David Versace —
Okra ... LP LaSape (Australia), 2022. New Copy ...
A great mix of jazz instrumentation and contemporary rhythms from David Versace – an Australian musician who comes across here with the warmth of some of our favorite European projects from years back – such as classic records on labels like Schema or Compost! There's definitely lots of live instrumentation at the core – keyboards and saxophones especially – blended with rhythms that are both live and mixed, and always delivered with a current of warmth that matches the other instrumentation on the set! This isn't stiff jazz remix work, nor the too-beaty territory of some nujazz records – but instead a thoughtful blend of well-crafted elements, on titles that include "45 Minutes", "Heat Rays", "KP Cruisin", "Summer Party", "Awake For You", and "The More We Love". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group that has tenorist Seldon Powell in the lead – serving up work that's every bit as great here as on his own albums for Roost from the time! The record's got a slightly largish group – a tentet that's stuffed with great players – including Billy Bauer on guitar, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, and Nick Travis on trumpet – all modernists who really bring in the sound you'd expect. Titles include "Fire Island", "Valley Stream", "Levittown", and "Massapequa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Royal Roost pressing with deep groove! Vinyl has a short click on the first track, but the rest is great. Cover is nice.)
Sweetly stepping work from Ennio Morricone – and the first-ever full release of this soundtrack! The film's an obscure one and the music is even more obscure – as only 2 tracks were ever issued on record over the years, and then only on compilations. Most of the material here is in the lighter, sweeter Morricone mode of the late 60s – that gently drifting style that we love so much, and which swells with light romantic touches that offset a few of the darker moments of the score. Titles include "Una Strana Ragazza", "Senza Sapere Niente Di Lei", "Sospetti E Tenerezze", "Ricordo", "Lui Per Lei", "In Un Ricordo", "Frammenti D'Estasi", "Identikit Di Un Delitto", and "Stato Confusionale". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, April 23. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, April 22. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on April 23 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
A bit less groovy than some of the other Armando Trovajoli scores of the late 60s – but a soundtrack that's still got some wonderful musical moments! The film's a period piece, and the instrumentation is somewhat more traditional than some of Trovajoli's modder or bossa moments – but the change is a nice one, and shows a richer, more complicated side of his music – especially on the few tracks that feature vocals from the lovely Edda Dell'Orso. Titles include "Nell Anno Del Signore", "Addio", "I Carbonari", "Paolina", "Tema De Giuditta", "Sapessi Quanto Amore", and "Coro Della Morte". CD also features a 1998 solo piano recording of "Serenata Per Giuditta" – and the bonus suite of tracks "Nell Anno Del Signore". LP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the greatest volume in this always-great series! Mr Bongo take another firm dip into their Brazilian bag – and come up with an excellent batch of dancefloor tracks, old and new alike, that sum up the best of funky Brazil! The track selection here is great – with less familiar numbers than on other volumes, and a seamless blend of styles that shifts effortlessly between older and newer material – funky samba grooving with sweet dancefloor beats, with lots of soulful vocals, and a very solid approach that will please newcomers and crate-diggers alike! Titles include "E Isso Ai" by Paulo Lima, "Chega No Suingue" by Seu Jorge, "Riacho" by Guem, "Misapeque" by Sao Benitez, "Maria (One Rascal main mix)" by Bazedo, "Para Ti (Criancas mix)" by Malena, "Saudacao A Toco Preto" by Candeia, "Nao Adianta" by Trio Mocoto, and "Kriula" by Clube Do Balanco. 11 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes heavy inner sleeves – and in great shape!)
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