Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yuji Ohno & Lupintic Five - Elusive Memory At The Kiritappu


Year : 2007
Label : VAP
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

One of the finest Yuji Ohno productions from the last years, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Lupin III 2nd Serie TV birth in a 19th annual Lupin TV Special broadcast episode. Yuji Ohno & his new band "Lupintic Five" (formed in 2006), perform Straight Ahead, Smooth & Jazz Funk of the same worth as the CTI recordings from the seventies. The group is supported by strings orchestra and surrounded by various guests musicians featuring, in particular, Kiyoshi Yoshida (synthesizer), Masami Nakagawa (flutes), Hajime Ueshiba (whistle), Tatuya Nishiwaki (harmonica) & J-Pop songstress Miki Imai on Love Theme. Masami Nakagawa is an old friend of Yuji who evolved within You & The Explosion Band, and was especially former member of the Masahiko Togashi Quartet & the Gil Evans Orchestra.

Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Yoshihito Eto_drums,
Masayuki Tawarayama_
wood bass & electric bass,
Keiji Matsushima_
trumpet
Hisatsugu Suzuki
_soprano & tenor sax
Satoshi Izumi_guitar

01. Opus 1 ''Iseka's theme''
02. Opus 2 ''Theme from Lupin The Third 'Ice blue' version''
03. Opus 3
04. Opus 4
05. Opus 5
06. Opus 6 "Elusive memory at the Kiritappu"
07. Opus 7 "La valse froide"
08. Opus 8
09. Opus 9 "Theme from Lupin III 'Elusive' version"
10. Love Theme

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The Helpful Soul - First Album


Year : 1969
Label : Victor
Genre : Rock
Style : Blues Rock, Psychedelic

Helpful Soul is the first album of super rare and phenomenal Japanese psychedelic rock band from Kobe, featuring Charlie Kosei, who was original singer of the opening & ending themes recorded for Lupin III 1st serie (1971-1972). The band started in 1965 under the Young Beats's name and recorded this unique album before split-up during the summer of 1969. Meanwhile two EPs were released before : Aladin's ThemeA Thousand And One Night composed for the original soundtrack of Osamu Tezuka's animated movie. Titles incude original compositions from the band (Blues For My Baby, Peace For Fools) and cover songs from Jimi Hendrix (Fire, You Got Me Floatin') Willie Dixon (Spoonful) & Robert Johnson (Crossroads).

Charlie Kosei_bass
Eiichi Tsukasa_drums
Gene Shoji_lead guitar
Junio Nakahara_lead vocal & guitar

01. Blues For My Baby
02. Fire
03. Peace For Fools
04. You Got Me Floatin'
05. Spoonful
06. Kansas City
07. Crossroads

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Earth Wind And Fire (Self-Titled)


Year : 1970
Label : Warner
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Psychedelic Soul, Funk

The debut album by one of most great funk band of all the time, released in 1970, contains some of the best compositions from the group. The lineup is quite different from the one that became famous during the mid-1970's, indeed this first formation of the group will be disbanded in 1971, after their third album called "Energy". The leader Maurice White, stay just behind the drums, blending his vocals to the group. The same year, the group recorded also the soundtrack for the best known blaxploitation film  "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song", starring & directed by Melvin Van Peebles. The music is likewise very different, more Psychedelic Soul, compared to the sound which made them famous in the boogie funk-disco style. All songs arranged by Earth, Wind & Fire, all songs written & composed Maurice White, Wade Flemons, Don Whitehead except C'mon Children & Bad Tune with Michael Beale/Verdine Adams.

Maurice White_drums, percussion, kalimba, vocals 
Verdine Adams_bass
Michael Beale_guitar
Phillard Williams_percussion, congas
Don Whitehead_piano, electric piano
Chester Washington_reeds
Alex Thomas_trombone
Leslie Drayton_trumpet
Sherry Scott_vocals
Wade Flemons_vocals, electric piano

01. Help Somebody
02. Moment of Truth
03. Love Is Life
04. Fan the Fire
05. C'mon Children
06. This World Today
07. Bad Tune

Yusef Lateef's Detroit Latitude 42° 30' Longitude 83°


Year : 1969
Label :
Atlantic
Genre :
Jazz
Style :
Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul, Big Band

Yusef Lateef is a multi-instrumentalist who plays as well as all saxophones, different types of flute, classic instruments (oboe, bassoon) or clarinet, first best known as member of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet between 1962 to 1964. Supported by a Big Band with brilliant rhythm section featuring Eric Gale, Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Hugh Lawson, Chuck Rainey & Cecil McBee, Yusef has recruited also guest musicians as Roy Brooks Jr. who plays drums on That Lucky Old Sun plus strings & horns ensemble including trumpeters Jimmy Owens and Thad Jones. From Hard Bop to Jazz Funk style, titles includes all compositions of Yusef Lateef except That Lucky Old Sun composed and written by Beasley Smith & Haven Gillepsie. Produced by Joel Dorn. 

Yusef Lateef _flute & tenor saxophone
Hugh Lawson_piano
Cecil McBee_bass
Chuck Rainey_electric bass
Eric Gale_guitar
Bernard Purdie_drums
Albert "Tootie" Heath_percussion
Norman Pride & Ray Barreto_congas

01. Bishop School
02. Livingston Playground
03. Eastern Market
04. Belle Isle
05. Russel & Eliot
06. Raymond Winchester
07. Woodward Avenue
08. That Lucky Old Sun

Monday, November 17, 2008

Various - Cowboy Bebop Remixes : Music For Freelance


Year : 1999
Label : Victor
Genre : Electronic
Style : Trip-Hop, Breakbeat, Downtempo

The famous Cowboy Bebop Original Soundtrack remixed by popular British DJs from NINJA TUNE & others finest Trip-Hop labels. The concept of the album is that "Music For Freelance" is a kind of recording broadcasted on a fictive pirate radio station, introduced humorously by the mysterious narrator Peter Duimstra. Each song is interspersed by radio jingles called the "Radio Free Mars Talks", and performed by MC Yota from Oxygen Funk. Titles include only remixes of Luke Vibert, DJ Vadim, Mr Scruff, Ian Pooley, Fila Brazilia, DMX Krew & 4 Hero.

01. Tank! (Luke Vibert Remix)
02. Forever Broke (Fila Brazilia Remix)
03. Cats On Mars (DMX Krew Remix)
04. Piano Black (Ian Obrien Remix)
05. Cat Blues (Mr Scruff Remix)
06. Fe (DJ Vadim Remix)
07. Fantasie Sign (Ian Pooley Remix)
08. Space Lion (4 Hero Remix)

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Nujabes, Various - Hyde Out Productions - First Collection


Year : 2003
Label : Hyde Out Recordings
Genre : Hip-Hop, Electronic
Style : Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Abstract
Website : Hydeout.net

Nujabes (real name Jun Seba) is a japanese Hip-Hop producer, beatmaker and DJ, owner of the Shibuya record shops, T Records, Guinness Records and the independant label Hyde-Out Recordings. He was mainly influenced by the Cool Jazz of Miles Davis or various works from Yusef Lateef. His style mixing Jazz, electro, Hip-Hop, Soul and Latin music. He produced several american, japanese and european independant Hip-Hop artists such as Five Deez, Substantial or his countryman, Shing02. In 2002, he was recruited to collaborate in the development of the Samurai Champloo soundscape among others Fat Jon, Tsutchie & FORCE OF NATURE. This compilation showcases the Nujabes' touch, combining the music genres from Hip-Hop & Jazz. Titles brings together instrumentals tracks by Nujabes, several of his productions including remixes by Fat Jon & Monorisik plus collaborations with the rappers L-Universe, Substantial, Apani B, Funky DL, Pase Rock from Five Deez, Cise Star from CYNE & Shing02. All tracks produced & mixed by Nujabes except It's About Time by Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician.

01. Moon Strut / Nujabes
02. Don't Even Try It / Funky DL
03. Strive / Apani B. Fly
04. Home Sweet Home / Substantial
05. Still Talking To You / Nujabes
06. Luv (Sic) / Shing02
07. Steadfast / Nujabes
08. Lyrical Terrorists / Substantial & L-Universe
09. Lose My Religion (Remix) / L-Universe
10. It's About Time (Fat Jon Remix) / Pase Rock
11. Plazma Avenue / Five Deez
12. D.T.F.N. / Cise Star
13. People's Don't Stray / Funky DL
14. Luv (Sic) Pt. 2 / Shing02

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Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up


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

Debut album of The Drells, a Funk/Soul band coming from Houston, formed in 1966, led by Archie Bell featuring chorus singers James Wise, Willie Parnell & Billy Butler, supported by studio musicians of the Atlantic label. Titles include their number one hit which reached the top of the charts in 1968, Tighten Up, the two classic cover songs from Stax Records, Knock on Wood (Eddie Floyd) & In the Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett) and originals compositions written by Archie Bell (When You Left Heartache Began & A Soldier's Prayer, 1967).

01. Tighten Up (Part One)
02. Tighten Up (Part Two)
03. I Don't Wanna Be A Playboy
04. You're Mine
05. Knock On Wood
06. Give Me Time
07. In The Midnight Hour
08. When You Left Heartache Began
09. A Thousand Wonders
10. A Soldier's Prayer, 1967

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bob James - Three

  
Year : 1976
Label : CTI
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

The penultimate Bob James album in the "number" serie, who crosses various musical genres ranging from Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz to caribbean overtones with the two Reggae tunes Women Of Ireland & Jamaica Farewell. The Bob James's group consists of Gary King, Harvey Mason, Eric Gale, plus additional musicians & guests featuring Grover Washington Jr., drummer Andy Newmark & guitarist Jeff Mironov (added on One Mint Julep), all are supported by horns section & strings ensemble. All tracks arranged & conducted by Bob James, recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Bob James_keyboards
Gary KingWill Lee_bass
Harvey Mason_drums
Eric Gale & Hugh McCracken_guitar
Ralph MacDonald_percussion
Grover Washington Jr. & Tin Whistle_tenor saxophone
Hubert Laws & Jerry Dodgion_flute

01. One Mint Julep 
02. Women Of Ireland
03. Westchester Lady
04. Storm King
05. Jamaica Farewell

Airto Moreira - Free


Year : 1972
Label : CTI
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Free Improvisations, Samba Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modal

One of the most famous Latin Jazz album, the best ever recorded by Airto for the famous label CTI records created by Creed Taylor (also in charge of Impulse ! & The Verve catalogues). This legendary Brazilian artist was a prominent international percussionist for the Creed Taylor studio musicians crew, has played with Hermeto Pascoal, Deodato or Freddie Hubbard, and likewise for argentine saxophonist, Gato Barbieri. The entire line-up is based on the Jazz Fusion band 'Return To Forever' featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim including others remarkable soloists (Jay BerlinerGeorge Benson, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws & Keith Jarrett). All are supported by brass band, strings ensemble, both conducted & arranged by Don Sebesky. Titles include the tribute Return To Forever composed by Chick Corea, Flora's "Purim" Song, the percussion suite "Free", Lucky Southern by Keith Jarrett and the samba tune, Creek (Arroio) by Victor Brazil. Recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Airto_vocals, percussions
Flora Purim_vocals
Chick Corea_piano, electric piano
Stanley Clarke_electric bass
Joe Farell_alto saxophone, flute
Ron Carter_bass
George Benson & Jay Berliner_guitar
Keith Jarrett_piano

And More...

01. Return To Forever
02. Flora's Song
03. Free
04. Lucky Southern
05. Creek (Arroio)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bob James - Two


Year : 1975
Label : CTI
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

Volume 2 of the Bob James tetralogy including CTI studio musicians and special guests. As One, the formation is supported by strings ensemble & horns section plus the drummer Steve Gadd, flutist Hubert Laws & trumpeter Randy Brecker. Titles include I Feel A Song featuring singer Patti Austin, Take Me To The Mardi Gras, one of the most widely used tracks in Hip-Hop breakbeat samples, and Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite #2) by french composer George Bizet. All tracks conducted & arranged by Bob James, recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Bob James_keyboards
Eric Gale_guitar & bass
Richie Resnicoff_guitar
Andrew Smith_drums
Arthur Jenkins & Ralph McDonald_percussions

01. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
02. I Feel A Song
03. The Golden Apple
04. Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite #2)
05. You're Right As Rain
06. Dream Journey

Ann Young & Yuji Ohno Trio - As Well Be Spring


Year : 1975
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Vocal, Cool Jazz, Contempory Jazz

An unknown and beautiful american jazz voice, supported by the Yuji Ohno Trio featuring Yoshio Ikeda & Kazuyoshi Okayama. Her career has mainly developed in Japan, where she was former vocalist for pianist Masao Yagi. As Well Be Spring consists of a selection based on various popular jazz standards & cover songs from the forties and the fifties, including Old Devil Moon (from the 1958 notable version performed by Chet Baker), Speak Low, There Is No Greater Love (sung by Billie Holliday in 1947) or I Only Have Eyes For You (written for the movie "Dames" in 1934, best known version from Peggy Lee). All tracks arranged by Yuji Ohno.

Ann Young_vocal
Yuji Ohno_piano, electric piano
Yoshio Ikeda_bass
Kazuyoshi Okayama_drums

01. Old Devil Moon
02. What Are You Doing The Best Your Life
03. Speak Low
04. It Might As Well Be Spring
05. Autumn In New York
06. There Is No Greater Love
07. Don't Explain
08. I Only Have Eyes For You

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nitro Microphone Underground (Self-Titled)


Year : 1999
Label : Reality Records/Def Jam Japan
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Funk/Soul

Nitro Microphone Underground is a legendary japanese Hip-Hop band formed in 1997, often compared to the Wu-Tang Clan, the group consists of eight MCs Bigzam, Dabo, Deli, Gore-Tex, Macka-Chin, S-Word, Suiken & XBS. This debut album was reissued in 2000 by Def Jam label, and was the fisrt japanese band to sign on the label. Nitro Microphone Underground is based on studio & live recordings, using various samples from Jazz, Funk/Soul (as James Brown) by Bossa Nova, including the singles Bambu & Live '99. S-Word & Suiken collaborated to Samourai Champloo O.S.T. with the track Style supported by the beats & the cuts of FORCE OF NATURE.

01. Nitro Microphone Underground
02. Bambu
03. Mischief
04. 3 On Tree
05. Pyramid
06. Asama131
07. S.K.I.T.
08. Requiem
09. Tonari no Oneesanga
10. Just' Playin'
11. Infinity
12. Hardcore
13. Unstoppable (Live At Edojou Hole)
14. Pico Pico Dan
15. Kuchi Zu San De Goran Yo
16. Nice Dream
17. Boku Mo
18. SKIT
19. 45 Fingaz Of Death
20. Sakiccho Dakedesukeredomo
21. Live'99
22. T.B.C. (Bonus Track)

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bob James - One


Year : 1974
Label : CTI
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz

First of four series album recorded for CTI  between 1974-1977, by pianist and arranger Bob James, nicknamed the "Godfather of the Smooth Jazz". Bob James plays with a large ensemble of musicians featuring Gary King, Idris Muhammad & Grover Washington Jr., all surrounded by strings section. After a period as sideman for Sarah Vaughan (1965-1968), he became one of favorites studio musician for the Creed Taylor's new label, during the decade 1970, where he played a major role in turning Fusion Jazz as producer and arranger. Titles include Valley Of The Shadow & Soulero featuring guest saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., the Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain and Nautilus (sampled by Run-D.M.C. for Beats to the Rhyme & Ghostface Killah for Daytona 500). Produced by Creed Taylor, recorded at Rudy Van Gelder studio, arranged & conducted by Bob James.

Bob James_keyboards
Gary King_bass
Richie Resnicoff_guitar
Idris Muhammad & Steve Gadd_drums
Ralph McDonald_percussion
Grover Whashington Jr._soprano saxophone

And More...

01. Valley Of The Shadows                        
02. In The Garden
03. Soulero
04. Night On Bald Mountain
05. Feel Like Making Love
06. Nautilus

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ben & The Platano Group - Paris Soul


Year : 1971
Label : Barclay
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock, Afro Cuban Jazz

Rare French Groove from Barclay productions, consisting in the meeting of various musicians who worked for the parisian Champs-Elysées cabaret ''Le Lido'' during the seventies. Paris Soul is composed, arranged by Roger Lecussant a.k.a. Evaristo Nata associated to Manuel Itturia and Dante Crescini (compositions), conducted by percussionist & leader Ben Ahmed Zouber. This Big Band evolves in a blend Afro Cuban flavors, Brazilian rhythms, Jazz Funk & Latin Rock styles, including titles Salute Tu Santa, Woluwe Strip, Paris Soul & Arte Pino Pasta.

01. Platano Split
02. Salute Tu Santa
03. Black Waders
04. Woluwe Strip
05. Cabaret
06. Paris Soul
07. Culzean
08. Castill Battle
09. Hang Out
10. Arte Pino Pasta

TSUTCHIE/FORCE OF NATURE - Samurai Champloo Music Record : Masta


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

Samurai Champloo is an animated serie directed by Schinichiro Watanabe (also in charge of Cowboy BeBop serie). This volume from original soundtrack four discs series, was produced and recorded by japanese DJ/producers from electro to Hip-Hop featuring the japanese duo FORCE OF NATURE & DJ TSUTCHIE from Japanese Hip-Hop band Shakkazombie. Titles include ending theme of episode 17, YOU, performed by Kazami, Sneak Chamber which contains the bass line of The Weaver (composed by Yusef Lateef) which also sampled by Cypress Hill and taken by The Roots for Popcorn Revisited (1994).

  • tracks 1 to 9 recorded, arranged & composed by FORCE OF NATURE (SAMPLE)
  • tracks 10 to 19 recorded, arranged & composed by TSUTCHIE (SAMPLE)

01. Vagrancy
02. Mist
03. Judgment On
04. Loading Zone
05. Paranoid
06. Silver Children
07. The Long Way of Drums
08. Sneak Chamber
09. New Dimension
10. Raw Material
11. Dry
12. Breeezin'
13. Tubed [Drum Please!!!]
14. Pretending to...
15. Seventythree [I Ask]
16. I Sighed
17. Sincerely
18. Numbernine [Back in TYO]
19. YOU

Electro Keyboard Orchestra (Self-Titled)


Year : 1975
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz, Electronic
Style : Space Age, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Electronic Moods

A concept album based on KORG SYNTHESIZER 700S & 800DV keyboards, highlighting the electronic overtones, recorded by eight renowned japanese pianists, all surrounded by a rhythm section including Ken Yajima, Akira Okazawa and Shuichi Murakami. There is no doubt that they were influenced by the Jazz Funk period of Herbie Hancock featuring his famous Headhunters band (as evidenced The Heated Point). Appears there : Yuji Ohno, who evolved in the Terumasa Hino Quartet (best known for the Captain Future & Lupin The 3rd OST), the arranger Hiromasa Suzuki (member of Akira Ishikawa's Count Buffalo Rock Band), Kentaro Haneda (Space Adventure Cobra OST), Masahiko Sato (in groups The Soundbreakers, Toshiyuki Miyama' New Herd), Hideo Ichikawa (The Beat Generation, George Kawaguchi's The Big 4, Kosuke Mine Quintet and George Otsuka Trio) but also Masao Yagi, Shigeto O'Hara and Sadayasu Fujii. Titles include variation of Ritual Fire Dance (arr. Masao Yagi) by the spanish composer Manuel De Falla, Quincy Jones' The Iron Side (arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki), Mother of Future (arr. Masahiko Sato) by Carlos Garnett and five original tracks composed specially for this album. Tracks 3 & 6 composed by Yuji Ohno, track 5 by Hiromasa Suzuki and track 7 by Masao Yagi.

The Rhythm Section :

Ken Yajima_guitar   
Akira Okazawa_bass
Shuichi Murakami_drums

01. The Fire Dance
02. Mother of The Future
03. Mayflower
04. The Iron Side
05. The Heated Point
06. The Soaring Seagull
07. Farewell, Onoda
08. The African Dawn

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Love Live Life - Love Will Make A Better You


Year : 1971
Label : King Records
Serie : NEWS
Genre : Jazz, Rock
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods

A japanese psychedelic & progressive art rock band, led by jazz saxophonist Kosuke Ichihara and mixing Jazz, Rock and Rhythm&Blues. The group consists of the japanese actor/singer Akira Fusé  surrounded by famous jazz players featuring Masaoki  Terakawa, Toshiaki Yokota, Kimio Mizutani & Takao Naoi, all members from Count Buffalos & The Sound Limited band. Titles include hard rock title-song, Love Will Make A Better You, Facts About It All to the Funk/Soul accents, the amazing Free Rock play, The Question Mark, the psychedelic Running Free and Shadow Of The Mind. All tracks composed & arranged by Kosuke Ichihara.

Akira Fusé_vocals
Chico Kawachi_drums
Masaoki  Terakawa_electric bass
Kimio Mizutani & Takao Naoi_electric guitar
Toshiaki Yokota_flute & soprano saxophone
Naomi Kawahara_percussion
Hiro Yanagida_piano & Hammond organ
Kosuke Ichihara_saxophone & flute

01. The Question Mark
02. Love Will Make A Better You
03. Running Free
04. Facts About It All
05. Shadow Of The Mind

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