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