Les Masques with Le Trio Camara —
Brasilian Sound ... LP CBS/LeTresJazzClub (France), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Groovy groovy groovy! Les Masques were a 60s vocal-oriented Brazilian combo from France, and they had a tight jazzy approach that was similar to Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66! That alone would be enough to make them #1 in our book – but they also get some excellent backing from the Trio Camara, who back the band with some nice organy riffs, and a very tight rhythm section! The whole thing's a great lost bit of Braziliana – with that crossover sound that you'll hear on the best 60s and 70s European recordings of this sort. Includes the great groover "Il Faut Tenir", which has shown up on a few compilations over the years – plus "Mais Un Jour", "Enfer", "Echo", "Un Regard .. Un Sourire", "L'Oiseau", and "Les Filles et Les Garcons". LP, Vinyl record album
Akira Miyazawa —
Four Units ... LP Takt/LeTresJazzClub (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Some of the most arch-modern work we've ever heard from Japanese reedman Akira Miyazawa – proof that even though he was one of his nation's greatest straight jazz sax players in the 60s, he could also open up experimentally too! Akira's playing both flute and tenor here – and he's working with a quartet that features piano and arrangements from Masahiko Sato – who's clearly the key modern influence on the session. Many tunes have a slightly tentative, almost improvised feel at points – sound building in the space between the piano, the bass of Yasuko Arakawa, and the drums of Masahiko Togashi – often given strongest focus by Miyazawa's horn. Tracks are all somewhat longish, and the titles are in Japanese – and the set was released as part of the "Japanese Top Jazz Men" series from the Union label – definitely a good indication of the energy going on here! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest records of the French scene of the 70s – a now-legendary sound library album from Jacky Giordano – and one that's filled with amazing keyboards throughout! Jacky stars with grooves that are like some of the best Lalo Schfrin crime/cop modes of the early 70s – then adds in all these excellent keyboard lines, plus a bit of jazz – with some cuts that have warm Rhodes-like lines, others with a spacier moogier groove – all instrumental, and all wonderfully funky! There's a developed depth to the record that goes way beyond just riffing on a groove – a richness that almost puts some of the best cuts at the level of longer CTI keyboard jazz. Titles include "Terefic War", "The Big Mameluk", "Moving Grooving", "Devil's Train", "Sex Girl", "Blue Circuit", and "Tabla Minor". LP, Vinyl record album
A very cool record – and one with a sound that's as dreamy as the group's name – a laidback mix of vibes, saxes, piano, and percussion – all used in ways that are airy and open, and very different than most other underground jazz of the time! The group hail from New England, and there's maybe some of the inventiveness of Stark Reality in their style – even if the overall sound is much more acoustic, but still has a slightly fuzzy feel via the production! Instrumentation shifts from track to track – and these guys can definitely swing when they want, too – which they do so more as the album moves on – creating these rough-edged groovers that are unlike anything else we can think of. A truly special record – very different than anything else you might own – with titles that include "Drinktink", "Umbrellas In The Sun", "2 & 2", "Glass Flowers", "Blue Sands", "Lotus", and "7th Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
Jacky Giordano —
Organ – IM 24 ... LP LeTresJazzClub (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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Fantastic funky organ from Jacky Giordano – a European keyboardist who seems to sparkle in just about every style he tries on! The set's a sound library record, barely issued at the time – but Jacky treats the proceedings like he's trying to audition for some top-level jazz organ position – using some moments that have a Verve Records jazz approach, others that are lighter and more melodic, and others that rival the keyboard grooves of sound library contemporary Alan Hawkshaw! There's just a bit of rhythm on most tracks, and most titles are quite short – but Giordano packs a lot into a little – on titles that include "Coffee Or Tea", "Latest News", "Hey Taxy", "Easy Drive", "Interrogation Point", "Pheasant Moment", and "Beating Around". LP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from saxophonist Sahib Shihab – a record that's gone onto become the birth of all things modal and clubjazz in the current scene! Shihab always sounded great, no matter what the setting, but there was definitely something magical going on with this session – a one-of-a-kind energy that made his baritone and flute work sound incredibly soulful, searching, and searing – set up with a tight small combo that includes Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – a hip slice of the Clarke Boland Big Band that works beautifully together! Every tune here is wonderful, and you're bound to recognized a few covered or sampled classics over the years – on cuts that include "Seeds", "Peter's Waltz", "Who'll Buy My Dream", "Another Samba", "Jay Jay", "Uma Fita De Tres Cores", and "Mauve". LP, Vinyl record album