Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

WALTER BISHOP JR-CORAL KEYS.

Walter Bishop Jr-Coral Keys. Label: Real Gone Music. Format: CD. In 1971, Gene Russell and Dick Schory founded Black Jazz Records and later that year, the nascent label released their first release. This was Doug Carn’s debut album Infant Eyes. It was the first of twenty albums that the label released between 1971 and 1975. …

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CULT CLASSIC: DJ SHADOW-PRIVATE PRESS.

Cult Classic: DJ Shadow-Private Press.  On September the ’16th’ 1996, DJ Shadow released his critical acclaimed landmark debut album Endtroducing…..on the label Mo Wax Recordings. Endtroducing….which featured uptempo jams and slow, dark and broody tracks was inspired by early hip hop and was hailed as a genre classic-in-waiting.  It was no surprise when Endtroducing….was certified …

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50 YEARS AGO GEORGE HARRISON RELEASED ALL THINGS MUST PASS.

50 Years Ago George Harrison Released All Things Must Pass  On the ‘10th’ of  April 1970, Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. This signalled the end of The Beatles and start of his solo career which began a week later. When Paul McCartney  released his debut album McCartney,  The Beatles were in the process …

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COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS JAZZ DANCE FUSION VOLUME 2.

Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion Volume 2. Label: Z Records. Format: CD. During the late-seventies and early eighties, one of most popular DJs on the UK jazz-dance scene was Colin Curtis, who was born Colin Dimond, in Madeley, Staffordshire 1952. That was where the his lifelong love of music began when he started to …

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THE BATHERS-SUNPOWDER.

The Bathers-Sunpowder Label: Marina Records. Format: CD. With Chris Thompson at the helm, the The Bathers could’ve and should’ve, been one the biggest Scottish bands ever. Their music was articulate, beautiful, dramatic, ethereal, elegiac, emotive, languid, literate and melancholy. This is music for those that have loved, lost and survived to tell the tale. Sadly, …

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NICK LUSCOMBE PRESENTS TOKYO DREAMING.

Nick Luscombe Presents Tokyo Dreaming. Label: Wewantsounds. Format: CD. Release Date: 27th November 2020. Usually, the compilation market is buoyant with a myriad of exciting, eclectic and esoteric releases hitting the racks of record shops each week. Sadly, 2020 hasn’t been like most years and this has resulted in many record labels have scaled back …

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MICHAEL ROTHER-SOLO II AND DREAMING.

Michael Rother-Solo II and Dreaming. Label: Gronland Records. Format: CD. By the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands who were part of a new musical movement and were making Kosmische musik. Its roots …

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EABS-DISCIPLINE OF SUN RA.

EABS-Discipline Of Sun Ra. Label: Astigmatic Records. Format: CD. Having orbited planet earth and ascertained that it was safe to land, the spaceship carrying the Sun Ra Arkestra landed in Kalisz, one of the oldest cities in the Polish People’s Republic on the ‘7th’ of December 1986. Martial law had been imposed by the Pro-Moscow …

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CULT CLASSIC: EROL BÜYÜRBURÇ-HOP DEDIK.

Cult Classic: Erol Büyükburç-Hop Dedik. By October 1976, Erol Büyükburç was one of the biggest names in Turkish music. He was a flamboyant showman who looked like, dressed like and conducted himself like a star. Erol Büyükburç wore lame suits and was greeted by a legion of loyal fans every time he took the stage. …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: JETHRO TULL-HEAVY HORSES.

Classic Album: Jethro Tull-Heavy Horses. By April 1978, Jethro Tull were still one of the most successful British bands of their generation, and were about to release their eleventh album of their career, Heavy Horses. It was the second album in a trilogy of folk rock albums and Jethro Tull hoped that it would build on the …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-CATCH A FIRE (75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION).

Bob Marley and The Wailers-Catch A Fire (75th Anniversary Edition. Label: Island Records. Format: LP. Having signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, The Wailers released their fifth studio Catch A Fire on April the ‘13th’ 1973. The first 20,000 copies came encased in Rob Dyer and Bob Weiner’s now famous Zippo lighter’ hinged album sleeve. However,  Island Records had underestimated demand for what was a landmark …

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CULT CLASSIC KABASA-AFRICAN SUNSET.

Cult Classic: Kabasa-African Sunset. Kabasa was formed in Soweto by vocalist and bassist Tata “TNT” Sibeko and percussionist Oupa Segwa and guitarist Robert “Doc” Mthalane who previously, had been members of the iconic Afro-rock band Harari. The group had started life as The Beaters, but during a tour of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1976, changed their name …

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CULT CLASSIC: AZTECA-AZTECA.

Cult Classic: Azteca-Azteca. When brothers Coke and Pete Escovedo were growing up in Oakland in the sixties, they were  surrounded by Latin music which influenced them when they decided to form their own group, Azteca. Just like Santana, Azteca’s music was a fusion of musical genres and influences, including Latin and funk. They were also a group …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND AT FILLMORE EAST.

Classic Album: The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East. Nowadays, there aren’t many bands who make a commercial breakthrough with a live album. That, however, is what happened to The Allman Brothers Band in 1971 when they released their third album At Fillmore East. It was a gamechanger reaching number thirteen in the US Billboard 200 …

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CULT CLASSIC: MOTORHEAD-WHAT’S WORTH WORDS.

Cult Classic: Motörhead-What’s Worth Words. When Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood heard of a project to preserve William Wordsworth’s manuscripts, he decided to put on a fundraising concert on the ’18th’ February 1978. The lineup to the fundraiser featured Wilko Johnson and some of the bands from Chiswick Records’ label which he was signed to. …

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CULT CLASSIC: TOHRU AIZAWA QUARTET-TACHIBANA.

Cult Classic: Tohru Aizawa Quartet-Tachibana.  For many connoisseurs of jazz, especially seventies J-Jazz, one little known private pressing is their holy grail, and everywhere they go it’s the one album that they always search for. There’s always the hope that in a backstreet record shop, antique centre or thrift store in a town or city somewhere in …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: LED ZEPPELIN-PHYSICAL GRAFFITI.

Classic Album: Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti. When Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti in on the ‘24th’ February 1975 it was the sixth album of their career. It was also the most ambitious and eclectic album that they had released since rereleasing their eponymous debut on the ’12th’ of January 1969. By then, Led Zeppelin had sold over sixteen million albums in America alone. Despite that, Physical …

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BOBBY HUTCHERSON-OBLIQUE.

Bobby Hutcherson-Oblique. Label: Blue Note Records-Tone Poet Series. Format: LP. On July the ‘21st’ 1967, Bobby Hutcherson journeyed to Van Gelder Studio, in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, to record Oblique which was his sixth solo album for Blue Note Records. It was just the second album he had recorded with a quartet.  The first was Happenings, …

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GEORGE JACKSON IN MEMPHIS.

George Jackson In Memphis. Label: Kent Soul. Format: LP. Just like Sam Dees, George Jackson was a prolific songwriter but an occasional recording artist. During his career, he penned over 300 songs which were recorded by everyone from James Carr, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Z.Z. Hill, Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, Bobby …

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SUN RA ARKESTRA-SWIRLING.

Sun Ra Arkestra-Swirling. Label: Strut. Format: CD. On May the ’30th’ 1993, Sun Ra passed away aged seventy-nine and that day, music was in mourning at the loss a musical pioneer who had played his part in rewriting the history of jazz. From the late-fifties, Sun Ra was one of the pioneers of free jazz …

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