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Lesiman – Here & Now Vol.1 & 2 (2CD) (Schema Easy Series)
Friday, June 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Funky and abstract atmospheres, dark and dramatic moments, exotic solutions and soul drifts – everything contributes to create a unique music soundscape – 70s library music by the Italian soundtrack composer Paolo Renosto, who released his library music compositions under the alias “Lesiman”.

2CD SCEB924CD
Release: 05-06-15
Schema Records proudly presents the debut album from New York City vocalist Joyce Elaine Yuille
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe. A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving […]

Gerardo Frisina returns on Schema with a brand new album
Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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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 […]

Dibiase – Schematiks
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dibiase – Schematiks

Image: 1588844 Der mehrfache Gewinner von “Red Bull Big Tune Producer Showcase” aus Los Angeles ist schon seit Jahren in der lokalen und globalen Beat-Szene unterwegs. “Schematiks” ist sein neuestes, zumeist instrumental gehaltenes Album. Ein Muss für Fans von Flying Lotus und der Brainfeeder Crew! Available from 02.05.2014

Dibiase – Schematiks (Silkscreened+MP3)
Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dibiase – Schematiks (Silkscreened+MP3)

Image: 1588838 Multi-time finalist of Red Bull’s prestigious Big Tune Producer Showcase, DIBIA$E has been honing his musical talents for over a decade within LA’s influential beat scene.

His signature sound has been recognized and sought out by some of hip hop and electronic music’s most influential: Blu, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi [Slum Village], Abstract Rude, Battle Cat, DJ Premier, Flying Lotus, Geoff Barrow [Portishead], to name a few.

10thirty Records and DIBIA$E reveal their latest release Schematiks. This full length album gives listeners an audible diagram of DIBIA$ES’ abstract musical genius. Heavily influenced by symbols of traditional boom-bap, rugged soul and smoothed out R&B, Schematiks showcases DIBIA$E’s better known “Dilla- esque” slightly off-kilter sound. Available from 25.04.2014

Schema Records presents the new album from Italian jazz maestro Alessandro Scala
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The new album by Alessandro Scala connects itself to the fertile and alluring scene of contemporary Hard-Bop that is constantly proving its quality with solid results, especially in Italy. This work is a perfect balance of traditional influences and contemporary inspirations, an intense and fruitful study that leads to a new, rich and articulate way […]

Andrea Balducci – Bloom (Schema)
Monday, February 18th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Welcome to the debut album from Andrea Balducci – a new voice and a soulful direction for Schema Records. Adventures into the magical world of soul, jazz, funk and rhythm’n’blues.

CD SC459CD / 2LP SC459LP
Release: 15-02-13
Marvin Parks
Monday, April 24th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Marvin Parks Auftritt in der heutigen Musikszene kann als eine passende Zugabe zur Renaissance der Afro-American Jazz Crooner angesehen werden, die tief in der Tradition der Black Music verwurzelt sind. Marvin Parks hat seine Wurzeln vor allem im Gospel und bei den Jazzsängern der 50er und 60er Jahre, wie Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman und […]

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

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

Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)
Friday, March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marvin Parks – Marvin Parks (2LP)

Image: 1608800 The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene is a perfect addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today. In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte, giving a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s musical scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the Afro-American Jazz Crooner panorama, deeply rooted in the Black Music tradition. Having his roots in Gospel and in the ’50s and ’60s jazz singers by the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today.

In his debut Marvin shapes his light baritone colors within the sound of a well-established group of musicians under the direction and production of Nicola Conte. The main idea was to create a soundscape to give a different light to well-known standards and some originals.

The album has been recorded in two main sessions. The first one took place at the Sorriso Studio in Bari, Italy, the same place where Nicola Conte recorded all his albums, with a fantastic line-up including Daniele Tittarelli (alto saxophone), Francesco Lento (trumpet), Pietro Lussu (piano), Luca Alemanno (double bass), Nicola Angelucci (drums), Pierpaolo Bisogno (percussion) and, of course, Nicola Conte himself (guitar). The second recording session took place in Milan, Italy, at the Schema/Ishtar Records Blue Spirit studio, with the same rhythm section and a stellar guest in the person of Logan Richardson (alto saxophone).

The first session brings a strong ’60s Blue Note sound sensation, while the second, surrounded by a sort of African feeling, emanates hints of the historical Coltrane / Davis quintet, reminding the colours of Paris in the sixties… Paris, just by accident, is Marvin Parks’ hometown in these days.

The album is released in two versions: a 3-panel digipack 13-track CD and an indivisible set of two separate LP’s, simply named Volume 1 and 2, for a total of 16 tracks. In the vinyl version the tracklist has been divided, based on the songs mood, on the four sides named as follows: ‘A – The Soul Side’, ‘B – The Afro-Blues Side’, ‘C – The Standards Side’ and ‘D – The Ballads Side’.

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 1
A1 Awakening
A2 The Mystery Of Man
A3 Brother, Where Are You?
A4 Charade
B1 African Other Blues
B2 Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
B3 Close Your Eyes
B4 All Blues

TRACKLIST LP – Volume 2
C1 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
C2 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set
C3 I Fall In Love Too Easily
C4 How Insensitive
D1 Nature Boy
D2 Sea And Sand
D3 If You Could See Me Now
D4 The Very Thought Of You Available from 28.04.2017

Andrea Balducci – Spooky / Hurt So Bad
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Andrea Balducci – Spooky / Hurt So Bad

Image: 1608787 Die beiden Songs “Spooky” und “Hurt So Bad” stammen von Andrea Balduccis Debütalbum “Bloom” (Schema Records, 2012, SC 459). Zwei Evergreen Standards, modernisiert und neu gestaltet, eine Stimme, die von Croonern wie Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum und Michael Bublé gerägt wurde, über Musik, die von einem außergewöhnlichen Team von Musikern gespielt wurde. Das sind Songs, die mit dem Herzen sprechen. Available from 24.03.2017

Fabio Fabor – B81
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B81

Image: 1607612 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more accessible to the uninitiated, while pricesof the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST CD
01 Satanas
02 Blue Meditation
03 Telegraph Center
04 Curandera
05 Sexy Tours
06 Cat Ballade
07 Matildas
08 Skinnj
09 Alexandra
10 Orsella
11 Paradiso Hippy
12 Violini Allegri Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B81 (LP+CD)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B81 (LP+CD)

Image: 1607614 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more accessible to the uninitiated, while pricesof the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Satanas
A2 Blue Meditation
A3 Telegraph Center
A4 Curandera
A5 Sexy Tours
A6 Cat Ballade
B1 Matildas
B2 Skinnj
B3 Alexandra
B4 Orsella
B5 Paradiso Hippy
B6 Violini Allegri Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B82
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B82

Image: 1607618 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more a ccessible to the uninitiated, while prices of the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST CD
01 Mildred
02 Park Line
03 Daly Telephone
04 Expo 2000
05 Executive
06 Muslims
07 Nerofumo
08 Daytona Sprint
09 Full Time
10 Continuum
11 Tigre Nera
12 Apollo Center Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B82 (LP+CD)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B82 (LP+CD)

Image: 1607619 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more a ccessible to the uninitiated, while prices of the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Mildred
A2 Park Line
A3 Daly Telephone
A4 Expo 2000
A5 Executive
A6 Muslims
B1 Nerofumo
B2 Daytona Sprint
B3 Full Time
B4 Continuum
B5 Tigre Nera
B6 Apollo Center Available from 16.12.2016

Third impressive chapter for Alex Puddu’s “Golden Age of Danish Pornography”
Monday, September 5th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Third impressive chapter for Alex Puddu’s “Golden Age of Danish Pornography”, a cult series of soundtrack-like tracks inspired by the unmistakable sounds of the ’60s and the ’70s. As usual, Alex is doing (almost) everything by himself – writing, arranging, producing and performing with a little help from a few trusty friends. Disco funk, tribal […]

Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – Suspense (LP+CD)
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zalla (Piero Umiliani) – Suspense (LP+CD)

Image: 1605759 Among all the aliases used by the great Piero Umiliani, M. Zalla is perhaps his richest and surprisingly multifarious. “Suspense” perfectly anticipates what you will hear in its seventeen songs: tension, gloomy atmospheres, mystery and, needless to say, suspense elements that convey anxiety and distress. Thanks to the clever use of Moog and keyboards, c ombined with magnificent orchestral arrangements, the tracks rapidly flow one after another in a cre scendo that leaves you breathless.

Among all the aliases used by the great Piero Umiliani, M. Zalla is perhaps his most rich and surprisingly multifarious: mainly used to produce experimental records that had little commercial appeal, this ‘nom de plume’ (along with Moggi) is tied to memorable episodes of his career, releases such as “Problemi d’oggi” (literally “Today’s Problems”), “Mondo inquieto” (i.e. “An Unsettling World”), and also “Suspense”, now reissued by Schema Records.

And if titles such as those mentioned above may somehow disguise the musical content (electronic music, by the way), “Suspense” perfectly anticipates what you will hear in its seventeen songs. A full-black front cover, the title written with yellow coloured typeface (it couldn’t be any different) for an album that promises tension, gloomy atmospheres, mystery and, needless to say, suspense elements that convey anxiety and distress. Thanks to the clever use of Moog and keyboards, combined with magnificent orchestral arrangements, the tracks rapidly flow one after another in a crescendo that leaves you breathless, to cite the title of one of the best tracks.

And, speaking about the titles of the tracks, what better way to introduce this reissue to the public other than quoting “Suspense notturna”, “Paura sul fondo”, “Killer”, “Inquieto”, “Suspense angosciosa”, “Evasione notturna” and my favourite one, “Suspense atomica”. A treat for your ears, and another fundamental piece to reconstruct the story of a Master of Italian music. Lean back in your chair and turn off the light…

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Paura sul fondo
A2 Insonnia
A3 Fascia di tensione
A4 Flauto in suspense
A5 Col fiato sospeso
A6 Ambiguo
A7 Suspense notturna
A8 Dietro le sbarre
A9 Rimorsi
B1 Inchiesta
B2 Killer
B3 Monotony
B4 Suspense angosciosa
B5 Inquieto
B6 Giallo
B7 Suspense atomica
B8 Evasione notturna Available from 07.10.2016

Dibiase – Sound Palace
Friday, August 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dibiase – Sound Palace

Image: 1604923 Dibia$e has cemented himself as a producer on the forefront of
today’s burgeoning beat scene. A product of Watts, CA, Dibia$e
found his style in his mothers garage banging out beats while playing
video games to avoid the strife of the street life – and he continues to
grow with each and every release.
Originally released on CD/Digital in 2011, Sound Palace has
remained an absentee in Dibi’s vinyl catalog…until now. Throughout
the instrumental record, Dibiase shows his incredible ability at
crafting spaced out 8 bit Nintendo beats merged with a Dilla-esque
smoothness and a South Central twist into a sound wholly his own.
From Baker’s Dozen to Looney Goons to Schematiks, Dibiase’s vinyl
releases have garnered a reputation for selling out with a quickness.
Strictly limited to 500 units and housed in a 2 color chipboard jacket,
Sound Palace enables new fans and enthusiasts alike to add a sure
shot to their collection.

• Originally released in 2011, now on Vinyl for the first time
• Limited to 500 copies
• Featured 2 color silk screened (By Dibiase & Nas Rockwell) chipboard jacket

*Hand screened jackets may have minor imperfections due to the nature of the fabrication process

1. Smoothsailin
2. Rockout
3. Strangeland
4. Genie In The Sky
5. DB Grover
6. Phazes
7. Gospel Slap
8. Cosignin
9. Changeups
10. Moonlite
11. Suncity
12. Stars Out
13. Living My Life
14. Fly Me T’The Moon
15. Travelin
16. Ghostly
17. Still Shinin Available from 14.10.2016

OST/Piero Umiliani – Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso (Deluxe Edition)
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on OST/Piero Umiliani – Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1604385 “Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso” ist eine der zahlreichen Kooperationen zwischen dem Regisseur Luigi Scattini und Piero Umiliani und gleichzeitig einer der interessantesten und vielfältigsten Soundtracks innerhalb des Repertoires des Komponisten. Ein Werk voller Einflüsse und musikalischer Zitate, mit Gästen und wertvollen Kollaborateuren wie Edda Dell’Orso und I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni. Einige der Songs auf diesem Album gehören zu seinen besten Arbeiten. Dieses Reissue auf Schema Records bietet vier bisher unveröffentlichte Bonustracks. Available from 08.07.2016

Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna (Deluxe Edition)
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1604382 “La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna” ist der erste Teil eines italienischen Erotikdramas aus dem Jahr 1973, geschrieben und dirigiert von Luigi Scattini. Es war zugleich das Film-Debüt der eritreischen Schauspielerin, Schönheitskönigin und Models Zeudi Araya. Der Soundtrack dieses Films wurde Piero Umiliani anvertraut, der hier eines seiner exotischsten Werke ablieferte, mit prächtigen Orchestrierungen und exzellenten Gastmusikern wie Alessandro Alessandroni, Edda Dell’Orso, Franco D’Andrea, Gianni Basso, Oscar Valdambrini, Angelo Baroncini, u.v.a. Zwischen Orchester- und Popmusik – “Easy Listening”, aber von hervorragender Qualität. Die Wiederveröffentlichung auf Schema bietet 14 unveröffentlichte ‘Alternative Takes’. Available from 08.07.2016

Jennifer Touch – Feeling C
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jennifer Touch – Feeling C

Image: 1603287 Aufmerksamen Beobachtern der Geschehnisse im Riotvan-Camp dürfte der Name Jennifer Touch keineswegs unbekannt sein. Wir erinnern uns an ihre gesangliche Verfeinerung der New World EP und ihren noch ganz frischen Beitrag zur „Familiar Faces No.1“ Labelcompilation. Nach einer gleichfalls noch immer Kreise ziehenden EP in Zusammenarbeit mit Keinemusiks own Adam Port, die wiederum bei Pets verlegt wurde, ist es jetzt Zeit für die große Unabhängigkeitserklärung.

„Feeling C“ darf man ruhigen Gewissens ein Mini-Album nennen. Fünf Stücke sind drauf zuzüglich der digital only Zugabe „It To Come“. Ein Zyklus, der dem Hörer entgegen rauscht wie ein verloren geglaubter 87er Jahrgang aus den Staub beschichteten Tape-Archiven. Jennifer Touch verfolgt in diesen Produktionen einen Ansatz, der weit über das formale Aufköcheln der kanonisierten Retro-Suppe hinaus geht. Also der Retro-Suppe in die jeder zweite Producer glaubt hinein rotzen zu müssen, dem auf dem Flohmarkt mal die „Speak And Spell“ hinterher geworfen wurde. Touchs 80ies Verständnis ist da weitaus empathischer, völlig uninteressiert an schierer Sound-Nachäfferei, dafür ungleich huldvoller im Studium dieser sich immer weiter entfernenden Klangära.

Überdeutlich bereits im Opener „Feeling C“. Irrlichternde Synthies treffen auf rohen EBM Bounce und Touchs ätherische Vocals, die im aufgerissenen Delay den eigenen Echos hinterher laufen.
Das darauf folgende „Sell“ senkt sich zunächst in Basstiefen ab, überwindet aber fix den low pass filter und erweckt in seiner überpräsenten Hook etliche Erinnerungen an vergangene guilty pleasures. Sagen wir mal: Frühe Human League trifft Valerie Dore.
In „Elec“ dann süßlicher Q Lazarus Vibe und eine breitwandige, beinahe rein instrumentale Inszenierung. Eine Nummer, zu der sich, um mal im Referenzschema zu bleiben, Buffalo Bill jederzeit den Schniedel zwischen die Schenkel klemmen und vor dem Spiegel tanzen würde.
In „Wordless“ dann ein Wechselspiel zwischen spoken word-Einschüben und blitzenden Melodien, gepresst in den kühlsten dieser Floorbrocken.
Das beschließende „No One“ sucht dagegen die flächige Ausdehnung und schichtet seine Gesangs- und Synth-Spuren zu einem rauschenden Traum von Gegenwartsverweigerung. Available from 06.05.2016

A groovy soundtrack from Alex Puddu for an imaginary hard-boiled movie from the 70s
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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A groovy vibrant jazz / soul / funk soundtrack for an imaginary hard-boiled movie from the 70s! The varied selection of instruments (organ, flute, moog, bongos, cello, violin, drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars etc.) blend flawlessly into each other and make this album an intense and inspired trip… in fact it may turn into […]

Stefano Torossi’s Feelings LP is one of the finest examples of library music ever captured on vinyl
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A sweet groover from the Italian scene of the 70s – music that’s got a lush feel, but a funky one too – a great mix of strings and electric instrumentation that rivals the best cop/crime work of the time – yet also has a nice sexy feel too! There’s almost a blaxploitation vibe to […]

Jay Richford & Gary Stevan – Feelings (LP+CD)
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jay Richford & Gary Stevan – Feelings (LP+CD)

Image: 1601680 A sweet groover from the Italian scene of the 70s – music that’s got a lush feel, but a funky one too – a great mix of strings and electric instrumentation that rivals the best cop/crime work of the time – yet also has a nice sexy feel too! There’s almost a blaxploitation vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too!

“Feelings” is considered an absolute cult inside the library music panorama. As the same Torossi recently said, the album “was played only by studio musicians… the best we could find at the time, and the results show” .

The album sees the participation of Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Puccio Roelens and Stefano Torossi, famous songwriters in the field of soundtracks and libra ry music. “Feelings” had been released for the first time in Italy by Carosello Records, under the pseudonyms of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, a necessary choice dictated by contractual restrictions which prevented the two real authors, Brugnolini and Torossi, to appear on other releases. This reissue, published by Schema Records, is a faithful reproduction of the original first edition.

It still isn’t clear why, in its subsequent publications, with particular reference to “Musica per commenti sonori” (1986, cat. no. CO8605), this album has been released only on behalf of Torossi Stefano, who recently said: “We all worked together, including Brugnolini, and consequently, we all signed together the deposit document of each selection, dividing the royalties in equal parts… That’s the story”.

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Flying High
A2 Going Home
A3 Walking in the Dark
A4 Fighting for Life
A5 Feeling Tense
B1 Running Fast
B2 Loving Tenderly
B3 Fearing Much
B4 Being Friendly
B5 Having Fun Available from 19.02.2016

Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?
Friday, November 13th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? – A title that condenses the almost conceptual nature of this album: on one hand, a tribute to Sun Ra, one of the most profound and revolutionary characters in the history of music, capable of giving a new meaning to the word cosmic, a messenger who came from outer space […]

Piero Umiliani e La Sua Orchestra – Fischiando in Beat (LP+CD)
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Piero Umiliani e La Sua Orchestra – Fischiando in Beat (LP+CD)

Image: 1600192 Due to a perhaps too buoyant and unfitting title and to a ridicolously limited distribution (even at the time of its original release), “Fischiando in beat” (Whistling in beat) has often been ignored despite being one of the most entertaining works signed by Piero Umiliani (here accompanied by his orchestra). Originally released in 1969, “Fischiando in beat” presents twelve gems of instrumental beat music, fabulous specimen of that music genre often labelled with the much-abused term ‘lounge’ – or ‘easy listening’, if you prefer. Forget about the experimental “Synthi Time” (to name another Umiliani classic recently reissued by Schema Records) and abandon any intellectual ambitions: here you can only breathe an incredible desire for fun and dream of the late 60s, Rome and its exclusive cocktail party.

This LP’s moods are easier to understand just by reading the track titles: starting with the classic beat of the title-track and “Il motivetto delle 10:30” (The 10.30am tune) followed by the brazilian joints “Highway to Rio” and “Samba mah nà” (a sort of alternative version of his most known composition, the world famous “Mah-nà Mah-nà”), the trip goes on with the sicilian flavoured “Marranzano boogie” and then touches the US with “Ti piace New York?” (Do you like New York?), another track that swings just right. It all ends to a tribute to Japan with “Tokyo Blues”, anticipating the final “Go, go, go”, almost a jazz standard and perhaps an homage to Umiliani’s past, who had cut his teeth with this genre at the beginning of his career (and not only). The only mellow moment comes with “Sono nostalgico” (I’m nostalgic), a sad and smoky ballad, a tear-inducing moment.

Complice un titolo forse troppo poco serio e non troppo azzeccato e una circolazione così limitata da risultare di difficilissima reperibilità persino all’epoca della sua pubblicazione, “Fischiando in beat” è spesso passato sotto traccia nonostante sia uno dei lavori più divertenti di Piero Umiliani (qui accompagnato dalla sua orchestra). Uscito originariamente nel 1969, “Fischiando in beat” infila dodici perle di beat strumentale che danno un senso compiuto al tanto abusato termine ‘lounge music’, o ‘easy listening’ che dir si voglia. Dimenticate le sperimentazioni di “Synthi Time”, tanto per citare un altro disco appena ristampato da Schema, oppure la ricerca di lavori più meditati, qui si respira solamente un’incredibile voglia di divertimento tra cocktail party e profumi tardi anni Sessanta.

È più facile comprendere le atmosfere fin dai titoli che compongono questo album: si parte con il beat classico della title track e di “Il motivetto delle 10:30”, per poi fare un salto in Brasile con “Autostop per Rio” e “Samba mah nà” (sorta di versione alternativa del suo pezzo più famoso, quella “Mah-nà mah-nà” che tutti conoscono), un altro in Sicilia con “Marranzano boogie”, poi negli Stati Uniti per “Ti piace New York?”, altro pezzo swingante al punto giusto. Si chiude con l’omaggio al Giappone di “Tokyo Blues”, che anticipa il finale di “Go, go, go”, quasi uno standard jazz, omaggio forse al passato dello stesso Umiliani, che con quella musica si era misurato spesso agli esordi (e non solo). L’unico momento di calma arriva con “Sono nostalgico”, ballatona triste e fumosa, piccola concessione alla lacrima.

Originally released in 1969, “Fischiando in beat” presents twelve gems of instrumental beat music, fabulous specimen of that music genre often labelled with the much-abused term ‘lounge’ – or ‘easy listening’, if you prefer. Forget about the experimental “Synthi Time”: here you can only breathe an incredible desire for fun and dream of the late 60s, Rome and its exclusive cocktail party.
Available from 11.12.2015

Liviana Ferri & Cubafro – Ye Maya E EP
Friday, October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liviana Ferri & Cubafro – Ye Maya E EP

Image: 1600230 Schema präsentiert ein neues Projekt von Gerardo Frisina. Liviana Ferri & Cubafro aus Bari begeistern mit afrokubanischen Rhythmen und Klängen der besonderen Art. Ausgehend von ihrem Gesang und Percussions, arrangiert und produziert Gerardo “Ye Maya E”, eine 3-Track-EP, die perfekt die kraftvolle Vibration der afrokubanischen Musik überträgt. Ein solider Bläsersatz, packende Percussion-Sounds und eine clubby Haltung: Musik für Körper & Seele. Available from 20.11.2015

Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World

Image: 1595840 Schema Records proudly presents the new debut album from New York City vocalist, Joyce Elaine Yuille. Class, great music and cookin’ jazz.”

Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe… A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving a lot of energy, but once the concert is finished, I feel it’s important that people can still connect with you, the music and what they felt while they watched you and listened to you perform live. You know? The whole thing with me as a performer, is I want to leave a good and lasting impression on people”.

“Welcome To My World” represents a transition for Joyce: whereas for some musicians the recording studio is a safe haven, for others it may represent an intimidating environment: with her debut album, Joyce embraces a new challenge that is able to carry forth her stage energy and perfectly recreates in the studio that strong “live” element which characterizes her performance. As she explains, “When I’m recording, I basically try to put myself in a scenario where I’m doing a live show and that helps me overcome the fear of being in the studio and making mistakes, because when you’re doing live, you just go, you’ve got to do it, you got to sing, you know, whatever is going on inside you, you just have to bring that out and I try to do the same thing, while I’m in the studio”.

As you listen to her warm vocals throughout the album, which include a slight hint of soulful prowess, there’s no fear that cannot be overcome. Her heartfelt interpretations welcome us into her world, where an intricate and honed voice texture reveals her incredible qualities as an interpreter. Nuances of Jazz, Soul, Swing, Blues: “Welcome To My World” is Joyce’s gift to us – for the fortunate ones who have had the pleasure of hearing her live it would be effortless to recognize her warm timbre and equally warm heart – this album is concrete proof of her talent and personality. (In fact), Joyce co-wrote most of the songs on the album, original compositions and her lyrics that reveal her profound nature through music – “I wrote a number of songs that kind of reflect my life situation, situations in my friends lives, world events, situations I see daily, maybe just walking down the streets.” Songs like “Late I Rise”, a tune that speaks about perseverance and staying positive, or “Come With Me (The Ride Is Free)”, where she urges us to forsake our biases, to refuse to partake in prejudices and judgement and just enjoy our time on earth, respecting others and ourselves.

“A Time For Love Again”, composed by Marco Bianchi with Joyce’s lyrical skills, is another example of how this album goes beyond music and expresses a powerful and strong message: with this song Joyce speaks about disillusionment in love, telling us how there’s no sense in closing ourselves in a shell and giving into the fear of feeling and the ability to love again. We can all love again, reach out to others and feel amorous again. The album also includes some stand out covers, classics such as Marvin Gaye’s “It’s Madness” and Donny Hathaway’s “Trying Times”. The album features the renowned and astounding Finnish sax player Timo Lassy and his band – musicians who are amongst some of the best Jazz players on the international jazz scene. Timo and his guys bring that extra something, a subtlety with a powerful impact and a groove that was needed to fulfill the dream and the vision of Joyce Elaine Yuille. Joyce has excitedly stated, “these guys are wickedly fantastic, I keep telling everyone, don’t close your eyes on Finnish Jazz scene, because these guys are really kicking major ”! She smiles…

TRACKLIST LP

A
1 Too soon you’re old
2 Late I rise
3 Chaos
4 Tryin’ times

B
1 Follow the sun
2 Come with me
3 Just say goodbye
4 Running for my love
5 Welcome to my world Available from 15.05.2015

Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Joyce Elaine Yuille – Welcome To My World

Image: 1595840 Schema Records proudly presents the new debut album from New York City vocalist, Joyce Elaine Yuille. Class, great music and cookin’ jazz.”

Joyce grew up in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, better known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio. She decided to focus on something distinct after many years of “live” performances in Europe… A tangible yet multifaceted project: the album you have before you. “When you perform you’re giving a lot of emotion, you’re giving a lot of energy, but once the concert is finished, I feel it’s important that people can still connect with you, the music and what they felt while they watched you and listened to you perform live. You know? The whole thing with me as a performer, is I want to leave a good and lasting impression on people”.

“Welcome To My World” represents a transition for Joyce: whereas for some musicians the recording studio is a safe haven, for others it may represent an intimidating environment: with her debut album, Joyce embraces a new challenge that is able to carry forth her stage energy and perfectly recreates in the studio that strong “live” element which characterizes her performance. As she explains, “When I’m recording, I basically try to put myself in a scenario where I’m doing a live show and that helps me overcome the fear of being in the studio and making mistakes, because when you’re doing live, you just go, you’ve got to do it, you got to sing, you know, whatever is going on inside you, you just have to bring that out and I try to do the same thing, while I’m in the studio”.

As you listen to her warm vocals throughout the album, which include a slight hint of soulful prowess, there’s no fear that cannot be overcome. Her heartfelt interpretations welcome us into her world, where an intricate and honed voice texture reveals her incredible qualities as an interpreter. Nuances of Jazz, Soul, Swing, Blues: “Welcome To My World” is Joyce’s gift to us – for the fortunate ones who have had the pleasure of hearing her live it would be effortless to recognize her warm timbre and equally warm heart – this album is concrete proof of her talent and personality. (In fact), Joyce co-wrote most of the songs on the album, original compositions and her lyrics that reveal her profound nature through music – “I wrote a number of songs that kind of reflect my life situation, situations in my friends lives, world events, situations I see daily, maybe just walking down the streets.” Songs like “Late I Rise”, a tune that speaks about perseverance and staying positive, or “Come With Me (The Ride Is Free)”, where she urges us to forsake our biases, to refuse to partake in prejudices and judgement and just enjoy our time on earth, respecting others and ourselves.

“A Time For Love Again”, composed by Marco Bianchi with Joyce’s lyrical skills, is another example of how this album goes beyond music and expresses a powerful and strong message: with this song Joyce speaks about disillusionment in love, telling us how there’s no sense in closing ourselves in a shell and giving into the fear of feeling and the ability to love again. We can all love again, reach out to others and feel amorous again. The album also includes some stand out covers, classics such as Marvin Gaye’s “It’s Madness” and Donny Hathaway’s “Trying Times”. The album features the renowned and astounding Finnish sax player Timo Lassy and his band – musicians who are amongst some of the best Jazz players on the international jazz scene. Timo and his guys bring that extra something, a subtlety with a powerful impact and a groove that was needed to fulfill the dream and the vision of Joyce Elaine Yuille. Joyce has excitedly stated, “these guys are wickedly fantastic, I keep telling everyone, don’t close your eyes on Finnish Jazz scene, because these guys are really kicking major ”! She smiles…

TRACKLIST LP

A
1 Too soon you’re old
2 Late I rise
3 Chaos
4 Tryin’ times

B
1 Follow the sun
2 Come with me
3 Just say goodbye
4 Running for my love
5 Welcome to my world Available from 15.05.2015

An explosive boogie funk production for your dancefloor
Monday, April 13th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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As an avid music lover, and not necessarily of any given genre but of music that is vibrant and full of heart-wrenching stories as told by the people that created it, I was lucky enough to have grown up in the early sixties in NYC, coming from the Spanish-speaking extract of the Caribbean, and fortunate […]

Alessandro Scala Groovology Trio – Groove Island
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alessandro Scala Groovology Trio – Groove Island

Image: 1596010 Schema Records präsentiert ein explosives Jazz-Organ Groove Trio, angeführt vom Saxophonisten Alessandro Scala und mit Flavio Boltro als Gastmusiker. “Groove Island” entführt den Hörer in den Sound der 60er mit ordentlich Soul, Funk und Boogaloo im Gepäck. Available from 01.05.2015

Hamilton – Feel The Fury / Track 8
Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Hamilton – Feel The Fury / Track 8

Image: 1596007 Deep in solitary lockdown, Hamilton has been crafting these next cuts with the meticulous precision. These two tracks present the perfect backdrop for his comeback, presenting him as a veteran artist who effortlessly combines the famed 90s vibe with contemporary production.

And after the ongoing success of his Schema EP, as well as the huge reception to his release ‘Fire/Be There’, this is a welcome return.

With pent up aggression and pounding breaks, ‘Feel the Fury’ rolls out first ominously. Cracking high hats and quick-fire percussion adds a layering that helps carry the record’s forward motion. Alongside a bassline that coils, and then lashes out over a plunging drop, you’re thrown between the snap, crack and whip of a hugely intricate composition. Hamilton is back… And he’s here to re-educate you with his unfaltering skillset.

On the flipside, ‘Track 8’ is an innovative slice of drum & bass which is both fun and drivingly relentless. Bouncing subs, coupled by distorted synths take you through elevated note patterns of gradually building, musical imagery. It’s a steppy riddim, one which doesn’t completely crash on impact but instead is creeping in its intensity. It’s Hamilton at his most diverse, yet again proving the versatility in his craftwork.

With another stunning delivery from Hamilton, 2015 is setting a precedent. One which the producer is sure to ride out into the future.

TRACKLISTING:

A. Feel The Fury
AA. Track 8

https://soundcloud.com/ramrecords/sets/hamilton-feel-the-fury-track-8/s-BB5zq Available from 03.04.2015

Doug Hream Blunt – Gentle Persuasion (Remix) (RSD)
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Doug Hream Blunt – Gentle Persuasion (Remix) (RSD)

Image: 1595217 You might ask what’s next after Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor project, Doug Hream Blunt! As a preamble here is a very limited pressing of two stellar sonic prognosticator’s take on the legendary Doug Hream Blunt’s “Gentle Persuasion.” Pyschemagik is a UK duo, known for their sensational edits, obscenely vast record collections, beautiful production work and transcendent mixtape journeys. The artist known as Hype Williams is now known as Dean Blunt. Wonder where he got that name from? For the first time ever released with a dead stock 1990’s erotic magazine from Italy. Available from 18.04.2015

The Braen’s Machine – Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco) (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Braen’s Machine – Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco) (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)

Image: 1594448 Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco) is an unique obscure recording by The Braen’s Machine Now available for all music library lovers.” – Despite a long series of reissues and rediscoveries that are throwing the ultimate light on one of the most fascinating and enigmatic periods of Italian music history – that of sonifications – the project that goes by the name Braen’s Machine continues to evade categorization, and positive information. If you are among the many who got their hands on the beautiful “Underground”, republished by Schema a few months ago, you will already know of the involvement of, among others, Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni – the name Braen seems to be his alias – and Oronzo (Rino) De Filippi, real name of the other credited author, the mysterious Gisleri. For this new chapter from Braen’s Machine, the beautiful and hard to come by “Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco)”, published apparently in 300 copies, there are few available pieces of information, pointing to an involvement of Giuliano Sorgini, hidden under the name of Raskovich, and author of five out of the eleven tracks on the release.

The lack of reliable information and the enigmatic flavor surrounding the project Braen’s Machine, as opposed to the ease with which the music allows us instant identification, are among the secrets that make their records unique. Unlike “Underground”, “Quarta pagina” portrays with great skill some possible – who knows if they ever have been realized – crime scenes, with hard-boiled and dark atmospheres, alternating with the psych funk rides that have always characterized many of the projects related to the Italian cinematic genre. All this without excluding, however, avant-garde attitudes and atonal passages that makes “Quarta pagina (Poliziesco)” comparable to the best pages of the Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.

The track titles, fascinating as usual, tell of “Fraud”, “Shadowing”, “Remorse”, “Soliciting”, and emphasize decisive moments as in the case of “The Victim”, “On the Run” or “In Prison”, while the indications that accompany the pieces will be a treat for fanatical collectors of sonifications. It’s not that hard to imagine situations of “exotic full moon, preparation for a violent action, spiritualism, facing fear, sexual freedom, preparation for a revolt” while listening to these precious eleven tracks, which alternate between “slow and animated”. And, believe it, you don’t even need a dose of LSD (as per the advice of “The Den”) in order to travel back to 1971, the year of the album’s first release. A page 4 (“Quarta pagina”) crime story perhaps, but a legacy of sound that largely deserves a nine-column headline on the front page…

TRACKLIST LP+CD

Side A
1 Frode
2 Pedinamento
3 Addescamento
4 Incriminazione
5 Indizio
6 In Fuga

Side B
1 Nel Penitenziario
2 Ritrattazione
3 La Vittima
4 Rimorso
5 Il Covo Available from 30.01.2015

Basso Valdambrini Quintet – Fonit H602 – H603 (Deluxe Edition 2LP+CD)
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Basso Valdambrini Quintet – Fonit H602 – H603 (Deluxe Edition 2LP+CD)

Image: 1592891 “Two obscure albums by Basso Valdambrini Quintet originally released for TV and Radio Shows on Usignolo Series by Fonit Cetra. Now available for the Basso-Valdambrini’s lovers.”

We might shout “Long live CD!” when we look at the reissue you hold in your hands. But don’t forget that the staff of Schema Records have also generously provided us with a vinyl version. “Long live CD!” might sound odd at a time when the age of the CD seems to be all but over. Yet the compact disc remains the most democratic format: not as elitist as the beautiful old 33 rpm record, which today is unfortunately absent from many home hi-fi systems – and above all, not as ephemeral as the digital download format that seems so much in fashion today. To some listeners the phonograph record is still important: it’s associated with care, attention, concentration. Like going to the cinema, compared to watching a movie on the screen of a PC, another habit particularly in vogue today. Is it really comparable to walking into a cinema, switching off the mobile and being captivated by a story, as you empathise or identify yourself with an actor? Yes, the same is true of listening to music, whether you’re a fanatic or a casual devotee: reverently handling the record case, admiring the packaging, browsing the booklet and probing the details of archive photos… and maybe reading these few introductory notes. These are all aspects that, even if they can’t equal the experience of listening, can surely enrich it. At least for the help they provide in putting the listener in the right frame of mind. The iPod is definitely a beautiful thing, but perhaps is most suited to being attached to joggers’ arms. Here, the choice is up to you: Schema Records has made these recordings available both as utilitarian CDs and beguiling vinyl.

Why this sociological introduction for the reissues of two Italian jazz records of the early seventies? Because fate decided that these recordings of the Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini Quintet (cryptically entitled H602 and H603 respectively) were born under a bad sign and were to be considered second-class recordings by music professionals, and sometimes by the musicians themselves. Fading into oblivion and unappreciated, these records then reappeared as objects of worship, highly sought-after by avid collectors. Desired, exchanged or sold for astronomical sums. In fact, these two discs by the “Basso-Valdambrini Quintet” – the name by which one of the longest lived and most prolific Italian jazz combos was known to aficionados – originated as library music. A humble term, but one that indicates music recorded to accompany radio and later television shows, to act as jingles or simply provide musical interludes. They all date from December 1970. These records had no commercial release and weren’t available in stores. That’s one of the reasons why they were viewed with some disdain. Yet they were important for allowing musicians to earn a living, especially among what Franco D’Andrea, remembering his early years, calls «the first [Italian] generation to realise, despite all the obstacles, that being a Jazz musician could be a profession». And even more, these records were a way to spread Jazz beyond the small Jazz clubs and to ensure that, while hardly realising it, more people became acquainted with this music. It reached a wide audience as a background for various forms of popular entertainment.

2LP + CD
H602: A1 Mick B1 Corton A2 Valba B2 Invertime A3 Plinius B3 El Gato A4 Maglione B4 Local Times A5 Muy B5 From Me
H603: C1 Gum D1 The Jolly C2 Gold Mine D2 E’ Molto Facile C3 Glaucus D3 Mercury C4 Pick Up D4 Costa Dell’Ovest C5 Washington Bridge D5 Transistor

Personnel:
Gianni Basso – tenor sax, clarinet
Oscar Valdambrini – trumpet
Ettore Righello – piano
Giorgio Azzolini – bass
Lionello Bionda – drums

H602 recorded in Milan 11/12/1970
H603 recorded in Milan 16/12/1970
Informations taken from dictionary of
Italian Jazz Personnell Available from 21.11.2014

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

Image: 1592818 Gerardo Frisina hat sich mit den Jahren zu einem der besten Interpreten des Latin- beeinflussten Clubsounds entwickelt. 4 Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung “Join the Dance” kehrt er mit seinem neuen Album “Movement” zu Schema zurück. Gerardo hat einen besonderen Beitrag zur italienischen Jazzgeschichte geleistet: Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Produzent, hat er mit seiner Arbeit rare italienische und europäische Jazzaufnahmen dem internationalen Publikum zugänglich gemacht und dieses reiche Erbe wieder belebt.

Auf “Movement” finden sich zwölf Stücke, die eine weitere großartige Reise durch Gerardos reichen und exotischen Einflüsse gestalten: Es sind die Abenteuer eines euorpäischen Jazzers, vertieft in afrokubanische Inspirationen. Gerardos Musik hat die unaufhaltbare Kraft, die durch eine filmische Atmosphäre entsteht, keinesfalls ein unbewusster Einfluss von Frisina, dessen Faszination für rare und exotische Soundtracks weithin bekannt ist. “Movement” bietet einen Sound, der sein natürliches Umfeld in kleinen und warmen Clubs hat – gemütliche Orte, wo Tänzer ihre Energie ausleben und das Leben feiern können. “Movement” ist ein Soundtrack von warmen und sonnigen Vibes, die uns lange begleiten werden.

Gerardo Frisina hat sich mit den Jahren zu einem der besten Interpreten des Latin- beeinflussten Clubsounds entwickelt. 4 Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung “Join the Dance” kehrt er mit seinem neuen Album “Movement” zu Schema zurück. Gerardo hat einen besonderen Beitrag zur italienischen Jazzgeschichte geleistet: Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Produzent, hat er mit seiner Arbeit rare italienische und europäische Jazzaufnahmen dem internationalen Publikum zugänglich gemacht und dieses reiche Erbe wieder belebt.

Im Studio fühlt er sich zuhause: Seine Arbeit war sehr umfangreich zuletzt, mit einer großen Anzahl von Projekten und Singleveröffentlichungen und nun endlich mit einem neuen Album. Wie ein talentierter Filmregisseur leitet er vorzüglich ein tolles Ensemble von Musikern an iund bringt in diese Aufnahmen die Erfahrung einer lebenslange Recherche zur Musik mit ein. Seine fünftes Album fasst diese Erfahrungen, endlose Listeningsessions und Experimente mit verschiedenen Musikkulturen zusammen.

Es sind zwölf Stücke enthalten, die eine weitere großartige Reise durch Gerardos reiche und exotische Einflüsse gestalten: Es sind die Abenteuer eines euorpäischen Jazzers, vertieft in asfrokubanische Inspirationen. Gerardos Liebe zu kubanischer Musik ist wohlbekannt, Jazz wurde von dieses Musik seit seinen Anfangstagen beeinflusst. Gerardos Mischung dieser Tradition wurde regelrecht zu einer ‘Trademark’. Seine Fans werden von “Movement” nicht enttäuscht und die uninformierten Hörwer werden die mannigfaltigen Nuancen entdecken können. “Movement” enthält dennoch einen neuen musikalischen Zugang, der sich mehr dem Afrofunk verschreibt, wie man an Tracks wie “The Talisman” oder “Mystic Latin” mit tollen Schlagzeugbreaks erkennen kann, die die Tanzfläche sicher füllen werden. Es könnte sein, dass sogar Manu Dibango oderr Fela Kuti im Jahr 2014 so klingen würden.

“What is Jazz?” ist ein Beispiel dafür, wie Jazz house music sein sollte: ein Klassischer Tune mit einem charmanten Vibraphone, wunderschöner Flötenimprovisation über einer starken akustischen Percussion. “Eastern Vibration – Shout it Out” ist eine einzigartige Hommage und Tribut an den Spiritual Jazz der späten 60er und frühen 70er Jahre.Der einige Track mit Vocals, ist ein Medley eines Themas vom Saxophonisten Charles Williams und einer Originalkomposition.

Gerardos Musik hat die unaufhaltbare Kraft, die durch eine filmische Atmosphäre entsteht, keinesfalls ein ubewusster Einfluss von Frisina, dessen Faszinatiojn für rare und exotische Soundtracks weit bekannt ist.Nehmen wir zum Beispiel “Reporter”, der Tune erweckt in der Ta Erinnerungen an alte TV Themen über investigative Berichte, die einem hektische Action ins Bewusstsein bringen.
Und Action ist auch etwas, das “Movement” uns zu Bewusstsein bringt: Ein Sound, der sein natürliches Umfeld in kleinen und warmen Clubs hat – gemutüliche Orte wo Tänzer ihre Energie ausleben können und das Leben feiern. “Movement” ist ein Soundtrack von warme und sonnige Vibes, die uns lange begleiten werden
Available from 14.11.2014

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

Gerardo Frisina – Passion Dance / Space In Time
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Gerardo Frisina – Passion Dance / Space In Time

Image: 1588835 Der italiensiche DJ und Produzent Gerardo Frisina kehrt mit zwei neuen eklektischen Tracks auf Schema Records zurück. “Passion Dance” ist ein fesselnder Jazz Tune, der stark afro-kubanisch beeinflusst ist und mit einem gewissen House-Feeling um die Ecke kommt. “Space In Time” klingt wie eine Eroberung des Weltalls durch Brasilianer im Batucada Rausch. Available from 25.07.2014

The Braen’s Machine – Underground (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Braen’s Machine – Underground (Deluxe Edition LP+CD)

During the ’70s, work days at Umiliani’s Sound Workshop Studios were hectic, thousands of sessions were held in order to keep up with a very busy Italian movie industry: Hundreds of soundtracks alongside with music library were recorded and released o…

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