Tripped out tracks with a funky cinematic feel – a great new project with mysterious origins – supposedly the work of the "mysterious Clutchy Hopkins", but really just the efforts of a batch of underground beatmakers! There's a spare, spacious approach here that almost reminds us of the energy that we first felt in DJ Shadow's groundbreaking work of a decade before – a similar love of gritty, organic source material – and an ear for putting it together with lots of dark twists and turns that balance nicely between classic funk and current hip hop production sensibilities. The flavor of each tune changes nicely – making the album way more than just a cliched collection of beats – and the set also features guest performances by Shawn Lee and Darondo. Titles include "Sound Of The Ghost", "Love Of A Woman", "Para Los Ninos", "Swap Meet Me At The Corner", "Alla Oscar", "Percy On The One", "Good Omen", "Rocktober", and "Horny Tickle". Features a bonus DVD that attempts to support the Clutchy Hopkins myth! CD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming that the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)
An amazing little record – not just for the music itself, which is inherently great – but also for its straight jazz presentation of players you might know in more of a reggae-based setting! The album's a smoking set of hardbop numbers, played with plenty of soul – by a combo billed as the Jamaican Jazz Crusaders – featuring Roy Bubbles Burrows on trumpet, Ernst Ranglin on guitar, Roland Alphonso on tenor, Aubrey Adams on piano, Harold Williams on bass, and Carl McLeod on drums. The format's a bit unusual, in that the album's bracketed by interviews and introductions from Jamaican jazz DJ Nevil Willoughby – but in the core are some great performances, with very inventive arrangements, especially in the way Ranglin's guitar is used – on titles that include "The Highest Mountain", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Split Kick", and "Round Midnight". CD
Totally cool, totally wonderful – and a massive set of hardly-heard work from Brazilian keyboardist Djalma Ferreira! Djalma's a name that's not nearly as well-known in the states as Walter Wanderley – but he got his start well before Walter, working in some 50s modes that were mighty darn cool – before exploding even more strongly here on a sublime set of albums from the 60s! Djalma's got a sense of playfulness about his keyboard work – always changing up not just his phrasing of the notes, but also the settings of the organ as well – creating these cool sounds and groovy notes that explode out differently on each new tune – in ways that go far past the usual bossa organ modes, and bring in a host of other Brazilian styles too. The range of sounds in the set is breathtaking – and the package begins the decade with albums cut with the Milionarios Do Ritmo – including the albums Convite Ao Drink (1960) and Drink Em Sao Paolo (1961) – then moves onto some with larger arrangements – the records Combinacao Insuperavel (1962) and Baile De Formatura (1962). Things then swing into the groovy Week End In Rio (1964), the sublime Brazilliance Of Djalma (1965), and the rare US album Help Yourself To The Brazilliance Of Djalma (1969). All albums come with original artwork and great sound – all on CD for the first time ever! CD
Joe Pass —
For Django ... CD Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ...
An album dedicated to the great Django Reinhardt – but one that also comes across with plenty of west coast touches! The format is somewhat Django-esque – with lead guitar work from Joe Pass, plus rhythm guitar support from John Pisano – creating some of the guitar interplay you'd have in a gypsy swing record – but the groove's also a bit more modern than some of Django's classics, and there's a lighter, breezier approach here that's very much in the mode of other Pass records from the 60s – at least the small group ones! Tracks include "Django", "For Django", "Fluer D'Ennui", "Django's Castle", and "Nuages". CD
Stephane Grappelli & The Diz Disley Trio —
Violinspiration ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1975. New Copy ...
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Sweet sounds from Stephane Grappelli – working here in a very cool combo that features twin guitars from Ike Issacs and Diz Disley, plus bass from the great Isla Eckinger too! The guitars are acoustic and electric, but often used together in kind of a gypsy swing sort of mode – recalling Grappelli's classic work with Django, but updated nicely too – thanks both to the recording style, and the slightly more open-ended format of the tunes. Amazingly, Grappelli plays a bit of Fender Rhodes on the record too – and titles include "Hot Lips", "Joy", "Shine", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "Solitude". CD
Really wonderful work from Don Pullen – solo material, and some of his most soulful sides of the 70s – done in this long-flowing style that's completely sublime! Pullen's really at his best in this format – working in a way that's very free, but never overindulgent or overexpressive in the wrong way – a kind of magical connection between his soul and the piano, with results that are still among some of the greatest in the genre. All tracks are long, and very beautiful – and titles include "Richard's Tune", "Big Alice", "Song Played Backwards", and "Suite (Sweet) Malcolm". Features two unissued bonus tracks – "Kadji" and an alternate of "Big Alice". CD