Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jimmy Takeuchi - Drumming Beat Pops

Year : 1969
Label : Union
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Pop

In the impressive discography of Jimmy Takeuchi, this is another Funk/Soul LP recorded during the same session as R&B Drumming sessions and released under the same label (Union). The same way, it means a Jazz Rock/Cover album of reprises from Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm & Blues standards and pop songs including Ob La Di, Ob La Da of The Beatles, Dusty Sprinfield' Wishin' and Hopin, Marie Laforêt' Manchester Et Liverpool, White Room from Cream or Time Was of Canned Heat.

01. Time Of The Season (Rod Argent)
02. Geraldine (Lou Zerato)
03. Let's Dance (Jim Lee)
04. Wishin' and Hopin (Hal David, Burt Bacharach)
05. Soul San Francisco
06. Manchester Et Liverpool (André Popp)
07. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (Galt MacDermot)
08. White Room (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown)
09. Ob La Di, Ob La Da (Lennon, McCartney)
10. Time Was (Alan Wilson)
11. Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)
12. Good-Bye (Lennon, McCartney)


Idris Muhammad - Black Rhythm Revolution !

Year : 1970
Label : BGP/Prestige
Genre : Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul

First solo album  signed on Prestige label and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder studio by Idris Muhammad to Soul Jazz style and high 'Funk' accent. He is surrounded by the same lineup as on his following album, Peace & Rhythm to the exception of Ron Carter & Alan Fontaine' absence. Titles include memorable grooves & powerful drum breaks, Soul covers of James Brown, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Jack McDuff and two originals compositions by Idris Muhammad. All tracks arranged by Clarence Thomas.

Idris Muhammad_drums
Jimmy Lewis_bass
Buddy Caldwell_congas
Harold Mabern_electric piano
Melvin Sparks_guitar
Clarence Thomas_tenor & soprano saxophones
Virgil Jones_trumpet

01. Express Yourself (Charles Wright)
02. Soulful Drums (Jack McDuff)
03. Super Bad (James Brown)
04. Wander
05. By the Red Sea

The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

Year : 1974
Label : Pride
Genre : Soul
Style : Surf, Funk/Soul

Their second and last LP relased in 1974, recorded, arranged and produced by Michael Viner. King Errisson on bongos/congas, Jim Gordon on drums and Steve Douglas with horns session. All tracks composed by Michael Viner except track 3, 4, 5, 9 & 11.

01. Kiburi
02. When The Bed Breaks Down (I'll Meet You In The Spring)
03. Sing, Sing, Sing
04. Pipeline
05. Wipe Out
06. Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught In Your Zipper
07. Topsy
08. Sharp Nine
09. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
10. Got The Sun In The Morning And The Daughter At Night
11. Ohkey Dokey

Shunzo Ohno - Antares

Year : 1980
Label :
King Records
Serie : Electric Bird
Genre :
Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style :
Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz

Shunzo Ohno comes back with his second album released under Electric Bird label and recorded at the Electric Lady studio based in New York. Antares is a typical Funk album to the Afro Cuban & Latin Jazz accents, including amazing grooves occured by the explosive slapping bass (Low East Side, Rum Raisin) play and dynamic latin bongo drums breaks (Bright Side, Antares). Shunzo Ohno plays roughly with the line-up as on Fat Back, featuring Marcus Miller, Kenny Kirkland & Onaje Allan Gumbs, all supported by strings ensemble. All tracks include only compositions of Shunzo Ohno except Rainbow Lovers composed by Kazuko Ohno.

Shunzo Ohno_trumpet, flugelhorn
Robert Arron_tenor saxophone, flute
Onaje Allan Gumbs_electric piano
Kenny Kirkland_electric piano, piano, clavinet
Kelvin Bell_electric guitar
Marcus Miller & Wayne Brathwaite_electric bass
Ronnie Burrage & Edward J.T. Lewis_drums
Ricardo Torres_percussion & birinbow
Juvenal Calderon_percussion

01. Bright Side
02. You First
03. Low East Side
04. Rainbow Lovers
05. Antares
06. Don't Be There
07. Remember
08. Rum Raisin


Monday, July 18, 2011

Señor Soul - It's Your Thing

Year : 1969
Label : Double Shot
Genre : Soul, Latin Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

Latin Soul grooves from the previous incarnation of War. Señor Soul was formed by Charles 'Chuck' Miller in 1967 with Howard Talley (guitar), Edwin Stevenson (vibes), Willie Briggs (bass), James Tillman Crump (drums). He played woodwinds, piano, guitar, and did recording sessions with The Ray Charles Band. Later, Eric Burdon formed War with Charles Miller' new band, The Night Shift (Harold Brown, Howard E. Scott & Papa Dee Allen) and Lee Oskar.

01. It's Your Thing
02. Love Has Two Faces
03. Hypnotizer
04. Working In The Coalmine
05. Make The Funk Jump
06. Soul Sermon
07. The Mouse
08. Proud Mary
09. Soul Fiesta
10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
11. Some Got It, Some Don't
12. El Loc

Akira Ishikawa & His Group - Drum Elvis Presley Drum


Year : 1971
Label : Crown
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Tribute album dedicated to the Elvis Presley's work, included in the disc series devoted to the Rock 'N' Roll music recorded by Akira Ishikawa during the early seventies. Drum Elvis Presley Drum took over the most famous songs that have made the fame of Elvis, recorded in the fifties including Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender or Don't Be Cruel.

01. Jailhouse Rock
02. I've Lost You
03. Hound Dog
04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

05. Heartbreak Hotel
06. Polk Salad Annie
07. Love Me Tender
08. G.I. Blues
09. Don't Be Cruel
10. Return To Sender
11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
12. I Really Don't Want To Know


Teruo Nakamura - Unicorn

Year : 1973
Label : Three Blind Mice
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Debut album of Teruo Nakamura, recorded in New York City and released under the legendary japanese Fusion Jazz label, TBM (Three Blind Mice). Teruo is surrounded by some of the best American Jazz Fusion players featuring Lenny White (best kown as fromer member of Return To Forever and drummer in the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew sessions, 1970), Steve Grossman & Alphonse Mouzon. Titles includes Understanding & Umma Be Me composed by Hubert Eaves III featuring Sandy Hewitt on vocals, the Jazz cover of Coltrane's Some Other Blues, New Moon by Steve Grossman, the Latin tune Derrick's Dance by John Miller and the original composition of Teruo, Unicorn Lady. All tracks arranged by Teruo Nakamura.

Teruo Nakamura_bass
Steve Grossman _soprano & tenor saxophone 
Charles Sullivan_trumpet
Alphonse Mouzon & Lenny White_drums 
Hubert Eaves III & George Cables_ piano, electric piano
Keiji Kishida & Ronald Jackson_percussion
Alvern Bunn_congas
John Miller_piano
Sandy Hewitt_vocals

01. Unicorn Lady
02. Understanding
03. Some Other Blues
04. Umma Be Me
05. New Moon
06. Derrick's Dance


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Y Society - Travel At Your Own Pace

Year : 2007
Label : Tres Records
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Conscious, Hip Hop Jazz

Conscious & Hip Hop Jazz album by Insight and Damu the Fudgemunk (Earl Davis also in group in Panacea with Jason Moore & K-Murdock). Arranged, mixed, recorded by Insight & Damu. Cuts & beats by Damu, lyrics by Insight.

01. Intro
02. This Is an Introduction
03. Never Off (On & On)
04. Hole in Your Pocket
05. This Advice
06. Good Communication
07. Scientist
08. Dizzy
09. How Many of Us?
10. Puzzles
11. What’s Next?
12. In Command
13. Setting the Example
14. At My Own Pace
15. Peace I’m out the Door
16. Never Off (On & On) (Insight Remix)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bernard Purdie - Purdie Good !

Year : 1971
Label : Prestige
Genre : Soul, Jazz
Style : Funk/Soul

Soul & Fusion Jazz from Prestige Records by Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, sideman for James Brown, Gato Barbieri, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron and many others from Jazz, Soul Funk (like Aretha Franklin) to Pop Music (like The Rolling Stones). He contributed to James Brown' Cold Sweat (1967) & Say It Loud-I'm Black & I'm Proud (1969), King Curtis' Live at Fillmore West (1971), Miles Davis' Get Up with It (1972), Gato Barbieri' Yesterdays (1974)...

Gordon Edwards_Bass
Norman Pride_Congas
Harold Wheeler_Electric Piano
Billy Nichols & Ted Dunbar_Guitar
Charlie Brown & Warren Daniels_Saxophone
Tippy Larkin_Trumpet

01. Cold Sweat
02. Montego Bay
03. Purdie Good
04. Wasteland
05. Everybody's Talkin'
06. You Turn Me On
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