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Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. From Within
02. Voice Of The 7th Angel
03. Life Waves
05. A Feeling
06. Tulsa Black[engl] Mutima is the debut album led by bassist Cecil McBee recorded in 1974 and first released on the Strata-East label. In his review for AllMusic.com Michael G. Nastos called it "A landmark recording in early creative improvised modern music" and states "McBee as a pure musician has staggering technique, rich harmonic ideas, and an indefatigable swing, but it is as a composer that he is set apart from other musicians of this mid-'70s era… Mutima (translated as "unseen forces") undoubtedly solidified his stature and brilliance as a major player". Dustygroove.com now calls it: “A great bit of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the few albums as a leader recorded by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee! Cecil's joined here by a large group of players that includes Billy Hart on drums, George Adams on tenor, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Jimmy Hopps on percussion, Art Webb on flute and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals – adding in just a touch of soulful color to the record as she did on a few other 70s sides like this.” Plus: “The music's got that essential Strata East sound, with a rich and spiritual vibe on all tracks, and slight bits of funk hiding somewhere in the mix! Tracks are long and freely expressive – but never too outside, either.” A long lost classic we call it. And this latest reissue is the best vinyl version ever since it first appeared almost 45 years ago!
- 01. Ruego De Amor (Indian Love Call)
02. La Casita
03. Madrecita Linda
04. Dulce Y Amarga
05. Testigo Fui
07. El Pachuco (Low Rider)
08. Dime La Verdad (Tell It Like It Is)
09. La Culebra
10. Me Patina El Coco
11. Tomas Al Timbal
12. Contrabando Y Traicion
13. Movin On[engl] This very productive trumpeter and bandleader hails from El Paso, Texas. ‘Mucha Salsa’ from 1978 is essentially an obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music. That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but which also has some occasional funk and soul currents that are probably the record's strongest suit. Ray plays trumpet off course and the rest of the group includes guitar, trombone, and plenty of percussion – plus sax and piano from Manuel Palafox, who also handles arrangements. Titles include a great cover of "Low Rider", dubbed "El Pachuco", the Latin funk number "Tomas Al Timbal" and a funky take on Brass Construction's "Movin On". Plus the o so sweet cover of Aaron Neville’s classic ballad ‘Tell It Like It Is’ here named ‘Dime La Verdad’. This carefully prepared record is the first proper reissue in 40 years of this amazingly diverse project. In all it’s original glory!
- 01. Music Is The Only Way (I Can Communicate)
03. Lost In Space
04. I Was In Love With You (And Didn't Even Know It)
05. Goodbye My Love Goodbye
06. Try My Love Tonight
07. Two People Working Together[engl] The group Shake was the brainchild of the elusive soul and funk singer/producer Lenis Guess from Norfolk, Virginia. It is now considered one of the great overlooked funk bands of the late 70s Virginia scene – a tight little combo with a warm style that's just right for the dancefloor! The VA groove of the time was a different take on the styles being used up north in Philly and New York – as the groups were often more traditionally funk-based, especially in their instrumentation – but played in a mode that was upbeat and soaring, perfectly suited for the disco-era dancefloor, yet handled with the sincerity of an indie soul group. Shake communicate a heck of a lot in their music – moving through some great original tunes written by producer Lenis Guess, done with some nicely personal touches that maintain the indie spirit of the set, even though the group's overall sound is tightly professional. Originally released on Guess records, it includes the Kon & Amir favourite 'Lost In Space', but the whole album is just great.
- 01. I'm Not Responsible
03. You Move Me
04. Please Don't Leave Me
05. I'll Still Be There
06. Baby You're Right
07. Turn Around, Look At Me
08. I'm In Love
09. Have I
10. The China Doll[engl] This extremely well crafted LP from 1970 is like a holy grail for sixties soul lovers. Just a few hundred promo-only copies were pressed on the Sundi label at the time and clean originals now fetch at least four figure sums. Singer-songwriter Alexandra Brown has worked extensively as a back-up singer with Ray Charles as member of the Raeletts and Monk Higgins with whom she wrote and recorded many tracks for his albums and soundtrack projects. Higgins also arranged, conducted, produced and co-wrote this amazingly great LP, incredibly Alex’ one and only solo album. This is absolutely the first ever official re-release and also the very first time in CD format. It comes in pristine sound quality drawn from the best known original sources.
- 01. (I Want To Be) Whatever It Takes To Please You
02. Overdose Of Love
03. The Love I Need
04. Didn't I Fool You?
05. You Made A Believer Out Of Me
06. Good 'N Plenty
07. You Ole Boo Boo You
08. Just Lovin' You
09. My Love Is Comin' Down
10. Hound Dog[engl] Although for the longest time she has been a Chicago resident, Ruby Andrews’s wonderfully dramatic vocals sounds like straight from the deep south of the USA. Actually, that is where she was born in Hollandale, Mississippi, in 1947. She recorded at least six albums that are each highly treasured by soul and funk fans all over the world. Black Ruby, the brilliant second LP from this marvelous soulsinger first appeared on the Zodiac label in 1972. Just one minor nationally charted hit came off the LP. But as a whole it is even more revered than her hit-laden predecessor among soul aficionado’s. It’s considered an exemplary classic of a deep- and Chicago-soul album. The music has re-appeared some times in one form or another but the LP was never before fully reissued on high quality vinyl! Everland is thus very proud to re-present the Black Ruby album in closest to original format with that beautifully designed and shiny psychedelic album cover. A true Gem indeed.
- 01. I've Been Loving You
02. Lets Spend The Night Together
03. Turn The Lights Out
04. I Feel Like Dancing
06. Sweet Loving
07. Someone Has Taken Her Away
08. Lets Spend The Night Together (Inst.)
- 01. Hello There!
02. Gbata Ngwa (Egwu Abia)
03. Four In A Tangle
04. (When Will It Be) Right Time
05. That Man
06. The Way We Are
07. Hello There (Reprise)[engl] First Time Out is a cosmic soul transmission from Nigeria’s own Diana Ross, Theadora Ifudu. The arty co-host of hit TV program, ‘The Bar Beach Show’ hooked up with the guys from Monomono to created an album that is sultry, sexy and effortlessly cool. It’s a smoky, New York Soul Club on wax. A graduate of the New York film school, Ifudu considered herself an artiste, and the opening track, ‘Hello There!’ Is arresting in its cinematic scope and intriguing strangeness. After briefly channelling Miriam Makes in ‘Gbata Ngwa’, she moves into full diva mode. ‘(When Will It Be) Right Time’ features vocal runs that Mariah Carey would be proud of and ‘That Man’ has a smoky, jazz club vibe. It’s easy to imagine Theadora, under a single spotlight, dazzling in a sparkling figure-hugging crowd, holding a hard-to-please New York audience in her thrall. At times funky, laidback and smooth, the greatest compliment that can be paid to First Time Out is that it sounds international. The musicianship is first class, the vocals faultless and the mood super smooth. Theadora Ifudu, the self-proclaimed ‘moon watcher, ragdoll and artiste’, created an Afro soul masterpiece for the ages.
- 01. Phil Barney - Funky Rap
02. JM Black - Lipstick
03. Ettika - Ettika (Version Maxi Inédite)
04. Sammy Massamba - Propriété Privée
05. Shams Dinn - Hedi Bled Nous
06. Alfio Scandurra - Qu'est Ce Qui Ne Va Pas ?
07. Philippe Chany - Cairo Connection
08. Noureddine Staïfi - Dansez Le Raksi
09. Brigitte & Michot - Ta Face Préface
10. Alec Mansion - Trop Triste
11. Marie José Fa - C'Est Tabou
12. Hamidou - Jawla Feli
13. Ganawa - Yamna
14. Créole Star - Break Magic Dane
15. Manu - La Rage Du Funky (Remix)
16. Ethnie - De Chagrin En Chagrin
17. Joel Ferrati - Pourqoui Tant De Haine?(Born Bad)Zweiter Teil der Hammercompilation aus dem Hause Born Bad voll mit französischen Disco Boogie.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. Catch Up
03. Onkel Joe
04. Moonlight On A Baldhead
06. Blues For The Kaiser
07. A Night Without Dreams / The Little Things That Makes Us Happy
08. Spinning Wheel(Sommor)[engl] One of the best Jazz–Funk–Fusion albums from the 70s Euro scene, featuring such giants as Charly Antolini (famous for his MPS recordings) on drums, Max Greger jr. on electric piano, Moog, Hammond, Mellotron and Milan Pilar on electric bass. Top notch jamming & soulful funky–jazz sound with some kraut–prog touches, recorded at the legendary Studio 70 in Munich and originally released in 1975 on the Calig label.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01.Fils du Sahel
02. Boy Cuisinier
04. Je suis un Salaud
05. Ouaga affaires
06. Mam ti fou
08. Missé issa
09. Je demande ma démission
10. Tond Yabramba
11. Yamb ney capitale(Born Bad)[engl]For many decades until quite recently, little was known about music from Burkina Faso (which was formerly known as the Upper Volta). It is still one of the lesser known forms of popular music from West Africa. A few years before the country changed its name to Burkina Faso, thanks to Thomas Sankara’s dream of a new society, Voltaic music emerged as some kind of true cultural revolution in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960. Remote, poor and isolated, Upper Volta musicians coveted the orchestras and artists from abroad while creating a music of their own, based on rich cultural traditions. Popular music that sprung up from Burkina Faso owed much to the music from neighboring countries like Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast or Benin, and to the longing for “cultural authenticity” conveyed through Guinean music. In capital city Ouagadougou, as well as in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina’s cultural capital until the 1980s), the first two decades of independence saw the upcoming of such orchestras and artists as Amadou Balaké, Georges Ouedraogo, Volta Jazz, l’Harmonie Voltaïque, Les Imbattables Léopards, Abdoulaye Cissé, Tidiane Coulibaly or Pierre Sandwidi. Nicknamed “the troubadour from the bush”, Pierre Sandwidi stands as one of the finest Voltaic artists from the 1970s.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. Matanbaye
06. Dabina Meka
07. Tou Tou
08. Fela Tribute
09. Dunia“The music of Africa is big sound: it's the sound of a community” Fela Kuti Es gibt Dinge, um die kommt man nicht herum, wenn man sich ernsthaft mit Musik auseinandersetzen möchte. Das eine ist Jazz und das andere der Einfluss Afrikas auf den gesamten Kosmos populärer Kultur. Fela Kuti sagte einst: "99.9% of the information you get about Africa is wrong" und ich kann nicht verhehlen, dass ich keinerlei konkrete Vorstellungen über die Menschen, welche auf diesem Kontinent leben, habe. Ich sehe Bilder im Fernsehen, welche ich nicht einordnen kann. Diese Bilder sind fast immer geprägt, von Krieg, Krankheit, Hunger und Tod. Diese Bilder sind fast immer so angelegt, dass sich unsere „westliche“ Wahrnehmung über diese Menschen erhebt. Und dann höre ich den Sound Afrikas und dieser ist so reichhaltig und fröhlich, dass er wahrlich mit diesen Bildern kollidiert und sie ad absurdum führt. Den Mitgliedern der dänischen Band Junglelyd haben diese Bilder ebenfalls nicht gereicht und so beschlossen sie, 2016, mit dem ghanaischen Musiker Atongo Zumba in deren Heimatland auf Tour zu gehen. Die Chemie, die sich nach einem Monat auf der Straße zwischen der Gruppe entwickelte, war so stark, dass daraus ein neues Projekt, eine neue Zusammenarbeit entstand.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- 01. The Peacock
04. Wild Havana
06. Nasty Stuff
08. Phased[engl] Obscure Dutch private pressing from 1977. Laid–back instrumental psychedelic / progressive sounds with jazz–funk–groove and abstract / experimental / Latin–indigenous touches. Stoned homemade atmosphere with treated / distorted electric & acoustic guitars, flute, electric piano, primitive drum machines / homemade electronics...Much in the vein of the experimental–underground scene of France & Germany during the early 70s but actually recorded and released in Holland. Wild Havana was the project of guitar player Johan Smith, helped by his brother Cor on flute. Influenced by artists like Zappa and Herbie Hancock, Johan recorded the "Wild Havana" album at his home studio on a 4–track, using effect devices developed by himself, like a modified proto–drum machine taken from a Hammond organ. He also used effects like phase shifter, chorus, etc and experimented with putting wool on the guitar strings and electric effects on the mandolin. The result sounded like nothing else at the time. Buried for many years, we’re excited to bring to life this unique album. RIYL: HERBIE HANCOCK, RICHARD PINHAS, CHRISTIAN BOULE, OREXIS... *Insert with liner notes by band member Johan Smit.
- 01. Largo Pour Piano Et Océan
02. Goutte De Sang En Feu
03. Hard–Rock Ouverture
05. 7 Contre 4
06. Le Voyage Sperper
08. Mémoire Pulvérisée
09. The Playwrite’s Drift (bonus track)
10. Roots Eater Take 1 (bonus track)
11. My Guitar Is Driving Me Mad Take 2 (bonus track)
12. I Love You, Sugar Beef Take 1 (bonus track)
13. Hard–Rock Ouverture Take 1 (bonus track)[engl]First ever reissue of this impossible to find artefact from the Swiss underground avant–garde scene of Geneva, originally released as a private boxset limited to 150 copies in 1973, only sold at art galleries. A unique, instrumental mix of free–jazz, classical, psych–rock, folk, improv, kraut, funk and musique concrete with tape effects... In the late 60s, musician / guitar player Christian Oestreicher, "a savage in the era of twist and free jazz", met artist and painter Richard Reimann – famous for his optical art –, at the Aurora art gallery in Geneva. Fuelled by the artistic creativity from this underground scene, where jazz and rock musicians rubbed shoulders with artists, poets and painters, Christian ideated the Mouvements project, enrolling his friend Richard to create the artwork. Christian was a trained guitar player with diverse influences: Ornette Coleman, Chuck Berry, Zappa, Soft Machine...He envisioned Mouvements as a concept album and he asked some of his musician friends from the jazz / rock scene to join in for the recordings: among them, Jean–François Boillat (of Boillat–Thérace), Blaise Català, Jerry Chardonnens... The album sessions took place at an occupied mansion during 1972, using three Revox machines. The musicians played standing in a circle and there was lot of room for improvisation.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz
- A1. Baby, Wiggle That Thing (04:50)
A2. Shake What You Got (04:10)
A3. Hot Thing (04:12)
A4. Walking On Air (04:12)
B1. Black Bird (03:54)
B2. Honey Put Your Trust In Me (03:48)
B3. Let Me Taste Your Love (03:42)
B4. We'll Try Again (05:24)[engl] The late Nathaniel ?Snoopy? Dean is one of those many underrated southern soul and blues men who never reached great fame outside their home ground. His legacy is deeply treasured though by hardcore black music followers. In the late sixties he instigated the now very sought after group Third Guitar who recorded some great sides for the Rojac label out of NYC. He subsequently became a member of the Deep City Band and started recording under his own name. In the early to mid seventies Dean made five singles and an album Wiggle That Thing on Henry Stone's Blue Candle imprint which is being reissued here. The album - originally released in 1977 - contains a rare combination of deep, southern soul, funk and blues in such a way that the LP really does not fall straight in neither category. In the 80?s Snoopy Dean became a much in demand session musician as a guitarist in Miami and recorded at least two more albums that belong more in the blues and indie soul field. Unfortunately Snoopy Dean died in 1998 due to complications arising from diabetes. Still, it is this great LP Wiggle That Thing he will be always and best remembered for.
- A1. She's Got It Going
A2. Can't Let Go
A4. This Time We'll Win
A5. Get It On
B1. Love Is Dangerous
B2. Shake Me
B3. Party Blues
B4. We're Gonna Have Fun Tonight
B5. This Time We'll Win (Instrumental)[engl] This is the only album from The Tutt Band known to ever be recorded. The ultra rare and sought after boogie-funk LP on Spoonful Records out of Phoenix, Arizona was released in 1988, but style-wise it sounds much more like being recorded in 1983 or 1984. It contains ten very solid and good tracks - both club tunes and slow jams - that all hit the required spot. There's also some treats for all Roger Troutman and vocoder lovers. Head straight to the ultra dope tracks 'Get It On' and 'She's Got It Going'. In retrospect The Tutt Band has been one of the little known but essential groups whom created the funky and beat heavy new jack swing sound that dominated American r&b from the mid eighties and early nineties.
- [engl] The Gunesh Ensemble was founded in 1970 in Ashkhabad, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, then part of the Soviet Union. They started out as a vocal group with supporting musicians from Turkmenistan State Radio and TV. Later several young musicians came to play with them and the band's music became much more modern. The group began to play jazz-rock tightly intertwined with traditional Oriental music. With that new musical style the band participated in some popular festivals around the Soviet Union. They received various awards and became very popular. Gunesh has always been in the process of developing and was one of the first and best local jazz-groups to organically combine the principles of jazz and melodic improvisation. The remarkably beautiful arrangements and polyrhythmic compositions were always further developed thematically. This process was highly praised at the Moscow competition With A Song On Life in 1977 where the ensemble became a prize-winner. The Organizing Committee of the Festival Spring Rhythms in Tbilisi (1980) called out members Rishad Shafi as best drummer and Stanislav Morozov as best saxophonist. This, their very fine first LP was originally released in 1980 on the Soviet state label Melodyja and contains traditional Central Asian music in jazz-rock arrangements plus a Vietnamese singer. The line-up has changed many times. Around 65 musicians have been a member of the group at some point in time.
- A1. She's My Woman
A2. Get On Up
A3. First Cut
B2. Hold Me Tighter
B3. Ima Obi O
B4. Shake, Clap, Tap[engl] She Is My Woman is Murphy William?s loose, funky and spontaneous call to the dance floor. It?s an infectious collection of good-time tunes that the band seem to be enjoying as much as the listener. Williams was a stalwart of the Nigerian music scene, joining Godwin Omabuwa?s Cassanova Dandies at 17 before becoming one of the two lead vocalist of The Apostles from Aba. He was famous for his distinctive four octave voice, a voice that legendary label boss, Godwin Tabansi decided was perfectly suited to the new disco sound that was gripping Nigeria. The title track gets the party started with Felix Liberty providing the good-time guitar riffs, Friday Pozzo on congas and Sonny Enang keeping it light on keyboards. The vibe is tight and bright, breathy a breezy charm into disc-tied versions of Igbo folk songs ?Selense? and ?Ima Obi O.? The undoubted highlight of the album is ?Get On Up?, a certifiable disco classic that would slay any dance floor anywhere in the world. It?s funky, it?s fun and by the time the lyrics implore the listener to get on up and dance their feet have already been convinced by the music. Put it on and it?s guaranteed to get any party started. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
- 01. Phrase–Overdrive
04. Alles Klar (Absolution)
06. Stupsi (Ballade 1)
08. Don’t Count It
09. Relation (Ballade 2)
10. Puls.(Sommor)[engl] First ever vinyl reissue in original artwork of this fabulous kraut, jazz–funk / fusion / rare grove / library album from 1972, originally released on the budget Tempo label from Germany. Lots of fuzzy distorted organ & Fender Rhodes courtesy of Kristian Schultze (pre–Passport) plus the mighty Pawel Jazerbski on bass and Joe Nay (Tete Montoliu, Roland Klirk, Blue Note Club...) on drums.
- 01. Parka
02. Mutlaka Yavrum
03. Beni Siz Delirttiniz
04. Mehmet’e Agit
06. Üryan Geldim
07. Tamirci Çiragi
10. Bu Son Olun
12. Üzüm Kaldi[engl] "PARKA" was the fourth album by Turkish legend CEM KARACA, originally released in 1977 and which was a compilation of singles released in Turkey between 1969 and 1976, featuring Dervisan, Kardaslar, Apaslar and Mogollar. You can expect the usual dose of powerful and deep vocals by Karaca backed by great Anatolian arrangements.
- 01. Sangre Gitana – Yo Me Siento Muy Feliz
02. Rumba Tres – Y No Te Quedan Lágrimas
03. Los Gachós – Estrella
04. Tobago – Oye Chiquilla
05. La Marelu – Mala
06. Barracuda – Puedes Buscarte Un Nuevo Amor
07. Rumba Tres – Ahora Qué
08. Juan Bautista – En Cartagena
09. Las Deblas – Tani
10. Rumba Tres – Ya Estoy Parao
11. El Turronero – Yo Soy Nube Pasajera 12. Sangre Gitana – Esta Noche Te Perdí.[engl] he Disco Music, Philadelphia Sound and Salsoul fever were also present in the Rumba–Pop and Flamenco–Funk scene of Spain in the late ’70s / early ’80s. Producers, sound engineers and studio musicians collaborated closely with flamenco / rumba singers and bands. Among others, we got to highlight the production / studio work that genius Josep Llobell did for the Belter label in Barcelona. Here you got 12 disco–rumba–flamenco–boogie bombs, a time machine to the boites and discotheques of the late 70s and the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary "Kinki" cinema soundtrack.
- 01. Rumba Tres – Rumbita, Tru, La, La
02. Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto" – A La Pelota
03. Rosa Morena – Quiero Café
04. Lola Flores – La Bomba Gitana
05. Chango – Kikilibú
06. El Noi – Zorongo Rock
07. Los Candelos – Te Estoy Amando Locamente
08. Lola Flores y Antonio González – Muchacho Barrigón
09. Teresiya – El Perro de San Roque – 10. El Principe Gitano – ¡Ay Amor! (Jazz Gitano)
11. Los Candelos – Bailen Mi Rumbita
12. Chango – El Guapo
13. La Marelu – Mora Cantaora
14. Dolores Abril – Triniá.[engl] From the archives of the legendary BELTER and DISCOPHON labels, essential to understand the birth of the Catalan Rumba and Flamenco–Pop genre in Spain, we’ve selected 14 dance–friendly tracks taken from overlooked LPs and 45s. This is the real gipsy–funk sound, full of screaming flamenco vocals, funk drums, electric guitars, wah–wah, organ, electric bass, exotic percussions, soulish horns, latin and even oriental touches...
- 01. Buhaina Chant
02. Ya Ya
04. Split Skins(Go! Bop!)[engl]It is interesting how the Jazz sounds of the 1950s and early 1960s influenced later psychedelic bands and if you dig yourself through to the most influentual records of that mind expanding extraordinary wing of jazz music you will hit Art Blakey and this album directly with your nose. The title says it all and what you get to listen to here will surely take you away from the cold and grey reality and drag you onto a trip to the center of your galaxy. It starts with a haunting passage that shows roots in African and latin folk music, then explodes into a cacophony of poly rhythmical patterns. There are voices allover the place but it is not singing in the actual way. This voice howls in the more gentle parts and spits commands over the wild rhythm burst outs. Art Blakey smokes and despite his completely unleashed playing he makes his drums sound melodic if that makes sense to you. Sometimes he gets accompanied by a piano or flute but their lines will hardly show up and seem like doomed greetings from forlorn dimensions while the sheer power of the drumming becomes the true reality and tears up your mind to let it float out. And this is only the first piece called ?Buhaina chant?. ?Ya ya? as second piece is a bit more melodic and has an irresistible groovy flow, still with this melodic drumming that builds the spine of this outstanding record.
- Soul / Funk / Jazz