Silvano Chimenti —
Disco Music ... LP Usignolo/HolyBasil (Italy), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
A set that's definitely got some of the disco promised in the title, but one that's got an approach that's nicely different than American club too – more in the European sound track style, with lots of instrumental passages that open up in very cool ways! Instrumentation includes both keyboards and acoustic piano, recorded with a nice sense of echo – and although the date is 1980, the overall vibe is more mid 70s – particularly in the style of some Italian cop/crime from the time, like some great Stelvio Cipriani film score! Titles include "Society Problem", "Indian Summer", "Chiara", "Fabiana", "Skylift", "Autostrade Americane", and "Happy California". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful self-titled set from Cosmos Factory – a Japanese prog group from the early 70s, and one who might have gotten lost in the racks a bit – given that their name and debut title are the same as an album by Creedence Clearwater Revival! Yet the sound here is nothing like CCR – as the record has qualities that are almost like some of the best Vertigo Records material from the European scene of the time – a richness of sound that goes way beyond pure jamming, and which beautifully balances some mellower moments with harder energy and some pretty intense guitar solo too! Titles include "Soundtrack 1984", "An Old Castle Of Transylvania", "Poltergeist", "Fantastic Mirror", and "Soft Focus". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare later set on the Italian Flipper sound library label – much later than most of the 70s funk classics we know from Flipper, and a record that's equally groovy in its own sort of way! There's definitely plenty of the sax promised in the title – blown with a sharper edge than most other 80s fusion-inspired records, which is a nice balance to the more electric rhythms that make up most of the tracks – and the more digital-styled sound that can come from other instruments, like the piano! We're not sure who the saxophonist is, but they do a great job in the lead – on cuts that include "Lunch & Dinner", "First Class", "Walking On Air", "Night With Champagne", "Dance Power", "Dawning", and "Flowers". LP, Vinyl record album
Great keyboards from the Japanese scene – one of those records from the time that's not entirely jazz, but is still pretty darn groovy – as the lead electric lines trip nicely over some mighty nice rhythms! The vibe is nice and laidback – almost like some of the bossa-inspired Italian soundtrack material of the time – and many of the cuts have congas or other percussion in the mix, which gives the whole thing the feel of some of the keyboard classics by Os Cabildos! Shigeo Sekito seems to use a range of different keys – sometimes moogier, sometimes more in a Rhodes mode – and titles include "Toccata", "My Sweet Girl", "I'd Be So Happy", "Silenciosa", "Catch In Alice", "Oh My Love", and "When Will I See You Again". LP, Vinyl record album
There's a relatively serious cover on this set – at least in comparison to some of the more whimsical work of Italian sound library giant Piero Umiliani – and for the record, Piero seems to respond to the image – often using these richer, deeper styles that almost get back at more familiar postwar soundtrack scoring – the generation before some of Umiliani's biggest early work – with almost exotic elements of woodwinds and percussion, mixed with more familiar elements too. There's electric bass on the record, and some occasional effects too – but there's also more of the offbeat style that you'd hear in early 60s horror, or maybe even some of the blood and sandals films of the Italian scene. Titles include "Dea Madre", "Idolo", "Destrieri Selvaggi", "Pastorizia", "Maschere Funerale", and "Sepolcro Preistorico". LP, Vinyl record album
Mikio Masuda —
Corazon ... LP Electric Bird/HolyBasil, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
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Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both acoustic and electric piano, amidst tight backings that not only use rhythms from Bernard Purdie on drums, mixed with larger strings – but which also include occasional backing vocals from Lani Groves and Diva Grey! Rhythms sometimes have some warm Latin inflections – echoing the title – and tracks include "Ride On The Donkey", "Samba Em Praia", "Let's Get Together", "Love Talkin", and a nice version of Carole King's "Corazon". LP, Vinyl record album
A great set from saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – with a group that features John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Marvin Smitty Smith on drums, and Chief Bey playing some extra African percussion. Bluiett's tone is wonderful – deep and round, but also raspy, almost in the manner of Pharoah Sanders – and the group plays an incredible version of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", a nice take on Curtis Lundy's "Gumbo", and the cuts "Song Song", "Ebu", and "Headless Blues". CD
Modern Sound Quartet —
Cocktail Bar ... LP Fonovideo (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ...
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A sweet cart of electric cocktails from the Modern Sound Quartet – a sound library group that features loads of great keyboards from Italian jazz great Oscar Rocchi! Nearly every track has a different sort of vibe – maybe a change in flavor to match the change in drink names that grace the titles – served up with nicely lean backing, in a way that maybe makes this set similar to some of the classic Italian grooves by The Cabildos from the same time! Most tracks are around the two minute mark – maybe a shot, more than a full cocktail – and titles include "Pernod", "Whisky", "Vodka", "Kirsh", "Curacao", "Rum", "Maraschino", "Gin", and "Strega". LP, Vinyl record album