Τετάρτη, 30 Απριλίου 2014

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder 1964 (Blue Note)

Label : Blue Note

Value

A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really open up past that groover, into a realm of lyrical, soulful playing that's simply tremendous! The group on the record features Joe Henderson on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Crenshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the album rolls along with a sense of perfect power that is every bit Blue Note at its best!

Taste :

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

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Herbie Hancock - My Point of View 1963 (Blue Note)


Label : Blue Note

Value :

Classic Herbie from the early years, and a great mix of soul jazz and modernism! The record include a nice groovy "hit", Herbie's "Blind Man, Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while still groovy, also shows much more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams, Grachan Moncur, Chuck Israels, and Grant Green – all of whom work with Herbie, Donald Byrd, and Hank Mobley – in a larger than usual group that makes for a really great sound!

Taste :

Herbie Hancock - My Point of View

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Dragon - Kalahen 1986 (Ficrivan)


Label : Ficrivan

Value : 

Recorded in 1977, Dragon's second album is in fact a DEMO the band recorded at home with a more atmospheric proggy sound with lots of vibrant Pink Floyd'esque moves, mellotron, saxes, flutes, trumpets..., including an epic 18 minutes psychedelic jam on B-Side. Comes in colourful gatefold cover with gorgeous outer and inner artwork.

Taste :

Dragon - Les Hommes Bleus


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The Tea Company - Come And Have Some Tea With The Tea Company 1968 (Smash)


Label : Smash

Value :

The Tea Company were one of the early birds from the US psychedelic underground scene, Come And Have Some Tea With The Tea Company stands for the evolution of the 45 rpm psych-garage bands to the upcoming LP-generation with extended improvisation parts.The tea company evolved from the Naturals, which were founded in 1963 and played the big ballroom supporting Mamas and the Papas, The Lovin Spoonful, Bob Dylan, Ritchie Havens, and many others. The band describes themselves as an assemblage of possessed rock performers; retinue preparing the unusual; alternating with the roots of soul whose purpose is to cause sensation, due to stimulation of the auditory centers of the brain!. They became famous in San Francisco for spectacular live shows and lyrical hippie statements. The music is influenced by the Beatles, because they used exactly the same equipment. The group played with lots of freaked-out-echo-organ/-guitar noises on a 12 string Rickenbacher and various stereo madness reminds strongly of Syd Barrett´s spirit but more driven by hard hittin´ drums. Being buddies of Vanilla Fudge and inspired, the Tea Company also did an outrageous 9 min. version of "You keep me hangin on", which is celebrated among 60s collectors as a true milestone. The album is a mindblowing intense production. A must for those who wanna free their minds with unusual "early"Rock´n´Roll experiences!

Taste :

The Tea Company - You Keep Me Hangin On

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Τρίτη, 29 Απριλίου 2014

Arnett Cobb ‎– Party Time 1959 (Prestige)

Label : Prestige

Value :

It's definitely Party Time when Arnett Cobb's on deck – and the album's a well-remembered groover that graced more than a few late nite turntables back in the day! Cobb's got a great mellow groove here – a slow-blowing, low-stepping sound on tenor that's given a great little kick by the rhythm section – which features Ray Bryant on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Art Taylor on drums –plus Ray Barretto on congas, for a rolling soul jazz "kick" that's mighty nice!

Taste :

Arnett Cobb - Flyin Home
 

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Damon - Song Of A Gypsy 1968 (ANKH)

Label : ANKH

Value :

Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual.

Taste :

Damon - Poor Poor Genie
Damon - Don't You Feel Me
Damon - Funky Funky Blues
Damon - The Road of Life
Damon - The Night


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By Electric Looser

Παρασκευή, 11 Απριλίου 2014

George Braith - Two Souls In One 1963 (Blue Note)


Label : Blue Note

Value :

One of the most wonderful albums by one of our favorite jazz artists of all time! For this unique session, George Braith offers up "two souls in one" – by playing both soprano sax and "stritch" simultaneously – in a two-reed mode that recalls the work of Roland Kirk during the 60s! The sound is incredible – as soulful as it is exotic – and matched here by some excellent backing that includes Grant Green on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Billy Gardner on organ! Gardner's work on the set is especially nice – with a Larry Young-ish free approach to the organ, one that makes for lots of modal grooves that really work perfectly with Braith's sound!

Taste :

George Braith -  Braith a way

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Πέμπτη, 10 Απριλίου 2014

Johnny Griffin - The Little Giant 1959 (Riverside)

Label : Riverside

Value :

A bit of an offbeat session for tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, The Little Giant features three originals by then-obscure pianist Norman Simmons, a reworking of the pop tune "Playmates," Babs Gonzalez's "Lonely One," and the tenorist's "63rd Street Theme." Simmons' arrangements for the three horns (which include trumpeter Blue Mitchell and trombonist Julian Priester) are colorful; the rhythm section (pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath) is state of the art for the period, and Griffin (who is featured in a trio with Jones and Heath on "Lonely One") is in fine form. An interesting set of obscure straight-ahead jazz. 

Taste :

Johnny Griffin - The Message

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By Electric Looser