Mecca:83 – Sketchbook Pieces

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Whilst warming up for his new project “Open” (coming soon), Mecca took the time out to compile some of his favourite free download/collaboration/remix tracks from the last 18months into one collection. 12 tracks of good soulful music and all for free (or donate if you dig!)… Featuring Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Bobby Blunt, Buscrates 16bit Ensemble, Kan Sano, Jesse Futerman and Somepling to name a few!

Tracklist

01. Aura feat. Bobby Blunt
02. Midnight Kids (feat. Kan Sano x Buscrates 16bit Ensemble)
03. Golden
04. Booda French x Von pea – Full Time (Mecca:83 Remix)
05. Jesse Futerman x Rise – One For Irvine
06. Alexis Davis – The Lift
07. Chapter 2
08. Love Story
09. Jay’s Theme
10. Head West
11. Swilkqa Night (feat. Somepling)
12. Nas – One Love (Mecca loves the 90s Remix) *BONUS*

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Madlib – Madlib Remixes Vol. 1+2

2 compilations full of remixes by Madlib released (only on vinyl) in 2000 and 2004 , Madlib originally intended the remixes for personal use but decided to independently release them, enjoy!

Madlib Remixes
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01. Intro
02. Mos Def – Next Universe
03. Slum Village – The Look of Love Pt. 2
04. Interlude
05. Noreaga – Misery Needs Company
06. Big Pun – Firewater
07. Interlude I
08. Cappadonna – Slang Editorial
09. Pharoahe Monch – The Mayor
10. Interlude II
11. Charizma – My World Premiere
12. The Roots – Don’t See Us
13. No Holds Barred
14. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
15. Interlude III
16. Common – Car Horn
17. Gary Bartz – I’ve Known Rivers

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Madlib Remixes 2
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01. Madlib – Remixtroduction
02. Elite Terrorists – Moodswing
03. AG – Ghetto Dwellaz
04. Nas – Devils
05. Tash – Rap Niggaz
06. MF Doom – My Favorite Ladies
07. Inspectah Deck – Movement
08. Madlib – Disco Break
09. Tha Alkaholiks – Likwidation
10. Madlib – Rockin
11. Jadakiss – Put Yr Hands Up
12. Blunt Break
13. Method Man & Redman – Flyby
14. Madlib – Bear Wizz Beer Commercial
15. Raekwon – Throwback
16. Pete Rock – Nothin Lesser
17. Viktor Vaughn – Doomilla
18. Nas – Nasty N.
19. Jadakiss – Game
20. Elite Terrorists – Memory Lane
21. Madlib – Public Disservice Announcement
22. Inspectah Deck – On the Grind
23. Teflon – Gitmine
24. Phil Da Agony – Net Weight
25. Madlib – Quarterlude
26. Kurupt – Ridewitus
27. Madlib – Cog Was Wrong Commercial

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Let’s Get Lost – Chet Baker Documentary [DVD]

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Directed by internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, the Oscar nominated Let’s Get Lost offers an incredibly powerful insight into the life of the late jazz great Chet baker.

Travelling with the exclusive icon, Weber weaves together the life story of a man they called “the James Dean of the jazz world” charting his incredible rise to international fame and adulation and his tragically rapid demise into womanising and drug addiction. The film uses excerpts from rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends and battling ex wives in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

His movie star looks and cool sound set Baker apart but his endless battle with a narcotic addiction also gave a generation of fans a Doomed Youth of their very own. Chet Baker’s life plays out like a Kerouac creation, as did his death (he fell out of an Amsterdam hotel window, age 58), but out of life came some of the most lyrical trumpet playing and jazz vocals ever heard.

Let’s Get Lost was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1988.

Language: English – Subtitles: English

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Bobbi Humphrey – Blacks And Blues

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Bobbi Humphrey scored her biggest hit with her third album Blacks and Blues, an utterly delightful jazz-funk classic that helped make her a sensation at Montreux. If it sounds a lot like Donald Byrd’s post-Black Byrd output, it’s no accident; brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell have their fingerprints all over the album, and as on their work with Byrd, Larry handles all the composing and most of the arranging and production duties. It certainly helps that the Mizells were hitting on all cylinders at this point in their careers, but Humphrey is the true star of the show; she actually grabs a good deal more solo space than Byrd did on his Mizell collaborations, and she claims a good deal of responsibility for the album’s light, airy charm. Her playing is indebted to Herbie Mann and, especially, Hubert Laws, but she has a more exclusive affinity for R&B and pop than even those two fusion-minded players, which is why she excels in this setting. Mizell is at the peak of his arranging powers, constructing dense grooves with lots of vintage synths, wah-wah guitars, and rhythmic interplay. Whether the funk runs hot or cool, Humphrey floats over the top with a near-inexhaustible supply of melodic ideas. She also makes her vocal debut on the album’s two ballads, “Just a Love Child” and “Baby’s Gone”; her voice is girlish but stronger than the genre standard, even the backing vocals by the Mizells and keyboardist Fred Perren. Overall, the album’s cumulative effect is like a soft summer breeze, perfect for beaches, barbecues, and cruising with the top down. (allmusic.com)

Peronnel: Bobbi Humphrey (flute, vocals); Chuck Rainey, Ron Brown (bass); Fonce Mizell (clavinet, trumpet, backing vocals); King Erison (congas); Harvey Mason (drums); Jerry Peters (electric piano); David T. Walker, John Rowin (guitar); Stephanie Spruill (percussion); Fred Perren (synthesizer, backing vocals); Larry Mizel (backing vocals).

Tracklist

01. Chicago, Damn
02. Harlem River Drive
03. Just A Love Child
04. Blacks and Blues
05. Jasper Country Man
06. Baby’s Gone

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Ronnie Foster – Cheshire Cat

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

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

Tracklist

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

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JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

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Debut collaborative album from MF DOOM and Jneiro Jarel (aka Shape of Broad Minds/ Dr. Who Dat?) under the moniker JJ DOOM.

The album will appeal to fans of classic DOOM material. JJ’s tough, far out hip hop production will appeal to fans of J Dilla, Flying Lotus and El-P. “KEY TO THE KUFFS’ features guest appearances from Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and Khujo (Goodie Mob). Tracks from the album have already been remixed by Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Dave Sitek. Album artwork is by graffiti artist Steve Powers aka ESPO.

For more info and buy check: lexrecords.net

Tracklist

01. Waterlogged
02. Gov’nor
03. Banished
04. Bite The Thong
05. Rhymin’ Slang
06. Dawg Friendly
07. Borin’ Convo
08. Snatch That Dough
09. GMO
10. Bout The Shoes
11. Winter Blues
12. Still Kaps
13. Retarded Fren
14. Viberian Sun Part II
15. Wash Your Hands

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Flying Lotus – See Thru To U feat. Erykah Badu

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single from ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ out October 1/2 2012, enjoy!

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Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Question Remix)

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Really good remix from Question, enjoy!

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Dj Mitsu The Beats – New Awakening + [Re-New Awakening] Part.01-02

This is DJ Mitsu’s first solo album, ‘New Awakening’ features Dwele, Lady Alma, Rich Medina, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Little Brother, Loop Troop. A great ecletic hip hop album, which crosses over to soul, broken beats and house. Has been receiving support from Patrick Forge, Phil Asher, Francois K, Ron Trent, DJ Spinna, Laurant Garnier, UFO, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Yukihiro Fukutomi a.o. Tip! [Re-New Awakening] Part.01 and Part.02 are two compilations full of remixes from various producers, enjoy.

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01. Miwa Says
02. Intro (ft. Hunger of Gagle)
03. Pursuits of Clarity (ft. Agape of Isosceles)
04. Tokyo (ft. K-Otix)
05. Material War (ft. Promoe of Looptroop)
06. Mood for Otis
07. Stolen Moments (ft. Audessey of Mass Influence)
08. Feelin Alright (ft. Phonte & Big Pooh of Little Brother)
09. Dokkou Jazz Dou (ft. Hunger of Gagle)
10. Away (ft. Lady Alma)
11. Music Mate (ft. Stone Love aka Mahya)
12. Rendezvous (ft. Mark De Clive – Lowe)
13. Negative
14. Right Here (ft. Dwele)
15. Do Right (ft. Rich Medina)
16. Dokkou Jazz Orgy

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[Re-New Awakening] Part.01
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01. Miwa Says (Breakthrough Remix)
02. Pursuits of Crarity (Kev Brown Mix)
03. Right Here (Seoul City Refix)
04. Tokyo (Tokyo Black Star Remix)
05. Music Mate (hip hop mix)
06. Material Curse (Brooklyn’s Sky High Remix)
07. Negative Ion (Sa-Ra mix)
08. M.o.o.d for Otis feat. Medaphoar
09. Away (Musiclovelife – Life Mix)
10. Doukou Jazz Dou (SW Mix)

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01. Intro (Grooveman Spot Remix)
02. M.o.o.d for Otis feat. Medaphoar
03. Right Here (Wajeed’s Rock City Edit)
04. Stolen Moments (DJ KIYO Remix)
05. Feelin’ Alright (Agent K Remix)
06. Away (Musiclovelife – Love Mix)
07. Rendezvous (Monk’s Revelution Remix)
08. Music Mate (Dela Soul Mix)
09. Do Right (Rich Medina’s Sushi Hoagie Mix)

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Sola Rosa – Low and Behold, High and Beyond

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With six albums under his belt, a raft of accolades and well over a decade of producing genre-splitting music, Andrew Spraggon’s work as Sola Rosa has cemented him as one of the world’s most exciting and versatile producers. From a humble, self-released one man project, Sola Rosa has grown to a live collective of international repute. Successfully melding hip hop, reggae, jazz, latin, soul and funk, the group have never sat comfortably in one box, but with Spraggon’s guidance, that restlessness has been channelled into six succinct albums. With all that behind them, Sola Rosa are set to release their new album, Low and Behold, High and Beyond. Written over New Zealand’s past two summers, Spraggon has drawn together a host of familiar names and new faces, and produced an album that’s more beat-driven, but as always, tinged with his trademark soul and funk. Spikey Tee, Ben White, Matt Short and Julien Dyne have joined Spraggon to form the musical core of the group. While Olivier Daysoul, L.A. Mitchell, Ned Worboys and Miles Bonny all lend vocals to the project.

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

Tracklist

01. Promise Ft. Olivier Daysoul
02. I’m Not That Guy Ft. Spikey Tee
03. Spinning Top Ft. L.A. Mitchell
04. Lions Den
05. Rise (The Machine) Ft. Spikey Tee
06. Misunderstood Ft. Miles Bonny
07. Real Life Ft. L.A. Mitchell
08. Wiggle Ft. Olivier Daysoul
09. Never Enough Ft. Ned Worboys
10. In My Dreams Ft. Spikey Tee
11. Loveless Ft. L.A. Mitchell

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George Benson – Good King Bad

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

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

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

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Grover Washington Jr. – Mister Magic

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

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

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

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J.Rocc – Taster’s Choice Volume 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

some great mixes by J.Rocc, Vol.4 was released unfinished, enjoy!

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Chester Gregory – High Love (Freddie Joachim Remix)

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I realized that i didn’t posted this really good remix by Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

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Now-Again Music Library Vol. 01-02-03-04

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Oh No ‎- Now-Again Music Library Vol. 01 – Oh No Vs. Now-Again
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Coming off the critically acclaimed albums Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms and, most recently, Dr. No’s Oxperiment, Cali-based producer Oh No delves into the funk and soul of the Now-Again Records and Soul-Cal Records catalogs, bringing a modern meaning to the concept of library music.

Beats within range in mood and style, as Oh No applies his swaggering hip-hop treatment to the sinister guitars and horn licks from Omaha’s L.A. Carnival; the crashing high school auditorium drums of Houston’s Kashmere Stage Band; the feel-good modern soul harmonies of Soul-Cal acts like Luther Davis and Pure Essence; and more.

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01. Flight
02. What We Need
03. Price Is Right
04. Out West
05. Presidential
06. What We Got
07. Still Got It
08. The Track
09. Testin’ It Out
10. Coffee Break
11. Kickin’ It
12. Junkyard
13. On The Trail
14. First Thing
15. Starlight
16. Newsworthy
17. Play On
18. Run On Sentence
19. Tha Magnificence
20. I Feel Like It
21. Came and Went
22. Cross Country
23. Not Nice
24. Raw Stew
25. Essential
26. Blindness
27. Real Dump
28. Soul Surgery
29. Phantastic

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Oh No Vs. Percee P – Now-Again Music Library Vol. 02 – Oh No Vs. Percee P
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Remixed version of Percee P album.

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01. Praise
02. Verbal Heat Rapid Fire
03. Know My Voice featuring Diamond
04. Rock The Spot
05. No Time featuring Chali 2na
06. Comin’ Out
07. Watch Your Step featuring Vinnie Paz & Guilty Simpson
08. Last of the GOATs featuring Prince Po
09. As Far As You Can Take It
10. The Page That Built Me featuring Aesop Rock
11. A Message
12. Love the Lady

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Koushik – Now-Again Music Library Vol. 03 – Koushik Vs. Now-Again
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Koushik is no stranger to the Now-Again Records catalog. His “Cold Beats” EP, featuring Percee P and based around samples from the Cold Heat compilation (NA 5017), contained so many raw interpretations of those heavy funk skillets that we had to give him access to the catalog to see what he could cook up next.

Out of the frying pan, into the freezer, then, with Cold Treats. Here Koushik crafts a range of beats that range from horn-driven hip hop (courtesy of The Stark Reality) to bonus beat madness to new takes on the four on the floor disco rhythms of the Record Player… and beyond.

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01. Dreams (Pt. 1)
02. Dreams (Pt. 2)
03. Doublesum
04. Bouncebouncebounce
05. Spacejack
06. Ta2
07. Get Everything In
08. Wiggle Dogs
09. Kashdoinit
10. K.T.H.
11. On This Earth
12. Dtop
13. Rollercombat
14. Skipthis
15. Oosh It
16. Mivory
17. Peetey
18. Cold Beats Intro
19. Cold Beats Bonus Beat 1
20. Cold Beats Bonus Beat 2
21. Cold Beats Bonus Beat 3
22. Cold Beats Outro
23. Letitout
24. Basketball Beat
25. 2much4tender
26. Wiggle Free
27. 92
28. Jamnesty

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Maker ‎- Now-Again Music Library Vol. 04 – Maker Vs. Now-Again
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Chicago-area beatsmith Maker marks his Now-Again Records debut with Maker Vs. Now-Again, an entry in the same “music-library” series that saw the release of limited edition (and often not-for-sale) albums such “Oh No Vs. Now-Again” and MRR-ADM’s unnamed “Black Album”.

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01. Walk Away Son
02. Shout
03. The Love We Have
04. Everyone Else
05. Realizati
06. Happeningson
07. Everything Is Beautiful
08. The Fire That Burns
09. Hold’em
10. Organ Prelude Dub
11. Colors
12. Summer Times
13. Free
14. Southside Phantom
15. Forge Your Own Chains
16. Come Home With Me
17. Sneek Into My Bedroom
18. Snake Bite
19. Summer Times, Pt. 2
20. Ashtray

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Will Sessions – Mix Takes

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Will Sessions impressed with the meticulous craftsmanship of their studio re-workings of the classic tracks on “The Elmatic Instrumentals.” With their new two-part video “Mix Takes,” the five-piece band is taking a similar approach in recreating some of their favorite songs–only this time it was all recorded and filmed live in real time. Whether referencing music by jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Bob James or reinterpreting beats by J Dilla, Madlib, and Black Milk, it’s all presented with seamless transitions in the style of a mixtape, and “Mix Takes” both showcases the band’s individual talents and reflects the airtight performances that have made them one of the hottest live bands in Detroit.

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01. Take One
02. Take Two

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Shigeto – Huron River Drive

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The “Huron River Drive” single comes with a selection of remixes, each with its own distinctive character: Evenings’ remix bobs along on an understated hip hop beat, while the Sun Hammer remix strips the track down to its bassline and then adds analogue oscillator textures reminiscent of the earliest days of electronic music. The B-side of the single includes another Lineage tune, entitled “Field Day”, to which Braille, aka Praveen Sharma—one half of acclaimed Brooklyn neo-garage trailblazers Sepalcure—adds a wistful, nostalgic intro and a house-influenced beat. Sun Glitters’ remix of “Lineage” moves in similar territory, integrating vocal samples and a slow, loping kickdrum pattern. Taken as a whole, the single’s an exploration of the possibilities inherent in Shigeto’s sound, and serves as a fine introduction to the work of one of Brooklyn’s more interesting young producers.

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

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01. Huron River Drive
02. Huron River Drive (Evenings Remix)
03. Huron River Drive (Sun Hammer Remix)
04. Field Day (Braille Remix)
05. Lineage (Sun Glitters Remix)

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Quincy Jones – This Is How I Feel About Jazz

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The music on this album is from a period when arranger Quincy Jones was a major part of the jazz world, rather than being content just to take bows for it. Six high-quality selections from a 1956 album offer logical, swinging, and often distinct arrangements with plenty of solos from the all-star cast (which includes Lucky Thompson on tenor, altoist Phil Woods, and trumpeter Art Farmer); highlights include “Stockholm Sweetnin’,” “Walkin’,” and “Sermonette.” The remainder of the CD reissues two-thirds of a slightly odd collection led and produced (but not arranged) by Jones. Originally titled Go West, Man, the LP was designed to show off the talents of West Coast arrangers Jimmy Giuffre, Lennie Niehaus, and Charlie Mariano. Three selections feature an alto summit with Benny Carter, Art Pepper, Herb Geller, and Charlie Mariano, and there are also some numbers with a sax section; three songs with a trumpet section had to be left out due to lack of space. Although these performances are enjoyable, it is the Quincy Jones charts that are most memorable, making one regret his decision in the early ’70s to leave jazz altogether. (allmusic.com)

Personnel: Quincy Jones (producer); Art Pepper, Benny Carter, Charlie Mariano, Gene Quill, Herb Geller, Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Jack Nimitz, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Charles Mingus, Leroy Vinnega, Paul Chambers, Red Mitchell (bass); Charli Persip, Shelly Manne (Drums); Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Billy Taylor, Carle Perkins, Hank Jones, Lou Levy (piano); Bill Perkins, Buddy Collette, Bunny Bardach, Lucky Thompson, Walter Benton, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Art Farmer, Ernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Milt Jacksom (vibraphone).

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01. Walkin’
02. Stockhold Sweetnin’
03. Evening In Paris
04. Sermonette
05. A Sleepin’ Bee
06. Boo’s Blues
07. Dancin’ Pants
08. Be My Guest
09. King Road Blues
10. Bright Moon
11. The Oom is Blues
12. Ballad Medley: What’s New/We’ll Be Together Again/Time On My Hands/You Go To My Head/Laura

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk – We Free Kings

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Only his third session as a leader, 1961′s We Free Kings finds multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk (he added the Rahsaan in 1969) transplanted to New York from his native Midwest and signed to Mercury Records, where he’d remain for the next seven years. With this classic album, Kirk shook off detractors who dismissed him as a novelty (for his revival of the vaudeville trick of playing up to three reeds at once) and established himself as a paragon of modern jazz.

Beginning with a typically idiosyncratic reworking of Coltrane’s “Blues for Alice,” Kirk only occasionally steps into the free jazz style implied by the album’s title, notably on the first recorded version of his legendary multi-horn showcase “Three for the Festival.” Recorded in two different no-nonsense trio settings, We Free Kings showcases Kirk’s astonishingly varied brilliance in a suitably stripped-down context. (cduniverse.com)

Personnel: Roland Kirk (saxophone, flute); Art Davis (bass); Wendell Marshall (bass); Charlie Persip (drums); Hank Jones (piano); Richard Wyands (piano).

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01. Three For The Festival
02. Moon Song
03. A Sack Full Of Soul
04. The Haunted Melody
05. Blues For Alice (Alt. Take)
06. Blues For Alice (Master Take)
07. We Free Kings
08. You Did It, You Did It
09. Some Kind Of Love
10. My Delight

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George Duke – The Aura Will Prevail

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

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

Tracklist

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

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