Friday, May 18, 2018

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 12

The compilation series dedicated to the golden age of the Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. The volume 12 celebrates the Groove into the Boogie sphere, highly tinted of Slapping Bass, Disco Rhythms & Funky Beats, including twelve pure jazz funk tracks recorded between 1976-1982, featuring Terumasa Hino, Jun Fukamachi, Hiromasa Suzuki, Ryo Kawasaki, Native Son, Sadao Watanabe, Naoya Matsuoka, Mikio Masuda, Toshiyuki Honda, Jiro Inagaki & Chuck Rainey Rhythm Section, Kenji Omura, Kazumi Watanabe & Lee Ritenour.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mary Afi Usuah - African Woman

Year : 1978
Label : Clover Sound
Genre : Soul, Rock
Style : African Funk, Disco

Mary Afi Usuah was an a opera former singer to the raw power, reminding Betty Davis or Tina Turner's voices and Sly & The Family Stone for the music, one of the greatest songstress than the African continent has produced. From 1969 to 1978, she only released three albums (the first was reissued by the Frank Gossner's label, Voodoo Funk), and toured in Europe as chorister for Duke Ellington, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, before returning to Lagos to take a position at the Ministry of Culture. "African Woman" is the meeting between soul music, afrobeat and nigerian highlife including pure funk (What’s A Woman To Do), reggae (Our Generation) and disco sounds (Tell Me Now). For "African Woman", She composed all lyrics, in english and african languages, supported by the Heads Funk Band, aka Akwassa, featuring bassist Joe "Castro" Matthews and guitarist Felix Odey, also in charge of the songs arrangements.  All lyrics by Mary Afi Usuah, arranged by Sylvester Akaiso, Joe Matthews and Felix Odey.

Mary Afi Usuah_vocal
Charles Effiom Duke_lead guitar (guest)
Felix Odey_rhythm guitar
Joe "Castro" Matthews_bass
Kevin Coburn_organ, piano, synthesizer
Eddy Offeyi_drums
Ricky West_percussion
Uncle Beejay_congas

01. African Woman
02. Kam Fat Owo (Mbata)
03. What's A Woman To Do
04. Tell Me Now
05. Sweet Elijah
06. Spread More Love
07. Our Generation (Ode To Our Nation)
08. Tenkim Kpoho


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Eko - Funky Disco Music

Year : 1979
Label : Dragon Phénix
Genre : Jazz, World
Style : Disco, Afrobeat, Afro Funk

Eko Roosevelt, nicknamed as the camroonian Quincy Jones, is an arranger, producer & keyboardist, member of the Dikalo group founded in 1976.  The sound of Eko, as the one of his fellow countryman Manu Dibango, is a blend of Makossa music tainted with funk, disco, soul & Jazz. During several years, he was an pianist accompagnist for various french variété singers as Johnny Hallyday or Claude François, and was conductor of the Cameroon's national orchestra. "Funky Disco Music" is Eko's third album including punchy horns, afro-rhythms and groovy bass lines featuring Vicky Edimo from Dikalo. The album was recorded in France at the famous studio Barclay, it opens on the afro-caribbean funky swing song "Funky Disco Music" and closes on the smooth jazz ballad "Emen' Ango", passing by the african folk pop song "Me To A De Try My Own" and the two afro-disco-club gems, the favorites of DJs : "Ndolo Embe Mulema" & "Bowa'a Mba Ngebe".  

01. Funky Disco Music
02. Ndolo Embe Mulema
03. Une Chanson Sans Paroles
04. Bowa'a Mba Ngebe
05. Toi Da Manga
06. Me To A De Try My Own
07. Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am
08. Emen' Ango


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sound President - Odion Iruoje - Down To Earth

Year : 1983
Label : Odion Limited
Genre : Funk, Electronic
Style : Afrobeat, Boogie Funk, Afro Funk, Rap

An insane self-produced album by a renowned nigerian producer, Odion Iruoje, originally released on his own label Odion Ltd and featuring, among other, Akin Yuba (music direction) and Tunde Williams (horns) from the Africa '70. The man behinds some sound materials for Fela Kuti, between the 1970-1973 period, produced here a real musical UFO mixing Boogie (Love Care), Zulu rap (Identify With Your Root), Afro-funk (Ikebe) & Juju music, adding digital sound effects and drum machines, all creating an hypnotic music which drives us, not so far of a transe state.  Odion was an influential actor of the Nigerian Afro Funk scene active during the seventies and the eighties, working for EMI, he signed Fela and brings back into his fold, many nigerian funk band including Ofege. Titles includes also the catchy song "Anogo / Giri" & the electronic disco tune "Aro Affair (Crazy Scene)". All songs arranged, composed and produced by Odion Iruoje.

Sound President - Odion Iruoje_vocals
Nkono Teles_keyboards
Tunde Williams_trumpet, saxophone
Jimi Lee_lead guitar
Eugene Ndema_rhythm guitar
Sol Oshijo_bass
Amoo_talking drum
Chiko Oyemade_percussion

01. Identify With Your Root (Which One You De?)
02. Anogo - Giri
03. Ikebe
04. Alhaja And Obiageri
05. Love Care
06. Aro Affair (Crazy Scene)


Monday, April 23, 2018

Gal Costa - Índia

Year : 1973
Label : Philips
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, MPB, Tango

The post-Tropicalia album by one of the female figure from Brazilian music, Gal Costa, including the tango-dance-groove "Relance", selected by Gilles Peterson for the famous Brazilica compilation series (1994 - Talkin' Loud), featuring the outstanding musicians and arrangers, Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Wagner Tiso, Rogério Duprat and Tenorio Jr.. With "Índia", Gal Costa left the psychedelic rock to embrace the Jazz & the World Music. Backing to her roots from the Bossa Nova, she replaces accoustic guitar at the forefront of her artwork, supported by the accordion play of Dominguinhos and a musical direction by his soul brother, Gilberto Gil. The songs benefited of the sophisticated arrangements, the result of genious work from Arthur VerocaiRogério Duprat, including a great variety of styles : tango for the title-track, afrobrasileiro music for the portuguese protest song  "Milho Verde", Bossa Nova with the Jobim's cover "Desafinado" or the Jazz Funk "Pontos De Luz".

Gal Costa_vocal
Gilberto Gil_guitar, twelve-string guitar
Luiz Alves_bass
Roberto Silva_drums
Roberto MenescalToninho Horta_guitar
Tenorio Jr.Wagner Tiso_organ
Chacal & Chico Batera_percussion

01. Índia
02. Milho Verde
03. Presente Cotidiano
04. Volta
05. Relance
06. Da Maior Importância
07. Passarinho
08. Pontos De Luz
09. Desafinado


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Candido - Drum Fever

Year : 1973
Label : Polydor
Genre : Jazz, Latin
Style : Afro-Cuban Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Last volume of the Candido "Funk Trilogy" serie which started with "Thousand Finger Man" (1970 - Solid State), and passing by "Beautiful" licenced on Blue Note records in 1971. "Drum Fever" is one of the Candido's funkiest records, conducted by the legendary Afro-Cuban-Jazz arranger Chico O' Farrill, it includes latin waves and soul-jazz grooves with swinging congas, killer keyboards, wah wah guitar and funky brass section. "Drum Fever" was conceived with the Chico O' Farrill complicity, most of the tracks are composed by the Candido-Farrill duo, including also two jazz standards, the big classic "St. Louis Blues" and the carribean jazz "St. Thomas" of Sonny Rollins played in a full dynamic funk variation.

01. Candido's Funk
02. Succulent
03. Mighty Mouth
04. St. Louis Blues
05. Yolanda
06. St. Thomas
07. Sultry
08. Kushy
09. Soulwanco

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès - Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2

Year : 2015
Label : Teranga Beat
Genre : Jazz, World, Folk
Style : Afro Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz, Psychedelic Rock

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès is a senegalese band formed in 1979, composed by 13 members  featuring the three singers Assane Camara, Gora Mbaye, Bassirou Sarr and the  guitarist/leader Pape Seck. From 1979 to 1983, the group known a great success in Senegal and Gambia before to separate. Recently rediscovered by Greek Dj Adamantios Kafetzis, the group started to tour in Europe after the two reissues Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 & 2, recorded in 1982 and released on the Teranga Beat label.  The Music of Dieuf-Dieul is a kind of Afro-Jazz crossover producing an hypnotic groove, the result of a clever blend between musical traditions (including Mandigo sound) and modern music (including psychedelic rock & Soul music), the african rhythms with Jazz & Afro Cuban Music.

Pape Abdou Aziz Seck_leader, guitar
Abdoulaye Camara_guitar
Doudou Leo Dior_bass
Pape Cissé_alto saxophone
Pape Demba Diop_tenor saxophone
Alioune Badara Diop_trumpet
Sogui Ngom_drums (sabar)
Abdoulaye Ly_drums (tumba)
El Hadji Ngom_talking drum (tama)
Cheikh Ndiaye_timbales
Assane Camara, Bassirou Sarr & Gora Mbaye_vocals

01. Ariyo
02. Am Sa Waye
03. Rumba Para Parejas
04. Jirim
05. Nianky
06. Sidy Ndiaye
07. Raki


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi - Mudei De Idéia

Year : 1971
Label : RCA
Genre : Latin, MPB
Style : Psychedelic Rock, Samba, Funk/Soul

Fantastic debut album of the brazilian duet formed in 1969 by Antônio Carlos Marques Pinto (Antonio Carlos) and José Carlos Figueiredo (Jocafi) including heavy grooves, fuzz guitar and samba beats, featuring arranger Rogerio Duprat and jazz guitarist Lanny Gordin (Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil...). Antonio Carlos & Jocafi is one of the most famous Brazilian writing duo who worked for Wilson Simonal, Trio Mocotó, Milton Banana or Toquinho. From 1971 to 1996, they have recorded 13 albums, composed many soundtracks for brazilian telenovelas during the seventies, and other popular songs as "Vocé Abusou" or "Kabaluerê" (sampled by brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 on "Qual é?" in 2002). "Vocé Abusou" was a big success when it was sung by Maria Creuza and in France, with its cover "Fais Comme l'Oiseau" by Michel Fugain & Le Big Bazar released in 1972. Titles include also psychedelic rock songs in accordance with the Tropicalià movement (Se Quiser Valer, Quem Vem Lá...), samba (Conceição Da Praia, Morte Do Amor...) and beautiful pop ballads (Hipnose, Bonita).

01. Você Abusou
02. Se Quiser Valer
03. Kabaluerê
04. Conceição Da Praia
05. Hipnose
06. Mudei De Idéia
07. Quem Vem Lá
08. Nord West
09. Morte Do Amor
10. Deus O Salve
11. Dalena
12. Bonita


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Be Hard Bop - SUPERSOUND Vol. 2

A collection of some incredible songs with heavy funky beats & groovy sounds, eigtheen tracks recorded from the mid seventies to the early eighties including Afro Funk, Disco Highlife and Jazz Funk featuring Donald Byrd, The Magic Diso Machine, The Blackbyrds, Jimmy Castor Bunch, Oneness Of Juju, Livy Ekemezie, Lee Fields, Joe Tex, Reuben Wilson & More...

Compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop

Monday, January 1, 2018

Norio Maeda & All Stars - Rock Communication "Yagi Bushi"

Year : 2017/1970
Label : HMV Record Shop/Teichiku Records
Sub-Label : Deep Jazz Reality
Genre : Jazz, Folk
Style : Fusion, Jazz Rock

Genius arranger, master of japanese avant-garde (check his album Revolution), the pianist Norio Maeda revisits some popular standards of the japanese folk (as the similar project of Akira Ishikawa, "Drum Yagibushi Drum") featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Kaoru Iiyoshi, Takeshi Inomata, Tetsuo Fushimi & Shigeo Suzuki. During the late sixties and the early seventies, Norio Maeda collaborated as well as arranger and pianist to a wide variety of jazz rock albums for eminent musicians among others : Jiro Inagaki (This Is Jazz Rock - 1968), Akira Ishikawa (Bakinshinba - 1970) or Takeshi Inomata (Drum Method - 1972). This ambitious work mixing skillfully the japanese folk repertoire with psychedelic rock and straight-ahead jazz arrangements. Rock Communication was recorded the same year as the Inomata's Sounds Of Sound L.T.D., and can be see as its extension ("Aizu Bandai San" is the perfect example) .

Norio Maeda_piano, leader
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_electric guitar
Mitsuo Murakami_rhythm guitar
Kaoru Iiyoshi _electric piano, Hammond organ
Mihiro Arai, Masahiro Arashi_bass
Koichi Uchida_vibes
Takeshi Inomata & Takahiro Suzuki_drums
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Shigeo Suzuki_flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax

01. Yagi Bushi
02. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi
03. Hanagasa Ondo
04. Otemoyan
05. Sado Okesa
06. Soran Bushi
07. Konpira Fune Fune
08. Asadoya Yunta
09. Hokkai Bon Uta
10. Aizu Bandai San
11. Oedo Nihonbashi
12. Tairyo Utaikomi
13. Don Pan Bushi
14. Kuroda Bushi


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Various - Brand New Wayo : Funk, Fast Times And Nigerian Boogie Badness

Year : 2011
Label : Comb & Razor Sound
Genre : Soul, Disco
Style : Funk/Soul, Boogie

"A Brand New Wayo" brings togheter fifteen songs recorded during the post-afrobeat era, when the nigerian disco explosion occured from the late seventies to the early eighties. The evolution of nigerian society, the end of dictatorship and the short democratic period that followed, gave birth to a freedom artistic which contributed to the developpement of some creative emulation from nigerian producers & musicians. Selected by Uchenna Ikonne for his label "Comb & Razor Sound", all the songs fit into a own musical genre, called the ''Nigerian Boogie'', based on modern dance groove, served by the bass beat of disco funk and connected to the afro spirit (check below "Boys And Girls" ). Titles include songs from Mixed Grill, Murphy Williams, Joe Moks, Bayo Damazio, Martha Ulaeto...etc.

01. Mixed Grill - A Brand New Wayo
02. Kris Okotie - Show Me Your Backside
03. Murphy Williams - Get On Up
04. Joe Moks - Boys and Girls
05. Amas - Slow Down
06. Oby Onyioha - I Want To Feel Your Love
07. Dizzy K. Falola - Excuse Me Baby
08. Chris Mba - Funky Situation
09. Bayo Damazio - Listen to the Music
10. Martha Ulaeto - Music Alone
11. Segun Robert - Big Race
12. Amel Addmore - Jane
13. Honey Machine - Pleasure
14. The Stormmers - Love or Money
15. Emma Baloka - Let's Love Each Other

Friday, December 1, 2017

Livy Ekemezie - Friday Night

Year : 2017/1983
Label : Odion Livingstone/Linic Major Production Records
Genre : Disco
Style : Funk/Soul, Boogie

The reissue of nigerian Holy Grail record "Friday Night", entirely arranged, composed and produced by Livy Ekemezie. This "impossible to find" was originally released in 1983 and was never reissued, until the british label "Soundway" decided to bring it up to date, with the song "Holiday Action" (included in the Boogie Disco compilation "Doin' It In Lagos" in 2016). "Friday Night" is the epitome of the original Nigerian disco-funk sound that could be produced in the early '80s, focusing compositions based on powerful bass grooves and heavy keyboards sounds. Titles include the funky diabolic song "Get It Down", the Boogie Woogie anthem "Friday Night" and the brilliant "Delectation" problably inspired by "Superstition" of Stevie Wonder.

Livinus Ekemezie_guitar, bass, lead vocal, percussion
Richard Peather_saxophone
Kenneth Bucknor, Julius Elong _clavinet
Herbert Brown, Julius Elong_keyboards
Frank Izuora, Tony Guitor_guitar
Fred Pants, John Norway & King Gusher_bass
Feddy Ohams, Kif Goods_drums
Smart Lee_percussion, backing vocals
Frank Izuora, Panam, Pater & Tessy Lizzy_backing vocals

01. Get It Down
02. Holiday Action
03. I Wan' My Bab' Back
04. Friday Night
05. Classic Lover
06. Night Party
07. Delectation


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Magic Disco Machine - Disc-O-Tech

Year : 1975
Label : Motown
Genre : Funk/Soul
Style : Disco

The Magic Disco Machine was a collective of Motown's own producers including Jesse Boyce (of The Fame Gang, Dillard & Boyce) and Freddie Perren (the man behind the hit of Gloria Glaynor "I Will Survive"). Disc-O-Tech explores the disco movement nascent and reminds some of the best soundtracks from the Blaxploitation, featuring the Motown's studio musicians and its backing vocals bands : The Devastating Affair and The Sisters Love (formed on the Raelettes' ashes, the vocal group of Ray Charles). The collective produced two albums which seem especially designed for nightclubs & DJs. Some of the tracks were sampled many times, including the popular "Scratchin" by Hip-Hop artists such as RUN DMC in "Jam Master Jay" (1984) & DJ Shadow in "Lesson 4" (1991).

01. Control Tower
02. Window Shopping
03. Jumbo Sam
04. Let's Go Back To Day One
05. Control Tower (Reprise)
06. (I Could Never Make) A Better Man Than You Feat. The Sisters Love
07. Scratchin'
08. Tryin' To Get Over
09. Love Pains
10. You Don't Know (How Hard It Is To Make It) Feat. The Devastating Affair


Friday, November 3, 2017

Various - Black Rio 2 (Original Samba Soul 1968-1981)

Year : 2009
Label : Strut
Genre : Latin, Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Samba

Compiled by DJ Cliffy and released under the British Afro music Label "STRUT", Black Rio Vol. 2 brings together some of the best Brazilian Soul & Funk songs recorded from the late sixties to the early eighties. Some of which are belong to a new musical genre arising in the mid-seventies, called Black Rio, the meeting between typical Brazilian sound and the music of James Brown. The Black Rio matches to a style mixing Afro-Samba & Funk influenced by the Black Power movement, whose the most representative actors then were Miguel De Deus, Toni Tornado, Tim Maia, Emilio Santiago, Dom Salvador, Banda Black Rio or Bebeto with the song "Princesa Negra De Angola" included in this compilation.

01. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax - Coluna Do Meio  
02. Renata Lú - Faz Tanto Tempo    
03. Balanca Povo - Novo Dia    
04. Guimaes E O Grupo Som Sagrado - Our Sound  
05. Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção - Ta Tudo Ai    
06. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira    
07. Watusi - Oio Gere    
08. Os Diagonais - Não Vou Chorar    
09. Som Nosso - Pra Swingar    
10. Super Som Lord - BR Samba    
11. Pete Dunaway - Supermarket  
12. Marilene - Sinal Vermelho  
13. Avan Samba - Ibere  
14. Azambuja & CIA - Tema Do Azambuja  
15. Cry Babies - It's My Thing  
16. Edson Frederico E A Transa - Bobeira    
17. Bebeto - Princesa Negra De Angola    
18. Sonia Santos - Poema Ritmico Do Malandro


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yasuo Higuchi & Doremi Band - New York Cut

Year : 1979
Label : Warner Pioneer
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Yasuo Higuchi is a pianist, bandmaster and arranger, best known through his musical works produced for japanese television series & cinema. Yasuo Higuchi was especially in charge of famous compositions for animation music such as Osamu Tezuka's "Phoenix 2772" movie, "Tetsuwa Atom" (Astro Boy) and "Mobile New Century Gundam X" series. "New York Cut" is a condensed of pure jazz groove played by the Doremi Band, formed around guitarist John Scofield, bassist Will Lee, keyboardist Jorge Dalto and percussionist Dwight Gassaway. Titles include "To The New World" (cited by Gilles Peterson as his inspirations), "Uncle From Uncle", "Giraffe (In Memory Of Taki San)" played in a kind of flamenco style, "A Magazine On The Street" to the disco funk accents, all composed by Yasuo Higuchi. Recorded at CBS Studio, New York, on March 9 & 10, 1979.

Yasuo Higuchi_piano, conductor
Jorge Dalto_piano
Will Lee_bass
Chris Parker_drums
John Scofield_guitar
Dwight Gassaway_percussion

01.To The New World
02.The Earth`s Bellybutton
03.Uncle From Uncle
04.The West Wind From The East brass band
05.Giraffe (In Memory Of Taki San)
06.A Magazine On The Street
07.Warm Air In The Ellipsoid Of Revolution
08. On To The New World
09. The Other Side of Life


Monday, September 25, 2017

Various - Saigon Supersound 1965-75 Volume 1


Year : 2017
Label : Saigon Supersound
Genre : Pop, Rock, Latin Jazz, Folk
Style : Latin, Funk/Soul

Saigon Supersound, the compilation which brings together some lost vietanmese pop songs recorded between 1965 and 1975, when US army was stationned in the South Vietnam, a period considered as the golden era of popular vietnamese music. Americans brought with them Rock 'N' Roll and Soul music to Vietnam, which influenced local artists and popular singers such as Carol Kim who integrated it to the standard vietnamese songs repertoire (melancholic and love themes), all developed in opposion of communist revolutionary music. Marked by the american way of life, some young bands were formed like the Dew Drop or The Dreamers. They performed in the G.I. Clubs integrating western rock as well as funk/soul elements to their music, but not only, their songs included also latin rhythms such as Rumba, Tango and Cha Cha Cha.

01. Carol Kim - Tình Ta Như Lửa Đơm Hoa
02. Hùng Cường & Mai Lệ Huyền - Sống Cho Nhau
03. Duy Quang & Thái Hiền - Mộng Về Quê
04. Thanh Vũ - Nếu Mình Còn Yêu Nhau
05. Connie Kim - Lý Luận Tình Yêu
06. Hòa Tấu - Phố Đêm
07. Phượng Mai - Mùa Xuân Gửi Em
08. Khánh Ly - Diễm Xưa
09. Kim Loan - Căn Nhà Ngoại Ô
10. Thanh Thuý, Văn Thanh, Hoàng Liêm & Thanh Mai - Đoàn Người Lữ Thứ
11. Kiều Oanh - Đêm Cuối Cùng
12. Thanh Lan, Châu Hà & Thanh Mai - Hát Mừng Xuân
13. Mai Lệ Huyền - Có Ai Trên Đời Mà Không Yêu (Con Tim Và Nước Mắt)
14. Vân Sơn & Thùy Dung - Chọn Mặt Gửi Vàng
15. Hoàng Oanh - Mùa Gặt Mới
16. Thanh Lan - Tình Đêm Liên Hoan
17. Phương Dung - Vòng Tay Giữ Trọn Ân Tình
18. Ngọc Giàu - Câu Vọng Cổ Chúc Tết 

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