Τετάρτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Guy Boyer ‎– Ballade Pour Un Vibra 1971 (Neuilly)


Label : Neuilly

Value :

On demand jazz library album on the cult french label Neuilly. Really pleasant album with Guy Boyer on vibes and arrangement. Includes the deep modal jazz tunes like "Vibra conceptions", "Jazz on vibes" or the on fast paced "Bongos and Sound" with brilliant drum breaks and killer vibes solo. This is the Creasound version of the same release on Neuilly called "Ballade pour un Vibra" with one extra track.

Taste :

Guy Boyer - Bongos & Sound


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Παρασκευή, 3 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Piotr Figiel ‎- Piotr 1971 (Pronit)


Label : Pronit

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Polish composer, arranger, vocalist and keyboardist Piotr FIGIEL (1940.04.13 - 2011.12.22) is probably best known for composing music for other artists, movies, TV, radio and theatrical plays. But in the 1960's he was an active musician himself, and toured Scandinavia with The Clivers. Later he would concentrate on studio work, as a collaborator with other artists in one capacity or another or for recording material for a wide variety of purposes.

Figiel also recorded and released a couple of solo albums: Piotr in 1971 (also known as Organ Hammondy) and Music in 1976. Of these two productions it's the former that will be of interest to fans of progressive rock, especially if you have a soft touch for jazzrock and fusion. The latter appears to be more of a purebred pop production, and from some descriptions apparently more of a compilation in spirit, but issued under Figiel's name. .

Taste :

Piotr Figiel - Prelude in e Minor


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Πέμπτη, 26 Οκτωβρίου 2017

P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble ‎– Winter Winds 1975 (Not on Label)

Label : Not on Label

Value :

Hewitt was only sixteen when he recorded his first album Jawbones in the auditorium of the Community School of Music and Arts in Moutain View, California, where he was an artist in residence. Part of his mission involved using music as a healing tool for those with degenerative neurological conditions. Another part, no less personal: the incessant need to document the songs and ideas welling up in his own young brain. Jawbones, pressed at Custom-Fidelity Records in Hollywood, California in a run of fifty pieces, paved the way for a second album, Since Washington, so named because the band had traveled to Washington, DC, to play for Richard Nixon. For his sophomore album, Hewitt pressed one hundred pieces.

Winter Winds, his third album, is the most “accessible” of the three Hewitt records. This is not to say that his previous albums are esoteric, just to say that this album appeals to those who might want to dance while having their consciousness expanded. Of the series of 4/4 numbers contained within, “Bada Que Bash,” a modal piece in a latin-tinged bag, stands out. Vocalists Sonia Valledeparas and Nina Scheller seem as if they’re speaking in an exotic language, amidst the band’s cavernous roar.  “This is actually organized scan singing,” Hewitt clarifies. “Instead of incessant, skittly “do wap du bop,” I provided rhythmic words that sounded like a language.” Hewitt was not yet twenty when “Winter Winds” saw its small press run disappear into the ether, awaiting rediscovery decades to come.By Now-Again

Taste :

P.E.Hewitt Jazz Ensemble - The Winterwind


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Παρασκευή, 20 Οκτωβρίου 2017

The Soul Explosion - Soul Fire 1968 (Center)

Label : Center

Value :

Detroit? Chicago? Well, no not at all. This 1968 release comes from a German band playing some lush and dynamic soul pop with an emotionally exalted vocal style that reminds a bit of Tom Jones at times. The songs range from powerfully onward grooving booty shakers to striking melodic tunes with great chorus lines that enlighten your spirit. When you take a listen you will realize these folks had a sense for the classic beat music of just a few years prior to this release and they really manage to lay down a steaming performance on this style actually already outdated back then. But since THE SOUL EXPLOSION spice up everything with a dark and brooding back street club atmosphere at the right moment, they could do what they want and always sounded exciting and fresh. I could not have told the difference between these krauts and any popular British or North American act in their genre. There is passion, sheer lust, a wild and animalistic drive and an ongoing groove that will mesmerize you. Technically this is a really solid group that knows to let loose when it is time to but mostly keeps the energy flow under control. I am certain that 60s fanatics who love the soul and early rock fusion of this era will go insane. It might be one of these typical exploito bands that were only studio projects done by the same musicians on several occasions for good money to be sold in the bargain bin to a willing audience. Well, we rather do not think further into that direction since the music that appears on “Soul fire” strikes your deepest inner self and sets your spirit aflame. The melodies are amazing and if you go and check the rhythms you will end up shaking without a chance to escape the everlasting pulse. This should have been enormously big. Think of later day ANIMALS, THE FOUR TOPS and the EQUALS all thrown into a mixer on full throttle, you might get something of a similar quality. Oh, Baby, c’mon shake it with me, yeah! From Granadilla Music.

Taste :

The Soul Explosion - See How They Run


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I Called Him Morgan 2016 by Kasper Collin


I Called Him Morgan is a 2016 Swedish-American documentary film written and directed by Kasper Collin which gives an account of the life of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, later responsible for his murder in February 1972.

Taste :

 I Called Him Morgan - Trailer





By Electric Looser


Κυριακή, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Tamba 4 ‎– We And The Sea 1968 (A&M)



Label : A&M

Value :
Beautiful stuff – and a record we never tire of hearing! This album's a sublime extension of the earlier Brazilian style of the Tamba Trio – in a set that has them adding a fourth member, and picking up some cool new sounds from producer Creed Taylor! The set brings the group's earlier blend of bossa jazz and vocal harmonies into play with Taylor's spacious sensibilities in the early days of CTI – that stretch when the label was partnered with A&M Records, in a mode that also echoes some of the best studio qualities of that imprint too! The songs are longer than usual – nicely stretched out in a beautiful blend of jazz, bossa, and voice – and tracks include a classic reading of Luiz Eca's "The Dolphin", a great take on "Canto De Ossahana", and the tracks "Flower Girl", "We & The Sea", and "Lemanja"

Taste :

Tamba 4 ‎– We And The Sea  (Full album)


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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή, 8 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Stringtronics ‎- Mindbender 1972 (Peer International Library Limited)



Label : Peer International Library Limited

Value :

This LP  from Stringtronics offers a genuinely psych/baroque exploration, that could be considered the missing link between David Axelrod’s “Song of Innocence” and Ennio Morricone’s Sergio Leone period, with a light exotic touch. It features an astonishing dynamic 6-track suite, written and conducted by the versatile virtuoso Barry Forgie. Stringtronics also gives stunning ethno-lounge music from famous French composers Nino Nardini & Roger Roger.

Taste :

Stringtronics (Barry Forgie) - Mediterranee

Nino Nardini - Tropicola
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By Electric Looser