quarta-feira, 23 de maio de 2018

Ruby Rushton ‎– Trudi's Songbook: Volume One (2017)

Style: Contemporary Jazz, Funk, Latin Jazz
Format: CD. Vinyl. Digital
Label: 22a ?– 22a015

1.   Moonlight Woman
2.   Elephant & Castle
3.   Trudi's Mood
4.   Prayer For Yusef
5.   Where Are You Now?
6.   The Camel's Back

Bass – Fergus Ireland
Design [Cover] – Sey Art, Theo Ackroyd
Drums – Eddie Hick
Engineer, Mixed By – Rhys Downing
Flute, Saxophone, Songwriter, Arranged By – Ed Cawthorne
Mixed By – Dennis Ayler
Percussion – Joseph Deenmamode
Synth – Aidan Shepherd
Trumpet – Nick Walters
I first came across Ruby Rushton in 2011 when I saw them play live at a pub in south London. I was mesmerised by their performance that night. The music they were playing was fresh and exciting; it was unlike anything I had heard before! Soon after that night I happened to pass the sax player in the street, I stopped and asked what plans he had for the band, to which he replied "album soon come..." 

It was four years before I heard that album. Recorded in 2011, 'Two For Joy' finally got its much-anticipated release via the 22a imprint in 2015 and it did not disappoint! Since then the band have had a number of gigs around London and Europe, including their celebrated Boiler Room appearance and a number of headline shows at London's Jazz Cafe. 

Now into 2017 the band are preparing to release their second studio album, 'Trudi's Songbook.' Compromising of two parts, volume one will be released in May and volume two later in the year. I was given an exclusive preview of volume one and I can say with certainty that it is their finest work to date and one of the greatest recordings I have heard in a long while. 

The album starts with 'Moonlight Woman,' a song that harks back to the Headhunters era, but with a contemporary twist - close your eyes and your transported to 70s Harlem, walking shoulder to shoulder with Richard Roundtree! 'Elephant & Castle' follows, a clear reference to south Londons Latin quarter, the tune has a distinct hustle and bustle quality. With a strong flute solo and upbeat rhythm section this tune is sure to have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. The first side draws to a close with a tasteful Dilla inspired skit, 'Trudi's Mood,' which demonstrates the bands wealth of influences and leaves the listener eager to continue their sonic voyage, with Ruby Rushton at the helm. 

Side two opens with a haunting ballad, 'Prayer For Yusef,' a song written in memory of the late Yusef Lateef. It starts softly with a bowed double bass and bamboo flute, accompanied by ghostly percussive noises and slowly rises to a large crescendo, with drums and piano in tow. It's a strong tune and a fitting dedication to the late, great Yusef Lateef. No sooner has Lateef's ballad gently faded away then 'Where Are You Now?' kicks in. Starting with a cool, neck-popping 3/4 beat, and utilising a four-piece horn section, the rhythm section struts its stuff whilst flute and trumpet carve out a playful melodic line. Just as you settle into its hypnotic bounce the tune falls through a Monk inspired chromatic bridge and without warning reappears as a solid Latin groove, leading to strong solos from both sax and keys. The rhythm section charges through to the end, never lagging, and are rejoined by the four-piece horn section, which stabs its way to a tight finish. The album comes to a close as 'The Camel's Back' fades in with an eerie sax solo and free form drums, before settling into a catchy bass motif and quickly fading away, leaving listeners on the edge of their seats and wanting more. It’s a great ending to an intoxicating joy ride through a multitude of genre defying styles! 

Simply put, this album is a must have for any listener yearning for exciting and fresh contemporary music. Essential listening for fans of Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and GoGo Penguin. 
Words by Rodriguez Guido 

Two Banks Of Four ‎– Junkyard Gods (2008)

Style: Future Jazz, Downtempo
Format: CD, mp3
Label: Sonar Kollektiv ‎– SK182CD/ JAZZ

01.   Junkyard Gods
02.   Queen Of Crows
03.   Go
04.   Shadowlands
05.   Summertime
06.   Flags & Words
07.   Wake Me
08.   Paper Planes
09.   Lights On A Satellite
10.   Ballad Of Oliver Law

Bass – Robin Mullarkey
Design – Swifty (3)
Drums – Tom Skinner
Harmonium [Rural Harmonium], Synthesizer [Polymoog], Performer [Cosmosoon], Zither [Space Zither], Tin Whistle, Marimba, Finger Cymbals, Instruments [All Other] – 2 Banks Of 4
Mastered By – Mandy Parnell
Mixed By – Demons
Photography By – Peter Williams
Piano, Keyboards – Ski Oakenfull
Producer – 2 Banks Of 4
Saxophone, Flute, Flute [Fife] – Finn Peters
Sleeve Notes – Jez Nelson
Trombone – Trevor Mires
Trumpet – Byron Wallen
Voice – Bembe Segue, Valerie Etienne, Zinger

Recorded at Dub Basket East, Feolas Fishmarket & Shabang Studios.
Mixed at Dub Basket East.

This recording (P) 2008 and (C) 2008 Sonar Kollektiv.
Made in the EC.

Gallagher published by R. Gallagher Music
Demus published by Dub Basket/Westbury Music
D. Oakenfull published by Chrysalis Music
B. Seque published by Westbury Music
W. Shorter published by Miyako Music
Sun Ra published by Enterplanetary Koncepts/Dejamus UK Ltd

terça-feira, 22 de maio de 2018

The Passions ‎– Thirty Thousand Feet Over China (1981)

Style: New Wave
Format: CD, Vinyl, Cass. mp3
Label: Polydor ‎– POLS 1041, Polydor ‎– 2383 616Tracklist:

A1.   I'm In Love With A German Film Star
A2.   Something Special
A3.   The Swimmer
A4.   Strange Affair
A5.   Small Stones
B1.   Runaway
B2.   The Square
B3.   Alice's Song
B4.   Bachelor Girls
B5.   Skin Deep

Bass, Vocals – David Agar
Design, Art Direction – Rob O'Connor
Engineer – Martin Moss, Pete Buhlmann
Guitar, Vocals – Clive Timperley
Management – Bob Black
Percussion – Richard Williams
Photography By – Jeff Veitch
Producer – Nigel Gray (tracks: A2, A4 to B5)
Vocals, Guitar – Barbara Gogan
Written-By, Performer – The Passions

segunda-feira, 21 de maio de 2018

Root 70 ‎– Heaps Dub (2006)

Style: Dub, Future Jazz, Downtempo
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Nonplace ‎– NON20

01.   Get Things Straight
02.   Designer Groove
03.   Five Star Group Travel
04.   Destination Unknown
05.   Revivitator (Tongs Of Love)
06.   Escape The Night
07.   Life Is Worth...
08.   It Ain't Rocket Science
09.   Bosco's Disposable Driver
10.   Nightbeat

Double Bass – Matt Penman
Drums – Jochen Rückert
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Korg Ms20], Edited By, Producer, Arranged By – Burnt Friedman
Recorded By – Wolfgang Stach
Saxophone, Clarinet, Clarinet [Bass], Melodica, Producer, Arranged By – Hayden Chisholm
Trombone – Nils Wogram

Back states: "Root 70 plays the music of Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players and Flanger".

Liu Sola ‎– Blues In The East (1994)

Genre: Blues, Classical, Folk, World, & Country
Format: CD
Label: Axiom

The Broken Zither
01.   Introduction
02.   Boya's Adventures
03.   Meeting With The Woodcutter Ziqi
04.   A Discourse On The Zither
05.   The Appointment With Ziqi
06.   Boya's Lament
07.   Breaking The Zither
Married To Exile (A Story Of Wang Zhaojun)
08.   Beyond The Great Wall
09.   The Goose
10.   Looking Back
11.   The Nation's Boundaries
12.   Oh Mother

Artwork By [Costume Design] – Carol Chow
Artwork By [Layout, Design] – Aldo Sampieri
Bass – Fernando Saunders
Biwa [Pipa] – Wu Man
Drums – Jerome Brailey
Engineer – Oz Fritz, Robert Musso
Guitar – James Blood Ulmer
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Liu Sola
Liner Notes – Liu Sola
Lyrics By – Liu Sola, Umar Bin Hassan (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 7)
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Mixed By – Robert Musso
Mixed By [Assistant] – Imad Mansour, Layng Martine
Music By – Liu Sola
Narrator [Storyteller] – Umar Bin Hassan (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 7)
Organ [Hammond B-3], Piano, Vocals – Amina Claudine Myers
Percussion [African] – Aiyb Dieng
Percussion [Japanese] – Yukio Tsuji
Photography – Ira Cohen
Producer – Bill Laswell
Saxophone – Henry Threadgill
Shakuhachi – Ralph Samuelson
Shakuhachi, Woodwind – Ned Rothenberg
Violin – Jason Hwang

domingo, 20 de maio de 2018

VA ‎– Best Of Acid Jazz Volume 2 (1997)

Style: House, Acid Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Garage House
Format: CD, Cass.
Label: Global Television ‎– RADCD 52, Global Television ‎– RADCD52

Disc one
01. Jamiroquai - Virtual insanuty
02. The brand new heavies – Dream on dreamer
03. The blue boy – Remember me
04. Omar – There’s nothing like this
05. Martine Girault – Revival
06. The James Taylor quartet – Love the life
07. Corduroy – High havoc
08. Mica Paris – My one temptation
09. Incognito – Don’t you worry about a thing
10. Drizabone – Brighter star
11. Urbam species – Brother
12. Working week – Inner city blues
13. Raw stylus – Pushing against the flow
14. Galliano – Long time gone
15. Ronny Jordan – The jakcal
16. Dream warriors – My definition of a boombastic jazz style
17. Definition of sound – Pass the vibe
18. A tribe called quest – Can ‘ kick it?
19. Jason Rebello – Summertime
20. The aposties – Mercy mercy me

Disc two
01. Carleen Anderson – Apparently nothin’
02. Count basic – Jazz in the house
03. Des’ree – You gotta be
04. Omar – Outside
05. The brand new heavies – Stay this way
06. The New-jersey kings – Dream waves
07. Jhelisa – Friendly pressure
08. D’note – The garden of eathly delights
09. Mother earth – Bad ass weed
10. The James Taylor quartet – Love will keep us together
11. Greenfinger – Dr bong
12. Milk – Beached
13. High steppers – Got to be
14. Outside – Big city
15. Night train – A bad trip
16. the beaujolais band – Ain’t no sunshine
17. Corduroy – The corduroy orgasm club
18. Society of soul – It only get better
19. Will Downing – A love supreme

Compiled By – Nic Moran

20. Tuck & Patty – Time after time

VA ‎– Best Of Acid Jazz (1996)

Style: House, Acid Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Garage House
Format: CD
Label: Global Television ‎– RADCD 35

1.01.   Us3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
1.02.   Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy
1.03.   The Brand New Heavies -Midnight At The Oasis (Radio Version)
1.04.   Incognito - Everyday (Bluey's 7" Mix)
1.05.   Freak Power - Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out (Radio Mix)
1.06.   Spearhead - People In Tha Middle
1.07.   Des'ree - Feel So High
1.08.   Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
1.09.   Guru - Feel The Music
1.10.   Martine Girault - Been Thinking About You (Original Opaz Mix)
1.11.   Ronny Jordan - So What!
1.12.   Drizabone - Real Love (Nush Glamour Mix)
1.13.   The Brand New Heavies - Never Stop (Radio Edit)
1.14.   Urban Species - Spiritual Love (Natural 7")
1.15.   New Jersey Kings - Green Screen
1.16.   The James Taylor Quartet - Mission Impossible
1.17.   Omar - Keep Steppin'
1.18.   Vibraphonic - Heavy Vibes
1.19.   Leena Conquest & Hip Hop Finger - Boundaries (Radio Edit)
1.20.   Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Take The L Train (To 8th Avenue)
2.01.   Goldbug - Whole Lotta Love
2.02.   Young Disciples - Apparently Nothin' (Edit)
2.03.   Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe - Masterplan
2.04.   Corduroy - Something In My Eye
2.05.   Working Week - Venceremos
2.06.   Jhelisa - Whirl Keeps Turning (Radio Edit)
2.07.   The Brand New Heavies - Dream Come True
2.08.   D'Influence - Good Lover (Wow Original) (Dance Energy Edit)
2.09.   Repercussions - Promise Me Nothing (Album Version)
2.10.   Brooklyn Funk Essentials - The Creator Has A Masterplan
2.11.   D Note - Now Is The Time (Original Version)
2.12.   City Lix - Find Our Love
2.13.   Snowboy - 24 For Betty Page
2.14.   Corduroy - Follow That Arab
2.15.   This I Dig - Turn It All Around
2.16.   Xan - Watcha Gonna Do
2.17.   Groove Collective - Whatchugot
2.18.   TC 1992 - Funky Guitar (Sure Shot Deep Mix)
2.19.   Mother Earth - Jesse
2.20.   Carleen Anderson - Let It Last

Concept By, Compiled By – Nic Moran

sábado, 19 de maio de 2018

Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul With The Honeymoon Killers ‎– Ex-Futur Album (2014)

Style: Avantgarde, Europop
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Crammed Discs ‎– CRAM 014

01.   Chez Les Aborigènes
02.   Afflux De Luxe
03.   Je Pleure Tout Le Temps
04.   Veronika Winken
05.   Réveillons-Nous
06.   I'm Always Crying
07.   My Kind Of Doll
08.   Luxurious Dub
09.   Le Troisième Personnage
10.   The Aboriginal Variations

Bonus Tracks
11.   Réveillons-Nous (Live)
12.   Mit Den Eingeborenen (Live)
13.   I'm Always Remixing

How unique, Véronique 
Over and above the rose tint imparted by cyclical fads, whereby the formerly derided music and moustaches of a given decade briefly become perceived as cool again, there’s a particular strain of early 80s pop which would appear to have weathered the years very robustly indeed. For a shining moment, anarchic avant-gardoids walked arm-in-arm with Smash Hits readers, and neither side found anything remotely remarkable about it. 
In just such a manner, Ex-Futur Album represents the time-capsule of a project that could – and should – have brought home plenty of bananas in 1983, but which instead was destined to languish, incomplete, on a studio shelf – until now. After making two coolly uncompromising, come-with- Zappa-to-the-casbah albums with his band Aksak Maboul, Crammed Discs founder Marc Hollander entered into fecund collaboration with coltish chanteuse Véronique Vincent and her band The Honeymoon Killers. The too-few results constitute electro-pop ambrosia, combining the scampering drum-machine textures and gamine charm of Young Marble Giants with sexy, supple, “ethnological forgery” rhythms. Afflux De Luxe and Veronika Winken are lighter than helium, Réveillons-Nous has a whirling groove you could draw out snake venom with – particularly the percussive live version – and the facetious English lyrics of My Kind Of Doll (“We make love in the back of his pram”) are adorably abstruse. 

Source:  recordcollectormag.com

Jon Hendricks ‎– Evolution Of The Blues Song (1959)

A1.   Introduction
A2.   Amo
A3.   Some Stopped On De Way
A4.   Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
A5.   New Orleans
A6.   I Had My Share
A7.   Please Send Me Someone To Love
B1.   Sufferin' Blues
B2.   That's Enough
B3.   Aw, Gal
B4.   See See Rider
B5.   Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
B6.   Sun Gonna Shine In My Door
B7.   W.P.A. Blues
B8.   Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Jon Hendricks ‎– A Good Git-Together (1969)

A1.   Everything Started In The House Of The Lord
A2.   Music In The Air
A3.   Feed Me
A4.   I'll Die Happy
A5.   Pretty Strange
A6.   The Shouter
B1.   Minor Catastrophe
B2.   Social Call
B3.   Out Of The Past
B4.   A Good Git-Together & Everything Started In The House Of The Lord