Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Isao Etoh & His Pick-Up Seven - Exciting Electric Bass

Year : 1969
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz, Pop
Serie : Perfect Sound 6
Style : Jazz Rock

Exciting Electric Bass is a rock cover album recorded by Isao Etoh & His Pick-Up Seven (feat. arranger Kunihiko Suzuki), which focuses on western pop hits & Soul Music from The Supremes to Stevie Wonder, passing by The Jackson 5. Isao Etoh is a japanese studio musician who served, alongside the jazz drummer Akira Ishikawa, in the backing band formed for the Japanese version of  Broadway musical "Hair". Best known as a regular bassist for Akira, he collaborated to over 5 000 recordings of pop songs, accompanying various famous japanese pop icons, among others,  Linda Yamamoto, Yukari Ito, Jun Mayuzumi, Mieko Hirota... In the sixties, he played a eminent key role to the success of the GS rock genre as studio bassist. He was recruited by Jackie Yoshikawa and his Blue Comets, The Jaguars, The Wild Ones or Terry and his Blue Jeans (Takeshi Terauchi). From the late sixties, Isao recorded a series of albums pop cover albums (Golden Electric Bass with the Black Panthers) and joined several prestigious japanese jazz formations such as : Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd (Exciting Rock Beat - 1969), Kiyoshi Sugimoto Quartet (Playboy Sound - Get Back - 1969), Akira Ishikawa's Count Buffalo (Bakishinba ~ Memories Of Africa - 1970). And finally, during the seventies, Isao also played for Masabumi Kikuchi (Masabumi Kikuchi + Gil Evans Orchestra - 1972), Kimiko Kasai, Jiro Inagaki & Motohiko Hino (Beat Drums - 1971).

01. Black Is Black    
02. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me    
03. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da    
04. Gimme Little Sign   
05. Love Child    
06. Back In The U.S.S.R.    
07. Fire    
08. White Room    
09. Maybe Tomorrow    
10. The Beat Goes On    
11. You Keep Me Hangin' On   
12. This Magic Moment 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Masahiko Sato - Kanashimi No Belladonna (Original Soundtrack)

Year : 2015/1975
Label : Finders Keepers/Cinevox
Genre : Soundtrack, Stage & Screen, Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock

Kanashimi No Belladonna (Belladonna Of Sadness) is the final act in the Animerama trilogy, a kind of "pink" film serie conceived by Osamu Tezuka which includes Senya Ichiya Monogatari (A Thousand And One Nights - 1969) & Kureopatora (Cleopatra - 1970). Produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Production, directed by Eiichi Yamamoto, Belladona is based on the book "La Sorcière" (The Witch), a story written in 1862 by French historian Jules Michelet. The music was entirely composed by the most-avant garde japanese jazz pianist, Masahiko Sato, recorded at Aoi studio in 1972 with probably a part of Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd ensemble, featuring his wife Chinatsu Nakayama on vocals. Only one EP was released in Japan in 1973, including singles "Kanashimi No Belladonna" & "Jeanne No Namida", both performed by japanese songtress, Mayumi Tachibana, but two years later, the soundtrack finally comes in Europe thanks to Italian label Cinevox, and now reissued by Finders Keepers Records. Sato created for Belladona, an atmosphere of certain deep melancholy, a free jazz rock score in the direct line of his "Amalgamation" project (recorded in 1971), mixing psychedelic jazz with orchestral music incorporating experimental sounds, suspense & action music elements. Titles includes all Sato's compositions for the film, except "Belladonna (Reprise)", "Jeanne No Namida" & the main love theme written by Asei Kobayashi and sung by Mayumi Tachibana.

01. Andy Warhol
02. Belladonna feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
03. Valle Incantata
04. The Notice Is Notice
05. Mr. London feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
06. Little Flower
07. Funny Feeling
08. TBSF feat. Chinatsu Nakayama
09. Take It Easy


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 11

Compilation series dedicated to the golden age of the japanese jazz scene through the years 60's-70's. Volume 11 is dedicated to Latin Jazz, Caribbean & Tropical sounds, including titles released in Japan from 1973 to 1980, featuring Hiroshi Fukumura, Naoya Matsuoka, Kazuo Yoshida, Toshiyuki Honda, Tadaaki Misago, Mikio Masuda, Takashi Mizuhashi, Sadao Watanabe & more...

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Golden Boys (Self-Titled)

Year : 1973
Label : Odeon
Genre : Pop, Rock
Style : Latin Rock, MPB, Samba Rock

Golden Boys is one of the finest vocal groups coming from the Jovem Guarda movement (Young Guard), which bloomed under the spotlight of Brazilian Pop music in the sixties. Originally formed as a quartet in 1958, Golden Boys is a brazilian rock band composed of three brothers : Roberto (former member from 1958 to 1971), Ronaldo, Renato Corrêa José Maria and their cousin, Valdir Anunciação, all from the same family as the Trio Esperanza. In 1973, The quartet have already eight albums to their credit, whose "Fumacê" released in 1970 just before Roberto left the band (included the hit Se Você Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear). The quatuor contributed repeatedly to various productions of others brazilian artists, their most famous includes collaborations for Marcos Valle (Terra De Ninguém in 1968, Dia Da Vitória in 1969, Esperando O Messias in 1970). For most of the songs, we can find the trademark of "Abbey Road", the official last album of The Beatles, more than an evidence that the group was mostly influenced by this other famous quartet from Liverpool, in particular the tracks Deixa Falar (Let Your Yeah Be Yeah) & Estranho (Strange One).

01. Push Together    
02. Por Você    
03. Eu Como    
04. Copo De Leite    
05. Eu Bebo Sim    
06. Music And Me    
07. A Poluição    
08. Skyline Pigeon    
09. Deixa Falar (Let Your Yeah Be Yeah)    
10. Estranho (Strange One)    
11. Sonhos De Cristal (Manda Christmas)    
12. Te Amo Sim


Bossa Rio - Alegria!

Year : 1970
Label : Blue Thumb Records
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, Smooth Jazz, MPB

Second album produced for the american market of the brazilian group Bossa Rio (not to be confused with the Sergio Mendes's Bossa Rio Sextet), featuring Gracinha Leporace (Sergio Mendes's wife), Pery Ribeiro, Manfredo Fest, Octvio Bailly Jr from Bossa Três, Ronald Mesquita & the US pianist Dwight Dickerson. Discovered and produced by Sergio Mandes, based on the Brasil '66 legacy, Bossa Rio borrows the similar recipe of the famous brazilian band, namely, a mixture of Jazz, Bossa Nova & Western Pop Music. The band performs the classics of Bossa Nova (keeping with their brazilian roots), from Jorge Ben (Que Pena, Zazueira) & Marcos Valle (Mustang Cor De Sangue), Jazz (Girl Talk) & covers of pop songs by The Bealtes including others international hits (Spinning Wheel, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Don't Go Breaking My Heart).

Gracinha Leporace_vocal
Pery Ribeiro_vocal
Manfredo Fest_organ
Dwight Dickerson_piano
Octavio Bailly Jr_bass
Ronald Mesquita_drums

01. Spinning Wheel
02. Zazueira
03. Girl Talk 
04. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 
05. What A Pity (Que Pena)
06. With Your Love Now (Mustang Cor De Sangue)
07. Open Your Arms
08. Eleanor Rigby
09. Don't Go Breaking My Heart  
10. Blackbird

Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude

Year : 1975
Label : Columbia
Genre : Soul, Funk
Style : Funk/Soul, Jazz Funk

"Gratitude" is an album including live & studio recordings, considered as the seventh album studio of the group, with amazing sessions based on their live shows, one of best ever recorded during their US tour between 1974 and 1975. Since their collaboration on the album "Sun Goddess" of Rasmey Lewis, came out a year earlier, the group began to know some success (with a new line-up), but especially with their sixth studio album "That's The Way Of The World" released in 1975. Titles include unrealesed tracks (Sunshine & Celebrate), singles (Sing A Song, Gratitude & Can't Hide My Love), and live versions of Shining Star, Yearnin' Learnin' or Sun Goddess.

Fred White & Ralph Johnson_drums, percussion
Johnny Graham_guitar
Al McKay_guitar, percussion
Larry Dunn_piano, organ, synthesizer (Moog)
Don Myrick_saxophone
Andrew Woolfolk_saxophone, percussion
Louis Satterfield_trombone
Michael Harris_trumpet
Verdine White_vocals, Bass, Percussion
Philip Bailley_vocals, congas, percussion
Maurice White_vocals, kalimba, drums, timbales

01. Africano/Power
02. Yearnin' Learnin'
03. Devotion
04. Sun Goddess
05. Reasons
06. Sing A Message To You
07. Shining Star
08. New World Symphony
09. Sunshine
10. Sing A Song
11. Gratitude
12. Celebrate
13. Can't Hide My Love

Friday, July 8, 2016

Be Hard Bop - A Soul Flavor Vol. 2

Rare Deep Soul & Funk Relics released from 1966 to 1974, featuring Archie Bell & The Drells, Mary Jane Hooper, Stevie Wonder, Fontella Bass, Norma Jean, Joe Tex, Eddie Bo & many more...

All tracks compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Universal Togetherness Band (Self-Titled)

Year : 2015
Label : The Numero Group
Genre : Jazz, Funk/Soul, New Wave
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco

The first issue of the chicago jazz funk band "The Universal Togetherness Band" lead by songwriter/producer Andre Gibson and released, at last, after over thirty years by The Numero Group label. This compilation brings together some of their best session recordings,  from 1979 to 1982, under the Columbia College audio engineering program. In spite of the many hours passed in the studio, neither album based on UTB's own material has been released, the band never had the opportunity to sign a record deal. UTB fuses Funk, Soul & Disco rhythms with Jazz breaks, offers a kind of synthesis between P-Funk & the New Wave nascent. A catchy music as the Nile Rodgers' Chic band (the reminiscence of the bass line from Bernard Edwards), Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang or Prince, have could produce during the late seventies till the edge of the eighties.
Andre Gibson_vocals, guitar, vibraphone
Leslie Misher_lead guitar
Fred Misher_bass, backing vocals
Paul Hanover_harmonica, piano
Arnold Gibson_drums, bass
Louis Sanford_percussion

01. Ain't Gonna Cry    
02. Real Thrill
03. Try Try Try    
04. My Sentiment    
05. Once In A Lifetime
06. Taken By Love    
07. Call For Love
08. I Want You


Monday, June 13, 2016

Serge Gainsbourg - Le Cinéma De Serge Gainsbourg

Year : 2015
Label : DECCA
Series : Back To Black
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen, Soundtrack
Style : Chanson, Psychedelic, Pop, Rock, Soul Jazz

Compilation of various works composed by Serge Gainsbourg for french directors (among others Bertrand Blier, Georges Lautner & Michel Audiar), including 14 cinematographic pieces recorded in the sixties, exactly from 1959 to 1969. Since "L'Eau A La Bouche" (1959), his first soundtrack arranged by Alain Goraguer, Serge Gainsbourg was able to surround himself  by others talented arrangers/composers, most of the time, the French Michel Colombier & Jean-Claude Vannier on several films : Si J'étais Un Espion (1967), Anna (1966), Manon 70 (1968) & Le Pacha (1968) with Michel Colombier ; Les Chemins De Katmandou (1969), Slogan (1969) & Une Veuve En Or (1969) with Jean-Claude Vannier (also in charge of the cult Serge Gainsbourg's album "Histoire De Mélodie Nelson"). The tracklist includes some songs sung by Serge Gainsbourg, Anna Karina & Michèle Mercier or Serge Gainsbourg featuring Jane Birkin, and several unreleased tracks extracted from "Si J'étais Un Espion"(Breakdown), "Les Chemins De Katmandou" (Générique & Transe Party Des Haschichiens), "Manon 70" (New Delire Again), "Le Pacha" (Un Noël 67) & "Slogan" (Paris-Bombay).

01. Serge Gainsbourg - L’Eau À La Bouche
02. Breakdown (Si J’étais Un Espion)
03. Serge Gainsbourg - L’Escroc (Les Plus Belles Escroqueries Du Monde)
04. Anna Karina - Sous Le Soleil Exactement (Anna)
05. Anna (Générique Fin)
06. Serge Gainsbourg - Manon
07. New Délire Again (Manon 70)
08. Requiem Pour Un Con (Le Pacha)
09. Un Noël 67 (Le Pacha)
10. Les Chemins De Katmandou (Générique)
11. Transe Party Des Haschichiens (Les Chemins De Katmandou)
12. Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - La Chanson De Slogan
13. Paris-Bombay (Slogan)
14. Michèle Mercier - La Fille Qui Fait Tchic-Ti-Tchic (Une Veuve En Or)


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jacques Loussier - Play Bach N°2

Year : 1962
Label : DECCA
Genre : Jazz, Classical
Style : Baroque, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz

Volume 2 of the five discs serie starting from 1959, performed by the Jacques Loussier Trio featuring percussionist Christian Garros & bassist Pierre Michelot, former member (with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Considered as a pioneer, “the grandfather” of crossover jazz has attempted to unify the classical and the jazz world. Jacques Loussier introduces his jazz improvisations on some Johann Sebastian Bach compositions, in five acts, all recorded between 1959 and 1965 for DECCA label. He played in four continents from London to New York by Tokyo and sold over six million copies in the world. 

Jacques Loussier_piano
Pierre Michelot_bass
Christian Garros_drums, percussions

01. Allemande   
02. Courante   
03. Sarabande   
04. Menuet I - Menuet II   
05. Gigue   
06. Choral   
07. Prelude 6   
08. Aria   
09. Prelude 16   
10. Fugue 16   
11. Prelude 21 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Albert Ayler - Free Jazz

Year : 1979/1964
Label : Vogue/Freedom Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Free Jazz, Hard Bop

Although he was recognized by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler (1936-1970) remained an accursed artist who divided critics, while he was a brilliant Avant-Garde saxophonist and a eminent actor of the Free Jazz movement during the early sixties. Originally released under "My Name Is Albert Ayler" on Debut Records (a Jazz label founded by Charles Mingus & Max Roach), "Free Jazz" was recorded live in 1963 in Copenhagen for the Danish National Radio. The formation consists on two danish jazz players, the rookie Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (a 16 year old bassist), Niels Brønsted and an american drummer, Ronnie Gardiner. Titles are mainly played in the Hard Bop style including free improvisations, jazz standards & covers from Charlie Parker (Billie's Bounce) to George Gershwin (Summertime), and an Ayler's original composition, "C.T.".

Albert Ayler_tenor, alto saxophone
Niels Brønsted_piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen_bass
Ronnie Gardiner_drums

01. Introduction by Albert Ayler
02. Bye, bye, blackbird
03. Billie's Bounce
04. Summertime
05. On Green Dolphin Street
06. C.T.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Sadao Watanabe & His Group - Music Break


Year : 1969
Label : Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

Live recording from the performance at Kosei-Nenkin Kaikan in Tokyo, Jul.4, 1967, spread over two discs of the Takt Jazz Series (the first being the Bossa Nova Concert). Music Break is making part of the japanese sixties phenomenon,  the big Bossa Nova Boom, which was introduced by Sadao Watanabe and also contributed to do Brazilian Music a popular genre in Japan. Sadao plays with his usual rhythm section from 1966 to 1968 featuring Jazz legends Masabumi Kikuchi & Masahiko Togashi. Titles include the most famous Bossa Nova songs (Mas Que Nada, Meditation, Samba De Orfeu...) & others jazz standards.

Sadao Watanabe_alto saxophone, flute
Masabumi Kikuchi_piano
Masanaga Harada_bass
Masahiko Togashi_drums,
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Hideo Miyata_cabasa

01. Felicidade (Opening)
02. Meditation   
03. The Song Of Jet   
04. Bonita   
05. Train Samba   
06. Doralici   
07. Music Break   
08. Mais Que Nada   
09. It Might As Well Be Spring
10. Samba De Orfeu   
11. Felicidade (Closing)

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