Tuesday, June 30, 2009

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

Funky Good Time: The Anthology

The J.B.'s recorded under various billings in the early '70s, including the J.B.'s, Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s, Maceo & the Macks, the First Family, the Last Word, and others. This double CD gathers 30 of the prime tracks by all of the above configurations from the first half of the '70s, including all nine of their chart hits and quite a few rare singles and long versions. Often, James Brown himself chips in with incidental vocals (though this is mostly instrumental) and keyboards. The two-and-a-half-hour program can start to sound monotonous if taken all at once, but it's prime, often riveting funk, jammed with lockstep grooves that vary between basic R&B vamps and imaginative, almost jazzy improvisation.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mount Everest Trio

Waves From Albert Ayler

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cato Salsa Experience With The Thing Joe Mcphee

San Ul Lim - Laying Silks and Satins on my Heart

San Ul Lim's early albums have a certain primitive but honest rock sound, in essence like a kind of garage psych but with some refinement in recording. We hear simple chords but with best effect and most effective arrangements. This album also has folk ballads, like track 4, 5.

For Korea this more simple straight forwardness of the group with great effect was new. For the Western listener who grew in apreciating creativity with simplicity (with 2/3 chords) it was a recognition of talent. Without knowing San Ul Lim here created a new approach to rock for Korea. (Otherwise Magma would never had sounded like they were)....San Ul Lim 2 might be the best and most adventurous of the lot -- full of spacey, more experimental passages! If San Ul Lim 1 was the most sunshine rock oriented set, and San Ul Lim 3 flirted with hard rock, album 2 splits the difference with a little bit of groovy prog elements and lots of spacey organ! The tunes have some more languorous, moody bits that are rich with atmosphere and some really sweet work on bass, fuzzy guitars and the swirling organ -- but the group's excellent ear for melody and a catchy groove are still very much intact! 10 tracks in all.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Ignored upon its release in 1974 and celebrated upon its reissue in 2001, Shuggie Otis' fourth and last album Inspiration Information exists out of time -- a record that was of its time, but didn't belong of it; a record that was idiosyncratic but not necessarily visionary. It was psychedelic soul that was released far too late to be part of any zeitgeist and it was buried at the time. Yet no matter what Luaka Bop's grand poobah David Byrne claims on the sticker -- he says Shuggie's "trippy R&B jams are equal to Marvin's and Curtis', but somehow more contemporary sounding...closer to D'Angelo meets DJ Shadow" -- this isn't revolutionary. It can occasionally sound modern, such as on the rolling head trip "XL-30," but only because it's the kind of groove Shadow would sample and build on; the slow, liquid instrumental head trips sound the same way. Perhaps that's why it can seem more contemporary -- contemporary ears are more attuned to these relaxed, warmly trippy soundscapes. Otis crafted all of this essentially alone, playing each instrument himself, and it's quite clearly a reflection of his inner psyche, and no matter how much it floats and skates upon its own sound, it's a welcoming, inviting sound. But, no matter how much the partisans claim -- and their effusive praise is plastered all over the liner notes, with Sean O'Hagan claiming that it shocks you out of a rut, Stereolab's Tim Gane says it is "almost like a new style of music that could've developed but never did" -- this isn't revolutionary, even if it's delightfully idiosyncratic. So, don't fall for the hyperbole. This isn't an album that knocks your head off -- it's subtle, intricate music that's equal parts head music and elegant funk, a record that slowly works its way under your skin. Part of the reason it sounds so intriguing in 2001 is that there just aren't that many musicians that doggedly pursue their individual vision while retaining a sense of focus. But it isn't a record without precedent, nor is it startling. It's a record for people that have heard a lot of music, maybe too much, and are looking for a new musical romance. [Luaka Bop's reissue contains four fine bonus tracks, including the original version of "Strawberry Letter 23," which the Brothers Johnson later had a hit with.

Orlando's Afro Ideas: 1969-1972

Few artists have been as crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Starting in the '60s, Julius was fusing traditional African sounds and rhythms with those of American pop, soul, and R&B. Aside from performing and recording in his native Nigeria, he spent many years in the United States working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela. His 1966 effort, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and even went so far as to influence music in the United States. The record's dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was very much ahead of its time, and some say that Super Afro Soul helped shape the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years. After Super Afro Soul, Julius released a long list of records exclusively in Nigeria and from them received a great amount of local fame. He went largely unnoticed by the international community until 2000, when Super Afro Soul was re-released on Strut and distributed throughout the world to wide critical acclaim.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dengue Fever Sleepwalking Through the Mekong

Dengue Fever's increasingly notable role as a flashpoint band for myriad styles -- starting with but less and less limited to re-creating 1960s Cambodian fuzz-pop smashes -- gets a logical summary with Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, part career overview and part documentary of the sounds and styles which originally prompted the L.A.-based group into existence. The collection itself pairs up with an enjoyable documentary featuring the group's first tour of Cambodia itself, homeland of its powerful lead singer Chhom Nimol, but on its own the soundtrack makes for a good introduction for both neophytes to the group and its larger context. Only a few songs are full-on rarities for any dedicated Dengue Fever fan to start with -- two brief instrumentals, including the wonderfully titled "March of the Balloon Animals," plus a couple of live tracks and reworkings of earlier songs, including "Seeing Hands," its rhythmic keyboard vamp and guitar twang and buried vocals resulting in a compelling version as much Spacemen 3 as Sinn Sisamouth. The latter features on the disc along with other classic performers such as Ros Serey Sothea, whose "Today I Learnt to Drink" nearly steals the whole disc.

100% Pure Funk, Vol. 2

100% Pure Funk Volume 2 Guaranteed Heavy Heavy Groove

Inner City Sounds

Funky soul from the west coast -- and a motherlode of tracks that you've probably never heard! Inner City Records was a small time funk powerhouse -- owned and run by organ player George Semper, who cut some mighty fine records on his own! The label's not to be confused with the New York-based jazz label Inner City -- because this one was a much more down-n-dirty funky one -- and cut some killer work in a deep deep mode, much of which was never issued before -- and is making a long-overdue first appearance here! The tracks have some seriously fine jazzy work in them -- snapping funk, with a hard and dirty edge, played by performers that include Charles Owens, Rodney Franklin, and James Gadson -- all of whom would later go onto become superstars in their own right. A number of tracks have vocals, too -- and titles include "Plastic Situation" by Ron & Candy, "In One Peace" by In One Peace, "Funkorgy" by Funkafreek, "Tenderness" by Funkhouse with Candy, "Thank U" by The R&B Classic Funk Band, "It's Insane" by In One Peace, "Spread The News" and "Hands OGritty Soul & Underground Funk From The Vaults Of Inner City Records

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sacred Sources, Vol. 1. Live Forever

Any compilation put together by Carlos Santana has got obvious potential, and Sacred Sources I: Live Forever manages to live up to the hype of its title as well as Hal Miller's preachy liner notes. A collection of live material from a diverse bunch of legendary musicians -- Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Coltrane -- Live Forever ranges in audio quality from clean (the Hendrix and Vaughan cuts) to very, very spotty (Coltrane's "Ogunde"), but all is forgiven with the high standard of the performances, most of which were previously unreleased until now. While purists may fret over the stylistic degrees of separation between, say, Coltrane and Vaughan, Live Forever has a remarkably continuous feel to it, and that's exactly antana's point: eventually, the lines between jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and R&B begin to blur and the music is just plain good. ~ Ken Chang, All Music Guide

The Tal Farlow Album

Sunday, June 21, 2009

RAHMANN [Musea, France 1977]

This album is probably as close as anything can get to zeuhl without having any vocals. All the instrumental elements are here: lots of heavy throbbing bass, very active drumming, repetitive themes, and an overall dark, somewhat oppressive feel. That said, Rahmann inject a very distinct feel to their brand of "instrumental zeuhl" - for one thing, the colors are somewhat more varied than the standard bass-drums-piano, with lots of interesting keyboard patches, some wind instruments, and some various plucked strings. There's also a lot of ethnic-sounding percussion, particularly in "Nadiamina", where Middle-Eastern-sounding percussion forms a constant backdrop for much of the piece. Overall, that nebulous Middle-Eastern ethnic feel permeates the whole album, which shouldn't be too surprising, given that the bandleader (as detailed in the excellent liner notes) was born in Algiers.Didier Lockwood and Liza Deluxe (Magma), and Gerard Prevost (Zao).Give a good listen to the astounding "Ab," which sounds like Univers Zero if they were from Algiers. Not your run-of-the-mill fusion workout.

Can - The Singles

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees

RIP: Charlie Mariano, jazz saxophonist

From Jazzwise (via The Daily Swarm):

The innovative saxophonist and reeds player Charlie Mariano passed away yesterday aged 85 in the German city of Cologne.

Born in Boston, he earned his stripes playing in groups led by Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, and later with Charles Mingus – performing on the classic album, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.

In the 1960s he travelled extensively around India and the Far East where he studied local musics and learned to play the oboe-like nagaswaram, which featured heavily in his work from the mid-1960s onwards. During the 70s Mariano became a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble and also played with German bassist Eberhard Weber in his group Colours – performing on the acclaimed album Yellow Fields in 1975. Some of Mariano’s other key recordings include Boston All Stars in 1953, and Savannah Samurai in 1998 – showing the impressive multi-decade span of his career.

Mariano was for many years a highly respected educator at Berklee College of Music in Boston and also led his own successful ensembles, experimenting with east-meets-west fusion, of which he was a leading pioneer, and recording for the ECM label among others

- Charlie Mariano official website
- Charlie Mariano Wikipedia entry]

Banyan Live At Perkins Palace

Live at Perkins' Palace

The “go-all-out” texturing of Banyan is a high volume display of frenetic jamming in a rock-jazz fusion setting. While that may sound like a mouthful, it actually means that Banyan is a refreshing mesh of 90s rock and 70s jazz. Blends like this are usually reserved for the basement bars of the city. This free-styled live release is many things wrapped within a package of authenticity.

Banyan is a mix brought to life by Stephen Perkins of Janes’ Addiction and Nels Cline of Wilco and accentuated by the captivating trumpet of Willie Waldman and ex-Minutemen, Mike Watt’s frontal bass. Together they all produce a fusion that delivers sounds that dip in and out of history while delivering an intriguing string of songs that will have you drenched when it’s over.

“A Million Little Laughs” brings to mind a drugged-out backdrop of Eno and Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts but with a screeching and squealing guitars overlay. To bring Banyan’s modus operandi into perspective, it may serve the reader well to note that although this album’s energy level is in the red, their influences are literal grab bags of early 80s experimental with feet mired in 50s jazz and 70s jazz-fusion while mainlining rock into the whole of it. Now THAT’s a rush.

Beginning the set is a funky tune, “Mad As a Hornet” which is followed by “Oh My People”, whose trumpet reminds one of Chicago (the band) thereby giving the song itself a slight, chaotically tinged Chicago (again, the band) feel. “Om Om Om” begins with a melancholy trumpet that runs through a psychotic display of guitar, bass, and drums and occasionally slit with spaces of contemplated sadness. “El Sexxo” blends Middle Eastern flavours with the rest of the album producing a mishmash of styles better left to your exploration. If Red Bull is your drink of choice and you like a frenzied brand of jazz-rock fusion in an experimental vein, Banyan is your band.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eric Dolphy - Music Matador

Eric Allan Dolphy (June 20, 1928 – June 29, 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist.

Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists.

His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals based largely on the twelve tone scale, in addition to using an array of extended techniques to reproduce human- and animal-like effects which almost literally made his instruments speak. Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos had a logic uncharacteristic of many other free jazz musicians of the day; even as such, he was considered an avant-garde improviser. In the years after his death, his music was described as being "too out to be in and too in to be out."

Dolphy posthumously became an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1964.


Over @ WEIRDTOWN STUFF I'll Be Posting All Kinds Of Stuff, Like Audio Ephemera And ODDS & SODS Collected From Around The World. , LP'S, Singles, And Tapes And The Like. So, Go Check Out ' WEIRDTOWN STUFF'!!!........http://weirdtownstuff.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Rudy Van Gelder

Rudy Van Gelder (born 2 November 1924, Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American recording engineer specializing in jazz.

Frequently regarded as one of the most important recording engineers in music history, Van Gelder is one of the legendary behind-the-scenes figures in jazz, recording several hundred jazz sessions, including many widely recognized as classics. Bringing an unprecedented clarity to jazz recording, Van Gelder has recorded many of the great names in the genre, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and many others. He worked with many record companies, but he is most closely associated with Blue Note Records, now a division of EMI.

Van Gelder's recording techniques are often admired for the warmth and presence he brings to the end result. Some critics however have also expressed a distaste for the thin and recessed sound in the instruments, mainly the piano. Richard Cook for example noted that the manner in which Van Gelder recorded piano was often as distinctive as the pianists' playing. Blue Note president and producer Alfred Lion often noted that Rudy was sometimes a little heavy on the reverb and would jokingly note that on the tape box as a "Rudy special".

Bitch, I Love You

Black Joe Lewis

Monday, June 15, 2009

Treat Me Like Ya Treat Yaself

The Crusaders

Pass the Plate

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Franklyn Ajaye

Franklyn Ajaye
Born May 13, 1949
Brooklyn, New York City

Franklyn Ajaye (born May 13, 1949) is a stand-up comedian. His nickname is "The Jazz Comedian" as he also played jazz for a time earlier in his entertainment career. He is also known as Franklin Ajaye.


He was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Los Angeles by an African father and a Florida-born mother. Ajaye is, as he likes to joke, a "true African-American." He has released five comedy albums to date: Franklyn Ajaye, Comedian (1973), I'm a Comedian, Seriously (1974), Don't Smoke Dope, Fry Your Hair (1977), Plaid Pants and Psycopaths (1986), and Vagabond Jazz & the Abstract Truth (2004).

Ajaye made his network debut on The Flip Wilson Show in 1973 and made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson a year later.

He emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1997, but returns to the United States periodically to do stand-up at clubs or in television specials. He is known in Australia for his appearances on The Panel and Thank God You're Here.

He is an accomplished actor who starred in films such as Convoy and Car Wash. He has been seen more recently in the TV show Deadwood. Ajaye has also been nominated twice for the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program for In Living Color (1990) and Politically Incorrect (1997).[1]

On his stand-up television show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, British comedian Stewart Lee mocked Ajaye's LP I'm a Comedian, Seriously,[2] sarcastically questioning the track titles of 'Homosexuals', 'Girls With Big Breasts' and 'Dick Caught In Zipper', in the context of the claim on the album sleeve that Ajaye was a deep thinker.[3] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


100% Dynamite!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hamsa Lila

Hamsa Lila is inspired by earthy trance grooves from a variety of cultures, including North and West Africa, the Americas, India and the Caribbean.
Through Acoustic Trance, Hamsa Lila presents traditional and originally composed material set within a new creative ritual of celebration, while honoring the ancestors and the spirit of indigenous music.

Arcana - Arc of the Testimony

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Mars Volta - Live (EP) [2003]

1. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
2. Drunkship of Lanterns
3. Cicatriz ESP
4. Televator

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Wbai-Fm NYC 11-71

Los Cochinos

Malo - The Best Of

El Chicano