Friday, May 26, 2017

Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers "Doin' What We Wanna" 1970

Wonderful work by tenor saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his gang on this groovy and instrumental soul album from 1970, in parts very funky and sometimes with a more moody soul-jazz touch. One of the coolest albums Atlantic Records put out in 1970. Groovy!


Pat Martino ‎"Consciousness" 1974

Consciousness is a very groovy jazz/fusion from 1974 by the italian-american guitar player Pat Martino. The music had some typical mid 70s criminal/detective vibes, and his take on John Coltrane's Impressions is a winner! Groovy!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Walter Bishop Jr "Soul Village" 1977

Amazing album from 1977 by the american and new yorker pianist and composer Walter Bishop Jr. This is a true soul-jazz gem with moody and funky vibes. Among the musicians on the record are Mark Egan, Randy Becker, Steve Kahn and Ed Soph. Groovy!


Tony Murray "Meets Santana" 1987

Nice jamaican roots reggae/dancehall album from 1987 with Tony Murray and Santana with the backing group The Radics (not to be confused with the latin rocker). I don't know much about those dudes, but it's pretty groovy!


Mantronix "Music Madness" 1986

The New York duo Mantronix (Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee, both Jamaican-americans) released a couple of highly acclaimed albums in the mid 80s. They were true innovatives in the hip hop genre, and their crossover/mix with electrnoic music were fantastic and way ahead of it's time. Music Madness is their 2nd album from 1986. Groovy!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VA - Reggae Got Soul 4 (20 Soul Covers From The Jamaican 1960s & 1970s)

Well, here is a fourth mixtape with groovy jamaican-reggae soul covers from the 60s & 70s. This mix along with the three previous in this series is some kind of compliment to the highly recomended soul-cover projects by Soul Jazz Records (Studio One Soul 1 & 2), Funky Kingston and Soul Power by Trojan, and of course Blood & Fire's lovely Darker Than Blue. None of the songs on my four mixtapes appears on the compilations I mentioned (I think). Keep on pushin'!

01. Annette Clarke - Just One Look (1973)
02. St. Andrew´s Girls Choir - Walk On By (1969)
03. Owen Gray - Ain't Nobody Home (1968)
04. David Isaacs - Just Enough (To Keep Me Hangin' On) (1971)
05. Alton Ellis - Can I Change My Mind (1969)
06. The Chosen Few - You're A Big Girl Now (1972)
07. The Selectors - Higher and Higher (1975)
08. Winston Francis - Yester Me, Yester You (1970)
09. Maroons - Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
10. Horace Andy - Rock Your Baby (1974)
11. Now Generation - It's Too Late (1974)
12. Marcia Griffiths - Band Of Gold (1970)
13. The Gayletts - Son Of A Preacher Man (1969)
14. Slim Smith - On Broadway (1969)
15. The Heptones - Young, Gifted And Black (1970)
16. The Marvels - Be My Baby (1971)
17. Susan Cadogan - I Say A Little Prayer (1975)
18. Don Cornell - Stop In The Name Of Love (1970)
19. Pat Kelly - Dark End Of The Street (1969)
20. Lloyd Charmers - Let's Get It On (1974)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

VA - I'm There 2 (More Groovy Sounds Of Bob Dylan 1968-1970)

Here is a 2nd mixtape I made with cover versions of Bob Dylan songs recorded 1968-1970. This was not a try to do a "best of" zimmerman-covers, not even from the those specific years, and many artists and versions/songs are missing from the period. We all love Roger McGuinn and The Byrds don't we? This was just meant to be a groovy mixtape to fill your head with, and it was pretty fun to put this together. Hope some of you dig it.

01. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity ‎- I Am A Lonesome Hobo (1968)
02. Family Dogg - Love Minus Zero (1969)
03. Johnny Jenkins - Down Along The Cove (1970)
04. Billy Preston - She Belongs To Me (1969)
05. Deena Webster - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (1968)
06. Lynn Blessing - Country Pie (1969)
07. Nannie Porres - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (1969)
08. Hugo Montenegro - Mr Tambourine Man (1970)
09. John Braden - I Want You (1968)
10. Phluph - It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (1968)
11. Southwind - You Been On My Mind (1968)
12. Al Kooper - Went To See The Gypsy (1969)
13. Joe Cocker - Dear Landlord (1969)
14. Earl Scruggs - Nashville Skyline Rag (1970)
15. Brewer Shipley - All Along The Watchtower (1970)
16. Taj Mahal - I Pity The Poor Immigrant (1969)
17. The Faces - Wicked Messenger (1970)
18. Raymond Froggatt - Corrina Corrina (1968)
19. Candymen - The Memphis Blues Again (1968)
20. The Serfs - Like A Rolling Stone (1969)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Kohsuke Mine "Out Of Chaos" 1974

Out Of Chaos is the japanese jazz/jazz-fusion tenor saxophoist Kohsuke Mine's 2nd effort, the quartet recorded the album in Tokyo and it was released back in 1974. The album got three longer tracks and it's a great crossover between spiritual, fusion and contemporary jazz. Groovy!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos "Beware" 2015

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos are a rock steady/reagge group from Los Angeles, Beware is their first and only album so far. It's very hard to realize that this album was recorded just two years ago, it sounds like it was recorded in Kingston by jamaican dudes in the mid 70s, so vintage and so retro production (we like!). And, musically this is some kind of early 70s reggae and late 60s rock steady, groovy organs, moody horns, lovely rhythm section, and the singer just blow me away (so the backing vocalists do). Support the band here, and support Truth & Soul Records here. This is a time machine for sure. Groovy!


Randy Brown "Midnight Desire" 1980

Randy Brown was born in Memphis 1952, and recorded with the doo wop group The Newcombers and soulsters The Temprees before went on with a solo career. Midnight Desire from 1980 is a fantastic and moody record (except for one ballad) full of uptempo soul/funk with elements of disco. Lovely produced by Homer Banks for Chocolate City Records! Groovy!


Milt Jackson "And The Hip String Quartet" 1968

Milt "Bags" Jackson was one of americas finest and most profilic (and well respected) vibraphonist in the 50s, 60s and 70s, he played with almost everyone of the biggest jazz stars of it's time. Milton Jackson And The Hip Strings from 1968 is just what the title and album cover tells, a pretty contemporary jazz album with typical of time groovy vibes. But what a great record!


Friday, May 19, 2017

VA - L.A. (Light Album) 40 Soft Rock Nuggets 1975-1982!

Well, here is two mixtapes I made with some of my "soft rock" favorites from the years 1975-1982 (love it or leave it), some may call the genre yacht rock, FM rock, adult oriented rock, soft pop and so on, there are also a lot of ramifications. I really love this genre, so playful in the crossovers between pop, jazzrock, ligth disco, soul, folk, grooves, rock and harmonies. Please remember this was not a try to do a fair overview of the genre, lots of influental bands from those years are missing here (and the biggest hits), this was just meant to be two groovy mixtapes to fill your head with. Cheers.

01. Archie James Cavanaugh - Take It Easy (1980)
02. Joe Egan - Back On the Road (1979)
03. Mark Gillespie - Traveller In The Night (1981)
04. Walter Egan - Magnet And Steel (1978)
05. The Tarney-Spencer Band - I Can Hear Love (1978)
06. Kalapana - What Do I Do (1975)
07. Boz Scaggs - Lowdown (1976)
08. Danny Kirwan - Wings of a Dove (1979)
09. Wings - Wino Junko (1976)
10. Mondo Rock - Chemistry (1981)
11. The Doobie Brothers - Losin' End (1976)
12. Cecilio and Kapono - Someday (1975)
13. Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right (1976)
14. Alessi - Driftin (1978)
15. Joe Vitale - Plantation Harbor (1982)
16. Steve Marrs - How Was I To Know (1982)
17. Ben Sidran - Feel Your Groove (1976)
18. Ned Dohenny - To Prove My Love (1979)
19. Jeremy Spencer - Cool Breeze (1979)
20. The Beach Boys - Angel Come Home (1979)

01. The Eagles - One Of These Nights (1975)
02. Terence Boylan - Don't Hang Up Those Dancing Shoes (1977)
03. The Bernie Leadon-Michael Georgiades Band - You're The Singer (1977)
04. Mark-Almond - Lonely People (1978)
05. Michael Franks - Monkey See-Monkey Do (1975)
06. Mick Fleetwood - Walk A Thin Line (1981)
07. Captain & Tennille - You Never Done It Like That (1978)
08. Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (1981)
09. Debra Laws - How Long (1977)
10. Bob Bennett - Madness Dancing (1982)
11. Felix Cavaliere - Good To Have Love Back (1979)
12. Dwayne Ford - Lovin' And Losin' You (1981)
13. Bob Welch - Sentimental Lady (1977)
14. Donald Fagen - I.G.Y. (1982)
15. Cory Wells - Hard Times (1979)
16. Chilliwack - I Believe (1981)
17. Steely Dan - Haitian Divorce (1976)
18. Marty Balin ‎- Hearts (1981)
19. Dan Peek - Divine Lady (1978)
20. Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head (1975)


Lloyd McNeill Quartet "Washington Suite" 1970

Washington Suite is an absolute killer jazz album by the american flautist, poet, painter and composer Lloyd McNeil from 1970. The music is very moody, laid back, spiritual and groovy in parts (esp The City Tryptych). There is also elements of african, brazil and european music on this LP. The album has recently been reissued by Soul Jazz Records, support them here. Groovy!


Blay Ambolley "Ketan" 2017

Blay Ambolay is a very profilic musician/singer/producer from Ghana (active since the early 70s), now based in Los Angeles. His latest album Ketan is full of typical funky Ghana afrobeat, afrofunk (also a more laid back high life-jazz number) and grooves. Great produced albums! Support him here. And, also support his german record lable  Agogo Records here. Groovy!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Expanders "Same" 2011

The Expanders from California are maybe be one of americas best roots reggae acts from the 2010s? They formed in 2003 already (as an live act), and this release from 2011 is their album debut. First class Bob Marley-era roots reggae,  and the album is perfectly late 70s produced, a couple of tunes has some dub effect. This is groovy as hell. Support the band here.


Shirley Brown ‎"Woman To Woman" 1974

Shirley Brown's voice is often compared to Aretha Franklin, and musically they have similarities. The singer was discovered by guitar maestro Albert King at the age of fourteen in 1962 at the Harlem Club in Brooklyn. Woman To Woman is an extraordinary great soul (with gospel vibes) album from 1974 (also her first), released by Truth Records (then a part of the Stax empire). She is still active (esp live), support her here. Groovy!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Honoro Avolonto "Same" 1983

Avolonto Honore started as a conga player in Benin's now legendary T.P. Orchestro Poly-Rytmo (and other bands as well) in 1969. This is his fourth solo effort, recorded in 1983 (sounds like the 70s tough) with the different vocalists that are mentioned on the front cover. The guitar player  Adjadohoun Maximus made an incredible work on the last track; the nine minutes  Tin Lon Non, hypnotic afrofunk with edgy psychedelic guitar work. The A-side of the record includes Honore's own take on the highlife music. Groovy!


Ska Cubano "Ay Caramba!" 2006

Ska Cubano was a London based orchestra formed in 2001, what I knew they have suspended recently. Their music old school jamaican ska, mixed with afro-cuban, latin, cumbia and calypso. The result is inceredible groovy. Ay Caramba from 2006 was their 2nd (on in my opinion best produced) effort. They were a highly regarded live act. Support the band here. Groovy!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jazzy Jeff "On Fire" 1985

MC Jazzy Jeff (not to be confused with DJ Jazzy Jeff) was an american rapper from Bronx, New York, and member of the Funky 4+1 from 1979-2002. On Fire from 1985 was his only solo effort. The music is raw old school hip hop/rap with a sometime typical of time bombastic production.


Rusty Bryant "Soul Liberation" 1970

Rysty Bryant were an american tenor saxophonist born in West Virginia late 1920s. Through the 60s and 70s he worked frequently with lots of groovy dudes like Boogaloo Joe Jones, Hank Marr, Richard Groove Holmes  and Sonny Philips. Soul Liberation from 1970 is a very moody soul-jazz album, you get both groove and smoky late night feels. Groovy!