Funkadelic. The collective included several defectors from James Brown’s backing bands – including Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker – who would go on to successful solo careers. They were also well-known for their theatrical live shows, which involved spaceships, light-shows and outrageous costumes. The P-Funk musicians would become a huge influence on hip-hop, and artists like Prince and Rick James.

Parliament mostly recorded for Casablanca, and while Funkadelic had a rockier sound, Parliament went all-out deep funk, with horns, keyboards and the bass guitar featuring prominently. Their most acclaimed album is Mothership Connection.

Personnel: Bootsi Collins, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Gary Shider, George Clinton, Glen Goins, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis (vocals); Bootsie Collins, Gary Cooper, Jerome Brailey, Tiki Fulwood (drums); Bootsie Collins, Cordell Mosson (bass); Bootsie Collins, Gary Shider, Glen Goins, Michael Hampton (guitar); Boom, Freed Wesley, Joe Farrell, Macco Parker, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker (horns).

Tracklist

01. P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
02. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
03. Unfunky UFO
04. Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication
05. Handcuffs
06. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
07. Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples

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Ronnie Foster – Cheshire Cat

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

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

Tracklist

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

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George Benson – Good King Bad

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Following ten years of solo recordings for Columbia, Verve, A&M, and CTI, guitar great George Benson was primed for a breakout, ready to cross over to a much wider audience. The project that set the stage for his pop breakthrough album, Breezin’, was his final official release for CTI Records, Good King Bad. Although Benson had ventured into the R&B territory previously, this marks the first time that he fully integrated his Wes Montgomery-inspired playing into the pop arena. The approach presents a perfect balance between jazz blowing and danceable grooves, announcing the arrival of a major force in pop music.

Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Eric Gale (guitar); Gary king (bass); Alan Shulman, Charles McCracken (cello); Don Grolnick (clavinet); Andy Newmark, Dennis Davis, Steve Gadd (drums); David Tofani, Joe Farrell, Romeo Penque (flute); Bobby Lyle, Roland Hanna, Ronnie Foster (keyboards); Sue Evans (percussion); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Frank Vicari, Mike Brecker (tenor saxophone); Fred Wesley (trombone); Randy Brecker (trumept); David Friedman (vibraphone); Harold Coletta, Theodore Israel (viola); David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, John Pintavalle, Max Ellen, Max Pollikoff, Paul Gershman (violin).

Tracklist

01. Theme From Good King Bad
02. One Rock Don’t Make No Boulder
03. Em
04. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
05. Siberian Workout
06. Shell Of A Man
07. Hold On I’m Coming

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George Duke – The Aura Will Prevail

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In 1975, George Duke was dabbling in R&B vocals. But instrumental jazz-fusion was still his primary focus, and he had yet to be played extensively on any of the genres’ stations. When The Aura Will Prevail came out that year, no one bought the LP for its occasional R&B vocal — the main attraction was Duke’s keyboard playing. “Fools” is a melancholy soul ballad that finds him singing lead and predicts what was to come on R&B-oriented releases like Don’t Let Go (1978) and Master of the Game (1979), but it isn’t typical of the album on the whole. This is a fusion effort first and foremost, and Duke has plenty of room to stretch out and improvise on instrumentals that range from the insistent “Floop de Loop” to the Brazilian-influenced “Malibu” (which shouldn’t be confused with the Hole/Courtney Love gem). Two of the songs were written or co-written by Frank Zappa: the fusion instrumental “Echidna’s Arf” and the gospel-minded soul item “Uncle Remus” (another tune that gives Duke a chance to sing lead). Without question, The Aura Will Prevail is among this artist’s finest fusion-oriented albums. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: George Duke (keboards, vocals); Alphonso Johnson (bass); Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (durms); Airto Moreira (percussion); Sylvia Saint James (vocals); Kathy Woehrle (vocals).

Tracklist

01. Dawn
02. For Love
03. Foosh
04. Froop De Loop
05. Malibu
06. Fools
07. Echidna’s Arf
08. Uncle Remus
09. The Aura

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Stelvio Cipriani – Mark Il Poliziotto

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Soundtrack to one of the top Italian cop movies directed by Stelvio Massi in 1975. Features 15 tracks composed & conducted by Stelvio Cipriani, including 1 previously unreleased track, ‘La Fine Di Cobb’ (alternate version).

Tracklist

01. Mark Il Poliziotto
02. La Fine Di Cobb
02. Lei E La Madre
04. Bambole Di Droga
05. Kruber Il Tedesco
06. Mercato
07. Nella Stanza Di Lei
08. Perquisizione
09. Grattacieli Di Vetro
10. L’Agguato
11. Tenerezza
12. Porte Chiuse
13. Disperazione Di Mark
14. Attraverso La Frontiera
15. La Fine Di Cobb (Alternate Version)

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Grover Washington Jr. – Feels So Good

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When Feels So Good was originally issued in 1975, few probably realized that it was destined to be a classic album, virtually defining smooth jazz at its very best. Grover Washington Jr.’s saxophone approach remains beautifully melodious yet powerfully resolute. Bob James not only contributed tasty keyboards but arrangements as well, providing Washington (and others) with opulent and pulsing frameworks for soloing. Each track is the optimum length, with plenty of room to stretch out without any monotony setting in. (cduniverse)

Arranger: Bob James.

Personnel: Eric Gale (guitar); Barry Finclair, Lewis Eley, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Raoul Poliakin, Max Ellen, Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Manny Vardi, Al Brown (viola); Seymour Barab, Charles McCracken (cello); Sid Weinberg (oboe); Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Bob Millikan, John Frosk (trumpet); Barry Rogers (trombone); Dave Taylor, Alan Raph (bass trombone); Gary King, Louis Johnson (bass guitar); Kenneth “Spider Webb” Rice , Jimmy Madison, Steve Gadd (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Tracklist

01. The Sea Lion
02. Moonstreams
03. Knucklehead
04. It Feels So Good
05. Hydra

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Janko Nilovic – Soul Impressions

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Recorded in 1975 and released on the legendary library music label Montparnasse 2000, Soul Impressions condenses the entire mastery and inspiration of the brilliant Franco -Yugoslav composer Janko Nilovic into 12 generous tracks !

Tracklist

01. Hippocampus
02. Open Country
03. Crazy Enterprise
04. Soul Impressions
05. Lettre De Mer
06. Drug Song
07. Man Of Genius
08. Push Push
09. Black Swan Lake
10. Lady Day
11. To and Fro
12. Family Tree

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Phil Ranelin – Vibes from the Tribe

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An excellent lost classic from Detroit soul jazz powerhouse Phil Ranelin! Trombonist Ranelin was one of the key figures in the city’s Tribe Records scene – and this album is one of the greatest that the label ever issued. The set features Ranelin on trombone, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Kenny Cox on electric piano, and Harold McKinney on piano – plus other luminaries from the incredibly strong Detroit scene of the time. The set includes the funky classic “Sounds From The Village”, the slow spacey breakbeat number “Vibes From The Tribe”, and the jazzy groover “For The Children”. Also includes “He The One We All Knew”, an extended piece that features members of The Griot Galaxy – and the reissue features 3 bonus tracks “Vibes From The Tribe (extended)”, “Vibes From The Tribe (8 track)”, and “Sounds From The Village (extended)”.

Tracklist

01. Vibes From The Tribe
02. Sounds From The Village
03. Wife
04. For The Children
05. He The One We All Knew
06. Vibes From The Tribe (Extended)
07. Vibes From The Tribe (8-trk Version)
08. Sounds From The Village (Extended)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Klemmer – Touch

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Originally recorded in the mid-70′s, who could ever forget the sax sounds of John Klemmer! A one-of-a-kind wonder where the artistry came together perfectly.

The title song “Touch” is the opening number and was a big hit back in its day. It still sounds fresh today. “Sleeping Eyes” is riveting full of soul with John on the sax and Dave Grusin on the keyboards. Other musicians that round out the group are two from Tom Scott’s L.A. Express. “Body Pulse” is pretty hot. “Tone Row Weaver” begins very toned-down but hold on as it builds into an 8-minute long seering number.

Smooth jazz stations still play this one 30 years later. While some purport this sound to be the predecessor to the “smooth jazz” genre, I feel it is a perfect balance between the hot sounds of the 60′s and the cool sax sounds of the 80′s. This is a fine collection that is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Pure joy!

Tracklist

01. Touch
02. Glass Dolphins
03. Waterwheels
04. Free Fall Lover
05. Sleeping Eyes
07. Body Pulse
08. Walk With Me My Love And Dream

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Roy Porter Sound Machine – Inner Feelings

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A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album’s got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that’s highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – somewhat similar to Redd Holt’s excellent albums for the Paula label. Roy plays drums, percussion, and sings a bit – and the grooves run from break-heavy instrumentals to even cooler numbers that bring in more of a sense of flow and soul – really opening things up beyond any simple 70s jazz funk cliches, and hitting some really wicked new territory! Instrumentation includes plenty of great horns, electric piano, guitar, and even a bit of Arp – all used in really inventive anc reative ways. Titles include the classic crate-digging favorites “Panama” and “Party Time”, plus a vocal version of “Jessica”, a cover of Jobim’s “Waver-ing”, and another nice original called “Funny Feelin’”! Tremendous stuff all the way through

Tracklist

01. Party Time
02. Love You
03. Panama
04. Jessica
05. Funny Feeling
06. Waver-Ing
07. Out On The Town Tonight
08. Givin’ Me The Blues

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

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

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1992 – Full Time Love
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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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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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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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Billy Cobham – A Funky Thide Of Sings

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After a string of successful solo efforts, Billy Cobham began to slip into mediocrity beginning with this recording, originally released in 1975. While elements of funk were always a part of his band’s sound, it was now the primary focus. “Panhandler” stands out as the session’s most memorable composition, while Milcho Leviev contributes nicely on “Moody Modes.” Cobham fans will want to seek this out for the extended drum solo “A Funky Kind of Thing,” which stands as one of the most original drum solos he ever recorded.

Tracklist

01. Panhandler
02. Sorcery
03. A Funky Thide Of Sings
04. Thinking Of You
05. Some Skunk Funk
06. Light At The End Of The Tunnel
07. A Funky Kind Of Thing
08. Moody Modes

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Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms

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A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album’s one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it’s filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic “African Rhythms” and “Liberation Dues”. Other titles include “Kazi”, “Funky Wood”, “Don’t Give Up”, “Poo Too”, and “Incognito”.

Tracklist

01. African Rhythms
02. Kazi
03. Funky Wood
04. Tarishi
05. Mashariki
06. Chants
07. Don’t Give Up
08. Icognito
09. Poo Too
10. Liberation Dues
11. Liberation Dues (Instrumental)
12. African Rhythms (45 Version)

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Blue Mitchell – Stratosonic Nuances

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Blue Mitchell was born March 13, 1930 in Miami, Florida. He took up trumpet in high school where he acquired his nickname. After high school, he toured with R&B bands led by Paul Williams, Earl Bostic, and Chuck Willis. After returning to Miami, he was heard by Cannonball Adderly, who took him to New York to record for Riverside in 1958. Mitchell gained a reputation working with Horace Silver’s quintet from 1958 to March of 1964, where his lyrical playing and beautiful tone perfectly complemented Silver’s simplified, soulful brand of bop. When Silver disbanded in 1963, Mitchell formed his own group, employing most of his fellow musicians, with Silver’s place being taken by Chick Corea. This band continued until the end of the decade, at which time Mitchell joined the band that was backing Ray Charles. During the early 70s, Mitchell played with a number of artists in fields outside jazz, notably bluesman John Mayall and popular singers such as Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. Resident in Los Angeles from the mid-70s, Mitchell freelanced in both small and big bands, including those led by Harold Land, Louie Bellson and Bill Berry.

Blue Mitchell died of cancer on May 21st 1979 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49.

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Tracklist

01. Satin Soul
02. Creepin’
03. Bump It
04. Nutty
05. Melody For Thelma

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Michel Sardaby – Gail

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Michel Sardaby was born in 1935 in Martinique. He learned to play the piano when he was 5 years old; in the brasserie of his father in Fort-de-France, where music was constantly played. At 10 years age, Michel is a noted prodigy, playing with the passion of with experienced musicians. He goes to Paris where he continues his studies of art at the Boulle School until obtaining his diploma in 1956, at which point he decides to devote himself exclusively to his career of being a professional jazz pianist. Throughout the 60s, he played piano with blues musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson and T-Bone Walker, at the same time beginning to release more jazz-focused solo albums.Michel has been active on the European scene, especially in Paris where he resides.

Tracklist

01. Gail
02. Spindrift
03. Ten Kisses Short As One
04. Welcome New Warmth
05. Help Me Belong Here
06. Song For My Children
07. One Long As Twenty
08. Sambando Nas Ondas

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Michael Longo – 900 Shares of the Blues

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A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing’s done in a really laidback style that’s simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the keys over rhythm by Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, and Ralph MacDonald – and Joe Farrell and Randy Brecker add in some great horn work that fleshes out the tunes with a deeply soulful jazzy feel. The whole album’s great, with a range of moods, emotions, and grooves that Longo hardly ever hit again – and titles include “Summers Gone”, “El Moodo Grande”, “Like a Thief In the Night”, “Ocean of His Might”, and “Magic Number”.

Tracklist

01. 900 Shares Of The Blues
02. Like a Thief In The Night
03. Ocean Of His Might
04. Magic Number
05. Summers Gone
06. El Moodo Grande

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Nino Rapicavoli – Divagazioni

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Tracklist

01. Territoire
02. Premier
03. Metafora
04. Diritto
05. Erea
06. Fidele
07. Isinto
08. Altimetria
09. Autogena
10. Corpus

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