sexta-feira, 29 de abril de 2016
Drum Nation Volume 1 features the Worldís Greatest Drummers performing with ensembles or solo. Terry Bozzio; Bill Bruford; Steve Smith and Zakir Hussain; Chad Wackerman; Stanton Moore; Simon Phillips; Josh Freese; Rod Morgenstein; Tim Alexander and Brain; Marco Minnemann; Stephen Perkins and Brooks Wackerman. The first Drum Nation album emerged as a result of Magna Carta Records' Pete Morticelli and his vision. The label head had long observed that an unusual sense of community existed among drummers - a rare breed, to be sure! The first edition of this series explored what some of these drummers would do if given total creative reign. For Volume Two, Pete ventured into the labels vaults and retrieved some of the most stirring performances you've ever heard from indisputably the most influential drummers of our time.
Drum Nation Volume One  Featuring Exclusive Performances By: Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck) Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Yes) Steve Smith (Vital Information, Journey) Zakir Hussain (John McLaughlin and Shakti, George Harrison) Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) Stanton Moore (Galactic) Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto) Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle) Rod Morgenstein (The Dregs, Steve Morse) Tim Alexander (Primus, Blue Man Group) Brain (Primus, Buckethead, Tom Waits) Marco Minnemann (Paul Gilbert) Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) Brooks Wackerman (The Vandals, Suicidal Tendencies)
Drum Nation Volume Two  Featuring a Collection of previously available Performances By: Mike Portnoy - Andy West with Rama "Rama 1" (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), Pat Mastelotto - from "Encores Legends & Paradox" (King Crimson), Dennis Chambers with Niacin "Live: Blood, Sweat & Beers" (George Clinton), Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan "Nine Short Films" (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck), Clyde Stubblefield with The Clinton Administration "One Nation Under A Re-Groove" (James Brown), Virgil Donati with Derek Sherinian "Planet X" , Tim Alexander with Attention Deficit "The Idiot King" (Primus), Keith Carlock with Oz Noy "Oz Live" (Steely Dan), Rod Morgenstein - Andy West with Rama "Rama 1" (Dixie Dregs), Simon Phillips - from "Encores Legends & Paradox" (Toto, The Who), Josh Freese with Stripsearch (Vandals, A Perfect Circle), Anton Fig and Stanton Moore (Galactic) with The Clinton Administration "Take You Higher".
quarta-feira, 27 de abril de 2016
Euro Cinema is a Dutch funk group. Groove oriented, jazz influenced and led by a twin attack of roaring Hammond organ and chicken pickin' guitar, their energetic funk sound often reminds listeners of a B-movie soundtrack - hence the name! Euro Cinema is Tim den Heijer (guitar), Niels Piay (drums), Dennis Orsel (bass) and Rob Schepens (Hammond organ). The band took off when several influential DJ's picked up the track Euro Boogaloo off the first demo. The group started gigging on a regular basis and built a reputation for their frantic, sweaty live shows. In 2010 Euro Cinema had the honor of opening Saint-Paul Soul Jazz in France, the number one festival in the world for raw funk. In 2010, Euro Cinema released the vinyl single Brooklyn Groove on the U.S. funk label Hammondbeat Records. The single got airplay around the globe. In march 2011, full length album debut "Ten-4" followed. It was presented at Amsterdam's music temple Paradiso, whose staff named Euro Cinema "Holland's hottest souljazz/funk band". Like the single, the album was produced by Dutch funk mastermind Phil Martin, known for the Soul Snatchers and Laura Vane. It received much acclaim from funk aficionados around the world. In 2012, Euro Cinema collaborated with saxophone and flute player Susanne Alt to record the single Der Alte on Légère Records, home to first rate funk acts like The New Mastersounds and Mocambo Allstars. 2013 saw the release of the band's heaviest, all-analog funk tracks yet. The track Koekwaus was selected by BBC's Craig Charles to appear on his compilation Funk And Soul Club Vol.2 (Freestyle Records). Ducktape, a collaboration with top jazz sax player Efraïm Trujillo, was Record of the Week at Dutch Radio 6. The new album Funkstamatic is released march 2014. (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/EuroCinema)
segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2016
One of the first Christian-themed pop/rock acts, Glass Harp included singer/guitarist Phil Keaggy, bassist Dan Pecchio, and drummer John Sferra. Formed in 1969 in Youngstown, OH, the group -- a free-form power trio in the tradition of Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and fellow Buckeyes the James Gang -- quickly developed a strong local following, and in 1970 they signed to Decca to issue their self-titled debut LP. Synergy followed a year later, but after 1972's It Makes Me Glad Glass Harp disbanded; Keaggy went on to enjoy considerable success as a CCM solo act, while Pecchio later co-founded the Michael Stanley Band. Glass Harp's original lineup came together for a reunion concert in 1988.
Mais uma Indicação de Peter Hammil!
sábado, 23 de abril de 2016
Mais uma das grandes indicações de Peter. Cosmos é uma banda que lembra muito Pink Floyd.
Cosmos is a Swiss group that has a particular fondness for classic Pink Floyd, perhaps close to Airbag from Norway, which only continues to prove that Floyd has a way of inspiring musicians the world over. All the specific details are there, the bleeding guitar smothered in blues-effects, the rolling organ and synth backdrops, a muscular yet simple bass guitar and a metronome beat that only wishes to obey the pulse. The vocals are generally hushed giving the female vocalists a fairly large chunk of the spotlight. The result is a most pleasant journey into a musical land obscured by a few clouds and reverential disposition. If you are looking for some newfangled 'flavor of the month future sound of rock', this will not be your stereophonic paradise, so please move on. If you are okay with overt influences, then be my guest and indulge in some "Mind Games". (Thomas Szirmay)
More info at Cosmos Site.
quinta-feira, 21 de abril de 2016
Will Quantic is known around the world for his blistering stage performances with his band the Quantic Soul Orchestra. His ear for a good tune, and his feel for a good rhythm didn't come from nowhere - you see Quantic has been collecting rare funk 45s for years, and in that time he has absorbed every drum kick, every horn line and every guitar lick into his very soul. It's hard to make good music without drawing upon good influence, and we at Jazzman worry about the rubbish that kids today are listening to - it doesn't bode well for the future of music in this world. So along with Quantic, we have unearthed some of the very best and rarest funk 45s known (and unknown) to man. These records are pure quality - the exhorbitant prices that collectors will pay for the originals lays testament to that - and will stand the test of time as a barometer of good ol' funky music that is truly inspirational. It's a shame that the original 45s are so rare, with only a few hundred being pressed in many cases, but it is possible that with such rarity comes excellence, distinction and quality. We sincerely hope that by drawing attention to not only the music, but the stories behind the music and the performers themselves, we will inspire more people in the world to create and perfom music of the calibre that Quantic does today.
Listen, learn and enjoy!
released January 1, 2006
terça-feira, 19 de abril de 2016
Kin Ping Meh is a German rock band originally active from 1970 to 1977, and reformed in 2005. Their name is derived from Franz Kuhn's German translation of the Chinese novel, Jin Ping Mei.
Kin Ping Meh biography (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2698)
KIN PING MEH are not your typical Kraut Rock band. Although they're quite frequently labelled as such, theor sound is more akin to Art Rock, or "hard Prog," like in the case of BIRTH CONTROL. KIN PING MEH, whose name was of Chinese origin, was founded in 1970 in Mannheim as a quintet featuring Joachim Schaffer, Werner Stephan, Torsten Herzog, Kalle Weber, and Joachim Schafer. In their early years, KIN PING MEH performed many covers by bands like BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS, DEEP PURPLE, THE STEVE WINWOOD GROUP, etc... Soon, they were discovered by Polydor records, who signed them immediately. Schaffer left before the first album was recorded, but was replaced by Willie Wagner, who wrote perhaps their most famous track, "Fairy Tales." It is definitely a highlight of their recording career. Achim Reichel, Frank Dostal, and the great Konrad Plank worked with KIN PING MEH, engineering and producing some of their work. After the first album, Wagner and Herzog left, and other members were added off and on throughout the rest of their career (including some members of 2066-AND THEN-e.g. Geoff Harrison). As with many Prog bands, KIN PING MEH became much more commercial (and even more British or American sounding) as each year went on, but the still retained their fan base, at least in Germany. KIN PING MEH's strongest efforts were those of their early years. The first and second albums are of definite interest for any fan of BIRTH CONTROL, URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, SPOOKY TOOTH and the like. KIN PING MEH's blending of Prog and hard rock was very effective, and that definitely shows on their albums. They were also a stunning live act, so much of the live stuff is also worth investigating. I highly recommend this wonderful German band, they are certainly one of my favorites!
domingo, 17 de abril de 2016
In the late fifties and early sixties, hard bob jazz started incorporating strong blues, gospel and rhythm and blues influences. With a very rhythmic-heavy backbone, and solid solo musicianship, the grooves started getting tighter and more and more funky. This eventually evolved into the advent of jazz funk, with the later appearance of the synthesizer. Soul Jazz ensembles were often smaller, favoring trios and quartets over the typical jazz quintet or sextet; and often featured the famed Hammond organ. This comp starts out with a massive joint, "Book of Slim" by Gene Harris & the 3 Sounds; which was notoriously sampled by Madlib in "Shades of Slim", the opener of his Shades of Blue album. Super tight drum and bass lines with very jazzy piano riffs, along with beautiful strings arrangements. Stanley Turrentine's cover of Dusty Springfield's "Spooky" is another killer, and was never released until recently in a Blue Note unreleased series. Grant Green's "Sookie Sookie" from his classic 1970 Blue Note "Alive" was sampled in 1993 by jazz-rap group US3 for the song "Tukka yoot's riddim". Green's original soul jazz version is a 10 minute dance-floor killer, showcasing insanely good guitar, sax and organ solos. Then comes Monty Alexander's cover of Al Green's "Love and Hapiness" from the album "Rass!". Monty Alexander was born in Kingston, and this album was recorded with Ernest Ranglin, the legendary guitarist who recorded many of Ska and Reggae's seminal albums. "Love and Hapiness" oozes with cool mellow guitar riffs, a blend of jazz and reggae beats and elctric piano grooves. Absolute dope - Guaranteed by your dealer (me)! Other gems here include some incredibly soulful jams by harpist Dorothy Ashby; keyboardists Eddie Russ, Junior Mance, Lonnie Smith, Reuben Wilson, Les McCann and Billy Larkin; an amazingly cool version of the Jackson Five's "I want you back" by vibe legend Cal Tjader; and some spectacular tenor sax work by Curtis Amy and Gene Ammons. Gene Ammons is responsible for the track "Jungle Strut". And Wow!!!! What a cut!!! A HUGE, super soulful, yet dark and hypnotysing, piece of groove, featuring Bernard Purdie on Drums. Good luck not getting your mind blown away... Other favorites of mine on this compilation: Junior Mance "Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' To Ya"... serious breaks and soul in this bomb; Billy Larkin & the Delegates "Pygmy": latin flavored soul jazz, with great percussion and organ drive! Finally, we close out with a couple of Lalo Schifrin-penned soundtrack material. First with the haunting "Hunt Down" for the film "Mannix", then with "The Danube Incident" from the second "Mission Impossible" soundrack, sampled by Portishead on "Sour Times". The last track is the treasured "Ripped Open By Metal Explosions". A classic piece of soulful darkness by Galt McDermot, with Idris Muhammad on drums.
1. Gene Harris & The 3 Sounds - Book of Slim, 1968
2. Stanley Turrentine - Spooky, 1968
3. Grant Green - Sookie Sookie, 1970
4. Gian Franco Pienzio - Grigio Perla, 1973
5. Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations, 1968
6. Monty Alexander - Love And Happiness, 1974
7. Eddie Russ - Watergate Blues, 1974
8. Curtis Amy - Mustang, 1969
9. Billy Larkin & the Delegates - Pygmy, 1964
10. Cal Tjader - I Want You Back, 1973
11. Junior Mance - Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' To Ya, 1970
12. Reuben Wilson - Knock On Wood, 1969
13. Les McCann - Shamading, 1972
14. Lalo Schifrin - Hunt Down, 1966
15. Lonnie Smith - I Feel The Earth Move, 1971
16. Gene Ammons - Jungle Strut, 1970
17. Lalo Schifrin - The Danube Incident, 1969
18. Galt McDermot - Ripped Open By Metal Explosions, 1970
sexta-feira, 15 de abril de 2016
Heavily influenced by San Francisco bands (Big Brother and the Trucking Company and The Jefferson Airplane quickly come to mind), the Santa Rosa, California-based A Euphonious Wail was roughly five years behind creative and popular tastes. Not that it seemed to matter given a financially struggling Kapp Records went ahead and signed the quintet to a recording contract. Built around the talents of drummer Doug Hoffman, keyboardist Bart Libby, singer Suzanne Rey, singer/guitarist Steve Tracy and bassist Gary Violetti, the band's self-titled 1973 debut teamed them with producer Brian Ingoldsby (Lowell Levinger of Youngbloods fame reportedly also helped out). While "A Euphonious Wail" had a couple of nice moments, for the most part the LP was surprisingly lame and uninspired. As lead vocalists Rey and Tracy had decent, if unexceptional voices (though Rey tended to screech in the higher registers). The same type of limitations were true of the band as songwriters (all but Hoffman contributing material). Taken individually guitar and keyboard propelled rockers such as 'Pony', 'We've Got the Chance', 'When I Start To Live' and 'F#' weren't bad, but stretched over an entire album, there simply wasn't much that really stood out. The band were even less successful when they tried slowing things down - check out the lame ballads 'Did You Ever' and 'I Want To Be a Star'. (The Michael Hawes cover drawing was interesting. Depending on how you looked at it you saw something completely abstract, or possibly obscene.) Needless to say, the album vanished without a trace, followed in short order by the band.
quinta-feira, 14 de abril de 2016
The ‘Strange Games. …series, holds some of the answers. A fascinating musical biography of the evolution of R&B and rap, this continuing album project delves into the back catalogue of rare groove, soul, funk and disco to find the tunes that have counted in sculpting the perfect silhouette of today’s R&B and hip-hop. Its selection of classics that have influenced and – through covers and samples – helped to assemble the modern R&B sound reveals the missing links between 70s soul, the 80s London rare groove revival and our slickly commercial modern product. ‘Strange Funky Games and Things ’ continues the quest to trace the sensual and soulful roots of today’s ultra-modern grooves. Simply lie back, listen and let the music do the talking, as favourites like Donald Byrd’s ‘Loving You’ and Monty Alexander’s ‘Love and Happiness’ take you on a voyage of discovery into the vaults of funked-up bliss.
1. You Are What I'm All About - The New Birth
2. Inside Out - American Gypsie
3. Give Me Your Love - Barbara Mason
4. Looking Up To You - Michael Wycoff
5. Stone To the Bone (Some More) - James Brown
6. She's My Summer Breeze - The Reflections
7. Come Into My Life - The Supremes
8. L.A. Night - Yasuko Agawa
9. Love And Happiness - Monty Alexander
10. Do It Baby - The Miracles
11. Reflections - Bill Conti
12. California Dreaming - Eddie Hazel
13. Strange Funky Games And Things - Jay Dee
14. Loving You - Donald Byrd
15. Porcupine - Nature Zone
quarta-feira, 13 de abril de 2016
One of many funk anthologies to come out of the U.K. in recent years, Stone Cold Funk is an outstanding mix of '70s funk that should appeal to modern ears. There are several tracks on Stone Cold Funk, from artists such as Joe Quartermain & Free Soul, Lee Dorsey, Ripple, and Aaron Neville, that appear on other funk compilations such as Funk Soul Brothers and the Blaxploitation series. There are a few gems on here, however, that are hard to find elsewhere. Lightin' Rod's "Sport" is a unique piece of '70s Gil-Scott Heron-like rap that created the blueprint for gangsta rap decades later and the funky bassline has been sampled several times over the years. Another oft-sampled track is the Skull Snaps' "It's a New Day," and listening to the funky drum breaks at the beginning and middle of the track, it's easy to see why. While "It's a New Day" remains virtually unknown, it has been one of the most sampled songs ever, and a must for any funk or hip-hop fan. There are also a few interesting lesser-known tracks by the Ohio Players and the Meters as well as a couple of soul numbers by Ann Sexton in the tradition of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. While much of the music in Stone Cold Funk should be familiar to funk fans, there are more than enough hidden treasures on the album to make it worth your while.
Right from the first defiant beat of Ann Sexton's 'You're Losing Me' you know the direction where Stone Cold Funk is taking you. Certainly, there are enough fat tunes here to fill the hippist students' party twice-over, yet Stone Cold Funk's real strength lay in the intimacy of the song writing. There's a rawness, an honesty, that draws the audience onto the mean streets of an early '70s black Harlem. Whether its Sexton's powerful ballads of unrequited love or Aaron Neville's sublime recounting of inner-city poverty, songs of personal hardships endured dominate Stone Cold Funk. This wonderful compilation affirms the importance of funk in black culture. Funk is quintessentially upbeat and optimistic, and whether your life is debilitated by dead-end jobs, abusive boyfriends, cash problems and worse, you know that if you get the funk out you'll make it through 'til tomorrow. There's not a duff track here, although The Ohio Players 'Mother-in-Law' steals the show. 'Satan should be her name,' indeed!
1 Ann Sexton - You're Losing Me 2:21
2 Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind 6:16
3 Maceo & All The King's Men - Got To Getcha 2:47
4 Meters, The - Keep On Marching 3:22
5 Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is (But It Sho' Is Funky) 3:20
6 African Music Machine - Black Water (Gold) 3:05
7 Aaron Neville - Hercules 4:13
8 Ann Sexton - You're Gonna Miss Me 3:06
9 Ohio Players - Mother-In-Law 2:54
10 Skull Snaps - It's A New Day 3:01
11 Ripple - A Funky Song 3:04
12 Meters, The - Funky Miracle 2:24
13 Joe Tex - I Gotcha 2:16
14 Lightnin' Rod - Sport 2:37
15 Continental Showstoppers - Goo Bah 2:24
16 Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can (Part 1) 3:31
17 Tommie Young - Hit And Run Lover 2:31
18 African Music Machine - Tropical 2:19
19 Bobby Patterson - Quiet! Do Not Disturb 2:04
20 Lee Dorsey - Give It Up 3:01
Dance, Dance, Dance
segunda-feira, 11 de abril de 2016
Ray is a bassist most known for his work with singer Rob Halford (Judas Priest). As a member of the band Halford, Ray recorded two studio cds, one double live CD, and toured around the world, most notably playing to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden - NYC and Co-headlining Brazil's Rock in Rio festival with Iron Maiden playing to a crowd of over 250,000. Ray was also a recording / touring artist for Machines of Loving Grace, a band who was featured on the movie soundtrack "The Crow" which sold over 1,000,000 copies. His credits with the band include "Gilt" and the soundtrack for the movie "Hackers."
Bass and Drums at its best. Power Funk Jazz from two of the greatest. If you have not heard the names you probably have heard them on numerous TV shows, major motion pictures, countless recordings, in clinic and on tour. IT'S INSANE!! ( http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joeray )
sábado, 9 de abril de 2016
The Great Gig In The Sky
an alternate take on Dark Side Of The Moon
for Rick 1943-2008
The Dark Side Of The Moon - A Brief History
The Dark Side Of The Moon, like most of Pink Floyd's 70s works, underwent a lot of transormations from its initial inception as a concept album early in 1972. After initially laying down demos for their future masterwork the band set out for their first British tour of 72 in January and February. Fans were treated to the first unveiling of Dark Side with the opening night at Brighton Dome on January 20 heralding the debut performance of the album. Dark Side in those days was much more of a bluesy concept than the lush, layered career defining work that it became and as the tour progressed solos changed and the piece began to be knocked into shape. The press were invited down to the first of four consecutive nights at the Rainbow on February 17 and a world buzz began that the Floyd were working on an epic.
The band continued to tour in Spring playing dates in Japan, Australia, America, and Europe before going back into the studio in the summer to record the bulk of the album with the final recording being completed in January 73. What we have assembled on the disc your are now holding is a hybrid of the album in its embryonic state, from the earliest demos to the legendary and until now never circulated One Side Of The Moontape which has only ever been heard by a handful of Floyd devotees. Legend has it that when the album was remastered in the 90s the engineers broke for lunch leaving with the tape on. He had only 30 minutes but ran off a copy of side 2 with all the faders pushed to the max to leave an unedited version complete with instrumental passages, second guitars and sax solos that had been removed from the final version. It is startlingly different in places and one can only surmise what the first side would have sounded like before being edited. We had demos for most of the songs on side one with the exception of "Breathe" and "The Great Gig In The Sky". To fill in the gaps we used a version of "Breathe" from one of the Rainbow concerts in February 72 and from the same gig The Great Gig In The Sky's predecessor The Mortality Sequence. There are gaps between the songs but I'm sure fans will accept this stunning new version for its rarity value. We've completed the discs with some more Dark Side demos. Now turn down the lights, light up a big one and enjoy. (http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=SSR41925§ion=24)...
(Thanks Peter Hammil)
quinta-feira, 7 de abril de 2016
As for Jay Dee, alias Earl Nelson, alias Jackie Lee, he was a long time friend of Barry White. Born Earl Nelson and together with Bobby Relf (Bob & Earl) he gave us the “Harlem Shuffle” in 1963 (arranged by Barry White). A few years later, in 1965 turning Earl Nelson into Jackie Lee he had a huge dance novelty hit with “The Duck”, again with Barry in the background, who together with Jackie composed the other side of the single “Ooh Honey Baby”. Well, and in 1974 Jackie Lee became Jay Dee, once again ready to cut a few tunes with his friend Barry. The years 1973-75 were a mega productive period for Barry’s Music. In addition to his own sound, Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, he produced a string of one-off albums for many other artists, including his arranger Gene Page, Tom Brock, Gloria Scott, White Heat, Westwing, Evan Pace and JAY DEE.