Τετάρτη, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2019

The Serpent Power ‎– The Serpent Power 1967 (Vanguard)

Label : Vanguard

Value  :

Folk/psychelic rock band from San Francisco. It was formed by Meltzer and his wife Tina, and also included Denny Ellis on lead guitar and David Stenson on bass, both from The Grass Roots. The band became a full rock outfit with the inclusion of John Payne on organ and Clark Coolidge on drums. Ellis, Stenson, and Payne left shortly after the first self-titled album was recorded, replaced by Bob Cuff (from The Mystery Trend), on lead guitar and Jim Mocoso on bass. But the band didn't record another album, and disbanded in 1968.

Taste :

The Serpent Power ‎– Flying Away

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Πέμπτη, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Jimmy Smith ‎- I'm Gon' Git Myself Together 1971 (Verve)


Label : Verve

Value : 
Funky funky stuff from Jimmy Smith – a killer late 60s album cut in collaboration with Johnny Pate, who's very much at the height of his blackploitation power here! The backings are full, but in ways that are quite different than other Smith albums on Verve – such as the sides done with Oliver Nelson – and Pate's groove here is plenty schooled in soul, yet also leaves lots of room for Smith's organ lines as the main solo vehicle. And as an added bonus, Jimmy also sings on the record – in a rough, raspy style that might not work on a straighter jazz set, but which really sounds great here – almost making the music come across like some of those funky Quincy Jones soundtrack numbers with vocals. Titles include "I Know What I Want", "Uh Ruh", "Dirty Roosta Booga", "Spill The Wine", "I'm Gon Git Myself Together", and "Need Mo"

Taste :

Jimmy Smith ‎- I Know What I Want


Jimmy Smith ‎- Uh Ruh


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Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Piero Umiliani ‎– Smog 1962 (Rca)

Label : RCA Italia

Value : From 1200 to 1800 euros (original press)

The soundtrack to Franco Rossi's 1962 film Smog is the second-to-last collaboration between famed Italian composer Piero Umiliani and then self-exiled trumpeter Chet Baker. The pair had previously worked together on 1958's I Soliti Ignoti, 1959's Audace Colpo dei Soliti Ignoti, and 1960's Urlatori Alla Sbarra, and later collaborated on 1964's Intrigo a Los Angeles. On Smog we get the best of both worlds: the composer and arranger is featured prominently his charts for "Dawn" and the title track -- both excellent vehicles for vocalist Helen Merrill -- are the stuff of dreams. Umiliani's sense of timing, space, texture, and color is magnificent. In addition, his sophisticated sense of humor is displayed on "California in the Summer," as it fully engages Latin rhythms in a hard bop setting (not to mention deliberate quotes from "Tequila" in one section). Baker's soloing is as meaty and muscular and as it is on his Roulette sides from a year later. (Check "Tension," with the orchestra kicking in on the back of the quartet delivering a mean Latin bop groove, or his soulful flügelhorn on the noir-ish fingerpopper "Smog II.") That said, whenever his requisite expressiveness is called for -- as on "Twilight in Los Angeles" -- he delivers big. And though Baker doesn't solo on every track, Umiliani's tunes are so hip and his charts so imaginative that he doesn't need to. Schema's Rearward imprint has done it again in reissuing this priceless gem. (A note for audiophiles: the sound on this single volume is far better than on the box set of the complete film scores from the Moochin' About label.)

Taste :

Piero Umiliani ‎with Chet Baker – Neapolitan Phantasy


Piero Umiliani ‎– California In The Summer


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Joe Williams ‎– Joe Williams Live 1973 (Fantasy)



Label : Fantasy

Value :

Williams meets the Cannonball Adderley Septet on this rather interesting session. The expanded rhythm section (which includes keyboardist George Duke and both acoustic bassist Walter Booker and the electric bass of Carol Kaye) gives funky accompaniment to Williams, while altoist Cannonball and cornetist Nat have some solo space. Actually, the singer easily steals the show on a searing version of "Goin' to Chicago Blues," and his own "Who She Do," and a few unusual songs, including Duke Ellington's "Heritage."

Taste :

Joe Williams ‎- Sad Song


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Grant Green ‎– The Final Comedown 1972 (Blue Note)


Label : Blue Note

Value :

An excellent lost funky soundtrack on Blue Note – their only one for years, and Grant Green's entry into the blacksploitation genre! The whole thing bristles with the kind of chunky, thumping percussive feel as the best funky soundtracks of the era – informed by the work of Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes, but with the deeper jazz feel that Green brings from his other Blue Note sides of the time! Some cuts are quite funky, particularly the opener, "Past, Present, and Future" with it's crisp trap, chicken scratch guitar and bongo driven beat. Others have more of a stripped-down dope instrumental feel – there's some sweet funky flute work on "Fathers Lament", and even a slight bossa groove creeps into the title track! The whole album's very nice, and it's very different than any of Grant Green's other work!

Taste :

Grant Green - Traveling to Get to Doc

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Κυριακή, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Lou Rawls ‎– Feelin' Good 1968 (Capitol)


Label : Capitol

Value :

One of Lou Rawls' best for Capitol – produced by David Axelrod, and arranged by HB Barnum with a joyous, leaping, sock-soulful groove! The drums get nice and hard on the set – especially on the classic break version of "For What It's Worth", and the rolling righteous cut "My Ancestors" – and Lou's vocals are deeply wonderful all the way through!

Taste :

Lou Rawls ‎– Feelin' Good


Lou Rawls ‎–  For What It's Worth


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By Electric Looser