Search results for NOTES ON A JOURNEY

Ende Oktober veröffentlicht Jazz-Legende Courtney Pine sein neues Album “Black Notes From The Deep”
Monday, October 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Ende Oktober veröffentlicht Jazz-Legende Courtney Pine sein neues Album “Black Notes From The Deep”

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, […]

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 – Penthouse 25 – The Journey Continues
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Penthouse 25 – The Journey Continues

Image: 1586266 Der 25. Geburtstag von Penthouse Records wird mit einer aufwendigen Veröffentlichung gewürdigt. Nach dem Motto ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ erscheinen nun 47 der wichtigsten Stücke des Labels und des Produzenten Donovan Germain auf zwei CDs. Zusätzlich gibt es ein 16-seitiges Booklet mit ausführlichen Liner Notes, sowie eine über anderthalbstündige DVD mit Video Clips, Interviews, Künstlerportraits von u.a. Marcia Griffiths, Romain Virgo, Tony Rebel, Beres Hammond und dem Meister Donovan Germain höchstpersönlich. Herrzlichen Glückwunsch! Available from 24.01.2014

Various – Penthouse 25 – The Journey Continues (VP)
Monday, January 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, Record of the Week | Comments Off on Various – Penthouse 25 – The Journey Continues (VP)

25 years Penthouse Records! The massive package with 47 tracks from ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ on two CDs, 16-page booklet with comprehensive linernotes, plus DVD with video clips, artist portraits, interviews etc.

2CD+DVD VPPHCD1968
Release: 24-01-14
Chuck Senrick – Dreamin’
Friday, October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chuck Senrick – Dreamin’

Image: 1611446 Notes On A Journey present Dreamin a essential reissue of the private press masterpiece from Chuck Senrick.

TRACKLISTING:
A1 – Dreamin’
A2 – Wedding Trilogy
A3 – It Don’t Matter No More
A4 – Downtown
A5 – Gray Days
B1 – Kids
B2 – Don’t Be So Nice
B3 – Celebration Lover
B4 – It’s Alright
B5 – Bright Face
B6 – The Duke Is Gone
B7 – Drop A Dime
B8 – Dreamin’ (Reprise)

LP (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

It’s a well-documented fact that a person’s reasons for pursuing a career in music are varied and manifold. For some, it’s the desire for a glamorous and stellar career, the longing for fame and glory. For others, it’s just a job like any other, and for some, it’s a calling, just something you got to do. With this idea in mind, it’s easy to draw a parallel between the modesty and humility in Chuck Senrick’s life to that of Sixto “Sugarman” Rodriguez. But while Sugarman
recently learnt of him enduring fame on the other side of the globe and the creation of a legend for a whole generation around his craft, Chuck Senrick was never famous, now or at any time or place during his still enduring career. For more than 45 years now he simply plays his Fender Rhodes or piano and entertains any audience which is present, incidentally at the location at which he is performing. In this day and age, an endangered species anywhere but in the US, Chuck Senrick serves as a bar pianist.
Raised in Farmington, Minnesota, the young Senrick came at the decision to throw caution to the wind and become a career musician at an early age. At the tender age of 15, he played his first gig in Minnesota, and after the venue’s owner pressed his pay into his hand, he quickly came to the conclusion that making a living by performing music was the path he wanted to pursue. From this on it was surprisingly his life of simplicity and restricted circumstances that gave Senrick the liberty to play music whenever and wherever he felt like – be it as an all-round entertainer in bars and restaurants or as a member of several bands (i.e. touring with the Shuffle Brothers across Minnesota between 1976 and 1978 and later accompanying the Claudio Baltierras Ensemble on occasion). By 1982 Senrick was hired by Joe’s Steak House in Bloomington, Illinois (a two-hour drive south of Chicago) where he has earned money ever since, either as a solo pianist or as a band leader at his own evening „At Home At The Piano Bar“. This steadfast engagement was only interrupted once, for a six years period when he moved to Anna Maria Island in sunny Florida. During this time he also only played at a single location, the Cafe Crobar. Since this time he spends the remaining parts of his day following his second love after music, building sand castles.
Building castles in the air, though, was something Chuck Senrick never did during his career. His first and only record “Dreamin” wasn’t meant to signal the start of an illustrious career in the music business. The dozen songs he recorded in friend’s living rooms during 1976 were for the by then 21-year old, freshly married Minnesotan, just a plain and simple collection of compositions capturing the world around him and recounting humble tales of his life in it. “Drop A Dime” is a simple account of the flat he shared with three friends, while, as the title suggests, “Wedding Trilogy” is dedicated to his wife and is a living reminder of his marriage which happened around the time of these recordings. It was also his first wife who drew the illustration for the cover of “Dreamin”: A portrait of a young Chuck cross-fading between Minneapolis’ bustling city life (sung about in “Downtown”) and the comforting mountain scenery of Montana embedded in familiar unity. The songs, starting with the title track “Dreamin”, invoke the calm, humble life and bond with nature, which is still dear to Chuck Senrick’s heart to this very day. The songs also address the conflict between harmony and
adventure, a facet of his personality which embodies him all the same. These days, Senrick’s personal favourite from the collection is, “Don’t Be So Nice”, the best example of this discrepancy. Hard to be topped in its reduced purity, the song is scored in a restrained and jazzy manner, as all tracks of the album, with just a Fender Rhodes accompanied by a simple beat coming from the drum machine, the Donca-Matic by Keio/Korg. This minimalism, paired
with a preference for bittersweet melodies and his ingenious vocals, bestow Chuck Senrick’s music with a brutal honesty that will never go out of fashion, therefore bearing the imprint of timelessness. The soundtrack to eternity one could say. Just 200 copies of the record were pressed, which Senrick gave away to friends or sells to his audience at his gigs. Only many years later, in 1993 to be exact, during his stay in Florida, does Senrick again record further material. A few of his live gigs are put onto cassette tape and distributed them under the name “Island Live“ and “Cheap Thrills”. Somehow, through a series of unknown events and coincidences, 40-years later those original songs finally meet the catalyst for exposure to a bigger listenership. Not in Minnesota nor in Florida but a Japanese second-hand store of all places, Jazzanova member and NOAJ co-founder Stefan Leisering finds a copy of “Dreamin”. A magic moment for the passionate musician and DJ, one that stands out strong in his decades of record collecting. It’s exactly this type of songwriting and these arrangements that hit him emotionally, ticking every box along the way. Back in Berlin, he plays the record to some friends, who are also deeply moved and impressed by Senrick’s thoroughly honest music. The author of these liner notes also remembers the first time he heard “Don’t Be So Nice” very
vividly. It was during a car trip through Berlin with friends and fellow record collectors, Danny McLewin (Psychemagik) and Alex Barck (Jazzanova), when Alex played the track on the stereo of his A-Class, I couldn’t believe my ears for a moment. Once in a blue moon do you hear such a perfect pop song, minimalistic yet overflowing with charm owing to its sincerity. Knowing about its extreme scarcity, I didn’t even attempt to try to find the record. All the
more delighted I was when Notes On A Journey asked me to write the liner notes for this reissue. Finally, I can hold this beautiful record in my hands and I can listen to this ageless, bonafide and touching music again and again and again. I hope you dear reader, gets a kick out of this the same way I did and that I and the whole Notes On A Journey crew still do.
Linernotes by Adrian Hoenicke.

www.notesonajourney.com Available from 17.11.2017

Candeias – Sambaiana
Friday, June 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Candeias – Sambaiana

Image: 1610498 Sambaiana the rare Bossa Nova classic from Candeias finally gets a proper reissue.

TRACKLISTING:
A1 – El Tren De Tom
A2 – Paolinho
A3 – Zimbao
A4 – Managua
B1 – Sambaiana
B2 – Casas De Invierno
B3 – Palmeiras

Snippets: http://tinyurl.com/NOAJ003Snippets

LP (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Gatefold Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

Curiously enough the story of this record begins with a song, which isn’t even featured on it. A song named ‘Guayabas’. One of Guillermo Reuter’s very first free-spirited compositions is one of his two contributions to the fourth album ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ by friend and musician Agustin Pereyra Lucena, in 1975. ‘Guayabas’ was the unintended starting signal for Reuter’s career and was coincidentally the initial spark for this reissue that you, dear reader and listener, are holding in your hands right now.
But perhaps we’d better take one thing at a time and not jump ahead of ourselves. ‘Guayabas’ was the Guillermo Reuter song that first caught the attention of the Notes On A Journey founders Jürgen von Knoblauch and Stefan Leisering. It led them to discover his album ‘Candeias’ shortly thereafter, and a love affair was born. It was a similar story for Jacques Subileau, the producer for the recordings of ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’ (and therefore ‘Guayabas’), who was so enamored by this single composition that he proposed Reuter to cut a whole album, made up exclusively of his songs and compositional stylings. The Frenchman with an Argentinian girlfriend, had connections to European record labels like Disco Mediterraneo in Madrid and Disques Espérance in Paris which specialised in World and African music. ‘Candeias’ would be released on both labels, on the Spanish imprint under the name of ‘Sambaiana’, in France as the original title ‘Candeias’, but for inexplicable reasons, with terrible sound quality.
For the 24-year-old musician, it came as a total surprise, the once-in-a-lifetime chance to record an entire album of his own works. Raised by parents, both of who were musicians and teachers with their own school (Instituto Reuter in Buenos Aires), Guillermo Reuter was destined to wander down one road for life – to follow in his father’s footsteps, professionally and musically. Josef Reuter, born in Germany, balanced his work life where he was a dedicated occupation Headmaster with music, not only was he a passionate organist, he was the maestro of his own choir, the ‘Singakademie Buenos Aires’ and a well-known director at Buenos Aires’ world famous “Teatro Colón”. Furthermore, he was a strict and conservative father who massively disapproved when his son embraced modern music like Brazilian Bossa Nova, which back then, was just starting to take the world by storm. Despite, or as a direct result of this, ‘Samba Da Minha Terra’ by João Gilberto was a revelation for the juvenile Guillermo Reuter and shaped his freethinking approach towards music permanently.

Even though Reuter satisfied his parents’ expectations by completing five years of studies in classical musical, his passion for the inauspicious sounds of Brazil never truly disappeared. On the contrary, after meeting the slightly older, Bossa Nova inspired, up-and-coming guitar player and songwriter Agustin Pereyra Lucena on the university campus, the young musician took the proverbial bull by the horns and made a massive leap of faith. On the one hand, he accepted the offer of several studio recordings (1973 ‘Climas’ and 1975 ‘Ese Dia Va A Llegar’), and on the other, he declined the request of his parents to inherit and run the private family school. At this moment in 1975, Guillermo Reuter made a clear, wholehearted decision, aware of all its consequences, and chose his own music as his further purpose in life. Music, which he finally – thanks to Jacques Subileau and ‘Guayabas’ for that matter – could record without compromise and thus give free rein to his creativity.
The recordings of ‘Candeias’ took place shortly after Subileau’s invitation, in October and November 1975, in the Buenos Aires based studio ‘Sound Center’. To realise his vision Guillermo Reuter surrounded himself with four superb musicians, who he knew from previous recording sessions: Agustin Pereyra Lucena on guitar, Uruguayan drummer and percussionist Carlos Carli, Brazilian bass player Darci Soave, and the young flute player Rubén Izarrualde. Reuter himself plays the Fender piano on all tunes (despite “Zimbao“ on which he played the upright piano) as well as 12-string guitar. The idea of adding a horn section to some tracks was quickly scrapped, mostly for financial reasons. Recorded in only a few brisk spring days (which is November on the southern hemisphere), you can feel the sheer enjoyment of the musicians in this masterpiece of timeless, universal music through its unbridled playfulness. Starting with ‘El Tren De Tom’, the album’s first track, where the sound of a departing locomotive announces the beginning of a journey. A journey that winds it’s way through the contagiously melodious, cunningly arranged and in every detail, profound world of Guillermo Reuter and his project Candeias. All of which is overseen by their heraldic spirit animal, the Toucan, which is the bird we first see on the album cover. The name Candeias, which means candles in Portuguese, was chosen democratically by all four participating musicians. The album’s carefree, casual happiness is never superficial or forced. For instance, ‘Paolinho’, driven by Izarrualde’s flute, is rooted in the folkloristic tradition of Northern Brazil and emphasizes Reuter’s almost academic approach towards his compositions. ‘Managua’ employs the Cuban Guajira rhythm and is probably the song of the album that best expresses the harmonic interaction of the four musicians extraordinaire. Throughout the whole album, Reuter’s training in classical compositions interweaving with his love of Jazz and Brazilian
music, in particular, is almost tangible.
In his homeland of Argentina, ‘Candeias’ will never be released. Subileau’s personal connections took the project to Europe, Spain to be precise. Here, with changing line-ups, Reuter played live regularly between 1976 and 1978. His playmates in Candeias (expandable from quartet to septet) include f.e. the Cuban saxophone player Paquito d’Rivera, the US trombone player Bill Smith, the Brazilian percussionist Rubem Dantas and the Spanish flute/saxophone player Jorge Pardo. Further recordings never happened, though.
The European Jazz scene at that time was much too volatile and in turmoil. Talents like Reuter were mostly getting booked as session musicians and were swamped by endless touring, leaving them little time to pursue their own projects. After his father had died towards the end of the 80s, Guillermo Reuter returned to Argentina and only infrequently returned to Europe for occasional live gigs. Back in his hometown, he made a living writing compositions for commercials and from intermittent gigs in local jazz clubs. He operated a music store for some years, worked as a composition teacher and acted as a program manager for various music and live venues in Buenos Aires. During this time he never stopped writing own songs. His fascination for South American folklore and its rhythms, from Brazil via Uruguay to Argentina, continued to increase, even until this day. In 2004 Guillermo Reuter wrote a song, ‘El Gorgojo’ (The Bug), which won the first prize at the international Latin Jazz Contest in La Habana and was praised by the French film music composer Michel Legrand, one of Reuter’s personal idols.
Having now Notes On A Journey, more than forty years after its initial release, introducing ‘Candeias’ to a whole new audience is also in the interest of its creator. For Guillermo Reuter, this album was and is a lifework, which has never lost momentum and significance. It is a record, which simply stands the test of time by bringing pure joy over its full, entertaining length, and is going under the skin at the same time. That’s why for this re-issue the original Spanish pressing has been lovingly restored, preserving the sound quality, letting you listen to it the way it should be heard, in the here and now. With the stunning new quality ‘Candeias’ will find a much bigger following this time round. Come and join the club. Available from 28.07.2017

Jazzanova – The Remixes 2006-2016
Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jazzanova – The Remixes 2006-2016

Image: 1607846 Next year is 20 years of Jazzanova so first up on the celebration plate is a complete collection of their world famous remixes.

A1. Malika Ayane – Dimentica Domani (Jazzanova Remix Dub)
A2. Joe Bataan – Ordinary Guy (Jazzanova Rework Extended Version)
A3. Heritage Orchestra – Skybreaks (Jazzanova Remix)
B1. Furry Phreaks with Terra Deva – All Over The World (Jazzanova Mix)
B2. Spinning Motion – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)
C1. Paul Randolph – Believer (Jazzanova Remix)
C2. Atjazz feat. Dawne B – Parallels (Jazzanova Serial Remix)
D1. Outlines – Listen To The Drums (Jazzanova Remix)
D2. Hugh Masekela – Stimela (Jazzanova Remix)

This release heralds the start of the 20th anniversary of Jazzanova as internationally
renowned remixers. That is to say, it was in the summer of 1997 when the very first remix by
Jazzanova was released, the one for United Future Organization’s „Friends… We’ll Be“ on Gilles
Peterson’s founded label Talkin’ Loud. Said remix can be found on the first edition of the by
now accumulated to a trilogy compilation series. When the first part covers the early, yeasty
years from 1997 to 2000, the second episode pays tribute to the years from 2002 to 2005 and
the third sequel takes the last few years, the lapse of time from 2006 to 2016 to task. This
decade as well was – as you can hear strongly by listening to this long player – a very
prosperous, inspiring productive period for Jazzanova.
How fast time flies is displayed by these nine selected tracks from the last ten years. All of
them still sound as if they have been released just yesterday. Starting with the remix of
“Listen To The Drums” by Outlines, which evolved into a worldwide club hit over the years,
also thanks to the edit by Dixon. Most remarkably this work is already ten years old! The
remixes of Furry Phreaks’ „All Over The World“ and Heritage Orchestra’s „Skybreaks“ also
doesn’t really sound like two tunes from 2007. Au contraire, this is the trademark sound of
Jazzanova carving itself genre-spanning into eternity. Or who would dare to not declare the
2009 remix for Atjazz’ „Parallels“ as an modern day dance floor classic? And with the
reworks of tracks by Hugh Masekela („Stimela“) and Joe Bataan („Ordinary Guy“) we have two
actual funk/soul evergreens featured on this compilation’s wonderful third edition. A must is
obviously the inclusion of the remix for “Believer” by Paul Randolph from 2007. It was this
remix that was somehow the start of longterm relationship that culminated in Paul
becoming the steady guest singer of Jazzanova and with whom they’re touring worldwide
since 2009. To top „Jazzanova – The Remixes 2006-2016“ off there’s the rework of the
forgotten, but recently re-issued by Notes On A Journey Spinning Motion’s “Naze”. Available from 24.03.2017

Various – Paz E Futebol 2
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Paz E Futebol 2

Image: 1603842 Sonar Kollektiv present the second volume of Paz E Futebol 2.

INFO:
Ten years have passed since the phenomenal success of the „Paz e Futebol“ (SK089CD / LP)
compilation, released on Sonar Kollektiv. Since then Germany went on to win the Football
World Cup in Brazil sparking an increased self-confidence and maybe inspiring the Berlin
musical institution Jazzanova to compile again a courageously eclectic showcase of Brazilian
music in all its facets and peculiarities.
“Paz e Futebol 2” is the ultimate smorgasbord of all Brazilian music, irrespective of era and
location, sporting the true and heartfelt Brazilian vibe. Similar to the football Brazil is known
for, where “Brazilian style of playing” means an extra technically ability and finesse, but also
an unmatched approach and skill within the sport. This affinity with skill is shown with this
expertly curated 19-track-strong compilation.
„Asking Eyes“ by RAFFAELA RENZULLI off her first and only album „Children Of The Light“
from 1987 kicks off extremely laid-back before driving the listeners round the bend just like
the ball skills by illustrious soccer star Neymar. This zest for life, this excessive friskiness is
the recurrent theme which is constantly present across all eras, continents and genres
covered on “Paz e Futebol 2”.For instance, “Dunks” by the meanwhile defunct Brighton based
project HARDKANDY. According to composer Tim Bidwell, this a track, when released on the
connoisseur label Wah Wah 45s in 2008, which wasn’t intended to hold a Brazilian reference
but was directed more towards afrobeat influences only now fits perfectly into the new
context and narrative of the compilation.
Also “Palmeiras” by the Argentinian combo CANDEIAS is taylor made for this voyage of
exploration all around the world in search of the Brazilian vibration. The extremely rare
album “Sambaiana” from 1976, which features next to “Palmeiras” another six gems of
Brazilian vitality, will incidentally be re-released on NOTES ON A JOURNEY. Also finding a
wider public than its initial release is the long forgotten 1983 LP “Num Dia Azul” by the couple

One of the songs off it, “Samba Walk”, was already a part of the first “Paz e Futebol”
compilation. Now another track off this extraordinary soulful record, “Calma Mulher”, is
included on Volume 2. Orlando Haddad, currently residing in Philadelphia, recalls how he
wrote the song for his wife in the early 70’s at Ipanema Beach: „It’s about a man saying to his
woman to calm down, as life is about much more than material possessions. It’s about love.“
Then New Zealander NATHAN HAINES steps up for the release with one of his 2003
recordings together with the two singers Marcus Begg and Vanessa Freeman: “U See That”, a
track oozing positive energy with its infectious message and beautiful arrangement. Another
song entailing exactly everything that also fascinated us so much with what Zico, Sokrates,
Eder, Falcao, Serginho etc. did on the pitch.
Talking about legends and veterans, ARY LOBO was one of the most successful singers and
composers of the 40’s and 50’s in Brazil’s northeast. It’s here where the lesser-known style
“Forró” is coming from and unifies a multitude of regionally rooted rhythms like Baião, Côco,
Rojão, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta-Pé. Lobo, as one of the most popular solicitors of Forró, and
known for his superb phrasing and his folky feel, appears on “Paz e Futebol 2” with one of his
rare 7inch singles: The dancey “Nêgo São” from 1966.
Probably even more rare is the 7inch single by PENHA MARIA „Você Balanca O Meu Coracão
(Ou Sol Demais)“, released in 1968 on the Mocambo Rozenblit label from Recife. „É Só Balanco“
by JACKSON DO PANDEIRO & ALMIRA has a similar vibe to it. The song is off the scarce LP
“Coisas Nossas” from 1965, the short-spanned samba period of the bandleader normally also
closely connected to the Forró style. The rarity of the record is due to the fact that the record
company Philips thought these specific recordings were too experimental for Pandeiro and
simply pressed a lot less copies. Making this a true diggers anthem.
The compilation then switches things up with the illustrious KATE CEBERANO, the Diana
Krall of her mother country Australia. The title track off her fourth, 1990 released album “Like
Now” is a beautiful Brazil tribute being a rare occurrence for an Australian release, especially
at that time.
Next up is one of Gilles Peterson’s favourites, ED MOTTA. Born in 1971 in Rio De Janeiro, Motta
is the nephew of legendary Tim Maia and has recorded sixteen amazing LPs up to date and
continues to release music on a regular basis. 1997’s „Daqui Pro Méier“ is one hell of a dance
floor belter which he arranged together with Lincoln Olivetti. The latter has the distinction of
being one of Brazil’s true pioneers of electronic music and was one of the country’s most
sought-after songwriters and producers in the 70s and 80s.
A more recent Brazilian release, from 2012, is up next: „Dia de Furar Onda no Mar“ by LUCAS
SANTTANA is mesmerizing MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) and valid proof of a prosperous
future for the Brazilian legacy heralded on this compilation. With FAFA DE BELEM we take
another trip back into yesteryear. The larger-than-life singer and actress (and former sex
symbol) is still one of MPB’s most successful artists and delivers in her husky mezzosoprano a veritable showpiece of Brazilian serenity on the 1975 released Polydor single
“Naturalmente”.
„Céu Da Manágua“ by PIRY REIS is full of temper and hot-bloodedness. The song written in
1984 together with Geraldinho Carneiro originates from a time when the Brazilian people was
revolting against the oppressive (but soon ceasing) military dictatorship – attempting to fight
politics with music.

Finally you’ll get a samba take from the 1960 founded and still existing
combo OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: „Canto Chorado“ from 1969 is a heartwarming tune
reminiscent of the pure elegance and finesse of Pelé.
It’s not always easy to find such extraordinaire songs with so much vocation and diversity.
„Tema Do Azambuja“ by AZAMBUJA & CIA with its perfect and dense arrangement and the
sombre synth chords is a perfect example of these unusual songs – a song that possesses the
beauty of the Brazilian sound and something worth presenting to the listeners all over planet
earth.
And to celebrate all these astonishing findings on this compilation we have two exclusive
songs contributed on top. Marc Friedli from Switzerland aka SKYMARK has absorbed the
Brazilian spirit in such a manner that by now he has moved his domicile to Rio De Janeiro
and here he records such beautiful songs like „Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)“ – singlehandedly playing all the instruments himself. In marked contrast to the second exclusive
song on this compilation, „Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)“. The original version can be
found on the Jazzanova album „Of All The Things“ which features the three musicians of the
Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth. Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti and José Roberto Bertram cut
the track during the unforgettable recording sessions in Berlin several times on their own
and one of these recordings sees the light of day for the very first time right here right now.
This way the second edition of “Paz e Futebol” finds a fair and beautiful ending. We hope the
passes, the crosses and the precise assists by Jazzanova have been received well by you the
listeners and you have gained even more taste for this style of music, which is always so
pleasant, delicate and ever so sleek but has always a positive effect on your soul and mind.
To be continued.

TRACKLISTING:
CD:
1. Raffaela Renzulli – Asking Eyes
2. Candeias – Managua
3. Minas – Calma Mulher
4. Quarteto Uai – Marcas
5. Ary Lobo – Nêgo São
6. Hardkandy – Dunks
7. Ed Motta – Daqui Pro Méier
8. Piri Reis – Ceu Da Managua
9. Lucas Santtana – Dia De Furar Onda No Mar
10. Jackson do Pandeiro & Almira – E So Balanco
11. Skymark – Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)
12. Penha Maria – Você Balança O Meu Coraça~o (Ou Sol Demais)
13. Kate Ceberano – Like Now
14. Os Originais Do Samba – Canto Chorado
15. Deodato – Skyscrapers
16. Nathan Haines – U See That
17. Azambuja & Cia – Tema do Azambuja
18. Fafá de Belém – Naturalmente
19. Jazzanova – Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)

SNIPPETS:
https://soundcloud.com/sonar-kollektiv/sets/preview-various-artists-paz-e/s-iVk5Y

Compiled by Jazzanova.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Jutojo.

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 02.09.2016

Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele

Image: 1603716 Bewegliche Ziele is the new single from Plaza Hotel.

TRACKLISTING:
A – Bewegliche Ziele
B – Schön Sein In Uniform

12inch (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Single Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

www.notesonajourney.com

It’s 1981. Everything seems possible in the realms of music. The barriers between genres are
being willfully torn down, punk is discovering the synthesizer, the drum machine is replacing
the drummer and no idea is too absurd to pursue. The winds of change are blowing from New
York to London, Berlin and Tokyo and there’s a palpable, uninhibited spirit of optimism in the
air turning music industry on it’s head. People are experimenting with novel equipment,
bands are springing up like mushrooms, line-ups disband and regroup. A whole generation is
being inspired by a do-it-yourself mentality, creating an unprecedented knowledge of how to
produce music. Every artist seems to be full of ambition, conquering new frontiers whilst often
participating in several projects simultaneously. When today, we look back at this time it
appears as an unintelligible mess with no economic viability, but 30 years ago it was simply
the sheer desire for artistic freedom, self-fulfillment and the urge to have control over one’s
own creative work that was the driving force.
Let’s take the guitar player, Wolfgang Spelmanns. After leaving DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische
Freundschaft) in December 1980, his head was full of ideas and an exuberant compulsion to
express himself in as many ways as possible. A singular focus is impossible. One of these
endeavors is a visit to Werner Lambertz’s studio in Düsseldorf. While the first few takes, of what
later would become “Bewegliche Ziele”, are being recorded, the main object is putting
Lambertz’s self-designed modular percussion computer to the test. But the shenanigans don’t
end here. Soon after, Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of Can, is invited to jam freestyle over the
programmed beats. New technologies and innovative methods have drawn the attention of
Liebezeit, challenging him to play as monotonously as if he were a machine himself (or a
computer in this case). It takes him less than 90 minutes to ad-lib two stunning drum tracks for
Spelmanns’ still nameless project. Spelmanns however, is not in a hurry to finish the tracks.
Unlike the bustling drummer, his focus has a much broader horizon. Instead he wanders off
and forms Mau Mau, a new band with his old flat mate and former partner in DAF, the bass
player and member of Düsseldorf group Fehlfarben, Michael Kemner. Consequently, the
recordings are left to the side and almost forgotten about.

Almost. Two years later, living in West Berlin, Spelmanns remembers the tapes and brings
them, along with his girlfriend and singer Claudia Sennlaub (alias Tabu), to the Caet Studio
on Kreuzberg’s Mehringdamm. Vocals and the guitar are recorded and in-studio synthesizers
are enthusiastically thrown into the mix allowing the two songs to finally take on a concrete
form. “Bewegliche Ziele” and “Schön Sein In Uniform” are mixed and mastered by none other
than Charly Steinberg, the founder of Steinberg GmbH and developer of one of the first DAWs
(Digital Audio Workstations), Cubase.
Having had mainly negative experiences with major labels (i.e. Polydor), and seeing how his
friends at Ata Tak music publishing, are swamped with bureaucracy and paperwork,
Spelmanns decides to independently press the record on four different-colored discs at Pallas
pressing plant. Totaling only 1000 copies, the records are released on the ad-hoc label
Delphin in early 1983 and are delivered straight to the door step of his apartment on
Pücklerstraße. Leaving the musician, although gaining ground by leaps and bounds in the art
scene, reduced to single-handedly supplying Berlin’s record stores with his release. No wonder
that only a few of the colorful discs find an audience and the potential success of Plaza Hotel
is all but nipped in the bud.
Amazingly, the record continues to be rediscovered time and again, throughout the years’
time. By a diverse mix of DJs and record collectors from all sorts of different countries, origins
and scenes. They all take a personal interest in “Bewegliche Ziele”. From die-hard NDW fans to
New Wave analysts and never-tiring sound explorers like the infamous, Dutch record collector
Tako Reyenga. It is him who plays one of these rare copies, sometime in 2010, in Düsseldorf of
all places, in the Salon d’Amateurs, one of the world’s hippest underground clubs, in front of a
broad-minded audience. In short “Bewegliche Ziele” (played on 33rpm instead of 45rpm)
becomes a signature tune not only at the Salon, but on dance floors of every boutique club
operating outside of mainstream territory all around the world. About the same time
Jazzanova member and co-founder of NOTES ON A JOURNEY, Stefan Leisering stumbles
across the 12” in a crate in Canada. Back in Berlin he plays his discovery to his buddy and
Jazzanova co-partner Alex Barck. Falling for the song’s magic as Leisering does, Barck
rearranges, what was perviously considered complete, the third edition of “Computer
Incarnations For World Peace” just to fit this exceptional tune into the already fine selection.
Spelmanns himself, now living in Bremen, working as a video artist and leading the Generic
Art Ensemble, definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen. Three decades after its initial
release “Bewegliche Ziele” is finally finding its listeners and revealing its long hidden spell. It’s
the same with “Bewegliche Ziele” as with a lot of this time period’s music long forgotten or only
released in a very limited capacity: Today, with hindsight, it gains new meaning and an
extensive resonance. Over the last few years Plaza Hotel’s skewness, the graceful peculiarity,
the courageous experimentalism is being explored by new and younger groups and can be
heard in current music again. Meaning “Bewegliche Ziele” could have easily be released in
2016. NOTES ON A JOURNEY thought the same and decided, that not only freaky record
collectors should be able to, for extortionate prices, enjoy this timeless, fascinating piece of
music on vinyl. So we have brought Plaza Hotel back to life, in all its glory. Available from 15.07.2016

Spinning Motion – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Spinning Motion – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)

Image: 1600967 Jazzanova remix Spinning Motion’s Naze on a limited edition 12′.

TRACKLISTING
A – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)
B – Prisoner Of Life (NOAJ Remix)

Last June, Berlin based reissue label Notes On A Journey released a celebrated re-issue of
an album which in its original release in 1980 attracted scarcely or almost no attention at all:
„Confidence In The Future“ (NOAJ001) by obscure, short-lived Berlin Folk Jazz project
Spinning Motion – a spontaneously assembled Jazz trained group around Manfred
Tappert and Achim Hirsch recorded this forgotten gem but disbanded soon after again.
Looking back on a bit more consistent past, another Berlin institution, Jazzanova established
their worldwide success (f.e. with their early, groundbreaking remixes) almost twenty years
ago and now demonstrate with their absolutely emotive and laid-back rework of “Naze” that
as you get older you’re not only getting wiser but also continue to stay musically relevant and
contemporary. As Jazzanova is concentrating on own material at the moment, we are really
happy for the incident that Notes On A Journey found the original multi-track tapes of the
recordings. That’s the only reason why Jazzanova took their time to go into the studio and did
this remix of Naze. On the digital release you’ll find three different versions of this
outstanding remix.
Another song off the warm-heartly recommendable Spinning Motion album, “Prisoner Of
Life”, gets a treatment by two founders of Notes On A Journey and operators themselves.
With Stefan Leisering in the game, being one of Jazzanova’s musical mastermind, this
release’s staff intersects somehow or other anyway. Oliver Glage, the other one thirds of
Notes On A Journey and Oliver Haertel, the sound man behind several Sonar Kollektiv
productions, are in different capacities part of the Sonar Kollektiv family as well. Their
rework of “Prisoner Of Life” relocates the listeners back to the original’s year of origin, offers
though, with Leisering’s cunning drum programming (plus added synths and choirs)
somewhat like an alternate version. Therewith this tune will not only be catapulted into
modern times but hopefully soon into the Heavy Rotation of any respectable radio station
around the globe.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 18.03.2016

Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3

Image: 1600503 Jazzanova present the Third edition of Computer Incarnations for World Peace.

TRACKLISTING
1. Anna Domino – Caught
2. Quintus Project – Night Flight (Original)
3. Jazzanova – Introspection (Calm’s Outerspect Mix)
4. Mode IQ – Competition
5. Tuff City Kids – Altona
6. Love International – Airport Of Love
7. Obalski – Lobo’s Point
8. Jaone – Taxanetsie Brothers (Moire Patterns Edit)
9. Georges Rodi & Dave Sarkys – Swiftness
10. Mkwaju Ensemble – Mkwaju
11. Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
12. Brenda & The Beach Balls – Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger
13. Amanita – Sol Y Sombra

That’s how long it can take when you want to avoid haste making waste. After a seven-year hiatus Sonar Kollektiv finally releases the third edition of the 2007 installed compilation series “Computer Incarnations For World Peace”. The first two, celebrated episodes had been co-selected by Gerd Janson (Running Back). Now Sonar Kollektiv’s A&R manager and Jazzanova DJ Alex Barck takes care of business all on his own, picking thirteen songs out off his immense record collection – which in this order and combination unquestionably live up to the high expectations towards the third part of “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” and beyond.

To start things off we get one of Barck’s undisputed favorites, “Caught” from 1986 by Tokyo born singer Anna Domino. And not only this song but all of the following twelve tracks have a strong atmospheric and sonic connection to the eponymous classic by Jean-Luc Ponty (“Computer Incantations For World Peace”). For example, “Night Flight” by German sound engineer and producer Walter Quintus is excellent feelgood jazz funk from the late eighties as well as the cosmic synth monster “Swiftness” by Georges Rodi and Dave Sarkys from 1979. For quite some time now “Airport Of Love” by French studio project Love International is an integral part of any DJ set that ranges somewhere between Balearic and Cosmic. Not assignable to any genre though is Brenda & The Beach Balls’ “Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger” off their first EP from 1986. But that’s exactly what sets “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” apart from other compilation series: A complexity of all different styles, musical eras and connections to a whole lot of scenes, but – if played in the right order – has a wellknit common thread and takes us on a journey through space and time. A trip with a quick detour to Japan and its quite flourishing Minimal Music scene in the early 80’s (Mkwaju Ensemble), but always returns to good old Germany. For example with “Sol Y Sombra” by Amanita from 1978, or Obalki’s “Lobos Point”, which came out last year on Public Possession, as well as “Bewegliche Ziele” by Plaza Hotel featuring Jaki Liebezeit on drums, a track acknowledged with a wonderful reissue on Notes On A Journey. And finally we also get a little glimpse of the future via “Altona” by the Tuff City Kids. This is one of the tracks, that
could be on the long awaited debut album by the long enduring remix project by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer to be released on Permanent Vacation. And when Barck pays tribute to his former compilation ally he’s also allowed to throw one of his own tracks into the mix.

One of the first tracks by Jazzanova, “Introspection” still sounds surprisingly fresh and
scrupulous timeless to this day.

One can almost claim that it was a good thing that Barck (and Sonar Kollektiv) took his timeand now can proudly serve us his best matured and well-tested gems out of his collection. Bottoms up!

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 27.11.2015

Spinning Motion – Confidence In The Future (180g/Tip On/Gatefold)
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Spinning Motion – Confidence In The Future (180g/Tip On/Gatefold)

Image: 1597178 NOTES ON A JOURNEY is looking eagerly forward to finally celebrating the first proper release of Spinning Motion’s “Confidence In The Future”.

180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Heavy Weight
Gatefold) + Download Card + Lyrics Sheet

As you are listen to “Confidence In The Future” today, it quickly becomes clear what
kind of worlds must have collided here. A stunning amalgamation of aural treats,
created by making subtle compromises between Pop, Jazz, Rock and Folk, that exists
in every single track acrossthe- board. Due to its stylistic complexity “Confidence In
The Future” is an album that is somehow never really able to settle on any one taste,
inevitably opening up new dimensions to the listener. Imagine how this was in 1980.
Especially in Berlin’s commercial music scene.
And especially when the involved musicians treated the project after its completion,
more like a matter of personal importance than a career move. And for Hirsch,
Spinning Motion’s initiator, all of this seemed to be fulfilling enough. Prophetically the
record is named after the most significant song of the eight-piece collection
“Confidence In The Future”. 35 years on the title finds the verification it deserves. It
unleashes its bottled power no sooner than the day,
Jazzanova member and Notes On A Journey co-founder, Stefan Leisering finds the
record in a crate at the flea market on the Strasse des 17. Juni. Like a bottle of
Château Lafitte-Rothschild unearthed after 35 years, forgotten about in an abandoned
cellar, do we get to experience the quiet composure and savage intensity of a treasure
brought to light. It takes Leisering another ten years to comprehend what kind of music
historical treasure has been hiding in his record collection. He acquired “Confidence In
The Future” sometime in the early noughties and only by re-listening to this oddity one
day in 2010 or 2011 did everything finally click into place. A lost gem of Berlin Pop
history, one that could almost never have happened.
Compositions so ahead of their time that you can only understand and classify them
today properly. There’s a sense of inadvertent (and therefore unaffected)
ingeniousness in songs like “Devotion To You”, “Prisoner Of Life” and “Playground Of
Burial-Funds” that you have to live in the 21st Century to appreciate fully. Each of the
eight tracks (maybe apart from the instrumental closer “Elegy”) has some sort of
melancholy, introverted reflectiveness, and yet still always something conciliatory.
Manfred Tappert’s voice lends his lyrics, written by him, but preconceived by Hirsch,
something utterly personal, intimate even. Every single song, particularly within the
framework of the oeuvre, tells a story, and due to this intimacy, and the adventurous
arrangements touches you deeply. No matter the time or place.
To add to all of this, this incomparable record has also an entirely different facet, which
only becomes apparent with today’s perspective. The title track, “Confidence In The
Future”, and “Answer My Questions” remind one eerily of Kings Of Convenience, and
the cosy “Naze” resembles Turin Brakes. So evidently that you’ll find yourself, while
listening, in a quaint retroretro- loop, the musical equivalent of a time paradox. But this
is exactly the beauty of music. Music doesn’t abide by the rules of time and space as
we do, and therefore each listen to each piece of music is unique and purely based on
the context of the listening. And every once in a while times have to change just so
music can find a new determination and new listeners. Confidence in the future
ultimately means: Good music is patient, outlives everything and will sooner or much,
much later find its destination. NOTES ON A JOURNEY is looking eagerly forward to
finally celebrating the first proper release of Spinning Motion’s “Confidence In The
Future”.

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Blue
A2 – Devotion To You
A3 – Prisoner Of Life
A4 – Confidence In The Future
B1 – Naze
B2 – Answer My Questions
B3 – Playground Of Burial-Funds
B4 – Elegy

www.notesonajourney.com

Available from 26.06.2015

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Jazzman)
Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | Tags: ,
Posted in Magazine, Record of the Week | Comments Off on Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Jazzman)

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
Courtney Pine
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Courtney Pine

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. In the 8’s he was one of the […]

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3

Image: 1611995 • 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.
• Featuring rarities and unearthed gems from Percy Mayfield, Roy Gaines, Chuz Alfred, Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and many more.
• The twenty-four track compilation comes complete with in-depth track notes and photographs, as well as a deluxe double vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve, and a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks

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 a crate-digger’s passion for the obscure with an ear for instant dancefloor crowd pleasers.

In a congested field of R&B comps, Jukebox Mambo stands out uniquely in shedding light on the era of Latin American and Caribbean influence, a sensual rhythmic shift which continues to be felt in modern music today.

Opener, The Emperor’s ‘Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)’ is a classic example of Large and Jazzman’s idiosyncratic capacity to bring striking singularities to light, a beguiling and seductive blend of jazz, blues and Trinidadian calypso. Other highlights include the slinky rumba-blues of Percy Mayfield’s lustful ‘Loose Lips’, the only known recording by female blues shouter Ethel Boswell on the track ‘No More For You’, and Chuz Alfred’s powerful rendition of the Duke Ellington standard ‘Caravan’. Elsewhere, Jukebox Mambo 3 is dominated by virtuosic performances, from the smooth tenor vocals of Roy Gaines to the polyrhythmic swing of the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and the Syrian-American jazz stylings of Eddie Kochak.

The compilation comes with in-depth track notes and photographs, is available as a deluxe double vinyl tip on gatefold as well as a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks.

Lovingly compiled, artfully arranged and expertly annotated, Jukebox Mambo Volume 3 is another immersive gaze into an era of musical history that still carries a unique influence today. This one is for the crate diggers and music lovers alike!

Tracklisting
1. The Emperor – Time De Tough
2. Preacher Stephens & The Foree Wells Combo – Mary
3. Percy Mayfield – Loose Lips
4. Ethel Boswell – No More for You
5. Camille Howard – Hurry Back Baby
6. Chuz Alfred – Caravan
7. Roy Gaines – Alabama Sue
8. Paul Boyers Band – Mambo Mambo Baby (feat. Pattie Parish)
9. Monogram Caribbean Orchestra – Calypso Cha Cha for Spooks
10. Clarence Garlow – New Bon Ton Roulay
11. Maurice King – Bermuda
12. Floyd Dixon – Please Don’t Go
13. Aggie Dukes – Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
14. Otis Blackwell – My Josephine
15. Duke Groner – Oppin for Later
16. Big Bertha – Little Daddy
17. Linton Garner – Double A Mambo
18. Ontarios & Frank Motley & His Crew – Lovers Mambo
19. Toni Jordan – The Bend
20. Eddie Kochak – Mambo Arriba
21. Christine Kittrell – I Ain’t Nothing but a Fool
22. Harmonica Blues King Harris – Blues King Mango
23. Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires – My Very Own
24. Sax Mallard – The Mojo
Available from 20.10.2017

Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Gatefold/2LP)
Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Jukebox Mambo Vol.3 (Gatefold/2LP)

Image: 1611998 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.
Featuring rarities and unearthed gems from Percy Mayfield, Roy Gaines, Chuz Alfred, Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and many more.
The twenty-four track compilation comes complete with in-depth track notes and photographs, as well as a deluxe double vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve, and a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks

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 a crate-digger’s passion for the obscure with an ear for instant dancefloor crowd pleasers.

In a congested field of R&B comps, Jukebox Mambo stands out uniquely in shedding light on the era of Latin American and Caribbean influence, a sensual rhythmic shift which continues to be felt in modern music today.

Opener, The Emperor’s ‘Tough De Times (Things Getting Tough)’ is a classic example of Large and Jazzman’s idiosyncratic capacity to bring striking singularities to light, a beguiling and seductive blend of jazz, blues and Trinidadian calypso. Other highlights include the slinky rumba-blues of Percy Mayfield’s lustful ‘Loose Lips’, the only known recording by female blues shouter Ethel Boswell on the track ‘No More For You’, and Chuz Alfred’s powerful rendition of the Duke Ellington standard ‘Caravan’. Elsewhere, Jukebox Mambo 3 is dominated by virtuosic performances, from the smooth tenor vocals of Roy Gaines to the polyrhythmic swing of the Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, and the Syrian-American jazz stylings of Eddie Kochak.

The compilation comes with in-depth track notes and photographs, is available as a deluxe double vinyl tip on gatefold as well as a super limited edition vintage style 6 x 10″ book set – with unique artwork and four exclusive bonus tracks.

Lovingly compiled, artfully arranged and expertly annotated, Jukebox Mambo Volume 3 is another immersive gaze into an era of musical history that still carries a unique influence today. This one is for the crate diggers and music lovers alike!

Tracklisting
1. The Emperor – Time De Tough
2. Preacher Stephens & The Foree Wells Combo – Mary
3. Percy Mayfield – Loose Lips
4. Ethel Boswell – No More for You
5. Camille Howard – Hurry Back Baby
6. Chuz Alfred – Caravan
7. Roy Gaines – Alabama Sue
8. Paul Boyers Band – Mambo Mambo Baby (feat. Pattie Parish)
9. Monogram Caribbean Orchestra – Calypso Cha Cha for Spooks
10. Clarence Garlow – New Bon Ton Roulay
11. Maurice King – Bermuda
12. Floyd Dixon – Please Don’t Go
13. Aggie Dukes – Swing Low Sweet Cadillac
14. Otis Blackwell – My Josephine
15. Duke Groner – Oppin for Later
16. Big Bertha – Little Daddy
17. Linton Garner – Double A Mambo
18. Ontarios & Frank Motley & His Crew – Lovers Mambo
19. Toni Jordan – The Bend
20. Eddie Kochak – Mambo Arriba
21. Christine Kittrell – I Ain’t Nothing but a Fool
22. Harmonica Blues King Harris – Blues King Mango
23. Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires – My Very Own
24. Sax Mallard – The Mojo
Available from 03.11.2017

Courtney Pine (Ft. Omar) – Butterfly / Rules
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Courtney Pine (Ft. Omar) – Butterfly / Rules

Image: 1610972 No musician embodies more the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than Courtney Pine. His debut album, Journey To The Urge Within in 1987, was the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40, notching up sales to qualify for a silver disc.

Aside from being the preeminent figure in the resurgence of British jazz, Courtney became a renowned presenter and broadcaster, best known for his long running radio show for BBC Radio 2, ‘Jazz Crusade’. He was also awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year’s Honours, and was also made a C.B.E in 2009 for services to Music.

As an artist always looking to work outside of and across established musical genres, it is easier to list the musicians and artists he hasn’t worked with, but now in 2017 Courtney releases brand new music featuring another British music legend of equal repute, his Freestyle Records label mate and an artist also honoured for his own creative endeavours, Omar Lyefook M.B.E.

Both tracks of this single are taken from Courtneys’ forthcoming album Black Notes From The Deep – the 19th of his stellar career. The exciting and fresh interpretation of Herbie Hancocks’ Butterfly demonstrates straight away that this is a dream team combination. With Alec Dankworth laying down the bass, Rod Youngs’ drumming underpinning the groove, the song also gives the outstanding keyboards of Robert Mitchell space to stretch out – Omars fantastic vocal performance rides sweetly on top of the dreamy backing vocals of Charleen Hamilton – and of course Courtneys’ flowing, imaginative and creative solo perfects this modern version of a much loved classic.

Rules is a brand new, collaborative composition by Courtney & Omar – the punchy drums and bass line patterns hints simultaneously at classic jazz and funkier club-centric sounds. Courtney cooks on tenor saxophone and also the organ – whilst Omar marinades the super catchy melody with that unmistakable voice.

As an introduction to the forthcoming album Black Notes From The Deep this single points the way to what 2 British legends, both exemplary in their own right – can come up with when joining forces.

Tracklisting
1 Butterfly (feat. Omar)
2 Rules (feat. Omar) Available from 08.09.2017

Sun Ra – Singles Vol.2 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Singles Vol.2 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)

Image: 1609273 Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.

A1 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Space Loneliness
A2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – State Street
A3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Blue Set
A4 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Big City Blues
B1 Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – A Blue One
B2 Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – Orbitration In Blue
B3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Out There A Minute
B4 Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Tell Her To Come On Home
B5 Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – I’M Making Believe
C1 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – The Bridge
C2 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Rocket # 9
C3 Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Blues On Planet Mars
C4 Sun Ra & His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Saturn Moon
C5 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Journey To Saturn
C6 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Enlightenment
D1 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – I’M Gonna Unmask The Batman
D2 Sun Ra & His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The Perfect Man
D3 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
D4 Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Mayan Temple
D5 Sun Ra Quartet – Sky Blues
E1 Sun Ra Quartet– Disco 3000
E2 Sun Ra – Rough House Blues
E3 Sun Ra – Cosmo-Extensions
E4 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Quest
E5 Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra – Outer Space Plateau
E6 Sun Ra Arkestra – Sometimes I’M Happy
F1 Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
F2 Sun Ra Arkestra – On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama
F3 Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmo Drama
F4 Sun Ra – I Am The Instrument

Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volume of the vinyl edition on 3LP format which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.
Released sporadically during the three decades and primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off missives from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forwardthinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with the first volume vinyl editions, the collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and some of his R&B recordings to alternative versions of Arkestra staples like ‘Love In Outer Space’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.
As Francis Gooding describes them, “they are answers to questions that albums won’t answer, and questions that can’t be asked or answered elsewhere.”
As with Ra’s LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. On the volume 2 vinyl editions, we feature tracks that have only ever been seen via a small handful of copies including ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’, some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles including Ra’s very last single release, the reflective ‘I Am The Instrument’.
Sleeve note writers Chris Trent and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
‘Singles’ Vol. 2 features fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Chris Trent sleeve notes and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

KEY POINTS:
– Second volume vinyl edition of definitive collection of Sun Ra singles, including Saturn
releases, planned singles, posthumous releases and magazine giveaways
– Remastered by Technologyworks including exclusive tape transfers from the Sun Ra archive
– Includes rare photos and sleeve notes by Chris Trent. Extensive track by track notes and
session details by Paul Griffiths
– official release prepared in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC
FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, Kamasi Washington, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Fletcher Henderson, Batman,
Gershwin, The Pyramids, Salah Ragab, doo-wop, be-bop, Philip Cohran, Jerry Dammers,
Gilles Peterson, Shabaka HutchingsGilles Peterson, Shabaka Hutchings Available from 05.05.2017

Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman (LP/180g/Gatefold/Poster)

Image: 1609311 In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.

For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.

Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.

The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.

With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.

But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.

Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.

The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.

Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.

This limited edition Vinyl is produced as 1x LP (180gr) in Gatefold with liner notes & pictures, 30×60 Inlay/Poster …

Tracklist
1. Best Woman 9:17
2. Vi Deka 9:20
3. Maimouna Cherie 8:39
4. Wa Ton Verité Ton Noemi 9:22 Available from 21.04.2017

Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2

Image: 1608034 Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American Rhythm and Blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US Soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

The influence of Soul music on Jamaican Rocksteady and Reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis.

Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased when the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s – and the music evolved further from Rocksteady into Roots Reggae.

Heavyweight gatefold sleeve double vinyl (plus download code).

TRACKLIST:

1. Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
2. The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
3. Carlton & The Shoes – Never Let Go
4. Alton Ellis – I’m Still In Love With You
5. Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
6. The Bassies – Big Mistake
7. Alton & Hortense Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
8. Slim Smith – Born To Love
9. Cannon & The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
10. John Holt – Strange Things
11. The Actions – Giddy Up
12. Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
13. The Paragons – Change Your Style
14. Jerry Jones – Trying Times
15. The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
16. The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
17. Delroy Wilson – Run Run
18. The Soul Two – Puppy Love
19. Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
Available from 03.02.2017

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra – I Roam The Cosmos
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra – I Roam The Cosmos

Image: 1607719 Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra I ROAM THE COSMOS, Art Yard LP-2021, 180 gram Vinyl Only Limited Edition Release.

PERSONNEL Sun Ra: keyboards, vocal June Tyson: vocal Marshall Allen: alto sax, flute, piccolo Danny Davis: alto sax or clarinet John Gilmore: tenor sax Akh Tal Ebah: trumpet Kwame Hadi: trumpet Eloe Omoe: bass clarinet Danny Ray: Thompson: baritone sax James Jacson: oboe Ronnie Boykins: bass Tommy Hunter, Harry Richards, Robert Underwood, and /or Lex Humphries: drums Atakatune, Alzo Wright, Odun: percussion

I Roam the Cosmos. I visit a Planet now and then My visits are so seldom that sometimes The people on the Planet forget who I am Whenever that happens, I have no choice But to make them remember.

And since so many men have roamed this Planet Saying so many things that never proved of worth To the Planet I will have to do what I don’t want to do I will have to impress upon Every man, woman, and child upon this Planet Who I am So that they will NEVER forget who I am.

All the people are asleep There is no one to give me the glory I deserve See the splendours of my Universe I made it with my very own hands.

You think because my Universe is so big that you are of no importance to me? You thought I had forsaken you If I did, why am I here now?

The Sun is your very best friend Greets you every morning, “Hello, my friends” Bids you goodbye every night “Goodbye, my friends, see you in the morning.”

The Sun is your very best servant Serving you day and night The Sun never sleeps The Sun never sleeps.

The Universe sent me to converse with you But how can I talk to every man, woman, and child At the same time?

I, because of the majesty upon Planet Earth, Must ask the volcanoes of Earth to speak of my glory I must ask the winds of Earth to speak of my glory I must ask the Earth itself to quake and tremble.

At my presence upon the Earth must ask the Earth to change its orbits And its journey among the Stars So that it can change the destiny of every person Upon this Planet.

I must nullify astrology I must nullify all prophecies I must create a different kind of World That is more suitable for me That I might visit this Planet, and feel at home.

Produced for Art Yard by Peter Dennett. Mastered and Transferred by Michael D. Anderson. Digital audio restoration by Michael D Anderson and Irwin Chusid. Mastered for vinyl by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works. Liner notes by Knoel Scott and Irwin Chusid. Front cover illustrations by Veronika Pražanova design by Art Yard. Special Thanks to Sun Ra, John Gilmore, June Tyson, Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Pat Patrick, Charles Davis, Michael Ray, Knoel Scott and the Sun Ra Arkestra band members, Thomas Jenkins Jr., Managing Director, Sun Ra LLC, Michael D. Anderson, Sun Ra Music Archives, Irwin Chusid, administrator, Sun Ra LLC, Quinton Scott, John Corbett, Chris Trent, Hartmut Geerken, Val Wilmer, Jill Tipping, Peter Beckmann and Francis Gooding.

Available from 16.12.2016

Sun Ra – Singles Vol.1 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sun Ra – Singles Vol.1 (Definitive 45s Collection 1952-91)

Image: 1606890 Strut present the part one of the definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991.

CD 1
1. Sun Ra – I Am An Instrument
2. Sun Ra – I Am Strange
3. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra – Chicago Usa
4. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra – Spaceship Lullaby
5. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’S Gonna Tell You No Lie
6. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra – A Foggy Day
7. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra And His Orchestra – I’M Coming Home
8. Billie Hawkins With Sun-Ra And His Orchestra – Last Call For Love
9. Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Soft Talk
10. Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Super Blonde
11. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Saturn
12. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Call For All Demons
13. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Demon’S Lullaby
14. Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra – Super-Sonic Jazz
15. Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra – Medicine For A Nightmare
16. Le Sun-Ra & His Arkistra – Urnack
17. The Qualities – It’S Christmas Time
18. The Qualities – Happy New Year To You!
19. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) – M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)
20. Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) – Hot Skillet Momma
21. The Cosmic Rays With Le Sun Ra And Arkestra – Bye Bye
22. The Cosmic Rays With Le Sun Ra And Arkestra – Somebody’S In Love
23. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Hours After
24. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Great Balls Of Fire
Cd 2
1. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – October
2. Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Adventur In Space
3. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Dreaming
4. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’S Gonna Tell You No Lie
5. Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Round Midnight
6. Hattie Randolph With Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Back In Your Own Back Yard
7. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Saturn
8. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Velvet
9. Yochanan “A Space Age Vocalist” With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Sun One
10. Yochanan “A Space Age Vocalist” With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Message To Earthman
11. Yochanan With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Sun Man Speaks
12. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Space Loneliness
13. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – State Street
14. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – The Blue Set
15. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Big City Blues
16. Sun Ra And His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – A Blue One
17. Sun Ra And His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick – Orbitration In Blue
18. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Hell #1 (A.k.a. Out There A Minute)
19. Little Mack With Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Tell Her To Come On Home
20. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – I’M Making Believe

Cd 3
1. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – The Bridge
2. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Rocket # 9
3. Sun Ra And His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Blues On Planet Mars
4. Sun Ra And His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra – Saturn Moon
5. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Journey To Saturn
6. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – Enlightenment
7. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – I’M Gonna Unmask The Batman
8. Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra – The Perfect Man
9. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
10. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Mayan Temple
11. Sun Ra – Sky Blues
12. Sun Ra – Disco 2021
13. Sun Ra – Rough House Blues
14. Sun Ra – Cosmo-Extensions
15. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Quest
16. Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra – Outer Space Plateau
17. Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
18. Sun Ra Arkestra – Sometimes I’M Happy
19. Sun Ra Arkestra – On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 1)
20. Sun Ra Arkestra – Cosmo Drama (Prophetika 2)
21. Sun Ra – I Am The Instrument

All Tracks Cd 1 And Tracks 1-12 Cd 2 Featured On 3Lp Vol. 1
Tracks 13-20 Cd 2 And All Tracks Cd 3 Featured On 3Lp Vol. 2

Strut present the definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991. Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off meteorites from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forwardthinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions. The collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and his early work with Chicago vocal groups to the different phases of his Arkestra, small group and duet recordings. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand.
As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Only a small handful of copies of ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’ have ever been seen, some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years, some were planned and pencilled but allegedly never made it to vinyl (including ‘Saturn’ and ‘Velvet’ from the Jazz In Silhouette LP) and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases, including ‘Hell #1’ aka ‘Out There A Minute’.
The set is the most comprehensive collection of Ra’s singles to date. Sleeve note writers Francis Gooding and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
‘Singles’ will be released on CD and LP formats across two release dates. Both formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Francis Gooding’s extensive sleeve notes, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

KEY POINTS:
– first definitive collection of Sun Ra singles, including all Saturn releases, planned singles, posthumous releases and magazine giveaways
– Remastered by Technologyworks including exclusive tape transfers from the Sun Ra archive
– 45s box sets include many singles reissued on 45 for the first time since their original
release. Presented in their original label artwork
– All formats include rare photos and sleeve notes by Francis Gooding. Extensive track by track notes and session details by paul Griffiths
– official release prepared in conjunction with Sun Ra LLC

FOR FANS OF:
Miles Davis, Kamasi Washington, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Fletcher Henderson, Batman,
Gershwin, The Pyramids, Salah Ragab, doo-wop, be-bop, Philip Cohran, Jerry Dammers,
Gilles Peterson, Shabaka Hutchings

Available from 25.11.2016

Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax

Image: 1606079 • An all-instrumental journey through numerous genre-crossing worlds. Features members of Antibalas (Daptone Records) and Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark. Coke bottle clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Step Away
2. Woodland
3. Paella Bahia
4. Ambiguity
5. Well-Tempered Water
6. Potato Brain
7. Eastern Parkway
8. Coffee Étude
9. Return To
10. Bogen & Roland
11. August 25th
12. RSVP
13. Dark Yoga
14. Sleepover

Les Yper Sound presents an all-instrumental journey through the many worlds of drums and saxophones. In early 2016, New York session musicians Miles Arntzen and Jas Walton—who both currently play in Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Miles’s Greenwich Village basement. They composed demos that were made up of Miles’s percussion, Jas’s woodwinds, and the sounds of everyday objects.

The style of recording and manipulating everyday ‘non-musical’ sounds was born in Paris during the 1940s and dubbed “musique concrète.” This revolutionary process seeped into pop music in the mid-‘60s, and now—due to ever-advancing music technology—it is a staple of mainstream music. Explorations of Drums & Sax is a hat tip to the novelty of recorded sounds back when they were still weird and way out.

As well as experimenting with the early laboratory process of musique concrète, Miles notes, “usually one of us was coming from something else, from a rehearsal with so-and-so right to my basement and just jumping right in. There was no time to think about what might be seeping in influence-wise, but it was always related to all the other things we were doing.” The duo began working together in 2009 when they started the band EMEFE in jazz school. Between each of their sidemen gigs with other artists, they steal time to get together and spin their own creations.

While touring with Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor supergroup Atomic Bomb!, Jas met Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark and Sudanese-pop artist Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab). In March, the four of them convened in Brooklyn to record under the project name Les Yper Sound, titled after Pierre Henry’s 1967 musique concrète EP. This studio-oriented team of multi-instrumentalists—who are all producers in their own right—digested Miles and Jas’s original basement demos and began improvising new works during sessions at Shahzad Ismaily’s new Figure 8 studio in Prospect Heights.

The process-based sessions were engineered and mixed by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Eli Crews and produced by Lily Wen. During these spring workshop days, the group built new songs from found objects such as a coins, pickups, a coffee maker, and a tape head stylus.

The group picked up and played whatever was lying around, found a groove together, and sometimes recorded only one take. Other times they looped a small caught moment and layered other elements on top of it. The field recorder and vocoder from a previous band session were put to good use, and the group stayed inspired thanks to donuts and Shane’s restaurant around the corner.

On November 4, Figure & Ground releases its sophomore album Explorations of Drums & Sax comprised of 14 original tracks by Les Yper Sound. The album pulls from the group’s eclectic influences and showcases the drums and sax surrounded by an array of acoustic and electronic sounds all rooted in rhythm and pop melodies.

“It’s all about finding that starting point,” says Jas, “and everything blossoms from there.”

As Miles puts it, “we would just start with an improvisational sound, do that for three minutes, build a song around it, and then maybe at the end of the whole thing, you can’t even hear that first thing anymore but it’s a part of everything else that happened around it. When you play a rhythm on a cool-sounding prepared piano, you don’t know what genre you’re in. Maybe it will become a Brazilian jam or maybe it’ll become a soulful groove—and all that happened in the studio. You’re letting the sound of something dictate and inspire you.”

Money Mark, who studied with the early electronic instrument pioneers, revealed some of his ‘recording hacks’ and found the musical in non-traditional objects. Miles recalls: “We went out to lunch and Money Mark was missing somewhere, and he comes back with two TV speakers and says: ‘We could just plug these into an amp and hit them with your fingers—one’s a little broken but maybe it could be the snare,’ and that’s is exactly what happened. We come back from lunch, plug them into a bass amp, and sure enough it’s perfect.” Listen & find out more here. Available from 04.11.2016

Bitori – Legend Of Funaná (LP 180g/Gatefold)
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bitori – Legend Of Funaná (LP 180g/Gatefold)

Image: 1604412 Analog Africa No. 21 „BITORI“ – Legend Of Funaná (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands) – In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares – better know as Bitori – walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funaná album ever made.

Bitoris musical adventure had begun long before this point. It was 1954 when he embarked on a journey across the seas to the island of Sao Tomé & Principe. The young man´s hope was to return to Cabo Verde with an accordion.

Following two years of hard labour Bitori had succeeded in saving enough money to acquire what was to become his most valued possession, his cherished instrument. The two month journey back to Santiago, his island of birth, proved time enough to master it. Self taught, Bitori developed his own style, an infectious blaze, that quickly caught the attention of the older generation. Before long Bitori was being asked to share his musical talents, igniting the local festivities around Praia with his music.

But not everybody welcomed the rural accordion-based sound. Perceived as a symbol of the struggle for Cape Verdean independence and frowned upon as music of uneducated peasants, Funaná was prohibited by the Portuguese colonial rulers. Performing it in public or in urban centres had serious consequences – often jail time and torture awaited musicians that were “caught in the act”. In light of such persecution the genre of Funaná began to slowly disappear.

In 1975 Cabo Verde achieved independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Along with Cabo Verde’s independence came a lifting of the ban placed on Funaná. The musical repercussions in Cabo Verde were plenty – many upcoming artists embraced Funaná, translating and adapting its musical form in new ways. It was not to be until the mid-1990’s, however, that Funaná in its traditional form was actually recorded.

It was a young singer from Tarafal, Chando Graciosa, who was to play a key role in this event. Upon hearing Bitori, Graciosa immediately felt drawn to Bitori’s unique playing style – a raw and passionate sound accompanied by honest lyrics that reflected the harsh reality of the Cabo Verdean working class. He eagerly approached Bitori suggesting they join forces and travel overseas with the objective of taking Funaná beyond its rural roots. The two of them, with others in tow, achieved their goal and travelled to Europe, introducing a receptive European audience to the vibrant energy of Funaná. Eventually Bitori returned to his beloved Cabo Verde. Graciosa opted to settle in Rotterdam in order to pursue his career – he vowed, however, to bring Bitori across to Holland at a later date to record an album.

In 1997 the time was ripe to immortalise the sound Bitori had shaped over a time span of four decades. Built around a formidable rhythm section, formed of drummer Grace Evora and bass player Danilo Tavares, “Bitori Nha Bibinha” was recorded. The recording catapulted Chando Graciosa to stardom, making him Cabo Verde´s No.1 interpreter of Funaná.

The success in Cabo Verde was phenomenal and Funaná rapidly gained the recognition it deserved, especially in urban dance clubs. Bitori´s songs quickly became standards – classics known and loved throughout the country. The musical success, however, was solely limited to the Cabo Verdean islands – until now!

Analog Africa is proud to contribute to the worldwide promotion of Funaná – the once forbidden sound of the Cabo Verde archipelago – by releasing a worldwide re-issue of Bitori and Chando Graciosa´s legendary recording. The release will herald Bitori´s first European tour taking place during the summer of 2016. Watch this space! And listen!

Tracklisting
1. Bitori Nha Bibinha 5:39
2. Rabelado 5:19
3. Cruz Di Pico 5:42
4. Cabalo 5:28
5. Munana 4:19
6.Natalia 5:12
7.Julinha 4:58
8. Didi Di Réz 5:19

1 CD with 24-pages Booklet
1x LP (180gr) Gatefold with liner notes Available from 16.09.2016

SunPath – Dream Music
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SunPath – Dream Music

Image: 1604453 SunPath is the 1980s outsider New Age music of nomadic
journeyman Jeff Berry.Self-released and privately distributed around
the southwest United States in 1980 and 1984, the coveted material
is now seeing the light of sun for the first time since its genesis.
Currently living in rural Wyoming, Jeff reflects on the Dream Music
to Leaving Records:
“In 1980 several unique events prompted me to jump from the edge
of my known world into other spaces and other places … during the
early 80s, each year I chose a vision or theme and created a work
of music based upon it.
One of the many things that made working on the SunPath music
compositions so interesting and compelling is that in order to evoke
visual images I would spend considerable time searching for specific
sounds.To do that I constructed many different kinds of instruments
and devices – the following details some of this process and how I
combined these acoustical sounds electronically to create a blend
of music not really describable from either medium – all treated with
experimental tape-transferring to induce artifact and generation of
overtone sequences.
In the years that followed, I became more acutely aware of walking
upon the borderline of other dimensions of reality. Even as I write at
this moment if I step outside into the snow and look at a single pine
needle or twig, it glows and shimmers as if flickering in and out of
the solid reality we most normally inhabit. Everything in the natural
world has this quality and I am most perplexed and astounded at
every moment of my being.”

Yasimin and the Snowflake Dragon (1980):
1. Jasmine
2. Snow Flake Dragon
SunPath2 (1984):
1. Gá Te
2. Stream and Crystal

• Privately-issued New Age/Psychedelic gems from 1980 and 1984, revived and reissued by Leaving Records
• The two tapes are duplicated exactly as they were originally released, with 6-panel j-cards containing extensive liner notes.
• The tapes are bundled in a midnight blue & gold sleeve, and come with immediate digital download Available from 01.07.2016

Various – Nigeria 70 – Sweet Times
Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Nigeria 70 – Sweet Times

Image: 1563681 Essential vinyl repress of the STRUT classic Nigeria 70: Sweet Times.

01 Moneyman and The Super 5 International – Life
02 Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International – Henrietta
03 The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination – Ire
04 Dr Victor Olaiya’s International All-Stars – Kinringjingbin
05 Zeal Onyia & His Music – Idegbani
06 Admiral Dele Abiodun & His Top Hitters International – It’s Time For Juju Music
07 Eji Oyewole – Unity In Africa
08 Tunde Mabadu – Viva Disco (Instrumental)
09 Sina Bakare – Inu Mimo
10 Soki Ohale’s Uzzi – Bisi’s Beat
11 Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – E Ma S’eka 3.20
12 Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes – Ama Mbre Ewa
13 Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers – Ajoyio

“A landmark collection that remains a compelling journey into a time and place: Nigeria in the 1970s, when American soul and funk (along with Anglo-American blues-rock and psychedelia) infected the roots of traditional and popular West African musical styles like highlife, juju, fuji, and apala.” Dusted magazine Strut announce a brand new repress of the third instalment in the pioneering ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation series, compiled by series curator Duncan Brooker. Excavating another choice batch of rare grooves from Nigeria’s label archives, the new edition places the spotlight on some of the deeper fusions happening across the country during the 1970s as traditional guitar highlife blended with jazz and funk, hypnotic juju grooves became more progressive and young Nigerian bands came through with their own heavy West African take on U.S. soul, funk, disco and rock.
As within much of the ‘Nigeria 70’ album series, all of the featured selections are previously unissued outside of Nigeria. Tracks range from the dynamite big band workout of Alex Ringo’s Moneyman & The Super 5 International to the Congolese guitar-drenched ‘Henrietta’ by the late Ali Chukwumah, former member of Stephen Osita Osadebe’s Sound Makers. Darker psych grooves from Don Isaac Ezekiel sit alongside a languorous highlife jam by the legendary Victor Olaiya and juju legend Ebenezer Obey cooks up a lilting, deeply beautiful mid-tempo groove from 1970 in a musical plea for peace. ‘Nigeria 70: Sweet Times’ is another essential celebration of the glut of incredible music that surfaced in post-independence Nigeria.
This is the third edition in the acclaimed ‘Nigeria 70’ series. The first volume, released in 2001, was the first compilation of its kind to explore in depth the myriad of funk and soul fusions emerging from Nigeria during the 1970s. Strut followed this with a second edition, ‘Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump’, in 2008.
‘Nigeria 70” Sweet Times’ is compiled by Duncan Brooker and features extensive sleeve notes by writer and broadcaster Max Reinhardt.

KEY POINTS:
– Limited new re-press of classic highlife, juju and afrobeat collection, 500 copies only
– Definitive format: 2LP set including CD version as bonus
– one of the most influential of all recent African music series which helped spawn a new market for African rare grooves
– album fully remastered for this reissue

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Victor Olaiya, Orlando Julius, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Afrobeat, highlife, James Brown, Segun Bucknor, Peter King, IK Dairo, Soundway, Analog Africa, Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, ET Mensah Available from 27.05.2016

Sach – Essential
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sach – Essential

Image: 1601943 While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the
pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Café,
an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in
Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life
group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo
called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for
a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ‘Nouka
Basetype / Sach’ Caldwell and Yusef ‘Afloat’Muhammad, The Nonce
had already been rapping and recording together for years prior
to arriving at Good Life. The Nonce signed to Wild West Records
/ American and completed a record called ‘World Ultimate’ in 1995.
An early single called “Mix Tapes” emerged from the ‘World Ultimate’
sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn
samples and deft turntable scratches, it’s emblematic of the sound
that would pervade the classic album. The song charts Sach and
Yusef’s growth from mixtape peddlers to artists. It also became The
Nonce’s stepping stone to a major label contract and a bonafide
west coast classic.
After ‘World Ultimate’, Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical
boundaries even further. Unfortunately for Yusef Afloat, the journey
ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway.
In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, selfreleasing
nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations
and instrumental tapes.
Fast forward to 2016 and the forthcoming release of ‘ESSENTIAL
[HNR57] a remastered twelve-track “Best of” SACH compilation
album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of
hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary
musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of
Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus
illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino,
and is available on limited-edition 12” tangerine colored vinyl (plus
Cassette tape (includes two non-LP bonus tracks “Heavenly Spit” &
“Robot on Ya”).

• Sach was one half of hip hop duo The Nonce
• Essential is a “best of” compilation serving as a reintroduction
to a new generation
• Liner notes by Carlos Nino
• Pressing is limited to 300 units on orange vinyl

Side A
1. BLACK EARTH: from
‘Suckas Hate Me’ (2002)
2. VOICE OF HIP-HOP: from
Sach 5th Ave’ (2004)
3. MIX TAPES: from The
Nonce ‘World Ultimate’
(1995)
4. ROSE: from ‘Only For The
Gifted & The Lifted’ (2006)
5. LET ‘EM: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
6. BRASS RUNG: from ‘Sach
5th Ave (2004)
Side B
1. MY BLUN (DEDICATED TO
NAUHI): from ‘Happy Verse
Day: Suite 2’ (2013)
2. HUMBLE!: from ‘Ignorance
My Enemy’ (2010)
3. FLAMBAY: from ‘I’m From
Vermont Knolls’ (2014)
4. I MIGHT: from ‘Only For
The Gifted & The Lifted’
(2006)
5. LOOK AT ME MEAN: from
‘Seven Days To Engineer’
(1998)
6. JOY: from ‘Sach 5th Ave’
(2004)
Cassette Bonus Tracks:
1. HEAVENLY SPIT: from
Grand Daddy Sach (2002)
1. ROBOT ON YA: from
Happy Verse Day: Suite 2
(2002) Available from 19.02.2016

George Adams – Finest
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on George Adams – Finest

Image: 1601007 A compilation of the finest by the late saxophone player George Adams. Get introduced into the world of avantgarde and postbop jazz. TIP!
Following the releases of Pharoah Sanders and Chet Baker Dopeness Galore recovered recordings from George Adams. All tracks were originally released on Timeless Records in the 1970’s and 1980’s. They showcase the love for contrast prominent in the Adams/Pullen quartet and a synergy and energy between the members that just can’t beat.

The songs clearly demonstrate Adams’ dramatic way of playing the saxophone. Skillfully gliding along his instrument, blowing out from the lowest to the highest tune in one breath. On the grand piano Don Pullen now and then makes use of the highest octaves in a haunting way, almost like he’s
using his knuckles instead of his fingertips. The drive drummer Danny Richmond brings to the plate result in tight rhythmic sessions. All the while bassist Cameron Brown wields his way through the songs, easily picking along in high gear.

Take note of the care taken of the album sleeve for the release. The artwork was done by Belgian artist Alex Deforce and the in depth liner-notes were written by Dutch flutist Han Litz.

“A deeply focused, spiritual journey guided by the late George Adams”: George Adams – ‘Finest

1. Intentions [edit]
2. Earth Beams!
3. Nature’s Children
4. City Gates
5. Decisions!
6. Send In The Clowns
Available from 18.12.2015

Unique modern jazz and hard bop from trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff
Monday, October 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Unique modern jazz and hard bop from trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff

Lost jazz files: Recently discovered treasures from the world renowned “German ambassador of jazz”, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff from Frankfurt/ Main. Unique modern jazz and hard bop recorded in the late 1950s and early 60s – sadly forgotten or previously unreleased, featuring Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Peter Trunk, Heinz Sauer, Günter Lenz and many more big […]

Mind Vortex – Against The Grain EP
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mind Vortex – Against The Grain EP

Image: 1596513 After the release of their ‘Colours’ EP in 2014, Mind Vortex have switched up a gear and are now rolling forward with even more intensity. Presenting yet another four slabs of sonic-attitude, they’ve solidified their mark in Ram’s roster and are this time coming for the jugular. If you were looking for the same pent-up aggression as ‘Hotbox’ and ‘Gravity’, Mind Vortex are not here to disappoint.

Title-track ‘Against the Grain’ serves as the perfect entrée. Pulsating subs are underpinned by quickening drum patterns, which pull you against a baying tide. Snapping against booming kicks and elevating into an exploding crescendo, one which is meticulously planned. Mind Vortex have shifted the drum & bass paradigm, by merging different stylistic patterns demonstrated even within the EP’s very first track.

Rolling out next with quick fire beats and the intimidating growl of Evil B is ‘Bigger than that’. The MC leads you into a construction line of chaos, crafted by funk driven basslines and breaks which are bulging at their seams. Weighty, menacing and instantly grappling your attention, it’s a sure-fire club anthem… One which has already ignited dancefloors.

With longing piano notes steppily taking you through its introduction, ‘Curve Ball’ throws you headfirst into a midst of infectious synths and fluctuating key patterns. A driving anthem, yet one which takes its time to methodically build segments, the track stays true to its name. Constantly throwing you jauntily into different directions, this is demonstrative of Mind Vortex’s ability to hold you by the ears. There’s no stopping this pounding riddim, it beholds a pulse to keep you dancing.

Then finally, comes ‘Stand High’. Daniela’s vocal delights take you through a journey between breaks, elevated with each beat pattern. Again, Mind Vortex epitomises their command over every nerve in your body. Aboard vocal crescendos, risen by elevating synths you’re baited by each hook and snared almost too easily. It’s the perfect accompaniment to three already hard-hitting stompers… Proving Mind Vortex’s versatility, a trait which is sure to see them explode in the next twelve months.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Against The Grain
2. Bigger Than That (feat. Evil B)
3. Curve Ball
4. Stand High (feat. Daniela)
Available from 29.05.2015

Various – Balearic Blah Blah Vol.6
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Balearic Blah Blah Vol.6

Another quality Blah Blah vinyl has arrived full of Balearic beauties. “Fun Games” is a killer – a nice KBE extended edit of the impossible-to-find 80s original. With vocals and production sounding almost like a Sade track, lush keys, the exact right…

Gerardo Frisina returns on Schema with a brand new album
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Gerardo Frisina returns on Schema with a brand new album

Gerardo Frisina has established himself throughout the years as one of the finest interpreters of the Latin-influenced Jazz club sound. Four years after the release of “Join the Dance”, he returns on Schema with a brand new album, “Movement”. Gerardo’s contribution to the history of Italian Jazz is remarkable: along with his activity as a […]

Gerardo Frisina – Movement (2LP)
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gerardo Frisina – Movement (2LP)

Image: 1592819 Gerardo Frisina has established himself throughout the years as one of the finest interpreters of the Latin-influenced Jazz club sound. Four years after the release of “Join the Dance”, he returns on Schema with a brand new album, “Movement”.

Gerardo’s contribution to the history of Italian Jazz is remarkable: along with his activity as a producer, his work has been pivotal in uncovering rare Italian and European Jazz for international audiences, thus reviving this rich heritage. The studio is where he feels at home: his recent activity has been considerable, with a multitude of projects and single releases, and finally, a new album. Like a gifted movie director, he conducts with delicacy and mastery a fine ensemble of musicians, bringing into these recordings the outcome of lifelong research into sound. His fifth full-length album summarizes his experiences, his endless listening sessions and experiments with different music cultures.

Here are 12 pieces describing another amazing journey through Gerardo’s rich and exotic influences: these are the adventures of a European Jazz man immersed in Afro-Cuban inspirations. Gerardo’s love for Cuban music is wellknown. Jazz had been influenced by Cuban music since its early days and Gerardo’s blend of this tradition has become a trademark. His fans will not be disappointed by “Movement” and the uninitiated will discover the manifold nuances of his sound.

“Movement” though, contains a new musical perspective – a more Afro-Funk approach that we can feel on tracks like “The Talisman” or “Mystic Latin”, with hot drum breaks that will set fire to the dance floor. This could be how would Manu Dibango or Fela Kuti sound in 2014!

“What is Jazz?” is how fine Jazz house music should be: a classy dance piece with a charming vibraphone, beautiful flute improvisations over strong acoustic percussion.

“Eastern Vibration – Shout it Out” is a unique homage and tribute to the spiritual Jazz of the late 60s and early 70s. The only track featuring vocals, is a medley of a theme by the saxophonist Charles Williams and an original composition.

Gerardo’s music has the indisputable power of creating cinematic atmospheres – a not-so unconscious inspiration, since his love for rare and exotic soundtrack is well-known. Take for instance “Reporter”, which resounds indeed with notes of an old TV opening theme on investigative reports, bringing to mind frenetic action.

And action is what “Movement” commands to the mind: a sound that finds its natural environment in small and warm clubs – intimate places where dancers release their energy and celebrate life.

“Movement” is a soundtrack of warm and summary vibes that will stay with us for a long time.

TRACKLIST 2LP
A1 Arrival
A2 I Need Rhythm
A3 Movement
B1 The Talisman
B2 Selvatico
B3 The Sound Image
C1 Eastern Vibrations/Shout it Out
C2 Reporter
C3 Communications
D1 Moving Shadows
D2 Mystic Latin
D3 What’s Jazz? Available from 14.11.2014

Nana Love – Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nana Love – Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk

Image: 1590338 BBE are back with the third installment of the “Masters We Love” series. This time taking their crate-digging journey to producer Reindorf Oppong and reissuing Nana Love’s ‘Disco Documentary – Full of Funk . Featuring unreleased tracks and a new master from the original master tapes this is a must own for any afro disco aficionado.

The third instalment of our “Masters We Love” series, our crate-digging journey led us to the original producer Reindorf Oppong, of what could possibly be one of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s, Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”.
The original master tapes were un-covered [and luckily in great shape] and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this very special package.
Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [with production by Reindorf Oppong] lends a wonderfully balanced approach to the arrangements. The result is a set of tracks that are positioned carefully at the forward thinking crossroads of Disco, Boogie and
Soul & Funk…
Her band included 6 of the original Boney M members as well as the legendary Harry Mosco and was recorded in London in 1978, in the same studio as Boney M recorded alongside David Bowie.
This album makes us think, would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s? If so these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dance floor with their deep root in Disco, Soul & Funk!

Key Selling Points.
• Never re-issued album available on CD & Digital for the first time
• Re-mastered from the original master tapes by Masterpiece London
• Re-stored artwork from high-res scans & high-end retoucher
• Additional archive photos
• Extensive liner notes telling the story behind the recordings
• 12 piece studio band containing 6 members from Boney M as well as legendary Harry Mosco
• Limited double LP in gatefold sleeve

TRACKLISTING
CD
1. I’m In Love
2. We Gonna Stay For The Party
3. Talking About Music
4. Disco Lover
5. Sahara / Chains of Love
6. Hang On Baby
7. When The Heart Decides
8. Reach Out My Hand
9. Loving Feeling (Dance Mix)
10. Loving Feeling (Instrumental)

Vinyl 1
Side A
I’m In Love
Side B
We Gonna Stay For The Party
Talking About Music
Disco Lover
Sahara / Chains Of Love
Vinyl 2
Side C
Hang On Baby
When The Heart Decides
Side D
Reach Out My Hand
Loving Feeling [Dance Mix]
Loving Feeling [Instrumental]
For Fans of Strut Africa, Afro
Funk, Masters We LoveBBE are back with the third installment of the “Masters We Love” series. This time taking their crate-digging journey to producer Reindorf Oppong and reissuing Nana Love’s ‘Disco Documentary – Full of Funk . Featuring unreleased tracks and a new master from the original master tapes this is a must own for any afro disco aficionado.

The third instalment of our “Masters We Love” series, our crate-digging journey led us to the original producer Reindorf Oppong, of what could possibly be one of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s, Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”.
The original master tapes were un-covered [and luckily in great shape] and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this very special package.
Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [with production by Reindorf Oppong] lends a wonderfully balanced approach to the arrangements. The result is a set of tracks that are positioned carefully at the forward thinking crossroads of Disco, Boogie and
Soul & Funk…
Her band included 6 of the original Boney M members as well as the legendary Harry Mosco and was recorded in London in 1978, in the same studio as Boney M recorded alongside David Bowie.
This album makes us think, would there ever have been a Studio 54 in Ghana in late 70s? If so these would have been the recordings that would have packed the dance floor with their deep root in Disco, Soul & Funk!

Key Selling Points.
• Never re-issued album available on CD & Digital for the first time
• Re-mastered from the original master tapes by Masterpiece London
• Re-stored artwork from high-res scans & high-end retoucher
• Additional archive photos
• Extensive liner notes telling the story behind the recordings
• 12 piece studio band containing 6 members from Boney M as well as legendary Harry Mosco
• Limited double LP in gatefold sleeve

TRACKLISTING
CD
1. I’m In Love
2. We Gonna Stay For The Party
3. Talking About Music
4. Disco Lover
5. Sahara / Chains of Love
6. Hang On Baby
7. When The Heart Decides
8. Reach Out My Hand
9. Loving Feeling (Dance Mix)
10. Loving Feeling (Instrumental)

Vinyl 1
Side A
I’m In Love
Side B
We Gonna Stay For The Party
Talking About Music
Disco Lover
Sahara / Chains Of Love
Vinyl 2
Side C
Hang On Baby
When The Heart Decides
Side D
Reach Out My Hand
Loving Feeling [Dance Mix]
Loving Feeling [Instrumental]
For Fans of Strut Africa, Afro
Funk, Masters We Love Available from 08.08.2014

Non Phixion – The Future Is Now (Deluxe Edition)
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Non Phixion – The Future Is Now (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1590748 In collaboration with Uncle Howie Records – Get On Down present the 360-degree story of Non Phixion’s 2002 debut album The Future Is Now (Limited to 800).

The Future Is Now Premium Edition Includes:

– 2 CDs, containing the original album vocal versions and instrumentals
– Three 7-inch singles featuring original 12-inch artwork: “Black Helicopters,” “Drug Music,” and “Rock Stars”
– An 80-page, hard-cover liner notes book featuring dozens of group-sourced photos and archival images, and in-depth interviews with all group members by author Chris Faraone
– Full reproduction of the group’s press-only sampler cassette from 2000 (with early singles, demos, freestyles and promos): “The Past, The Present and the Future Is Now”
– Expanded artwork from Mear One’s original album visuals

By the time Non Phixion’s now-monumental debut album hit in 2002, the group had been on an intense and labyrinthine journey, considering that they had originally formed in 1995. At the same time, it was somewhat fitting for a group that was as explosive and unpredictable as they were talented. But no matter how The Future Is Now had come about and what path they had taken to get there, rap fans jumped on the album at the time, and still revere it to this day.

Featuring MCs Ill Bill, Goretex and Sabac [Red] with DJ Eclipse, Brooklyn’s Non Phixion made their first waves as a group in the mid-1990s with the indie singles “Legacy” (1996) and “5 Boros ” (1997), released on MC Serch’s Serchlite Music. They fit perfectly into an era in New York City that had produced not only the Wu-Tang Clan, M.O.P. and Mobb Deep, but also underground firebrands and peers like Company Flow and the Arsonists. Aggressive, brazen, intelligent, and never predictable, they were impossible to ignore. Not-to-be-missed live shows helped to build their legend and fanbase throughout the end of the ‘90s.

As Chris Faraone explains in the set’s ridiculously comprehensive liner notes book (featuring interviews with all four group members):
Non Phixion inspired fans to simultaneously deploy their smarts, bang their heads, and throw a fist. With their small but lauded body of collective work, Ill Bill, Sabac Red, Goretex, and DJ Eclipse introduced hip-hop to a unique brand of intelligent thuggery that looked past convenient enemies, and brought heat to the terrorists in government and beyond. From the group’s formation in the mid-90s, to their breakup more than a decade later, Non Phixion kicked conspiratorial science that rings even truer now than it did before the aughts …

Looking back on factors that contributed to Non Phixion, it’s clear that the group set itself aside by packing a distinctively hard edge, and by tapping into a seismic range of influences – white poverty, thrash metal – that most rappers avoided. As a result, they attracted a diverse scrum of legionnaires – hip-hop fans with hardcore sympathies, bloodthirsty political animals, wordsmiths, goons, gutter kids, and even highbrow herbs conducting graduate analyses.

After the initial buzz in the wake of their early singles, they were signed to, and subsequently parted ways with, both the Geffen and Matador labels in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. After those experiences, Non Phixion decided – in true and appropriate indie fashion – to go for self. The Future Is Now finally hit in 2002 on the group’s Uncle Howie Records, to fanfare appropriate for one of the ‘90s underground hip-hop movement’s most impressive and hardworking crews.

In addition to new songs like the singles “Rock Stars” and “Drug Music,” the album also included previously-heard tracks from the group’s journey: “Black Helicopters” and “If You Got Love” (both from 2000, originally singles on Matador). Considering the mix of abrasiveness contained therein, the fact that the album went to #65 on Billboard’s “Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums” chart that year was an impressive feat.

Production on the album matched the MC talent perfectly, with tracks by Bill’s brother and Uncle Howie label-mate Necro, with additional work by an array of legends, including DJ Premier (“Rock Stars”), Large Professor (“Drug Music,” “It’s Us,” and “We Are The Future”), Pete Rock (“If You Got Love”), and JuJu from the Beatnuts (“Suicide Bomb”).

With more of a decade in the rear-view mirror, The Future Is Now Premium edition is the perfect way for diehard fans to finally hear the stories about the forces that made – and eventually tore apart – Non Phixion, and how The Future Is Now came about. Those engaging tales are brought to life even more with the physical specimens provided on vinyl, CD, cassette and the printed page, bringing fans back to an age before iTunes and YouTube, when hip-hop devotees were won over gig by gig, single by single, and radio show by radio show. Available from 11.07.2014

Various – Horse Meat Disco 4
Monday, June 30th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Horse Meat Disco 4

Image: 1588705 Strut presents HORSE MEAT DISCO IV, the first compilation by the ace London DJ collective in over two years. Since the last instalment in 2012, their status has been cemented as global disco leaders, remaining true to the underground ethic that first inspired them.
Comprising the original core team of James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Luke Howard and Severino, the Horse Meat residency at The Eagle in London’s Vauxhall has become a London clubland institution, rocking Sunday nights weekly. The quartet are also busier than ever on tour with a monthly residency at Prince Charles in Berlin, regular club dates across Europe and a hectic 2014 festival schedule planned including Electric Elephant, Bestival, BodyTonic, Lovebox and Snowbombing. Back in London, they have landed the first ever all-disco weekly show on leading underground radio station, Rinse FM, bringing their deep vinyl knowledge to a whole new generation.
For the fourth edition of the expertly curated Horse Meat Disco compilation journey, the boys dig deep once more for a potent mix of original and
contemporary deep disco nuggets. Included are many tracks receiving their first ever reissue including L’Amour feat. Krystal’s infectious vocal disco gem ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight’, K.S.B.’s Italo Balearic secret weapon ‘Misaluba’ and Rena’s quirky, coquettish ‘I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)’. The album also features new and exclusive productions including a fresh Horse Meat mix of Joey Negro’s brilliant version of T.C. Curtis’ ‘Candidate For Love’ and the lesser known Chicago funky disco stormer ‘Getting To Know MC’ by Shahid Mustaf MC.
‘Horse Meat Disco IV’ is released on 2CD (CD1 mixed by Horse Meat Disco, CD 2 unmixed full length tracks), unmixed 2LP (including full CD version as an insert) and digital. The CD package features a poster fold-out featuring the album cover artwork and all formats feature extensive sleeve notes and track by track info along with brand new photos.

1. Opal – Ain’T No Way (Special Club Mix)
2. K.S.B. – Misaluba
3. The Sunburst Band – Taste The Groove (Hot Toddy Remix)
4. Valery Allington – Stop (Original Version)
5. Ish – Don’T Stop
6. King Sporty & The Root Rockers – Get On Down
7. Cleavage – Barah (Sampled Version)
8. L’Amour Feat. Krystal – Let’S Make Love Tonight
9. Phreek Plus One – La Spirale (J’S Loveboat Mix)
10. Shahid Mustaf Mc – Getting To Know Mc (Funked Over Mix)
11. J. Boogie’S Dubtronic Science Feat. The Pimps Of Joytime – Go To Work (Hot Toddy Mix)
12. Winners – Get Ready For The Future
13. Rena – I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)
14. Laura Taylor – Some Love
15. Joey Negro Vs. Horse Meat Disco – Candidate For Love (Horse Meat Disco Mix)
16. Camouflage – Bee Sting

– first Horse Meat Disco album in over 2 years as the DJ collective’s profile remains high
– strong addition to Strut’s existing disco range alongside first three Horse Meat Dis coalbums, Walter Gibbons ‘Jungle Music’, Bob Blank ‘The Blank Generation’ and more
– full Horse Meat Disco DJ tour schedule during Summer festival season and for the rest of 2014
– CD format includes mixed & unmixed CD, digital and unmixed 2LP to appeal to home listeners and DJs alike

WEB LINKS http://www.strut-records.com

For Fans of: Disco, boogie, Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Danny Krivit, Salsoul, Prelude, Paradise Garage, Disco Bloodbath, West End, Francois
Kevorkian, Derrick Carter, Italo disco Available from 13.06.2014

Nat Birchall – Live in Larissa
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nat Birchall – Live in Larissa

Image: 1589103 Nat Birchall is one of the UK’s most special musicians, a spiritual, soulful saxophonist who has drunk deeply from the endless well that is the music of John Coltrane. A modest man, Birchall is happy out of the limelight but nonetheless has found international acclaim for a series of fine albums on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana label as well as more recently his own Sound Soul and Spirit imprint. This, his sixth album, is his first ever live recording and is released on vinyl and download only. A decision Birchall took on listening to the tapes and thinking the music really suited the warmth of vinyl. It features the core band from his last recording World Without Form: pianist Adam Fairhall, vibist Corey Mwamba, bassist Nick Blacka (GoGo Penguin) and drummer Paul Hession. They all bring something to the music as Birchall explains: “Adam has been in the band since the beginning and he’s there because he understands the music and plays with conviction. Corey is in the band because of his unique approach to playing, it doesn’t actually matter that he plays vibes. I asked him to play because of his playing, not his instrument. He is a free spirit but knows when to play and when not to play. Nick is a great bassist who has a great ability to improvise strong melodic lines within his accompaniment, which is actually pretty rare. Paul is a very great drummer who can play seamlessly throughout a piece if it goes from “time” to free tempo and back again, and makes it sound natural”. The recording came about when Birchall played two nights at the Duende Jazz Bar in Larissa, Greece in May 2013 – where, despite the tiny stage, the warm welcome and overwhelmingly positive reaction to the music inspired the band to reach deep within themselves for two nights of truly inspired music. Thankfully the tapes were rolling and despite the tiny stage and proximity of the mics (a nightmare for mixing) the music was really happening. As Birchall recalls: “There was such a positive atmosphere at the gigs, with people so obviously coming to hear the music with open arms ( and ears ) that we felt very blessed to be on stage. I think the record documents how the band sounds on a given night, with original songs, and one or two by other people, played in an extended way. With everyone able to stretch out and play as long as they like”.

Live In Larissa opens with John Coltrane by the bassist Bill Lee (father of Spike Lee) from Clifford Jordan’s classic Glass Bead Games album – a lost 70s classic on the Strata East label. Everyone solos and the band really stretch out with the performance taking up the whole of Side A of the LP. Divine Harmony is from Nat’s World Without Form recording and the title comes from the harmony that exists throughout the universe and the song has a hymn or prayer-like quality to it. Return To Ithaca is a densely textured musical journey also from World Without Form. Side C opens with Journey In Satchidananda – a classic song by Alice Coltrane. This, along with “John Coltrane” have been in Nat’s set list for the past ten years at least and although the song is pretty much just a bass-line it leaves plenty of room for improvisation and Birchall’s playing here is based on the original recorded melody (as played by Pharoah Sanders). World Without Form is inspired by how musicians aim to “make something out of (almost) nothing” when they improvise on simple melodies and forms. Both this and Divine Harmony are songs where the tenor plays the theme in a strong way, leading the ensemble, who accompany according to the melodic lead. On The Black Ark the bass, piano and horn/vibes parts are simple but rhythmically subtle and “lock” together to make the song work. This gives the music a particular sense of swing without having a walking bass line. Finally the album closes with Sacred Dimension, the title refers to the attempt to reach a higher state of mind when playing music. To try to transcend the notes and get to a place where the music happens by itself. In order to do this there are several things that need to be in place, the right musicians and the right audience and on this rare occasion in a small jazz bar in Larissa the magic happened and the band and audience reached that special place and praise be indeed that the tapes were rolling!!!

“In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don’t have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall screams” (Phil Johnson)
“Truly transcendental” (Andrew Male)
“Beautifully exemplifies the new flowering of Northern jazz soulfulness…deeply felt and beautifully executed” (Jazzwise)
“a beautiful life-affirming album, a legal high even.” (Gary Booth)
“The music has an exuberant, dancelike quality… Birchall gets Coltrane’s spiritual message at a deeper level than many” (John Fordham)
“One of the best Musicians in the UK, no question about that.” (Gilles Peterson)
Tracklisting

1. John Coltrane (Live Version)
2. Divine Harmony (Live Version)
3. Return to Ithaca (Live Version)
4. Journey in Satchidananda (Live Version)
5. World Without Form (Live Version)
6. The Black Ark (Live Version)
7. Sacred Dimension (Live Version) Available from 02.05.2014

Hokis Pokis – The Magic Of Hokis Pokis
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hokis Pokis – The Magic Of Hokis Pokis

Image: 1587398 Formed in 1970, Hokis Pokis was a seminal band in the New York disco scene with a handful of underground local hit singles including the highly-sought after “Nowhere” “Find What You’re Looking For” and “City Rhythm”.

Releasing several singles from the mid ‘70s all the way to the ’80s, Luv N’Haight has compiled all of Hokis Pokis’ musical output into an album which also includes 2 previously unreleased tracks. Remixed and remastered digitally from the original master tapes, the versions on the album are elevated from the already amazing originals with a cleaner sound and harder-hitting bottom end, bridging the gap between dancefloor fanatics in disco’s heyday to their modern day counterparts. Never before seen photos along with corresponding liner notes from DJhistory.com’s Bill Brewster are included in the deluxe double-LP package, telling the story of a group of friends that embark on a musical journey that continues to this day. From the beginning of disco’s rise to its inevitable decline, hitting a low point with the “Disco Sucks” movement, to its eventual resurgence in popularity with today’s dance-culture, Hokis Pokis has remained together bonded by friendship first, coupled with a shared musical vision that continues to endure.

Look for Under the Influence of Hokis Pokis album later in the year featuring heavyweight producers Kon, DJ Spun, Citizen Kane, Al Kent, DJ Day and others who all take their turn creating new, original dancefloor classics from the original multi-tracks.

01. Can’t Wait For Love
02. Get Cha Girl
03. Swing
04. Keep On Rollin’
05. City Rhythm
06. Nowhere
07. Find What You’re Looking For
08. Fire
09. I Only Have Eyes For You
10. Falling In Love Available from 28.03.2014

Fanon Records presents a collection of very rare and exclusive French pop songs from the 60s-70s
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 | Tags: ,
Posted in For Facebook, Magazine, News | Comments Off on Fanon Records presents a collection of very rare and exclusive French pop songs from the 60s-70s

The popular history of French music in the 60s often pits two opposing sides against each other: the polished ‘varieté’ of the yéyé stars like Françoise Hardy against the socially-engaged singer-songwriters like Léo Ferré, but the story is far more complex. Alongside their better-known work, stars like Dalida, Dutronc and Sheila recorded music that happily […]

Various – Studio One Rocksteady
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Studio One Rocksteady

Image: 1587280 Studio One Rocksteady is the fantastic new instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ journey through the mighty vaults of Studio One, reggae’s number one record company and its legendary pioneering producer Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd.

With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture – When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

Heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code).

Tracklisting:

· The Eternals – Stars
· John Holt – Fancy Make Up
· Cecile Campbell – Whisper To Me
· The Heptones – Party Time
· Gaylands – Joy In The Morning
· Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition
· The Heptones – Love Wont Come Easy
· Alton Ellis – Hurting Me
· Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row
· Ken Boothe – Home Home Home
· Jackie Mittoo – Our Thing
· Larry Marshall – Throw Mi Corn
· Duke Morgan – Lick It Back
· Carlton and the Shoes – Me and You
· Dennis Brown – Easy Take It Easy
· Wailing Souls – Pack Up
· Ken Boothe – Moving Away Available from 21.02.2014

Sitelogo_small
Distribution
B2B
Need assistance?

+49 (0) 221 99075 0 phone
+49 (0) 221 99075 990 fax
Contact form

Office hours
Mon–Thu 10h–18h GMT+1
Fri 10h–17h GMT+1

Copyright © 2017 Groove Attack GmbH, Mathias-Brüggen-Str. 85, D-50829 Cologne, Germany
Imprint / Impressum / Disclaimer · Privacy Policy / Datenschutzerklärung