everybodydigs#45 John Coltrane – Blue Train

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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!

The tenor sax giant had signed with another label when he embarked on this one-off date for Blue Note, an excursion that paid off with an enduring modern jazz masterpiece. Boasting volley after volley of smart soloing and intuitively swinging rhythm work, Blue Train is a joy, from the coolly precise ensemble entry on the opening title piece through the set’s balance of elegant hard bop conversations and smooth downshifts into ballads. John Coltrane wrote four originals for the date, all of them now regarded as standards, and assembled a rhythm section including pianist Kenny Drew, Miles Davis’s rhythm section of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, and trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller, both recent Blue Note recruits. Coltrane’s signature sound, now fully developed but still hewing more to familiar blues and chromatic harmonies than his later modalities, is confident and expansive, and his partners respond vividly throughout. –Sam Sutherland

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everybodydigs#44 George Benson – White Rabbit

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For George Benson’s second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such. The idea works best on “California Dreamin'” (whose chords are based on Andalusian harmonies), where, driven by Jay Berliner’s exciting Spanish rhythm guitar, Benson comes through with some terrifically inspired playing. On “El Mar,” Berliner is replaced by Benson’s protégé Earl Klugh (then only 17) in an inauspicious — though at the time, widely-heralded — recorded debut. The title track is another winner, marred only by the out-of-tune brasses at the close, and in a good example of the CTI classical/jazz formula at work, Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Little Train of the Caipira” is given an attractive early-’70s facelift. Herbie Hancock gets plenty of nimble solo space on Rhodes electric piano, Airto Moreira contributes percussion and atmospheric wordless vocals, and Ron Carter and Billy Cobham complete the high-energy rhythm section. In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins. (allmusic)

Personnel: George Benson (guitar); Earl Klugh, Jay Berliner (acoustic guitar); Ron Carter (bass); Jane Taylor (bassoon); Romeo Penque (oboe, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet); George Marge (flute, clarinet, oboe, english horn); Phil Bodner (flute, oboe, english horn); Hubert Laws (flute); Gloria Agostini (harp); Wayne Andre (trombone, horn); Alan Rubin, John Frosk (trumept, flugelhorn); Airto Moreira (percussions, vocals); Phil Kraus (vibraphone, percussions); Herbie Hancock (electric piano); Bill Cobham (drums).

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everybodydigs#43 Chet Baker – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Chet Baker’s good looks and somewhat halting delivery made him seem the James Dean of jazz. However, behind the youthful charm and celebrity image of his early years, he was a musician who transcended such sub-genres as “bebop” or “cool.” In fact, Somewhere Over The Rainbow is testament to the fact that Baker’s musical output can’t be easily pigeonholed.

On this 1962 release, we hear the legendary trumpeter on uptempo versions of “Blues in the Closet,” the little-known but cleverly penned Oscar Pettiford tune, and an inventive version of Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,” where Baker slowly builds his solo until he explodes into a deluge of ascending and descending chromatic flourishes. Although Baker was much more than just a ballad player, intimate versions of “These Foolish Things” and the title track, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” add an air of dreaminess to one of Baker’s most distinctive albums of the ’60s.

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet); Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone, flute); Amadeo Tommasi (piano); Rene Thomas (guitar); Benoit Quersin (bass); Daniel Humair (drums).

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everybodydigs#42 The Amazing Bud Powell – Time Waits

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One of jazz history’s greatest pianists, Bud Powell suffered from mental illness and heavy medication that often interfered with his playing. When he recorded this session in 1957, at age 33, his most incandescent inventions were already behind him, but what remained was a pianist of extraordinary depth, capable of the deepest blues and a rhythmic incisiveness like Thelonious Monk’s. And he was still a composer of first-rate bop lines, like “John’s Abbey” and “Time Waits,” the latter a reference to his once blazing “Tempus Fugue-it.” The rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Philly Joe Jones is absolutely masterful at the slow and medium tempos that Powell had come to favor, with Jones often prodding the pianist into exuberance. This is the finest of Powell’s later recordings, revealing a bop pianist who paled only in comparison with his former self.

Personnel: Bud Powell (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).

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everybodydigs#41 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Freedom Ride

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This is one of the best albums by Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, performed by one of his most star studded lineups. Performing infront of Blakey’s explosive drumming is Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. Most of the tracks were penned by Wayne Shorter or Lee Morgan and all feature high energy performances, especially by Wayne Shorter. His tenor is on fire as he delivers one knock out solo after another. His solo and his exchange with Lee Morgan on “El Toro” as well as his solo on the bonus track “Uptight” are stand outs. The entire group shows it’s soft touch on the one slow number, the bonus track “Pisces”. Blakey’s extended drum piece, “The Freedom Rider” gives the master plenty of room to stretch out and flex his considerable skill as one of Jazz’s all time great drummers. This is an exciting, hard swinging set of classic hard bop, and is easliy recommended.

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everybodydigs#40 Ennio Morricone – Milano Odia: La Polizia Non Può Sparare

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“Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare” (aka “Almost human”) is one of the milestones of the Italian Police movies. This is the soundtrack with the music composed by Ennio Morricone and conducted by Bruno Nicolai, Morricone has created a symphonic score that alternates between dramatic, percussive moments and other romantic ones. The music is at the same time nostalgic and mysterious given by the frequent use of the sax, enjoy!

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Stones Throw Podcast 79: Dam-Funk’s Spiritual Flight Vol. II

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Yesterday i posted a little compilation (here) and today this mix thanks to the Stones Throw and their podcasts, enjoy!

One of the most memorable of our podcast series was Dam-Funk’s 2008 all-gospel, boogie-funk mixtape Spiritual Flight. We’re pleased to kick off 2013 on a positive note with Dam’s second volume. Image by Freddy Anzures. Looking further into 2013, expect to see the DAM DRUM 2.0 and some big news with Dam-Funk’s new full length album.

~ Spiritual Flight Vol. II ~ A DāM-FunK Mix ~

1. PASSAGE ~ I See The Light ~ A&M | 1981
2. OMNI ~ Warriors ~ Mercury | 1984
3. THE YDOC’s ~ It’s Your Choice ~ Posiga | 1987
4. FEDERATION OF LOVE ~ You’ve Changed My Life ~ LVW | 1989
5. THE FORDS ~ He’s My Closest Friend ~ Tyscot | 1986
6. THE KING’s MEN ~ It’s Testifying Time ~ BSS International | 1984
7. THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP ~ Can’t Get Enough ~ Stax | 1980
8. THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP ~ It’s Your Time ~ Myrrh | 1983
9. DONN THOMAS ~ Any Other Love ~ Myrrh | 1981
10. WHITE HEAT ~ Hold On ~ Myrrh | 1982
11. NORM CALVIN and the TRUTHSEEKERS ~ Faith Medley ~ TSM Records | 1986
12. D.J. ROGERS ~ I Told Him I Would Sing ~ Hope Song Records | 1982
13. LARNELLE ~ To Be Like Him ~ Benson Records | 1980
14. The FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES Feat. Robert Blair ~ Telephone ~ Malaco | 1984
15. EDDIE BRADFORD ~ He Keeps Me ~ Edd-Ra Records | 1988
16. LOUIS FARRAKHAN ~ Let Us Unite ~ A.V.C. Records | 1984
17. GOOGIE and TOM COPPOLA ~ Joyous Flame (*Special DāM-FunK added String-Synth version)

All music was mixed live via the original wax pressings owned by: DāM-FunK. No mp3’s or borrowed music was used in the recording of this mix.

Peace & all the best 2 U, as we all resist the negative forces of this world that we co-exist in and continue 2 polish our armor against the darkness, as we collectively grow into our individual & personal: Spiritual Flight.

With respect & love for all ‘universal’ kind.
– D-F

MP3: DOWNLOAD!

CohenBeats – Milk and Honey Vol.1

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Got this on the mail, Cohenbeats 26 years old beatmaker from Israel, This is “Milk & Honey Vol. 1” hist last project with 27 beats made using Israeli samples only, available now as free download on bandcamp, enjoy! props to rawtapesrecords.com

Cohenbeats has been a long time friend and one of the best beat makers we know. It was only a matter of time until he would’ve released an album on Raw Tapes…
Even though Cohenbeats (also one half of the rap group Cohen@Mushon) has always had a soft spot for Israeli samples, this time he focused on 25 of his favorite beats sampled only from Israeli records from the 60’s up to the 80’s, 2 beats from Israeli related samples and many skits of Israeli people speaking half ass English. We even went far enough to feature Hebrew writings on the cover, if you ever wondered what it looked like…
We figured since all we hear in the news is political related, we needed someone to show us another side of the middle east.

So there you go, 27 nose punching, throat grabbing, heart moving beats.