Thursday, September 25, 2008

Charles Kynard - Charles Kynard

Dusty Groove review -------A great album from organist Charles Kynard -- one of his best that wasn't issued on Prestige! This is one of the funky jazz LPs on Mainstream that really hits a nice groove, with Bob Shad's crisp production dovetailing with Kynard's jazz funk sensibilities just right -- not too slick or uptight at all! Kynard's backed here by a nice little LA combo that includes Carol Kaye on bass, King Errison on conga, and Ernie Watts on tenor -- all players who relax nicely into the groove, and let Charles hit a sweetly gliding sort of line on the Hammond. The overall groove is similar to his earlier Prestige soul jazz classic Reelin' With The Feelin -- but with shorter, tighter tracks, and more emphasis on the funk side, which is what we love to hear! --------

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Dave pike Set - Got The Feelin'

From the late 60s Boogaloo/Psychedelic period here's a long unavailable session from US Detroit born master vibraphonist Dave Pike –who worked in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands between 68 and 73- that was originally released Dutch only in 1968 on the Rock label Relax Records. joined by Rob Franken on organ, Joop Scholten on guitar, Ruud Jacobs on e-bass and Louis deBy behind the drums, the group lays down 12 irresistible psychy Jazz Funk tunes ranging from original compositions (‚Bacon Fat', ‚Middle Earth Herd') to instrumental cover versions of hits from James Brown (‚Got The Feelin'), Sam & Dave (‚You Got It Made') and The Classics (‚Spooky'). a good feel album from first to last note showing the band in great form: Pike's supergroovy vibes perfectly harmonize with Franken's hammond play, crisp drums, funky bass and some cracky wah-wah lashings provide a tough rhythm beat that is consistent throughout the entire LP. highly collectable Dutch Rare Groove! (Relax 1969/LP)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Witch - Lazy Bones

Completely unknown band from Zambia , privately pressed on a small local label in 1975, this 5 piece electric band plays a strong electric African underground style. Tons of wah wah-fuzz guitar in every track, African style beats and vocals and all original song. If bands from Nigeria such as Blo and Ofege and bands from Zambia such as Rikki Ililonga and Chrissy Zebby are all traveling on the psychedelic highway with 100 mph the Witch overtakes them with 120. On the cover we can read: If you're feeling depressed, low, disturbed, out-of-sorts, sad, frustrated or widely demented, then folks, we suggest you seek out a quiet place, indulge in some soothing meditation and cut away that headache by listening to this inspiration album.-------(review taken from earrational)--------

Tim Maia - Racional Vol 1.

1960's thru 80's Brazilian soul singer. Joined a cult in the mid 70's and made this album. Weird shit.  

Emilio Santiago -Emilio Santiago

One of THE Brazilian funk classics of the 70s -- the debut album of soulful singer Emilio Santiago! The sound is a wonderful blend of samba, soul, and some of the electric jazzy riffing that was big in Brazil at the time, and which showed up in the styles of groups like Banda Black Rio or Unaio Black -- and Santiago's vocals are tremendous, equally at home with a hip grooving soul tune as they are with some of the album's mellower, jazzier tracks. Guest artists on the set include Brazilian jazz luminaries Joao Donato, Azymuth, and Wilson Das Neves -- and the album includes the funky breaking classic "Bananeira", an amazing version of a song written by Donato and Gilberto Gil, served up by Santiago in a version that's easily the best ever! Other tracks include a great version of Jorge Ben's "Brother", plus "Quero Alegria", "Depois", "Doa A Quem Doer", and "La Mulata", a Latin groover by Marcos Valle! ---dusty groove review---

Boogaloo Pow Wow -- Dancefloor Rendez-Vous In Young Nuyorica

Amazing Latin grooves from the New York scene of the 60s -- and a set that goes way past the obvious to collect tracks from a range of different labels! Unlike other collections of Latin Soul and boogaloo, which are always heavy on entries from the Fania catalog, this set features much more obscure numbers that were issued on a variety of different imprints back in the day -- usually numbers that represent the harder, rougher side of the boogaloo scene -- and which often include a fair bit of jazzy touches too! There's a really fresh sense of discovery here -- and our hats are off once again to Honest Jons for another excellent collection! Titles inlcude "Cool Jerk" by Kako, "Tanga" by Machito, "Descarga Cachao" by Tito Rodriguez, "No Me Dejes" by La Playa Sextet, "Trinidad" by Willie Bobo, "Aqui Voy Yo" by Bobby Paunetto, "Cool" by Rene Grand, "Feelin The Pain" by Dianne & Carole, "Shining Knight" by Willie Rosario, "Fuego Y Pa'Lante" by Ray Barretto, and "Descarga" by Chuito Velez.---dusty groove review---

Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers - Yaina

Reviewby Stewart Mason

An obscure 1971 release by New York Latin soul-jazz heavyweights Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, this version of Yaina tacks on a remarkable reworking of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at the front, with an opening section even more dolorous and somber than the original that quickly shifts into a hot, percussion-heavy workout with an almost gospel-like quality. Why it wasn't on the original album is a mystery, because it towers over the rest of these songs. Not that there aren't some gems here; "Cease the Bombing" manages to make an effective anti-war statement just with flutes, vibes, gentle percussion, and a melancholy wordless vocal chorus, and a funked-up cover of John Coltrane's classic "Naima" works surprisingly well. Some of the tracks, though, are simply undistinguished riffs worked over for a few minutes and then dropped with little elaboration. Luckily, the good-to-great tracks outnumber the bummers.


Louie Rameriz - Ali Baba

One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music -- a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in about a month!" -- then rolls into a massively grooving tune entitled "Ungawa". This blend of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin themes in such short space -- however goofball -- really gets at the expansive feel of the set, as Louie's stepping way past the simple format of his earlier years, into the tripped-out styles that the Latin kids were digging in the late 60s. The album's even got a secret message hidden by backward masking -- but even the forward bits are great, especially the tunes that cook with English lyrics by Bobby Marin! -----Dusty Groove review----

Monday, September 15, 2008

Alan Silva - Luna Surface

A free jazz album from 1969. This  is aural PCP unlistenable spite fuck music.  Luna Surface

Sarlo Akrobata

Serbian black wave band from '82. Pissed off.        

Breakout - Nol

All albino Polish rock band from 1976. Sounds like Iron butterfly's tour bus crashed into Edgar Winter's tour bus and then exploded killing everyone including the female backing band in the VW bug behind it.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

First Music Post

I was into William Elliott Whitmore before all you fuckers were...
Here are the first two albums:
Ashes To Dust
Hymns For the Hopeless


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