everybodydigs#73 Nina Simone – I Put a Spell on You

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

One of her most pop-oriented albums, but also one of her best and most consistent. Most of the songs feature dramatic, swinging large-band orchestration, with the accent on the brass and strings. Simone didn’t write any of the material, turning to popular European songsmiths Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, and Anthony Newley, as well as her husband, Andy Stroud, and her guitarist, Rudy Stevenson, for bluesier fare. Really fine tunes and interpretations, on which Simone gives an edge to the potentially fey pop songs, taking a sudden (but not uncharacteristic) break for a straight jazz instrumental with “Blues on Purpose.” The title track, a jazzy string ballad version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic, gave the Beatles the inspiration for the phrasing on the bridge of “Michelle.” (allmusic)

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#72 Sam Rivers – Fuchsia Swing Song

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everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

Recorded in 1964 immediately after leaving the Miles Davis Quintet, Sam Rivers’ Fuchsia Swing Song is one of the more auspicious debuts the label released in the mid-’60s. Rivers was a seasoned session player (his excellent work on Larry Young’s Into Somethin’ is a case in point) and a former member of Herb Pomeroy’s Big Band before he went out with Davis. By the time of his debut, Rivers had been deep under the influence of Coltrane and Coleman, but wasn’t willing to give up the blues just yet. Hence the sound on Fuchsia Swing Song is one of an artist who is at once very self-assured, and in transition. Using a rhythm section that included Tony Williams (whose Life Time he had guested on), pianist Jaki Byard, and bassist Ron Carter, Rivers took the hard bop and blues of his roots and poured them through the avant-garde colander. Today, players like Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, and James Carter do it all the time, but in 1964 it was unheard of. You either played hard bop or free; Davis’ entire modal thing hadn’t even completely blasted off yet. This is a highly recommended date. Rivers never played quite like this again. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone); Jaki Byard (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Tony Williams (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

sampleecious#7

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sampleecious#: a post every Friday where i choose just one great track sampled for one or more other great tracks, also you can listen to (when it’s possible) a small preview on the video below, enjoy!

#7: “Misdemeanoru” by Ahmad Jamal from “Jamalca” released in 1974 > sampled in > “Something Funky” by Pete Rock from “Petestrumentals” released in 2001.

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S​.​Maharba – S​.​Maharba: Remixed

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This is “S​.​Maharba: Remixed” released by BTS Records. They had the the idea of getting a variety of artists flipping and twisting original S.Maharba material, so they sent the source material of the original album to some artists and they get back some dope remixes from: Mike Slott, Mono/Poly, Shigeto, Sweatson Klank, The Clonious, Co.Fee, Dibiase, Pyramid Juke and Young Montana. “S​.​Maharba: Remixed” is available now on bandcamp: btsrecords.bandcamp.com enjoy!

Full listen here:

TettoryBad – Ruff & Tuff

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Something good from TettoryBad which is the collaborative name of Jazzy Sport’s team TettoryBLK (Masaya Fantasista & Grooveman Spot) & London’s Simbad. This is Limited 12″ with cuts from TettoryBad’s album “Unite” (released in 2010) that features exclusive new remix by DJ Mitsu the Beats and Shafiq (Sa-Ra) featuring Eglo’s Fatima. It’s a collaboration release by Jazzy Sport and Sunshine Enterprise. inc. and it’s (finally) available now, go check your local store!

Listen to a preview of Shafiq’s Remix featuring Fatima: