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