The Red Garland Quintet – All Mornin’ Long

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On November 15, 1957, a quintet headed by pianist Red Garland recorded enough material for two records. This CD reissue (whose companion is Soul Junction) has a 20-minute version of “All Mornin’ Long,” along with briefer renditions of “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (a mere ten minutes) and Tadd Dameron’s “Our Delight.” More important than the material is that, in addition to Garland, the main soloists are John Coltrane and trumpeter Donald Byrd. Byrd was on his way to getting his sound together, while Trane, very much in his sheets-of-sound period, was already blazing a new path for jazz to follow. An excellent and often quite colorful jam session-flavored hard bop set. ~ Scott Yanow

Personnel: Red Garland (piano); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); George Joyner (bass); Arthur Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. All Morning Long
02. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
03. Our Delight

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George Russell Sextet – Ezz-Thetics

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George Russell is listed in the Encyclopedia of Jazz as “composer, piano, educator” and all of these are accurate descriptions of this dynamic musical revolutionary. But in the early Sixties he also spent some exciting years as a bandleader, presenting his Lydian and pan-tonal concepts in action and helping vitally in the rise to prominence of two significant innovators of the period: Eric Dolphy and Don Ellis. Both men play major roles in this 1961 album by probably the best of Russell’s small groups, which includes one of Dolphy’s most lasting celebrated recorded efforts–his astonishing bass clarinet solo on the Thelonious Monk classic, “‘Round Midnight.”

Personnel: George Russell (piano); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet); Stephen Swallow (bass); Joe Hunt (drums); Dave Baker (trombone); Don Ellis (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Ezz-Thetics
02. Nardis
03. Lydiot
04. Thoughts
05. Honesty
06. ‘Round Midnight
07. Kige’s Tune (take 2)
08. Kige’s Tune (take 5)

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Roy Ayers – Ubiquity

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Roy Ayers’ leap to the Polydor label inaugurates his music’s evolution away from the more traditional jazz of his earlier Atlantic LPs toward the infectious, funk-inspired fusion that still divides critics and fans even decades after the fact. Although Ubiquity maintains one foot in Ayers’ hard bop origins, the record favors soulful grooves and sun-kissed textures that flirt openly and unapologetically with commercial tastes. Several cuts feature the male/female vocals that would become a hallmark of subsequent Ubiquity efforts, while mid-tempo instrumentals like “Pretty Brown Skin” and “The Painted Desert” feature evocatively cinematic arrangements and intriguing solos that unfurl like psychedelic freak flags. The crack supporting cast including bassist John Williams, keyboardist Harry Whitaker, and drummer Alphonso Mouzon proves equally effective on high-energy numbers like “Can You Dig It” and the Nat Adderley-penned “Hummin’ in the Sun,” which point the way to the mind-expanding funk Ayers would perfect across the sessions to follow. An outstanding record. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Pretty Brown Skin
02. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
03. I can’t Help Myself
04. Love
05. The Fuzz
06. Hummin’
07. Can You Dig It
08. Painted Desert
09. He Gives Us All His Love

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Fat Thumbs Ronnie (A Unity Sextet Release) – Time To Shine

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When The Unity Sextet released their debut album in January 2012 it came as a real surprise. Rarely in the last few years have a full-on live band captured the spectrum that the sextet embraced with their unique sound-scape: the open-minded grooves of the Sixties, the spiritual instrumental craftsmanship of the Seventies, the sense of globality discovered with Acid Jazz in the Eighties, the immediacy and realness of Nineties’ HipHop, all captured in a style and sound which is distinctively “Now”. With “Time To Shine” Buddy Franco, Fats Young Jr., Cassius Farqhuar, Junior Oliver, Chuck Waldron and ‘Fat Thumbs’ Ronnie introduce the second chapter of their musical story. Fat Thumbs Ronnie, piano wizard and master of synthesizers, already worked on a collection of his own compositions during the initial Unity Sextet album sessions, but only during this summer after the release of his band’s album was he ready to record. Needless to say, the whole Unity team was on the spot, joined by guest musicians Lukas Drinkwater on guitar and Charlie Hearnshaw on saxophone.

“Time To Shine”, as Ronnie calls his debut solo collection of eleven tracks, is a love affair with cinematic, eclectic rhythms and some virtuoso keyboard work, perfectly put into context by producer Lack Of Afro.

Tracklist

01. A Tenuous Link
02. The Playhouse
03. Holcomb
04. Interlude 4
05. Two Steps Forward
06. The Betrayal
07. Building Bridges
08. Interlude 5
09. Left Behind
10. Major Minus
11. A Parting Gesture

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Dizzy Gillespie – Have Trumpet, Will Excite!

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It’s easy and perhaps unfair to take any later jazz album by a trendy, “hot” trumpeter and compare it to a classic like Have Trumpet, Will Excite!. Critics and fans have been afforded the luxury of time to weed out half-efforts. Still, even without former knowledge of who Dizzy Gillespie is, Have Trumpet, Will Excite! separates itself from the crowd pretty quickly. The Latin up-tempo arrangement of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” thrusts the song into an entirely different realm. Junior Mance’s piano kicks things of with a quirky, forceful rhythm, and after Gillespie’s trumpet lays down the bare bones of the melody, it’s pretty much forgotten. From there, the band takes off on a creative surge. The same is true of “My Man.” A brave arrangement, kicked off by piano and outlined by trumpet, completely rewrites the piece. “Sure,” Gillespie and the band, seem to say, “We can play old swing tunes, but wouldn’t it be cool if we turned them inside out?” This approach, along with sharp solos, gives the material an exciting edge. Gillespie’s solo on “St. Louis Blues” just soars, while Les Spann, who plays both flute and guitar on the album, follows him with a bristly guitar solo. Mance offers distinctive piano work that matches Gillespie’s enthusiasm on tunes like “Woody ‘N’ You,” while bassist Sam Jones and drummer Lex Humphries keep a high-octane rhythm in constant motion. Have Trumpet, Will Excite! more than measures up to its promise and stands as a cornerstone of Gillespie’s ’50s work. (allmusic)

Personnel: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Les Spann (flute, guitar); Junior Mance (piano); Sam Jones (bass).

Tracklist

01. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
02. My Man
03. Moonglow
04. St. Louis Blues
05. Woody ‘N’ You
06. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (and Dream Your Troubles Away)
07. There Is No Greater Love
08. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
09. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
10. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
11. There Is No Greater Love (Alternative Take)
12. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) (Alternative Take)

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Joe Henderson – Inner Urge

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This early recording by Joe Henderson is not only one of the finest of all of his fine recordings, but is also a high point for 1960s jazz. At this point in his career, Henderson was a full-time member of Horace Silver’s combo and did not yet have a steady band in his hire. He is joined on Inner Urge by veterans of other combos: McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones from John Coltrane’s unit and Sonny Rollins sideman Bob Cranshaw. The presence of these luminaries aside, Inner Urge is home to two of Henderson’s best (and best-loved) compositions: “Inner Urge” and “Isotope.” The leader’s solo on the title track is a marvelous thing, full of melody as well as anarchic bursts of sound, which is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the song’s probing, searching theme. The other musicians support Henderson nicely as well as turning in some strong solos of their own. Tyner especially sounds fantastic on this record. Although not the equal of the leader in terms of the quality of his lines or the overall sense of composition of his solos, his performance is at least the rival of Henderson’s in terms of raw kinetic power. The other great song on “Inner Urge,” the Monk-ish “Isotope,” is another ideal showcase for Henderson’s total command of his instrument. The remaining tracks on Inner Urge are also fantastic, especially the wailing cry of “El Barrio” and the Henderson-altered head to “Night and Day,” but the first side, even if taken alone, is by itself enough to guarantee this album as perhaps the best Henderson recorded in his long and illustrious career, and stands easily alongside the best records of the era. (allmusic)

Personnel: Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Inner Urge
02. Isotope
03. El Barrio
04. You Know I Care
05. Night And Day

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Thelonious Monk – The Unique Thelonious Monk

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The seven-song Unique Thelonious Monk (1956) platter was the pianist’s second during his remarkable five-year tenure on Riverside. His debut for the label was the aptly titled Plays Duke Ellington (1955) and once again, on this disc, Monk’s song selection did not feature any original compositions. Rather, the well-chosen standards included exemplify and help further establish the pianist and bandleader within the context of familiar melodies at the head of a trio — consisting of Oscar Pettiford (bass) and Art Blakey (drums). Regarding the personnel, while Pettiford had also accompanied Monk on the Ellington sides, Blakey replaces Kenny Clarke. The trio struts and glides as Monk’s intricate fingering simultaneously displays his physical dexterity as well as his ability to play so deftly in the moment. Both attributes would resurface ten-fold once Monk began to animate his own compositions on the genre-defining Brilliant Corners (1956). (allmusic)

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Oscar Pettiford (bass); Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey (drums).

Tracklist

01. Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away)
02. Memories Of You
03. Honeysuckle Rose
04. Darn That Dream
05. Tea For Two
06. You Are Too Beautiful
07. Just You, Just Me

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

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An absolutely wonderful 1961 set from Blakey and company, who demonstrate here how to be note-perfect without leeching away the emotion of a performance. Aside from Blakey’s divine drum work, the standouts include Jaymie Merritt’s trippy bass fingerwork and Wayne Shorter blowing his heart out on tenor sax. (allmusic)

Personnel: Art Blakey (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Robert H. Timmons (piano); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Jymie Merrit (bass); Lee Morgan (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Alamode
02. Invitation
03. Circus
04. You Don’t Know What Love Is
05. I Hear A Rhapsody
06. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You

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Gizmo – Red Balloon

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Gizmo is widely recognized as a bassist and music director, but he has spent the last year working on his new album “Red Balloon,” where he is showcasing another, and perhaps the most captivating side of himself as a singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer. He has collaborated with many world-renowned musicians including Derrick Hodge, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, George W. Russell, Jr, Ilan Bar-Lavi, and co-producer Gabo Lugo to create a compelling record that expresses a personal side of GizmoRed Balloon is produced by Derrick Hodge (Robert Glasper Experiment) and features Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment / Q-Tip), Jamire Williams, Anna Wise of Sonnymoon and more.

For more info and buy check: www.gizmosound.com

Tracklist

01. Sleepblah (feat. Anna Wise)
02. Invalid (feat. Raydar Ellis)
03. Dancing (feat. Casey Benjamin & Jeremy Dejesus)
04. Lift Me Up (feat. Nick Hakim)
05. Near Me (Interlude)
06. Down (feat. William Gittens)
07. Red Balloon (feat. Jamire Williams)
08. Insane (feat. William Gittens)
09. My Country (Interlude)
10. People (feat. Derrick Hodge)
11. Elegua (a Prayer for the Children) [feat. Gregorio Bento, Gwen Bunn, Nick Hakim & William Gittens]
12. Use Somebody
13. Apologize (feat. George W. Russell, Jr. & Casey Benjamin)

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Bill Evans – The Interplay Sessions

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During the seven year span at Riverside that launched his career, Bill Evans only twice recorded outside his customary trio format: in the summer of 1962, when he went into the studio in quintet settings involving some of the major jazz artists of the period. The results are combined in this package.

Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Bill Evans (piano); Percy Heath, Ron Carter (bass guitar); Jim Hall (guitar); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. You And The Night And The Music
02. When You Wish Upon A Star
03. I’ll Never Sime Again
04. Interplay
05. You Got To My Head
06. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
07. Loose Bloose
08. Time Remembered
09. Funkallero
10. My Bells
11. There Came You
12. Fudgesickle Built For Four
13. Fun Ride

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Donald Byrd – Ethiopian Knights

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At about the same time that Miles Davis’ crew was populating the jazz world with their revolutionary fusion-isms, trumpeter Donald Byrd had returned from a trip to Africa and undergone an artistic epiphany. His Afrocentric explorations resulted in a number of beautiful albums, including 1971′s Ethiopian Knights, which postdated his incomparable hard bop work with the likes of Sonny Rollins and Pepper Adams, and landed just before his renowned album Blackbyrd and later ventures into radio-friendly R&B.

Ethiopian Knights stretches into experimental Bitche Brew territory with rock and soul-jazz rhythms, electronic keyboards, elastic structures and a battery of African percussion. Byrd employs a stellar line-up of West Coast jazz funkateers for these sessions, including the Jazz Crusaders’ Joe Sample and Wilton Felder, and Bobby Hutcherson with members of his band. The vibe here is loose and organic, with full doses of driving funk. Ethiopian Knights fills in an important chapter in the Donald Byrd story and makes for funky good listening. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Thurman Green (trombone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); William Henderson III (acoustic & electric pianos); Joe Sample (organ); Don Peake, Greg Poree, David T. Walker (guitar); Wilton Felder (electric bass); Edward Greene (drums); Bobbye Porter Hall (congas, tambourine).

Tracklist

01. The Emperor
02. Jamie
03. The Little Rasti

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 1-2-3-4

Blue Note released the 4 volumes of Blue Break Beats compilation in the ’90s. The music on Blue Break Beats dates from the late ’60s and early ’70s, when a large portion of Blue Note’s soul-jazz artists began experimenting with funk and rock, creating dense electric fusions that concentrated on rhythm, not improvisation. None of this music has ever received much critical praise from jazz purists, but in the late ’80s and early ’90s, scores of hip-hop and dance DJs discovered these old records and began sampling the original tracks to use in new rap and dance songs. This jazz-rap-funk fusion had become hip and profitable, which led Blue Note to assemble the Blue Break Beats compilations.

Blue Break Beats
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Tracklist

01. Richard Groove Holmes – Grooving With Mr G
02. Grant Green – Sookie Sookie
03. Lou Donaldson – Who’s Making Love
04. Donald Byrd – Weasil
05. Eddie Henderson – Kudu
06. Bobbi Humphrey – Harlem River Drive
07. Jimmy McGriff – Blue Juice
08. Grant Green – The Final Comedown
09. Lou Donaldson – Turtle Walk
10. The Three Sounds – Your Love Is Too Much
11. Donald Byrd – Blackjack
12. Herbie Hancock – Olilloqui Valley

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 2
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Tracklist

01. Donald Byrd – Street Lady
02. Bobbi Humphrey – Jasper Country Man
03. Eddie Henderson – Kumquat Kids
04. Gene Harris – Higga Boom
05. Reuben Wilson – Orange Peel
06. Jimmy McGriff – The Worm
07. Lou Donaldson – The Caterpillar
08. Grant Green – Ain’t It Funky Now
09. Bobby Hutcherson – Ummh
10. Blue Mitchell – Good Humour Man
11. Donald Byrd – Beale Street
12. Gerald Wilson – Viva Tirado

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 3
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Tracklist

01. Cannonball Adderley – Walk Tall
02. Lou Rawls – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
03. Lou Donaldson – Ode to Billie Joe
04. Reuben Wilson – Sho’ Nuff Melon
05. Jeremy Steig – Howling for Judy
06. Shirley Bassey-The Doors – Light My Fire
07. Lou Donaldson – It’s Your Thing
08. The 3 Sounds – Put on Train
09. Gene Harris – Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
10. Donald Byrd – (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes
11. Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
12. Joe Williams-Thad Jones – Get Out of My Life Woman
13. Duke Pearson – Ground Hog
14. Jackie McLean – Soul

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Blue Break Beats Vol. 4
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Tracklist

01. Gene Harris – Prelude
02. David Axelrod -Holy Thursday
03. The 3 Sounds – Sittin’ Duck
04. Buddy Rich – The Beat Goes On
05. Bob Dorough – Three Is a Magic Number
06. Banbara – Shack Up, Pt. 1-2
07. Sons – Boomp Boomp Chomp
08. Monk Higgins – Little Green Apples
09. Herbie Hancock – Bring Down the Birds
10. Ike & Tina Turner – Whole Lotta Love
11. The 3 Sounds – Repeat After Me
12. Eddie Henderson – Inside You
13. Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto
14. Paul Nero -This Is Soul

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Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi

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The title was heralding the newest technolgy, high fidelity, a sonic wonder that preceeded stereo, and Miss Vaughn was an early subject of this technoligical breakthrough. Recorded for Columbia spanning the years 1949 to 1952, this is a wonderful recording of Miss Vaughn’s. She recorded eight selections in 1950 with an octet that included trumpeter Miles Davis, trombonist Benny Green, the remarkably cool clarinetist Tony Scott and tenorman Budd Johnson. This CD adds alternate takes to seven of the numbers, increasing the discography of both Sassy and Miles. This version of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a true classic (with memorable eight-bar solos by each of the four horns); “Mean to Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” are gems, and the other performances are not far behind. In addition, Vaughan sings two versions of “The Nearness of You” in 1949; there is also a previously unknown recording of “It’s All In the Mind,” and three orchestra numbers from 1951 and 1953 wrap up the outstanding reissue. Sassy has rarely sounded better. Highly recommended. (allmusic)

Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Artie Drelinger, George Kelly, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Stan Webb (baritone saxophone); Russ Bazer, Harold Feldman (saxophone); Billy Butterfield, Taft Jordan, Miles Davis, Jimmy Maxwell, J. Milazzo, Red Solomon (trumpet); Will Bradley, Bennie Green, Jack Sattersfield (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Jimmy Jones (piano, guitar); Lou Stein (piano); Al Cailoa, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Art Ryerson (guitar); Eddie Safranski, Billy Taylor, Jr., Frank Carroll (bass); Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Terry Snyder (drums).

Tracklist

01. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
02. Nice Work If You Can Get It
03. Come Rain Or Come Shine
04. Mean To Me
05. It Might As Well Be Spring
06. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
07. Goodnight My Love
08. Ain’t Misbehavin’
09. Pinky
10. The Nearness Of You
11. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
12. Ooh, What-Cha Doin’ To Me
13. It’s All In The Mind
14. The Nearness Of You (Alternate Take)
15. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Alternate Take)
16. Goodnight My Love (Alternate Take)
17. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood (Alternate Take)
18. It Might As Well Be Spring (Alternate Take)
19. Mean To Me (Alternate Take)
20. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Alternate Take)
21. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) (Alternate Take)
22. Pause Track

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J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding – The Great Kai And J.J.

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This Impulse set (which was given the catalog number of A-1 when it first came out) was the first recorded reunion of trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Given a straight reissue on CD the music still sounds fresh and lively. With pianist Bill Evans, either Paul Chambers or Tommy Williams on bass and Roy Haynes or Art Taylor on drums, the two trombonists are in melodic and witty form on such tunes as “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” “Blue Monk,” “Side by Side” and the “Theme from Picnic.” Recommended.

Personnel: J.J. Johnson (trombone); Kai Winding (trombone); Bill Evans (piano); Roy Hayes, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. This Could Be The Start Of Something
02. Georgia On My Mind
03. Blue Monk
04. Judy
05. Alone Together
06. Side By Side
07. I Concentrate On You
08. Theme From Picnic
09. Trixie
10. Going, Going, Going!
11. Just For A Thrill

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Grant Green – Blue Breakbeats

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In the ’70s, guitarist Grant Green turned to an R&B and funk style in order to keep up with the times and invite as wide an audience as possible. At the time, critics cried foul at what they called “selling out” and disavowed Green from their critical radar. Fast forwarding to the ’90s, this period of Green’s career became in great demand as the “acid jazz” craze came into vogue. Blue Breakbeats collects some of Green’s more revered works from this period. These are the tracks that DJs constantly sample and loop to form new electronically manipulated works.

To be sure, the grooves here are gritty and the melodies, what little there are, are simple and brash, but the determined mood and downright funkiness is nothing to sneeze at. Cuts like James Brown’s “Ain’t It Funky Now” and the immensely popular “Sookie Sookie” are staples in any self-respecting DJ’s arsenal. The driving beats of Ben Dixon’s “Cantaloupe Woman” and the stunning “The Final Comedown” offer plenty of fertile sampling opportunities as well. Overall, though, this is a celebration of Green’s late-period talent that didn’t get its just desserts in his time. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); Phil Bodner (woodwinds); Harold Vick (soprano saxophone); Claude Bartee, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Irwin “Marky” Markowitz, Marvin Stamm, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Clarence Palmer, Emanuel Riggins (electric piano); Neal Creque, Ronnie Foster (organ); Richard Tee (keyboards); Billy Wooten, William Bivens (vibraphone); Chuck Rainey, Gordon Edwards , Jimmy Lewis (electric bass); Grady Tate, Idris Muhammad (drums); Ray Armando, Joseph Armstrong, Candido Camero (congas); Richard Landrum (bongos); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Ain’t Funky Now
02. Cantaloupe Woman
03. The Windjammer
04. Sookie, Sookie
05. Ease Back
06. The Final Comedown

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Lee Morgan – The Procrastinator

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In 1961 Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter formed the frontline of one of the greatest versions of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1967 they had a reunion for The Procrastinator, showing just how much they both had grown through the years. Morgan, who had a major hit with “The Sidewinder” a few years earlier, had broken away from the Clifford Brown trumpet tradition to become a brash, adventurous and consistently stunning soloist who perfectly symbolized the era. Morgan’s brand of forward-looking hard bop was influenced by free jazz and put a premium on uninhibited self-expression. Shorter sounded unlike anyone else and wrote highly original compositions. Playing in a sextet with Bobby Hutcherson and Herbie Hancock, Morgan and Shorter contributed all of the songs which include the funky “Party Time” (which could have been a hit for Horace Silver) and other pieces that push hard bop to its limit. The results are exhilarating, vital and timeless.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Herbie Hancock (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Procastinator
02. Party Time
03. Dear Sir
04. Stopstart
05. Rio
06. Soft Touch

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Charles Mingus – Let My Children Hear Music

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

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

Tracklist

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

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José James – It’s All Over Your Body EP

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New stuff from José James,  small preview from his upcoming album “No Beginning, No End” out early next year on Blue Note Records. For more info and buy check: www.josejamesmusic.com

Personnel: José James (vocals); Robert Glasper (piano, fender rhodes); Takuya Kuroda (trumpet, flugehorn); Corey King (trombone); Pino Palladino (bass); Chris Dave (drums). Emily King (vocals, guitar).

Tracklist

01. It’s All Over Your Body
02. Trouble
03. It’s All Over Your Body (DJ Spinna Remix)
04. It’s All Over Your Body (DJ Spinna Remix) [Instrumental]
05. Come To My Door (Acoustic Version)

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Stanley Turrentine – Jubilee Shout!!!

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Jubilee Shout!!! is an album compiled from two sessions recorded for the Blue Note label, the first performed by Turrentine with his brother Tommy Turrentine, Horace Parlan, George Tucker, and Al Harewood in 1961 and a 1962 session with Kenny Burrell added and Sonny Clark and Butch Warren replacing Parlan and Tucker.[2] The 1961 tracks were also issued with additional material from the session as Comin’ Your Way.

Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Sonny Clark (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Butch Warren (bass); Al Harewood (drums).

Tracklist

01. Jubilee Shout
02. My Ship
03. You Said It
04. Brother Tom
05. Cotton Walk
06. Little Girl Blue

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Reuben Wilson – Blue Mode

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If Love Bug skirted the edges of free jazz and black power, Blue Mode embraces soul-jazz and Memphis funk in no uncertain terms. Opening with the cinematic, stuttering “Bambu” and running through a set of relaxed, funky grooves — including covers of Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood” and Edwin Starr’s “Twenty-Five Miles” — Blue Mode isn’t strictly a jazz album, but its gritty, jazzy vamps and urban soul-blues make it highly enjoyable. Reuben Wilson has a laid-back, friendly style and his supporting band — tenor saxophonist John Manning, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Tommy Derrick — demonstrate a similarly warm sense of tone. While none of them break through with any improvisations that would satiate hardcore jazz purists, they know how to work a groove, and that’s what makes Blue Mode a winner. (allmusic)

Personnel: Reuben Wilson (organ); Melvin Spakrs (guitar); John Manning (tenor saxophone); Tommy Derrick (drums).

Tracklist

01. Bambu
02. Knock On Wood
03. Bus Ride
04. Orange Peel
05. Twenty-Five Miles
06. Blue Mode

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