Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Freddie Hubbard Makes the World go Round (R.I.P)

A sad loss last Monday - the great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard passed away at the age of 70 after suffering a heart attack in November. You can find links to albums from his 1969-1975 period at the "Polar AC" post here, and he's also a featured soloist on "Shaft's Big Score".

Hubbard's demise has also prompted some interesting and rare posts in the last few days - "Super Blue" from 1978 at Orgy in Rhythm, and a rare 1972 live show at Ubu Roi. Edit : Ubu Roi continues to add many Hubbard bootlegs, go here.


In other news, a Happy New Year to everyone who frequents this blog, and I hope you manage to get completely trashed tonight. I'm back from vacation now and looking forward to bringing you more stuff in the new year.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

4 x italian jazz

Well hi everyone. I'm going to an island with no internet for a week ...

While I'm away, here are some generous donations that came in after the last Romano Mussolini post. Please thank Ish and Arkadin for these!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Romano Mussolini - "Mirage" (1974)

Jazz pianist Romano Mussolini was the son of that Italian dictator, and this is a nice rhodes jazz album from 1974 with some funky moments. And you know how much I love that 70s bauhaus font on the cover.

People keep asking me for this album in comments, and I've had a rip for about four or five years from Soulseek, where I used to 'live" in pre-music blog days.

I had expected the album to pop up again on the blogosphere, but it's seemingly not around anymore ... at some stage it's been at My Favourite Sound, Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo and Funkydisposition, but the age of this download makes me pretty sure it's not from you guys. Anyway, I'll throw it into the comments at your blogs as well.

I hope to sometime find a higher bitrate version myself, but this still sounds fine. The tracks "Mirage" and "Blues for Alexandria" are snagged from comps and are in 320kbps, the rest is at 128.

** Also check the comments for more Mussolini on the rhodes, and more Italian funky jazz from the Sergio Fanni Quintet, courtesy of Ish.



01 The Twitch
02 Omaggio a Oscar Peterson
03 Sweet Elisabeth
04 Hong Kong
05 Mirage
06 Blues for Alexandra
07 Rachel's Lullaby


romano mussolini - electric piano
glauco masetti - saxaphone
emilio soanna - trumpet
piero montanari - electric bass
roberto spizzichino - drums
tulio de piscopo - percussion


PDU Jazz A-6018 (Italy) 1974

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Track of the Day : Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas" (1972)

I hate christmas songs, except when Donny Hathaway is singing.
This is a 1972 track written by Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor. After he committed suicide in 1979, The Whispers wrote "A Song For Donny" using the chords and melody with new lyrics. While that one's a little cheesy for me, this one is the only Xmas song I can handle. "This Christmas" has apparently been murdered by a few Idol contestants recently, but the original's still a great track.


Still busy and unable to blog properly here, but thanks for still dropping by!
The current craziness finishes next week and I can start to treat you with more Harold Vick, Renee Geyer, Don Burrows, East Coast and more ...

If anyone's in Sydney this afternoon, drop in for below, I'll be the sleepy looking guy on keyboards ...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Track Of The Day : "Keep The Music Alive" - Yvonne Gray (1975)

Amazing 1975 track from Yvonne Gray with piano, vibes, flute, dirty brass and building layers of percussion; and this powerhouse of a voice.

Give Yvonne the full four minutes - it's a builder - then grab the album from Dr Okeh's And it Don't Stop, nice 320 rip. He posted it back in May - I keep coming back to this track and at least two other killers with a similar lineup.

Please thank the good doktah for this medicine. Password is on his main page.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Track of the Day : "Ball Of Confusion" (acapella) - Temptations (1970)


Strangely effective as an acapella. Dedicated to Googa-Moogas everywhere.

Lyrics - Barrett Strong

missing music - Norman Whitfield

performance by the Temptations.

Lead vocals - Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, and Melvin Franklin

Background vocals - Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams

People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin.
Run, run, run but you sure can't hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Vote for me and I'll set you free. Rap on, brother, rap on.
Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems nobody's interested in learning but the teacher.
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to our nation.
Oh yeah, that's what the world is today. Hey, hey.
The sale of pills are at an all time high.
Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky.
The cities aflame in the summer time.
And oh, the beat goes on.
Now listen.
Air pollution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul.
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon.
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything.
And the band played on.
Oh, great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
Just a ball of confusion.
Oh yeah, that's what the world is today.
Woo, hey, hey.
Fear in the air, tension everywhere.
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record's a gas.
And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation.
And the band played on.
Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors,
Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills,
Hippies moving to the hills. People all over the world are shouting, 'End the war.'
And the band played on.
Great GoogaMooga, can't you hear me talking to you.
It's a ball of confusion.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya.
Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Track Of the Day : Bill Conti - "Reflections" (1976)

Bill Conti's "Reflections" comes from his 1976 soundtrack for the film "Rocky". It rips off Kool and the Gang's "Summer Madness" in many different ways, but there are worse songs to steal from. I mean, he could have stolen from a Celine Dion song or something, and then we'd all be in trouble ...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Track of The Day : "Ikarus On the Stairs" - Ed Motta (2008)

'Ikarus On the Stairs' - Ed Motta

I've been following Brazilian singer Ed Motta since I got into his 2001 album "Dwitza". He had a substantial pop career before that, but that's the album where he began to reach back to some classic 70s textures and sounds, at the same time pushing the edges of harmonic language in the way that only writers from Brazil can. "Aystelum" from 2005 is another great album.

There's something about the intimacy of the closing track "Ikarus On the Stairs" on his new album "Chapter Nine" that grabs me. Have a listen on headphones, that voice can get right inside your head ...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Track of the Day : "Fire Dance" - Seun Kuti (2008)

Just came home from the second night's DJ-ing. With half an hour to go in my set, black smoke came pouring out the back of the venue's main amplifier, and the place filled with that smell of burning electronics and plastic. I ripped all of the power cables out ... end of gig!

And the song I was playing at the time ?

26-year-old Seun Kuti (his full name is Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti) is the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and he leads his dad's old band Egypt 80. He first played with them when he was 8 years old.

For those of you who've never been quite satisfied with the work of his sibling Femi Kuti , Seun is the real deal. Track down his album "Many Things", it's worth a listen.

"Fire Dance" is a great track. I just hope it doesn't burn your house down ...


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Track of the Day : Lorez Alexandria - "Send In The Clowns" (1977)

Way too busy at the moment to blog, but here's a quick post.

This song is kinda perfect - I know it's been revived a lot, but I keep coming back to it. I'd associated the song "Send In The Clowns" with washed-out cabaret singers on daytime talk shows until I heard Lorez Alexandria's magnificent version.

Listen to it build, then take it home!


Have a great weekend everyone. Click the comments and say hi so that I know you're there.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Eddie Palmieri - "Unfinished Masterpiece" (1975)

Bacoso's been posting some great Eddie Palmieri over at OIR which has encouraged me to drag out my latin albums again .... Eddie's a genius and a revolutionary giant. Latin had never seen harmonies like this before - Palmieri pushed at both the latin boundaries and the jazz boundaries at the same time without letting them wash each other out.

Palmieri's great early 70s albums like "Superimposition" and "Justicia" began to mix up genres in a way that reflected the cultural gumbo of New York itself. He began to really stretch his own boundaries in the studio with 'The Sun Of Latin Music" in 1974, particularly with the sprawling 15 minute "Un Dia Bonito", which begins with atmospheric textures and dramatic pacing, then works through an extraordinary, almost classical cross-harmonic brass buildup before morphing into a latin stormer. (I've added this as a bonus track in the comments). The album netted him his first Grammy award, which was in fact the first-ever Latin Grammy.

In 1973 he released "Sentido", which in tracks like "Condiciones que Existen" began to incorporate the funk textures from the album by his "Harlem River Drive" project, once again a distinctly New York cultural stew that can also be heard on the live "Sing Sing" albums from 1971, and influences other live recordings like the "University Of Puerto Rico" album.

Less funk and more cuban textures in this album from 1975, but it's still from the period when Palmieri had most of his considerable irons in the fire at the same time, moments of descarga - listen to everyone go crazy in the 12-minute standout track "Cobarde"; piano atmospherics and experimentation in "Random Thoughts"; percussion to die for in "Oyelo Que Te Conviene".

There's the salsa of "Un Puesto Vacante" with Lalo Rodriguez tearing up on the vocals, some boogaloo strains in "Kinkamache", and finally jazz and even big band textures in "Resemblance". That last track has quite a different lineup of jazzers including Ron Carter, Jeremy Steig, Steve Gadd, and Eddie Martinez on the rhodes.

And all the way through there's Eddie himself, always unexpected and exploratory in his piano progressions, and writing incendiary brass parts like no-one else can. He was apparently never fully satisfied with getting this album finished, but Coco Records put it out anyway - thus the title. He won his second Grammy award with this one.

WAV and 320 MP3 versions of "Unfinished Masterpiece" are at the bottom of the post, also a bonus of the aforementioned track "Un Dia Bonita" from "The Sun Of Latin Music".

Also check out the discography below for 53 more Eddie Palmieri-related albums.

Finally here's more latin from this blog.

01 'Un Puesto Vacante' (3:48)
02 'Kinkamache' (5:40)
03 'Oyelo Que Te Conviene' (6:29)
04 'Cobarde' (10:46)
05 'Random Thoughts' (6:22)
06 'Resemblance' (4:49)

All tracks by Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri - piano and leader
Lalo Rodriguez - lead vocal
Victor Paz - trumpets
Barry Rogers - trombones and tenor tuba
Nicky Marrero - timbales & percussion
Tommy "Chuckie" Lopez Jr - bongo
Eladio Perez - conga
Jerry Gonzalez - conga on "Cobarde"
Polito Huerta, Eddie "Gua-Gua" Rivera, Andy Gonzalez - bass
Ronnie Cuber - baritone sax, soprano sax & flute
Mario Rivera - tenor & baritone Sax
Lou Orenstein - tenor sax
Bobby Porceli & Lou Marini - alto sax
Peter Gordon - french horn
Tony Price - tuba Alfredo de la Fe - violin
Harry Viggiano - electric guitar
Jimmy Sabates, Willie Torres, Ismael Quintana - coro

Guest musicians on "Resemblance" :

Eddie Martinez - electric piano
Jeremy Steig - flute solo
Ron Carter - acoustic bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Mike Lawrence - flugelhorn
Ronnie Cuber - baritone solo
Ed Byrne - trombone
Lynn Welshman - trombone

Eddie Palmieri - arrangement, theories and structure
Rene Hernandez - arrangements
Barry Rogers - arrangement on "Cobarde"
Eddie Martinez - arrangement on "Resemblance"
Harvey Averne - producer

1962 "La Perfecta" at Orgy in Rhythm
'El Molestoso' at Zona Musical / info1964 'Lo que traigo es sabroso' at Si Se Rompe Se Compone or alternate1964 'Echando Pa'Lante' (Straight Ahead) at Zona Musical
1965 'Azucar pa' Ti' at Si Se Rompe Se Compone
1965 'Mambo Con Conga Is Mozambique' at La Musica Latina or alternate or FLACS 1967 'Molasses' at Orgy in Rhythm
1968 'Champagne' at Rock Savage
'Justicia' at NakitaMusica
'Live at Sing Sing Vol 1-2' at Rumbarte
'Live at Sing Sing Vol 1' at Orgy in Rhythm
1971 'Vamonos P'al Monte' at
Zona Musical / info
1971 'Superimposition' at
Orgy in Rhythm
1971 'At the University of Puerto Rico' at Zona musical
/ info

1973 'Sentido' at Orgy in Rhythm
1974 'The Sun Of Latin Music' at revolucion, no / alternate
'The Sun Of Latin Music' (expanded 2 CD set) at El Principante Salsero

1975 'Unfinished Masterpiece' in comments here
1976 'Eddie's Concerto'
1978 'Lucumi Macumba Voodoo' at
Zona Musical
1981 'Eddie Palmieri' at
Zona Musical
1981 'Timeless' (live) at
Zona Musical / info
'Sueno' at Salsa All Stars
or alternate 1984 'Palo Pa Rumba' at DDC or alternate / alternate
1985 'Solito' at Las Cintas Recuperadas
1987 'La Verdad' (The Truth) at Salsa Emsamble or alternate1991 'El Rey de Las Blancas Y Las Negras'
1994 'Palmas' at Zona Musical / info
'Arete' at Zona Musical / info
'Chocolate Ice Cream' at Zona Musical
1996 'Vortex' at Mis Albumes Salseros or alternate
'El Rumbero del Piano' at Zona Musical or alternate
1999 'Live'
/ info
'La Perfecta II' at Zona Musical / info
'Ritmo Caliente' at Zona Musical / info 2005 "Listen Here" at CB Latin Jazz Corner or alternate
'La Experienca' at Zona Musical / info
1965-6 'Descargas at The Village Gate Vols. 1-2' - (Tico All-Stars) at Orgy In Rhythm
1966 'Descargas at the Village Gate Vol 3' (Tico All-Stars) at Easy Jams
'El Sonido Nuevo' (with Cal Tjader) at Into The Rhythm or alternate
1967 'Bamboleate'
(with Cal Tjader) at Orgy in Rhythm / alternate
1968 'Live at the Red Garter Vol. 1' - Fania All-Stars at
Si Se Rompe Se Compone
1968 'Live at the Red Garter Vol. 2' - Fania All-Stars at Si Se Rompe Se Compone
1976 "Harlem River Drive" at My Favourite Sound or alternate
1992 'Llegó la India' (with India) at CB Latin Jazz Corner or alternate
1994 "Fania All-Stars Live in Puerto Rico" at La musica de Nakita
'TropiJazz All-Stars Vol 1' at La Coleccion
1997 'TropiJazz All-Stars Vol 2' at La Coleccion
1997 "Nuyorican Soul" at Latin Jazzoteca
2000 'Masterpiece' (Obra Maestra) (with Tito Puente) at Salsa Emsamble or alternate / alternate 2005 'The Very Best of Tropijazz' at La Coleccion
2006 'Simpatico' (with Brian Lynch) at Zona Musical


"The History Of Eddie Palmieri" at bermudezyezid musica y mas1975 'Lo Mejor de Eddie" (The Best of) (Tico) at
Zona Musical
1976 'Gold' ('73-'76 material) at Zona musical
1977 'The Music Man' (El Hombre Musica) at Zona Musical
1993 'Salsa Meets Jazz' at Latin Jazzoteca / alternate
1999 'The Best of Eddie Palmieri' (2 CD set) at Notas Agudas
2007 'El Prodigioso - Los 50 Años Del Maestro' at Latin Jazzoteca / alternate
'The Latin Giants Of Jazz in San Sebastian' at Latin Jazzoteca


"Unfinished Masterpiece"  WAV - MP3

Bonus track : "Un Dia Bonita" WAV