Τετάρτη 26 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Les McCann ‎– Much Les 1969 (Atlantic)

Label : Atlantic

Value :

A groovy set of late 60s soul jazz piano tunes – played by Les McCann in a swinging style that pre-dates his 70s funk work – and which also features him playing in a strictly instrumental setting! The core of the material is by Les' trio with Leroy Vinnegar on bass – but most tracks feature an expanded sound, either by adding Willie Bobo and Victor Pantoja on Latin percussion, or by backing the group with off-beat arrangements by the great William Fischer, whose talents had graced some of the best Atlantic jazz albums at the time!

Taste :

Les McCann ‎– Burnin' Coal

Les McCann ‎– Love For Sale

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Dorothy Ashby ‎– Dorothy Ashby 1962 (Argo)

Label : Argo

Value :

"A jazz harpist is a rare thing. First of all the harp is a rather unlikely instrument to swing. It's an awfully difficult instrument to play really well and it demands technique that is incongruous with swinging. Perhaps as important is the thinking that the harp, by the very nature of the instrument, is likely to attract musicians who, in themselves, are improbable swingers. Dorothy Ashby is, then, a rare thing. She is indeed a jazz harpist and she does swing. This is not hard jazz. This is an album that says jazz can, after all, be melodic, that a thing can be gentle without being weak and can be sweet without being saccharine. What is done here is done well, the improvisation is creative, and in typical Dorothy Ashby thinking - it's done in beautiful taste." -- Jim Rockwell, Station WKMH, Detroit (from original liner notes).

Taste :

Dorothy Ashby - Lonely Melody

Dorothy Ashby - John R.

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By Electric Looser

Τρίτη 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Electric Looser 20 Best of 2018 albums

1 Billy Harper - Capra Black (Strata-East ‎– SES-19739)

2  Erlon Chaves ‎– Procura se Uma Virgem (Mad About Records ‎– MARLP02)

3  Ryo Fukui ‎– Scenery (We Release Jazz ‎– WRJ001LTD)

4  Cuasares ‎– Afro Progresivo (Pharaway Sounds ‎– PHS058)

5  Claudio Tallino ‎– Calamo (Sonor Music Editions ‎– SME 55)

6  The Pawnshop ‎– The Pawnshop (Four Flies Records – FLIES DJ-02)

7 Lee Pan Geun & Korea Jazz Quintet 78 – Plays Arirang & Other Assorted Classics (Beatball – CR 69024REB) 

8  Donny Benet ‎– The Don (Dot Dash ‎– DASH047LP)

9  Electric Machine ‎– Disco Fashion (Erezioni ‎– ERZ-002) 

10 Terumasa Hino Quintet - Snake Hip Extented Play (Super Fuji Discs ‎– FJSP310) 45's

11 Toru Takemitsu - Searching For Fantasy / In The End (Super Fuji Discs ‎– FJSP311) 45's

12  The Sound Explosion ‎– The Explosive Sounds Of...... (Lost In Tyme ‎– LIT33-004)

13 Paul Orwell ‎– I'll Be Your Murderer (Heavy Soul Records ‎– HOTX002) 45's 

14 The Clear - Live at Abbey Road (Acoustic) (Monks Road Records) free downloading from bandcamp only

15  Alan Parker / Madeline Bell ‎– The Voice Of Soul (Be With Records ‎– BEWITH048LP)

16  The 107th Street Stickball Team ‎– Saboreando - Pot Full Of Soul (Everland ‎– Everland 018 LP)
17 Dos Mukasan – Дос Мукасан (Soviet Grail ‎– SG042) 

18  The Lewis Express ‎– The Lewis Express (ATA Records ‎– ATALP011)

19  Mildlife ‎– Phase (Research Records ‎– RESEARCH02)

20  Khruangbin ‎– Con Todo El Mundo (Night Time Stories Ltd. ‎– ALN50) 

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Bandcamp Albums 2017 -2018

Μια λίστα που δεν έχει μόνο κυκλοφορίες του 2018 αλλά και καποιες του 2017 (μιας και τις ανακάλυψα φέτος).
Στην λίστα αυτή ήθελα να δώσω προτεραιότητα σε digital μόνο κυκλοφορίες αλλά και σε κυκλοφορίες που ο ακροατής δεν θα είχε καμία οικονομική επιβάρυνση (κατεβάζοντας το αρχείο) και αξιολογώντας αυτό που άκουσε θα μπορούσε να πληρώσει όσο ήθελε και αν ήθελε.
Βέβαια αυτό μου ήταν δύσκολο μιας και θα αδικούσα κάποια σίγουρα.
Έτσι επέλεξα να βάλω και μερικές digital κυκλοφορίες που δεν ξεπερνούν τα 7 ευρώ! Οι κυκλοφορίες αυτές είναι με τον αστερίσκο.

1 Dj Veekash - Dj Veekash present The 70 80 Colombia Music Revisisted

2 DerRalle&MadMoneyMorv - Chubby&Funky

3 Born Days- Analogue

4 VAGZ - Meeny Miny Moe

5 Pleurage et Scintillement - Obscur du désir

6 Eamonn Watt - Aquarelle (WIP album)

7 Cookin'X - Schlaraffenland II

8 The Clear - Fates (2017)

9 Funky Bizness Gang - Break a Leg! (2017)

10 Medline - Solstice *

11 Estrada Orchestra - Jazzbeatjäätis * (2017)

12 The Mackrosoft - Snakerhythms *

13 The Essex  Jettison / Sirocco *

14 Roskow Kretschmann - Salem Leh * (2017)

15 Foliage - III

16 The Data Waves - The Data Waves (Live 2018)

17 Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu *

18 OUF, l'anthologie souterraine, 2015​-​2017

19 A Little Bit Scary - Demos 2

20 VACATIONS - Vibes & Days (2017)

By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Dom Salvador e Abolicao ‎– Som, Sangue E Raça 1971 (CBS)

Label : CBS

Value :

A landmark album of Brazilian funk – the record that set the tone for so many others to follow – and which can easily stand head to head with the best American funk of the time as well! The group's headed by Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador – who you'll know from 60s bossa nova material and straighter jazz sounds – but here, Dom's got this heavy-hitting left hand approach –which is a perfect balance to the funky combo Abolicao – who play with this rich sound that's an equal balance of jazz, funk, and Brazilian music influences. The record's a great precursor to later Brazilian funk albums – like those by Banda Black Rio or Unaio Black – but the influence of Salvador's piano gives the record a jazzier edge, one that mixes extremely well with the wide range of percussion on the set.

Tasde :

Dom Salvador e Abolicao ‎–  Hei! Voce

Dom Salvador e Abolicao ‎– Uma Vida

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By Electric Looser

Τρίτη 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Harumi ‎– Harumi 1968 (Verve Forecast)

Label : Verve Forecast

Value :

One of the trippiest albums recorded for Verve in the 60s – a unique 2LP set by Japanese psych artist Harumi – and a record that stands proudly next to the best by Zappa or the Velvets at the time! The double-length space of the record really helps give it some shape – as Harumi starts out sweet, then gets a bit wilder, and increases the sense of experimentation as the set rolls on – so that the final track is a side-long psychedelic jam that's topped with spoken passages by Harumi's parents and sister! We like the poppier tunes the best, though – and they feature a mix of orchestrations, fuzzy guitar, and vibes – all layered with a really beautiful sense of sound, to accompany vocals by Harumi and Rosko. There's a gentle, breezy, and sometimes slightly funky quality to these numbers – Sunshine Pop with a trace of jazz – and exactly the kind of psyche album you might imagine from Verve in the 60s!

Taste :

Harumi - Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do

Harumi - Hunters of Heaven

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

Jerzy Milian ‎- When Where Why (1972-1979 DDR Big Band Grooves) 2016 (GAD)

Label : GAD

Value :

The signature sound of Jerzy Milian’s vibraphone (heard most notably in the recordings of Krzysztof Komeda and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski) has managed to grasp the attention of jazz devotees all over the globe for nearly half a century. Yet Milian is also an esteemed composer and an arranger of skill and imagination whose talent and ingenuity were recognised by many, including the Jazzanova collective. While the artist’s solo discography is rather scant, all of his releases are much sought for (and even more paid for!). The „Jerzy Milian Tapes” series will feature a profusion of lost and unreleased recordings, all retaining a strong flavour of many different shades of jazz. And yes, it was all written by the man alone!

14 rare and unpublished tracks from one of Poland’s seminal jazz musicians. Upbeat grooves, dreamy bossa novas plus some fine easy listening tunes. Fiery trumpets, sweet saxophones and witty vibraphone solos – all this and more encompassed in fifteen short musical forms recorded with Günther Gollasch’s big band throughout the 1970s.By GAD Records

Taste :

Jerzy Milian ‎- Wasserpfeife Blues (Water Pipe Blues)

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 25 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Kellee Patterson ‎- Maiden Voyage 1973 (Black Jazz)

Label : Black Jazz

Value :

Kellee Patterson's debut LP Maiden Voyage is edgier and more challenging than her subsequent soul-oriented sessions, yet at the same time it's also the most mainstream recording ever issued on the Black Jazz imprint, boasting little of the label's signature deep-groove swagger. Produced and arranged by Black Jazz founder Gene Russell, the album's late-night, neon-lit atmosphere nevertheless does right by Patterson's sultry if slight vocals, although the material -- highlighted by the Herbie Hancock-penned "Maiden Voice" -

Taste :

Kellee Patterson ‎- Maiden Voyage
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Herbie Hancock ‎- Maiden Voyage 1965 (Blue Note)

Label : Blue Note

Value :

A brilliant album – and real turning point for Herbie Hancock! After first coming onto the scene as the soul jazz hero between Blue Note funky classics like "Watermelon Man" or "Blind Man, Blind Man" – Herbie emerges here as a concerned modernist with a strand of spirituality that runs deeper than previously expressed. The key track in this vision is his brilliant modal number "Maiden Voyage" – one of those tunes that sounded totally fresh immediately, and which was picked up by many others as a jazz anthem during the 60s. The rest of the album's equally great – and features George Coleman on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all making for a very hip lineup that really lets Herbie open up stylistically!

Taste :

Herbie Hancock ‎– Maiden Voyage

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 18 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Wynton Marsalis - The Majesty Of The Blues 1989 (Columbia)

Label : Columbia

Value :

A bit more of a high concept album than some of Wynton Marsalis' previous efforts – a set with a few more added horns on side one, and an extended suite on side two! The work definitely shows Wynton's increasing concern with jazz history – his desire to embrace, and sometimes represent, decades of past musical expression in his work – a real Lincoln Center sort of impulse, but one that still comes off relatively well here, and without as much hoke as you'd expect. Side one has Wynton working with regular pianist Marcus Roberts, plus Todd Williams on tenor and soprano sax and Wes Anderson on alto – and side two features a completely different group, much more in an older-styled jazz vein – with Michael White on clarinet, Danny Barker on banjo, Teddy Riley on trumpet, and Freddie Lonzo on trombone.

Taste :

The New Orleans Function - The Death of Jazz

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By Electric Looser

Δευτέρα 12 Νοεμβρίου 2018

The Dramatics ‎- Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get 1971 (Volt)

Label : Volt

Value :

A fantastic album by The Dramatics – with a harder funkier sound than you'll find on most of their other records of the time – a gritty gem from the group's early years, and a record that really deserves its placement on the Stax label! The record has the group moving into a post-Temptations style of righteous soul – grooving hard with a really heavy bottom on funky numbers like "Get Up and Get Down" and "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", and even dropping a bit of a drug reference on the cut "Marry Don't Cha Wanna" – one of those messed-up lyric numbers we'd expect from a Latin Soul group! But the album's also got a sweet side too – as it features the amazing ballad cut "In The Rain", which has some of the most amazing production you'll ever find on the Stax label – harmony work that rivals the greatness of the east coast scene of the time.

Taste :

The Dramatics - In The Rain

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 4 Νοεμβρίου 2018

Γιάννης Πουλόπουλος, Μαρία Δουράκη, Γιάννης Θωμόπουλος ‎– Μαρία (14 Τραγούδια) 1970 (Lyra)

Label : Lyra

Value :

Ένα απ τα χθεσινά diggin στο Patras Vinyllium 8 ήταν αυτό το "ξεχασμένο" άλμπουμ του 1970 στην Λύρα. Γιάννης Πουλόπουλος, Μαρία Δουράκη, Γιάννης Θωμόπουλος ‎– Μαρία (14 Τραγούδια). Ένα άλμπουμ "σκοτεινό" στιχουργικά, με τον Νίκο Λαυράνο στην ενορχήστρωση (με το ψευδώνυμο όμως Νίκος Σκέμπρης) και με μια μπάντα από πίσω να σπέρνει ανέμους και να θερίζει θύελλες. Hammond ,drum breaks, φλάουτα , μπασαδούρα που "πονάει" το γούφερ , wah wah , fuzz, τα χει όλα! 
 Απ τις 8 το πρωί στο repeat και με rip 4 τραγούδια για download να στολίζουν το Spychedelic Sally.

 Patras Vinyllium 8 

Taste :

Μαρία Δουράκη - Ήρθανε Κάτι Μαντάτα

Μαρια Δουράκη - Η Σοδειά Του Πολέμου

Γιάννης Θωμόπουλος - Του Θάνατου Πικρή Η Ανάσα

Γιάννης Πουλόπουλος - Μαρία

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By Electric Looser