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✨✧ VariousBlue Note Revisited ... CD
Blue Note, 2004. Used ... $5.99
A dream come true! Someone at Blue Note is keeping their eyes and ears on the street and in the clubs – because here's another late model conceptual triumph – a remix project pairing current innovators in the club and hip hop underground with classic numbers from the label's vaults! The concept is simple; classic numbers are given to handpicked remixers, re-doers, and stylistic misfits best suited to re-work that particular number. Mo Wax maestros La Funk Mob open the set with a mellow, club soul tweak of Wayne Shorter's "Oriental Funk Song". Kenny Dope trips out Bobby Hutcherson's "La Malanga" into a bubbly club funk jam. "Kyoto Jazz Massive" completely re-work Eddie Henderson's "Kudu" into a wonderful number all their own. Perhaps the biggest triumph of all here is the consistency throughout; every artist attached brings their A-game (how could they do any less, given a chance to add their own elements to the some of the most influential numbers they could get their hands on?) Amazing, amazing stuff – whether it's the scratched up, hip hop flavor J Dilla brings to Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" or the righteous electronic groove Jazzanova drops on Eddie Gale's "Song Of The Will", the minimalist, keys and beats drive Osunlade brings into Grant Green's "A Time To Remember". Every track sparkles! Other tracks include DJ Spinna/Donald Byrd "Lansanna's Priestess", 4 Hero/Horace Silver "Won't You Open Up Your Senses", DJ Cam & Erik Truffaz/Donald Byrd "The Emperor", Herbert/Michel Petrucciani "Caravan" and more! (Funky Compilations, New Grooves) CD
 
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Stefano Di BattistaStefano Di Battista ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... $3.99
The US debut of modern reed genius Stefano Di Battista – a young player who'd recorded a bit for Blue Note in Europe, and who's breaking out here in a very soulful style on his first American album. Stefano plays alto and soprano with a post-Coltrane spirituality, mixed with a hint of sweetness, ala Grover Washington Jr, but in a way that retains more of an edge. Here, he's blowing in a group that includes Americans Jacky Terrason on piano and Elvin Jones on drums, plus some occasional guest work by Italian trumpeter Flavio Boltro, another Blue Note European artist. The set's got a strongly modal feel – a bit like some of Gary Bartz's straighter work – and titles include "Hall", "Little Red Ribbon", "Adderley", "Elvin's Song", "Nico's Dream", "Johnny's Time", "Chicago 187", and "Song For Flavia". (Jazz, New Grooves) CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Kazuhiro SunagaMirror ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2015. Used ... $14.99
A debut solo set from Kazuhiro Sunaga – an artist you might know better as the bassist in Japan's mighty Quasimode – but one who really stretches into new styles here on his own! The music still has that core sense of groove we love from Quasimode, but the performance is in a range of different instrumentation than the straight jazz styles of that combo – a blend of keyboards lines handled by the leader alongside his bass – including organ, Wurlitzer, mellotron, and acoustic piano – often mixed with this spare sort of instrumentation that's nicely playful, and which has a sound that's somewhere in the territory of post-jazz groups from the UK, and some of the more soulful experiments on Blue Note in the wake of Robert Glasper. A few tracks have vocals – sung by guests who include Maya Hatch and Sugar Me, and by Sunaga himself – and titles include "The Butterfly", "Spicy", "Coexistence", "Spring Wind", "Suzanne", "After The Storm", and "Help Me". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)

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US3Broadway & 52nd ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... $0.99
Not a bad record overall, despite a slightly painful attempt from Bruce Lundvall (in the liner notes) to claim that US 3 are Blue Note's link between the past and the future – a fact that everyone certainly knew by then, as the group scored more cash for Blue Note in a short time than most other artists did in a lifetime! Apart from the odd rap, which as always, gets in the way, there's some nice enough moments on here – especially when Ed Jones gets to play a bit of sax. Titles include "Hymn For Her", "Soul Brother", "Time & Space", "Doin A Crime", "Nowadays", "Grand Groove", "True To The Game", "Come On Everybody (Get Down", "Caught Up In A Struggle", and "Soul Brother". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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