Tag Archives: Leon Thomas

CULT CLASSIC: LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-ASTRAL TRAVELLING.

Cult Classic: Lonnie Liston Smith and The Echoes-Astral Travelling. Sometimes, a record company proves to be the perfect fit for an  artist. That was the case with Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions which was the perfect label for Lonnie Liston Smith and The Echoes’ unique brand of cosmic jazz. Through working with some of the most innovative and creative …

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CULT CLASSIC: LEON THOMAS-BLUES AND THE SOULFUL TRUTH.

Cult Classic: Leon Thomas-Blues and The Soulful Truth. Some labels prove to be the perfect fit for an artist. This was the case when Leon Thomas signed to Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions.  By the late sixties, Leon Thomas had embraced free jazz fully. He turned his back on the blues and his vocal style was totally …

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CULT CLASSIC: LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE.

Cult Classic: Leon Thomas-Full Circle. For Leon Thomas, Full Circle represented the end of an era. It was the last album Leon Thomas released on Flying Dutchman Productions, and marked the end of his “classic period.” It had started four years earlier in 1969, when Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown. …

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CULT CLASSIC: LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE.

Cult Classic-Leon Thomas-Full Circle. For Leon Thomas, Full Circle represented the end of an era. It was the last album Leon Thomas released on Flying Dutchman Productions, and marked the end of his “classic period.” It had started four years earlier in 1969, when Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown. Since …

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MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL VOLUME 5.

Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume Volume 5. Label:Kent Dance. Nearly sixteen years ago, back in October 2003,  Kent Soul released the first instalment in the Masterpieces Of Modern Soul series. Since then, another five volumes have been released. The first came in January 2009, when Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume 2 was released. Just over …

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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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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 3.

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3. Label: BBE. Just over three years have passed since BBE released Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 2 to plaudits and praise in July 2014. Since then, much has changed in the life of DJ, club promoter, compiler and inveterate crate-digger Kev Beadle.  The unthinkable happened in 2016 …

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THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART FOUR.

THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART FOUR. LED ZEPPELIN-IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR-DELUXE EDITION. On 15th August 1979, Led Zeppelin released their eighth studio album In Through the Out Door. By then, they were one of the biggest selling bands in the world. Their first seven studio albums and their 1976 live album The Song …

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LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE.

LEON THOMAS-FULL CIRCLE. For Leon Thomas, Full Circle represented the end of an era. It was the last album Leon Thomas released on Flying Dutchman Productions, and marked the end of his “classic period.” It had started four years earlier in 1969, when Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown. Since then, …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5. GEORGE RUSSELL PRESENTS THE ESOTERIC CIRCLE. With Norwegian music going through something of a renaissance, it’s fitting that George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle has reissued by BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records. George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle was one of the most important albums in …

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LEON THOMAS-BLUES AND SOULFUL TRUTH.

LEON THOMAS-BLUES AND SOULFUL TRUTH. Some labels are a perfect fit for an artist. This was the case with Leon Thomas and Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions. They proved to be the musical equivalent of ying and yang. By the late sixties, Leon Thomas had embraced free jazz fully. He turned his back on the …

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LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-ASTRAL TRAVELLING.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-ASTRAL TRAVELLING. Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman was the perfect label for Lonnie Liston Smith and The Echoes’ unique brand of cosmic jazz. Through working with some of the most innovative and creative musicians in the history of jazz, Bob must have realised that often, large record companies aren’t the …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 3.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 3. GEORGE JACKSON-OLD FRIEND-THE FAME RECORDINGS VOLUME 3. Prolific. That’s the best way to describe George Jackson. As a songwriter, he wrote over three-hundred songs. This includes penning tracks for James Carr, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Z.Z. Hill, Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, …

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LEON THOMAS-SPIRITS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN.

LEON THOMAS-SPIRITS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN. In 1969, Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Records. This eleven years after he released his “other” debut album. Confused? The story begins in 1958, when Leon Thomas, aged just nineteen years old, signed to RCA Records. Now signed to RCA, …

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LEON THOMAS-THE LEON THOMAS ALBUM.

LEON THOMAS-THE LEON THOMAS ALBUM. There aren’t many artists who record two debut albums. Leon Thomas did. Having signed to RCA in 1958, Leon recorded what should’ve been his debut album. It was never released. Instead, another eleven years passed before Leon Thomas released his debut album Spirits Known and Unknown for Bob Thiele’s Flying …

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