The BlueNote debut of one of our favorite contemporary combos – a set that has Quasimode taking on a host of classics from the label's catalog of the 60s! Given the already-soulful sound of Quasimode on other records, the setting is a perfect one – tunes that are a perfect showcase for their mix of modal rhythms and sharp-edged solo sounds! The group's expanded a bit on some tracks by the presence of guests – but the core instrumentation features tenor, trumpet, piano, and lots of great percussion – all used to come up with a host of great club jazz-styled rhythms. Valerie Etienne sings guest vocals on a version of "Little B's Poem" – and other titles include "No Room For Squares", "Congalere", "Ghana", "The Loner", "Afrodisia", "On Children", "Night Dreamer", "African Village", "Sayonara Blues", and the group's own "Mode Of Blue". CD
(Out of print, promotional sticker on booklet cover & stamp on CD .)
St Germain —
Tourist ... CD BlueNote, 2000. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a BlueNote 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a very deep deep deep groove! The result is some of the best jazzy house that we've heard in years – and the record is the kind of album designed to put BlueNote back on the map as one of the most groove-committed jazz majors in the world. Killer stuff all around – and with the tracks "So Flute", "Latin Note", "Rose Rouge", "Pont Des Arts", "Sure Thing", and "What Do You Think About . . ." CD
A very unique project from underground soul maestro Peven Everett – a selection of shorter tracks that work almost as songpoems – written by Peven and Chris Ellis, and spoken over backings that have the mellow groove of Peven's other recordings. There's a great late night style that's almost Peven's take on Barry White – with a sensual, personal approach that's striking in comparison to even Peven's own other work, and which more than makes up for the shortness of the set. Titles include "Beautiful Queen", "Dark Day's Light", "Living In The Now", "Warrior Drum", "Life Eternal", and "What Is It?". (Neo Soul, New Grooves)CD
(Out of print. Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)