Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Minnie Riperton - Aventures In Paradise


Year : 1975
Label : Epic/Sony
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

For this second album recorded for Epic, Minnie is associated to the cream of L.A.'s Jazz Fusion Funk musicians, The Crusaders (former band The Jazz Crusaders) featuring Larry Carlton & Joe Sample but also saxophonist Tom Scott and guest, harpist Dorothy Ashby. Entirely produced and arranged with Larry Carlton, this album is a continuation of his previous LP, Perfect Angel. Inside My Love was selected for the soundtarck of Tarantino movie' Jackie Brown. All tracks conducted by Larry Carlton, written by Minnie Riperton with his writing partner Richard Rudolph except tracks 1 to 2 & 7 with Leon Ware, Love And Its Glory with E.T. Brown & Adventures In Paradise with Joe Sample.

Minnie Riperton_vocal
Ed Brown_bass
Jim Gordon_drums, percussion
Larry Carlton & Dean Parks_guitar
Joe Sample_keyboards
Jim Horn & Tom Scott_saxophone 
The Sid Sharp Strings_strings

01. Baby, This Love I Have
02. Feelin' That Your Feelin's Right
03. When It Comes Down To It
04. Minnie's Lament
05. Love And Its Glory
06. Adventures In Paradise
07. Inside My Love
08. Alone In Brewster Bay
09. Simple Things
10. Don't Let Anyone Bring You Down

Monday, December 29, 2008

Funky DL - Blackcurrent Jazz


Year : 2001
Label : Miclife/Bad News
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Conscious
Website : Washington Classics

Naphta Newman is a british rapper, producer and owner of Whashington Classics label. He released his first album 'Classic was the Day' in 1997. He recorded several songs with Nujabes as Don't Even Try It released for Hyde Out Productions and usually worked with his long time friends, DJ Stixx & DJ Parris. Among his influences include De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and embraced the style of Jazz and its interpolations with Hip-Hop. This album is the meeting between Hip-Hop & Swing as evidenced samples selected by Newman and the tracks Confused?, Keeping It Classic & Turntables Hate Me are the best testimony. Titles include also featurings with Guile (Wonderful), Sienna (vocals on The Music) and Japan bonus tracks Turntables Hate Me, It Still Rocks, 2Long Remix. Funky DL regularly performs in tour in japan.

01. Talk About
02. 2Long
03. & Ask For DL
04. Confused?
05. Hit Me
06. Roll The Dice
07. Tangible
08. Prediction
09. Wonderful
10. What You Saying Girl
11. Simply 2 Complicated
12. High Endurance
13. Keeping It Classic
14. The Music
15. Turntables Hate Me
16. It Still Rocks
17. 2Long Remix

The Monty Alexander 7 - Jamento


Year : 1978
Label : Pablo Records
Genre : Jazz, Reggae
Style : Fusion, Caribbean

A tribute to the Caribbean music combining Jazz, Reggae & Mento featuring probably the best jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Monty Alexander is a Jamaican pianist and melodica player influenced by Wynton Kelly, Art Tatum, Gene Harris and Ahmad Jamal. His piano improvisations reflect his admiration for the styles of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson. He went to New York in 1962, met and became friends with bassist Ray Brown and vibrationist Milt Jackson. In California, in 1965, he recorded his first album, Alexander the Great, for Pacific Jazz at the age of 21. In order to obtain the perfect fusion of american Jazz & Carribean Sound, Monty recruits several artists of the caribbean musical scene as Larry McDonald from Jamaica & Roger Bethelmy from Trinidad and the use of Steel drums. Titles include Slippery by Ray Brown, George Benson' Weekend in L.A., Sugar Loaf At Twilight  by Richard Evans & three original tracks by Monty. All tracks arranged & produced by Monty Alexander.

Monty Alexander_piano
Andy Simpkins_bass
Ernest Ranglin_guitar
Duffy Jackson & Roger Bethelmy_drums
Larry McDonald_percussion
Vince Charles_steel drums

01. Accompony
02. Slippery
03. Sugar Loaf at Twilight
04. Weekend in L.A.
05. Jamento
06. Mango Rengue

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel


Year : 1974
Label : Epic/Sony
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

Her second LP with musical contributions of Stevie Wonder featuring Yvonne Wright & the legendary Sneaky Pete 'the Hendrix of steel guitar' (played for Frank Zappa on Waka/Jawaka '72 and for John Lennon on Mind Games '73). Stevie Wonder is credited under the pseudonym of El Toro Negro and composed two songs for Minnie. Titles include Jazz Funk song Reasons, Take A little Trip & the single Perfect Angel. All tracks written by Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph except Take A Little Trip & Perfect Angel by Stevie Wonder. Arranged by Wonderlove (Stevie Wonder's back up band and singing group).

Minnie Riperton_vocal
Stevie Wonder_electric piano, harmonica, drums, cymbals 
Reggie McBride_bass
Marlo Henderson_guitar
Michael Sembello_lead guitar
Ollie E. Brown_drums
Rocki Dzidzornu_congas
    
01. Reasons
02. It's So Nice To See Old Friends
03. Take A Little Trip
04. Seeing You This Way
05. Edge Of A Dream
06. Perfect Angel
07. Every Time He Comes Around
08. Lovin' You
09. Our Lives

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Fantastic Plastic Machine - Luxury


Year : 1999
Label : Readymade Records/Columbia
Genre : Electronic
Style : Future Jazz, Downtempo, Big Beat, Synth Pop

Tomoyuki Tanaka is a japanese DJ, bassist, composer & producer, better known under the name of Fantastic Plastic Machine. His music incorporates music instruments, sampling with cinematic moods and others soundtracks inspired by the sixties, using all styles of Easy Listening genre as well as Sweet Pop, Bossa Nova, Lounge or Music Library. Luxury is the second album of FPM including several featurings with various euro pop artists such as : Lorraine Bowen, Andreas Dorau, Simon Fisher Turner, Honeymink, Laurie Lemans from The Gentle People or also japanese pop singer Yukari Fresh. Titles include the variation of There Must Be An Angel by Eurythmics, Honolulu, Calcutta, The Girl Next Green Door, Electric Lady LandBossa For Jackie. Honolulu, Calcutta & Bossa For Jackie were mixed by Luke Gordon who worked for Goldfrapp, Coldcut or Roots Manuva. All tracks produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka & Masaki Tsurugi, programmed by Masayuki Kumahara

Additionals Musicians : 

Masaki Tsurugi_synthesizer, vocals
Hitoshi Watanabe_bass
Kinbara Cheiko_strings
Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, Jun Matsue & Titi Matsumura_guitar

01. Theme of Luxury
02. There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Mix for Mirror Ball)
03. Honolulu, Calcutta
04. Electric Lady Lan
05. He Became A Beatnik
06. Bossa For Jackie (Dedicated To Mrs. Kennedy)
07. You Must Learn All Night Long
08. Lotto
09. Satellite Beats
10. I've Forgotten My Fagotto
11. The Girl Next Green Door
12. MPF (Mezzo Pianoforte)
13. Mr. Fantasy's Love

LISTEN SAMPLE

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fat Jon As Maurice Galactica - Humanoid Erotica


Year : 2001
Label : Counterflow Recordings
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop
Style : Downtempo, Trip Hop

John Marshall, also known under various pseudonyms as The Ample Soul, is an American Hip-Hop producer & DJ from Cincinnati, also member of the independent Hip-Hop band, Five Deez, formed with MCs Pase Rock, Sonic & Kyle David. Fat Jon is one prominent actor of the Downtempo style like Nujabes, with whom he collaborated to the Samurai Champloo soundtrack in 2003. Humanoid Erotica, which was released under the Maurice Galactica's name, includes the triptych "Triple Gold Daytons", "I. Dee", the remix "Raindance" & the Hip-House track "Pretty Pussy Killy Kat" featuring Five Deez. Produced, composed & mixed by Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician.

01. At The Bar
02. 14 Years
03. Triple Gold Daytons
04. No
05. Tell Me
06. The Queen And I
07. Backseat Anonymous
08. Change Your Mind
09. Exact Space
10. I. Dee
11. Raindance (Remix Instrumental)
12. Pretty Pussy Killy Kat

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Various - Session : Sounds By Okihiko Sugano


Year : 1972
Label : Yamaha
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contemporary Jazz, Post Bop

First volume of three discs serie dedicated to the Yamaha's keyboards in a project created by Okihiko Sugano (brother of pianist Kunihiko Sugano), a famous japanese sound engineer & arranger. The Yamaha's Session I is conducted by Okihiko Sugano who has recruited for the occasion, some renowned japanese musicians featuring Takeshi Inomata, Eiji Kitamura, Yuzuru Sera, Kazuo Yashiro, Hiroshi Okazaki plus the american drummer Buffalo Bill Robinson. Titles include as well as New Orleans jazz style (St. James Infirmary, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans), Latin beat (A Dialogue Of Drums And Latin Percussion) & Contemporary Jazz (Stardust, Days Of Wine And Roses). Arranged & conducted by Okihiko Sugano.

Okihiko Sugano_presenter
Yuzuru Sera & Kazuo Yashiro_piano
Harada Masanaga_double bass
Jun Suzuki_electric bass
Hiroshi Okazaki_saxophone
Mitsui Akio_trumpet
Eiji Kitamura_clarinet
Ichiro Masuda_vibes
Buffalo Bill Robinson, Hiroshi Sunaga & Takeshi Inomata_drums

01. Miracle
02. My Ideal
03. Days Of Wine And Roses
04. St. James Infirmary
05. Stardust
06. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
07. That Old Feeling
08. A Dialogue Of Drums And Latin Percussion

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grand Pianoramax


Year : 2005
Label : ObliqSound
Genre : Electronic, Jazz
Style : Future Jazz, Hip-Hop

Grand Pianoramax is an experimental project merging Jazz & electro (drum'n'bass style), conceived by swiss pianist Léo Tardin associated to Ferenc Nemeth & Jojo Mayer on drums, and based only on the piano/drums couple (bass line being played by keyboards). Léo won the 1999 edition of Montreux Jazz Festival international piano competition award, and later was recruited by some well-known jazzmen such as Roy Ayers, The Last Poets, Erik Truffaz or Toots Thielemans. In 2008, at Montreux Jazz Festival, Grand Pianoramax are opening for Maceo Parker and later participate to his tour across the USA. All tracks composed & arranged by Léo Tardin except Starlite with Michele Locatelli.

Léo Tardin_piano, Fender Rhodes, minimoog
Jojo Mayer_drums
Ferenc Nemeth_drums (The Walk & Space Race)

01. Starlite
02. Feudor
03. Interlude I: Cosmodrome
04. The Walk
05. Freestyle Figures
06. Space Race (East Vs. West)
07. Interlude II: Panorama
08. Tranquille

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Marlena Shaw - From Dephts Of My Soul


Year : 1973
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

One of finest american Soul voice in Jazz, Marlena Shaw (real name Marlena Burgess) began to make singing appearances in various Jazz clubs, before be discovered by John Hammond (the talent scout such as Billie Holiday or Aretha Franklin) and to sign on Chess Records in 1966. After two albums recorded for Cadet (subsidiary of Chess), she joined Blue Note and released five records whose From Depths Of My Soul was the second. Recorded with arranger Wade Marcus, it features also renowned musicians such as Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Cornell Dupree & Hugh McCracken. The track list is based on a tasty blend of Soul & Jazz including funky grooves as Hum This Song, the single "Easy Evil" Wildflower and an original written by Marlena "Say A Good Word". Produced by George Butler, arranged by Wade Marcus.

Marlena Shaw_vocals
Ron Carter & Wilbur Bascomb_bass
Carl Lynch, Cornell Dupree, Gene Bertoncini & Hugh McCracken_guitar
Charles Collins, Grady Tate & Herbie Lovelle_drums
Derek Smith_keyboards
Arthur Jenkins_congas
George Devens_percussion
Gene Bianco_harp

01. Prelude / I Know I Love Him
02. Hum This Song
03. But For Now
04. Easy Evil
05. The Laughter And The Tears
06. The Feeling's Good
07. Wildflower
08. Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
09. Waterfall
10. Say A Good Word
11. Time For Me To Go

Think Twice - With A Loop And Some Swing


Year : 2007
Label : P-Vine
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Conscious

Debut album as a leader by the DJ producer/composer Phil Kennedy, member of canadian Hip-Hop band, SPECIFICS, best know under the name of Think Twice. He recruited for this project, SPECIFICS's partner, Golden Boy, and various rappers, whose some coming from the Hip-Hop underground scene of Montréal, featuring Manchilde from The Butta Babees, Shogun, Mr. Goodvibes, Loes, Lotus & Karma, Butta Beats from Nomadic Massive, Coates. Titles include Jazz & Soul samples, his single People Wanna Know, It's Too Late & Supafly from the same EP. Produced, mixed & recorded by Phil Kennedy.

01. Intro
02. People Wanna Know
03. Don't Mind At All
04. Stars
05. This Is Us
06. Whadodem
07. Fuck That
08. Watson Interlude
09. Freaky Ways
10. Supafly
11. Time's Passin Me By
12. Esto Es
13. It's Too Late
14. Coates Intro
15. The Accomplice

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Archie Bell & The Drells - I Can't Stop Dancing


Year : 1968
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

Recorded in the wake of their previous act "Tighten Up", the second album of Archie Bell and his fabulous Drells keeps the same recipe, namely a alternating beautiful soulful songs with powerful Rhythm & Blues tracks produced by the legendary premiere producers/songwriters duo of Soul : Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff (worked for Dusty Springfield, The O'Jays or Harold Melvin). Titles include a condensed of great cover songs from Curtis Mayfield (Monkey Time, I've Been Trying, Sometimes I Wonder), Otis Redding, the two songs written by Gamble & Huff specially for the band, and four originals written by Archie Bell.

01. I Can't Stop Dancing
02. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
03. Do The Choo Choo
04. You're Such A Beautiful Child
05. Monkey Time
06. Do You Feel It
07. I've Been Trying
08. Jammin' In Houston
09. Love Will Rain On You
10. Sometimes I Wonder

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dreams (Self-Titled)


Year : 1970
Label : CBS
Genre : Jazz, Rock
Style : Jazz Rock, Folk Rock, Funk/Soul, Psychedelic

Dreams is a Jazz Rock group formed by the Brecker Brothers featuring Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent & Doug Lubahn (Barry Rodgers, Edward Vernon and special guest John Abercrombie from Mahavishnu Orchestra are added), who ended the band activities after their second & final album, Imagine My Surprise, released in 1971. Doug Lubahn is best known for his collaboration as studio bass player on Waiting For The Sun, Strange Days & The Soft Parade albums from legendary band The Doors. Miles Davis came listen the band during their live performance and recruited later Billy Cobham for his "Live Evil". Titles include their three singles Devil Lady/The Maryanne, 15 Miles To Provo & The Dream Suite. All tracks arranged by Dreams, produced by Dreams & Fred Weinberg.

Doug Lubahn_bass, vocals
Billy Cobham_drums, percussion
Jeff Kent_keyboards, guitar, vocals
John Abercrombie_lead guitar
Edward Vernon_lead vocal
Michael Brecker_tenor saxophone, flute
Barry Rodgers_trombone, tuba
Randy Brecker_trumpet, flugelhorn

01. Devil Lady
02. 15 Miles To Provo
03. The Maryanne
04. Holli Be Home
05. Try Me

06. Dream Suite
  • Asset Stop
  • Jane
  • Crunchy Grenola
07. New York

Various - Samurai Champloo Music Record : Impression

  
Year : 2004
Label : Victor
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
Style : Hip Hop Jazz, Downtempo, Breakbeat, Funk/Soul

The last volume of Samurai Champloo Music Record which brings together all contributors of the original soundtrack except Tsutchie. Titles include the Hip-Hop song, STYLE from episode 18, performed by FORCE OF NATURE featuring rappers Suiken & S-Word from Nitro Microphone Underground, and the ending from episode 12 'Who's Theme', with Nujabes featuring japanese R&B singer Minmi. All tracks produced by FORCE OF NATURE, Nujabes & Fat Jon.

  • Kodama (Interlude) is a sample of Trumpet Flower by french composer Daniel Janin 
  • tracks 1 to 7 recorded, mixed & arranged by FORCE OF NATURE
  • tracks 8 to 16, 23 recorded, mixed & arranged by Nujabes
  • tracks 17 to 22 recorded, mixed & arranged by Fat Jon

    01. Just Forget
    02. Nightshift
    03. STYLE
    04. The Stroll
    05. Death Wish
    06. Set It Off
    07. The Million Way of Drum
    08. A Space in Air In Space in Air (Interlude)
    09. Sanctuary Ship
    10. Haiku (Interlude)
    11. Tsurugi No Mai
    12. Dead Season
    13. Decade (Interlude)
    14. World Without Words
    15. Kodama (Interlude)
    16. Silver Morning
    17. Bracelet
    18. In Position
    19. Night Out
    20. Not Quite Seleah
    21. Labyrinth Statistic
    22. Here and There
    23. Who's Theme

    CYNE (Collection 1999-2003)


    Year : 2003
    Label : P-Vine/Bonatica Del Jibaro
    Genre : Hip-Hop
    Style : Abstract, Conscious

    CYNE, who means "Cultivating Your New Experience", is an american underground, alternative & abstract Hip-Hop band from Gainesville, Florida. The group is characterized by a soulful sound including various styles of music as well as Rock, Trip-Hop & Jazz, but also best known for their politically tinged tracks & meditations' lyrics based on the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The band is formed by two MCs Akin & Cise Star associated to the DJs/producers Enoch & Speck. CYNE & its members have collaborated with several artists, including the japanese producer & beatmaker, Nujabes, whose solo projects have featured Cise Star, Akin & Four Tet. Titles include their unreleased tracks, singles "African Elephants", 400 Years, Midas featuring DJ Infamous & remixes by Seth P. Brundel & Plex, all recorded before their first official album, Time Being (2003).

    01. Inform / Invade (An Introduction)
    02. African Elephants
    03. Steady
    04. Tragic
    05. A Moment With Enoch
    06. 400 Years
    07. 400 Years (Seth P. Brundel Remix)
    08. E-Motion
    09. Paradise
    10. A Moment With Speck
    11. Octagon
    12. Midas with DJ Infamous
    13. Midas (Plex Remix)
    14. Out Of Time
    15. Outro

    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    Jun Fukamachi - Introducing Jun Fukamachi


    Year : 1975
    Label :
    Toshiba
    Serie : Pro Use Direct Cutting Series
    Genre :
    Jazz, Electronic, Classical
    Style :
    Jazz Funk, Fusion, Space-Age

    Jun Fukamachi is a japanese Jazz Fusion pianist, composer and a pioneer of the synthesizer play. Indeed, mainly known for his use of various keyboards, Fukamachi produces this particular atmosphere "straight out from the future", a mix of electronic sounds tinted by the jazz funk accents, his major signature during the seventies. In the late seventies, he played alongside the Brecker Brothers and others american Jazz Fusion renowned musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd or Dave Sandborn. Introducing Jun Fukamachi was released under the famous 'Pro-use Series' from the Toshiba Records label, including two variations of classical music themes : Evening Star from the Wagner's Tannhäuser opera and La Fille Aux cheveux De Lin of Claude Debussy. Titles include also the original compositions by Kenji Omura (Bamboo Bong), "Noah's Ark" & "Perfidy" by Fukamachi. All tracks arranged & conducted by Jun Fukamachi.

    Jun Fukamachi_keyboards
    Rei Ohara_bass
    Kenji Omura_guitar
    Ponta Murakami_drums
    Motoya Hamaguchi_percussion

    01. Evening Star : Oh, Star of Eve, Thy Tender Beam
    02. Noah's Ark
    03. Perfidy
    04. Bamboo Bong
    05. La Fille Aux cheveux De Lin

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    Ron Carter - Empire Jazz


    Year : 1980
    Label : RSO
    Genre : Jazz
    Style : Contempory Jazz

    Revealed and recruited by Miles Davis for his second great quintet from 1963 to 1968, alongside Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams, Ron Carter has more than 2500 albums to his credit, recorded all over the world. Empire Jazz is the music adaptation of the Original Soundtrack from the Motion Pictures Star Wars & The Empire Strikes Back, composed by John Williams, and also his "most wanted" LP. Ron Carter is surrounded by various renowned CTI musicians among Billy Cobham, Hubert Laws, Bob James or Ralph MacDonald, all supported by the FOX fanfare. Titles include the most popular themes of Star Wars as the Darth Vader's theme or Love Theme, and a Bossa variation of The Asteroid Field with beautiful orchestration & the arrangements of Ron Carter.

    Ron Carter_bass
    Billy Cobham_drums
    Jay Berliner_guitar
    Hubert Laws_flute
    Ralph MacDonald_percussion
    Bob James_piano
    Frank Wess_saxophone
    Eddie Bert_trombone
    Joe Shepley & Jon Faddis_trumpet, flugelhorn

    01. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
    02. The Asteroid Field
    03. Han Solo & The Princess (Love Theme)
    04. Lando's Palace
    05. Yoda's Theme

    LISTEN SAMPLE

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Nujabes/Fat Jon - Samurai Champloo Music Record : Departure


    Year : 2004
    Label : Victor
    Genre :  Electronic, Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
    Style : Hip-Hop Jazz, Downtempo


    Volume 2 of the Samurai Champloo Music Record series gathering several tracks performed by Nujabes & Fat Jon (Jon Marshall). Fat Jon  is an American Hip-Hop DJ & producer from Cincinnati, Ohio, former member of Five Deez, in charge of several recordings under various names as The Ample Soul Physician or Maurice Galactica. Titles include opening theme ''Battlecry'' recorded by Nujabes featuring Shing02, the ending theme "Shiki No Uta" (Song of Four Seasons) written, performed by japanese R&B songstress Minmi & arranged by Nujabes. All tracks produced & recorded by Nujabes and Fat Jon, from 1 to 6, 17 composed, arranged & mixed by Nujabes, from tracks 7 to 16 composed, arranged & mixed by Fat Jon.

    01. Battlecry Feat. Shing02
    02. The Space Between Two Worlds
    03. Aruarian Dance
    04. Kujaku
    05. Mystline
    06. 1st Samurai
    07. Ole
    08. 624 Part 2
    09. Genome
    10. No Way Back
    11. Funkin
    12. Stay
    13. Chambers
    14. Ask
    15. How You Feel
    16. 624 Part 1
    17. Shiki no Uta by Minmi

    Yuji Ohno Trio - Mr. Happy-Gon


    Year : 1971
    Label : RCA
    Serie : Modern Jazz Series
    Genre : Jazz
    Style : Contempory Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Cool Jazz

    Rare recording of the Japanese Jazz Giant, Yuji Ohno, best known in charge of various compositions to original soundtrack for broadcast advertisement, films, TV Show & especially for his contribution to the Lupin The 3rd animated serie (1977-1980). Mainly influenced by Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin or Henri Mancini, he started to play professional at Keio University in the Jazz Club "Light Music Society" where he met pianists Masahiko Satoh & Hiromasa Suzuki. In 1966, the drummer Hideo Shiraki enrolled him in his quintet alonside Terumasa Hino & Kunimistu Inaba for the Hideo Shiraki Meets Yuzo Kayama recording. In 1967, he was incorporated into the Terumasa Hino Quartet and the Masahiko Togashi Quintet (with Hiroshi Suzuki) and evolved in the Ryo Kawasaki Orchestra in 1970. During the seventies his trio consists of Yoshio Ikeda (sideman for Terumasa Hino & Kiyoshi Sugimoto) and Kazuyoshi Okayama, with whom he recorded several albums including As Well Be Spring. Titles include jazz standards as the brilliant Alone Together and two original compositions by Yuji Ohno (Mr Happy-Gon & My Little Angel).

    Yuji Ohno_piano
    Yoshio Ikeda_bass
    Kazuyoshi Okayama_drums

    01. Mr Happy-Gon
    02. My Foolish Heart
    03. Alone Together
    04. A Boy On A Dolphin
    05. My Little Angel
    06. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
    07. On Green Dolphin Street
    08. My One & Only Love

    LISTEN SAMPLE

    Tuesday, December 9, 2008

    Nujabes - Metaphorical Music


    Year : 2003
    Label : Dimid Recordings
    Genre : Electronic, Hip-Hop, Jazz
    Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo
    Website : Hydeout.net

    This debut album of Nujabes is a blend from Hip-Hop by Jazz associated with Downtempo in order to recreate a certain relaxing & cool atmosphere. Metaphorical Music contains various collaborations featuring japanese and american independent Hip-Hop artists such as activist MC, Shing02 (best known for the opening "Battlecry" from the Samurai Champloo original soundtrack, likewise with Nujabes), the multi-instrumentalist, Uyama Hiroto, and some underground US rappers : Substantial, Pase Rock & Five Deez, Cise Starr from CYNE. Titles include instrumentals electro-Jazz tracks (Horn In The Middle, Next View...), pure Hip-Hop Soul (Lady Brown, F.I.L.O....) & Beat Laments The World (original version of the Samurai Champloo ending theme). All tracks produced, mixed & composed by Nujabes.

    01. Blessing It Rremix Feat. Substantial & Pase Rock from Five Deez
    02. Horn In The Middle
    03. Lady Brown Feat. Cise Starr from CYNE
    04. Kumomi
    05. Highs 2 Lows Feat. Cise Starr from CYNE
    06. Beat Laments The World
    07. Letter From Yokosuka
    08. Think Different feat. Substantial
    09. A Day By Atmosphere Supreme
    10. Next View Feat. Uyama Hiroto
    11. Lattitude Remix Feat. Five Deez
    12. F.I.L.O. Feat. Shing02
    13. Summer Gypsy
    14. The Final View
    15. Peaceland

    Friday, December 5, 2008

    TSUTCHIE - Samurai Champloo Music Record : Playlist


    Year : 2004
    Label : Victor
    Genre : Electronic, Stage & Screen
    Style : Downtempo, Breakbeat

    Volume 3 of the Samurai Champloo Music Record series performed by DJ Tsutchie (real name Shinji Tsuchida). Tsutchie is a japapanese beatmaker, longtime friend of the director Shinichirō Watanabe, and member of the Hip-Hop band, Shakkazombie actives since 1993. Titles include only compositions from Tsutchie and the ending theme of episode 23, FLY, featuring Azuma Riki from Small Circle Of Friends. All tracks composed, arranged & produced by Tsutchie.

    01. Thank You
    02. Yet? Why Not ?
    03. Strike Back
    04. Let Me Know What U Think
    05. Mists
    06. Flip
    07. Absolute
    08. Adapt Myself
    09. Tuned
    10. No Icon
    11. Stretch Out
    12. Process
    13. Reflective
    14. Deeper Than Words
    15. 2 Messages
    16. The Updater
    17. Offers
    18. FLY Feat. Azuma Riki

    LISTEN SAMPLE

    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    Eyedea & Abilities - First Born


    Year : 2001
    Label : Rhymsayers Entertainment
    Genre : Hip-Hop
    Style : Abstract, Jazzy Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul


    Eyedea & Abilities is an american alternative/abstract Hip-Hop duo based in Minnesota influenced by Jazz & Soul artists. It feature Eyedea (Micheal Larsen), a MC who also performs under the name of Oliver Hart (for battle and freestyle skills) & DJ Abilities, best known for winning three DMC awards for his mixtapes and in group the 1200 Hobos. Titles include singles Blindly Firing, Before And After featuring Blueprint, tracks extracted from their two previous EPs Pushing Buttons, Architect's Theme & A Murder Of Memories. All tracks, productions, beats & cuts by DJ Abilities.

    01. One
    02. Music, Music
    03. Birth of a Fish
    04. ...Powdered Water Too (Part 1)
    05. ...Powdered Water Too (Part 2)
    06. Color My World Mine
    07. Liquid Sovereignty
    08. A Murder Of Memories
    09. Blindly Firing
    10. Big Shots
    11. Void (Internal Theory)
    12. The Dive (Part 1)
    13. The Dive (Part 2)
    14. Well-Being
    15. Read Wiped In Blue
    16. Void (External Theory)
    17. On This I Stand
    18. Before And After

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    Bob James - BJ 4


    Year : 1977
    Label : CTI
    Genre : Jazz
    Style : Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

    The last and final number of the four discs series produced for CTI, by Bob James at the top of his play. The rhythm section is based on Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Gary King & Ralph MacDonald, plus additional musicians featuring soloists of great worth as Hubert Laws and Art Farmer, all supported by strings ensemble. Titles include Jazz Funk songs with mellow mood to the caribbean accents, only compositions & arrangements by Bob James, produced by Creed Taylor, recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

    Bob James_keyboards
    Gary King_bass
    Steve Gadd_drums
    Eric Gale_guitar
    Ralph MacDonald_percussion
    Romeo Penque_tenor saxophone & bass clarinet

    01. Pure Imagination
    02. Where The Wind Blows Free
    03. Tappan Zee
    04. Nights Are Forever Without You
    05. Treasure Island
    06. El Verano
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