Kuumba-Toudie Heath —
Kawaida ... LP Obe, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath of the Heath Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath is joined by players that include Don Cherry, Buster Williams, Mtume, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, and Ed Blackwell – all coming together for a session that's nearly lost to the history books, but which is one of the strongest spiritual jazz sessions of the late 60s! Herbie plays all acoustic piano throughout, and the tracks are long, leaping, and loping – with stretched-out spiritual solos from Jimmy Heath and Don Cherry – and a proud and righteous sound that's extremely free-spirited without going too far out! Titles include "Baraka", "Maulana", "Dunia", and "Kamili". LP, Vinyl record album
Nice raw material from Murray's shaggy early days. The set's a batch of quartet tracks – with Lester Bowie, Fred Hopkins, and Phil Wilson joining Murray's tenor and soprano lead. Recorded at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club, and packaged with some nice notes on the scene by Stanley Crouch. Tracks include "Obe", "Nevada's Theme", and "Bechet's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
Afro Funk from the New York scene – served up by a combo who've taken Fela's inspiration to great new levels! The sound here definitely has roots in the grooves first grown in the 70s – heavy percussion, hard-rolling rhythms, and a brace of horns soaring over the top – tight on the head arrangements, but free to step out in jazzier moments in the longer space of the tracks! But Akoya also have a sound that's far more than just a copycat of the classic years – and they bring a sophisticated, contemporary groove to their music – one that's still mostly live and organic, but which also has a great sense of space and timing too. Vocal numbers include the political tracks "USA (Unilateral System Of Attack)" and "Star Wars" – and other titles include "Pelotera", "Mutiny", and "Akoya Chant". CD
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble —
PDP ... CD Afrobomb, 2008. Used ...
A full-length cooker from Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble – a group who normally manage to pack an album's worth of energy into a 12" single! Given that talent, you can imagine how much is going on here – thanks to some very long tracks that serve up a classic 70s-styled take on Afrobeat – one built up nicely from snapping percussion, scratchy guitar, snakey keyboards, blasting horns, and more – all played with razor-sharp precision, and topped with some very political vocals! These guys are definitely one of the leading contenders in the global Afrobeat underground – and this album's a great demonstration of their powers. Guests include Segun Ajayi on vocals and Cedric Im Brooks on tenor – and titles include "Oluya", "Wahala", "BFBF", "Je Je L'Aiye", and "Fela Dey". CD
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. Used ...
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, blending western soul, funk and jazz with African rhythms and percussion – providing a danceable foundation for some pretty righteous lyrics – sung largely in English by Lagos-born vocalist Joe Psalmist. The remixes are fresh cuts, too, as opposed to re-workings of same album's other tracks – and they really bring in some diverse dancefloor style, too. Titles include "It's Time", "Live And Let's Live", "Shakedown", "Lost", "Siempre Prente (DJ Farmer Fiesta Remix)" and "Room Enough" featuring Ray Lugo (Terrifcos Remix) – plus "DWB Breakdown (DJ Quiet Cool Down Remix)", "Ain't It Time (DJ Phader Decale Remix)" and "Lost In Dub (Los Kalakos Dub Remix)". CD
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, blending western soul, funk and jazz with African rhythms and percussion – providing a danceable foundation for some pretty righteous lyrics – sung largely in English by Lagos-born vocalist Joe Psalmist. The remixes are fresh cuts, too, as opposed to re-workings of same album's other tracks – and they really bring in some diverse dancefloor style, too. Titles include "It's Time", "Live And Let's Live", "Shakedown", "Lost", "Siempre Prente (DJ Farmer Fiesta Remix)" and "Room Enough" featuring Ray Lugo (Terrifcos Remix) LP, Vinyl record album
Beach Boys/Robert Mitchum/Cheers/Super Stocks —
Shut Down ... LP Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good- ...
A wonderful gem from the glory days of Capitol Records west coast rock and roll – and one of those cool little records in which the label moved past the concept of a lead artist, in order to showcase a great range of songs in a particular style! As you'd guess from the title and cover, the theme here is cars – particularly the hot rod craze of the early 60s – and the label brings together some great singles and lesser-known gems to support the style – plus two numbers by the Beach Boys too! The Wilson lads sparkle on "Shut Down" and "409" – and other great tracks include "Brontosaurus Stomp" by The Piltdown Men, "Chicken" by The Cheers, "Wide Track" by The Super Stocks, "Car Trouble" by The Eligibles, "Hot Rod Race" by Jimmy Dolan, and the great Robert Mitchum song "Ballad Of Thunder Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some wear, splitting & stains.)
That's Mick Fleetwood on the cover – in an article that looks at the forthcoming book on his life and music – alongside other features on Blackstone Cherry, King King, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, Raul Del Moral, Hurricane Jake, and a look at the favorite blues clubs of Mike Zito! There's lots more too – coverage of Lil Jimmy Reed, Walter Trout, RJ Howson, Andy Twyman, Chris Vos, Simo, and others – plus blues charts, blues reviews, and a look at festivals and concerts too! Magazine
One of the best versions of the Hair soundtrack you'll find on moog! Robert Byrne's cut some fine albums in his time, but on this little gem, he really grooves it hard with Galt MacDermot's funky score – using all the cool changes in the songs to riff out some great work on the moog. There's a great little combo backing him up, and they've got some tight rhythm that works well in juxtaposition to Byrne's moogy musings. Titles include "Hair", "Three-Five-Zero-Zero", "Easy To Be Hard", "Walking In Space", "Be In", "Frank Mills", and "Donna". LP, Vinyl record album
A stunningly vivid portrait of New York in the postwar years – a time when the city's already-strong hold on American culture was taken to its apex – as the city became home to some of the most important artists, actors, writers, and creative forces of the generation! The book is filled with amazing photographs – hundreds of images, in both black and white and color, laid out alongside equally rich text, in three large sections that look at the visual arts, the performing arts, and architecture and design. Modern visual artists get especially strong placement in the book, as does the groundbreaking architecture in the city during the 50s – but there's also some great sections on dance, theater, and nightlife too – and the whole thing's more than large enough to cover everything at a reasonably strong level. The layout and design of the book are great – and the choice of images is superb – and the whole thing is super-heavy, hardcover, and a whopping 400 pages in all. Book
Robert Cohen-Solal —
Les Shadoks ... CD WRWTFWW (Switzerland), New Copy ...
About January 15, 2018
Robert Cohen-Solal —
Les Shadoks ... LP WRWTFWW (Switzerland), New Copy ...
About January 15, 2018
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Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland —
Showdown ... CD Alligator, 1985. Used ...
A trio of sound library artists, all coming together to make one mighty groovy album – a set that's a bit jazzy overall, and filled with lots of funky touches as well! There's an excellent acoustic bassist on a number of tracks – grounding the music with a nicely deep tone, and even bowing his instrument at a few points – and the drummer and keyboardist are pretty great too! There's a flute player who steps into the mix at a few points – but most of the energy seems to come from the core trio, working together in ways that are nicely varied, and different than familiar small combo jazz. The whole thing reminds us of the 70s sound library work by Cabildos – and titles include "Zoo Sound", "Way On", "Puzzle", "Quit Hold", "Overtime", "Pledge", "Lay Out", "Dipper", and "Coagulations". LP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record that's way more than just a set of songs strung together for a film – and instead a well-done album that mixes older Miles Davis material, both classic and rare, with new tracks handled by the mighty Robert Glasper – and a few bits of dialogue from the film, spoken by actor Don Cheadle as Miles! Glasper steps out on a great way on his tracks – four new numbers, three of which are in a very Miles mode – with Keyon Harrold on trumpet on those tracks – and a shifting range of additional players that includes Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Esperanza Spaulding on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums. Glasper plays some sweet Fender Rhodes – and his titles include "Junior's Jam", "Francessence", "What's Wrong With That", and "Gone 2015" – the last of which also features an appearance from Pharoahe Monch. Even the Miles tracks are well-handled – not just the familiar ones, but also some rare material from album sessions brought together to make a well-rounded package – with titles that include "Solea (excerpt)", "Prelude #2", "Back Seat Betty (excerpt)", "Black Satin (edit)", "Go Ahead John (part 2 C)", "Frelon Brun", and "Duran (take 6 edit)". LP, Vinyl record album
A straight dramatic score for this 60s western that starred Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. The style is dramatic and sweeping, and the only slightly groovy number is the vocal theme "Shalako". Other titles include "Irena", "Apache's Pursuit Of Shalako", "Lady Dagget's Desertion", "Apache's Dawn Attack", and "Pete Wells Death". LP, Vinyl record album
Great small combo work by Roberta Flack, recorded early in her career, when she was still one of the hippest things around – and it's among her best records! Roberta's really come into her own as vocalist at this point and solidifying here personal style – with that clear tone and perfectly controlled style and phrasing – balancing a jazzy sensibility with the emotions of her gospel roots. A few tracks have some large arrangements by Arif Mardin, William Eaton, or Deodato – but most tracks feature a core group of studio jazz players that includes players like Joe Farrell, Richard Tee, Chuck Rainey, Hubert Laws, and Bernard Purdie. Includes a version of Eugene McDaniels' "Sunday & Sister Jones", plus "Go Up Moses", "To Love Somebody", "Let Them Talk", and "Sweet Bitter Love". LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record from the team of Flack & Hathaway – one of the hippest duos in soul! Individually, each had taken the music to new heights and new audiences, through the use of jazzy phrasing and sophisticated lyrics, while never selling out in the way that earlier pop soul acts had been reduced to. Flack's somber folksy style is a perfect match for the warm spirituality of Hathaway – and the pair work beautifully in counterpoint on hits like "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love", as well as on more obscure numbers like "Be Real Black For Me", "When Love Has Grown", and "For All We Know". The album also features a 7 minute spare acoustic/electric piano instrumental called "Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on all seams. Spine has a strip of tape.)
Roberto Fonseca —
ABUC ... CD Impulse, 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring on jazz piano lines, but a well-conceived, fully-formed approach that mixes Roberto's fierce piano lines with larger percussion and horns, and some very strong acoustic bass from Yandy Martinez – which really drives the harder-grooving songs in a great way! We're often a bit suspicious of projects like this, but we're totally in love with this record – as there's a vibe that's at once respectful of the classics, but totally brand-new – and produced to perfection, without any fakeness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Soul Guardians", "Sagrado Corazon", "Family", "Tierra Santa", "Tumbao De La Unidad", "Afro Mambo", and "Asere Monina Bonco". CD
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, instead of being sung by a rotating cast, they're mostly handled by Casey Benjamin – who plays saxes and additional keyboards on the set – and helps give the whole thing a nicely unified vibe. Glasper sings a bit, too – but mostly concentrates on giving us some incredible lines on Fender Rhodes – in those soulful shapes that have made his keyboard work a delight since day one – and which continue to open up into so many wonderful directions. Benjamin uses a vocoder at times, which slides in great next to the Rhodes – and the group also features wonderful bass from Derrick Hodge, who also sings on one track too. Really wonderful material – as if the Experiment side of Glasper's work was folded into his small combo ethos – with tracks that include "No One Like You", "Day To Day", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", "Find You", "This Is Not Fear", "In My Mind", "Hurry Slowly", "Written In Stone", "Human", and "Thinkin Bout You". CD
Recorded live in 1975 during the Free Music Workshop in Berlin – and featuring performances by Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Gerd Dudek, Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Lovens, and Alexander Schlippenbach. The group performs a version of Monk's "Evidence", arranged by Schlippenbach – as well as Lacy's "Rumbling" and Misha Mengelberg's "Alexanders Marshbefehl". LP, Vinyl record album
A late 70s recording by this insanely large ensemble made up of virtually everyone on the free European improvisers scene. This set is led by bassist Peter Kowald, and features one side-long piece recorded at the New Jazz Meeting in Baden Baden on the Orchestra's 10th anniversary, "Jahrmarkt" with luminaries suych as Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Albert Manglesdorff, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, Rudiger Carl, Alex Von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens, amongst others, while side 2, "Local Fair", expands on the 15 piece orchestra with another 25 musicians, mostly horns, plus another 25 accordian players! LP, Vinyl record album
Nobody had a voice like Robert Goulet back in the 60s – as you'll hear on this great Christmas material recorded for Columbia Records! The set features two full albums – the first of which is This Christmas I Spend With You, which has some lush, full backings from Frank Hunter, who really matches the deep tone of Goulet's amazing vocals! The tunes are mostly familiar, but come across with this presence that really grabs us – and titles include "December Time", "This Christmas I Spend With You", "White Christmas", "Silver Bells", "Panis Angelicus", and "Let It Snow". Robert Goulet's Wonderful World Of Christmas has a slightly groovy feel at times – thanks to arrangements by Marty Manning, who co-arranged the set with Frank Hunter – and the overall vibe of the record is a bit like one of those excellent Christmas specials from the old days of television. Titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Hurry Home For Christmas", "A Wonderful World Of Christmas", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Home For The Holidays", and "Christmas Day". CD also features five bonus tracks – including duets with Carol Lawrence on "Carol Of The Bells", "Christmas Waltz", and "Angels We Have Heard On High". CD
"Love On A Mountain Top" is a fantastic tune from Robert Knight – a bit less-known than his hit, but with a soaring, joyous quality that's mighty nice! The tune has upbeat drums and strings that echo a 60s Northern Soul mode – but are served up with a slightly different 70s inflection! "Everlasting Love" is Knight's lasting classic – a cut that most folks think is a Motown track, given its sense of perfect production and undeniable hook! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Larry Carlton produced, and also plays a fair bit of guitars on this early 80s set from overlooked singer/songwriter Robert Kraft – and the Carlton touch gives the whole thing a fusion undercurrent that really sets the record apart from the pack! Robert's got a great way with a tune – catchy, smart lyrics – but never too cheesy – written in that way that made a rare few talents like him able to hold onto an AOR vibe in the early 80s, but still keep things in the more intelligent side of the spectrum. Kraft is one of those guys who got buried when the rest of the world was digging new wave singers and British imports – but this album is proof that he had plenty to offer. Titles include "Out With My Ex", "Just Another Notch On The Bedpost", "I Wonder What You're Like", "On The West Side", "Let's Hold Each Other Once More", and "Single Solo". CD
A wonderful soundtrack to this overlooked Claude Lelouch film from the mid 70s – a sweet and sentimental comedy that's supported by a tremendous score from the great Francis Lai! Lai's working here in an evocative style that's almost a blend of his work on Vivre Pour Vivre and Passager De La Pluie – spare overall, but with warm themes that bubble forth and slowly unfold like beautiful little flowers. Lai himself sings vocals on the title track, and his rough faltering vocals are always a treat to our ears. Titles include "Robert Et Robert", "L'Ami C'est Mieux Que Rien", "En Taxi", "Au Bal", "A Waterloo", and "L'Ami Au Live-Show". CD
One of the greatest Nara Leao albums of later years – a beautiful return to bossa basics, recorded in collaboration with the great Roberto Menescal! Most of the album features only Nara's vocals and Menescal's guitar – in a spare style that still has plenty of jazzy undercurrents, and these beautifully colorful tones that ring out as the voice and guitar play with each other in the mix. Beautiful stuff all around – and a landmark record that helped both re-cast Nara's sound, and also point the way towards a large number of sessions in Menescal's later years. Titles include "Blusao", "Transparencias", "O Negocio E Amar", "Sabor A Mi", "Resignacao", "Vestigos", and "Mentiras". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the earlier collaborations between Rita Lee & Roberto De Carvalho – one that shows Rita moving off her rock n roll style of the 70s, into territory that's smoother, slicker, and a bit more mainstream. Titles include "So De Voce", "O Circo", "Pirata Cigano", "Frou Frou", "Flagra", "Barriga Da Mamae", and "Barata Tonta". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare 70s Japanese live set from this Chicago blues legend – working here on vocals and guitar, in a group that features Louis Myers on guitar and harmonica, Dave Myers on bass, and Fred Below on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
A great collaboration between bossa legend Roberto Menescal and Brazilian songwriter Abel Silva – who works with Menescal here on a host of fresh and unusual tunes! It appears that most of the material here was penned by the pair many years back, but not used at the time – and here, the songs soar out in that warm bossa-rival style that Menescal's been using for the past decade or so – with help from a variety of singers who include Nara Leao, Claudia Telles, Ana Costa, Saloa Farah, Wanda Sa, Leila Pinhero, and Cris Delanno. Titles include "Floripa", "Rio Exaltacao", "Gesto De Mulher", "Rochedo", "Transparencias", "Contemplacao", "Sandalias Feliezes", and "Sabedoria". CD
Robert Miles —
23am ... CD Arista, 1997. Used ...
Morris Nanton —
Roberta ... CD Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Lost lyrical sounds from Morris Nanton – a player who only recorded a handful of albums, all of them great! Nanton's an unusual player – in that at one level, he's got this heavy left-hand style that's almost in a soul jazz mode – but also still manages some of the lighter, more whimsical sounds of the piano generation before – a bit like Phineas Newborn in the way he bridges both scenes, and a similar pivotal figure – although one who never got the same sort of due as Newborn! This album's a nicely laidback, wonderfully understated session for Warner – and features Norman Edge on bass and Charlie Persip on drums – on titles that include "The Touch Of Your Hand", "I Won't Dance", "Let's Begin", "You're Devastating", and "Lovely To Look At". CD
Robert Normandeau —
Sonars ... CD Rephlex (UK), 2006. Used ...
Robert Wyatt isn't just different every time – he's different right from the start – as you'll read in this book on his amazing life in music – from his early years in Soft Machine, to his reinvented solo self of the 70s, to his phenomenal later career, when he's just kept creating fresh sounds for new generations! Wyatt himself is not just important, but also his ties to the larger musical communities around him – the different scenes in which he's played and musicians that he's inspired – all of which are accounted for here, in a very richly written book. The volume is overflowing with details we never knew about Wyatt – alongside the legend that we do – and there's even a huge index, copious notes, and a great discography at the end. Book is 460 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
Roberto Pregadio & Romano Mussolini/Anton Garcia A —
Kriminal/Il Cobra ... 7-inch Beat/Four Flies (Italy), 1960s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)...
A fantastic funky theme to the groovy film Kriminal – served up here with romping orchestrations that have the best sort of hip 60s Italian feel – mod and jerking in the groove, and with some very cool Hammond organ sounds in the middle! The flipside features "Il Cobra" – another very cool Italo-action theme – one that has a fast-strutting electric bassline at the bottom – setting a great pace for criss-crossing keyboards and a sweet tenor solo! 7-inch, Vinyl record
An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover – a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This set represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack – a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade – all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix – no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal. 29 tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies on transparent yellow vinyl!)
An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover – a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This set represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack – a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade – all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix – no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal. Pic disc version features a total of 29 tracks from the film – pressed on very cool looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever release of the soundtrack to the movie Satanik – a wonderful soundtrack penned by the team of Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini, who teamed up a few years before on the classic Kriminal! The style here is even more open and creative than before – sometimes straight jazz, in a mode that rivals the best American soundtracks of its type from the mid 60s – but at other times, the styles get a bit weirder – often thanks to a thin-sounding guitar that kind of wiggles and wobbles into the mix, shaking things up with a mod sort of edge. Other solo instrumentation includes trumpet, flute, accordion, and piano – the latter of which is played by either Mussolini or Pregadio – and the pic disc version features a total of 20 tracks from the film, pressed on very groovy-looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
A special feature here on Opeth – complete with a bonus CD of music recorded live with an orchestra! The isssue's also got articles on Motorpsycho, Enslaved, and Ne Obliviscaris – and as usual, the definition of prog is stretched way past the 70s – to include a lot of contemporary work too! Magazine
Fantastic sounds from Eric Roberson – one of the best contemporary soul singers of the past decade or two – and an artist who never fails to blow us away with his music! This time around, Roberson is even more positive and upbeat than ever – both in his lyrics, which have always had such strength, and in the construction of his songs – which have this completely captivating quality right from the start, and make us wonder, once again, why Eric isn't one of the bigger soul stars around the globe! The album's only an EP – with a total of 6 songs, one with Glenn Lewis – but it delivers a level of satisfaction that blows away most of his mainstream contemporaries. Titles include "Looking For", "Million Dollars", "Dreams Don't Have Deadlines", "The Hospital Song", and "Superman". CD
Eric Roberson —
Wind EP ... CD Blue Erro Soul, 2017. New Copy ...
Eric Roberson's one of the few people who can make us fall in love again with his music from the very first note of a record – as he does here on the opening track, which is an incredibly soulful ode to the greatness of Clarie Huxtable! The set only gets better as it moves on – and once again proves that Roberson's one of the hippest, most positive artists around – the kind of contemporary soul singer that owes nothing to the past – and makes us maybe even more glad that we've grown up in his generation, than the era or Stax or Motown! If you've wondered where all the greatness in soul music has gone, you only need to lend an ear to this wonderful set – as Eric will win you over with his great vocals, sharp songwriting, and beautifully understated sound. The album features guest work from Kaidi Tatham, James Poyser, Will Downing, and Marcus Roberts – on titles that include "Claire", "Love Her", "Sky As Green", "If Only", "God In You", "Lyrics Of Pleasure", and "Heart Said". CD
Groovy 60s pop from Brazil – a set cut at a time when the Tropicalia scene was beginning to take root, but with a vibe that's still very strongly in the mode of the Jovem Guarda years! Marcos Roberto provides a good deal of his own material here – tunes that go way past the simple covers of American music done by some of his contemporaries – at a level that shows the singer maybe reaching towards some of the growth that would expand in the 70s MPB years for other artists – although still often coming across with some of the jauntier rock styles of the time. Titles include "Chega", "Eu Tenho Amor", "Entenda", "Sera", "Em Voce Algo Estranho Eu Notei", and "Um Amor Um Carinho". CD
An obscure soundtrack with music by Howard Roberts – not the guitar player, but the arranger who also directed the Howard Roberts Chorale. The album is a weird blend of funk, African leanings, and gospel influences – with a heavy full-on approach that makes the best cuts groove like prime blacksploitation numbers. Inlcudes the great groover "Funky, But?" – plus "Streak O Lean", "Banjoko", "Come To The Water", "Walk Softly", and "Sailin". LP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue full length set of work from Roy Roberts – a musician who's maybe best known for his more recent blues material on the Virginia scene, but who's presented here in a hip array of early funk and soul singles! The groove is nice and deep – and Roy's definitely coming from a blues perspective in the way he delivers the lyrics and uses his guitar, but also falls nicely in line with the rest of the group – who serve up sounds that embrace the most searing southern grooves, from a span that runs from Texas through Memphis and Muscle Shoals! Lots of these tracks were issued as great two-part funky 45s – which allows for nice space for instrumental moments too – and titles include "I Know What To Do To Satisfy You", "I'm Number One", "Stop", "Returning From Cloud 9", "You & Me Together (parts 1 & 2)", "Bee Hive (parts 1 & 2)", "You Move Me (parts 1 & 2)", "You Ain't Miss It", "Let's Wrap Up Tonight Baby", "Thinking About You", and "So Much In Love". CD
A long-overdue full length set of work from Roy Roberts – a musician who's maybe best known for his more recent blues material on the Virginia scene, but who's presented here in a hip array of early funk and soul singles! The groove is nice and deep – and Roy's definitely coming from a blues perspective in the way he delivers the lyrics and uses his guitar, but also falls nicely in line with the rest of the group – who serve up sounds that embrace the most searing southern grooves, from a span that runs from Texas through Memphis and Muscle Shoals! Lots of these tracks were issued as great two-part funky 45s – which allows for nice space for instrumental moments too – and titles include "I Know What To Do To Satisfy You", "I'm Number One", "Stop", "Returning From Cloud 9", "You & Me Together (part 1)", "Bee Hive (part 1)", "You Move Me", "Let's Wrap Up Tonight Baby", "Thinking About You", and "So Much In Love". LP, Vinyl record album