Review: For the latest missive on their excellent Jazz45 sub-label, Jazzman has decided to offer up two sought-after catalogue cuts from contemporary spiritual jazz maestro Muriel Grossmann, a sax player, singer and composer who already has a swathe of quality albums to her name. First up is an edited version of 2018 cut "Golden Rule", a wonderfully breezy and out-there affair that sees Grossmann add mind-altering sax solos to a heavily percussive, off-kilter backing track rich in jaunty pianos and slick double bass. On flipside "Okan Ti Aye" she layers up the drums and cymbals further while offering bolder, heavier sax motifs. The result is a track of rare drive and intensity.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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: Theatre des Capucines 1963 is one of the earliest live documents of the legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Recorded in a brilliant small group setting and featuring only the instrumentation of the fantastic Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik and French journeyman bassist Michel Gaudry - this is Gainsbourg at his most cool and minimalist best. This is the same group that recorded that year's near perfect studio album, Gainsbourg Confidentiel. A live recording that takes that album's minimal vibe to its sultry and smokey extreme but most importantly - from one of the most famous singers of the mid-20th century.