New Jazz Trio (Manfred Schoof/Peter Trunk/Cees See —
Page Two ... LP MPS (Germany), 1972. Used ...
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A wonderful set from this unique group – with work from Manfred Schoof on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums and percussion – plus amazing sounds from an additional string quintet! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the dreamier soundtracks we've ever heard from Basil Kirchin – a beautiful set of tunes that has an organic, almost pastoral vibe at times – as Kirchin mixes together bits of strings, guitar, piano, and percussion with other more subtle sonic elements – sometimes with instrumentation that feels relatively free, but which always comes back to a relatively tuneful vibe. Lindsey Moore provides some really lovely vocals at the start and finish – a dreamy tune that floats along nicely – which is a cool contrast to the tabla and acoustic bass improvisations that fall between. The LP also features tracks from a 1980 score by Kirchin, titled Third World – which feels more electronic overall, with various keyboard elements recreating world-styled percussion with different textures and tones – almost in an EG Records Fourth World series mode! LP, Vinyl record album
Jose Prates —
Tam Tam Tam ... LP Trunk (UK), 1958. New Copy (reissue)...
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Heavy rhythms from the Brazilian scene of the 50s – a set of grooves originally used to accompany a touring dance production, but a set of tracks that's gone on to have quite a life of its own! The music here isn't the cool bossa or spare samba you might expect – and instead has this full-on, very heady sort of vibe – almost Afro-Cuban in the way the album was recorded, although lots of the core elements of the music have a distinctly Brazilian feel, and seem to point the way towards more ambitious recordings of the 60s – such as the work of Moacir Santos on the Forma label, or the Afro Sambas of Baden Powell and Vinicius De Moraes! Percussion is very heavy, and nicely earthy – and most tracks feature some chorus vocals buried alongside the rhythms, plus occasional leads from Ivan De Paula – who's got a deep style that really matches the music. Titles include "Imbae Sofa", "Ogum Olojo", "De Luanda", "Tem Brabo No Samba", "Onika", and "Maracatu Da D Santa". LP, Vinyl record album
The second album of heavy east coast funk and slow rolling rhymes from the brothers from Brentwood. Nice, fat trunk rattling production and Eric and Parrish's trademark back and forth rhymes keep this set fresh,even today. Loaded with classics: "So What Cha Sayin'", "Get the Bozack", "The Big Payback", "Please Listen to My Demo", "Snappin' Necks", and "You Had Too Much To Drink". LP, Vinyl record album
Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal Waldron —
Swinging Macedonia ... LP Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". LP, Vinyl record album
A funky combo, but one with a bit of a difference – one that comes through in varied ways on every different track on this set! The music has maybe some bluesier currents than usual, although it's not blues at all – just maybe that moment when blues and blues rock were having an influence upon funk – in ways that come through most clearly on some of the flute or harmonica solos, but which also shines in the phrasing of singer Rioghnach Connolly, who's definitely not the sweeter-voiced style you'd hear from other groups! There's lots of darker moments on these tunes – in both the lyrics and the phrasing – and titles include "Woe", "Quickball", "Sinner", "Demons", "Colonel Hathi's Trunk Juice", and "Hunt & Gather". LP, Vinyl record album
The funky fusion classic from guitarist Volker Krieger – finally issued in a great CD edition! Easily one of Krieger's best albums, Spectrum was remarkably cut in just two days at MPS Studios in 1971 – with a group that includes Peter Baumeister on drums, Cees See on bongos and percussion, Peter Trunk on bass and cello, and John Taylor on Hohner electric piano. It kicks of with the amazing track "Zoom", a seriously funky maelstrom of groovy funky guitar and percussion that mixes in washes of sitar and Eastern effects here and there for a really trippy effect! The album doesn't try to duplicate the frenzy whipped up by the opener right away, and finds a much more relaxed groove in tracks like "So Long, For Now", "More About D", "Ach Kina", and "Instant Judgement" before flailing away in the exciting closer "Strings Revisited". One of the great ones from MPS – and a hugely influential one to the progression of 70s jazz funk. A really groovy record! LP, Vinyl record album
Keef Hartley Band —
Halfbreed ... LP Deram, 1969. Used Gatefold ...
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A brilliant little set from Keef Hartley – a blend of jazz, blues, and rock that's really tremendous – quite different than other efforts of its sort at the time, with a gritty edge that really makes the record stand up strongly over the years! Keef's on drums, and has a great way of rumbling up the bottom of the tunes – a feature that's always made his records a favorite of beatheads – and vocals here are from Miller Anderson, who definitely has a touch of Eric Burdon in his approach. Other instrumentation includes organ, harpsichord, and some wickedly fuzzy guitar – plus occasional brass from a section that includes Harry Beckett and Henry Lowther, the latter of whom did arrangements. Titles include "Born To Die", "Just To Cry", "Think It Over/Too Much To Take", "Just To Cry", "Leavin Trunk", and "Sinnin For You". LP, Vinyl record album