Review: Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella follow up last year's beautiful "African Spirits / New World Shuffle" with two more lavish instrumentals. "Sun Song" lives up to its name with wave after wave of heated musicianship from the belting harmonies to the light-touch keys. "Nigeria" taps deep into the source too as it drives us through the heart of Lagos with full horns and sweeping keys. Spiritual, sun-splashed and vital.
Review: Ahmad Jamal track been sampled and reworked by Hip Hop greats
Primo - Gang Starr Solilquay of Chaos to Black Moon -Black Smif-mWessun- Pete Rock flipped on Something Funky release.
Richard Evans bass player and arranger blazes Jazz Funk intro, really sets it off from Original Foster Sylvers version very hot tune !!!
You're Gonna Need ME Dionne Warwick
1973 Monster of Pysch Soul tune
Written by Holland - Dozier- Holland Studios arranged by Mckinley Jackson you can hear that RAW DETROIT FUZZ FUNK Sound.
Dilla aka Jay Dee brought to the light of day after he flipped it on his Famous Donuts album (STOP) back in 2006 Well that history we already know!
Wu-Tang's Clap from THE W album (2000) as bonus track!
Review: Matthew Halsall's Gondwana label is seeing a busy August what with the imprint flooding our jazz charts with reissues and, of course, new releases such as this wonderful collaborative effort from The Gondwana Orchestra and Dwight Trible. Trible's voice is like silk, running up and down the delicate waves of melodies from the collective, with "Colors" and "The Creator Has A Master Plan" both capable of making the toughest of audiences feel utterly uplifted. On the flip, "Love Is Everywhere" shines bright amid a flurry of flutes and intricate drum percussions, while "You've Got To Have Freedom" rides off a much smoother, deeper sort of vibe that's got a little funk at its core. Wicked.
Review: Following their surprise reunion and Strut-release album We Be All Africans last year, Idris and The Pyramids return... This time on Max Weissenfeldt's Philophon imprint. Laying down a spiritual arrangement so frenetic and full of its own life it takes up two parts, Idris's sax plays duet with Philophon's own vocalist Guy One. Gutsy, raw and full of surprises, it's another out-of-body experience from the longstanding jazz troupe.
Review: The first release from the Axis Audiophile Series. Jeff Mills has formed an electronic jazz fusion band and this 12? is a recording of their recent performance in Kobe during the TodaysArt.JP Festival. Mills manages the decks, drums and percussion and is joined Detroit legend and Underground Resistance stalwart Gerald Mitchell (Los Hermanos/Galaxy 2 Galaxy), keyboardist Yumiko Ohno and bassist Kenji Jino. "Eventide" has the same kind of urban, uplifting soul as anything Kaidi Thatham or Mark de Clive-Lowe have made and isn't bad at all! On the flip "Happy Gamma Ray" features uplifting keys and emotive chords backed by funk bass and one of Mills' unmistakeable 909 drum machine workouts. It really seems that there's no limit to this Motor City legend's creativity which has spanned nearly 30 years and we're excited about this new chapter in the Wizard's sonic universe.
Rock Your Baby (feat George McCrae - Nighttime mix) (5:04)
Groove Me Up (4:08)
Tom's Song (4:08)
Poor Boy's Blues #2 (For Nick Drake) (3:59)
L'hotel Beat (4:17)
Chet's Chat (4:19)
Beautiful Day (3:44)
Ride On (feat Paul Carrack) (3:48)
Marvin & Miles (3:48)
You're My Medicine (feat Marvin Gaye) (4:19)
Dish Of The Day (3:29)
Come To The Ball (James Bond mix) (3:40)
Summertime (Fresh mix) (3:35)
Review: Gare Du Nord are Barend Fransen and Ferdi Lancee: a jazz, latin and blues duo from Belgium and the Netherlands - also known for their captivating live show that they perform with a nine member band. This brand new compilation contains a selection of their best songs from their first three albums, such as "Pablo's Blues" (with Robert Johnson - which was featured in St Germain's legendary Tourist), "You're My Medicine" (with Marvin Gaye), an extended version of "Rock Your Baby" recorded with the original singer George McCrae plus some brand new mixes. The three albums reached gold status, but were unavailable for 10 years due to Fransen and Lancee wanting to preserve the analogue sound of the tracks. Now the time has come and the 'French' period of Gare du Nord is presented here with the original tracks specially remastered for vinyl.
Review: It has only taken two albums for Chris Illingworth, Nick Blacka, and Rob Turner to land with an LP on the legendary Blue Note label, but they've done it, and they've done it in fine style. Moreover, it's also a bold move from Blue Note, who only usually steer away from pure jazz for the likes of Madlib and co, but in hindsight, the Gogo Penguin trio have what it takes to be remembered as fine producers of beat-driven free jazz. Mixing up elements of nu-soul, together with broken beat and classic jazz, the trio's music is wild and diverse, and fully representative of the label's vision and charisma. Also, it's exactly the sort of thing that Gilles Peterson is in to, so sit back, relax, and let Man Made Object take you away.
Review: Before landing a privileged spot on the legendary Blue Note label, Manchester's GoGo Penguin had released a string of LPs, through Gondwana Records, that have become notoriously difficult to find. Moreover, they are respected by the very best of the contemporary DJs, including Worldwide FM's ever-present Gilles Peterson. This deluxe edition of V2.0, the ensemble's second studio album, will provide you both with a decently-priced copy of the vinyl edition, along with plenty of added bonus takes and interludes that were missing from the original cut. Thanks to subtle waves of electronica and improvisation, GoGo Penguin are putting the "contemporary" into jazz and, along with that, providing us with an LP that is changing conceptions of the genre for younger audiences. An RSD 2018 special.
Review: Although he was a member of countless well-regarded bands, jazz trombonist John Gordon found solo success much hard to come by. He only ever released two solo albums - both at the tail end of the 1970s - on Strata-East, with "Step By Step", his '76 debut, arguably being the pick of the pair. Here it gets the reissue treatment for the first time since 1990. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the hypnotic grooves-and-horns of epic opener "Step By Step" and wild lead lines of sparkling workout "Dance of the Ymas", to the smoky, early morning goodness "Making Memories" and the hard-bop influenced "Activity", which features some virtuoso playing from both Gordon and saxophonist Roland Alexander.
Review: Audiophile reissue specialists MPS deliver another killer jazz reissue on weighty vinyl. This time, they've turned their attention to American pianist Joanne Grauer's 1978 sophmore set, which saw her introducing the world to a new talent: vocalist Lorraine Feather. While the latter's B-side contributions - particularly her classic, big band style vocals on the samba-soaked "See You Later" and "Can't Sleep" - are undoubtedly superb, the star of the show is undoubtedly Grauer herself. Whether soloing manically over frenetic, up-tempo jazz ("Gork", the brilliant "Frog Child") or hammering out killer, Jimmy Smith style organ workouts in a jazz-funk style ("Evergreen"), Grauer hits the spot time and time again.
Review: These are heady times for fans of rare and obscure jazz albums, with essential new reissues dropping every week. Here's another, from lesser-known quintet Griot Galaxy. "Kins", their debut, was recorded over two days in September 1981 and originally appeared in stores early the following year on tiny imprint Black & White Records. This reissue replicates the original artwork and tracklist, with the cuts now sounding better than ever thanks to a tidy re-mastering job and extra-deep grooves. Musically, the six cuts on offer are wild and intergalactic in tone, with Griot Galaxy expertly combining elements of modal, spiritual jazz, free jazz, jazz-fusion and, on dancefloor-ready standout "Zenolog Aintro", bustling jazz-funk.
Review: Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou is an Ethiopian nun known for her unique solo piano playing. For three decades she lived a reclusive life with only rare performances, including one at the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Featured here are recordings sourced from the '60s of her truly captivating performances and are deservedly reissued by the Portland, Oregon based Mississippi/Little Axe Records. Featured here are all original compositions available for the first time on vinyl beyond the original early editions, said to be near impossible to find.