Osamu Kitajima —
Benzaiten ... LP Antilles/PMG (Australia), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
About April 15, 2016 (delayed)
Nice US issue of a Japanese session by the guitarist who's best known to the world for some of his electric fusion LPs from the late 70's. This one's got a bit more of a traditional Japanese feel – although it's still got some nice jazzy moments – and Osamu plays a lot of acoustic guitar, and the group's augmented by flutes and traditional percussion instruments. There's a lot of nice breezy cuts, and the tracks include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Biwa". (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
The early 60s roots of the Studio One sound – tight Jamaican R&B, nascent ska and killer tunes galore – on one of the greatest Soul Jazz forays into the Studio One archives in years! All of the tracks on Studio One Jump Up were recorded in the first half of the 60s, and the majority in the first couple years of the decade – and it's a wonderful blend of American rhythm & blues-influenced, though distinctly Jamaican music – it really is the birth of reggae to come. Incredible early recordings by soon-to-be Jamaican musical lynchpins including the Skatalites, formative work by Derrick Harriott, Bob Marley, Derrick Morgan, Lord Creator and more! Includes "Mr. Landlord" by Basil Gabbidon, "Wigger We Shuffle" by Derrick Morgan, "Wicked And Dreadful" by Neville Esson, "Rhythm Of The Blues" by Lord Creator, "Hip Rub" by The Jivin Juniors, "Walk All Over" by Owen Gray", "Heaven And Earth" by Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso, "Go Jimmy Go" by a very young Bob Marley & The Wailers, "The Slider" by Clue J And The Blues Blasters and more. 20 tracks in all. (Reggae, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album