Monday, 27 October 2014

The New Jazz Orchestra 1965

The New Jazz Orchestra
Western Reunion

NJQ goes Miles.

2 killer tracks lifted from this rather scarce CD re-release. Miles Davis's "So What" and "Milestones" are covered to great effect by this all star british jazz line-up. Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in March 1965. Neil Ardley, Ian Carr and many more bring the big band sound to the fore on this holy grail masterpiece. Sounding just as sweet as the Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe lp that was to follow in 1968. 

Special indeed

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Amado Maita 1972

Amado Maita
Copacabana CLP-11709 1972

Samba de Amigo

Amazing brazilian masterpiece.
Too short, but super snappy track from this rare and expensive album.

Essential tune

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014

Kenny Wheeler sadly passed away on Friday 18th September. 

Here is one of my all time favourtite tracks, Hi-Yo taken from the Transcription lp RCI-444 The Kenny Wheeler Quintet. 

Kenny Wheeler; trumpet/flugelhorn
Art Ellefson; tenor
Gary Williamson; electric piano
Dave Young; bass
Marty Morell; drums

Monday, 8 September 2014

John Surman

John Surman; Recorded 14th August 1968

3 part Suite


This is a monster track introduced to me by Reza well over a year ago now. Then Bacoso found the cd and graciously stepped aside while i went off a bought it.

It's all about the track DANCE that kicks in about the 11 minute mark. A thunderous number that calls heavily upon the conga skills of Errol Phillip, together with Stirling Betancourt on timbales. There's more heavyweight players such as, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Harry Beckett and Alan Jackson.  

Very heavy track, which was inspired by Coltrane's Africa Brass album.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Heritage Orchestra

The Heritage Orchestra - Telescopic

Big, big, big band sounds from the Heritage Orchestra from March 2005. Powerhouse tune written by Chris Bowden and arranged by Julian Buckley. Lifted from the Gilles Peterson BBC Sessions Volume 1 compilation. Opinions are devided on Gilles Peterson, but he certainly pionted me in the right directions over the years and this one may just have been overlooked by your goodselves. Here you'll find granite percussion and solid bass ably supporting the brass section. Recorded live and highly recommended.       

Friday, 8 August 2014

James Mason : Japanese Bonus Grooves

James Mason : Rhythm of Life

All time classic ...

Polished up by those crazy Japanese boffins and enhanced with rare bonus bombshells. The original commands many $$$, not to mention the 7" cut included here. It's the single cut of "Sweet power your embrace" that swings. Flatter production, less snazziness, less chintz, more soul. Track 1 is the classic album cut, followed by "I want your Love" and NightGruv" finally the extra Sweet power your Embrace joints, the 7" and and unreleased version.    

Not recommended / Essential!

Monday, 28 July 2014

John Hicks : Strata East SES-8002

John Hicks ; Hells Bells

Not the most sort after strata east title, but a great listen overall. Takes a few listen's and then the whole thing makes much more sense. 

Underrated, overlooked, recommended. 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Leeward : Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet

One of the most beautiful japanese jazz albums ever. 
Very rare in WAV lossless clarity ... Dawn.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

The Stark Reality

The Stark Reality
Acting, Thinking, Feeling

Another top tip from that man Quimsy. Very special music from the Stark Reality.

Been hitting the Now-Again 3 cd compilation recently, and although the Hoagy Carmichael Music Shop is taking some time to grow on me, the live recording of ATF has blown my socks clean off. 

Recorded live at the WGBH-TV show in |Boston August 1968, ATF is drawn of 3 movements. Beautiful arrangements including Monty Stark on the vibes blended with modal brass accompaniment. 

Quite lovely.