Thursday, December 29, 2011

Funk For The Folks: The Soul Searchers' ''Salt Of The Earth'' (1974)

The Soul Searchers''Salt Of The Earth''( LP Sussex Records, 1974 )Catalog # SRA-8030Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 I Rolled It You Hold It 4:38A2 Blow Your WhistleComposed By – C. Brown, M. Kidd 3:01A3 Close To YouComposed By – B. Bacharach, H. David 4:23A4 Funk To The Folks 4:14B1 Ain't It Heavy 5:58B2 Windsong 5:00B3 Ashley's RoachclipComposed By – L. Pinchback 5:36B4 We ShareComposed By – D.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Richard ''Groove'' Holmes' Groove Merchant Years: ”Hunk-A-Funk!” (1975)

Groove Holmes”Hunk-A-Funk!”( Double LP Groove Merchant Records, 1975 )Catalog # GM 4402Tracklisting:A1 Night Glider (5:17)A2 Flyjack (3:30)A3 It’s Going To Take Some Time (4:30)A4 Pure Cane Sugar (5:00)B1 Go Away Little Girl (5:32)B2 One Mint Julep (4:50)B3 Young And Foolish (4:30)C1 The Red Onion (3:40)C2 No Trouble On The Mountain (3:55)C3 Meditation (6:10)C4 Good Vibrations (4:40)D1 You’ve Got

Monday, December 26, 2011

Creativity & Funky Fusion: Side Effect's ''What You Need'' (1976)

Side EffectThe birth of Side Effect began in the year 1972 with founder and leader Augie Johnson and members Lomita Johnson, Jim Gilstrap, Gregory Matta and Louie Patton.Sylvia Nabors did an excellent job on the first album, but by the time "What You Need" was recorded, Helen Lowe, now gospel superstar Helen Baylor, was the new vocalist. In 1977, Lowe was replaced by Sylvia St. James. St. James

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Four)

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Four)''Isaac Hayes - Joy (Short Version)''1995.Tutto scorre all’insegna dei mie Venerdì al Cap Creus… di qualche serata come DJ in alcuni Club Ferraresi e al FIRMUS sul Lago di Garda e ad Aprile mi vado vedere un bel LIVE al Cap Creus dei FREAK POWER (biglietto in allegato), gruppo emergente in quel periodo nel panorama Acid Jazz.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Time Is Running Out Fast: Remember Mr. James Joe Brown, Jr., The Hit Man, The Soul Brother #1, The Godfather Of Soul - ''The Payback'' (1973)

Time Is Running Out Fast:Remember Mr. James Joe Brown, Jr., The Hit Man,The Soul Brother #1, The Godfather Of Soul*3 May 1933 near Barnwell, South Carolina, USA†25 December 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA''The Payback''( LP Polydor Records, 1973 )Catalog # PD-2-3007Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 The PaybackWritten-By – John Starks 7:35A2 Doing The Best I Can 7:50B1 Take Some, Leave Some 8:22B2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Electro Memories: Paul Hardcastle's ''Rain Forest'' (1985)

Paul Hardcastle''Rain Forest''( LP Profile Records, 1985 )Catalog # PRO-1206Tracklisting:A1 Rain Forest (Remix) 5:42A2 King Tut 4:38A3 Panic 4:29A4 Forest Fire 7:30B1 Loitering With Intent 4:10B2 A.M. 5:14B3 Sound Chaser 5:48B4 Rain Forest (Original Mix) 5:12Credits:Artwork By [Album Cover Concept] – Billy RussellArtwork By [Art Direction] – Dick SmithMastered By – Jack AdelmanPhotography [

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Wayne Henderson's Pleasure: Pleasure's ''Accept No Substitutes'' (1976)

PleasureThe original eight members of Pleasure were:Marlon McClain: Electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals.Sherman Davis: Lead and background vocals.Bruce Carter: Drums.Donald Hepburn: Keyboards and background vocals.Nathaniel Phillips: Electric bass and background vocals.Bruce Smith: Percussion and background vocals.Dennis Springer: Soprano and tenor sax.Dan Brewster: Trombone and

Monday, December 19, 2011

''We're Gonna Lick The World!'': The Blackbyrds' ''Cornbread, Earl And Me'' OST (1975)

The Blackbyrds''Cornbread, Earl And Me''Original Sound Track( LP Fantasy Records, 1975 )Catalog # F-9483Tracklisting:A1 Cornbread 3:11A2 The One-Eye Two-Step 3:19A3 Mother / Son Theme 1:29A4 A Heavy Town 2:58A5 One-Gun Salute 1:59A6 The Gym Fight 1:52A7 Riot 3:18B1 Soulful Source 3:49B2 Mother / Son Talk 1:05B3 At The Carnival 2:49B4 Candy Store Dilemma 1:33B5 Wilford's Gone 2:20B6 Mother / Son

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bad News: Mr.Ralph MacDonald Has Left Us.

Ralph MacDonald, the Grammy-winning writer, producer and percussionist who worked with everyone from Luther Vandross to Amy Winehouse and composed the classics, “Where Is the Love” and “Just the Two of Us,” died Sunday morning in Stamford, Conn., after a long illness. He was 67. He had suffered from a stroke and lung cancer in recent years. Stamford, where he lived for the past 35 years,

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Three).

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Three)1994. Altra annata molto impegnativa, nel senso buono del termine ! Comincia che sono nel pieno del Servizio Militare alla Caserma Matter di Mestre (un’oretta e poco più da casa), e da buon razionale escogito un piano legato alle licenze e alle mie prospettive musicali. Fondamentale era avere più week end possibili in estate, in

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Fabulous Mr. Magic: Grover Washington, Jr.'s ''Mister Magic'' (1974 - Released In 1975)

Grover Washington, Jr.American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist, born 11 November 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, died 17 December 1999, New York, USA.Biography by Scott Yanow (AMG):One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Incredible Mr. Ayers: Roy Ayers' ''You Send Me'' (1978)

Roy Ayers''You Send Me''( LP Polydor Records, 1978 )Catalog # PD-1-6159Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 You Send MeWritten-By – Sam Cooke 8:28A2 I Wanna Touch You BabyWritten-By – Roy Ayers 4:21A3 Can't You See Me?Written-By – Edwin Birdsong, Roy Ayers 6:07B1 Get On Up, Get On DownWritten-By – Bruce Fisher, Roy Ayers, Stanley Richardson 4:23B2 Everytime I See YouWritten-By – Allen Gumbs 3:37B3

Monday, December 12, 2011

Philly Legends: The O'Jays' ''Back Stabbers'' (1972)

The O'Jays ''Back Stabbers'' ( LP Philadelphia International Records, 1972 )Catalog # KZ 31712The group was originally formed as The Mascots in Canton, Ohio in 1958 by gospel duo Eddie Levert (b. June 16, 1942) and Walter Williams (b. August 25, 1942). Also featuring William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles, The Mascots made their recording debut in 1961 with "Miracles." The group made quite

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Two) by S.Zerbini.

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part Two).''1993. Annata intensa e indelebile. Ho cominciato ad acquistare vinili di Black Music e la seconda domenica di marzo mi reco con il mio amico Giacomo a Bologna ad una fiera del DISCO (nello stesso luogo dove l’anno precedente avevo visto Barry White Live) e tra le tante bancarelle mi imbatto in una con due soggetti “carichi una

CTI Rec. Giants: Stanley Turrentine With Milt Jackson's ''Cherry'' (1972)

Stanley Turrentine With Milt Jackson''Cherry''( LP CTI Records, 1972 )Catalog # CTI 6017Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Speedball 6:35A2 I Remember You 5:10A3 The Revs 8:00B1 Sister SanctifiedArranged By – Weldon Irvine 6:00B2 Cherry 5:10B3 IntrospectiveArranged By – Weldon Irvine 6:55Personnel & Credits:Bass – Ron CarterDesign [Album] – Bob CianoDrums – Billy CobhamEngineer – Rudy Van

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sexy Disco: Ismael Angel Ledesma's ''Ish'' (1979)

Ish (Ismael Angel Ledesma)''Ish''( LP Clouds Records, 1979 )Catalog # CL-8808Tracklisting:A1 Let's Make Love 5:23A2 Superthriller (Super-Thrilling-Me!) 4:14A3 A Lover A Day 3:48A4 Faster Than A Speeding Bullet 3:08A5 Don't Stop 4:29B1 Please 4:44B2 Julie 3:38B3 Deep Down I'm Funky 4:31B4 Babe 4:32B5 Peak 3:38B6 I Want You 0:40Credits:Producer – A. Holloway Masters, Ish Ledesma, Jerry

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Groove Merchant Rec. Jazz Funk: Lonnie Smith's ''Afro-Desia'' (1975)

Lonnie Smith''Afro-Desia''( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1975 )Catalog # GM-3308, GM 3308Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 AfrodesiaPerformer – Ben Riley, A Friend, Greg Hopkins, Jamey Haddad, Joe Lovano, Ralphe Armstrong 9:18A2 Spirits FreePerformer – Ben Riley, Greg Hopkins, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter 15:00B1 Straight To The PointPerformer – Ben Riley, Greg Hopkins, Joe Lovano 6:54B2 FavorsPerformer –

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

From Conongo, Ghana, Africa: Mr. Anthony Kwaku Baah's ''Anthony 'Reebop' Kwaku Bah'' (1973)

Mr. Anthony Kwaku BaahGhanaian percussionist (born 13 February 1944 in Konongo; died 12 January 1983 in Stockholm), best known for working with the 1970s rock groups Traffic and Can.The "Rebop" part of his name (sometimed spelled "Reebop") was given to him by Dizzy Gillespie; he was also known as Remi Kabaka.''Anthony 'Reebop' Kwaku Bah''( LP Philips Records, Sweden, 1973 )Catalog # 6316

Monday, December 5, 2011

INFO: Harmless Records are proud to announce: ''The Philadelphia International Records 40th Anniversary'' Campaign.

“Philly 40”The Philadelphia International Records 40th Anniversary Campaign.Harmless Records are proud to announce a campaign to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest black music record companies of all time – Philadelphia International Records. Founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971, the label launched with the album “Going East” by Billy Paul in October 1971 but really

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica: ''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part One) by S.Zerbini.

Una Storia Di Vita E Musica:''My Life In Live Concert'' (Part One)by S.Zerbini.1991. ''E’ l’anno in cui comincia tutto… sono appena diciottenne e nemmeno patentato, sino a quest’anno la mia vita musicale, era fatta di concerti di artisti italiani (De Gregori, Secchioni, Carboni, Stadio, New Trolls ecc.) e di ascolto di disco music e soul (ero proprio agli inizi quindi ascoltavo i classici). Da un

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Greenwood, Archer, And Pine Street Band: Gap Band's ''Magicians Holiday'' (1974)

The Gap Band”Magicians Holiday”( LP Shelter Records, 1974 )Catalog # 2111Tracklisting:01 I Yike It02 Backbone03 After All Is Said And Done04 Fontessa Fame05 You Can Always Count On Me06 Bad Girl07 Easy Life08 Loving You Is Everything09 Tommy’s Groove10 Magicians HolidayPersonnel & Notes:The Gap Band is Charles Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Tommy Lokey, Roscoe Smith, Chris Clayton and

Friday, December 2, 2011

Soul Jazz Feeling: Idris Muhammad's ''Peace And Rhythm'' (1971)

Idris Muhammad''Peace And Rhythm''( LP Prestige Records, 1971 )Catalog # PR 10036Tracklisting:A1 Peace 12:05A2 Rhythm 5:55B1 Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong 5:40B2 Don't Knock My Love 4:45B3 I'm A Believer 5:20Personnel & Credits:Bass – Ron CarterBass [Fender] – Jimmy LewisCongas – Buddy CaldwellDrums, Saxophone [Alto], Cabasa, Gong – Idris MuhammadElectric Piano – Kenny BarronEngineer –

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CTI-Kudu Records Legendary Guitar: Eric Gale's ''Forecast'' (1973)

(1977 Eric Gale photo Ginseng Woman album promo)Eric J. Gale(September 20, 1938 - May 25, 1994) was a leading American jazz and session guitarist.Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12. Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University, Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown, the

Monday, November 28, 2011

Funk Fusion: Funk Factory's ''Funk Factory'' (1975)

Funk Factory''Funk Factory''( LP ATCO Records, 1975 )Catalog # SD 36-116Tracklisting:A1. Watusi Dance 4:38A2. Horsing Around 3:56A3. Rien Ne Va Plus 5:15A4. After All The World Goes Home 5:13B1. Next Please 3:12B2. The Music In Me 4:06B3. Funk It 3:42B4. Lilliput 5:27B5. Sinkin' Low 4:55Personnel & Credits:Bass – Anthony JacksonDrums – Steve GaddEngineer [Recording & Re-mix] – Gene PaulPercussion

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sumptin' Like Dat: Ray Riviera's ''The Now Sound Of The Ray Rivera Orchestra'' (1971)

Ray Rivera''The Now Sound Of The Ray Rivera Orchestra''( LP MGM Records, 1971 )Catalog # LAT 10 001Tracklisting:A1 Peruvian Corn Seeds 2:45A2 Guava 2:20A3 Got My MoJo Working 2:40A4 I'll Return 3:30B1 Tiddly Winks 2:53B2 Sumptin' Like Dat 4:15B3 Afro Girl 3:20B4 Salt Mines 2:24B5 Hard Hats 2:35Notes:Ray Rivera and his Orchestra lay down a series of Latin soul numbers on his Now Sound LP.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

''Get The Cameras Rollin’, Get The Action Goin’''...Andrea True Has Left Us.

Andrea TrueAndrea True (July 26, 1943 – November 7, 2011) was an American adult film star and singer from the disco era. In addition to her given name, she had multiple stage names, including Inger Kissin, Singe Low, Sandra Lips, Andrea Travis, and Catherine Warren, .She is best known for the disco tune "More, More, More", released in 1976, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and

Friday, November 25, 2011

We Got Latin Soul!: Mongo Santamaria's ''Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits'' (1970)

Mongo Santamaria''Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits''( LP Columbia Records, 1970 )Catalog # CS 1060Mongo Santamaria's Greatest Hits by Mongo Santamaria. Recorded between 1964 & 1969.Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Watermelon ManWritten-By – H. Hancock 3:14A2 Cloud NineWritten-By – B. Strong, N.J. Whitfield 4:24A3 Sitting On The Dock Of The BayWritten-By – O. Redding, S. Cropper 3:16A4 We Got Latin

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rare Jazz-Soul Grooves: Gary Chandler 's ''Outlook'' (1972)

Gary Chandler''Outlook''( LP Eastbound Records, 1972 )Catalog # EB 9001, Eastbound Records – Eastbound 9001This is the 1972 white label promo vinyl lp of the Gary Chandler album called Outlook on Eastbound Records #9001. The album includes the tracks Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms), Flamingo, Kaleidoscope, The Jet Set & Blue Dues. Idris Muhammad plays drums on this album.Tracklisting & Hide

Funk From The Apes: Mandrill's ''Just Outside Of Town'' (1973)

The impossibly funky hit Mango Meat kicks off this classic that charted in October 1973, while the hit Love Song brings the boil back to a simmer.Released in 1973 this album would chart number six on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.Mandrill''Just Outside Of Town''( LP Polydor Records, 1973 )Catalog # PD 5059Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Mango MeatWritten-By – Wilson Bros. 4:32A2 Never

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

''Elementary Dear Watson''...Carl ''Sherlock'' Holmes' ''Investigation No.1'' LP (1971) & ''The Pot's Hot'' 7'' (197x)

Carl ''Sherlock'' Holmes''Investigation No.1''( LP CRS Records, 1971 - Re-Issued in '74 )Catalog # CRS 01Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Investigation 4:05A2 Close To YouWritten-By – B.Bacharach/ H. David 5:07A3 Black Bag 3:20A4 Think It Over 3:25B1 Modesa 4:59B2 Your Game 4:16B3 Get Down Philly Town 2:59B4 It Ain't Right 3:07Personnel & Credits:Backing Vocals – Chubby BrownBass – Chico Green,

''Hey Ya'll...We're Miami!'': Miami's ''The Party Freaks'' (1974)

MiamiKiller Florida Funk band Miami. Names like Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke, and Richard Finch are the guys who produced this fantastic LP. Rare album from 1974. Party Funk Rock including the Dancefloor Groover Hey Ya'll Were Miami.Profile:Soul/funk/disco band from Miami, Florida. Formed by producer/songwriter Willie Clarke in 1974, the original line-up comprised of Andrew Curran (guitar),

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Can I Kick It?: A Tribe Called Quest's ''People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm'' (1990)

A Tribe Called QuestProfile:This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (b. Jonathan Davis later changed to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, in the mid-1990's, on conversion to Islam 20 November 1970, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dawg (b. Malik Taylor, 20 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA). They formed at

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's ''The Wind Cries Mary'' 7'' (1967)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience''The Wind Cries Mary'' 7''( 7'' Single, Reprise Records, 1967 )Catalog # 0597Notes:Format:Vinyl, 7"Country:USReleased:Aug 1967Side B of Purple HazeWriter: HendrixProducer: Chas ChandlerReleased: May '67, Reprise Records8 weeks; No. 65A dish-smashing argument with his girlfriend left Hendrix alone to scrawl the words to "The Wind Cries Mary" in January 1967. A few days

Funk Compilations: ''Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Forgotten Soul of the 1960's & '70s'' (2004)

Many of those involved in the Seattle scene gathered for a reunion several years ago.From that event, some musicians reconnected and formed the band Wheedle’s Groove.In 1970, the nation was contending with issues of race, gender and war, all the while, as a society, creating music and exploring new sonic territories. While big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York grabbed all the

Friday, November 18, 2011

Latin Disco & Hustle: Eddie Drennon's ''It Don't Mean A Thing'' (1978)

Eddie DrennonBiography by Craig Harris (AMG):Bo Diddley's music director and electric violinist from 1966 until 1967, and a former sideman for Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto and Ike and Tina Turner, Eddie Drennon brought a Latin edge to the disco era of the 1970s. Scoring a major disco hit, in 1975, with "Let's Do The Latin Hustle", Drennon went on to record three dance-inspiring albums with

The Funky Troglodyte: The Jimmy Castor Bunch's ''Maximum Stimulation'' (1977)

The Jimmy Castor BunchJimmy Castor Biography by Ron Wynn (AMG):A master of novelty/disco funk, saxophonist Jimmy Castor started as a doo wop singer in New York. He wrote and recorded "I Promise to Remember" for Wing with the Juniors in 1956, a group whose roster included Al Casey, Jr., Orton Graves, and Johnny Williams. Castor replaced Frankie Lymon in the Teenagers in 1957 before switching to

Thursday, November 17, 2011

De-Luxe Editions: The Kay-Gees' ”Keep On Bumpin’ & Masterplan” Expanded (CD-1993)

The Kay-Gees”Keep On Bumpin’ & Masterplan”–Expanded –( Unidisc Records, Canada, 1993 )Catalog # SPLK-7100Tracklisting:1 Get Down (4:30)2 Let’s Boogie (5:07)3 My Favorite Song (2:36)4 You’ve Got To Keep On Bumpin’ (8:09)5 Hustle Wit Every Muscle (Theme From “Party” T.V. Show) (3:10)6 Master Plan (2:49)7 Who’s The Man? (With The Master Plan) (1:53)8 Ain’t No Time (Part 1) (1:47)9 Wondering (4:16)10

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pink Hair & Hard Funk: Lalomie 'Lomie' Washburn's ''My Music Is Hot'' (1977)

Lalomie 'Lomie' WashburnBiography:American Funk/Soul/Disco singer and songwriter.b. Lalomie Marion 'Lomie' Washburn, 25th August 1941, North Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.d. 18th September 2004, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..Lalomie Washburn was a talented performer and songwriter and had the nickname 'Lomie'.She was signed to the Parachute label in 1977, where she released her first album, entitled '

Monday, November 14, 2011

Legendary Tribe: Phil Ranelin & The Tribe's “The Time Is Now!” (1973-'74)

Phil Ranelin & The Tribe“The Time Is Now!”( LP Tribe Records, 1973-'74 )Catalog # TRCD4006Tracklisting:A1 The Time Is Now For Change (13:29)A2 Time Is Running Out (4:37)B1 Of Times Gone By (8:41)B2 Black Destiny (4:01)B3 13th And Senate (6:02)B4 He, The One We All Knew, Pt.1 (3:09)C1 The Time Is Now For Change (Outtake) (11:32)D1 Time Is Running Out (Extended) (5:50)D2 He The One We All Knew (

Sophisticated, Complex, & Grooved: Yusef Lateef's ''The Doctor Is In ...And Out'' (1976)

Yusef Lateef''The Doctor Is In ...And Out''( LP Atlantic Records 1976 )Catalog # SD 1685Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 The Improvisers 7:54A2 Hellbound 6:37A3 Mystique 7:37B1 Mississipi Mud 2:51B2 Mushmouth 6:30B3 Technological HomosapienNarrator – Robert CunninghamBacking Vocals – Cissy Houston, Judy Clay 5:16B4 Street MusiciansViolin – David Nadien 2:54B5 In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Info - MFS Radio Presents: ''Queens Of The Night - Salsoul Disco Divas'' A Tribute To The Salsoul Fantastic Female Singers

MFS Radio Presents:''Queens Of The Night - Salsoul Disco Divas''A Tribute To The Salsoul Fantastic Female SingersTracklisting:1. First Choice - Love Freeze2. Claudja Barry - Sweet Dynamite3. Carol Williams - Come Back4. Carol Williams - Love Is You5. Charo - Dance A Little Bit Closer6. First Choice - Newsy Neighbours7. First Choice - Double Cross8. Loleatta Holloway - Catch Me On The Rebound9.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Jazz Giant: Yusef Lateef's ''The Gentle Giant'' (1972)

Yusef Lateef''The Gentle Giant''( LP Atlantic Records, 1972 )Catalog # SD 1602Tracklisting:01 Nubian Lady (6:38)02 Lowland Lullaby (2:12)03 Hey Jude (9:10)04 Jungle Plum (4:57)05 Poor Fishermen (3:39)06 African Song (4:49)07 Queen of the Night (2:12)08 Below Yellow Bell (5:02)Personnel & Credits:Kermit Moore CelloBill Salter Bass (Electric)Jimmy Johnson, Jr. DrumsLew Hanh Engineer, RemixingIra

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jazz Multi-instrumentalism: Yusef Lateef's ''Hush ‘N’ Thunder” (1973)

Yusef LateefYusef Lateef (b. 1920), a multi-instrumentalist who is equally skilled on tenor saxophone, flute, and oboe, is also a multiculturalist whose musical interests have long gone beyond jazz, a word he disdains. An innovator in mixing world music influences into jazz, Lateef is in his own musical category.Originally an altoist, Lateef switched to tenor while in high school. He worked early

Friday, November 4, 2011

Philly Sound: Jean Carn's ''Happy To Be With You'' (1978)

Jean CarnJean Carn (born Sarah Jean Perkins on March 15, 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States) is an American jazz and pop singer known for her unique vocalising and her impressive interpretative and improvisational skills. Early in her career, her name was spelled as Jean Carn before she added an e under the advice of a numerologist.Carn is a vocalist credited with a five octave vocal range.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Your Body Won't Move, If You Can't Feel The Groove: Mr. Leon Huff's ''Here To Create Music'' (1980)

Leon Huff''Here To Create Music''( LP Philadelphia International Records, 1980 )Catalog # NJZ 36758Tracklisting:A1 Your Body Won't Move, If You Can't Feel The Groove (6:08)A2 I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin (5:48)A3 No Greater Love (6:12)B1 Tight Money (4:45)B2 Low Down, Hard Times Blues (2:47)B3 Tasty (2:53)B4 This One's For Us (2:50)B5 Latin Spirit (3:51)Personnel & Credits:Bass – Derrick

Monday, October 31, 2011

What A Woman Really Means: Roberta Flack's ''Roberta Flack'' (1978)

Roberta FlackBiography by Steve Huey (AMG):Classy, urbane, reserved, smooth, and sophisticated -- all of these terms have been used to describe the music of Roberta Flack, particularly her string of romantic, light jazz ballad hits in the 1970s, which continue to enjoy popularity on MOR-oriented adult contemporary stations. Flack was the daughter of a church organist and started playing piano

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jazz Soul: Jimmy McGriff Organ & Blues Band Plays ''The Worm''

Jimmy McGriff Organ & Blues Band Plays''The Worm''( LP Solid State Records, 1968 )Catalog #SS 18045/S-UA 20074Tracklisting:A1 The Worm (3:40)Written-By - Fats TheusA2 Keep Loose (5:55)Written-By - Jimmy McGriffA3 Heavyweight (6:51)Written-By - Jimmy McGriffA4 Think (3:15)Written-By - A. Franklin, T. WhiteB1 Lock It Up (5:12)Written-By - Kenny Burrell , W. StephensB2 Girl Talk (4:30)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Funk: The Mighty Mighty Willie Henderson's ''Funky Chicken''

Willie E. Henderson Jr.'s ''Funky Chicken'', 1970Chicago based soul singer, producer/arranger and saxophone player.Willie Henderson (born August 9, 1941 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American soul musician. Henderson moved to Chicago with his family while still a child, and began playing the baritone saxophone. He gigged with Otis Rush, Syl Johnson, Alvin Cash, and Harold Burrage while in his

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Soul Poet: William E. DeVaughn's ''Be Thankful For What You Got''

William E. DeVaughnSinger, songwriter and guitarist, born 1948 in Washington, D.C.DeVaughn is best known for his 1974 hit song ''Be Thankful For What You Got''.Biography by Ed Hogan (AMG):Singer/songwriter/guitarist William DeVaughn had a million-seller the first time out with his inspiring "Be Thankful for What You Got." Those who first heard the smooth track thought it was a new record from

Friday, October 21, 2011

The 'Aesthetic' Of Blaxploitation: Janko Nilovic's ''Soul Impressions''

Janko Nilovic''Soul Impressions''( LP Editions Montparnasse 2000, 1975 )Catalog # MP 43Tracklisting:A1 Hippocampus 3:00A2 Open Country 1:46A3 Crazy Enterprise 2:00A4 Soul Impressions 3:22A5 Lettre De Mer 2:18A6 Drug Song 3:14B1 Man Of Genius 3:07B2 Push Push 2:12B3 Black Swan Lake 2:12B4 Lady Day 2:39B5 To And Fro 1:57B6 Family Tree 2:09Credits:Artwork By [Artistic Direction] – Louis

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Uncredited Band...Nilo Toledo's “Jazz Jazz Jazz You Can Do It” & “Jazz In The Sun”

Nilo Toledo“Jazz Jazz Jazz You Can Do It”( LP Stepping Tones Records, 197? )Catalog # S.T. NO. 4004Tracklisting:a1 – Plies w - port de brasa2 – Lunge stretcgha3 – Heel pressesa4 – Tendusa5 – Isolationa6 – Ridcageb1 – Strutb2 – Jazz danceb3 – Dance combob4 – You can do it (dapper dan)b5 – Nilo’s broadway medleyNotes:** Ripped From Original Vinyl **“Jazz In The Sun”( LP Hoctor Records, 1976-'77 )

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jazz Soul: Gene Ammons' ''My Way''

Eugene 'Gene' AmmonsProfile:American jazz saxophonist.Born April 14, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, died August 6, 1974, ibid.Son of pianist Albert Ammons. Also known as “Jug”.Gene Ammons enjoyed two stretches of popularity and commerciality in his career, justice having finally graced him and his talent after so many years of punishment in the last half of the Sixties.He was one of those many

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Funky Disco: Con Funk Shun's ''Organized Con Funk Shun''

Con Funk ShunBiography by Craig Lytle (AMG):Con Funk Shun was formed by high-school classmates Michael Cooper and Louis "Tony" McCall, along with Karl Fuller, Paul "Maceo" Harrell, Dennis Johnson, Cedric Martin, and Danny "Sweet Man" Thomas. All of them had been playing together since their high-school days in Vallejo, CA. Felton Pilate, also from Vallejo, joined the group after his band, a local

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Disco Freaks: The Universal Robot Band's ''Freak In The Light Of The Moon''

The Universal Robot BandProfile:The Greg Carmichael-Patrick Adams-Leroy Burgess connection produced many magical recordings, including those by Carmichael's infrequently recorded Universal Robot Band. "Barely Breakin' Even" is a legendary boogie track and the inspiration behind the name of the great British reissue label.Consisted of the members of Kleeer - Woody Cunningham (vocals/drums),

Friday, October 7, 2011

Early Disco: The Bottom Line's ''Crazy Dancin'''

The Bottom Line''Crazy Dancin'''( LP Greedy Records, 1976 )Catalog # G1001Tracklisting:A1 That's The Way To Go (3:32)A2 I Don't Want Your No-No, I Only Want Your Ya-Ya (3:51)A3 Gonna Do My Best To Love You (3:20)A4 Do It For Love (3:35)B1 Funk You (3:42)B2 Crazy Dancin' (3:46)B3 Chicago (3:07)B4 Disco Dobro (3:36)Credits:Arranged By [Orchestra Conducted By] – Eli SimpleDesign, Art Direction –

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Andrew Nathaniel White III's ''Who Got De Funk?''

Andrew Nathaniel White III(Sep 6, 1942, Washington D.C.)Biography by Ron Wynn & Michael G. Nastos (AMG):While a multi-instrumentalist of some note, Andrew White's also a dedicated transcriber of John Coltrane solos. He formed Andrew's Music in Washington, D.C. in 1971, and has published volumes of transcriptions. White's not only done hundreds of Coltrane solos in painstaking detail, but also

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Soul Divas: Ms. Melba Moore's ''Living To Give''

Ms. Melba MooreShort Biography:There were early signs that Melba Moore would become an entertainer. The most obvious motivation was her mother, Bonnie Davis, who was also a successful singer. Witnessing the success that her mother endured, Moore knew the entertainment industry would not escape her. The world of performing arts was formally introduced to her by way of dance lessons at the age of

More Memphis Sound: The Memphis Horns' ''High On Music''

The Memphis Horns''High On Music''( LP RCA Victor, 1976 )Catalog # APL1-1355-ATracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Freedom TrainWritten-By – Lewis CollinsA2 High On MusicWritten-By – Booker T. JonesA3 Keep On Doin' ItWritten-By – Andrew LoveA4 Get It UpWritten-By – Jack Hale, Lewis CollinsA5 80 Proof RedWritten-By – Andrew LoveB1 Disco PartyWritten-By – Jack Hale, Lewis CollinsB2 Crystal

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Organ Jazz Funk: Jimmy McGriff's ”The Main Squeeze”

Jimmy McGriff”The Main Squeeze”( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1974 )Catalog # GM 534Tracklisting:a. The Worm Turns (J. McGriff) – 4:15b. The Sermon (J. Smith) – 3:03c. The Blues Train to Georgia (J. McGriff) – 4:59d. Misty (Erroll Garner/Johnny Burke) – 7:30e. The Main Squeeze (J. McGriff) – 3:40f. GMI (J. McGriff) – 4:45g. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (Harry Link/Jack Strachey/Holt

Friday, September 30, 2011

Disco Soul: Adam Wade's ''Adam Wade'' (1977)

Adam Wade''Adam Wade''( LP Kirshner Records, 1977 )Catalog # PZ 34919Tracklisting:A1 Shine On Silver Moon 3:07A2 Dancing For Dimes 3:53A3 Five Will Get You Ten 3:33A4 I Dedicate My Love To You 2:57A5 Keeping Up With The Joneses 3:41A6 Russel Never Had A Chance 3:07B1 This Time Around 2:37B2 Two Became A Crowd 5:39B3 I Could Write Sweet Love Songs 3:50B4 Alexander's Soul Time Band 2:56B5 Once More

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jazz Funk: Mr.John Birks ''Dizzy'' Gillespie's ''Free Ride''

Dizzy Gillespie With Lalo Schifrin''Free Ride''( LP Pablo Records, 1977 )Catalog # 2310 794Tracklisting:A1 Unicorn A2 Fire Dance A3 Incantation A4 Wrong Number B1 Free Ride B2 Ozone Madness B3 Love Poem For Donna B4 The Last Stroke Of Midnight Personnel & Credits:Bass – Wilton FelderComposed By, Arranged By, Conductor, Keyboards [Electronic] – Lalo SchifrinCover – Norman

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jazz Funk: Donald Byrd's ”Street Lady”

Donald Byrd”Street Lady”( LP Blue Note Records, 1973 )Catalog # BN-LA140-FTracklisting:A1 Lansana’s Priestress (7:42)A2 Miss Kane (7:35)A3 Sister Love (6:46)B1 Street Lady (5:39)B2 Witch Hunt (9:43)B3 Woman Of The World (6:55)Personnel & Credits:Bass [Fender] – Chuck RaineyClavinet, Trumpet – Fonce MizellCongas – King ErrissonDrums – Harvey MasonEngineer [Assistant] – Chuck Davis , John

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Tom Moulton Mix: ''Disco Gold'' On Scepter Records, 1975

Various Artists''Disco Gold''( LP Scepter Records, 1975 )Catalog # SPS 5120Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 George Tindley – Wan Tu Wah ZureeArranged By – Bob Eli, Tom SellersProducer – John Madera, Len BarryWritten-By – B. Eli , J. Madara, l. Borisoff5:12A2 Ultra High Frequency – We're On The Right TrackProducer, Arranged By, Written-By – Norman HarrisProducer – Stan WatsonWritten-By – Alan

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mr. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (Donald Byrd): ''Black Byrd''

Mr. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (Donald Byrd)Trumpet player, born 9th December, 1932, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.Black Byrd is a 1972 album (released in 1973) by Donald Byrd, which was enormously successful and became Blue Note Records' highest-ever selling album.''Black Byrd''( LP Blue Note Records, 1972-'73)Catalog # BN-LA047-FTracklisting:1. Flight Time (Larry Mizell) 8:312. Black

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rare Funk: The 13th Floor's ''Steppin' Out''

The 13th Floor''Steppin' Out''( LP Blue Candle Records, 1977 )Catalog # BL-55056Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Sweet ThangWritten-By – C. Kahn, T. Maiden4:53A2 TeffanyWritten-By – Mitch Wadley3:27A3 Time And PlaceWritten-By – Lionel Greene4:33A4 Hang LooseWritten-By – Lionel Greene, Mitch Wadley2:55A5 Steppin' OutWritten-By – Donnell Wade, Lionel Greene, Mitch Wadley, Vincent Martin3:40B1 Sweet

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Super '70 Disco: The Rimshots' ”Down To Earth”

The RimshotsBiography by Steve Huey (AMG):The Rimshots were the house band at Joe and Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum/Stang label family during the '70s, and also released their own records, mostly on the latter imprint. Led by guitarists and sometime composers and producers Walter Morris and Tommy Keith, their ranks also included drummer Clarence Oliver, bassist Jonathan Williams, and keyboardist

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Groovy Disco: Aquarian Dream's ''Chance To Dance''

Aquarian DreamProfile:Cult jazz-funk disco band from the mid to late 1970s.Formed by Norman Connors.They were originally signed to Buddah for 'Phoenix', a heavily orchestrated disco-styled song.Biography by Alex Henderson (AMG):Aquarian Dream was an obscure but noteworthy 1970s soul/funk band that, despite its association with Norman Connors, was unable to score a hit. The band was formed in 1976

Motown Funk: Bottom & Co.'s ''Rock Bottom''

Bottom & Co.''Rock Bottom''( LP Gordy/Motown Records, 1976 )Catalog # G6-977 S1Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Here For The PartyWritten-By – F. Birdwell, F. Brown, G. Woods, J. Boyce, J. Helms, R. Griffith, S. Harley4:17 A2 You Can Belong To Me (If You Let Me Love You)Arranged By – Richard Griffith, Sanchez HarleyProducer [Additional Production] – Bottom & Co.Written-By – J. Boyce5:16 A3 Firefly

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rare Latin Funk: Reality's ''Reality''

Reality''Reality''( LP Polydor Records, Brazil, 1972 )Catalog # 2310 169(Original press on Blue Elephant Records, Nederland, 1972 Cat.#855.012 H)Tracklisting:A1 – GacheroWritten-By – Frank Douglas, Glenn Gaddum , R. Llanero , William LindforsA2 – WarWritten-By – Leslie Vos , R. LlaneroA3 – Music In My HeadWritten-By – A. Monzon , Frank Douglas, Glenn Gaddum , R. LlaneroA4 – Mack OneWritten-By – R

Groove Merchant Soul Funk: Junior Parker's ''Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On''

Junior Parker''Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On''( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1971 )Catalog # GM 513Tracklisting:A1 Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On 3:20A2 The Outside Man 3:12A3 Darling Depend On Me 3:43A4 Taxman 3:42A5 Rivers Invitation 2:45B1 I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone 3:38B2 Just To Hold My Hand 3:51B3 You Know I Love You 3:33B4 Lady Madonna 2:12B5 Tomorrow

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Detroit Emeralds ''I'm In Love With You'' (Westbound Records, 1973)

The Detroit Emeralds''I'm In Love With You''( LP Westbound Records, 1973 )Catalog # WB 2018Tracklisting:A1 Shake Your Head 3:01A2 So Long 6:03A3 You're Getting A Little Too Smart 3:39A4 I Think Of You 4:25A5 You Control Me 3:28B1 Whatcha Gonna Wear Tomorrow 4:14B2 Heaven Couldn't Be Like That 2:22B3 Without You Baby 1:34B4 I'm In Love With You 6:39B5 My Dreams Have Got The Best Of Me 2:48''

More Emeralds & Westbound Sound: Detroit Emeralds' ''You Want It, You Got It''

Detroit Emeralds''You Want It, You Got It''( LP Westbound/Janus Records, 1972 )Catalog # WB 2013Tracklisting:A1 You Want It, You Got It 2:56A2 There's A Love For Me Somewhere 2:23A3 I'll Never Sail The Sea Again 3:34A4 Take My Love 3:37B1 Feel The Need In Me 3:37B2 I've Got To Move 3:01B3 Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) 3:46B4 I Bet You Get The One You Love 2:09B5 Till You Decide To Come

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Tom Moulton Mix: Detroit Emeralds' ''Let's Get Together''

Detroit Emeralds”Let’s Get Together”( LP Westbound Records, 1978 )Catalog # WT 6101Tracklisting:A1 Let’s Get Together (5:30)A2 Turn On Lady (5:22)A3 (Call Me) Traveling Man (6:52)B1 I Can’t Seem To Forget (4:17)B2 What’s The Deal (4:46)B3 Treat Her Like A Lady (3:48)B4 I Just Don’t Know About This Girl Of Mine (3:46)B5 Have A Good Day (3:25)Credits:Arranged By – David Van De Pitte (tracks: B2, B5

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Westbound Soul: The Detroit Emeralds' ''Do Me Right''

The Detroit EmeraldsProfile:The Detroit Emeralds were an American R&B vocal group, best known in the early 1970s. They are best remembered for their 1973 transatlantic hit single, "Feel The Need In Me"."The Emeralds" formed as a vocal harmony group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and originally composed of four brothers, Ivory (born September 14, 1941), Abrim (January 12, 1945 - July 6, 1982), Cleophus

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Philly Sound: The O'Jays' ''Love Train'' 7''

The O'Jays''Love Train'' 7''(7'' Philadelphia International Records – S PIR 4882)Tracklisting:Love TrainArranged By – Bobby Martin 2:59Credits:Producer – Gamble & HuffNotes:Format:Vinyl, 7"Country:UKReleased:1972 The O'Jays ''Love Train'' (Long Version Edit) Demo by MFS Radio Set 7The O'Jays''Love Train''(Long Version Edit) DemoDemo copy - only for listening pourpousesBuy the record -

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Afro Psychedelic: Blo's ''Chapters & Phases: The Complete Albums 1973-1975''

Blo''Chapters And Phases: The Complete Albums 1973-1975''Originally Released: 1973 & 1975Notes:CD Release Date.: 2009Label: RPM RetrodiscTracklisting:1. (00:04:45) Blo - Preacherman2. (00:04:05) Blo - Time To Face The Sun3. (00:04:10) Blo - Beware4. (00:03:26) Blo - We Gonna Have A Party5. (00:06:17) Blo - Don't6. (00:02:02) Blo - Chant To Mother Earth7. (00:02:48) Blo - We Are Out Together8. (00

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Afro, Psychedelic & JazzFunk: Blo's "Phases 1972-1982"

Blo (Berkley Jones, Laolu Akins, Mike Odumosu)Biography By Jason Ankeny (AMG):Blo fused the Afrobeat rhythms of their native Nigeria with the mind-expanding psychedelia and funk of late-'60s Western rock to forge a wholly original sound embracing the full spectrum of black music. The roots of the group lay in the Clusters, already one of the most popular Nigerian highlife acts of the mid-'60s

Monday, September 5, 2011

When The Soul Meets Disco: Fantastic Four's ''Night People''

Fantastic Four

''Night People''
( LP Westbound Records, 1976 )
Catalog # W-226

A1 Medley: Night People / Lies Divided By Jive (10:57)
Written-By - A. Hamilton, C. Horn, C. Colbert, J. Epps
A2 If I Lose My Job (6:05)
Written-By - A. Hamilton
B1 Hideaway (5:30)
Written-By - A. Hamilton
B2 By The River Under The Tree (4:32)
Written-By - J. Epps, J. Pruitt
B3 Don't Risk Your

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Funk, Soul, Rock: Freddi Henchi & The Soulsetters' ''Dance''

Freddi Henchi & The Soulsetters

The Freddi-Henchi Band. Prior to them joining, this great soul/funk band had recorded an excellent LP called Dance, and several singles on the Tower, Bell, Patheway, Reprise, and DJM labels. The group got their start in the sixties as Freddie Henchi and the Soulsetters, and although there were periods of non-existence in the early nineties, they still perform

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rare Grooves: Toby King & His Chocolate Buttermilk Gang's ”Toby Kang”

Toby Kang

”Toby Kang”
( LP Chelsea Records, 1976 )
Catalog # CHL-534

1.We’re In Love With Each Other
2.I Just Want To Love You
3.Time To Get It On
4.Party Heavy
5.Yes I’m Ready
6.I Just Want To See You
7.Stay With Me Awhile

”Toby King and His Chocolate Buttermilk Gang released in 1976 on Chelsea Records under the name “Toby Kang”
Toby King is better known for his 7''

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

To Be Or Not To Be: Mel Brook's ''It's Good To Be The King''

Mel Brooks

''It's Good To Be The King''
( 12'' Disco Single, WMOT Records, 1982 )
Catalog # 4W9 02761

A It's Good To Be The King (Rap) 7:13
B It's Good To Be The King (Instrumental) 7:13

Producer – Pete Wingfield
Written-By – Mel Brooks, Pete Wingfield

Format:Vinyl, 12", 33 1/3 RPM
© 1981 Brooksfilms Limited
1982 WMOT Records, Inc.

More Memphis Soul-Funk: The Memphis Horns' “Get Up And Dance”

The Memphis Horns

“Get Up And Dance”
( LP RCA Records, 1977 )
Catalog # APL1-2198

A1 Get Up And Dance
A2 Just For Your Love
A3 Waitin’ For The Flood
A4 Love Is Happiness
A5 Memphis Nights
B1 What The Funk
B2 Country Soul
B3 No Go Betweens
B4 Don’t Abuse It
B5 Keep On Smilin’

Personnel & Credits:
Producer – Alan V. Abrahams , Clarence K. McDonald
Saxophone [Baritone] – James

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Funk & Soul: The Memphis Horns' ''Horns For Everything''

The Memphis Horns

From Wikipedia:
The Memphis Horns are an American horn section made famous by their many appearances on Stax Records. They have been called "arguably the greatest soul horn section ever." Originally a sextet, the Memphis Horns gradually slimmed down to a duo, Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Andrew Love on tenor saxophone.
The Memphis Horns appeared on nearly every recording for

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mr. Richard 'Groove' Holmes' ''The Groover!''

Richard 'Groove' Holmes

”The Groover!”
( LP Prestige Records, 1968 )
Catalog # PR 7570

1. Speak Low
2. My Scenery
3. Walrus
4. Blue Moon
5. I’ll Remember April
6. Just Friends

Personnel & Credits:
Richard “Groove” Holmes (org)
George Freeman (g -1/4)
Earl Maddox (g -5,6)
Billy Jackson (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 14, 1968


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flyers: London Times (& Records Hunting)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jazz Funk, Funk Or Space Funk? Pleasure's ''Future Now''


The original eight members of Pleasure were:
Marlon McClain: Electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals.
Sherman Davis: Lead and background vocals.
Bruce Carter: Drums.
Donald Hepburn: Keyboards and background vocals.
Nathaniel Phillips: Electric bass and background vocals.
Bruce Smith: Percussion and background vocals.
Dennis Springer: Soprano and tenor sax.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Detroit Jazz Scene's Unsung Heroe: Phil Ranelin's "Vibes From The Tribe"

Phil Ranelin

"Vibes From The Tribe"
( 2xLP Tribe Records, 1975 )
Catalog # TRCD4008

A1 Vibes From The Tribe (3:47)
A2 Sounds From The Village (3:44)
A3 Wife (6:07)
A4 For The Children (5:19)
B1 He The Only One We All Knew (18:08)
C1 Vibes From The Tribe (Extended) (11:40)
D1 Vibes From The Tribe (8-Trk Version) (8:22)
D2 Sounds From The Village (Extended) (5:27)

Personnel &

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hip Hop Pioneers: The Harlem Underground Band, Sweet Tee & Mr.Paul Winley

The Harlem Underground Band, Sweet Tee & Mr.Paul Winley

This unlikely pioneer brought hiphop culture to the people at a time when a breakbeat compilation on wax was unheard of.
Nowadays in hiphop the Bootleg CD and mp3 compilation is rife and commonplace .
The hiphop bootleg Godfather is probably Paul Winley. Winley is best known as the owner of Winley Records.
Founded originally in 1956 as a

Monday, August 1, 2011

Philly Sound: People's Choice's ''Boogie Down U.S.A.''

People's ChoiceBiography by Ron Wynn (AMG):Vocalist/keyboardist Frank Brunson formed People's Choice in Philadelphia in the early '70s. Drummer/percussionist David Thompson, vocalists Valerie Brown and Marc Reed, guitarists Darnell Jordan and Johnnie Hightower, keyboardists Clifton Gamble and Bill Rodgers, and bassist/vocalist Stanley Thomas were in the original lineup. Despite the vocalists, the

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Soul & Funk Psychedelic: Charles Wright 's ”Ninety Day Cycle People”

Charles Wright”Ninety Day Cycle People”( LP ABC/Dunhill Records, 1974 )Catalog # DSD-50187Tracklisting:A1 Outside Forces (5:20)A2 One Lie (Leads To Another) (5:03)A3 Ninety Day Cycle People (4:40)A4 Is It Real? (4:20)B1 Comment (7:35)B2 Gimme That Sammich (5:37)B3 Don’t Rush Tomorrow (4:00)Credits:Producer – Charles WrightWritten-By – C. Wright, G. Flemmings (tracks: B2),W. Schuchner (tracks: A3)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Funk, Hip-Hop & Rock: Living Colour's ''Funny Vibe'' 12''

''Funny Vibe (Remix)''Living ColourBiography by Greg Prato (AMG):During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s,

Jazz Funk: George Freeman's ''New Improved Funk''

George FreemanProfile:American jazz guitarist. Brother of Von Freeman and Buzz Freeman.Biography by Michael G. Nastos (AMG):Jazz guitarist George Freeman is the least prominent of his famous family from Chicago, primarily because he stayed home and was a breadwinner for his wife and children. Nonetheless, Freeman has been an important member of the Chi-Town soul-jazz movement that helped foment

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dancin' Disco Party: New York Disco Machine's ''New York Disco Machine''

New York Disco Machine''New York Disco Machine''( LP One Stop Records Promotions, Bootleg, 1978 )Catalog # OS 701Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Light My FireWritten-By – Doors, The 4:55 A2 Hold On Touch MeWritten-By – Green 5:50 A3 If You Really Don't Love MeWritten-By – Drennon 11:05 B1 Disco ReelWritten By – Bernier 7:50 B2 Give Me LoveWritten-By – Green 6:20 B3 Dancin' Disco PartyWritten-By –

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Motown Disco Non-Stop: The Magic Disco Machine's ''Disc-O-Tech''

The Magic Disco Machine''Disc-O-Tech''( LP Motown Records (US) 1975 )Catalog # M6-821S1Tracklisting:A1 Control TowerWritten-By – D. Daniels, T. McFaddin 4:17A2 Window ShoppingWritten-By – C. Drayton, Pam Sawyer, T. Smith 2:50A3 Jumbo SamWritten-By – J. Marcellino, M. Larson 2:25A4 Let's Go Back To Day OneWritten-By – G. Jones, P. Holloway 2:50A5 Control Tower (Reprise)Written-by [Uncredited] – D

Friday, July 22, 2011

Italian Beat: Marto’ “Hey Joe / Anima Crudele” 7''

Marto’“Hey Joe / Anima Crudele”( 45 Giri, EMI Records, 1969 Italia )Catalog # EMI Mq 2094Nota:Martò era il leader di un gruppo bolognese degli anni sessanta dalle sonorità piuttosto pesanti di nome Judas. Allo scioglimento della band incise questo singolo di ottima qualità, il lato A è uno dei brani rock più famosi, reso immortale per le versioni di Leaves, Byrds e soprattutto per quella

Thursday, July 21, 2011

When Latin Meets Disco: Louie Ramirez' ''A Different Shade Of Black''

Louie RamirezProfile:Musician, composer and arranger Louie Ramirez (1938–1993) recorded many LPs for various labels with different instrumentations, from big band to conjunto to septet. In the 1960s, he became a senior member of the Alegre All-Stars, doing everything from clave to vibes to arranging to co-leader status with Charlie Palmieri, Kako and Alegre Records founder Al Santiago.In the

Disco Legends: LaDonna Andrea Gaines (Donna Summer)

LaDonna Andrea Gaines (Donna Summer)Profile:Born as LaDonna Andrea Gaines on 11 December 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, she got her stage name from Helmut Sommer, an Austrian actor to whom she was married for two years. Sisters are: Dara Bernard and Mary Bernard.Time magazine described Donna Summer's first hit, "Love to Love You Baby," as a "marathon of twenty-two orgasms. The

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MFS Radio Presents: ''The Magic Sound'' Good Sounds For The New Generations (Blackness Vol.29)

MFS Radio Presents:''The Magic Sound''Good Sounds For The New Generations(Blackness Vol.29)Tracklisting:1. Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson - Volare2. The Ray Rivera Sound - Soul Tambourine3. Antonio Adolfo, Brzail And Brazuka - Luizão (Instrumental)4. Rogier Van Otterloo - Turks Fruit5. The Sso Orchestra - Faded Lady (Instrumental)6. Grover Washington Jr. - Mister Magic (Intro Edit)7. Touch - Love

Monday, July 18, 2011

People Records Funk Legends: Maceo & The Macks' ”Us”

Maceo & The Macks”Us”( LP People Records, 1973 -’74 )Catalog # PE 6601Credits:Engineer – Bob BothProducer – James BrownWritten By – James Brown (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3)Tracklisting:A1 Soul Power 74 (4:07)Written By – James PankowA2 Parrty (5:50)A3 Show And Tell (3:08)A4 Drowning In The Sea Of Love (3:57)Written By – Kenneth Gamble , Leon HuffB1 I Can Play For (Just You & Me) (3:36)B2 Doing It To

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Disco-Soul Legacy: John Edwards' ''John Edwards'' (1973)

John Edwards''John Edwards''( LP Aware Records, 1973 )Catalog # AA 2005Tracklisting & Hide Credits:A1 Stop This Merry-Go-RoundWritten-By – Al Gardner, Clinton Moon, Sam Dees 2:58A2 Spread The NewsWritten-By – Frank Johnson 2:29A3 Careful ManWritten-By – Jimmy Lewis 2:33A4 Claim Jumpin'Written-By – Bill Brandon, Sam Dees 2:25A5 I'll Be Your PuppetWritten-By – David Cannon, Fredrick Knight, Sam

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nothing But The Funk: Fred Wesley's ”House Party”

Fred Wesley”House Party”( LP Back Black Records, Reissue )Original Record on Curtom/RSO Rec., 1980Catalog # BB 001Tracklisting:A1 House Party (4:10)A2 Bop To The Boogie (5:58)A3 Still On The Loose (4:48)A4 I Make Music (3:14)B1 If This Be A Dream (5:12)B2 Let’s Go Dancing (3:19)B3 Are You Guilty? (4:53)B4 Life Is Wonderful (4:53)Personnel & Credits:Bass – Lewis Du PriestDrums – Melvin

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Funk: L.T.D.'s ”Gittin’ Down”

L.T.D.”Gittin’ Down”( LP A&M Records, 1974 )Catalog # SP-3660Tracklisting:A1 Don’t Lose Your Cool (2:44)Written-By – Henry E. Davis, Jeffrey OsborneA2 Groove For A Little While (3:21)Written-By – Jeffrey OsborneA3 Your Love Is The Answer (2:53)Written-By – Jeffrey Osborne, James DavisA4 Eldorado Joe (4:21)Written-By – Henry E. DavisA5 Tryin’ To Find A Way (3:04)Written-By – Billy OsborneA6 Ain’t

Monday, July 4, 2011

Funk & Soul: Richard ”Popcorn” Wylie's ”Extrasensory Perception”

Richard ”Popcorn” Wylie”Extrasensory Perception”( LP ABC Records, 1974 )Catalog # ABCD-834Real Name: Richard Wayne WylieProfile: American pianist, producer, band director and songwriter, born June 6, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan and died September 7, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.Tracklisting:A1 Singing About You And Me (4:54)Written-By – Dozier, Jackson, WylieA2 Georgia’s After Hours (5:01)Written-By –

Sunday, July 3, 2011

MFS Radio Presents: ''Blackness Vol.28'' We Got The Jazz!

MFS Radio Presents:''Blackness Vol.28''We Got The Jazz!Tracklisting:1. Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers - Raising The Roof2. Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers - Nitty Gritty3. Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - Comin' Home Baby4. George Benson - Footin' It (Orignal Mono Version)5. Eric Gale - White Moth6. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Così Parlò Zarathustra)7. Reggie Moore - Mother McCree8. Dorothy Ashby -

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Mr.Herbert Jeffrey Hancock's Jazz Funk: ''Fat Albert Rotunda''

Herbie Hancock''Fat Albert Rotunda''( LP Warner Bros. Records, 1969 )Catalog # WS 1834Tracklisting:A1 Wiggle-Waggle 5:48A2 Fat Mama 3:45A3 Tell Me A Bedtime Story 5:00A4 Oh! Oh! Here He Comes 4:05B1 Jessica 4:11B2 Fat Albert Rotunda 6:27B3 Lil' Brother 4:25Personnel & Credits:Art Direction – Ed ThrasherDouble Bass [Acoustic Bass], Bass – Buster WilliamsDrums – Albert "Tootie" HeathEngineer – Rudy

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jazz Funk Boiling Point: Herbie Hancock's ''Secrets''

Herbie Hancock ''Secrets''( LP Columbia Records, US, 1976 )Catalog # PC 34280Tracklisting:A1 Doin' It 8:00 A2 People Music 7:07 A3 Cantelope Island 7:06 B1 Spider 7:20 B2 Gentle Thoughts 7:01 B3 Swamp Rat 6:25 B4 Sansho Shima 4:50 Personnel & Credits:Producer – David Rubinson And Friends Inc., Herbie HancockArt Baldacci Vocals, Vocals (Background)Phill Brown MasteringFred Catero EngineerRon Coro

Thursday, June 16, 2011

From The Master Tom Moulton: ''Philly Re-Grooved 2: The Tom Moulton Remixes''

Various Artists''Philly ReGrooved 2: The Tom Moulton Remixes''( Harmless Records, 2011 )Catalog # HURTCD 109Tracklisting:1 Ultra High Frequency – Incompatible 5:512 First Choice – Smarty Pants 5:103 Quickest Way Out, The – Beware, She's Pulling My Strings 7:084 First Choice – One Step Away 5:375 Moment Of Truth – Love At First Sight 7:406 Quickest Way Out, The – Who Am I 6:317 Moment Of

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mr.Odell Brown Passes Away At 70...

Odell Brown & The Organ-Izers''The Honeydripper''Rest in peace dear Mr.Brown."Sexual Healing" co-writer Odell Brown passes away at 70R&B musician, Odell Brown dies at 70By PAUL WALSHStar Tribune MINNEAPOLIS – Odell Brown Jr., a lifelong musician who co-wrote one of Marvin Gaye’s biggest hits only to soon find himself destitute, has died. Brown, 70, died May 3 in his Richfield, Minn., home after

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jazz Funky Drummer Legend: Harvey Mason's ''Marching In The Street''

Mr. Harvey William MasonFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:Harvey William Mason (born February 22, 1947 in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is an American jazz drummer. He has worked with many jazz and fusion artists such as Bob James, The Brecker Brothers, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and almost all the Mizell Brothers productions with Donald Byrd, Johnny Hammond, Bobbi Humphrey and

Friday, June 10, 2011

Afro-Instrumental Soul-Funk: Eddy Senay's ”Step By Step”

Eddy Senay”Step By Step”( LP Sussex Records, 1972 )Catalog # SXBS 7018Guitarist and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan, born in 1944.His real name is Edward James HarrisTracklisting:A1 Sarko East (4:53)A2 Delgado (5:49)A3 Cameo (6:10)A4 Shakedown (3:50)B1 Phase 1 (4:48)B2 Safari (4:51)B3 Shakeero (4:01)B4 Soul Preachin’ (5:52)Credits:Artwork By [Art Direction] – Glen ChristensenBass – Roderic “

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jazz Soul: Billy Butler's ”This Is Billy Butler!”

Billy ButlerNote Info:American soul jazz guitarist. Played on many Prestige dates in 1960s. Co-wrote the 1956 hit "Honky Tonk".Born: December 15, 1925 in Philadelphia, PADied: March 20, 1991 in Teaneck, NJ”This Is Billy Butler!”( LP Prestige Records, 1969 )Catalog # PR 7622Tracklisting:1 The Twang Thang (Butler) 5:152 Cherry (Redman) 6:423 Work Song (Adderley, Brown) 5:514 The Soul Roll (Butler)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Exposição-Mostra: Hereròs, A Exposição.

MUSEU AFRO BRASIL Pedro Alvares Cabral, s/n – Parque Ibirapuera – Portão 10São Paulo/SP – CEP: 04094-050 / Tel: (11) 3320-8900de ter a dom das 10h as 17h – Entrada GratuitaPovo herero é retratado em exposição no Museu Afro Brasil (De Catraca Livre):O Museu Afro Brasil abriu desde dia 12 de Maio, a exposição “Hereros de Angola”, de Sérgio Guerra. Com entrada gratuita,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Disco Funk: Donald Byrd's ''Thank You... For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)''

Donald Byrd''Thank You... For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)''( LP Elektra Records, 1978 )Catalog # 6E-144Tracklisting:A1 Thank You For Funking Up My Life 4:15A2 Sunning In Your Loveshine 5:40A3 Your Love Is My Ecstasy 5:03A4 Loving You 4:48B1 Have You Heard The News ? 4:42B2 In Love With Love 4:48B3 Cristo Redentor 4:45B4 Close Your Eyes And Look Within 5:15Personnel & Credits:Bass - Ed

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remember Gil Scott-Heron: Three Albums From The Black Poet.

With Brian Jackson“Bridges”( LP Arista Records, 1977 )Catalog # AB-4147Tracklisting:A1 Hello Sunday! Hello Road!A2 Song Of The WindA3 Racetrack In FranceA4 Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb & Blind)B1 Under The HammerB2 We Almost Lost DetroitB3 Tuskeegee #626B4 Delta Man (Where I’m Coming From)B5 95 South (All Of The Places We’ve Been)Personnel & Credits:Bilal Sunni Ali - SaxophoneJoe Blocker - DrumsDanny

Saturday, May 28, 2011

E' morto Gil Scott-Heron - Gil Scott-Heron has died.

''E' morto Gil Scott-Heron - L'altra faccia di Bob Dylan''(Repubblica, 28-05-2011)Scompare il poeta, musicista e intellettuale che, come Dylan al rock, diede la parola alla musica di protesta dei neri, piantando la prima radice del rap. Militante per i diritti dei neri e contro l'Apartheid, attaccò la manipolazione dell'informazione e mise in ridicolo Reagan.Di PAOLO GALLORINEW YORK - Bianco e

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jazz Soul: Rusty Bryant's ''Fire-Eater!''

Mr. Rusty Bryant.Royal G. "Rusty" Bryant (November 25, 1929, Huntington, West Virginia - March 25, 1991, Columbus, Ohio) was an American jazz tenor and alto saxophonist.Bryant grew up in Columbus, Ohio and became a fixture of the local jazz scene. He worked with Tiny Grimes and Stomp Gordon before founding his own ensemble in 1951. He signed with Dot Records in 1955 and released several albums as

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Info & Recommended Radio Programs: ''Jazz A Love Affair 81, The Italian Connection''

Jazz A Love Affair 81, The Italian Connection.Here is the play list for "Jazz A Love Affair 81" It is an "Italian Jazz Special" all the tracks are by Italian artist and a special feature on Italian trumpeter Franco Baggiani and here is the link 1,Phil Woods/Jazz Class Orchestra - Here Comes The Honey Man, 1995, Porgy & Bess.Gianni Bardaro - Supernova Latina,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Latin Jazz Soul Trip: Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers' ''Super Freak''

Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers''Super Freak''( LP Zanzee Records, 1972 )Catalog # SZLP 2603Tracklisting:A1 Medley: Superfly / Pusherman / Freddie's Dead (15:38)Written-By - Curtis MayfieldA2 Judy's Moods (4:52)Written-By - Ernie Adams (2)B1 Oak Hurst Art (3:20)Written-By - Ray RiveraB2 S'Cusa S'Cusa (Why) (4:35)Written-By - Norman MappB3 Don't Mind The Tears (3:30)Written-By - Ray RiveraB4 One

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Disco Funk: Fatback's ''Man With The Band''

Fatback ''Man With The Band''( Spring Records, Polydor Records, 1977 )Catalog # SP-1-6717, 2391 314Tracklisting:A1 The Man With The Band 10:16 A2 Master Booty 5:21 A3 Funk Backin' 4:42 B1 Mile High 6:23 B2 I Gotta Thing For You 5:20 B3 Midnight Freak 5:12 B4 Zodiac Man 4:07 Credits:Co-producer – Gerry Thomas, Henry EllerbeeProducer – Fatback Band, TheArt Direction – Basil PaoDesign – Gerard

Friday, May 13, 2011

Jazz Soul Organ Legend: Charles Earland's "Stomp!"

Charles Earland"Stomp!"( High Note Records, 2000 )Catalog # 7037Tracklisting:Time of My LifeAll The Man That I NeedHe Is My ShepherdPrevaricatorThe Count Is In The HouseStomp!The CreationTransfigurationThanksgivingPersonnel:Charles Earland (Hammond B-3 organ);Eric Alexander, Michael Karn (tenor saxophone);James Rotondi (trumpet); Bill Boris (guitar);Greg Rockingham (drums).Recording information:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Alberto Bario''RELAZIONI FRA MUSICA E PRODUZIONI VISIVE ALL'INTERNO DEI TECHNO RAVES''MFS Nota:Pubblicata da Alberto Bario il giorno martedì 10 maggio 2011 alle ore 7.36 su FaceBook - per gentile sua concessione abbiamo il permesso di pubblicarlo su MFS...meditate gente....e grazie al grande Alberto, dopo tanti anni ci siamo ritrovati virtualmente e per me (Pier) è sempre un piacere ritrovare

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Philly Djs & Remixes: Dimitri From Paris' ''Get Down With The Philly Sound''

Dimitri From Paris''Get Down With The Philly Sound''(Release Date: May 18, 2010)Notes:This compilation is the first ever to document the birth of disco in Philadelphia and the work of the unsung musicians who played on the numerous hits that came out from the Philadelphia scene. Featuring platinum selling hits from Melvin & Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, The Trammps and The Jackson 5BBE Records

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jazz Soul: Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers' ”Doin’ What We Wanna”

Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers ”Doin’ What We Wanna”( LP Atlantic Records, 1970 )Catalog # SD 1551 Tracklisting:A1 Hey Jude (7:55)A2 Sham Time (4:39)A3 Theme From Electric Surfboard (7:29)B1 Right On (4:39)Vocals [Background] – Cissy Houston , Jackie Verdell , Judy ClayB2 Dream Bossa Nova (3:29)B3 Doin’ What I Wanna (4:04)B4 C.W. (4:51) Personnel & Credits:Artwork By – Haig AdishianDrums –

Friday, April 22, 2011

Books: ARBSM Jazz: The AB Real Book C Bass Clef Edition

ARBSM Jazz:The AB Real Book C Bass Clef EditionThis is a unique jazz resource. It is an exciting compilation for all jazz musicians but is specifically conceived for less experienced players. It contains lead sheets for a hundred tunes together with specially commissioned arrangements, including those for Level/Grade 4 or 5 exams for Jazz Clarinet, Sax (Alto/Tenor), Trumpet and Trombone.Price:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Grant Green & Dr. Martin Luther King ''The Long Comedown''

Grant Green & Dr. Martin Luther King''The Long Comedown''(Ape Edit)Grant Green''The Long Comedown''(Instrumental Edit)Note:(Demo Short Clips - not downloadables)These demo files are in a low bitrate only for promotion purpouse. If any owner of the copyright want to remove these demo files please send a mail to and the links will be immediately removed.All

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Huge Disco: Rhythm Heritage's ''Disco-Fied''

Rhythm Heritage''Disco-Fied''( LP ABC Records, 1976 )Catalog # ABCD-934Tracklisting:A1 Disco-Fied A2 Caravan A3 Barretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) A4 Theme From S.W.A.T. B1 Blockbuster B2 My Cherie Amour B3 (It's Time To) Boogie Down B4 Three Days Of The Condor B5 Disco-Fied (Reprise) Personnel & Credits:Bass - Scott EdwardsDrums - Ed GreeneEngineer [Assistant] - Howard GaleEngineer

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Info: ''Philly Re-Grooved 2'' (The Tom Moulton Remixes - The Master Returns) Released May 30th!

Various Artists''Philly Re-Grooved 2''(The Tom Moulton Remixes - The Master Returns)( Harmless Records, 2011 ) ---Released May 30th!!!---Tracklisting:1) Incompatible - Ultra High Frequency 5.512) Smarty Pants - First Choice 5.103) Beware, She’s Pulling My Strings - The Quickest Way Out 7.084) One Step Away - First Choice 5.375) Love At First Sight - Moment Of Truth 7.406) Who Am I - The Quickest

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bad Info: Robert Reed, Keyboardist, Has Dead at 50 in 2008.

Remember Robert Reed, Keyboardist, Dead at 50.Robert Reed died of pancreatic cancer. He was a go-go music pioneer who founded and played keyboards in Trouble Funk.By BEN SISARIO (NY Times-US) Published: April 19, 2008 Robert Reed, who played keyboards in Trouble Funk, one of the definitive groups of go-go music — a raucous, high-intensity dance style that flourished in the 1970s and

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Charles Kynard The Soul Brotherhood: ''Your Mama Don't Dance''

Charles Kynard''Your Mama Don't Dance''( LP Mainstream Records, 1973 )Catalog # MRL 389Tracklisting:1 Superstition (4:44)2 The World Is A Ghetto (2:59)3 Momma Jive (3:26)4 I Got So Much Trouble (5:06)5 Your Mama Don't Dance (2:36)6 Zambezi (5:34)7 Summer Breeze (3:25)8 You've Got It Bad Girl (3:47)Personnel & Credits:Charles Kynard - Hammond B3 OrganChuck Rainey - BassPaul Humphrey - DrumsRay

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jazz: Mr. Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (Donald Byrd) & His ''Slow Drag'' Album

Donald Byrd”Slow Drag”( LP Blue Note Records, 1967 )Catalog # BST 84292Tracklisting:Slow Drag 9:40 Secret Love 3:50 Books Bossa 6:45 Jelly Roll 5:10 The Loner 6:10 My Deal 6:15Personnel:Donald Byrd (tp)Sonny Red (as)Cedar Walton (p)Walter Booker (b)Billy Higgins (d, vo)Notes:Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, EnglewoodCliffs, NJ, May 12, 1967Produced by Alfred LionThe Rudy Van Gelder

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Afro Psychedelic Jazz: The Afro Soul-Tet's ''Afrodesia''

The Afro Soul-Tet''Afrodesia''( Original LP on Banyon Records, Cat. # 1001 )Re-Issued on Luv N'HaightTracklisting:01. Afrodesia02. Mozamba03. Soul Rockin’04. Afro Revolt05. Drumbouie06. Torrid Zone07. Oom-Gowa08. Slave Traders09. Aphro Bugaloo10. Chocolate Drop11. Le Berber12. Sand, Sun and Sea(WORLDWIDE RELEASE WAS ON JANUARY 18, 2011, ON UBIQUITY RECORDS)Note:After seeing them play at the

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jazz Soul Legends: Melvin Sparks' ''Texas Twister''

Melvin Sparks''Texas Twister''( LP Eastbound Records, 1973 )Catalog # EB 9006Tracklisting:A1 Whip! Whop! 4:01Written-By - Melvin SparksA2 Gathering Together 9:22Written-By - Bobby GrahamA3 Judy's Groove 4:30Written-By - Melvin SparksB1 Texas Twister 6:09Written-By - Melvin SparksB2 Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got) 3:33Flugelhorn - Cecil Bridgewater , Jon FaddisWritten-By - Brian Potter

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Electro Old School Beats: Herbie Hancock's ''Future Shock''

Herbie Hancock''Future Shock''( LP Columbia Records, 1983 )Catalog # FC 38814Tracklisting:A1 Rockit 5:22Bata - Daniel PonceA2 Future Shock 8:02Backing Vocals - Bernard FowlerDrums - Sly DunbarGuitar - Pete CoseyVocals - Dwight Jackson Jr.A3 TFS 5:15B1 Earth Beat 5:10Bata - Daniel PonceB2 Autodrive 6:25B3 Rough 6:57Backing Vocals - Bernard Fowler , Nicky Skopelitis , Roger

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jazz Monsters: Herbie Hancock's ''The Herbie Hancock Box'' Compilation Box Set

Herbie Hancock ''The Herbie Hancock Box''( Compilation Box Set, 2004 )Andy's Note:Here's my last post of this trip home, back to Australia next week.However I will be back with more goodies soon.Info:Box set, Original recording remasteredLabel: SonyRelease date: (September 14, 2004)Review by C. Andrew Hovan:While some might disagree, arguably pianist Herbie Hancock’s most memorable performances

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jazz Soul & Organ: Odell Brown And The Organ-izers' ''Raising The Roof''

Odell Brown & The Organ-izersReal Name:Odell Brown, Artee ‘Duke’ Payne, Curtis Prince, Henry Gibson, Tommy PurvisProfile:Initially formed in 1961, when the members were students at Tennessee State A&M University, the group broke up when Brown was drafted but reformed in Chicago in 1964.Between 1964 and 1969 Odell Brown & the Organ-izers recorded three LP’s and three 45’s (one non-LP) on Cadet

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Disco & Roller Skates: Dr. York's ''Shake-N-Skate''

''Shake-N-Skate'' 12''( 12'' Disco Single, Passion Records, 1980 )Catalog # LP 520559Notes:B-Side of ''Roll-A-Rock''Format:Vinyl, 12"Country:USReleased:1980Dr. York - Real Name: Dwight York, Malachi Z. York - Born: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Skateboarding had punk, roller skating had disco, hence roller skating is one of the most popular youth culture movements on the planet, with millionaire

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More Bads...Melvin Sparks passed away on March 15th, 2011 of complications from diabetes.

Melvin Sparks passed away on March 15th, 2011 of complications from diabetes.The great soul-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks died Tuesday. There isn't much press on his death and that's probably because he didn't enjoy the success of the people he supported: Sam Cooke, Idris Muhammed, Hank Crawford.A little-known site called had a short little write up, by Annabel Lukins, a

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bad News: Ms. Loleatta Holloway passed away.

Soul and Disco singer Loleatta Holloway died Monday evening following a brief illness. She was 64 years old.Holloway’s death was confirmed Monday by her manager, Ron Richardson.The lady with the big voice got her start as a gospel singer, recording with Albertina Walker and the Caravans. In the early 1970s, she signed a recording contract with the Aware Recrods. Holloway recorded two albums for

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jazz Soul Sax: Gene Ammons' "The Black Cat!"

Gene Ammons"The Black Cat!"( LP Prestige Records, 1971 )Catalog # PRT-10006Tracklisting:The Black CatLong Long TimePiece To Keep Away Evil SpiritsJug EyesSomethingHi Ruth!Personnel:Gene Ammons (ts)Harold Mabern (p, el-p)George Freeman (g)Ron Carter (b)Idris Muhammad (d)Bill Fischer (arr -2,5) 9 violins (-2,5)Notes:Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 11, 1970** Also

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Actor, Dancer & Singer: Mr. Ben Vereen

Ben VereenReal Name: Benjamin Augustus MiddletonInfo:Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA) is a Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Books: Blue Note - Album Cover Art - The Ultimate Collection

Blue Note: Album Cover Art - The Ultimate CollectionBy Graham Marshand Glyn CallinghamNotes:7 x 7 in; 288 pp ; full-color images throughoutPaperbackPublished in October, 2002Comment:Smaller in trim size, greatly expanded in content, this compendium of Chronicle’s classic Blue Note books (50,000 copies sold) is now an appealingly chunky paperback. Blue Note remains one of the most influential jazz

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Philly Legends: The Three Degrees' ”So Much Love”

The Three Degrees”So Much Love”( LP Roulette Records, 1975 )Catalog # SR 3015Record date : 01/01/1975Tracklisting:1 Magic Mirror2 Trade Winds3 Love The One You’re With4 I Do Take You5 Who Is She (And What Is She to You)6 There’s So Much Love All Around Me7 Ebb Tide8 Caught Between Two Fires9 Maybe10 If You Must Leave My LifeBiography:Philly soul vocal group the Three Degrees started in 1963 in

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Philly Sound: First Choice & The Philly Groove Orchestra ''Love Freeze'' 7''

First Choice''Love Freeze'' 7''( 7'' Philly Groove Records, 1975 )Catalog # PS 204Tracklisting:A Love Freeze 3:05B Love Freeze 3:05Credits:Arranged By [Rhythm] - Norman HarrisArranged By [Strings] - Bobby MartinProducer - Stan WatsonWritten-By - Allan Felder , Norman HarrisNotes:Format:Vinyl, 7", PromoCountry:USReleased:1975One side is stereo, the other side mono.The Philly Groove Orchestra''Love

Sunday, February 27, 2011

DJs Dance Legends: Jellybean Benitez's ”Rocks The House”

Jellybean”Rocks The House”( 12” Singles Compilation )Chrysalis Records, 1988Catalog # V2X 41652Tracklisting:A1 The Real Thing (West 26th Street Mix) (7:40)Featuring – Steven DanteA2 Coming Back For More (Part 1) (6:52)Featuring – Richard DarbyshireA3 Jingo (La Casa Del Juego Mix) (7:38)B1 Just A Mirage (12” Remix) (5:45)Featuring – Adele BerteiB2 Little Too Good To Me (Long Hot Summer Mix) (7:52)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Italian Jazz: Dino Piana's “Cosi’ Con Dino Piana”

Dino PianaBiografia: La sua carriera inizia con il "Quintetto di Torino" con cui si presentò nel 1959, ad un concorso radiofonico, "La coppa del jazz", mettendosi immediatamente in luce come solista.Quindi entrò nel quintetto Basso-Valdambrini e nelle orchestre radiofoniche e televisive, continuando l'attività jazzistica.Ha preso parte ai più importanti festival nazionali ed internazionali fra

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jazz Blues: Harvey Mandel's ”Baby Batter”

Harvey MandelBiography by Richie Unterberger (AMG):In the mold of Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Mike Bloomfield, Mandel is an extremely creative rock guitarist with heavy blues and jazz influences. And like those guitarists, his vocal abilities are basically nonexistent, though Mandel, unlike some similar musicians, has always known this, and concentrated on recordings that are entirely

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Info: New Podcast Series On MFS Radio: ''Disco Radio - Volume 1''

New Podcast Series On MFS Radio: ''Disco Radio - Volume 1''Note:Today is starting a new podcast radio series: ''Disco Radio''.Volume One is just now available!Take a trip or/and a listen to it!Tracklisting:1. Sine - Chimi2. Martha High - Showdown3. Ronnie Walker - Magic's In The Air (Jski Edit)4. Kat Mandu - The Break (Remix)5. Anthony White - I Can't Turn You Loose6. First Choice - Let Me Down

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pure Jazz: Tina Brooks' “Back To The Tracks”

Tina BrooksBiography by Thom Jurek (AMG):Tina Brooks had a short-lived career during the heyday of hard bop and didn't record for the last 12 years of his life. Nonetheless, his own records and his sessions with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd, Jimmy Smith, and Kenny Burrell leave the impression that he was on his way to becoming a tenor giant when he was overcome by health

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Lesson Of DJing...Dj Miki Discoteca Ciak Live-07-04-1977 (Bologna)

The Lesson Of DJing...Dj Miki Discoteca Ciak Live-07-04-1977 (Bologna) Dj Miki Discoteca Ciak Live-07-04-1977 (Bologna) by Miki 2Ascoltate e capirete perchè tanta gente venera Miki e lo considera il miglior DJ, il precursore in Italia, il pioniere, insomma il Godfather di tutti!Questa è una lezione del Maestro ragazzi siamo a scuola e cercate di imparare la lezione, perchè mi sembra che

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Best On The Disco Dancefloor: Jimmy “Bo” Horne's ”Dance Across The Floor”

Jimmy “Bo” HorneMiami-based vocalist Jimmy "Bo" Horne enjoyed some success in the '70s doing dance-oriented songs and novelty tracks for such labels as Alston and Sunshine. "Dance Across the Floor" was his lone R&B Top 10 hit in 1978, and it was written and produced by Harry Casey, better known as K.C. of K.C. and the Sunshine Band fame. Horne's other Top 20 R&B single was "You Get Me Hot" in

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jazz Soul & Funk: Grant Green's ''Carryin' On''

(Image by © Mosaic Images/CORBIS)Commento:Quando si ascolta, si parla o ci si riferisce a Grant Green, non può che venire un attimo di nostalgia, di rabbia volendo, se pensiamo che questo fantastico chitarrista morì a 48 anni per problemi legati all'uso di stupefacenti. Pensate a quanto ancora avrebbe potuto dare al mondo del Jazz e della Musica, a quanti capolavori ed 'opere prime'.Purtroppo

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Il Bel Paese dei pirati: Siamo un popolo di hacker"

Da 'Repubblica' (26/01/2011) (© Riproduzione riservata):"Il Bel Paese dei pirati: Siamo un popolo di hacker"''Maschio, tra i 15 e i 34 anni, residente al centro sud. È il pirata che scarica illegalmente film e musica da Internet. Un fenomeno non più di nicchia, ma che riguarda un internauta su quattro. E l'industria creativa annuncia perdite per 19 miliardi di euro. L'Agcom sta per varare un

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Philly Sound: Billy Paul's ''Going East''

Billy PaulReview by Ron Wynn (AMG):Billy Paul had a good run in the '70s as an R&B vocalist, though he'd been recording since the '50s, when he debuted on Jubilee. Paul was featured on radio broadcasts in Philadelphia at age 11 and had an extensive jazz background. He worked with Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, and Roberta Flack, as well as Charlie Parker, before forming a trio and recording for

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Salsoul Disco Legends: Loleatta Holloway's ''Hit And Run''

Loleatta HollowayProfile:Loleatta Holloway was born in Chicago, Illinois in November 1946, and began her career singing gospel music with the Queen of Gospel, Albertina Walker and the Caravans.In 1976 she began singing on Disco productions (mainly on Salsoul Records) and was responsible for some classics like "Love Sensation" or "Relight My Fire" by Dan Hartman.In 1984, Holloway left Salsoul

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Disco Funk: Fatback's ''XII''

The Fatback BandCommento:C'è sempre stata un po' di polemica, almeno da noi in Italia, su quale fosse il primo disco di 'Rap' (come si chiamava allora, una specie di 'toasting' o 'parlato' incessante su una base normalmente disco o disco funk), giacché il movimento Hip Hop non era ancora nato. Io sono sempre rimasto confuso, perchè 'Superrappin'' dei Furious Five lo sentii nell'agosto del 1979 al

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Funk, Soul & Blues: Johnny Otis Show's ”Cuttin’ Up”

Johnny OtisBorn John Veliotes, December 28, 1921, in Vallejo, California, the son of Greek immigrants; married; wife’s name, Phyllis; children: John, Jr. (Shuggie); Nicky; Daryl Jon; Janice; and Laura.Co-founder of the Otis-Love Band, 1943.formed first big band in 1945; recorded first hit record, “Harlem Nocturne,” 1946; formed the Johnny Otis Show, 1948; quit touring in 1955 and became a

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More Philly Sound: The Intruders' ”Save The Children”

The IntrudersThe Intruders is a former American soul music group most popular in the 1960s and 1970s. As one of the first groups to have hit songs under the direction of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, they had a major influence on the development of Philadelphia soul.Formed around 1960, the group originally consisted of Sam "Little Sonny" Brown, Eugene "Bird" Daughtry, Phillip "Phil" Terry and

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Philly Sound Legends: Teddy Pendergrass' ''Teddy Pendergrass''

Teddy PendergrassCommento:Giusto un anno (e un giorno) fa moriva Teddy Pendergrass. Credo che non ci sia nessuna persona al mondo che non abbia ballato, ascoltato o sognato con la sua voce su ''If You Don't Know Me Right Now'', ''Wake Up Everybody'', ''The Love I Lost''. Direbbe una bugia. Più che di Philly Sound qui si parla di un artista di livello internazionale, che per sempre rimarrà e sarà

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

British Jazz Funk: Morrissey Mullen's ''Badness''

Morrissey MullenSome info:Morrissey Mullen was a British jazz-funk/fusion group of the seventies and eighties.Considered one of the most popular jazz groups in London, the band was led by Dick Morrissey on tenor and soprano saxes and flute, and Jim Mullen on guitar, who joined forces in 1975 and played together for some 16 years, during which they came to be known as "Mr Sax and Captain Axe"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MFS Radio & The Friends Of Miki Presents: ''Ciak - The Best Of Miki'' Volume 2

MFS Radio & The Friends Of Miki Presents:''Ciak - The Best Of Miki'' Volume 2( Compilation, 2011 )Tracklisting:1. Blair - Night Life (12'' Inch)2. Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' (Single Version)3. Fern Kinney - Groove Me (12'' Version)4. Lamont Dozier - Going Back To My Roots 12''5. Linda Clifford - If My Friends Could See Me Now6. Marlena Shaw - Woman Of The Ghetto7. MFSB - We Got The Time8.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Info: Al Kent's ''Disco Love Volume 2'' Released For March 2011

È prevista l'uscita del nuovo lavoro di Al Kent, ''Disco Love 2'' per marzo 2011...aspettiamo ansiosamente.Lo stesso Al Kent ne ha pubblicato la foto della copertina su FaceBook.Intanto sappiatene di più su questo personaggio (secondo noi bravissimo), la sua storia e la sua produzione più famosa, fino ad ora, ''Disco Love'' (Vol.1).Some Infos:Al Kent (Ewan Kelly) was born in Scotland. His father

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Philly Sound: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' ''Wake Up Everybody''

Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes were an American singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group's repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1950s as The Charlemagnes, the group is most noted for several hits on Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label between

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jazz Guitar Legends: Grant Green's ''Alive!'' Recorded at the Cliché Lounge, Newark, N.J., August 15, 1970

Grant GreenBiography By Michael Erlewine & Ron Wynn (AMG):Grant Green was born in St. Louis on June 6, 1931, learned his instrument in grade school from his guitar-playing father and was playing professionally by the age of thirteen with a gospel group. He worked gigs in his home town and in East St. Louis, IL, until he moved to New York in 1960 at the suggestion of Lou Donaldson. Green told Dan

Jazz Soul: Lou Donaldson's ”Hot Dog”

Lou DonaldsonIf nothing else, you gotta love the cover.Lou Donaldson's soul jazz albums of the late 1960s were usually recorded with the same band configuration, but different sidemen, and the rate of success seemed to depend to some degree on the chemistry in the studio.This album features Charles Earland on organ and Melvin Sparks on guitar, and the result is not quite as tight as, say,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Important Notice!

*From today MFS© Blog don't allow any type of download of files copyright protected. This is due to our respect of the copyright of the owners. We have our ideas & opinions about the copyright and his criminal prosecution. But we don't want to infringing the laws.If any owner of the demo clips (only for listen-not downloadables) want to remove them, please contact us.Thanks.The MFS© Equipe*A

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Funk: Gloria (Lyn) Lavern Collins' ''Think (About It)''

Gloria Lavern CollinsLyn Collins (12 June 1948 – 13 March 2005) (real name: Gloria Lavern Collins) was an African American soul singer best known for working with James Brown in the 1970s. Contrary to some reports, she is not related to Bootsy Collins, nor Catfish Collins. Born in Abilene, Texas, U.S.A., she began her recording career aged 14. Her biggest solo hit was the James Brown-produced

Monday, January 3, 2011

Soft Rock: Crosby, Stills & Nash ”CSN”

Crosby, Stills & Nash ”CSN”( LP Atlantic Records, 1977 )Catalog # SD 19104 Commento:Diversissimo dal post dei Mandrill, ma legato dall'anno, 1977... devo dire che anche noi a quell'epoca eravamo eclettici, e c'erano alcuni dischi e musicisti che avevano molto a che fare con noi giovani di e in quel periodo. Ascoltare tre grandi come CS&N poi fa sempre piacere, magari riascoltarli ancor di più.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Funkey Monkeys: Mandrill's ''We Are One''

Mandrill''We Are One''( LP Arista Records, 1977 )Catalog # AB 4144Commento:Primo post del 2011, ed approfittiamo per fare gli auguri di buon anno nuovo a tutti!MFS entra nel suo 5° anno di vita (a settembre facciamo il compleanno...), e speriamo di potervi sempre proporre buona musica, informazioni e tutto quello che può 'servirvi' per 'ingrassarvi' musicalmente (....). Visti i tempi 'bui ed