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Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature

Image: 1582518 Detroit – Chicago – Berlin. Two out of three of those cities call Theo Parrish their own. Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976.
World renowned for his DJ sets, productions, and record label (Sound Signature), this Chicagoraised DJ is near impossible to pigeonhole. Revered by a wide spectrum of dedicated music fanatics, he is known for his edits of artists such as Minnie Ripperton, Roger Troutman, Nightlife Unlimited, as well as his otherworldly DJ sets, and his serious approach to DJ’ing as an art form.
Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive tracks, 4 total on the mix), one of the best funk/fusion groups that the Black Jazz label released, and whose only output was on that label. The set itself is a masterful “2 turntables all vinyl” execution, a format that Theo is dedicated to – no mp3, no CDr, just the vinyl palette for the true aural experience. Sit back and be drawn into his world, hear things his way.

LP is unmixed.

Tracklist:
1. Doug Carn – Trance Dance
2. Gene Russell – My Favorite Things
3. The Awakening – March On
4. The Awakening – Convulsions
5. The Awakening – Jupiter
6. Calvin Keys – Criss Cross
7. Rudolph Johnson – The Highest Pleasure
8. Walter Bishop Jr. – Those Who Chant
9. The Awakening – Mirage
10. Calvin Keys – B.E.
11. Rudolph Johnson – Time and Space
12. Walter Bishop Jr. – Blue Bossa Available from 27.12.2013

Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature

Image: 1582516 Wie Gilles Peterson und DJ Mitsu The Beats vor ihm, hat der in Chicago aufgewachsene und in Detroit lebende, stilprägende DJ , Produzent und Labelbetreiber von Sound Signature, Theo Parrish, eine Auswahl seiner favorisierten Songs des Black Jazz Katalogs ausgewählt. Der passionierte DJ mixt sich auf der CD durch 12 Songs aus den Jahren 1971-1976. Das limitierte Doppelvinyl ist ungemixt. Available from 27.09.2013

Listen to Theo Parrish’s Black Jazz Signature
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Detroit – Chicago – Berlin. Two out of three of those cities call Theo Parrish their own. Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. World renowned […]

DJ Muro – King Of Diggin – Diggin Black Jazz
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Muro – King Of Diggin – Diggin Black Jazz

Image: 1579349 Der japanische “King Of Diggin”, DJ, Hip Hop-Produzent und Weggefährte von DJ Krush, präsentiert einen Mix mit favorisierten Songs aus dem Katalog des legendären Black Jazz Labels. “Diggin Black Jazz” ist nach der BBE Compilation von 2006 der erste offizielle internationale Release des Veteranen und knüpft nahtlos an die Titel von Gilles Peterson und DJ Mitsu The Beats an. Available from 17.05.2013

Ende Oktober veröffentlicht Jazz-Legende Courtney Pine sein neues Album “Black Notes From The Deep”
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Kein Musiker steht so für die dramatischen Veränderungen im britischen Jazz während der letzten dreißig Jahre wie Courtney Pine. Sein Debüt “Journey To The Urge Within” war 1987 das erste ernsthafte Jazz-Album überhaupt, das es in die Top 40 schaffte und sogar eine Silberne Schallplatte gewann. Courtney Pine ist nicht nur einer der wichtigsten Akteure, […]

Jazz singer José James returns with his new album “Blackmagic” …
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,
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The jazz voice of a generation, José James returns with a moodier, edgier and more sensual sound, drawing inspiration from the worldwide underground. His debut LP “The Dreamer” (released in 2007 on Brownswood Recordings) was crammed with smoky, low-slung jazz grooves blessed with José’s rich baritone vocals. Magnificent self-penned works nestled alongside uniquely crafted cover […]

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Jazzman)
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series, artfully selected by DJ Liam Large. A journey through the popular American music of the 1950s influenced by exotic rumba and Afro-Latin seasoned rhythm and blues.

CD JMANCD094 / 2LP JMANLP094
Release: 03-11-17
Jazzman Records releases the third volume of its Jukebox Mambo compilation series
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Since the release of their first Jukebox Mambo compilation album in 2012, Jazzman Records, with the curatorial expertise of DJ Liam Large, have been opening ears and minds to the delights of Latin-tinged Rhythm & Blues. This, the third release in the series, sticks squarely to the tried and tested formula of its predecessors; combining […]

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (2017 Remaster)
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (2017 Remaster)

Image: 1615537 Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defned the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-flled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising. Earlier this year, Fat Beats Records presented the defnitive Enta Da Stage box set, which was reissued for the frst time across three formats (6xLP, 3xCD and 3xCassette). This album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age.The box set included vocals, instrumentals and remixes plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.
Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the WuTang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta Da Stage
preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.

1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man

• 2017 remastered edition on double LP
• Although commercially overshadowed in a crowded 1993 release schedule that included Enter the Wu Tang, Midnight Marauders, and Doggystyle, Enta Da Stage is now considered not only a forebear to its more famous counterparts but also equal, if not superior, in the ranks of all-time greatest albums. MC’s Buckshot and 5 Ft. shine on the mic, exuding supreme confdence through their brash delivery and charisma, while on the musical side, DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt make their mark with their distinctively jazzy yet grimy lo-f production as Da Beatminerz
• Making their production debut with Enta Da Stage, Da Beatminerz went on to produce the equally classic debuts from Boot Camp Clik members Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, & O.G.C. with Dah Shinin’, Nocturnal & Da Storm, solidifying themselves as one the preeminent production teams of the era Available from 06.10.2017

Courtney Pine – Black Notes From The Deep
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Courtney Pine – Black Notes From The Deep

Image: 1612049 Kein Musiker verkörpert mehr die dramatische Transformation in der britischen Jazz-Szene in den letzten dreißig Jahren als Courtney Pine. Sein Debütalbum, “Journey To The Urge Within” aus dem Jahr 1987, war das erste ernsthafte Jazz-Album, das jemals die britischen Top 40 erreichte. Für “Black Notes From The Deep” stellte Courtney eine Reihe von gleichgesinnten Instrumentalisten zusammen, die sich perfekt für seinen frischen und einzigartigen Ansatz eignen. Mit der Unterstützung von Alec Dankworth am Bass, dem beneidenswert talentierten Robert Mitchell am Klavier, Rod Youngs an den Drums, Veteran Jazz Organist-Veteran Ed Bently und dem begabten Gitarristen Chris Cobbson, fließt das Album phantasievoll durch Raum & Zeit. Available from 10.11.2017

Various – IF Music Presents Black Saint & Soul Note
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – IF Music Presents Black Saint & Soul Note

Image: 1612003 IF Music and BBE present You Need This: An Introduction to Black Saint & Soul Note Records (1975 to 1985) Compiled by Jean-Claude.

Tracklist:
Side A A1 Don Pullen feat. Sam Rivers – Joycie Girl
A2 Enrico Rava – Il Giro Del Giorno in 80 Mondi
Side B
B1 Hamiet Bluiett – Oasis
B2 John Stubblefeld – Confessin’
Side C
C1 Henry Threadgill’s Air – B.K.
C2 Billy Bang Sextet – The Nagual Julian
Side D
D1 M’Boom – Mr Seven
Side E
E1 George Adams & Dannie
Richmond – Joobubie
Side F
F1 Rava String Band – Verde Que EuTe Quero Ver
F2 Archie Shepp – Down Home New York

Following two successful volumes of ‘Journey Into Deep Jazz’ on BBE, proprietor of London’s ‘IF Music’ record store and walking musical encyclopedia Jean-Claude kicks o? a new “Introduction To…” album series with this a?ectionate retrospective of sister labels Black Saint and Soul Note. Cited by some as Italy’s answer to Blue Note, Black Saint and Soul Note have together amassed a catalogue in excess of fve hundred albums between 1975 and 2008. Founded by Giacomo Pellicciotti (producer of Enrico Rava’s seminal “Katcharpari” album), Black Saint scored a home run with it’s very frst release: Billy Harper’s 1975 “Black Saint” LP, the follow-up to his much lauded “Capra Black” album on Strata-East. Following the blueprint laid down by iconic Italian jazz imprint Horo, Black Saint started life catching recording sessions with American artists as they passed through Italy on tour, as well as releasing Stateside recordings. For nearly three years Black Saint released a plethora
of jazz albums by the great and good of the Free-Jazz movement: Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Malachi Favours and Hamiet
Bluiett, to name but a few. At the same time, the label was struggling fnancially and a series of owners came and went in quick-fre succession. In 1978, the
company was fnally bought by Giovanni Bonandrini and his team, who by 1979 had launched a second label, the brilliant Soul Note. As Black Saint had done
previously, the frst release on the ?edgling sister-label had to be another by Billy Harper. The two labels went onto enjoy much critical acclaim during the mid to late
‘80s, winning ‘The Down Beat Jazz Award’ from 1984 through to 1989. Even Sun Ra and his Arkestra got in on the act, his 1989 epic “Hours After” was released on
Black Saint.
A snapshot of Black Saint and Soul Note’s frst ten years, this album presents only the very choicest cuts, lovingly remastered to vinyl. If you’re already a fan of
these labels, you should delight in Jean-Claude’s selections, while if you’ve never come across these jazz jewels from Lombardy / Italy, this compilation will
surely blow you away.

About the series:
A side-bar to Jean Claude’s ‘Deep Jazz’ album series, ‘An Introduction To…’ aims to highlight an artist or, as is the case for this frst volume, a particular label that
might have gone unnoticed by all but the most ardent collectors.

For Fans Of: Mikes Davis, Archie Sheep, Sun Ra, Inner City Records, Strata, Gilles Peterson, Art Blakey Available from 20.10.2017

DJ Vadim & Blackstone – Double Sided
Friday, September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Vadim & Blackstone – Double Sided

Image: 1611443 Recording and touring together on and off for several years now, sonic journeyman DJ Vadim and Californian songwriter Katrina Blackstone unveil their long awaited full-length album ‘Double Sided’, released on BBE Music.

Tracklist:
1. Burning Love
2. Double Sided
3. Luv 2 Luv
4. Choose feat. Aima the Dreamer
5. No No No feat. Tiggy Tafari
6. Re Run
7. Been Waiting All Night
8. Stand Up feat. Parly B
9. Ride Slow
10. That’s Not Me feat. Aima the Dreamer
11. Magnetic feat. Dakini Star
12. How Long
13. Shoop Shoop feat. Pugs Atomz
14. Rewind

Recording and touring together on and off for several years now, sonic journeyman DJ Vadim and Californian songwriter Katrina Blackstone unveil their long awaited full-length album
‘Double Sided’, released on BBE Music. After providing a pair of stellar guest appearances on Vadim’s 2014 ‘Dubcatcher’ album, Katrina Blackstone joined Vad on tour and the duo have
been steadily laying down tracks ever since. Eschewing samples in favour of drum machines, guitars and a dizzying array of synths, Vadim’s compositions on ‘Double Sided’ range from
dubby downtempo grooves to upbeat afroboogie business. Katrina’s crystal clear vocals, catchy melodies and highly relatable lyrics provide the perfect foil for Vadim’s raw
productions.
Katrina Blackstone has previously worked with cult downtempo artists Bluetech & Dr Israel, as well as appearing alongside Killah Priest on the sadly unreleased “Legba’s Light” project created by Ron Carter, Brian Jackson and Mike Clark. Born in Tennessee, she studied vocal performance and jazz at the prestigious New School University in New York before moving the San Francisco, where she continues to record and perform tirelessly.
Russian born, London bred and now residing in Barcelona, DJ Vadim has built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s hardest working DJs and producers. During his long and fruitful career he’s worked with artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Prince, Kraftwerk and Paul Weller. Constantly touring and creating, Vadim has been working with BBE since 2007’s ‘Soundcatcher’. Ten years later, ’Double Sided’ will be his 7th album on the label.
Available from 20.10.2017

“Oracle” ist der erste Output der deutschen Jazz-Supergroup Web Web
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Was auf “Oracle” ungeschliffen passiert, ist der erste Output einer deutschen Jazz-Supergroup. Zunächst wollte man ein unperfektes Spiritual Jazz-Album aufnehmen, das Vorbildern aus den Siebzigern fröhnt (Strata East, Black Jazz, etc.), einfach mal der Leidenschaft nachgehen. Und man wollte eine fiktive Band erfinden, die es nicht gab, und rausposaunen, es handelt sich um ein unveröffentlichtes […]

Marvin Parks takes part in the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and […]

Various – If Music Presents Deep Jazz Vol.2
Friday, January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – If Music Presents Deep Jazz Vol.2

Image: 1607932 BBE presents Volume 2 of their Journey Into Deep Jazz series.

Tracklist:
A1 Billy Bang Sextet – Abuella
B1 Sestetto Giorgio Gaslini – Free Actions – V Movimento
B2 Dick Griffin – Now Is The Time
C1 Tina Marsh Creative Opportunity Orchestra – Benediction
D1 Sparrow – Latin Black Funk
E1 George Russell Sextet feat. Jan Garberek – Theme
E2 George Russell Sextet feat. Jan Garberek – Souls
F1 Tina Marsh Creative Opportunity Orchestra – Pursuit
F2 Giorgio Gaslini – Free Actions – III Movimento

Catering for the veteran, the dance-floor mover, the radio jock and the young-gun just getting into jazz, If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‘A Journey Into Deep Jazz’. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‘Latin Black Funk’ even over 20 minutes!
The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained outof-print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive
collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‘Deep Jazz Volume 2’ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit. Available from 24.02.2017

Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight

Image: 1608183 One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability
to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story
of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A
Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by
the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by
the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long
ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to
critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared
the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved:
“This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the
United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black
President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The
Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling
out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing
quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world.
Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB
finally tracked their debut album.
Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of
the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live
shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the
songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught
to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria.
From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless
polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts,
and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the
members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts
of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth
between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes
free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of bootyshaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic
undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures
and feelings.

1. Chuck Wu
2. The Powers
3. Pocket Baby
4. The Grog
5. Gloom
6. Half A Cig
7. Mob Rules
8. Midnight Pyre
9. Moon King

• Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band –
heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular
and spiritual music from long ago
• Endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion,
intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums
with a 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious
amounts of baritone sax
• “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” -Wax Poetics
• “This is some authentic music right here people,
recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of
The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia
as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin
Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their
musical path with their unique sounds.” -Fleamarket Funk Available from 10.02.2017

Tall Black Guy – I Will Never Know (feat. Moonchild)
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tall Black Guy – I Will Never Know (feat. Moonchild)

‘I Will Never Know’ is the first single from Tall Black Guy’s sophomore album ‘Let’s Take A Trip’. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now resi…

Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip

Image: 1607056 ‘This is a journey into sound…,’ Diese vertrauten Worte, begleitet von dem Rumpeln eines entfernten Zuges, signalisieren die Eröffnung von ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, dem zweiten Album von Terrel Wallace alias Tall Black Guy. Seit 2013 hat das ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG seine Position als Fahnenträger für die aktuelle Hip-Hop / Beats-Szene zementiert. Der in Detroit geborene und mittlerweile im Vereinigten Königreich ansässige Wallace hat mit seinen unglaublich cleveren Sample Flips und geschickten Produktionsskills Fans auf der ganzen Welt gewonnen, darunter Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff und House Shoes.
Available from 25.11.2016

Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip (Coloured Vinyl)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip (Coloured Vinyl)

Image: 1607058 ‘This is a journey into sound…,’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing in the UK, Wallace’s signature style of incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops has won fans across the globe including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff and House Shoes.

Since his debut release in 2011 (a daring and addictive flip of Fela Kuti), TBG has become revered for his unique take on soulful hip-hop production. The swing of the drums, the textures of the instrumentation as well as a fearlessness in taking on the classics (his Soundcloud page includes flips and chops of tracks from James Brown, De La Soul and Michael Jackson) have marked him out from the crowd. One of the best-kept secrets in the scene, his singular talent is now beginning to get the recognition it deserves. In the last 12 months he has remixed Little Dragon and been invited to take part in Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat alongside the likes of Eric Lau, James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Questlove and countless others.

For this album Wallace had a simple inspiration: ‘This album is all about taking a journey. As simple as that. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It’s asking and answering personal questions from myself within some of the tracks and also touching on social issues i.e. racism, inequality and privilege…that have been at the forefront of my mind over last three years.’ Sonically there is also a shift: ‘Jazz has definitely been more of an influence in this project, as I have been really inspired by so many up and coming musicians who I’ve been blessed to connect with’. Some of these musicians, including Kenny Keys, Miles Bonny, Diggs Duke and Dee Jackson feature on the project as well as regular collaborators Ozay Moore and Mario Sweet and fellow Playlist alumni Daniel Crawford and Masego. But this is one man’s vision, and for Tall Black Guy this trip is just the beginning…,.

Tracklisting
1 A Train Is Coming
2 One Device, One Method, One Thing
3 Rocking from Beginning to End (feat. Kenny Keys)
4 This One Is for the Ladies and Gents (feat. Miles Bonny)
5 The Kids Are Listening Interlude
6 Don’t Box Me In (feat. 80s Babies)
7 Beware of the Groove (feat. Mario Sweet)
8 Come with Me and Fly (feat. Yusef Rumperfield)
9 Is There More to Life? (feat. Diggs Duke)
10 I Will Never Know (feat. Moonchild)
11 Mario Smith Speaks On (feat. Daniel Crawford)
12 Things Deeper Than My Skin (feat. Ozay Moore)
13 Peace and Love (feat. Masego & Rommel Donald) Available from 25.11.2016

Banda Black Rio / Miele – Miss Cheryl / Melo Do Tagarela
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Banda Black Rio / Miele – Miss Cheryl / Melo Do Tagarela

Image: 1606182 ‘Miss Cheryl’ is midtempo Brazilian disco-jazz -funk at it’s finest, from the masters Banda Black Rio. Bass, synths, horns, drums, cuica and soulful vocals – textbook 80’s Rio vibes. Originally released on the Saci Pererê LP in 1980. The full length version was released on 12″ in the UK in the same year and became a classic on the ‘Rare Groove’ scene.

In the words of the one and only DJ Nuts “Some people say that the first rap song from Brazil is ‘Melo do Tagarela'”. Recorded in 1980 by the famous Brazilian actor Miele, this is the instrumental version of his take on Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rappers Delight’.

Listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn6-JE5w2FY
https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Ik-dtOJjya4 Available from 30.09.2016

Banda Black Rio – Maria Fumaca / Mr Funky Samba
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Image: 1606185 Double A-side from the legendary Brazilian disco-jazz-funk masters Banda Black Rio. Both cuts come from their brilliant ‘Maria Fumaça’ LP, an essential LP in our opinion, and one that we were delighted to be able to reissue in 2016.

Regularly played by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Theo Parrish. Tight, tough drum grooves, funk bass, horns, guitars and keys feature on both tracks.

Cut loud and proud at 45rpm.

Listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47u2AKBpmD0
https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=-EP6nIuEYA0 Available from 30.09.2016

Various – Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz

Image: 1605893 16 early vocal & jazzy tunes from the Golden Age of Jive & Kwela in South Africa. Released originally on fragile shellac discs only. Shellac is a very delicate material but the music survived thanks to the archives of ILAM. A truly great source of South African music is being preserved here for new generations, to inspire young and hopeful musicians and singers from all over the world. 180gram vinyl.
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These pearls of musical genius were recorded in the glory years of jive and kwela, the years 1940-1965 . On side A it is not difficult to recognise the similarities to American popular music like R&B and small combo close harmony singing.

But most of all notice that typical South African swing, that jive, that incredible smooth form of African jazz on side B, Kwela!

The rarest and most treasured finds are collected here, some with the original spoken intro’s, ‘sketches’ as these were called. Characteristic conversations between the musicians, often in a humoristic slang, always extremely funny.
Now available as the fourth issue in the series ‘Township Jive & Kwela Jazz’.

1. Stamkoko -Izintombi Zesi manje manje (1965)
2. Udali – Maphela (1960)
3. Sabela – Maphela (1960)
4. Usana Lwam – Mississippi Brothers & Beauty Diloane (1940)
5. Ukhiye – Susan Gabashane & Her Honeybees (1960)
6. Ukuhlupheka – Susan Gabashane & Her Honeybees (1960)
7. Umsakazo E Grahamstown – Alabhama Kids (1960)
8. Lizzy – Mississippi Brothers (1940)
9. Asinamali – Alabhama Kids (1960)
10. Baboon Shepherd – Black Duke & Peter Makana (1950)
11. Battle Of The Flutes – Black Duke & Peter Makana (1950)
12. Shukuma Duke – Black Duke (1950)
13. Duke Blues – Black Duke (1950)
14. Black John – Peter Makana (1950)
15. Blood Mixture – Peter Makana – (1950)
16. Egoli Zinyozi – Alfred Dlezi & Dlamini (1950)
Available from 26.08.2016

Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions

Image: 1603406 Black Milk, one of the most prodigious and versatile talents in the world of hip-hop, returns alongside his band Nat Turner with a live instrumental LP, The Rebellion Sessions, a jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week.

Orchestrated and produced by Black Milk, The Rebellion Sessions features Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun “Z” Horton on drums). Although the guys have appeared on Black’s previous works, The Rebellion Sessions is the first project created by the four as a collaborative unit. The album, at times recalling the works of Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Sly & The Family Stone, D’Angelo, and Robert Glasper, builds off Black Milk and Nat Turner’s incredible live show, honed over the course of years and more than 90 shows played worldwide in 2015 alone. Black Milk & Nat Turner will embark on The Rebellion Tour in Europe this May, performing select tunes from The Rebellion Sessions in addition to songs from Black Milk’s extensive catalog, before hitting the road in the States.

TRACKLIST:

01. The Ancient Rebellion
02. Never
03. The Knock
04. Just A Thing
05. Burn
06. Electric Spanking
07. Take 2
08. You Need This Light
09. Traveler
10. 4 Blacks
Available from 08.07.2016

Banda Black Rio – Maria Fumaca
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Banda Black Rio – Maria Fumaca

Image: 1604557 Banda Black Rio’s ‘Maria Fumaca’ is one of the strongest Brazilian samba-disco-funk-soul-fusion albums of all time.

Banda Black Rio were formed in 1976 by the late Oberdan Magalhães in Rio de Janeiro. They revolutionised ‘black instrumental music’ at the time with their Brazilian re-interpretation of soul, jazz, funk and disco grooves, inspired by the likes of Tim Maia and reminiscent of Kool & The Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire during their most on-point period of the 1970’s. ‘Maria Fumaca’ is the groups first album, originally released by Atlantic in 1977, a record that bought the group worldwide fame.

The title track is a real stand-out for us and a long term firm favourite. ‘Miss Cheryll’, more of a disco/AOR jam, was released by RCA UK in 1980 as the track become popular within several London scenes.

1. Maria Fumaca
2. Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
3. Mr. Funky Samba
4. Caminho Da Roca
5. Metalurgica
6. Baiao
7. Casa Forte
8. Leblon Via Vaz Lôbo
9. Urubu Malandro
10. Junia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6RQnyDS9xg Available from 01.07.2016

Black Disco – Night Express
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Disco – Night Express

Insurgently crossing Philly Soul, Cape Jazz and bump jive in 1976, the same year as the Soweto Uprising, poignantly shot through with Timmy Thomas’ Why Can’t We Live Together.”It was so important for us to play a kind of crossover then, to weave in to…

Veteran rapper/producer Black Milk teams up with D.C.-based live band Nat Turner for his latest release
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Black Milk, one of the most prodigious and versatile talents in the world of hip-hop, returns alongside his band Nat Turner with a live instrumental LP, The Rebellion Sessions, a jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week. Orchestrated and produced by Black Milk, The Rebellion Sessions features Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on […]

Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions
Friday, April 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Milk & Nat Turner – The Rebellion Sessions

Image: 1603405 Der Detroiter Hip Hop-Produzent und MC Black Milk produzierte bereits für Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Slum Village, Guilty Simpson und viele andere. Mit seinem neuen Album “The Rebellion Sessions” zeigt er seine Vielseitigkeit über das Hip Hop-Genre hinaus. Zusammen mit seiner Live-Band Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy (Keyboards), Malik Hunter (Bass) und Zebulun “Z” Horton (Schlagzeug)) liefert er ein Jazz-Funk orientiertes Instrumentalalbum, das von musikalischen Einflüssen der Band wie Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Sly & The Family Stone, D’Angelo und Robert Glasper inspiriert ist. Available from 20.05.2016

Turbojazz – Unbreakable EP
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Turbojazz – Unbreakable EP

Image: 1602895 Tommy Garofalo aka Turbojazz returns to Local Talk after remixing Corrado Bucci back in 2015.

A producer with great versatility that started DJing and producing music during the 90’s, heavily inspiried by Hip Hop. Something that would bring him to explore the whole black music culture, from dance floor jazz to rare funk and disco, passing through all things soulful and deep. Take all of the above & stir it in a musical pot and you get the ‘Unbreakable EP’, the debut 12″ on Local Talk from Turbojazz.

The EP kicks of with Please U which features David Blank on vocals. A retro-futuristic track with warm chords draping themselves over snappy snares & melodies.

On the flip, Unicorn Rising bounces along with the sort of finesse you’d expect from a producer like Recloose, it’s flavoured with quirky breaks and warm fuzz bass & analogue-sounding keys. Last but not least we’ve got EVM128 on remix duties, a feel-good slice of Broken Beat anyone ?

It’s a blinder ladies and gentlemen.

A. PLEASE U (feat.DAVID BLANK)
B. UNICORN RISING
B. PLEASE U (feat.DAVID BLANK) (EVM128 REMIX) Available from 06.05.2016

Vibration Black Finger – Vibration Black Finger EP
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Vibration Black Finger – Vibration Black Finger EP

Vibration Black Finger – EP (Enid Records 2016) Lascelle Lascelles (aka Lascelle Gordon) is the man behind Vibration Black Finger. One of the house DJs at London’s hipper-than-hip Wag Club in the 1980s (and ocassional A Certain Ratio’s tour DJ), he we…

‘Praise Poems Vol.3’ – a journey into deep, soulful jazz & funk from the 1970s
Friday, February 19th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Pretty much one year ago we elated critics, reviewers, and music lovers with an album by the name of Praise Poems. 12 months later we are proud to introduce you to the third volume in this already highly acclaimed series. What Warmth was to the first and Abraham Battat was to the second volume, Feather […]

Ayaléw Mèsfin & Black Lion Band / Feqadu Amdé-Mesq – Gèdawo / Asmarina
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ayaléw Mèsfin & Black Lion Band / Feqadu Amdé-Mesq – Gèdawo / Asmarina

Image: 1602225 A. Ayaléw Mèsfin ft. Black Lion Band – GeDawo

Ethiopian dance floor Funk rarity originally released on Kaifa 7′ (KF 31) in 1976. Hand claps, guitar lines and call and response lead vocals punctuate the driving bass line and understated drum groove. Mesfin played primarily at the Lumumba Club in Addis Ababa’s red light district and released many 45’s and cassettes during the mid seventies.
He worked very closely with the Black Lion Band (or Tequr Ambessa Orchestra)

AA. Mulatu Astatke ft. Feqadu Amdé-Mesqel – Asmarina

Laid back, drum-heavy, Ethipian jazz taken from the legendary Ethio Jazz’ LP on Amha (AELP 90). Typifies the sound of the country and the period, truly classic stuff. Mulatu will be touring heavily in 2016, which we are very much looking forward to. Available from 19.02.2016

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked

Image: 1600048 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hidden Jazz Quartett – Raw And Cooked (Gatefold + CD)

Image: 1600049 Agogo Records present Raw And Cooked a reissue of the debut album from Hidden Jazz Quartett.

DLP Tracklisting :
A1. High Heels feat. Omar
A2. His Footlocker
A3. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
B1. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
B2. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
B3. Wälzer
C1. Luvlite feat. Bajka
C2. Nardis
C3. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
D1. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)
D2. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
D3. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)

CD Tracklisting :
01. Luvlite feat. Bajka
02. High Heels feat. Omar
03. His Footlocker
04. Tap On The Backdoor feat. Greg Blackman
05. Soulosophy feat. Bajka
06. Kimberley Hotel feat. Anthony Joseph
07. Wälzer
08. Nardis
09. Lush Life feat. Tim Hollingsworth
10. Luvlite (Instrumental Version)
11. Luvlite feat. Bajka (Jon Kennedy Remix)
12. High Heels feat. Omar (Lack Of Afro Remix)

The debut album by the Hidden Jazz Quartett is bringing on something special. „Coming
with a strong flow, and continue to grow,“ Gang Starr said in „Jazz Thing“, and that’s
exactly what „Raw & Cooked“ is about. Here we have it: A group of fantastic players, a
strong idea of what the music should sound like and a sense of togetherness. „Raw &
Cooked“ is past, present and future combined.
„The idea of the Hidden Jazz Quartett came naturally,“ Ralf Zitzmann, mastermind of
production behind the eclectic sounds of the Hidden Jazz Quartett as well as head of
Agogo Records plus one of the most respected elder statesmen of the German club scene
says. „One night, while our Calamari Moon club in Hannover was cooking and the DJs were
spinning spicy jazz sounds I thought: It sounds so fresh and vibrant like there’s a jazz
quartet hidden somewhere behind the curtain!“ Said and done, Zitzmann took the phone
and rang Stephan Abel (Saxophones), Lutz “Hammond” Krajenski (Hammond, Keys),
Matthias “Maze” Meusel (drums) and Olaf Casimir (bass), all well travelled as well as well
known jazz musicians around the country and the Hidden Jazz Quartett was born. In comes
producer Christian Decker (Fury In The Slaughterhouse), a man with the necessary skills
and ears to create a boombastic jazz style.
„Raw & Cooked“ kicks off with the seductive „Luvlite“, a smooth modern R&B-meets-soul
tune enlightened by the voice of Bajka (Radio Citizen, Bonobo, Dalindeo). UK modern soul
legend Omar then digs deep with the ultra-cool „High Heels“, which has been out as a HJQ
vinyl 7inch release in 2012 and is sold out long since. After that it is time for the quartet to
swing. „The Footlocker“ is pure Camden Dingwalls Acid Jazz joy, like 1988 never
happened.
„Tap On The Backdoor“ sees Greg Blackman (Featurecast, Renegades Of Jazz) get on the
good foot with a straightforward soul mover before Bajka takes it back to nitty gritty with
„Soulsophy“. Enter Anthony Joseph, born in Trinidad and one of the major Afro-meets-
Poetry voices of our time. „Kimberley Hotel“ is a kind of Last Poets vs. Hustler’s Convention
excursion translated for our times. HJQ offer a well crafted, late Sixties, early Seventies
Blaxploitation sound before they go ‘Masterblaster’ jammin’ in “Nardis” and very European
in the mystical instrumental „Wälzer“, which actually was their first release in 2010 on a
limited edition 10“ vinyl.
Rounding up „Raw & Cooked“ is Tim Hollingsworth with an almost spoken word late night
jazz standard called „Lush Life“. This could well be the theme tune for the Hidden Jazz
Quartett, exemplified by the bonus versions of „Luvlite“ („Instrumental“ and the Jon
Kennedy remix). Lets not forget the Lack Of Afro version of „High Heels“, who delivers
electric Boogaloo fun galore. “This album is a like a dream come true,” Ralf Zitzmann
smiles. “With ‘Raw & Cooked’ nothing has been rushed. It is like with a good meal and a
great wine. You have to let things loose and have them find their own way.”
There is all you need in “Raw & Cooked”: expert musicianship, an honest message of
peace & love and a great spirit. Get on down with the Hidden Jazz Quartett.

The Band:
Stephan Abel – saxophones
Olaf Casimir – bass
Lutz Krajenski – hammond & keys
Maze Meusel – drums
Ulle Rode – guitar
Christian Decker – production
Ralf Zitzmann – production

Available from 29.01.2016

Various – The Boston Creative Jazz Scene (1969-79)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – The Boston Creative Jazz Scene (1969-79)

Image: 1601288 In the 1970s Boston was a fertile ground for a very creative jazz scene. Small, independent venues ranging from lofts to churches to clubs opened up to support this thriving backdrop while jazz musicians set up their own labels. One man was there through it all, playing music and documenting the musical landscape. His name was Mark Harvey and here is his story….
Mark Harvey and Deano Sounds pulled together the most comprehensive package of Boston Jazz released to date. The album has been assembled as a deluxe package that includes, in
addition to the music, an 80-page book documenting the rich history of this music scene with in-depth analyses and photos of the jazz musicians involved.
The music on this album is culled from rare private press Jazz LPs that were pressed in small quantities of a few hundred for members of the band and the local jazz community at the time. The music here runs the gamut of funky jazz from Arnie Cheatham’s “Thing” to the deep free jazz of the Phill Musra Group or the spoken word brilliance of Worlds, to the complex metric structures of Stanton Davis’ “Play Sleep.” This is a collection of very rare eccentric jazz pieces for your enjoyment!

This Deluxe Overview Of Boston’s Creative Jazz Scene Is Presented As A Double LP Set, Packaged In Deluxe Box With Each Piece Of Vinyl Housed In Its Own Euro-Style Glossy Jacket. Also Included Is An 8 ½ x 5 ½, 80 Page Book Documenting The Rich History Of The Music With In-Depth Analyses And Photos.

A1. The Mark Harvey Group – For Margot
A2. The Mark Harvey Group – Tarot: The Moon
B1. Thing – Sketch Pts. 1 & 2
B2. Thing – Road Through The Wall Pts. 2 & 3
C1. The Phill Musra Group – The Creator Is So Far Out
C2. The Phill Musra Group – Egypt
D1. Worlds’ – 9 Degrees Black Women Liberation
D2. Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Play Sleep
D3. Baird Hersey With Dave Leibman – The Year Of
The Ear: Herds & Hoards Available from 22.01.2016

BlackCash & Theo – Galaxy Vol.4
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on BlackCash & Theo – Galaxy Vol.4

Image: 1601153 Theo & BlackCash – Back at it with this series of soul, jazz and funk edits.

(True Story) I was out in London For Red Bull Muisc Academy 2010 I heard Theo Parrish drop this at London famous Plastic People Venue. My first and only time there and saw the faces and people screamed right when that Piano chord dropped and Lynn Marino vocal soared, What a magical night that was. All the House heads going off vibing and house dancing to no end. It crosses over to the jazz heads and hip hop BBeat diggers still love this tune to know end.

Etta James. pop, blues, rock’n’roll, soul, jazz, she sang them all with aplomb. But it was her string of stunning singles during the 1960s that cemented James as one of the great female vocalists of all time. “In the Basement” was a 1966 single on Chess Records. It’s one of her great tracks, written by and performed with her childhood friend, Sugar Pie Desanto. The excitement and raw energy in her vocals tells me this is a party I can’t miss. You can practically smell the funk in this basement. I first heard the song on radio when i was teenager, it grabbed me as soon as I heard her amazing growl. I love the raw, gritty soul of this recording — a rare groove indeed. I can always start a party by dropping this gem, perfect tune to turn it out. Break out the cognac & bourbon, lets get this thing going.

A. Feeling Good Edit
B. In The Basement Edit Available from 22.01.2016

Various – Black Man’s Cry (Inspiration Of Fela Kuti)
Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Black Man’s Cry (Inspiration Of Fela Kuti)

Image: 1600776 Covers and music inspired by the Godfather of Afro-Beat Includes rare and previously unreleased music from Nigeria, Ghana, Colombia, Trinidad and more.

He’s best known by his first name: Fela. He’s certainly Nigeria’s most famous musical export. His name itself conjures images of
70s Lagos. A metropolis awash in the jubilation that swept in after the 1970 armistice in the civil war between the Nigerian Army
and Eastern Biafran secessionists. A capital city in the midst of transition. This is the environment in which Fela and his Africa
70 popularized the hybrid of highlife, jazz and James Brown style, big-band funk he invented: Afro-Beat.
In Nigeria, his countrymen knew his music like Americans know Elvis. On foreign shores, a chosen few Westerners could claim
to know the extent of Fela’s genius. As a result, while music historians have filled books with references to the influence of
Westerners on Fela’s creation, little has been said about Fela’s inspiration on others. Thus, our compilation begins.
Fela’s music, and that of his organization inspired musicians across the global village when Afro-Beat was new and novel. This
compilation focuses on the music Fela inspired – whether by fellow Nigerians recording alongside him in the early 70s,
neighbors in Ghana, then-modern Colombian cumbia ensembles inspired by the man who injected a new feel into the Yoruban
rhythms that formed cumbia’s base, Trinidadian steel bands or the select few organizations left that have maintained Fela’s fury
in the new millennium. This is but a cursory investigation into those inspired by Fela Kuti’s genius, but it is unique: the first time
that many of these tracks are not only offered a second chance for worthy introspection, but, in the case of many, the first time
they’re being issued full stop.

SIDE A: NIGERIA
Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band – Woman Pin Down
6th Infantry Brigade Of The Nigerian Army – Black & Proud
Bola Johnson – Never Trust A Woman
Bola Johnson – Hot Pants
Segun Bucknor – Adebo

SIDE B: GHANA/COLOMBIA
Jerry Hansen – Sisi Mi
Phirpo Y Sus Caribes – Comencemos
Cubmia Moderna De Soledad – Shacalao
Lisandro Meza – Shacalao

SIDE C: TRINIDAD
Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Black Man’s Cry
Sylvania East Side Symphony – Egbi Mi O/Black Man’s Cry (Medley)
Lever Brothers Gay Flamingoes – Egbi Mi O/Black Man’s Cry (Medley)

SIDE D: MODERN INSPIRATIONS
Daktaris – Up Side Down
Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Toure Samar
Whitefield Brothers – Lullaby For Lagos Available from 04.12.2015

Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Black Vinyl)
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ron English – Fish Feet (180g/Black Vinyl)

Image: 1600721 “Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English’s only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years—a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability.

Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit’s Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, be-bop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great “self-determination” he says, due to both labels’ reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort.

Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album—a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English’s broad taste, balanced by the group’s mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records.

“Funk was in the air, and we did have to have a little bit of funk with what we were doing,” English says. “That’s what Fish Feet was about.”

English penned all of the album’s original compositions, such as the lilting “Meadowlark” and the bluesy funk of the title track, and recruited a stellar horn section that included Nozero, Phil Ranelin, Norma Jean Bell and Marcus Belgrave. Nozero’s work on “Bees” and “Yet And Still” are among the highlights of the album, along with Bell’s solo on “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” English’s own unaccompanied acoustic playing on the Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford standard “I Surrender Dear” provides an exquisite close to a long-unreleased jewel of an album, and a piece that is an example of why the Strata canon is an essential entry in the story of Detroit music.

“We tried to hit all aspects,” English says. “That’s why the label was called Strata, “because it was operating on several different Strata—several different layers.”

As he reflects on recording the album, English is sad that many of his collaborators have died, unable to witness the fruits of their labor. Cox, Nozero and Woodard have passed on, “and I just hate that,” he says. Also gone is co-producer Moore, of whom English speaks highly.

“Charles Moore had a wonderfully astute and gifted musical mind, and he understood what to do and how to make things work,” he says. “It was just a joy to work with him and to put this together with a good friend and musical brother.”

English credits Cox and Moore with being the brain trust behind Strata, and is grateful that Fish Feet, which also features the cover art of Overton Lloyd, is a part of their legacy as well. “This is really good work,” he says. “Looking back, I’m kind of proud of what we did there.”

1. You Make Me Feel Brand New
2. Fishfeet
3. Meadow Lark
4. Bees
5. Yet And Still
6. Ultima Linda
7. I Surrender, Dear Available from 11.12.2015

Glenn Underground – Black Resurrection EP4
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Glenn Underground – Black Resurrection EP4

The fourth sampler 12″ taken from GLENN’s “BLACK RESURRECTION” CD. This features “SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING” on the A-side, a deep spiritual jazz house instrumental full of intricate key and drum patterns, backed with “OUT OF MIND”, an upbeat house track w…

Bembeya Jazz – Sous La Direction De Diaounne Hamidou
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bembeya Jazz – Sous La Direction De Diaounne Hamidou

Image: 1599662 1 of 4 albums in a series that represents a unique moment in African music. Faithfully recreated from the best original sources.
60 years ago West Africa was bursting with energy as first Ghana, and then in 1958 Guinea, gained their independence. In the case of Guinea her birth was sudden and dramatic as France, the then colonial power, withdrew within one month of the vote for independence, famously taking ‘everything including the lightbulbs’.

Guinea had to start from scratch, not least in her approach to the arts which the new state wanted to modernise while still remaining true to tradition. This policy was called authenticité. Music was its focus, Syliphone its record label and Guinean music soon became a shining example for other emerging African nations. It even attracted artists and activists such as Miriam Makeba and her then husband, ex-Black Panther, Stokely Carmichael who, harrassed by the CIA, moved to Guinea in 1968.

Under authenticité, musicians were employed by the state, given instruments and encouraged to create a new but traditionally-rooted music. A whole system of regional and national bands was established, with regular competitions to establish precedence. It’s also worth noting that from the Guinean perspective, this “tradition” included Latin music, the African roots of which were considered so obvious as to be beyond debate.

Very quickly, three bands rose to the top: Orchestre Paillote, later to become Keletigui et ses Tambourinis, Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée, later to become Balla et ses Balladins, and perhaps the strongest of them all, Bembeya Jazz. In each case our selection features their first full-length album recordings, faithfully recreated as originally presented, sequenced and released in 1967.

Nine years later, in 1976, the situation was not so positive. Guinea’s economy was struggling and political dissent had arisen. It is against this background that the 4th album in our series, ‘Musiques sans paroles’ was recorded and released. Entirely instrumental, it features a variety of groups, including Miriam Makeba’s sometime backing band, the Quintette Guinéenne, and remains remarkably fresh today with e.g. Tam-tam sax referencing the free jazz sounds of Pharoah Sanders or Albert Ayler, while in Flute parlant, showcasing the traditional flute of the Fula people.

1. Djanfamagni
2. Almamy Mamaren
3. Dembaty Galant
4. Guinée Hety Horémoun
5. Minuit
6. Bembeyako
7. Air Guinée
8. Djamana Bara Sabati
9. Trafiquant
10. Loi – Cadre Available from 09.10.2015

“Black Feeling Vol.3” – black feeling, a rhythmic feeling, a soulful feeling
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Black Feeling, a rhythmic feeling, a soulful feeling … The previous two volumes of Black Feeling compiled a wealth of new and old discoveries culled from our musical explorations around the globe. In many instances the recordings were unearthed from unreleased master tapes, private-press vinyl recordings and little-known local releases. It is now with great […]

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