Monday, September 15, 2008

Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba

Who would've thought there are so many different catholic masses; it just gets weirder and weirder. Here's one I read about in "Can't Find My Way Home" by Martin Torgoff, a book on the history of drugs in America. Timothy Leary speaks: "This is around the time we first started calling it acid. I remember lying flat on our backs for hours. We'd listen to Ravi Shankar and Missa Louba, from Zaire, which is the mass, partly in Latin, done entirely with drums and African chanting. That was one of our favorites, along with the late quartets of Beethoven." I mean, how much more of a recommendation do you need?
A Belgian missionary, father Guido Haazen, came to Congo in the 1950s to preach and teach. He formed a catholic school for boys, and with it a choir of about 45 kids, with percussion section - "The Troubadours of King Baudouin". The present recording is an attempt to reinvent the lithurgy using native music as a basis. Many sections of the mass are latin texts adapted to the folk melodies.
I included liner notes and a couple of articles in the archive, so I'll keep it brief. A reissue LP (1969?) had the mass on one side and some of the original folk songs on the other. The original LP (1963) also had a few more tracks ("children's songs from Baluba") that were omitted from the subsequent reissues, not sure why. I located and included three of these as a bonus; the quality is lower than the rest.

Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba, 1963
320kbps, 76mb on depositfiles
1. Dibwe Diambula Kabanda (Marriage Song)
2. Lutuku & A Bene Kanyoka (Emergence From Grief)
3. Ebu Ewale Kemai (Marriage Ballad)
4. Katunbu [Katumbo] (Dance)
5. Seya Ya Mama Ndalamba (Marital Celebration)
6. Banaha (Soldiers Song)
7. Twai Tshinaminai (Work Song)
8. Missa Luba: Kyrie
9. Missa Luba: Gloria
10. Missa Luba: Credo
11. Missa Luba: Sanctus
12. Missa Luba: Benedictus
13. Missa Luba: Agnus Dei
14. Kamiole [Children's songs from Baluba]
15. Kamuyambi [Children's songs from Baluba]
16. Katende [Children's songs from Baluba]

Alternative artwork

Friday, September 12, 2008

Golden Age Gospel Choirs (1954-1963)

Golden Age Gospel Choirs (1954-1963)
128kbps, 62mb on sharebee
1. The Back Home Choir - He's So Mighty
2. The Back Home Choir - I Trust Him
3. The Back Home Choir - Ride On King Jesus
4. The Back Home Choir - Without God I Can Do Nothing
5. The Back Home Choir - He Knows How Much We Can Bear
6. The Back Home Choir - Climbing High Mountains
7. The Back Home Choir - Come Out The Wilderness
8. The Back Home Choir - Yes I Found Him
9. The Back Home Choir - Jesus
10. The Back Home Choir - Jordan River
11. The Pentecostal Choir Of Detroit - Prayer Wheel Turning Over
12. The Pentecostal Choir Of Detroit - How Glad Am I
13. The Helen Robinson Youth Choir - Sit Down Children
14. The Helen Robinson Youth Choir - Working On The Building
15. The Helen Robinson Youth Choir - Run And Help Us Tell
16. Voices Of Victory - Invocation (The Lord's Prayer)
17. Voices Of Victory - I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
18. Voices Of Victory - The Angels Keep Watching
19. Voices Of Victory - Great Change In Me
20. Voices Of Victory - Lord, Lord, Lord
21. Voices Of Victory - I Am Somebody
22. Voices Of Victory - Blessed Assurance
23. Voices Of Victory - Benediction (The Lord's Prayer)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Benny Golson - Tune In, Turn On to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties

Not only the commercials, but also movie themes (Magnificent Seven), and contemporary pop music (No Matter What Shape) are given a chamber jazz arrangement by the jazz legend Benny Golson. Good music, I like it.

Benny Golson - Tune In, Turn On to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties [1967]
192kbps, 46mb on sharebee
1. Music To Watch Girls By
2. Wink
3. The Disadvantages Of You
4. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
5. Right Any Time Of The Day
6. Music To Think By
7. The Swinger
8. The Magnificent Seven
9. Cool Whip
10. The Golden Glow
11. Fried Bananas
12. Happiness Is

PS. "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)", an instrumental piece that Sareceno had lifted from a then-popular Alka-Seltzer TV commercial.
From 1963 the [Magnificent Seven] theme was used in commercials in the USA for Marlboro cigarettes
So I guess all of this music really is from commercials.

Les Freres Dejean - L'Univers

I never thought I will say this, but here is an album that's as good as the best of Orchestra Baobab. Must hear!

Les Freres Dejean - L'Univers
320kbps, 111mb on megaupload
1. L'Humanite
2. Conviction
3. Experience
4. Naide
5. Yoyo
6. L'Univers

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Golden Age Gospel Quartets Volume Two (1954-1963)

Golden Age Gospel Quartets Volume Two (1954-1963)
128kbps, 70mb on sharebee
1. The Soul Stirrers - He'll Make A Way
2. The Soul Stirrers - Be With Me Jesus
3. The Chosen Gospel Singers - Don't Worry About Me
4. The Chosen Gospel Singers - What A Wonderful Sight
5. The Chosen Gospel Singers - The Lifeboat Is Coming
6. The Pilgrim Travelers - Straight Street
7. The Pilgrim Travelers - After While
8. The Pilgrim Travelers - Did You Stop To Pray This Morning
9. The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers - What Do You Know (About Jesus)
10. The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers - Oh, Lord
11. The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers - Tell Jesus (What You Want)
12. The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers - Yesteryear
13. Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Broken Heart Of Mine
14. Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Goodbye Mother
15. Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - I've Been Born Again
16. The Soul Stirrers - Were You There
17. The Soul Stirrers - Sinner To Jesus
18. The Soul Stirrers - Out On A Hill
19. The Gate City Singers - I Thank You Jesus
20. The Gate City Singers - Peace In The Valley
21. The Capitol City Stars - Friends Talk About Me
22. The Capitol City Stars - Jesus, I Love To Call Your Name
23. The Clefs Of Calvary - Trouble Of This World
24. The Clefs Of Calvary - Miracle Temple
25. The Gable Airs - Move Upstairs
26. The Gable Airs - Miracle Temple
27. The Gable Airs - Travelin' Shoes

Golden Age Gospel Quartets Volume One (1947-1954)

Golden Age Gospel Quartets Volume One (1947-1954)
128kbps, 72mb on sharebee
1. The Southern Harmonizers - These Old Bones
2. The Southern Harmonizers - What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
3. The Pilgrim Travelers - The Old Rugged Cross
4. The Pilgrim Travelers - He Will Remember Me
5. The Golden Echoes - Since I Laid My Burden Down (Glory, Glory Hallelujah)
6. The Golden Echoes - Where Shall I Be (When The First Trumpet Sounds)
7. The Paramount Singers - He Means So Much To Me
8. The Paramount Singers - Heaven In My View
9. The Soul Stirrers - Faith And Grace
10. The Soul Stirrers - By And By
11. The Pilgrim Travelers - Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb
12. The Pilgrim Travelers - Jesus, I'm Thankful
13. The Detroiters - Let Jesus Lead You
14. The Detroiters - Mother, I Need Your Prayer
15. The Soul Stirrers - Peace In The Valley
16. The Soul Stirrers - Christ Is All
17. The Chosen Gospel Singers - Before This Time Another Year
18. The Chosen Gospel Singers - Leaning On The Lord
19. The Swan Silvertones - I'm Coming Home
20. The Swan Silvertones - He Won't Deny Me
21. The Pilgrim Travelers - Weary Traveler
22. The Pilgrim Travelers - My Old Home
23. Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - There Is A Fountain
24. Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama - Marching Up To Zion
25. The West Coast Jubilees - Since Jesus Came To My Heart (Live)
26. The West Coast Jubilees - He'll Be There (Live)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Roots of Chicha - Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru

Reviews: one, two, three, interview with the compiler.
Just wanted to bring this to your attention:

here or here
1. Los Mirios - Sonido Amazonico (2:35)
2. Juaneco Y Su Combo - Linda Nena (3:45)
3. Los Hijos Del Sola - Carinito (4:05)
4. Los Destellos - A Patricia (3:14)
5. Los Diablos Rojos - El Guapo (3:04)
6. Juaneco Y Su Combo - Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo (4:09)
7. Los Mirios - El Milagro Verde (2:43)
8. Los Destellos - Para Elisa (2:46)
9. Los Hijos Del Sol - Linda Muсequita (4:44)
10. Los Mirios - Muchachita Del Oriente (3:19)
11. Los Destellos - Elisa (3:38)
12. Juaneco Y Su Combo - Vacilando Con Ayahuesca (3:31)
13. Los Diablos Rojos - Sacalo Sacalo (3:23)
14. Esuebio Y Su Banjo - Mi Morena Rebelde (3:21)
15. Los Hijos Del Sol - Si Me Quieres (3:09)
16. Juaneco Y Su Combo - Mi Robaron Mi Runa Mula (3:07)
17. Los Mirios - La Danza De Los Mirios (2:49)

Los Destellos

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Moacir Santos - Coisas

This one is probably well-known to anyone who knowns anything at all about brazilian music beyond a "Best Of Bossa" compilation, but to me it came as a wonderful discovery. A samba/jazz album of breathtaking beauty, the most likely contender to my "Discovery of the Year". People who trust my musical taste at all must go and hear it right now.
You can read an excellent overview of this album at The New York Times Essential Library of Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings on GoogleBooks; I will also put three scans from the book below.

Moacir Santos - Coisas, 1965
REUP 11/11/14: zippyshare or
1. Coisa n° 4 (Nanã)
2. Coisa n° 10
3. Coisa n° 5
4. Coisa n° 3
5. Coisa n° 2
6. Coisa n° 9
7. Coisa n° 6
8. Coisa n° 7 (Quem é Que Não Chora)
9. Coisa n° 1
10. Coisa n° 8 (Navegação)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Case of the Three-Sided Dream in Audio Color [1975]

Jazz musicians count a lot of freaks in their ranks. The most eccentric of them all might be Roland Kirk, and this could be his most far-out recording.
Three-Sided Dream is a concept album, the only true jazz concept album. In jazz, there were many album-length suites (eg. Duke's late 50's LPs) and thematic song collections (eg. Sinatra's "Songs for Swingin' Lovers"), but this is a concept album in a rock sense - united on many different levels, from the artwork and album presentation to the aural snippets joining the songs.
It is well-known that Kirk was very receptive to ideas that came to him in dreams; the most famous one is his trademark ability to play three horns at once. This LP is Kirk's tribute to his source of inspiration - his dreams. There are attempts to represent his dreams "in audio color", as the title would have it - surrealistic conversation bits, musique concrete snippets etc.
The physical presentation of the album is also a part of the concept: Three-Sided Dream is a double LP, but only three sides have music on them, the fourth is a blank 12-minute track with ~30 seconds of conversation at the very end. Each of the three sides is bookended with "Dreams". Unfortunately, digital presentation does not preserve these things.
There are two different versions for each of the tunes, The Entertainer even bearing it in the title ("done in the style of..."). I guess this is an attempt to represent transformations of the familiar pieces in dreams. BTW, Freaks For The Festival is a reworking of Kirk's signature piece "Three for the Festival", named so for the three-horns-at-once theme.
Many of the things Kirk does here would be considered gimmicks by the "real jazzmen" - like tampering with the physical format of the record. So, the aesthetic sensibility is more rock than jazz. But the music itself is pure jazz - electrified and funky, but still real jazz, not fusion or 70s-Miles-style avantgarde.
Highly recommended!

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Case of the Three-Sided Dream in Audio Color, 1975
95mb on megaupload or badongo
1. Conversation
2. Bye Bye Blackbird
3. Horses
4. High Heel Sneakers
5. Dream
6. Echoes Of Primitive Ohio And Chili Dogs
7. The Entertainer (Done In The Style Of The Blues)
8. Freaks For The Festival
9. Dream
10. Portrait Of Those Beautiful Ladies
11. Dream
12. The Entertainer
13. Dream
14. Dream
15. Portrait Of Those Beautiful Ladies
16. Dream
17. Freaks For The Festival
18. sesroH
19. Bye Bye Blackbird
20. Conversation

The Carl Stalling Project, Vol.1+2: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958

The Carl Stalling Project, Vol.1: Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958

Amazon review: For fans of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, et al., this is the essential cartoon soundtrack as well as a monument to surrealism. During his 22 years as a composer for Warner Bros. animated shorts, Stalling invented the musical vocabulary of cartoons. Producer Hal Willner has lovingly assembled a sonic collage that showcases Stalling's compositional genius and uncanny ability to borrow a tune. It's a whirling collection of random moments, chock full of music you never knew you knew, from Bugs Bunny's theme from "Rabbit Fire" to Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" to Stalling's own "Woo! Woo!" Also included in the mix: outtakes from recording sessions, and several complete scores.

AMG review: The first volume in The Carl Stalling Project series is a revelation; more than just an essential part of a Warner Bros. staff that generated some of the finest and most inspired productions in the history of animation, Stalling was a visionary whose work deserves consideration among the finest American avant-garde music ever recorded. As these 15 selections from WB cartoons dating between 1936 and 1958 attest, his cut and paste style — a singular collision between jazz, classical, pop, and virtually everything else in between — was unprecedented in its utter disregard for notions of time, rhythm, and compositional development; Stalling didn't just break the rules, he made them irrelevant. That in the process he created music beloved by succeeding generations of children is more impressive still — perhaps even unwittingly, Stalling introduced the avant-garde into the mainstream, and as popular music continues to diversify and hybridize, his stature as a pioneer rightfully continues to grow.

Vol.1 - 192kbps, 107mb
Vol.2 - 320kbps, 174mb

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lord Creator - Jamaica Time

Lord Creator - Jamaica Time
160kbps, 45mb at sharebee
1. Jamaica Farewell (Original)
2. Archie
3. Bad Lucky
4. Blowing In The Wind
5. Don't Go Away
6. End Of The World
7. Independent Jamaica
8. Sweet Jamaica
9. Island Woman
10. Yellow Bird
11. Queen's Canary
12. Ma And Pa

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Les Freres Dejean - Pa Gain Panne

More konpa. Highly recommended!
Also, you can (and should!) see them live on youtube.
History of the band

Les Freres Dejean - Pa Gain Panne, 1974
192kbps, 57mb on zshare, rapidshare, megaupload, badongo
1. Marina
2. Joyeuses Vacances
3. La Foi
4. Pa Gain Panne
5. Leogane
6. Alleluia

Buddy Emmons & Lenny Breau - Minors Aloud

Another Breau collaboration.
Lenny Breau was a jazz player influenced by country music; after all, he was Chet Atkins' protege. Buddy Emmons plays the most country of all instruments - steel guitar. One would expect this session to be a country-jazz hybrid (perhaps something along the lines of jazzy Atkins albums or Jimmy Bryant). In fact, there is not much country about this disc. Some of it is straight-ahead jazz (the covers of Killer Joe and Scrapple From The Apple); Compared To What is a bar-band rocker with jazz-rock breaks, Buddy's vocals only enhance the pub atmosphere; and the originals - Minors Aloud and On A Bach Bouree - are sublime instrumentals of no particular genre affiliation. An interesting album all around.

Buddy Emmons & Lenny Breau - Minors Aloud
REUP: 320kbps, 83mb on mediafire
1. Minors Aloud
2. Compared To What
3. Killer Joe
4. Long Way To Go
5. Secret Love
6. Scrapple From The Apple
7. On A Bach Bourée

See also a recent Buddy Emmons post at the great Broke Down Engine

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dear all,
I've been out of circulation for some time. I might resume posting every once in a while, but probably not as often as before. Thanks to the people who comment and special thanks to people who recommend new music!

Meanwhile, check out the project of the fellow blogger Omer Saar:
THE GREEN ALBUM is... a full-length Hip-Hop remix album over all Al Green sample-made beats. Get it here

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tabou Combo - New York City (1974)

Here's an album I am seriously digging lately. A prime example of Haitian konpa style, this was recorded live in New York. I think this album came out under two different names (and possibly resequenced?): as 8eme Sacrement and as New York City.

Review: The group's relentless, high-energy style knows no language barrier. Singing in English, Spanish, French or their native Creole, Tabou serves a hot mix of grooves and textures with multiple roots, including a strong dose of the Dominican Republic's national dance music, Merengue. In addition, they offer up Haiti's dance-till-you-drop carnival music, rara, the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals. The quadrilles and contra-dances from Haiti's French colonizers join funk from the American soul era. The music includes the feel of West African Soukous topped with bright piano riff and the brassy sound of an all-American horn section. @

Tabou Combo - New York City (1974)
High VBR, 80.64mb on sharebee
1. 8th Sacrement
2. Pace Domine
3. Come Back My Love
4. Respect/Zapaton
5. New York City
6. Courai
7. Education

Pierre Henri and Spooky Tooth - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass

Yet another, possibly the weirdest entry in the list of Catholic-Mass-as-pop albums. This is a brainchild of the french composer Pierre Henri, the XXth century classical/avantgarde artist, known for his experimental electronic music and musique concrete works. He enlisted a british blues-rock band Spooky Tooth as studio musicians. The end product sounds kinda like Hawkwind with Stockhausen instead of Dik Mik manning the electronics. The resulting LP was marketed as a Spooky Tooth album.

I got it at the wonderful Closet of Curiosities blog, but it is also available at the Mutant Sounds and Zappadalata.
Also, a review.

Pierre Henri and Spooky Tooth - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass on 4shared
1. Confession
2. Have Mercy
3. Credo
4. Offering
5. Hosanna
6. Prayer

PS I added a tag mass

Friday, May 2, 2008

Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping

Very pleasant soul-jazz with unusual psychedelic-sounding harp arpeggios. Those after beats'n'breaks would find them here galore. Sounds like it's been mixed by a drummer, though - the percussion tracks are a little too prominent for their own good.

Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping (1968)
66mb on sharebee
1. Soul Vibrations
2. Games
3. Action Line
4. Lonely Girl
5. Life Has Its Trials
6. Afro-Harping
7. Little Sunflower
8. Theme from Valley of the Dolls
9. Come Live With Me
10. The Look of Love

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Johnny Seaton with Danny Gatton - Uptown + Reaction

Two fantastic obscure albums from a rockabilly revivalist Johnny Seaton with the great Danny Gatton on guitar. Unfortunately, I could not find the covers.

Johnny Seaton with Danny Gatton - Reaction (1985)
192kbps, 42.5mb on sharebee
1. Reaction
2. The Wheels Start Turnin
3. Rough'n'Tough
4. Crazier Than Me
5. I Ain't Gittin Rid Of You
6. Rockin Man
7. I Wouldn't Do The Same Thing To You
8. Big City Baby
9. 59 Phantom
10. Stop Lovin All The World

Johnny Seaton with Danny Gatton - Uptown (1983)
192kbps, 36.4mb on sharebee
1. Uptown
2. I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down
3. Come On Little Mama *
4. Don't Play With Me
5. I'm Feelin Sorry
6. Get With It
7. All Messed Up With Raw Deal
8. Right Now
9. Blue Monday
10. You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar
11. Willin And Ready *
(Gatton does not play on Come On Little Mama and Willin and Ready)

I added a tag rockabilly

Irene Schweizer - Jazz Meets India

Quite an amazing fusion of indian classical and european free jazz, a live recording from two different dates. Irene Schweizer Trio, Schoof, and Wilen represent the free jazz side of the coin; Dewan Motihar Trio (sitar, tabla, tamboura) are the indian side; the two seemingly incompatible musical traditions mesh seamlessly here.

Irene Schweizer Trio + Dewan Motihar Trio with Manfred Schoof and Barney Wilen - Jazz meets India [1967]
320kbps, 81mb on sharebee
1. Sun Love
2. Yaad
3. Brigach and Ganges


Indo-Jazz Top 10 from

Illustrations to it and then some.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


I need to get a life rest and recharge.
There would be no updates for a month or so.

PS The big argument is moved off the front page. I appreciate the thought-provoking comments by the readers, and all are welcome to (continue to) voice your opinions.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Jerzy Milian - Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PRiTV w Katowicach

Here's one for Djalma's Soul Food
Jerzy Milian - easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene... says DustyGroove.
Think library music, but in a good way :)

Jerzy Milian - Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PRiTV w Katowicach, 1978
320kbps, 89mb on sharebee
1. Waleczny Biedron
2. Niedzielne Popoludnie
3. Sloneczna Podroz
4. Kung To Jest To
5. Biala Magia
6. Nie Widzisz A Widzisz
7. Autostrada Pelna Slonca
8. Astrobolid
9. Nie Martw Sie O Wianek
10. Z Nuta W Herbie
11. Hop, Zdzis Dzis
12. Przyjdz Z Jesienia

Another Milian record at the great Orgy In Rhythm

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Clifford Brown and Max Roach on Basin Street

This could be my favorite straight-ahead jazz album ever. An impeccable line-up: two rising stars in the front line - Clifford Brown, who died in a car crash soon after this recording, and Sonny Rollins, who went on to become the greatest sax player that ever lived (my opinion, no disrespect to Coltrane or Parker intended); Bud Powell's little genius brother Richie on the keys, and of course Mr. Roach himself on the traps. Music as God intended it to be played. I give it all the endorsements there are.
This is the original album, without the bonus tracks, alternate takes, and stuff.

Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Brown and Roach on Basin Street
REUP: 59mb on depositfiles
1. What Is This Thing Called Love
2. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
3. I’ll Remember April
4. Powell’s Prances
5. Time
6. The Scene is Clean
7. Gertrude’s Bounce

Rabih Abou-Khalil - Blue Camel

AMG review

Rabih Abou-Khalil - Blue Camel
192kbps, 84mb on sharebee
1. Sahara
2. Tsarka
3. Ziriab
4. Blue Camel
5. On Time
6. A Night in the Mountains
7. Rabou-Abou-Kabou
8. Beirut

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bembeya Jazz National - 10 Ans De Succès

Review: This is something very special: A live recording from Bembeya Jazz National's 10 year jubilee concert in the "People's Palace" of Guinea's capitol, Conakry in 1971. The band stood at the pinnacle of its career, so this is a historical record in the best sense of the word. The recording is impressive: an audience of 2500, including the Politbureau(!) in Guinea's Democracy Party, are enthusiastically in place. The band performs with full accoutrements - the rhythm section consisting of several types of drums, a complete horn section, and not least the number one guitarist, Sekou Diabate. This is an incredible disk - top rate Cuban music, but performed by Africans who, of course, give it their own Afro-sound. This is on the one hand well-arranged, Latino big band music, but on the other hand the improvisation and Mandinka traditions are not repressed but regularly shine through. Sekou Diabate has by no means steered alone; he must have heard Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green, and Wes Montgomery. He plays the most incredible riffs on electric guitar to enormous jubilation at The People's Palace. A real classic!

Bembeya Jazz National - 10 Ans De Succès
High VBR, 92mb on sharebee
1. Introduction
2. Temtemba
3. Wouloukoro
4. Lefa
5. Camara Mousso
6. O.E.R.S.
7. Doni Doni
8. Bembeya
9. Festival National
10. Koule De Gbe
11. NDianamo
12. Ile Nyarabi

Monday, March 17, 2008

Roy "Bubbles" Burrowes - Reggae au go Jazz

May (of 1999) saw another great album out of Studio One when Mr Dodd dusted off his vintage rhythms and invited Jamaican jazz trumpeter Roy "Bubbles" Burrowes to extemporise over them. Keeping Burrowes company on Reggae au go Jazz were US tenor sax players Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis and the entire set amounted to one of the most interesting projects to emerge out of Studio One in recent years, part of a lineage stretching back to those classic 1970s instrumental sets from Cedric Im Brooks and Roland Alphonso. @

Another music business mystery - why such a good and relatively recent album would ever be out of print and completely unavailable in any form. Ernest Ranglin on guitar and bass, Jackie Mittoo on the keys, Clifford Jordan on sax, Sir Coxsone Dodd is producing. Can't miss with a lineup like this! Sounds somewhat like Monty Alexander or Ernest Ranglin's solo albums, but more mellow.

Roy 'Bubbles' Burrowes with Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis - Reggae Au Go Jazz
192kbps, 60mb on sharebee
1. Wet Land
2. Jericho Jazz
3. Bubble's Bubble
4. My Father's Jazz
5. Thirty One Thirty Five
6. Soul Sender
7. Dont Wait Too Long
8. Mount Zion Rock
9. Jamrec Jam
10. Mr. Loving Spoon
11. Reggae Au Go Jazz
12. Jazz Ville Funk

Sunday, March 16, 2008

David Axelrod - Messiah

A visitor suggested this album in the comments to the Schifrin post - much thanks for the tip!
A review: Axelrod had worked in the pseudo classical crossover field before-namely the Prunes' 'Mass in F Minor' and 'Release of an Oath' but in 1971 the Axe decide to take on Handel! The opening 'Overture' is one of the high points of an excellent album-a kind of mini overview of his bag of tricks. We get Fuzz Guitar, funky drumming and oodles of strings and brass. The vocal tracks don't work quite as well apart from the rather stirring version of 'Hallelujah'. This LP has already been sampled for its beats, which surely must be a first for a classics based record.

David Axelrod's Rock Interpretations of Handel's Messiah
VBR, 39mb on mediafire: get it at the Milk Crate Breaks blog.
Milk Crate Breaks is an excellent site, worth checking out in its entirety: more Axelrod albums, Maceo Parker, the JBs and other goodies.
You can also download this album and listen to several tracks over here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I am listening to Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats compilation: The most brutally raw music I've heard in ages is exploding from the ghettos of Rio De Janiero @.
Read a review, get it from here.

Also, two blogs to recommend:
Great selection of samba/pop from 60s to modern stuff, and a lot of good music in general.
Rare and obscure funk collections and more.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Kazutoki Umezu - Pandora's Cocktail

A friend of mine shared this some time ago. Three of the four sharebee links expired for the lack of attention, which is a shame. Umezu and Ribot - what more can you ask for?

Kazutoki Umezu - Pandora's Cocktail
256kbps, 93mb on megaupload
1. Wow Wow
2. Shou-Chiku-Bai
3. A Reverend Utterance
4. Chimtchack Salghum
5. They Craved the Miracles
6. Soul Makkori
7. Interlude
8. Wonbat Walk
9. Mercurial Gulf
10. Bizarre
11. Kumamoto
  • Kazutoki Umezu - Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
  • Kenny Wollesen - Percussion, Drums
  • Brad Jones - Bass
  • Marc Ribot - Guitar

    I shared Umezu's Eclecticism here before.
    Also check out Kazutoki Umezu & Tom Cora - Abandon, an all-improvized live set recorded at Roulette in New York in October 1987, and available at the wonderful WFMU blog
  • Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin - Voodoo Drums

    Here's one that falls more in the category of weird shit than in the category of timeless music to stay with you forever.
    The label says the following: "This release features the Voodoo Drums of Haiti and was recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port-au-Prince, Haiti."
    Review from

    Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin - Voodoo Drums
    REUP: 320kbps, 97mb on depositfiles

    Sunday, March 2, 2008

    The Funk Box

    The Funk Box
    Upon request. Track list is in the comments.
    192kbps, 430mb total.
    CD1 on depositfiles
    CD2 on depositfiles
    CD3 on depositfiles
    CD4 on depositfiles

    Saturday, March 1, 2008

    Rare Afro and Caribbean Funk Vol.1

    Rare Afro and Caribbean Funk Vol.1
    192kbps, 58 mb on megaupload

    Afro side:
    1. Idowu Funkyman Fakeye - We gonna make it
    2. Jerry Malekani - Diwela
    3. Sumo - Munia
    4. Oby Onyihoa - Enjoy your life

    Caribbean side:
    5. Biosis Now - Independent Bahamas
    6. Black Machines - Soul Martinique
    7. Black Machines - Right now
    8. Marcel Louis Joseph - Prière au soleil
    9. Gordon Hnederson - The higher bidder

    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    Cult Cargo - Belize City Boil Up

    UPDATE: Link removed upon the label's complaint. Go buy it!

    Dusty Groove review: An amazing world of music -- rare funk, soul, reggae, and other grooves from Belize -- all beautifully compiled in the rich Numero Music style! We're really stunned by the set -- as we had no idea at all that Belize had anything going on at this level -- and the collection is an amazing surprise to our ears, filled with new delights at each turn, and clearly marking Belize as a new funky capitol on our ever-expanding map of musical understanding. Numero really outdid themselves with this package -- going far beyond their already-great collections of work from the Bandit and Capsoul labels -- to dig up a range of tracks that have never really made it out to the world at large, but which bubble over with influences from American funk and soul at the time.

    Sleeve notes

    Cult Cargo - Belize City Boil Up
    1. Lord Rhaburn - Disco Connection
    2. Harmonettes - Can't Go Halfway
    3. Jesus Acosta & The Professionals - Guajida
    4. Web - The Same Old Me
    5. The Professionals - A Part Of Being With You
    6. Lord Rhaburn - More Love Reggae
    7. The Professionals - The Back Stabbers
    8. Web - Rated G
    9. Harmonettes - Shame Shame Shame
    10. Soul Creation - Funky Jive (Part II)
    11. Lord Rhaburn - Don't Fight It
    12. Nadia Cattouse - Long Time Boy
    13. Lord Rhaburn - Boogaloo A La Chuck
    14. The Professionals - The Godfather
    15. Web - Things Are Going To Work Out Right
    16. Soul Creation - Funky Jive

    200th posting

    This will be an attempt to compile my top ten list of posts in no particular order. If you are browsing for something interesting, but don't know where to start, try one of these.

  • Los Zafiros - Bossa Cubana
  • Love, Peace, and Poetry Vol.3 - Asian Psychedelic Music
  • Orchestra Baobab - Pirate's Choice + Bamba
  • Brazil: Forro - Music For Maids and Taxi Drivers
  • Je Pense A Toi: The Best of Amadou and Mariam + Dimanche A Bamako
  • Bollywood Brass Band + Fanfare Ciocarlia - Gili Garabdi
  • Fade To Bluegrass: A Bluegrass Tribute To Metallica
  • Blind Boy Fuller - Truckin' My Blues Away
  • Emmett Miller - The Minstrel Man From Georgia
  • Red Snapper - Prince Blimey

    Thanks to all the visitors; double thanks to those who left a comment; triple thanks to those who link here!!!
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2008

    Colombia! The Golden Years Of Disco Fuentes, The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-1976

    Soundway continues chronicling tropical funk on its latest compilation, this time focusing on Columbia's greatest record label, Disco Fuentes. Founded in 1934 by Antonio José Fuentes, the imprint captured the long evolution of the music from the country's Caribbean coast, including the especially fertile period of cross-pollination reflected on this disc. Traditional cumbias, forrós, and fandangos were invaded by funk, blues, soul, salsa, West African highlife and rock in the 1960s, and the result was some seriously unpredictable and often wildly psychedelic music. Wganda Kenya's "Tifit Hayed" - a crazed Afro-Latin blow-up that sounds almost avant-garde for the way its rhythm is built and dominates the arrangement - is a good example of the rhytmic power of some these tracks. Every song features armloads of auxiliary percussion and hard-hitting horns, and Soundway has done a fantastic job of telling the story and restoring the music, as usual. This is a great companion to last year's excellent Panama! compilation. - Joe Tangari for Pitchfork

    This upload is not mine.

    Colombia! The Golden Years Of Disco Fuentes, The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-1976
    320kbps, 156mb on megaupload
    01. Salsa Na Ma - Fruko Y Sus Tesos
    02. Cumbia En Do Menor - Lito Barrientos
    03. Hong Kong - Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos
    04. La Piojosa - Sonora Cieneguera
    05. Improvisando - Fruko Y Sus Tesos
    06. Patrona De Los Reclusos - The Latin Brothers
    07. Tifit Hayed - Wganda Kenya
    08. Fandango en percussion - Pedro Laza
    09. La Samaria - Orquesta Nunez
    10. El Mondongo - Los Corraleros De Majagual
    11. A La Memoria Del Muerto - Fruko Y Sus Tesos
    12. Primavera - Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos
    13. Elyoyo - Wganda Kenya
    14. Gaita de las Flores - Lucho Bermudez
    15. Cumbiamba - El Sexteto Miramar
    16. Mirame San Miguel - Michi Sarmiento
    17. La Picua - Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros
    18. La Pata y El Pato - Climaco Sarmiento
    19. Las Calenas Son Como Los Flores - The Latin Brothers
    20. Pacifico - Afrosound

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Oranj Symphonette - The Oranj Album

    The second album by the greatest instro band of the last 30 years; their first is here, everything I said still applies.

    Oranj Symphonette - The Oranj Album
    256kbps, 90mb on sharebee
    1. Call Me Mister Tibbs (Quincy Jones)
    2. The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein)
    3. Satin Doll (Duke Ellington)
    4. Beat Girl (John Barry)
    5. Bananas (Marvin Hamisch)
    6. Dreamsville (Henry Mancini)
    7. A Man And A Woman (Francis Lai )
    8. After The Fox (Burt Bacharach)
    9. Arabesque (Henry Mancini)
    10. Midnight Cowboy (John Barry)
    11. Up, Up And Away (Jimmy Webb)
    12. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)
    13. Valley Of The Dolls (Andre Previn)

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008

    Slim Harpo - Hip Shakin' ~ The Excello Collection

    Slim Harpo is probably the best known musician from the Louisiana "swamp blues" scene: lazy, drawling, mushmouth vocals, simple, funky harmonica and guitar riffs surfing on the tidal waves of reverb and tremolo. Along with Mose Allison, Slim is an artist whose fans are a lot more famous than him. He was really popular with the british bluesmen in the 60s: the Rolling Stones covered his songs - I'm a King Bee, Shake Your Hips; the title of their album Got Live If You Want It is a pun on the name of another Slim song. The Kinks, the Pretty Things, Them, the Yardbirds also covered his songs, and ZZ Top borrowed the Shake Your Hips riff for La Grange. Also see a collection of "I'm a King Bee" covers, including Pink Floyd, the Bad Seeds, and the Doors.
    Why the Chicago bluesmen rose to fame and mythical status, and the swamp blues is known to the handful of fans is one of the mysteries of music business; if you are after authenticity and "roots", you'll find them here galore.

    Slim Harpo - Hip Shakin' ~ The Excello Collection
    VBR, two separate archives on sharebee: one, 95mb; and two, 73mb.

    Disc 1:
    1. I'm a King Bee
    2. I Got Love If You Want It
    3. Wonderin' and Worryin'
    4. Strange Love
    5. You'll be Sorry One Day
    6. One More Day
    7. Bobby Sox Baby
    8. Buzz Me, Babe
    9. Late Last Night
    10. Yeah, Yeah, Baby
    11. Don't Start Crying Now
    12. Blues Hangover
    13. Please Don't Turn Me Down
    14. Moody Blues
    15. Snoopin' Around
    16. Rainin' in My Heart
    17. Lovers Confession
    18. Buzzin'
    19. I Love the Life I'm Living
    20. Little Queen Bee (Got a Brand New King)
    21. I Need Money
    22. Still Rainin' in My Heart
    23. We're Two of a Kind
    24. What's Goin' on, Baby?

    Disc 2:
    1. Baby, Scratch My Back
    2. I'm Gonna Miss You Like the Devil
    3. Wondering Blues
    4. Rock Me, Baby
    5. Shake Your Hips
    6. Tip On In, part 1
    7. Tip On In, part 2
    8. I'm Gonna Keep What I've Got
    9. I've Got to be with You Tonight
    10. Te Ni Nee Ni Nu
    11. Mailbox Blues
    12. Mohair Sam
    13. I Just Can't Leave You
    14. Just for You
    15. Jody Man
    16. I've Been a Good Thing for You
    17. Hey, Little Lee
    18. My Baby, She's Got It
    19. I'm So Sorry
    20. Live Medley [Moody Blues~I Got Love If You Want It~You Know I Love You]

    Red Snapper - Prince Blimey

    A fantastic tripped-out instrumental album. If Elvin Jones, David Gilmour, and Flea were locked up in a padded room with ten sheets of acid and a sequencer, they may have come up with Prince Blimey. Ten years ago I listened to this album obsessively and thought this is what all music will sound like in the future. Now that we got to the future, I know that I was wrong - but I still think that all future music should sound like this.

    Red Snapper - Prince Blimey, 1996
    High VBR, 94mb on sharebee REUP 2/5/2014: depositfiles

    1. Crusoe Takes A Trip
    2. 3 Strikes And You're Out
    3. Thomas The Fib
    4. Get Some Sleep Tiger
    5. Fatboy's Dust
    6. Moonbuggy
    7. The Paranoid
    8. Space Sickness
    9. The Last One
    10. Digging Doctor What What
    11. Gridlock
    12. Lo-beam

    Hawkwind - In Search Of Space

    Hawkwind - In Search Of Space (remastered)
    VBR, 96mb on megaupload
    1. You Shouldn't Do That
    2. You Know You're Only Dreaming
    3. Master Of The Universe
    4. We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago
    5. Adjust Me
    6. Children Of The Sun
    7. Seven By Seven (Bonus)
    8. Silver Machine" (Bonus, Live)
    9. Born To Go (Bonus, Live)

    Choro 1906-1947

    Choro 1906-1947
    REUP 2/13/2014: 200mb on 4shared
    CD1: high VBR, 100mb on sharebee
    1. Jacob Do Bandolim - Flamengo
    2. Benedito Lacerda - Jurity
    3. Luís Americano - Tocando Pra Você
    4. Pixinguinha - André De Sapato Novo
    5. Pixinguinha - A Vida É Um Buraco
    6. Araci de Almeida - Flauta, Cavaquinho E Violão
    7. Patápio Silva - Primeiro Amor
    8. Ernesto Nazareth - Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho
    9. Ernesto Nazareth - Escovado
    10. Custódio Mesquita - Brejeiro
    11. Benedito Lacerda - Myrthes
    12. Benedito Lacerda - Mistura E Manda
    13. Benedito Lacerda - Minha Flauta De Prata
    14. Pixinguinha - Segura Ele
    15. Choro Carioca - São João Debaixo D'Aguá
    16. Pixinguinha - Rosa
    17. Pixinguinha - Os Oito Batutas
    18. Chiquinha Gonzaga - Falena

    CD2: high VBR, 96mb on sharebee
    1. Benedicto Lacerda/Pixinguinha - 1XO
    2. João Pernambuco - Interrogando
    3. João Pernambuco - Sonho De Magia
    4. Luperce Miranda - Naquele Tempo
    5. Jacob do Bandolim - Glória
    6. Garoto - Rato-Rato
    7. Canhoto - Abismo De Rosas
    8. Oito Batutas - Graúna
    9. Jacob do Bandolim - Treme-Treme
    10. Araci De Almeida - Engomadinho
    11. Orlando Silva - Caprichos Do Destino
    12. Orlando Silva - Página De Dor
    13. Benedito Lacerda/Pixinguinha - Ingênuo
    14. Benedito Lacerda/Pixinguinha - Vou Vivendo
    15. Benedito Lacerda/Pixinguinha - Ainda Me Recordo
    16. Benedito Lacerda/Pixinguinha - Sofres Porque Queres
    17. Ademilde Fonseca - Tico-Tico No Fubá
    18. Jacob Do Bandolim - Remeleixo

    Monday, February 18, 2008

    Jorge Veiga - O Caricaturista Do Samba

    Another one from Jorge Veiga. The title refers to his witty, sarcastic lyrics; gotta speak portugese to appreciate...

    Jorge Veiga - O Caricaturista Do Samba, 1955
    VBR, 37mb on sharebee
    1. Última Barbada
    2. Recado que a Maria Mandou
    3. Na Pensão de dona Laura
    4. Paletó Vermelho
    5. Rei do Samba
    6. Coração também esquece
    7. Faustina
    8. Representante da Fome
    9. Coração de Leilão
    10. A Fonte do Pecado
    11. Fenômeno
    12. Sambista no Céu

    Saturday, February 16, 2008

    Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word

    This album was found at the great Astronation.
    A good collection of prog from around the world; a few of the artists already made an appearance on this blog, namely the koreans San Ul Lim and the turks 3 Urel (AKA 3 Hur-El) and Baris Manco. I also heard Czerwone Gitary (Red Guitars - or is it Golden Guitars?), I think they are Czech. The other bands are new to me.

    Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
    192kbps, 77mb on megaupload
    1. Picchio Dal Pozzo - Merta
    2. Visitors - Visitors
    3. Illes - Nem Erdekel Amit Mondsz
    4. San Ui Lim - Frustration
    5. Egg - Fugue In D Minor
    6. Baris Manco - Lambaya Puf De
    7. Breakout - Powiedzielismy Juz Wszystko
    8. Bran - Breuddwyd
    9. Phillipe Besombes - Hache 06
    10. Embryo - The Music Of Today
    11. Czerwone Gitary - Coda
    12. Jean Claude Vannier - Le Roi Des Mouches
    13. Drugi Nacin - Zuti List
    14. 3 Urel - Omur Biter Yol Bimez
    15. Martin Kratochvil & Jazz Q - Toledo

    Friday, February 15, 2008

    Paul Horn - Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts

    To continue last week's Schifrin post:

    Review: Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts by Paul Horn - composed and conducted by Lalo Schifrin. A fascinating and award-winning combination of jazz and liturgical music that holds up well over thirty years later. In fact, it's surprising this has yet to be released on CD given the recent chant music fad. Horn, playing flutes, clarinet and alto sax, is accompanied by his quartet, a small orchestra and chorus. There is a meditative quality to much of the music (except the free-ish "Credo"), yet the performances come alive on such up-tempo pieces as "Kyrie" and "Offertory." Again, Schifrin marries multiple and opposing styles with a poetry that is all his own. Many of these titles were dramatically overhauled for Schifrin's later release, Rock Requiem (1971) and revisited as is on his own quite excellent JAZZ MASS IN CONCERT (1998). In 1965, Jazz magazine called JAZZ SUITE "one of the best attempts at religious jazz, on or off record" and Down Beat said "from a jazz point of view, there are several fine spots on this disc. But they are just spots, and if jazz is one's primary interest, the jazz in this suite is well diluted by non-jazz elements."
    Detailed notes on performances

    Also mentioned in a Time magazine article from 1965: Cool Creeds

    Paul Horn - Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts
    320kbps, 66mb on megaupload
    1. Kyrie
    2. Interludium
    3. Gloria
    4. Credo
    5. Sanctus
    6. Prayer
    7. Offertory
    8. Agnus Dei

    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    Jorge Veiga - Raizes Do Samba

    I am gradually making my way through Os Grandes Sambas compilation, and find that, even without knowing who is playing, I tend to pick out the same people.

    Example 1: Jacob do Bandolim was one of the great players I noticed from the choro compilations. Then, on Os Grandes Sambas I heard a song (Barracao) with a mandolin solo of breathtaking beauty, and sure enough, it was Jacob do Bandolim playing. I won't post any of his stuff, but instead forward you to the excellent Loronix blog that has many of his albums; I specifically recommend his recordings with Eliseth Cardoso and his solo records (one, two).

    Example 2: I really liked the songs Acertei no milhar, Que Bate-Fundo e´ Esse, and Cafe Socaite, and then realized they are all sung by the same person - Jorge Veiga. I don't know who he is, I just know that his music pushes my buttons.
    This album is from a retrospective series on samba titled Raizes do Samba (Roots of samba). There are comps wth the same title, but from different artists, kinda like "The So-and-so's finest hour" series on Verve.

    Jorge Veiga - Raizes Do Samba
    320kbps, two separate archives of ~64mb on sharebee: one, two.
    1. Faustina (encrencas de família)
    2. Acertei No Milhar
    3. Café soçaite
    4. Conversa De Botequim
    5. Rosa
    6. Fenómeno
    7. Que Culpa Tenho Eu
    8. Estatutos Da Gafieira
    9. Coração em leilão
    10. Última Barbada
    11. Rei Do Samba
    12. Izabel
    13. Paletó vermelho
    14. Baile Da Piedade
    15. Mulher Malandra
    16. Boate trá lá lá
    17. Labariri (tudo lembra você)
    18. Quando o divórcio chegar
    19. Quem Sou Eu?
    20. Em boi morto até eu bato

    Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    Mo' funk, mo' bettah

    The Meters - Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology
    High VBR, three separate archives on sharebee: one, 98mb; two, 96mb; three, 53mb.
    1. Cissy Strut
    2. Here Comes The Meter Man
    3. Live Wire
    4. Sophisticated Cissy
    5. Ease Back
    6. Stormy
    7. Look-Ka Py Py
    8. Pungee
    9. Thinking
    10. This Is My Last Affair
    11. Funky Miracle
    12. Yeah, You're Right
    13. Little Old Money Maker
    14. Dry Spell
    15. Chicken Strut
    16. Same Old Thing
    17. Darling Darling Darling
    18. Tippi-Toes
    19. Ride Your Pony
    20. A Message From The Meters
    21. Zony Mash
    22. Stretch Your Rubber Band
    23. Groovy Lady
    24. Doodle-Oop
    25. I Need More Time
    26. Good Old Funky Music
    27. Stay Away
    28. Soul Island
    29. Do The Dirt
    30. Cabbage Alley
    31. People Say
    32. Hey Pocky A-Way
    33. Africa
    34. Fire On The Bayou
    35. Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans
    36. They All Ask'd For You
    37. Running Fast (single version)
    38. (Doodle Loop) The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather
    39. Trick Bag
    40. Hang 'Em High
    41. Be My Lady
    42. Funkify Your Life
    43. Give It What You Can

    Friday, February 8, 2008

    New Orleans Funk: The Original Sound of Funk 1960-75

    New Orleans Funk: The Original Sound of Funk 1960-75
    REUP 2/19/2014: 256kbps, 125mb on zippyshare
    1. The Meters - Handclapping Song
    2. The Explosions - Hip Drop
    3. Lee Dorsey - Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
    4. Gentleman June Gardner - It's Gonna Rain
    5. Eddie Bo - Check your Bucket
    6. Professor Longhair - Big Chief
    7. Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns - Free, Single and Disengaged
    8. Chuck Carbo - Can I Be your Squeeze
    9. Aaron Neville - Hercules
    10. Mary Jane Hooper - I've Got Reasons
    11. The Gaturs - Gator Bait
    12. Allen Toussaint - Get Out of my Life Woman
    13. Cyril Neville - Tell Me What's On Your Mind
    14. Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band - Handa Wanda
    15. Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris - Love Lots of Lovin
    16. The Explosions - Garden of Four Trees
    17. Ernie & The Top Notes - Dap Walk
    18. The Meters - Just Kissed my Baby
    19. Marilyn Barbarin - Reborn
    20. Dr John - Mama Roux
    21. Danny White - Natural Soul Brother
    22. Eddie Bo - Hook 'n' Sling (Part II)
    23. Ernie K. Doe - Here Come the Girls
    24. Robert Parker - Hip-Huggin

    Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    Nigeria '70: The Definitive Story of the Funky Lagos

    Nigeria '70: The Definitive Story of the Funky Lagos

    Vol.1: high VBR, 95mb on sharebee
    1. Koola Lobitos - Ololufe Mi
    2. Monomono - Tire Loma Da Nigbehin
    3. Blo - Chant To Mother Earth
    4. Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - Jeun Ko Ku (Chop 'n' Quench)
    5. Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - Ifa
    6. Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika - Ikon Allah
    7. Segun Bucknor & His Revolution - La La La
    8. Peter King - Shango
    9. Tony Allen & His Afro Messengers - No Discrimination
    10. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes - Akayan Ekassa
    11. William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
    12. Bongos Ikwue - Woman Made The Devil

    Vol.2: high VBR, 111mb on megaupload
    1. Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders - Alo Mi Alo (Parts 1 & 2)
    2. Ofo The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr
    3. Sahara All Stars Band Jos - Enjoy Yourself
    4. The Funkees - Dancing Time
    5. Afro Cult Foundation - The Quest
    6. Joni Haastrup - Greetings
    7. Gasper Lawal - Kita Kita
    8. Lijadu Sisters - Orere Elejigbo
    9. Fela Anikupalo Kuti & The Africa 70 with Sandra Akanke Isidore - Upside Down
    10. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - Agboju Logun
    11. Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental)

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008

    Beastie Boys and some

    Beastie Breaks
    80mb on sharebee
    1. Idris Mohammed - Lorens Dance
    2. Gene Harris - Put On Train
    3. Cedar Walton - Jacob's Ladder
    4. Eugene Mcdaniels - Headless Heros
    5. Funkadelic - I'll Bet You
    6. Ballin Jack - Never Let Em Say
    7. Jimmy Smith - Root Down
    8. Sly Stone - Loose Booty
    9. Jeremy Steig - Howling For Judy
    10. Funk Factory - Rien Ne Va Plus
    11. Jimi Hendrix - Gotta Have It
    12. The Blues Project - Flute Thing

    A great instrumental album from the b-boys. Verrry groooovy....
    BTW, Eric Bobo, who plays percussion on this album, is the son of the great Willie Bobo.

    Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out! (1996)
    High VBR, 58mb on zshare, mediafire, rapidshare.
    1. Groove Holmes
    2. Sabrosa
    3. Namaste
    4. Pow
    5. Son of Neckbone
    6. In 3s
    7. Eugene's Lament
    8. Bobo on the corner
    9. Shambala
    10. Lighten Up
    11. Richy's Theme
    12. Transitions
    13. Drinkin' Wine

    Sunday, February 3, 2008

    Lalo Schifrin - Rock Requiem

    Another entry on the theme of lithurgical-music-as-pop, to continue New Hope Jazz Mass and Latin Mass.

    Review: Out of print and hard to find, this was released at a time when "rock opera" and concept themes were popular (or interesting to consider). Deftly mixing elements of rock, gospel, jazz and secular music, Schifrin employs a choir and LA studio musicians in this unusual and fascinating tribute "for the dead in the Southeast Asia War." Rock Requiem stands strong as a sequel of sorts to Schifrin's cantata, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968) and the liturgical Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts (as recorded by Paul Horn in 1964). Worth the attention.
    Detailed notes on the performances are here.

    Also mentioned in a 1972 Time article Pop Goes the Bible.

    Lalo Schifrin - Rock Requiem
    320kbps, 86mb on sharebee
    1. The Procession
    2. Introit
    3. Kyrie Eleison
    4. Gradual
    5. Tract
    6. Offertory Verse
    7. Sanctus Benedictus
    8. Agnus Dei
    9. Final Prayer

    I'll throw in another Schifrin album I am currently listening to. They say it's one of his best. The uploads are not mine.
    Review: Schifrin produced in 1966 what remains truly one of his greatest musical achievements. Essentially a baroque take on jazz, Schifrin creates his own beautiful variations on the classics here. His inspiration is diverse, even divine - Henry Purcell ("Aria"), Bach ("Bossa Antique"), Francis Hopkinson ("Beneath a Weeping Willow Shade"), Telemann ("Old Laces"), even Ramsey Lewis and the Rolling Stones ("The Wig"). The musicianship is first-rate too; especially Schifrin's graceful and evocative piano and Gene Bertoncini's lovely guitar. Without question, a unique, gorgeous and inspired statement and one of the buried treasures in 1960's jazz.
    Detailed notes on the performances are here.

    Lalo Schifrin — Marquis de Sade (1966)
    Full title: "The Dissection and Reconstruction of Music From the Past as performed by the Inmates of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble as a Tribute to the Memory of the Marquis De Sade"
    192kbps, 44mb on megaupload or mediafire - NEW LINKS
    1. Old Laces
    2. The Wig
    3. The Blues For Johann Sebastian
    4. Renaissance
    5. Beneath A Weeping Willow Shade
    6. Versailles Promenade
    7. Troubadour
    8. Marquis De Sade
    9. Aria
    10. Bossa Antique