Tracks by S-Tone Inc, The Dining Rooms, Nicola Conte, Les Hommes, Fragmentorchestra, Soulstance, Gerardo Frisina and more. CD
Raw Funk ... CD Hotpie & Candy/Instinct, Early 90s. Used ...
Sounds like rare funk material from the 60s – and the notes make you think the same thing – but the grooves were cut during the last 10 years, by the European funk combos that made up the now-defunkt Soulciety label! The imprint was one of the best acid jazz labels in the early 90s – and their groups really had a good feel for the classic funk sound of groups like The JBs or the Meters. Long before Desco started coming up with fake "old" groups, Soulciety did the same with this set – ostensibly from the catalog of the "lost" Hotpie & Candy label. Really nice stuff, if you can get past being tricked about the source of the material – which should be easy enough, once you hear how funky it is! Includes "Practice What You Preach" by Soul Sliders, "Fifty Yards Of Soul" by The Whitefield Bros, "Getting Down Into Somethin" by Bo Baral's Excursionists, "Hotpie's Popcorn" by The Poets Of Rhythm, "Serengeti Stroke" by The Pan Atlantics, and "Ooh Ooh" by The Woo Woos. CD
These guys never stop being great! Organist/keyboardist James Taylor has been a mainstay of the London scene for years – moving through a range of styles over the years, but always staying true to his soul jazz roots, and his love of classic funky jazz. This album's a perfect extension of Taylor's late work with the Acid Jazz label in the mid 90s – particularly the more soulful tracks he cut with singers Noel McKoy and Alison Limerick, plus a few of the Johnny Hammond-inspired groovers that would show up from time to time. Yvonne Yancey sings lead vocals on most of the cuts, and the production style has a nice bit of "space" – kind of an homage to 60s pop filtered through modern Brit sensibilities, one that also recalls a bit of the best jazzy moments of The Style Council from their first two albums. Titles include "Outta Sight", "First Time", "Starship", "Send Me", "Mr C", "Leads Me Back To You", "TKO", "Chasing Dragons", and "Change Your Mind". CD
DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo —
Ki-Oku ... CD Instinct, 1998. Used ...
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While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out free jazz to hard bop, and Krush's spare and slightly abstract approach to both the turntables and with his beats creates just the right backdrop. We got open on "Ha Doh", "Sun Is Shining", "Fu Yu" and "Ki gen". 13 tracks in all. CD
Classic Motown album of two of Dr. King's speeches – "Drum Major Instinct Sermon", from 2/4/68, and "I've Been To The Mountain", from 4/3/68. The latter is especially significant in that it was the last speech King ever made, delivered on the night before he was assassinated. It also includes the historic "Free At Last" passage. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Tough personal storytelling from Detroit rhymer Red Pill – unflinching and genuinely gripping lyricism, with strong production to suit by Ill Poetic. Raw, honest and real. Includes "The New Normal", "Four Part Cure", "Club Privilege", "Stars", "F*** Your Ambition", "Gin + Tonic", "When The Devil Knocks", "All Along The Shore" and "Jeffrey Star". LP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill's debut as a leader, and it's a strong one! Adam is the son of Cuban jazz piano great Arturo O'Farrill, but on Stranger Days, he's pretty firmly establishing his own identity in contemporary post-bop – keeping up the family tradition as a top notch player, rather than following the same stylistic path – not on this excellent debut for Sunnyside, anyway. Players include his brother Zack O'Farrill on drums, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on sax, and Walter Stinson on bass. Titles include "A & R ITalian Eatery", Survival Instincts", Forget Everything You Learned At School", "The Courtroom", "Alligator Got The Blues", "Building The Metamorphosen Bridge", "Lower Brooklyn Botanical Union" and more. Great stuff! CD