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