Σάββατο 18 Μαΐου 2024

Azimüth - Azimüth 1975 (Som Livre)

Label : Som Livre

Value :

One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too!

Taste :

Azimüth - Azimüth (full album)

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By Electric Looser

 

Δευτέρα 13 Μαΐου 2024

Μοντέλο '63 - Μοντέλο '63 1988 (Cosmic Records)


Label : Cosmic Records

Value :

Οι Μοντέλο '63 με τον ομότιτλο δίσκο τους ηταν δημιούργημα του κιθαρίστα Τάκη Μπαρμπέρη γνωστού από jazz projects όπως οι Iskra και οι Jazz Fusion Quintet. Οι Μοντέλο '63 ενίοτε ακροβατούν μεταξύ μελαγχολίας και σοβαρότητας, χαλαρότητας και ελαφρότητας, με μουσική την οποία δεν μπορείς να χαρακτηρίσεις απλά pop, αλλά νεοκυματική pop με αρκετές πειραματικές rock φόρμες. Τα κομμάτια είναι ντυμένα με έξυπνο στίχο κοινωνικο-ερωτικού περιεχομένου. Όπου δεν υπάρχουν στίχοι, υπάρχουν πανέμορφα instrumental όπως το "Της Σελήνης". Βέβαια δεν πρόσθεσαν πολλά στην πολύπαθη ελληνική rock σκηνή, παρά μόνο αυτή την κυκλοφορία. Παρ' όλ' αυτά, είναι ένα ευχάριστο άκουσμα καθώς θα σας έρθουν στο μυαλό συγκροτήματα του ελληνόφωνου rock από τον Παύλο Σιδηρόπουλο ώς την Λευκή Συμφωνία.

Taste :

Μοντέλο 63 - Της Σελήνης


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By Electric Looser

Τετάρτη 8 Μαΐου 2024

Guem Et Zaka Percussion - Guem Et Zaka Percussion 1978 (Le Chant Du Monde)

Label : Le Chant Du Monde

Value :

One of the best albums ever recorded by percussionist Guem -- an enhanced session that has him working with the Zaka Percussion group, an ensemble of 6 percussionists that can handle a wide variety of instruments. The tracks are all driving and heavy -- with plenty of conga work from Guem, mixed in with assorted other touches that bring out weird melodies and other percussive twists!

Taste :

 Guem Et Zaka Percussion (full album)

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By Electric Looser


Σάββατο 27 Απριλίου 2024

Alain Bellaïche - Sea Fluorescent 1976 (Αsylum Records)

Label : Asylum Records

Value :

Rare funky fusion by this overlooked French guitarist -- recorded in New York with a really unusual group, and in a setting that has Alain Bellaiche providing a bit of vocals too! The sound is great -- different than some of the more jamming rock fusion of the European scene at mid 70s -- maybe in part because the keyboardist on the set is John Hicks, an artist who doesn't usually do records like this -- and who brings in some wonderful elements on acoustic and electric piano, and a bit of organ too! There's also all sorts of great percussion touches from the enigmatic Fabiano -- vibes, celeste, bells, and more -- in addition to drums -- plus bass from Worrell Jones, who keeps things nice and tight throughout. Alain sings on most tracks, in this flowing style that's more soulful than slick -- never overdone, and almost just another warm musical element in the mix.

Taste :

Alain Bellaiche - Sea Fluorescent

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 13 Απριλίου 2024

William S. Fischer - Circles 1970 (Embryo Records)

Label : Embryo Records

Value :

Super-righteous work from William S Fischer -- the ultra-hip arranger who was one of the most important forces in the late 60s underground soul jazz scene! Fischer is best known for his work with Eugene McDaniels, Eddie Harris, and Les McCann -- almost akin to the sorts of collaborative influence that David Axelrod had with Cannonball Adderley or Lou Rawls, but with a style that was decidedly darker, and trippier. This album's one of the few ever recorded under his own name -- originally done for the tripped-out jazz imprint Embryo, and featuring a unique blend of moog, strings, funk, and soul! Billy Cobham plays drums and percussion on the set, Bill Robinson sings on a few numbers, and Walter Sear adds in some extra moog next to Fischer's own work -- but the real brilliance comes from the overall concept -- funky one minute, laidback and trippy the next, very much in the spirit of some of the righteous crossover funk, soul, and rock recordings coming from McDaniels and Axelrod at the time! 

Taste :

William S. Fischer - Chains 

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 7 Απριλίου 2024

Rupa Biswas - Disco Jazz 1982 (Megaphone)

Label :  Megaphone

Value :

A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s -- as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo -- in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies -- especially in 1982 -- and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead.

Taste :

Rupa Biswas - Disco Jazz (full album)

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By Electric Looser

Σάββατο 30 Μαρτίου 2024

Tee Mac Featuring: Majorie Barnes - Night Illusion 1980 (S.K.J. Records)


Label : S.K.J. Records

Value :

The distinguished UK label has dug up yet another tasty soul nugget, this from Nigeria's disco boogie scene. Originally released in 1980, Tee Mac's Night Illusion is one of the foreign private press joints that even the most knowledgable diggers might not be aware of. Produced in tiny numbers on the enigmatic artists' own S.K.J. imprint, the record is still unknown outside its native country. Thankfully Soul Jazz comes to the rescue (again!) and gives this lost masterpiece a long overdue reissue. From Soul Jazz: "The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece Night Illusion leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album Rhythm of Life, with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish. While Fela Kuti is now a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country. Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age 7 and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 he formed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac and Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band was famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film Ginger Baker in Africa). At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). This enabled him to return to Nigeria where he formed his own label SKJ Records to release his self-financed album Night Illusion...

Taste :

Tee Mac - A Certain Way To Go

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By Electric Looser