Monday, 12 January 2015

Koichi Matsukaze Trio : Earth Mother

Koichi Matsukaze Trio : Earth Mother.
ALM-5001 ALM Records.

So here it is, one of the all time super rare Japanese jazz records of all time. Google searches return little or no information about this killer spiritual jazz monster. All bar one of the tracks were recorded at the Tachikawa Social Educational Hall January 1978 and released on the very limited ALM label. 

Not only is this one scarce, it takes your breath away with pounding keys, fierce bass and driving percussion. 

Here's the 11+ minute title track in full lossless glory.
Let me know what you think, and good luck hunting another one down!

Friday, 21 November 2014

John Minnis' Big Bone Band. Classic I-live

Just a quick youtube link to a rather tasty tune, and it sure is special. This one's for DG
Dustygroove's take;

A lost bit of funky 70s jazz – featuring the John Minnis Big Band from the Philly scene! Minnis leads the group on trombone and keyboards, and the album's got a feel that's right up there with the best electric big band styles of the time – grooving hard on some tracks, and kicking back and going for a sweet and soulful sound on others. Instrumentation includes keyboards, guitar, and lots of horns – and vocals on the set are by Minnis, and a backing group that includes David Simmons. The massive track on here is a long free flowing jammer called "What Can You Do?", and it's a jazz dance classic with rolling bass, choppy guitar, and sharp sax solos.


Monday, 27 October 2014

The New Jazz Orchestra 1965

The New Jazz Orchestra
Western Reunion
London
1965

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

Incantation
Episode
Dance

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.