Monthly Archives: April, 2018

STEVE YOUNG-TO SATISFY YOU.

Steve Young-To Satisfy You. Label: Ace Records. During his life and a musical career that lasted five decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Young always lived life on his own terms. Sadly, Steve Young like Gram Parsons, who played on his 1969 debut album Rock Salt and Nails, didn’t enjoy the recognition and critical acclaim …

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MILES DAVIS AND JOHN COLTRANE-THE FINAL TOUR: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUME 6.

Miles Davis and John Coltrane-The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series Volume 6. Label: Sony Music. After Miles Davis released his seminal album Kind Of Blue on August the ’17th’ 1959, the sextet embarked upon a lengthy tour, which allowed jazz fans to witness one of the legendary bands at the peak of their powers. Sadly, nothing lasts …

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BROWN ACID: THE SIXTH TRIP.

Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip. Label: Riding Easy Records. In 2013, Easy Rider Records was formed in the small, sleepy town of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, and over the next year the nascent label released thirty-one releases on a variety of different formats. These releases proved popular, and by December 2014, everything was going well for this young, up-and-coming …

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BABY I’VE GOT IT! MORE MOTOWN GIRLS.

Baby I’ve Got It! More Motown Girls. Label: Ace Records. As 1959 dawned, Detroit based songwriter, producer and musical impresario Berry Gordy Jr had already discovered The Miracles and started to build a successful portfolio of recording artists. There was only one problem, what would Berry Gordy Jr do with these talented artists and groups? …

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JUAN PABLO DIAZ-FASE DOS.

Juan Pablo Diaz-Fase Dos. Label: Self-Released. It’s safe to say that the last few years have been something of a roller coaster for Puerto Rican based salsa singer and songwriter Juan Pablo Diaz. The roller coaster ride began when he was offered a recording contract, that he had worked so hard towards. It was dangled …

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SKYDIVE TRIO-SUN SPARKLE.

Skydive Trio-Sun Sparkle. Label: Hubro Music Release Date: ‘27th’ April 2018. Three years after the Scandinavian supergroup Skydive Trio released their critically acclaimed debut album Sun Moee, this multitalented and versatile power trio return with their much-anticipated and eagerly awaited sophomore Sun Sparkle, which will be released by Hubro Music on the  ‘27th’ April 2018. …

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KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK AND JACK DEJOHNETTE-AFTER THE FALL.

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette-After The Fall. Label: ECM Records. Imagine that one day, you’re struck down by a mystery illness, and go from being healthy to constantly exhausted, with your head, muscles and joints constantly aching. All you want to do is sleep, sleep and sleep some more. Even then, you don’t …

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FRA LIPPO LIPPI-RARUM 80-95.

Fra Lippo Lippi-Rarum 80-95. Label: Rune Grammofon. It is safe to say that when the name Fra Lippo Lippi comes up in conversation, it means different things to different people. Some people automatically think of the ‘15th’ Century Italian Renaissance painter, who inspired Robert Browning to write his what was one of his most sophisticated …

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DYLAN IN JAZZ-A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN.

Dylan In Jazz-A Jazz Tribute To Bob Dylan. Label: Wagram France. Record companies big and small are always looking for new ideas for a compilation, and over the past twenty years tried all sorts of new concepts with varying degrees of success. This has included genre specific albums, ranging from funk and fusion to jazz, …

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PRAISE POEMS 6: A JOURNEY INTO DEEP SOULFUL JAZZ AND FUNK FROM THE 1970s.

Praise Poems 6: A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz and Funk From The 1970s. Label: Tramp Records. When a record labels releases the first instalment in a new compilation series, the hope is that this will be the start of a  long-running and successful series that will prove profitable and give the label a much-needed …

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RADKA TONEFF AND STEVE DOBROGOSZ-FAIRYTALES LP.

Radka Toneff and Steve Dobrogosz-Fairytales LP. Label:Odin Records. Record Of The Week. One of the most overused word in the English language is classic, with critics often hailing the latest book, play or album a “classic.” More often than not, this is hyperbole, and it’s only much later, that the same critics realise that they …

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT-EAST OF MIDNIGHT, WAITING FOR YOU AND A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH.

Gordon Lightfoot-East Of Midnight, Waiting For You and A Painter Passing Through. Label: BGO Records. By July 1986, Gordon Lightfoot was one of the most successful Canadian musicians of his generation, and was preparing to release his seventeenth album East Of Midnight, which was his first album in three years. Gordon Lightfoot was hoping that …

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NORTHAUNT- ISTID III.

Northaunt- Istid III.   Label: Glacial Movements. Twelve years ago in 1996, Norwegian ambient composer Hærleif Langås embarked upon a new and exciting chapter in his career when he began to explore and experiment with drones, field recordings, samples and minimalistic melodic elements which he used to create soundscapes that had been inspired and influenced …

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SOUTHERN GROOVE: HOTATLANTA, AWARE AND CLINTONE FUNK AND SOUL.

Southern Groove: Hotlanta, Aware and Clintone Funk and Soul. Label: BGP. Throughout musical history, colourful and controversial characters have always been attracted to the music industry in the hope of earning fast and easy money. While that night have been part of the attraction why Michael Thevis founded the Hotlanta, Aware and Clintone labels, it …

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JETHRO TULL-HEAVY HORSES (NEW SHOES EDITION). 

Jethro Tull-Heavy Horses-(New Shoes Edition). Label: PLG UK Catalog. As April 1978 dawned, Jethro Tull was still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album Heavy Horses, which was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums. Jethro Tull hoped that Heavy Horses, …

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SLAGR-DIRR.

Slagr-DIRR  Label: Hubro Music. Release Date: ‘13th’ March 2018. Three years after Oslo based Slagr released their critically acclaimed third album Short Stories, the talented trio return with the followup DIRR which will be  released by Hubro Music on the ‘13th’ March 2018, and is another album of meditative music that is quintessentially Nordic. That has been …

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MARTIN FREEMAN AND EDDIE PILLER PRESENT JAZZ ON THE CORNER.

Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present Jazz On The Corner.  Label: Acid Jazz. Eddie Piller has been a stalwart of the Acid Jazz scene for the best part of thirty years, and during that time, the fifty-four year old has been a DJ, promoter and founded the Acid Jazz record label in 1987. This was …

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DR JOHN-REMEDIES AND DESITIVELY BONAROO.

Dr John-Remedies and Desitively Bonnaroo. Label: BGO Records. When a copy of Dr John’s debut album Gris Gris was sent to Atlantic Records’ founder Ahmet Ertegun he disliked the album so much, that he was reluctant to even release the album and said: “how can we market this boogaloo crap?” This wasn’t the response that …

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GITKIN-5 STAR MOTEL.

Gitkin-5 Star Motel. Label: Wonderwheel Recordings. Release Date: ‘6th’ April 2018. A lifetime ago, a mysterious man known only as Gitkin, once dreamt of forging a career as a musician, but when his dreams were shattered, he bought a consignment of knock-off Gibson guitars which he sold, as he travelled the length and breadth of the land of the free. After …

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NAT BIRCHALL-COSMIC LANGUAGE.

Nat Birchall-Cosmic Language. Label: Jazzman Records.  Manchester-based jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall has come a long way since releasing his debut album The Sixth Sense in January 1999, and nowadays, is regarded as one of the leading lights of the vibrant British jazz scene. Nat Birchall is also one of the most talented and inventive British …

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