O Terco —
O Terco (1972) ... LP Warner/Sagara (Portugal), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
About September 20, 2016 (delayed)
The second album from O Terco – the guitar-heavy power trio who were one of the hardest things going in Brazil during the early 70s! The album's got a style that's somewhat progressive, but which also still holds onto plenty of late 60s psychedelic elements – qualities both sweet and dark, often compressed into the arrangements with an approach that's a bit like some of the more underground South American rock of the time. Side one of the album features 5 shorter tracks – "Deus", "Voce Al", "Estrada Vazia", "Lagoa Das Lontras", and "Rock Do Elvis" – and the second side features the 19 minute suite"Amanheger Total" – a soaring, building number with lots of changes throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
An incredible live performance from the great John Fahey – recorded in Tasmania at the start of the 80s – and maybe one of his most powerful albums from the time! Despite the light watercolor image of kangaroos on the front, the music here has lots of new currents of darkness – that descent that Fahey was making at the time, in spirals of down-turning notes that maybe made his music of this period a lot more moody than his albums of the decade before – even than those on which he was trying to be more purposely brooding. The approach here is more subtle, but maybe even moving because of that – unadorned, and beautiful – on titles that include "Indian Pacific RR Blues", "Steamboat Gwine Round De Bend", "The Return Of The Tasmanian Tiger", "The Approaching Of The Disco Void", "On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean", and "Tiger". CD
One of the grooviest records we've ever heard from guitarist Joe Pass – a sweet European session for MPS, and one with a very different feel than some of his US recordings! The setting's a trio, with a feel that's more open than some of Joe's pop-jazz sets from the 60s – and the rhythms are warmly fluid, in ways that allow Pass to play some great open-handed solos that spin out wonderfully – hanging softly in air, almost with Jim Hall-like qualities, although a bit more inside overall. The rest of the group features Eberhard Weber on bass and Kenny Clare on drums – and titles include a great version of "Ode To Billy Joe", plus "Chloe", "I Love You", "Joe's Blues", "Watch What Happens", and "El Gento". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering pressing!)
Lonnie Liston Smith —
Live! ... CD RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band grooves up these cool spacey rhythms – stepping out in territory that's definitely the more cosmic side of jazz funk, with those righteous currents that always made Lonnie so great. The whole thing's wonderful – with loads of great electric work, and an overall spiritual vibe that's every bit as great as his albums for Flying Dutchman – and players include Donald Smith on flute and a bit of vocals, Dave Hubbard on tenor and soprano sax, and Lonnie himself on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp. The set includes a nice extended take on "Visions of A New World", plus the tracks "Watercolors", "Sorceress" – which isn't on any of his studio albums, "Prelude", and the classic "Expansions". CD
Another expansive effort from Bill Frisell, finding him integrating a variety of new sounds from other traditions into his new American pastoral framework. As with other recent releases, his coloristic tone and melodic sensibility are nicely rooted, but cast here in a new group featuring Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, Greek musician Christos Govetas on other stringed instruments and Malian Sidiki Camara on percussion, plus Greg Leisz who's collaborated with Frisell on a number of other recordings adding some wonderful atmosphere, and violinist Jenny Scheinman. 14 tracks in all, including "Boubacar", "Good Old People", "Baba Drame", "Procissao", "We Are Everywhere" and "Eli". CD
A nicely grooving set to start the 80s by The Waters – an underappreciated 2-man, 2-woman LA vocal group who did a considerable amount of backup vocals in the studio scene of the late 70s – and this is easily their best record! It's got some of the best arrangements the group ever received – and it's also got a smooth modern soul style that's similar to some of Wayne Henderson's work on Fantasy Records, mixed with some of the smooth jazz funk that was coming out on Arista at the time. An overlooked gem! Titles include "I Can Make You Smile", "Throw A Little Bit Of Love My Way", "Come To Me", "Dance With Me", "Heart Lead The Way", "Let Him Prove It", and "Party People". This Big Break CD version includes a couple of bonus tracks: "Dance With Me (Single Version)" and "Heart Lead The Way (Single Version)". CD
One of DG's classic Avant Garde series from the 60s – and an album that features two spare works by composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Both are violin/piano duets – with Siegried Palm on violincello, and Aloys Kontarsky on piano, and Saschko Gawriloff joining in on violin during some moments of Presence. LP, Vinyl record album