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Bobby Jones – Welcome Back a Foolish Man / Lovin’ Hard…
Monday, December 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bobby Jones – Welcome Back a Foolish Man / Lovin’ Hard…

Image: 1616994 Conforming to the usual high standards we’ve come to expect, Rocafort Records have got their hands on another sublime soul 7inch. Originally released in 1970 on the amusingly named Kack label, soulman Bobby Jones assures us that there’s nothing but the smell of sweet soul music happening here.

Written and produced by well-known Chicago music veteran, Maurice Lee Simpkins, “Welcome Back A Foolish Man” does everything an early 70s mid-tempo two-stepper should. Urgent, pleading lyrics telling of unspeakable heartache, sweeping strings, twangy guitars, heavenly backing vocals that lift everything towards the Gods. All solidly crowned by the raw, expressive vocal talent of Bobby Jones – a consistantly worthy bluesy/soul singer who never really got the recognition he deserved.

Interesting to note that both “Welcome Back A Foolish Man” and the similarly veined B side, “Lovin’ Hard, Livin’ Good” were sung by soul siren Ruby Andrews a few years prior but with different lyrics, different composers and label. A mystery worth solving for any of you musos out there !

1 Welcome Back a Foolish Man
2 Lovin’ Hard, Livin’ Good
Available from 19.01.2018

Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt / Bad Luck
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt / Bad Luck

Image: 1610974 It’s time for another 7″ foot-stomping bonanza from Rocafort Records, digging deep into the rich New Orleans repertoire of the Carbo family. All brothers were heavily involved in the 60s Crescent City funk scene, so tight and ‘on the one’ that it’s easy to understand why Hank suspects a bit of plagiarism from the Godfather himself.

“Fox in a mini skirt” is slice of soulful cheek and attitude, based on foxy beauty who once slunk across the dance floor at one of his gigs. Popular on the Northern Soul scene, it matches vocal urgency with a driving beat fuelled along by manic drums, guitars and horns. The irresistible background hey hey hey’s and funky funky broadway’s make it instantly memorable and immediately danceable.

“Bad Luck” (not to be confused with the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic) is a slower paced funk stinker, screaming out JB horns and wah wah guitars à la ‘Ain’t it funky now’. In keeping with the depth of New Orleans songwriting, the lyrics are worth a listen and reveal a heartfelt plea “If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”. In fact, the whole song is based on a spell of unfortunate circumstances involving Hank’s sideswiped new car and an erroneous warrant for his arrest. However, the only real crime committed here is that at 2’22”, this track is shockingly over too soon!

1 Fox in a Mini Skirt (feat. Claude Carbo)
2 Bad Luck Available from 11.08.2017

Melvin Sparks – If You Want My Love / Get Down With The Get Do
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Melvin Sparks – If You Want My Love / Get Down With The Get Do

Image: 1606667 Championed by turntablist whizz, Mr Thing, this killer soulful floater by guitarist Melvin Sparks never fails to summon up curiosity from the dance floor. And so it was for the bossmen at Rocafort Records who first heard it at Lausanne’s Holy Groove festival in 2015 and couldn’t resist the need to know “what’s this track?”. Upon finding the original LP on Westbound Records, they knew it was time to give it the 45 Rocafort treatment.

The jazz conoscenti will be familiar with the bluesy Grant Green-inspired guitar sound of Melvin Sparks. He lent his hand to legendary soul artists such as Jackie Wilson & Marvin Gaye, and also to the funky jazzers like Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith and Charles Earland to name but a few. After a releasing some handsome albums on Prestige, he dabbled in the more commercial soul style of the time which led to the Melvin Sparks ’75 LP – then considered rather bland and unremarkable by the critics.

Thankfully tastes have changed – the handclapping, two-stepping 70s modern soul groove is back with a vengeance and collectable as ever. Pushed along by some punchy horns, nifty guitar work and catchy vocals by Jimmy Scott, ‘If you want my love’ exudes pure dance floor joy. The whistle-popping ‘B’ side, ‘Get down with the get down’ winks in the direction of the racey Blaxploitation soundtrack and also has feet tapping.

All in all, it’s a win-win groovy situation that deserves a place in everyone’s 45 box.

1 If You Want My Love (feat. Jimmy Scott)
2 Get Down With The Get Down Available from 14.10.2016

The Nitty Gritty Sextet – Something New / Nitty Boo Boo
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Nitty Gritty Sextet – Something New / Nitty Boo Boo

Image: 1596725 It’s 1967 in Spanish Harlem and the NY Latin Music All Stars gather in the studio to record a bunch of tracks. The session captures the sound of the time, the fusion between latin music, mambo and son cubano with rhythm & blues and soul. Despite the interest of RCA in publishing them, many of these tracks never saw the light of day. Until now. Rocafort Records presents, for the first time on vinyl, “Something New” and “Nitty Boo Boo”, two cuts penned by “The Nitty Gritty Sextet”, an alias for the best musicians of the New York Latin scene.

The musicians are:
Tito Puente: Timbales
Louie Ramirez: Vibes
Ricardo Ray: Piano
Jimmy Sabater: Coro
Bobby Marin: Coro
Willie Torres: Lead Vocals
Charlie Palmieri: Tamborine
Ozzie Torrens: Percussion
Bobby Rodriguez: Bass

1. Something New
2. Nitty Boo Boo Available from 22.05.2015

The Nitty Gritty Sextet – The Nitty Gritty Sextet
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Nitty Gritty Sextet – The Nitty Gritty Sextet

Image: 1596739 Rocafort Records veröffentlichen das 1967 aufgenommene, von Bobby Marin produzierte und bisher noch unveröffentlichte Albumdebüt des The Nitty Gritty Sextets. Das gleichnamige Album enthält zehn hochkarätige Boogaloo-, Mambo- und Latin Jazz-Tracks und präsentiert die besten Musiker der New Yorker Latin-Szene der 60er und 70er Jahre, darunter Tito Puente, Jimmy Sabater, Louie Ramírez und viele andere. Ein Muss für jeden Latin-Jazz & Mambo Fan! Das Album kommt im Klappcover mit ausführlichen Linernotes und Kommentaren des Produzenten Bobby Marin. Available from 12.06.2015

Andy Cooper
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Andy Cooper is an accomplished songwriter, performer, producer and arranger who hails from and resides in Long Beach, California. After graduating from Poly high school in the mid-1990’s, Andy helped form and produce the Hip-Hop trio Ugly Duckling which, over the span of 20 years, released six albums while frequently touring the globe, their success […]

Ondeno – Mayolye (Nik Weston Official Mukatsuku Edit)
Friday, November 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ondeno – Mayolye (Nik Weston Official Mukatsuku Edit)

20 year old Jean Ondeno from Gabon is one of many African singers who found joy in the Parisian Afro-disco scene of the late 70s. Blessed with the voice of Africa’s sweetest angel, Ondeno caught the ear of the French radio presenter Alphonse Marie Tou…

Papas’ Got – I Wanna Love (Al Kent Edit)
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Papas’ Got – I Wanna Love (Al Kent Edit)

Growing up in Jamaica, young Rowland Abrahams loved dancing to James Brown so much that he earnt himself the nickname ‘Papas’ Got’. He later moved to Paris and in 1979 more or less single-handedly recorded the ‘I Wanna Love’ LP on the RGR label. Admit…

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