Category Archives: Jazz Funk

CULT CLASSIC: JOHNNY HAMMOND-GEARS.

Cult Classic: Johnny Hammond-Gears. Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s recording career began in 1958 and a year later he released his debut album Have You Heard. This was the first of two albums Johnny “Hammond” Smith released during 1959. Over the next sixteen years, Johnny “Hammond” Smith released another thirty album. His thirty-second album was Gears, which …

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CULT CLASSIC: AIRTO FOGO-AIRTO FOGO.

Cult Classic: Airto Fogo-Airto Fogo. During the seventies, Paris born drummer and percussionist Sylvain Krief was one of France’s top musicians. He was also a talented composer, arranger and producer who founded and lead two bands. The first of these bands was Rupture, who released the spiritual jazz classic Israel Suite/Dominante En Blue in 1973.  Three …

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ARTHUR BLYTHE-THE COLUMBIA YEARS.

Arthur Blythe-The Columbia Years. Nowadays, prodigy is one of the most overused words in the English language, and all too often it’s used to describe young children who show a modicum of talent in sport and music. Sadly, and all too often, those that were described as a prodigy never fulfil their supposed potential. The …

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THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF SEA LEVEL.

The Life and Music Of Sea Level. By August 1975, all wasn’t well within The Allman Brothers. It hadn’t been for the last couple of years. That was despite The Allman Brothers being at the peak of their popularity. Their last three albums had sold over a million copies and were certified platinum. Meanwhile, The Allman …

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ALAN HAKWSHAW/BRIAN BENNETT-FULL CIRCLE.

Alan Hawkshaw/Brian Bennett-Full Circle. Label: Be With Records. Ever since the dawn of hip hop, library music has proved a source of inspiration for sample-hungry hip hop producers and crate-digging DJs alike. Library music has also proven popular with a coterie of music lovers with discerning musical tastes over the last few years. This was …

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MUSICA PER L’IMMAGINE II: LOST ITALIAN LIBRARY MSUIC OF THE 1970s/80s

Musica Per L’Immagine II: Lost Italian Library Music Of The 1970s’/1980s. Label: Fly By Night Music, Nowadays, music is no different to fashion with tastes constantly changing as hipsters go in search of what genre is currently fashionable.  This includes library music which has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the last couple of years. That is why a number of record  of British and European independent record …

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THE LIBRARY MUSIC FILM: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE FILM.

The Library Music Film: Music From and Inspired By The Film. Label: Legere Recordings Germany. During the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of interest in library music, with British and European independent record labels releasing lovingly curated compilations that are welcomed by a coterie of musical connoisseurs who have a passion for library …

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MOSTER!-STATES OF MIND.

Moster!-States Of Mind.  Label: Hubro Music. In March 2015, Norwegian supergroup Moster! released their third album third album When You Cut Into The Present to widespread critical  acclaim and hailed as a career defining release. Now three years later and Moster! return with their much-anticipated fourth album States Of Mind which has just been released on Hubro …

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SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

Sun Ra and His Arkestra-The Other Side Of The Street. Label: Sweet Earth Nowadays, music journalists are guilty of using the words innovator and pioneer for too freely, but that is the perfect description of the inimitable Sun Ra. He’s   now regarded as one of the true pioneers of free jazz and a truly …

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FREDDIE HUBBARD-GLEAM.

Freddie Hubbard-Gleam. Label: BGO Records. By the time thirty-six year old Freddie Hubbard arrived in Japan, in March 1975, he was already regarded as one of the most influential trumpeters of his generation. That had been the case since the early sixties when, Freddie Hubbard’s career began, and he brought what was a new perspective …

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GRANT GREEN-SLICK! LIVE AT OIL CAN HARRY’S.

Grant Green-Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry’s. Label: Resonance Records. Nowadays, guitarist Grant Green is best known for the jazz and soul-jazz albums that he recorded for Blue Note Records during the sixties. However, that was only part of the Grant Green story, and by 1969, he had changed direction and was playing jazz-funk.  This …

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HUGO FATTUOSO-Y BARRIO OPA.

Hugo Fattoruso-Y Barrio Opa. Label: Far Out Recordings. Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Hugo Fattoruso, was born in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo on the ‘29th’ June 1943, and formed his first band Trío Fattoruso in 1952 aged nine. Sixty-six years later and Hugo Fattoruso is still involved in music and recently, released a new album …

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MIDNIGHT IN TOKYO VOLUME 2.

Midnight In Tokyo Volume 2, Label: Studio Mule Japan. Release Date: ‘27th’ July 2018. During the seventies and eighties, Japan still had a thriving and vibrant jazz scene, although many artists and bands had turned their attention to fusion. This includes the thirteen artists and bands  that feature on the new compilation Midnight In Tokyo …

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GRANT GREEN-SLICK! LIVE AT OIL CAN HARRY’S-RECORD STORD DAY 2018 EDITION.

Grant Green-Slick! Live At Oil Can Harry’s-Record Store Day 2018 Edition. Label: Resonance Records. Nowadays, guitarist Grant Green is best known for the jazz and soul-jazz albums that he recorded for Blue Note Records during the sixties. However, that was only part of the Grant Green story, and by 1969, he had changed direction and …

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CZECH UP! VOLUME 2: WE’D BE HAPPY.

Czech Up! Volume 2: We’d Be Happy. Label: Vampi Soul. Nowadays, competition within the compilation market is fierce, and each week hundreds of compilations are released by record companies across the world and are competing for the compilation pound, dollar or Euro. However, not all compilations are equal, and some of these compilations are more …

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GRANT GREEN-FUNK IN FRANCE FROM PARIS TO ANTIBES 1969-1970.

Grant Green-Funk In France From Paris To Antibes 1969-1970. Label: Resonance Records. In 1967, thirty-five year old guitarist Grant Green was in the throes of heroin addiction, and it looked as if he was fighting a battle he had no chance of winning. Grant Green was a shadow of the man who had arrived in …

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MOTOWN FUNK 2-RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EDITION.

Motown Funk 2-Record Store Day 2018 Edition. Label: UMC. By 1959, Detroit based songwriter, producer and future 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? It …

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BILLY COBHAM MAGIC AND ALIVEMUTHERFORYA. 

Billy Cobham-Magic and Alivemutherforya. Label: BGO Records. By 1977, Panamanian-American jazz and fusion drummer Billy Cobham had only been a solo artist since 1973, but he already accumulated a wealth of experience since his discharge from the US Army in 1968. Soon, Billy Cobham had joined Horace Silver’s Quintet, then became the house drummer at …

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COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS JAZZ DANCE FUSION.

Colin Curtis Presents Jazz Dance Fusion. Label: Z Records. 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 listen to offshore pirate …

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MAYNARD FERGUSON-M.F HORN 4 AND 5: LIVE AT JIMMY’S.

Maynard Ferguson-M.F. Horn 4 and 5:Live At Jimmy’s. BGO Records. The first time many jazz fans heard Canadian jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, was when he joined the when the twenty-four year old joined Stan Kenton’s new Innovations Orchestra in 1949. This was home for Maynard Ferguson for the next four years and was where he …

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