Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Vibrations

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Whenever someone makes the transition from jazz instrumentalist to R&B singer, he/she is bound to be lambasted by jazz purists and denounced as a sellout. Roy Ayers was no exception — like George Benson, George Duke, and Patrice Rushen, Ayers was frequently attacked by jazz’s hardcore in the late ’70s for turning away from instrumental jazz and making vocal-oriented soul and funk his main focus. But what didn’t interest jazz snobs excited R&B lovers, who found a lot to admire about Vibrations and other Ayers albums from that period. This 1976 LP boasted the moody hit “Searching,” which has jazz overtones but is essentially an R&B song, and the title track which has become nothing less less than a funky soul classic. Ayers and his band Ubiquity are also quite appealing on gems that range from the sweaty, driving funk of “One Sweet Love to Remember,” “Moving Grooving,” “Higher,” and “Domelo (Give It to Me),” to mellow quiet storm numbers like “Baby, You Give Me a Feeling” and “Baby, I Need Your Love.” With Vibrations, Ayers reminded us that jazz’s loss was certainly soul/funk’s gain. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Domelo (Give It To Me)
02. Baby I Need Your Love
03. Higher
04. The Memory
05. Come Out and Play
06. Better Days
07. Searching
08. One Sweet Love To Remember
09. Vibrations
10. Moving Grooving
11. Baby You Give Me A Feeling

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Armando Trovaioli – Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta

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

Tracklist

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

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Ronnie Laws – Fever

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When Ronnie Laws first started recording as a leader in 1975, one of the saxman’s strongest allies was Wayne Henderson. That trombonist and founding member of the Crusaders (originally the Jazz Crusaders) was an expert when it came to combining the accessibility of soul and funk with the freedom of jazz, and his guidance proved to be a definite asset when he produced early Laws albums like Pressure Sensitive (1975) and Fever (1976). The popular Grover Washington, Jr. was a strong influence on Laws, whose appreciation of Mr. Magic asserts itself on everything from the funky “Let’s Keep It Together” and the gritty “Captain Midnight” to Bobby Lyle’s alluring “Night Breeze.” This isn’t to say that Laws was a Washington clone, or that he unaware of other soul-jazz saxmen like Eddie Harris and David “Fathead” Newman. Laws, in fact, was quite recognizable himself on both tenor and soprano. One tune that definitely isn’t in the soul-jazz vein is “From Ronnie with Love,” an angular, cerebral post-bop offering that isn’t unlike something Jackie McLean would do. Because Laws has recorded so many throwaways, one has to approach his catalog with caution; but rest assured that Fever puts his talent to work instead of wasting it. ~ Alex Henderson

Tracklist

01. Let’s Keep It Together
02. Fever
03. All The Time
04. Stay Still (and Let Me Love You)
05. Strugglin’
06. Captain Midnight
07. Karmen
08. Night Breeze
09. From Ronnie with Love

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Grover Washington Jr – A Secret Place

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A Secret Place was produced by Creed Taylor and issued on his Kudu imprint, while the versatile David Matthews arranged the horn section. This lineup may not be surprising, but the scope of the recording is. Washington could have gone the easy route and followed up his R&B chart success with a series of uptempo, rousing tracks that leaned heavier on funk–in the style of the title tracks of both his previous albums, 1974′s Mister Magic and 1975′s Feel So Good. But he went in a different direction, at least partially. The bottom line on A Secret Place is that while the set did well commercially, it got nowhere near the critical praise of its predecessors. That’s a shame, because it is a truly fine album whose grooves and pleasures stand the test of time easily.(cduniverse)

Personnel: Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Gale , Steve Khan (guitar); Gerry Niewood (saxophone, alto saxophone); John Gatchell, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Dave Grusin (piano); Anthony Jackson (bass instrument); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Tracklist

01. A Secret Place
02. Dolphin Dance
03. Not Yet
04. Love Makes It Better

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Franco Micalizzi – Roma A Mano Armata

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Funky Franco Micalizzi – the soundtrack to the mid 70s Italian crime drama Roma A Mano Aramata – prime pulpy grooves laid down for the Umberto Lenzi film! It’s great stuff, funky drums and bassline puncuated by brass, flute and tense strings – with a heavy, insistent groove all the way, with a few slower and quieter sequences setting up some drama to come before falling headfirst into the more action oriented style. (dustygroove)

Tracklist

01. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 1
02. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 2
03. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 3
04. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 4
05. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 5
06. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 6
07. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 7
08. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 8
09. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 9
10. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 10
11. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 11
12. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 12
13. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 13
14. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 14
15. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 15
16. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 16
17. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 17

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Franco Micalizzi – Laure

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Digitmovies ventures again into the territory of erotism with this release of a musical rarity: The complete and full stereo OST by Franco Micalizzi for the movie “Laure” directed and starred in 1975 by Emmanuelle Arsan.

Tracklist

01. Laure (Theme Song)
02. Mara’s Theme
03. Emmelle
04. Laure
05. Manile
06. Crescendo
07. Laure (# 2)
08. Mara’s Theme (# 2)
09. Laure (# 3)
10. Emmelle (# 2)
11. Atmosfera A Manila
12. Laure (# 4 – Inciso)
13. Mara’s Theme (# 3 – Versione Veloce)
14. Laure (# 5 – Libero)
15. Mara’s Theme (# 4)
16. Laure (# 6 – Inciso 2)
17. Mara’s Theme (# 5)
18. Laure (# 7 – Tema Completo)

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Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius

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With one album, this self-titled first release, bass phenomenon Jaco Pastorius was catapulted into the position of the greatest electric bass player that ever lived. Officially discovered by Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby, Jaco’s revolutionary use of the bass as a solo instrument made him one of the most compelling instrumentalists of the electric era. Indeed, this record marked a turning point in the history of music–from the period before Jaco Pastorius and the period since.

Personnel includes: Jaco Pastorius (bass); Sam Moore, Dave Prater (vocals); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Peter Graves (bass trombone); Peter Gordon (French horn); Hubert Laws (piccolo); Max Pollikoff, Arnold Black (violin); Julian Barber, Al Brown (viola); Kermit Moore, Beverly Lauridsen (cello); Herbie Hancock (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Alex Darqui (Fender Rhodes piano); Homer Mensch (acoustic bass); Narada Michael Walden, Lenny White, Bobby Economou (drums); Othello Molineaux, Leroy Williams (steel drums); Don Alias (bongos, congas, bells, okonko y iya, afuche, percussion).

Tracklist

01. Donna Lee
02. Come On, Come Over
03. Continuum
04. Kuru/Speak Like A child
05. Portrait Of Tracy
06. Opus Pocus
07. Okonkole Y Trompa
08. (Used To Be A) cha-cha
09. Forgotten Love
10. (Used To Be A) Cha-cha (Previously Unreleased) (Alternate Take)
11. 6/4 Jam (Previously Unreleased

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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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Miroslav Vitous – Magical Shepherd

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Miroslav Vitous is best known as one of the foremost young bassists in the jazz-rock movement of the late 60′s and early 70′s. He was a founding member of Weather Report and made numerous solo albums. This album, Magical Shepherd, is making its worldwide CD debut. It features such jazz luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette & Airto Moreira.

Tracklist

01. Basic Laws
02. New York City
03. Synthesizers Dance
04. Magical Shepherd
05. From Far Away
06. Aim Your Eye

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Franco Micalizzi – Italia A Mano Armata

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Awesome soundtrack of the italian movie “Italia A Mano Armata” by Franco Micalizzi!

Tracklist

01. The Criminal Gang
02. A Dirty Trick
03. The Cruel Kidnapper
04. Hunting The Gang
05. The False Hostage
06. Temptation And Siege
07. The Child And Her Sister
08. Hard Falling
09. The Pleasant Visit
10. A Man Befor Your Time
11. Shall We Dance
12. A Nosy Guy
13. Too Much Nosy
14. Death In The Cave
15. The No-Peace Pursuit
16. A Tree Could Hurt
17. A Snare For Betti
18. An Angel, A Devil
19. Damned Bricks
20. Machinegun Death
21. Black and White Ending
22. The Criminal Gang
23. Tiny Armed Suite
24. Detecting The Boss

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Charles Earland – Odyssey

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After his run of funky organ records for Prestige in the early 70s, Charles took a similar route to Herbie and others, and picked up a host of electric keyboards for his spacey fusion records on Mercury. The core of Earland’s groove here is the Arp, which he plays masterfully – running from tight funky melodies to wilder outer spacier sounds. The groups that back him up include many crack 70s fusion players – and the record has a style that’s overall more slick and sophisticated than his Prestige sessions.

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Tracklist

01. Intergalactic Love Song
02. Sons Of The Gods
03. Cosmic Fever
04. From My Heart To Yours
05. We All Live In The Jungle
06. Phire
07. Journey Of The Soul

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Gong – Shamal

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By 1975, all Gong’s rough edges were sanded away. Erstwhile leader Daevid Allen took his spacy/psychedelic hippie mythology with him when he left in ’74. In it’s place, the remaining members (vocalist Gilli Smyth and synth player Tim Blake had also departed) pursued a jazz-rock fusion sound and a group-led dynamic, with all members contributing ideas. SHAMAL is full of ultimately satisfying mid-’70s fusion, but the final traces of the old Gong can still be heard in Didier Malherbe’s whimsical sax lines, bassist Mike Howlett’s occasional vocals/lyrics and the biting guitar of Steve Hillage (at this point merely a guest musician). It’s ironic that it was produced by Nick Mason since it’s far from Gong’s Pink Floydish space-rock origins, but SHAMAL is the first and probably the best of the Gong Mark II albums.

Tracklist

01. Wingful Of Eyes
02. Chandra
03. Bombooji
04. Cat In Clark’s Shoes
05. Mandrake
06. Shamal

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Nathan Davis – If

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The album ‘If’ was released on Nathan Davis’s tiny bespoke Tomorrow International record label in 1976 and only 1000 copies were ever pressed. Davis leads his super-funky group along the narrow path between jazz and funk that so many failed to navigate successfully in the second-half of the 1970s. It’s an album by an artist who is a musician’s musician. More importantly – it’s a killer! Nathan Davis’s career has made him a connoisseur’s favourite and his records are all extremely collectable. In the 1960s Davis was drafted into the US army, and was based in Germany and France (working with everyone from Art Blakey to Donald Byrd and Ray Charles). Davis also worked as musical director of a TV and radio station, wrote film scores, studied anthropology at the Sorbonne and released a number of important records. He returned to the US at the end of the 60s and continued to release a number of amazing jazz records – all of which have now been long out of print. His avoidance of the major record industry, working instead with various small independent labels with limited distribution has made all his releases very collectible. But have no doubt; Davis is one of the most important jazz artists of his time with a 50-year career span that continues to this day. The early Tomorrow International releases, especially ‘If’ have become serious collector’s items, as indeed have most of Nathan Davis’s catalogue of recordings. Today, more people want these records than when they were first made and demand outstrips supply. Those who own Nathan Davis albums don’t sell them – and none more so than ‘If’.

Tracklist

01. Stick Buddy
02. If
03. Bahia
04. African Boogie
05. Tragic Magic
06. A Thought For Cannon (Dedicated To Julian Cannonball Adderley)
07. New Orleans
08. Mr. Five By Five

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André Ceccarelli – Rythmes

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Tracklist

01. Panier A Crabes
02. Regis Song
03. Funk No. 3
04. Dindou No. 1
05. 4ème Gauche
06. Magasins D’Usines
07. Bossa For My Feet
08. Funk No. 4
09. Beautiful Country
10. Gang Progress
11. Papa Song
12. Funk No. 2
13. Funo No. 1
14. X
15. Stock No. 1
16. Samba For D
17. For D
18. Dindou No. 2
19. Boxing No. 1
20. Ponctuations No. 1
21. Ponctuations No. 2
22. Ponctuations No. 3
23. Ponctuations No. 4
24. Ponctuations No. 5
25. D d No. 1
26. D d No. 2
27. D d No. 3
28. D d No. 4
29. Ponctuations No. 6
30. Ponctuations No. 7
31. Ponctuations No. 8
32. Ponctuations No. 9

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Dexter Wansel – Life on Mars

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Keyboardist/arranger/producer/recording artist Dexter Wansel can be heard throughout the catalog of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. In 1975, Wansel met Gamble & Huff when he was a member of a band called Yellow Sunshine, which also boasted guitarist Roland Chambers who would later become a part of MFSB, the house band for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. Becoming a part of the staff creative collective, Wansel began arranging, playing keyboards, and writing songs for the label’s acts including the O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, and the Intruders, among others. His skills can be heard on non-PIR sides like Jermaine Jackson’s “Where Are You Now” from his gold LP Let’s Get Serious and “Tonight” from Junior’s Acquired Taste LP. His frequent songwriting partners were Cynthia Biggs, Bunny Sigler, and T. Life. A synth pioneer, Wansel’s first LP arranging assignment was several tracks on Carl Carlton’s 1975 LP, I Wanna Be With You, produced by Bunny Sigler. A Biggs/Wansel song, “The Sweetest Pain,” a duet between Wansel and Jean Carn, originally a 1979 single from Wansel’s Time Is Slipping Away LP, was a popular radio-aired LP from Loose Ends’ Zagora LP. Wansel’s own charting LPs were Life on Mars from summer 1976 (includes two tracks with Instant Funk, “Life on Mars” and You Can Be What You Wanna Be”), What the World Is Coming To, Voyager (with its great space-age oriented graphics) from spring 1978, and Time Is Slipping Away from 1979. Several tracks from his LPs were radio-aired LP tracks (the lushly orchestrated Theme From the Planets,” the spacy, funky “Disco Lights”) During the ’90s, Wansel continued to work with the reactivated Philadelphia International Records and occasionally toured.

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Tracklist

01. A Profhet Named K.G.
02. Life On Mars
03. Together Once Again
04. Stargazer
05. One Million Miles From Ground
06. You Can Be What You Wanna Be
07. Theme From The Planets
08. Rings Of Saturn

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Leon Ware – Musical Massage + (Expanded & Remastered)

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Leon Ware’s classic Motown offering from 1976 came about as the result of another classic recording done by Marvin Gaye. Ware had written the single “I Want You” for a demo recording to score T-Boy Ross a recording contract with Motown. Berry Gordy heard it and told Ware he had to have the song for Marvin Gaye’s next single. He took it to Gaye, who also loved it. Later, as Ware finished the tracks and orchestrations for his own album, he was playing it back for friends at Gaye’s home when Marvin came out of a bedroom to inquire about what it was. He asked for — and received — all the tracks from Ware for the legendary I Want You album. This left Ware no choice but to compose an entirely new set of songs for his own record; the result is Musical Massage. (It should be noted that, according to Ware, Gordy, Gaye, and others felt he should also give this album away as a follow-up to I Want You, but Ware refused.) Musical Massage is the perfect mix of soul, light funk, jazz, and what was about to become the rhythmic foundation for disco. Picture the Motown song orchestrations with arrangements by Barry White for the Salsoul Orchestra and you get a bit of the picture. The disc opens with two smooth soul wonders in “Learning How to Love You” and “Instant Love.” Strings dominate the melodic arrangement and Ware croons directly to them as Ray Parker, Jr. fills the lines with a silky but chunky guitar. Ware’s mellifluous tenor is deep in the swell of strings and guitars as the rest of the band provides a shimmering backbeat for his soul crooning. On a re-recording of the track “Body Heat” — which Ware had recorded as a duet with Minnie Riperton for Quincy Jones’ album of the same name a year earlier — Parker and bassist Chuck Rainey set a groove for Bongo Brown, Gary Coleman, and Bobbye Hall’s percussion orgy. Ware’s vocals, augmented by a three-piece female choir, cover the tune with dripping, seductive, sexual energy. Bobby Womack guests on the title track and “Holiday,” while Gaye also lends a hand on the latter. Both tracks are spurious soul-funk workouts with fat, smooth grooves underlying Ware’s gorgeous voice that melts the heart strings like butter, sounding like the whispering of satin sheets. Produced by Ware with Hal Davis and engineer Cal Harris, the disc has the same sweet, swaying feel as Gaye’s I Want You but is a bit tougher, a little funkier in the breaks. The string arrangements by Dave Blumbery and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson are among the best the Motown studios issued to date. Ultimately, Musical Massage is a little-known classic from the supposedly twilight years of Motown. This record reveals Ware as a talented but undercelebrated visionary; he envisioned the evolution of soul and went about to bring it to fruition. Musical Massage is a watermark not only for Ware, but for Motown as well.

I’m posting 2 different version beacause the Expanded edition of the original Musical Massage album contains an additional 5 bonus tracks from the Marvin Gaye ‘I Want You’ sessions and comprehensive liner notes but looses 2 tracks from the original release.

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Tracklist – Original Release

01. Learning How To Love You
02. Instant Love with Minnie Riperton
03. Body Heat
04. Share Your Love
05. Holiday with Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye
06. Phantom Lover
07. Journey Into You
08. Musical Massage with Bobby Womack
09. Comfort (AKA Come Live With Me, Angel) with Minnie Riperton
10. Long Time No See
11. With You
12. I Wanna Be Where You Are
13. French Waltz
14. Best Of Both Worlds
15. Turn Out The Light

Tracklist – Expanded & Remastered

01. Learning How To Love You
02. Instant Love with Minnie Riperton
03. Body Heat
04. Share Your Love
05. Holiday with Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye
06. Phantom Lover
07. Journey Into You
08. Musical Massage with Bobby Womack
09. French Waltz
10. Turn Out The Light
11. I Wanna Be Where You Are
12. Comfort (AKA Come Live With Me, Angel) with Minnie Riperton
13. Long Time No See
14. Don’t You Wanna Come
15. You Are The Way You Are

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Miles Davis Albums!

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis’ ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland; and drummers Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

On October 7, 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz”.

On November 5, 2009, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the US House of Representatives to recognize and commemorate the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The measure also affirms jazz as a national treasure and “encourages the United States government to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music.” It passed, unanimously, with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009.

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Click on Read more and then you can find 115 Album, if you notes any missed album please leave a comment or contact me at mail ;)
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Nat Adderley Septet – Don’t Look Back

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Tracklist

01. Funny Funny
02. K. High
03. Just a Quickie
04. I Think I Got It
05. Home
06. Don’t Look Back
07. Home [Take 1]

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Frank Strazzeri – After The Rain

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A solid pianist long based in the Los Angeles area, Frank Strazzeri has been in demand for straight-ahead sessions for decades. Although he originally started playing tenor and clarinet when he was 12, Strazzeri soon switched to piano. After studying at the Eastman School, he became the house pianist at a jazz club in Rochester in 1952, where he was able to accompany top jazz artists (including Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday). In 1954, Strazzeri moved to New Orleans, where he played Dixieland with Sharkey Bonano and Al Hirt. That, however, was just a temporary departure, for he was always a bop-based player. Strazzeri worked with Charlie Ventura (1957-1958) and Woody Herman (1959), before settling permanently in Los Angeles in 1960. He became a studio musician, appeared on many sessions and worked with the who’s who of West Coast jazz. Strazzeri had opportunities to tour with Joe Williams and Maynard Ferguson, and was with Les Brown’s big band from 1971-1974. Among his other musical associations have been Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Louie Bellson, and Chet Baker, among many others, in addition to working with his own trios. As a leader, Strazzeri has headed sessions for Revelation, Glendale, Sea Breeze, Catalyst, Discovery, and Fresh Sound.

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01. After The Rain
02. Philadelphia Flyer
03. Rush Hour
04. Blue Dawn
05. The Third Eye
06. Cloudburst

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