Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins

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Thelonious Monk’s years as a Prestige recording artist (1952-1954) were tough times for the legendary composer/pianist. Unable to work in New York clubs due to the unjust loss of his cabaret card, and misunderstood when not ignored by listeners as well as many musicians, Monk’s profile was sustained primarily by his appearances as both leader and sideman on a series of Prestige sessions released in the then-new LP format. The present collection, which samples three of those sessions, appeared as critics and fans were beginning to catch up to Monk’s singular genius and remains one of the best introductions to his iconoclastic brilliance. Three tracks feature leading Monk disciple Sonny Rollins, hitting early peaks on two standards and stretching out on “Friday the 13th,” plus a pair of tracks in which Monk’s greatest studio trio (with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums) introduce the classic “Work” and “Nutty.”

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Julius Watkins (French horn); Percy Heath, Tommy Potter (upright bass); Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Willie Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Way You Look Tonight
02. I Want To Be Happy
03. Work
04. Nutty
05. Friday The 13th

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Cymande – Promised Heights

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

Tracklist

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

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The Cactus Channel – Haptics

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Hear that sound? Raw, loose and nasty funk, recorded straight to analog tape. It’s just like the old days, but so new it’s sporting a badass teenage moustache. Now that Melbourne funk sensation The Cactus Channel have graduated high school, they’re taking their own brand of high-octane, instrumental car chase funk and smooth soundtrack soul to the people with their debut, Haptics. On the road and on the airwaves, 2012 is the year The Cactus Channel come of age.

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

Tracklist

01. Emanuel Ciccolini
02. The Colour Of Don Don
03. Derty D’s Thang
04. Budokan
05. Tom has Ideas
06. Level up
07. Boss Cat
08. Jungle Run
09. Under The Birdcage
10. Hot Teeth
11. Snap Kick That Fat Shit

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Metal Fingers – Special Herbs Vol. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-0

Instrumental series released by Daniel Dumile as Metal Fingers, enjoy!

Special Herbs Vol. 1-2
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Tracklist

01. Saffron
02. Arrow Root
03. Zatar
04. Fenugreek
05. Sumac Berries
06. Coriander
07. Shallots
08. Charnsuka
09. Monosodium Glutamate
10. Red #40
11. Nettle Leaves
12. Mullein
13. Mugwort
14. All Spice
15. Lovage
16. Eucalyptus
17. Myrrh

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Special Herbs Vol. 3-4
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Tracklist

01. Agrimony
02. Arabic Gum
03. Benzoin Gum
04. Bergamot Wild
05. Calamus Root Soul.
06. Dragon’s Blood Resin
07. Elder Blossoms
08. Styrax Gum
09. Blood Root
10. Star Anis
11. Lemon Grass
12. Four Thieves Vinegar
13. Galangal Root
14. Spikenard
15. Cinquefoil
16. Hyssop

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Special Herbs Vol. 5-6
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Tracklist

01. Pennyroyal
02. Lavender Buds
03. White Willow Bark
04. Orange Blossoms
05. Coffin Nails
06. Kava Kava Root
07. Valerian Root
08. Jasmine Blossoms
09. Black Snake Root
10. Horehound
11. Dragons Blood
12. Myrtle Leaf
13. Patchouly Leaves

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Special Herbs Vol. 7-8
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Tracklist

01. Safed Musli
02. Emblica Officinalis
03. Licorice
04. Sarsaparilla
05. Fo Ti
06. Camphor
07. High John
08. Mandrake
09. Devil’s Shoestring
10. Wormwood
11. Cedar
12. Buckeyes
13. Chrysanthemum Flowers

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Special Herbs Vol. 9-0
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Tracklist

01. Vinca Rosea
02. Burdock Root
03. Vervain
04. Bergamot
05. Podina
06. Untitled (Meditation)
07. Coltsfoot Leaf
08. Orris Root Powder
09. Passion Flower
10. Yellow Dock
11. Datura Stramonium
12. Coca Leaf
13. Peach Extract

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Miles Bonny x B.Lewis – Egg Black EP

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Miles Bonny (critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and trumpeter) has teamed up with B.Lewis (the rising star in the world of electro-soul production) to create the beautiful and soulful EP masterpiece titled Egg Black, enjoy!

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

Tracklist

01. First Ride
02. Secret Shrine
03. Lost Without You
04. Bottom To Top
05. Always On My Phone
06. Drop It
07. Together Forever

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Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them

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Blu & Exile return to their collaborative origins with the release of Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, the long-anticipated followup to the duo’s landmark debut, Below the Heavens. For more info and buy check: www.fatbeats.com

Tracklist

01. A Letter
02. Ease Your Mind
03. Maybe One Day ft. Black Spade
04. I Am Jean
05. O Heaven
06. More Out Of Life ft. Jasmine Mitchell
07. The Only One ft. Jimetta Rose
08. Money
09. Mask Your Soul
10. Good Morning Neighbor
11. Growing Panis ft. Johaz (Dag Savage) & Fashawn
12. Don’t Be Jelly
13. Berries & Juices
14. The Great Escape ft. Homeboy Sandman & ADAD
15. Seasons
16. A Man
17. Cent From Heaven

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Dinah Washington – After Hours With Miss D

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The rare performer who achieved success in critical, artistic, and commercial terms. Dinah Washington was both the queen of the black jukebox and the consummate musicians’s musician. She was comfortable in virtually any musical context, but something special always happened when she surrounded herself with top-notch jazz musicians and let them wail.

After Hours With Miss “D,” featuring an extraordinary rhythm section and such outstanding soloists as Clark Terry, Paul Quinchette, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, is one of Washington’s most jazz-oriented albums-and one of her most exciting.

Personnel: Dinah Washington (voice); Clark Terry (trumpet); Gus Chappell (trombone); Rick Henderson (alto saxophone); Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone); Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (tenor saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clarence “Sleepy” Anderson (piano); Junior Mance (piano); Jackie Davis (organ); Keter Betts (bass); candido Camero (congas); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Tracklist

01. Blue Skies (Edited Version)
02. Bye Bye Blues
03. Am I Blue
04. Our Love Is Here To Stay
05. A Foggy Day
06. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
07. Pennies From Heaven
08. Love For Sale
09. Blue Skies

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McCoy Tyner – Expansions

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Of pianist McCoy Tyner’s seven Blue Note albums of the 1967-1970 period, Expansions is the most definitive. Tyner’s group (comprised of trumpeter Woody Shaw, altoist Gary Bartz, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter on cello, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Freddie Waits) is particularly strong, the compositions (four Tyner originals plus Calvin Massey’s “I Thought I’d Let You Know”) are challenging, and the musicians seem quite inspired by each other’s presence. The stimulating music falls between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde, pushing and pulling at the boundaries of modern mainstream jazz. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: McCoy Tyner (piano); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone, flute); Herbie Lewis (bass); Ron Carter (cello) Freddie Waits (drums); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Woody Shaw (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Vision
02. Song Of Happiness
03. Smitty’s Place
04. Peresina
05. I Thought I’d Let You Know

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Gianni Ferrio – La Morte Risale A Ieri Sera

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Digitmovies presents the world premiere CD reissue of the music score by Gianni Ferrio for “La Morte Risale a Ieri Sera,” a giallo drama directed in 1970 by Duccio Tessari (with whom Gianni Ferrio later collaborated on another giallo called “Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate,” starring Raf Vallone, Frank Wolff, Gabriele Tinti, Eva Renzi and Beryl Cunningham.

Gianni Ferrio is one of the most known names of the Italian scoring scene, a prolific author, arranger and conductor for the big screen and TV entertainment. He wrote several scores including memorable Spaghetti Western music like “Amico, Stammi Lontano Almeno un Palmo.”

Although two other Ferrio’s giallo scores were still available on the RightTempo Cds (‘La morte accarezza a mezzanotte’ ET 902 CD and ‘Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate’ ET 918 CD), “La morte risale a ieri sera’ finally gets a deluxe CD treatment. For this product we were able to locate the original stereo tapes of the 1970 Cinevox LP MDF 33/35 and they were in terrific sound conditions. We searched for the complete tapes, but realized that all the recorded music for the movie filled the original 33 rpm vinyl. But the real big discovery were the missing songs ‘I giorni che ci appartengono’ (the original film Main Titles song) and ‘Incompatibilità’ (used as background music for the family life scenes montage with father (Raf Vallone) and her daughter) sung by the amazing voice of ‘MINA’ (the Italian diva of pop music, who often has collaborated during her long career with Gianni Ferrio as author/arranger and conductor of many of her hits).

These two songs were not enclosed in the original OST album and they are now two very rare bonus tracks completing the rest of the score on this disc.

Tracklist

01. I Giorni Che Ci Appartengono
02. Livia
03. Il Numero Non Risponde
04. Milano Rhythm & Blues
05. Brughiera
06. Il Duro Scappa
07. L’Inchiesta
08. Morte Di Salvatore
09. Incompatibilità
10. Un Giorno,Ieri
11. Donatella
12. Stadio Vuoto
13. Passeggiata In Tre
14. La Chiave Del Mistero
15. Ricordi (Solo Organ)
16. L’Ultimo Sabato
17. I Giorni Che Ci Appartengono (Original Main Titles – Vocal Version)
18. Incompatibilità (Vocal Version)

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Donald Byrd – Black Byrd

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Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd’s brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Never before had a jazz musician embraced the celebratory sound and style of contemporary funk as fully as Byrd did here — not even Davis, whose dark, chaotic jungle-funk stood in sharp contrast to the bright, breezy, danceable music on Black Byrd. Byrd gives free rein to producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell, who crafts a series of tightly focused, melodic pieces often indebted to the lengthier orchestrations of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield. They’re built on the most straightforward funk rhythms Byrd had yet tackled, and if the structures aren’t as loose or complex as his earlier fusion material, they make up for it with a funky sense of groove that’s damn near irresistible. Byrd’s solos are mostly melodic and in-the-pocket, but that allows the funk to take center stage. Sure, maybe the electric piano, sound effects, and Roger Glenn’s ubiquitous flute date the music somewhat, but that’s really part of its charm. Black Byrd was state-of-the-art for its time, and it set a new standard for all future jazz/R&B/funk fusions — of which there were many. Byrd would continue to refine this sound on equally essential albums like Street Lady and the fantastic Places and Spaces, but Black Byrd stands as his groundbreaking signature statement. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Donald Byrd (vocals, trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn); Fonce Mizell (vocals, trumpet); Freddie Perren (vocals, electric piano, synthesizer); Larry Mizell (vocals); David T. Walker, Dean Parks, Barney Perry (guitar); Allan Curtis Barnes (flute, oboe, saxophone); Roger Glenn (flute, saxophone); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Kevin Toney (piano); Chuck Rainey, Wilton Felder (electric bass); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Keith Killgo (drums); Perk Jacobs, Stephanie Spruill, Bobbye Hall, Bobbye Porter (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Flight Time
02. Black Byrd
03. Love’s So Far Away
04. Mr. Thomas
05. Sky High
06. Slop Jar Blues
07. Where Are We Going?

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Lionel Loueke – Heritage

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Lionel Loueke’s album Heritage, his dynamic third Blue Note album, which was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper. Heritage finds Loueke who was hailed by The New York Times as a gentle virtuoso exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The album presents seven new compositions by Loueke, two by Glasper, and one co-written by the two. Glasper also contributes piano and keyboards to six tracks, while singer Gretchen Parlato provides background vocals on two tracks. A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke is bringing jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title Heritage is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S. I speak English, I speak French, and I have that heritage too. I called this album Heritage because I’ve been blessed by all different parts of the world, and most of the songs reflect that.”

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

Personnel: Lionel Loueke: guitar; Mark Guiliana: drums; Derrick Hodge: electric bass; Robert Glasper: piano (2-4, 6, 8, 10); Gretchen Parlato: vocals (3, 4).

Tracklist

01. Ifê
02. Ouidah
03. Tribal Dance
04. Hope
05. Freedom Dance
06. Chardon
07. Farafina
08. African Ship
09. Goree
10. Bayyinah

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Bennetrhodes – Sun Ya

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New project from the japanese artist Kan Sano, enjoy! For more info and buy check: www.kansano.com

Tracklist

01. Joyful Spring
02. Electrified Feeling
03. Ameeta
04. Tenderness
05. Mind Map
06. Body Electric
07. Share in Love
08. Modern Times
09. Sketch of a Dream
10. Wake Up Sauce
11. Svara
12. Steppin’
13. Over
14. New Life
15. Open Your Inner Eye

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813 – Blend EP

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South London imprint 92 Points is back but this time in a year 3,000 style via Moscow bringing you the sounds of 813. The six tracks that make up the E.P. range from the interstellar funk musings of ‘La Fantiko’ to the cloud hopping excursion of ‘Pan O Matika’ to the ‘80s channeling synth madness of ‘Erotica’. Indeed it is Om Unit’s remix of ‘Erotica’ that brings the E.P. to a close sounding like Wiley, Cyndi Lauper and the Neptunes trapped in an ice rink over night!

For more info and buy check: >here<

Tracklist

01. Bibabo
02. La Fantiko
03. Pan-O-Matika
04. Erotica
05. Moon River Not Come To Sun
06. Erotica (Om Unit Remix)

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Freddie Joachim – “If I Ask You”

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New from Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

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Aretha Franklin – Take a Look: Complete on Columbia (11CD+DVD)

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Take a Look demonstrates how Aretha was born the “Queen of Soul,” paying loving care and attention to every facet of her years at Columbia.

The package includes CDs of Aretha’s seven full-length albums for Columbia; two CDs reflecting her collaborations with producers Bobby Scott (in 1963) and Clyde Otis (in 1964); and a bonus CD of singles produced by Bob Johnston and rarities that were “sweetened” and released after Aretha left the label. The set will also includes a DVD featuring Aretha, at the piano, performing several songs on The Steve Allen Show in 1964.

Among the highlights of Take a Look is a previously unreleased version of Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet which strips away the artificial club ambience that was added to the album’s studio performances, revealing Aretha at the peak of her powers. Another high point is an unreleased album called A Bit of Soul. Though it contains previously released material, the original album is presented here for the first time in its master form. Other revelations include riveting studio conversation between Aretha, John Hammond and pianist Ray Bryant during the making of Aretha’s debut album in the summer of 1960.

The set’s producer, Leo Sacks, says: “The stunning performances on Take a Look demonstrate how Aretha Franklin paved the path to her own greatness. Here is the young Aretha planting the seedlings that would blossom a short time later at Atlantic Records. From standards to show tunes to bebop to blues, Take a Look captures a gritty soul about to take flight.”

CD1 – Aretha (With The Ray Bryant Combo)
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Tracklist

01. Won’t Be Long
02. Over The Rainbow
03. Love Is The Only Thing
04. Sweet Lover
05. All Night Long
06. Who Needs You
07. Right Now
08. Are You Sure
09. Maybe I’m A Fool
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So
11. By Myself
12. Today I Sing The Blues
13. Are You Sure (Rehearsal)
14. Who Needs You (Take 9)
15. Right Now (Take 1)
16. Maybe I’m A Fool (Take 4)
17. By Myself (Mono)
18. Won’t Be Long (Mono)
19. All Night Long (Mono)
20. Love Is The Only Thing (Mono)
21. Right Now (Mono)
22. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono)

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CD2 – The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
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Tracklist

01. You Made Me Love You
02. I Told You So
03. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
04. Nobody Like You
05. Exactly Like You
06. It’s So Heartbreakin’
07. Rough Lover
08. Blue Holiday
09. Just For You
10. That Lucky Old Sun
11. I Surrender, Dear
12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
13. Introduction To Hard Times
14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
15. When They Ask About You
16. Operation Heartbreak
17. I Surrender, Dear (Mono)
18. Rough Lover (Mono)
19. Kissin’ By The Mistletoe (Mono)

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CD3 – The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin
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Tracklist

01. Don’t Cry, Baby
02. Try A Little Tenderness
03. I Apologize
04. Without The One You Love
05. Look For The Silver Lining
06. I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
07. Just For A Thrill
08. God Bless The Child
09. I’m Wandering
10. How Deep Is The Ocean
11. I Don’t Know You Anymore
12. Lover Come Back To Me
13. Trouble In Mind (Mono)
14. Without The One You Love (Mono)
15. Don’t Cry, Baby (Mono)
16. I’m Wandering (Mono)
17. Try A Little Tenderness (Mono)
18. I Apologize (Mono)
19. Lover Come Back To Me (Mono)
20. I Don’t Know You Anymore (Mono)

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CD4 – Laughing On The Outside
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Tracklist

01. Skylark
02. For All We Know
03. Make Someone Happy
04. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)
05. Solitude
06. Laughing On The Outside
07. Say It Isn’t So
08. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
09. If Ever I Would Leave You
10. Where Are You
11. Mr. Ugly
12. I Wanna Be Around
13. Ol’ Man River
14. You’ve Got Her (Mono)
15. Here’s Where I Came In (Here’s Where I Walk Out) (Mono)
16. Say It Isn’t So (Mono)

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CD5 – Tiny Sparrow – The Bobby Scott Sessions
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Tracklist

01. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
02. Please Answer Me
03. Harbor Lights
04. I May Never Get To Heaven
05. Moon River
06. I Won’t Cry Anymore
07. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
08. My Little Brown Book
09. Tiny Sparrow
10. Johnny
11. Looking Through A Tear
12. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (Mono)
13. Johnny (Mono)

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CD6 – Unforgettable – A Tribute To Dinah Washington
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Tracklist

01. Unforgettable
02. Cold, Cold Heart
03. What A Diff’rence A Day Made
04. Drinking Again
05. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
06. Evil Gal Blues
07. Don’t Say You’re Sorry Again
08. This Bitter Earth
09. If I Should Lose You
10. Soulville
11. Lee Cross (Mono)

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CD7 – Take A Look – The Clyde Otis Sessions
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Tracklist

01. I’ll Keep On Smiling
02. Shangri-La
03. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
04. People
05. A Mother’s Love
06. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
07. But Beautiful
08. That’s Entertainment
09. Take A Loo
10. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
11. Jim
12. Sweet Bitter Love
13. Only The Lonely
14. My Coloring Book
15. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
16. People (Mono)
17. A Mother’s Love (Mono)

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CD8 – Runnin’ Out Of Fools
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Tracklist

01. Mockingbird
02. How Glad I Am
03. Walk On By
04. Every Little Bit Hurts
05. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
06. You’ll Lose A Good Thing
07. I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face
08. It’s Just A Matter Of Time
09. Runnin’ Out Of Fools
10. My Guy
11. Two Sides Of Love
12. One Room Paradise
13. A General Market Advertisement From Columbia Records
14. A Special Ad For Christmas
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Mono)
16. Winter Wonderland (Mono)

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CD9 – A Bit Of Soul
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Tracklist

01. Follow Your Heart
02. Only The One You Love
03. One Step Ahead
04. Can’t You Just See Me
05. How To Murder Your Wife
06. A Little Bit Of Soul
07. Cry Like A Baby
08. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland
09. Remember Me
10. Land Of Dreams
11. Little Miss Raggedy Ann
12. Deeper
13. I Still Can’t Forget
14. Rose Of Washington Square
15. Take It Like You Give It (Mono)
16. Follow Your Heart (Mono)
17. Only The One You Love (Mono)
18. One Step Ahead (Mono)
19. How To Murder Your Wife (Mono)
20. A Little Bit Of Soul (Mono)
21. Cry Like A Baby (Mono)
22. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland (Mono)

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CD10 – Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet
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Tracklist

01. This Could Be The Start Of Something
02. Once In A Lifetime
03. Misty
04. More
05. There Is No Greater Love
06. Muddy Water
07. If I Had A Hammer
08. Impossible
09. Today I Love Ev’rybody
10. Without The One You Love
11. Trouble In Mind
12. Love For Sale
13. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
14. Misty (Ppreviously Unreleased)
15. Love For Sale (Ppreviously Unreleased)
16. Once In A Lifetime (Ppreviously Unreleased)
17. Today I Love Ev’rybody (Ppreviously Unreleased)
18. Impossible (Ppreviously Unreleased)
19. This Could Be The Start Of Something (Ppreviously Unreleased)
20. More (Ppreviously Unreleased)
21. There Is No Greater Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
22. If I Had A Hammer (Ppreviously Unreleased)
23. Muddy Water (Ppreviously Unreleased)
24. Without The One You Love (Ppreviously Unreleased)
25. Trouble In Mind (Ppreviously Unreleased)

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CD11 – The Queen In Waiting
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Tracklist

01. Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door) (Mono)
02. (Тo, No) I’m Not Losing You
03. Why Was I Born
04. Hands Off (Mono)
05. Swanee
06. You Made Me Love You
07. Until You Were Gone (Mono)
08. Mockingbird (Mono) Overdubbed Version
09. Can’t You Just See Me (Mono) Overdubbed Version
10. Today I Sing The Blues (Mono) Overdubbed Version
11. Walk On By (Overdubbed Version)
12. One Room Paradise (Overdubbed Version)
13. Every Little Bit Hurts (Overdubbed Version)
14. Evil Gal Blues (Overdubbed Version)
15. Rough Lover (Overdubbed Version)
16. Trouble In Mind (Overdubbed Version)
17. Without The One You Love (Overdubbed Version)
18. Won’t Be Long (Overdubbed Version)
19. Take A Look (Overdubbed Version)
20. Runnin’ Out Of Fools (Overdubbed Version)
21. Skylark (Overdubbed Version)

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DVD – Aretha ’64 Live On The Steve Allen Show
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01. Lover Come Back To Me
02. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
03. Won’t Be Long
04. Skylark
05. Evil Gal Blues

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Horace Parlan – Happy Frame Of Mind

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Happy Frame of Mind finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason why Happy Frame of Mind sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Horace Parlan (piano); Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone); Grant Green (guitar); Johnny Coles (trumpet); Butch Warren (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

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01. Home Is Africa
02. A Tune for Richard
03. Back From The Gig
04. Dexi
05. Kucheza Blues
06. Happy Frame Of Mind

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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.

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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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Bobby Hutcherson – San Francisco

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Bobby Hutcherson’s late-’60s partnership with tenor saxophonist Harold Land had always produced soulful results, but not until San Francisco did that translate into a literal flirtation with funk and rock. After watching several advanced post-bop sessions gather dust in the vaults, Hutcherson decided to experiment with his sound a bit, but San Francisco still doesn’t wind up the commercial jazz-funk extravaganza that purists might fear. Instead, Hutcherson and Land stake out a warm and engaging middle ground between muscular funk and Coltrane-style modality; in other words, they have their cake and eat it too. Joined by pianist/keyboardist Joe Sample (also of the Jazz Crusaders), acoustic/electric bassist John Williams, and drummer Mickey Roker, Hutcherson and Land cook up a series of spacious, breezy grooves that sound unlike any other record in the vibist’s discography (even his more commercial fusion sessions). The selections — all group-member originals — often skirt the edges of fusion, but rarely play it as expected; they might float some spare tradeoffs over a loping, heavy bass groove, throw in an oboe solo by Land, or — as on the slowest piece — keep time only with intermittently spaced piano chords. It’s all done with enough imagination and harmonic sophistication to achieve the rare feat of holding appeal for traditional jazz and rare-groove fans alike. It’s a shame Hutcherson didn’t explore this direction more, because San Francisco is not only one of his best albums, but also one of his most appealing and accessible. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba, percussion); Harold Land (tenor saxophone, flute, oboe); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); Mickey Roker (drums); John Williams (bass).

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01. Goin’ Down South
02. Prints Tie
03. Jazz
04. Ummh
05. Procession
06. A Night In Barcelona

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Erimaj – Conflict Of A Man

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From the abstract mind of world-renowned drummer Jamire Williams, ERIMAJ is a progressive new band stirring up the NYC scene. This group is comprised of some of the most honored and respected musicians in music today. Spearheaded by the collaborative writing style of Williams and Corey King, the band features talented vocalist Chris Turner, the dynamic guitarist Matthew Stevens along with bassist Vicente Archer and Burniss Earl Travis. Extensions of the band include MacAuthor Genius Award winner Jason Moran and staple saxophonist John Ellis. With a new sound and experimental attitude towards the art form ERIMAJ is focused on breaking down the genre walls while still capturing the hearts of the true listener.

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

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01. Unrest (Journey To The Land Of Milk & Honey)
02. Black Super Hero Theme Song
03. This Night, This Song
04. The Day The Sun Rose Twice
05. Nothing Like This
06. Plants
07. Confict Of A Man
08. Social Life
09. Choosing Sides

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Dwele – Greater Than One

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“Greater Than One,” the fifth studio album from Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Dwele. Notable features on “Greater Than One” are provided by Monica Blair, LaLa Hathaway, Black Milk and J Tait. Dwele, who wrote every track on the album, plays keyboard, horns and drums on a majority of the songs. Dwele took some time since his fourth work 2010′s W.ants. W.orld. W.omen (W.W.W) to gain some international inspiration. What resulted was a singular, limited edition project and a precursor to “Greater Than One” which fans will have to see to hear. Dwele’s newest offering is a mixture of silky ballads and crispy up-tempo jams.

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01. Greater Than One Less Than Three
02. Going Leaving
03. Takes22Tango
04. What You Gotta Do (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)
05. What Profit
06. Obey
07. This Love
08. Must Be (feat. J Tait, L’Renee, Black Milk)
09. Swank (feat. Monica Blaire)
10. PATrick RONald (feat. Monica Blaire)
11. Special
12. Love Triangle
13. Frankly My Dear (I’m Bennet I Ain’t Innit)

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