Les McCann & The Jazz Crusaders —
Jazz Waltz ... LP Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ....
Just Sold Out!
A real cooker – and a stone soulful set that works some real magic at so many levels! First off, the record brings together two of the hottest talents on the west coast scene of the 60s – pianist Les McCann, and the firey young Jazz Crusaders – who are really burning here with a tightness and sense of energy that's amazing. But more than that, the record also features Les hitting some keys alongside his usual piano – both electric piano and Hammond, which come off here with a great sound – especially alongside Joe Sample's additional work on acoustic piano and organ. Horn solos are great – with tight work from Wilton Felder on tenor and Wayne Henderson on trombone – and titles include "Big City", "Spanish Castles", "Damascus", "Blues For Yna Yna", "This Here", and "All Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
Very cool compilation featuring a whole mess of great lost funk tracks from the legendary Westbound label – including a few unreleased cuts! There's a number of tracks on here that we just about never see, and some more that you'll only find on rare funky 45s. Tracks include "Getting It Off", an instrumental by Fuzzy Haskins, "Super Funk" by Erasmus Hall, "In The Pocket" by Boots, "Funk It Down" by Caesar Frazier, "Just Us" by Crowd Pleasers, "Funky Beethoven" by Gene Anderson, "Be What You Is" by U.S. Music & Funkadelic, and "Funky World (parts 1 & 2)" by Silky Vincent. Very cool stuff, and with a good set of notes! Plus, this CD version includes the extra tracks "Hickey Burr" by Caesar Frazier, "Loose Booty" by Funkadelic, "Sweet Thing" by Houston Outlaws, "Hit It & Quit It" by Bobby Franklin's Insanity, and more! CD
Almost a return to the Jazz At The Philharmonic style – an early 70s live set that features work by Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, and Roy Eldridge! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Box has wear, split corners and edges, a cutout hole, promo sticker, and a missing edge.)
The sweet sound of 70s Blue Note – a really wonderful stretch for the label, and a time when the company was stretching out in a range of sublimely soulful directions! This period's probably best known for the influence of Larry Mizell on some of the label's key players, but it's also got plenty more to offer too – Brazilian influences in the rhythms, electric undercurrents in the instrumentation, and some especially soulful vocals on some of the best-remembered tracks. Old players are born anew, new players rise to lofty heights, and the whole thing's an amazing discovery in jazz – filled with key tracks that do a better job of summing up 70s Blue Note than our few worlds ever could! 20 tracks in all – including "Chicago Damn" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Koko & Lee Roe" by Gene Harris, "Love So Far Away" by Donald Byrd, "Fun House" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Cheshire Cat" by Ronnie Foster, "Kumquat Kid" by Eddie Henderson, "People Make The World Go Round" by Bobby Hutcherson, "In Pursuit Of the 27th Man" by Horace Silver, "You're Everything" by Carmen McRae, "Route" by Moacir Santos, "Sassy Soul Strut" by Lou Donaldson, "Always There" by Ronnie Laws, "Essence Of Mystery" by Alphonse Mouzon, and "Motherland" by The Waters. CD
Festive sounds galore – in what must have been one hell of a concert to attend in person! This May first show begins with music that's just sung by the audience before anyone even gets on the stage – then an all-star lineup perform before a crowd that's so entranced with their music, they're often chanting along with the lyrics themselves – adding energy to the whole thing that makes the record way more than the usual concert record from the time! Tracks include "Um Cafune Na Cabeca Malandro" by Milton Nascimento, "Historia De Pescadores" by Dorival Caymmi, "Ele Disse/Assum Preto" by Alceu Valenca, "Toada" by Boca Livre, "Vou Renovar" by Sergio Ricardo, and "La Vem O Brasil Descendo A Ladeira" by Moraes Moreira. CD
A live batch of early 60s pop sounds from UK indie Ember Records – a few numbers featuring Joe Meek in the engineering booth and all around fun period pop – from charming romantic numbers to some weirder ones that are just as catchy! In the weirder department singles like "Taming Tigers" by Grant Tracy (stay away from that girl unless you enjoy the title activity) complete with snarling sound effects, but over all these are sweet, string section accented fun pop tunes that totally loveable. Titles include "Two Timing Baby" and "Will It Happen To Me" by Carter, Lewis & The Southerners, "The Great Matchmaker" and more by Grant Tracy", "It Matters Not" by Mark Douglas, "Are You Anyone's Girl" and more by Johnny Carson (nope, not that one), "Hello Heartbreak" and more by Sandra Gale, "Every Boy Like Me" and more by Kerry Adams, "Ding Dong Rag" and "Piano A Go Go" by Tommy Sanderson & The Sandmen. 22 tracks in all! CD
Incredible work from the Philly scene of the late 60s – material from the tiny Uplook Records label, a company that only had a small number of artists in its roster, but all of them were great! The collection is put together a bit differently than others on the Grapevine label – in that it structures the set in different "chapters", to present each Uplook artist discreetly – offering up both sides of their best singles for the label, in a way that allows you to focus on their talents more closely. The Uplook sound is one that works especially well for male vocalists – who represent most of the work here – and there's a definite upbeat Philly style going on here, a precursor to Gamble & Huff that's totally great. Titles include some especially great early work by Teddy Pendergrass – the titles "We Got Love", "Angel With Muddy Feet", and "Should I Go Or Should I Stay" – plus "I'll Come Running Back", "What A Lucky Guy I Am", and "Heartbreak Of Love" by The Delegates Of Soul; "Candy Baby", "Love Wheel Turning", "Lucky Guy", "Give A Man A Break", and "Finders Keepers" by Charles Mintz; "Gotta Tell Somebody" and "Hooked On You" by Tony Talent; and "Running Back (inst)" by The Uplook Orchestra. 21 tracks in all! CD