domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017
Bill Leslie (1925-2003)
Leslie attended Media High School and graduated as an electrician at the outbreak of the Second World War. He took his military service from the US Army in Fort George G. Meade from 1943 onwards. Because of an eye disease, he was released from the army in 1944 and visited the Landis School of Music in West Philadelphia until 1948. He began his professional career as a musician in the late 1940s; In the following decade, he was part of the band of Louis Jordan, with whom he performed in clubs in Las Vegas, the Apollo Theater in Harlem and Smalls' Paradise, as well as in the TV show Your Hit Parade.In the 1960s he played with recordings of Larry Young (Groove Street), Thornel Schwartz (soul cookin), Sweden with Don Gardner, Dee Dee Ford and Freda Payne. At Argo Records, he released Diggin 'the Chicks, his only album under his own name, in 1962, with Ben Tucker, Art Taylor, Thornel Schwartz and Tommy Flanagan. In the field of jazz, he was involved in five recording sessions between 1962 and 1965.  At the end of the 1960s, he directed an organ trio. In the early 1980s, Leslie was the first chairman of the Philadelphia Clef Club, a jazz club in the 13th Street corner of Washington Avenue. In later years he was a church musician in Sellersville and performed Duke Ellington's Sacred Music.
Review by Cub Koda
Although slide guitar compilations at times seem to proliferate like kudzu, this particular collection has much to recommend adding it to the collection. For openers, there's the inclusion of three previously unreleased live performances from Robert Nighthawk. Playing in a 1964 Chicago concert accompanied by Johnny Young on guitar and mandolin, and Little Walter on acoustic harmonica (a rarity), Nighthawk turns in stellar readings of Jimmy Rogers' "That's All Right" (a number he apparently never recorded anywhere else), Little Walter's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (set to a "Dust My Broom" arrangement), and his standard "Anna Lee," all in highly relaxed versions that add much to his meager discography. Other highlights include a track of Eddie Taylor making a rare appearance on slide with Nighthawk's "Jackson Town," four tracks by Big Joe Williams, two from Fred McDowell, a Johnny Littlejohn instrumental with Jimmy Rogers on rhythm guitar ("Slidin'"), and Homesick James guesting behind vocalist George Coleman on "Mad and Evil." Selections from David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Arthur Weston, Blind Connie Williams, John Henry Barbee, Elijah Brown and Johnny Shines complete this excellent collection.
Picture yourself in a late Sixties movie, where secret agents and private Detectives solved impossible cases to a background of lush orchestral arrangements. Thanks to Jet Set Swe, you can once again experience this wonderful music. Their up-to-date versions of crime themes, lounge classics and easy listening jewels is guaranteed to take you back to that magical world of fast cars, secret agents and go-go girls...... Utilizing the forgotten sounds of the Hammond organ, vibraphone and moog, Jet Set Swe's unique revival of The Swinging Sixties sound caught on first, in their native Sweden and quickly spread throughout Europe. As imports, the response to the first two Jet Set Swe albums has been overwhelming so with an ever-growing North American fan base calling for more..here it is
Review by Hal Horowitz
For his fourth solo release, and third on the Evidence label, the Fabulous Thunderbirds' guitarist, Kid Ramos, once again calls in some high-profile blues friends for assistance. Instead of last album's guitarists and jump blues horns, this time Ramos sticks with harpists/vocalists to provide the momentum on a set of relatively stripped-down, greasy blues. He's also the only guitarist on the sessions, which makes this a spotlight for his picking as well as his bandleading abilities. Harmonica aces Rick Estrin (Little Charlie & the Nightcats), Paul de Lay, Lynwood Slim, Johnny Dyer, James Harman (who only plays on one of his three tracks and sings on the others), and Charlie Musselwhite, along with Rod Piazza, all contribute. The leadoff title cut, an instrumental that sounds like it was left over from his last horn-infused West Coast album, is the one exception. The sessions were cut in two days, which gives them a raw, not quite primal edge that adds to the gritty nature of the recording. Although the original intent was to perform exclusively covers, nearly all the harp-playing guests brought in their own original material. Just a handful of interpretations remain: Willie Dixon's "I Don't Care Who Knows"; an obscure Lightnin' Slim track, "Mean Ol' Lonesome Train"; an old uncredited Excello side, "Rich Man's Woman"; and Bobby Blue Bland's "Hold Me Tenderly." It sure sounds like this was one big part, as each guest plays with a relaxed gusto, whipping off harp lines with nonchalant intensity. Ramos' tough yet flexible guitar fills the holes and takes the lead just often enough so the listener knows whose album it is. Otherwise he's content to leave the majority of the spotlight to his high-profile guests, who turn in sterling performances. While few of their original tunes sound drastically different from standard blues fare, the ensemble playing and electrified atmosphere adds a palpable excitement to the tracks. The various vocals also infuse a diverse feel to the album, with Ramos' guitar and presence being the thread that holds it together. The closing "Harmonica Hangover" features Estrin and Musselwhite on what seems to be an improvised duet, with both harp men discussing the proceedings and other guests, as well as trading licks on an appropriately upbeat shuffle. It's a fitting finale to an album that works because of the loosely structured environment that Ramos provides, meshed with the remarkable talents of his talented contributors.
Review by Matt Collar
Night Glider is a solid early-'70s funk-jazz set from organist Richard "Groove" Holmes. Propelled by the catchy title track written by fellow keyboardist Horace Ott (who appears here), the album features mostly groove-oriented originals. However, two Carole King-penned tunes, "It's Going to Take Some Time" and "Go Away Little Girl," also add period flair with their mix of R&B soulfulness and singer/songwriter melodicism. Joining Holmes are such soul-jazz regulars as drummer Bernard Purdie, trombonist Garnett Brown, and saxophonist Seldon Powell. Rounding out the group are guitarist Lloyd Davis, bassist Paul Martinez, and conga/bongo player Kwasi Jayourba.
Review by Thom Jurek
Recorded on two dates in 1959, this full-length by Stuff Smith features a pair of rhythm sections. One contains the great Red Mitchell on bass, the other the magnificent Shirley Horn on piano. In 1959, Smith had been on the scene for over two decades. And while he was well-known by the public at large for his novelty persona and his singing -- as evidenced by his 1936 smash hit "I'se A-Muggin'," this long-player aptly displays his stunning virtuosity as a jazz violinist, from standard jazz repertoire such as Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me" to "Strike Up the Band." His bowing is dizzying and the band pushed hard to keep up with him. On "Nice Work if You Can Get It," the tempo middles along but Smith swings hard in his tasty way. And Smith's vocal skills are showcased on the classics "Oh, Lady Be Good" and "Somebody Loves Me," offering a well-rounded portrait of a man who many thought was past his prime. Not so. This date smokes and is a welcome addition to the jazz violin canon.
sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017
And there was funk...and there was soul. Stunning debut by Copenhagen's Leslie Overdrive featuring "Hotpie's Popcorn" (The Poets of Rhythm) & "Drive My Car" (The Beatles) which will turn more than a few heads, but it'll be Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" that will twist it right off their shoulders! "With the Hammond, In the Beauty" is filled with fun, love and buckets full of Hammond!
viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017
EL COMIENZO DE SU CARRERA 9
ART DECO 45
MOMENTO CRUCIAL 101
OBRAS MAESTRAS 133
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Influenced by his American mother, Ari Borger grew up listening to Blues and Jazz masters. Ari lived in New Orleans and there he performed at the most popular places such as House of Blues and Tipitina’s. In Brazil he played at the biggest Blues and Jazz festivals, sharing evenings with B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Marcus Miller and Johnnie Johnson.
The AB-4 album brings up original compositions and great creative versions for songs of Blue Note years genius Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver, played with great feeling. When performing live, the Ari Borger Quartet shows great energy on stage, taking the audience to a musical trip with their blend of Blues, Jazz and Soul. Playing as a team, they only worry about the music itself. It’s a real and unique experience. Modern and vintage at the same time, authentic and full of personality, this is Ari Borger Quartet/AB-4.
jueves, 23 de febrero de 2017
Review by Michael Erlewine
This is a good album that shows the husband and wife team of Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine in their usual, excellent form -- a fine example of organ combo soul jazz. Now part of the Prestige two-fer called Soul Shoutin'.
miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2017
Seven of the ten tracks here were cut in 1969 by organist Patton, guitarist Blood Ulmer, drummer Leroy Williams and Marvin Cabell on tenor sax, sax, cello and flute. During the final three tracks, two previously unreleased, Patton is joined by tenorman George Coleman. Patton didn't receive the attention in the '60s and '70s paid to Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff, but few B-3 players could approach him. His relaxed work, while always bluesy, was and is consistently fresh. His phrases may seem familiar, but aren't cliches. He's also got an excellent left hand, and really knows when to punctuate with it, and structures his solos lucidly. John composes well, too. His sophisticated tunes are, like his playing, deceptively simple.
Even at this early stage in his career Ulmer's impressive, displaying a strong Wes Montgomery influence while improvising inventively and with discipline. Coleman, in good form, plays rich, many-noted phrases. Like him, Cabell's been marked by John Coltrane. Although he doesn't have anything like Coleman's chops, Marvin's thoughtful playing is worth hearing. ~ Harvey Pekar
Most John Patton albums are hard-driving, edgy soul-jazz and funk, and the title of Accent on the Blues makes the record seem like it would be no different than his other sessions. Accent On The Blues CD music Of course, that isn't the case. Accent on the Blues is among the most atmospheric music Patton has ever made. While it stops short of being free, it's hardly funky soul-jazz, and that may disappoint some fans of his rip-roaring style. Nevertheless, the album is a rewarding listen, primarliy because it displays a more reflective side of his talent, demonstrating that he can hold his own among the likes of guitarist James Blood Ulmer and saxophonist Marvin Cabell. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This book is not a panegyric of homosexuality. It is a scientific study led by Professor James Smalls who teaches art history at the prestigious University of Maryland, Baltimore county.The author attempts to highlight the sensibility particular to homosexuals in creation, and abandons all classical clichés and sociological approaches.
The process of creating is examined and allows one to comprehend the contribution of homosexuality to the evolution of emotional perception.
In a time when all barriers have been broken, this analysis offers a second look and a new understanding of our civilization’s masterpieces.
Este libro no es un panegírico de la homosexualidad. Se trata de un estudio científico dirigido por el profesor James Smalls que enseña la historia del arte en la prestigiosa Universidad de Maryland, condado de Baltimore.El autor intenta poner de relieve la particular sensibilidad de los homosexuales en la creación, y abandona todos los clichés clásicos y los enfoques sociológicos.
El proceso de creación es examinado y permite comprender la contribución de la homosexualidad a la evolución de la percepción emocional.
En un momento en que se han roto todas las barreras, este análisis ofrece una segunda mirada y una nueva comprensión de las obras maestras de nuestra civilización.
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martes, 21 de febrero de 2017
Keyboard wizard Hansi Enzensperger and his colleagues Ludwig Kloeckner (bass) and Manfred Mildenberger (drums) locked themselves in a studio for three months with a Hammond organ, electric bass, and a Ludwig drum set with Rhodes, Clavinet, Space Echo, and Wurlitzer. In other words: with all the vintage treasures they could lay their hands on!
A rousing debut album that blasts the 70s sound aesthetic into today musical landscape.
Melodies for millions, with the sex of funk, the dirt of the blues, a punk attitude, and the freedom of jazz.
lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017
Possum Head is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded
for the Argo label in 1964 and performed by Donaldson with Bill Hardman,
Big John Patton, Ray Crawford, Ben Dixon, and Cleopas Morris.
domingo, 19 de febrero de 2017
Right On Brother is the fourth album by guitarist Boogaloo Joe Jones which was recorded in 1970 and released on the Prestige label.
Boogaloo Joe Jones, Rusty Bryant, Jimmy Lewis, Charles Earland, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.