A later effort from Winston Rodney, and though not quite up to the high standard he'd set in the early and mid 70s, still very solid roots rock. 9 self produced tunes, including the title track, "Image", "Education", "She's Mine", "Message" and "Jah Is My Driver". LP, Vinyl record album
Nine tracks, including "Holy Foundation", "Queen Of The Mountain", "Jah Say"< and "Love To You". LP, Vinyl record album
Rocking Time ... LP Forward/Studio One (Jamaica), Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
A seminal early effort from Winston Rodney, aka BurningSpear. Rodney would soon move on and begin working with Jack Ruby and later producing himself, but these early sides cut under the guidance of Coxsone Dodd have a remarkable urgency and deep, heavy vibe that was matched by few other artists during that era. Twelve tracks in all, including "Foggy Road", "Swell Headed", "Bad To Worst", "Rocking Time", "Weeping And Wailing" and "What A Happy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Forward pressing with deep groove! Plays with light surface noise due to vinyl quality, but this is a fantastic copy.)
Classic Chess Records material from Little Milton – plus a full side of unreleased material – Live At The BurningSpear! Titles include "Grits Ain't Groceries", "I Stand Accused", "We're Gonna Make It", "Blind Man", "Who's Cheating Who", "Help Me Help You", "More & More", "Driftin Drifter", and "Baby I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from Jimmy Smith – and quite possibly one of his greatest records for Verve! The set has Jimmy working with arranger Oliver Nelson – in a setting that's got big band backings, but done in a style that's cool enough to cut through all the BS of similar sessions. There's no hoke at all – just a lean and soulful approach that has Nelson serving up a powerhouse jazzy groove underneath – and Jimmy soloing madly over the top! The album's filled with great tunes too – including a fab cover of "Mission Impossible", the original "Big Boss Man", a version of Richard Evans' "BurningSpear", and great takes on "Valley Of The Dolls" and "The Gentle Rain". Great stuff throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
It just doesn't stop! The heavyweight selectors at Soul Jazz brew up another chubby batch of blazing Studio One jams, delivering nothing but the classics this go 'round, just like the title says! Another chapter from Coxsone Dodd and crew showcasing the label and studio that laid the foundation for a huge swath of Jamaican music for generations to come, this set delivers 18 mighty, mighty reggae jams of all flavors, including the Skatalites "El Pussycat Ska", Sound Dimension "Rockfort Rock", the Heptones "Pretty Looks Isn't All", Lone Ranger "Automatic", Horace Andy "Fever", BurningSpear "Rocking time", Alton Ellis "I'm Just A Guy", Don Drummond "Confucious", Michigan & Smiley "Rub A Dub Style" and Johnny Osbourne "Sing Jay Stylee". LP, Vinyl record album
Not "blues" like you might expect from the title – but a hip batch of tracks that has Kenny soloing over arrangements by Don Sebesky, playing in a warmly chromatic mode that's similar to the work that Wes Montgomery also cut with Sebesky. The tracks all have a nicely angular quality – Kenny taking care of the frontline solos with ease, and Sebesky letting the band fall behind him in broad washes of color, tone, and mood. Titles include "Sausalito Nights", "Were You There", "BurningSpear", "Angel Eyes", "The Preacher", and "The Common Ground". LP, Vinyl record album
A massive exploration of the music of Kashmere Stage Band – the legendary Texas funk combo whose work has been pushed heavily over the years by Wax Poetics, Stones Throw, and many others! The set goes even deeper than any of the previous vinyl reissues of work by the group – and features some previously unreleased tracks, and alternate takes on their funkiest numbers! The Kashmere groove is incredible – blasting horns, scratchy guitars, and funky drums – all wrapped super-tight around a range of original material and some more familiar numbers – all recast here in super-heavy funk mode! 18 tracks in all: "All Praises", "Thank You", "Scorpio (extended)", "Headwiggle", "Do You Dig It Man", "Getting It Out Of My System", "Zero Point (parts 1 & 2)", "Boss City", "BurningSpear", "Take Five", "Keep Doing It" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
What Is It ... LP BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
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Quite possibly the best album ever from this fantastic funky combo! The band grooves hard and funky – with incredible drum work from Paul Stubblefield, tasty guitar from Walter Winston, and some famous funky flute and sax work from Gus Hawkins. Tracks on the album are rough and raw – with plenty of breakbeats, and some very tasty funky basslines that work perfectly with their choppy instrumental groove. A few tracks have vocals, but even those boast a real strength in the instrumental department – and very nicely keep up with the rest of the material. Titles include "Down In The Ghetto", "BurningSpear", "Express Yourself", "Soul", "Memphis Underground", and "Message From A Black Man". LP, Vinyl record album
10 tracks in all, including 'Indiana Jones" by the Paragons, 'Whip That Tarantula" by Ijahman, "The Monkey Is A Spy","Who's InThe tomb", "Convoy Hijack" and "Fire & Brimstone" by Black Uhuru, "Pit Of Snakes" by BurningSpear, 'Well Of Souls" by the Wailing Souls, "The Dub Of Gold" by the Viceroys, and "Bazooka Blast" by Junior Delgado. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Eric Dolphy —
Iron Man ... LP Douglas/Celluloid, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
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A seminal set from Eric Dolphy – one of his most perfectly realized moments at the head of a larger ensemble – and a record that definitely set the tone for countless spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s! Dolphy recorded this session for Alan Douglas in 1962, and it features a larger array of players than you'll find on most of his records for other labels – the cream of the "new thing" players that were around New York at the time, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, and even Clifford Jordan on soprano sax – making a rare appearance on record on that instrument! Together, the players create a set of soundscapes that lies somewhere between Dolphy's Out To Lunch album, and some of the more modernist work by Mingus – a stunning batch of tracks that go out, but never too far. Titles include "Ode to CP", "BurningSpear", "Iron Man", and "Mandrake". LP, Vinyl record album