everybodydigs#16 Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo

null

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!

Alligator Bogaloo is one example of Lou Donaldson’s successful combinations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Of the six tunes, three are Donaldson originals, including the title hit. The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop charts. As the ’60s turned into the ’70s, Donaldson began shaving off hard bop invention for a more radio-friendly and 45 rpm length, leaving soulful — yet monotonous — vamping. At that point, Donaldson’s material suffered from a lack of originality. That’s not the case on Alligator Bogaloo. (allmusic)

Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Melvin Lastie (cornet); George Benson (guitar); Lonnie Smith (Organ); Leo Morris (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#15 Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Music

null

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!

This historic 1957 session, beginning with Monk’s favorite hymn (“Abide With Me”) and ending with the composer’s most affecting ballad (“Crepescule With Nellie”), functions as an overview of his career. As such, Monk’s Music, Thelonious’ fifth album for the Riverside label, is a shot across the bow of the hard bop movement.

A cubist intro by Monk and Wilbur Ware sets the tone for an extended seven-piece rendition of the pianist’s classic “Well, You Needn’t,” with a fiery underpinning by Art Blakey. Monk is at his angular, bluesy best, opening with Charlie Christian-like percussive accents. He grows more taciturn in the second chorus, unleashing some of his most dynamic rhythmic devices before crying out for “Coltrane, Coltrane.” Monk, Ware and Blakey drive Trane relentlessly, and the tenor giant responds with taut, screaming lyricism. Monk responds to Copeland’s Gillespie-ish shouts with child-like glee, then recedes as Blakey ghosts Ware’s dark, driving punctuations before his own polyrhythmic explosion. Coleman Hawkins enters on the crest of a drum roll with operatic fervor, followed by a feline Gigi Gryce, a coy Monk and a final reprise of the theme. A classic moment in jazz.

But Monk’s Music contains numerous highlights. Contrast Hawkins’ elegant, barrel-chested machismo on the ballad “Ruby, My Dear” with Trane’s rendition a year later on Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane. There are two takes of “Off Minor,” one of Monk’s most swinging lines. Hawkins comes off the starting blocks of the master take like a pit bull, Copeland responds in kind, and Monk follows with dissonant shards of counterpoint and harmonic subversion. Coltrane draws first blood on the spooky “Epistrophy,” obviously inspired by Hawkins’ steely melodic focus and Monk’s probing cross-rhythms; Gryce’s solo illustrates his fresh approach to the alto, and Blakey’s solo, with its crushing rolls and extraordinary bent tones, is a masterpiece. (allmusic)

Thelonious Monk Septet: Thelonious Monk (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Ray Copeland (trumpet); Wilbur Ware (acoustic bass); Art Blakey (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#14 Ennio Morricone – Il Gatto

null

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!

Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to director Luigi Comencini’s 1977 film with two previously unreleased bonus tracks added, alternate versions of ‘Mariangela E La Seduzione’ & ‘Il Gatto’. 15 tracks total, with all delicately balanced between being refined classical arias and erotic themes.

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#13 Lee Morgan – Charisma

null

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!

This set was one of trumpeter Lee Morgan’s lesser-known Blue Note recordings but it is quite rewarding. The notable sextet (which also includes altoist Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins) performs originals by Morgan, Walton and Duke Pearson, including particularly catchy versions of the funky “Hey Chico” and Pearson’s memorable “Sweet Honey Bee” (which should have become a hit). The three horns, all of whom sound quite individual, each have their exciting moments, and the results are quintessential mid-’60s hard bop.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto sax); Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Cedar Walton (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#12 Tina Brooks – True Blue

null

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!

With a strong, smooth tone and an amazing flow of fresh ideas every time he soloed, tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks should have been a major jazz artist, but his legacy is confined to a series of dates that he did for Blue Note as a sideman and leader. “True Blue” is the only album under his own name to come out in his lifetime. He and Freddie Hubbard had recorded Hubbard’s “Open Sesame” a week earlier. Based on these two albums alone, Brooks should have been recognized as an important new voice in jazz.

Personnel: Tina Brooks (tenor saxophone); Tina Brooks; Sam Jones (double bass); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Duke Jordan (piano); Art Taylor (drums).

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

everybodydigs#11 Franco Micalizzi – Laure

null

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!

Digitmovies ventures again into the territory of erotism with this release of a musical rarity: The complete and full stereo OST by Franco Micalizzi for the movie “Laure” directed and starred in 1975 by Emmanuelle Arsan.

Rappamelo’s favorite track:

Freddie Joachim – Overture

null

Updated version of “Overture” an unofficial compilation with beats and remixes by Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

Freddie Joachim released so much good tracks for free so i decided to made that, an unofficial compilation with beats and remixes already released by him on freddiejoachim.com. “Overture” (suggested by a dear friend) you might know that means introduction in classical music but it’s also a piece of music setting the mood for the film before the opening credits start, I thought it was perfect because that’s the kinda idea of this compilation: an introduction to Freddie Joahim’s music, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Binoculars
02. Erykah Badu – Telephone (Remix)
03. You Want You Get
04. Toro Y Moi – Freak Love (Remix)
05. D’Angelo – Left & Right (Remix)
06. Looking Back
07. Sweep Away My Sorrow
08. Floetry feat Common – SupaStar (Remix)
09. Chester Gregory – High Love (Remix)
10. Each Breath
11. Quick
12. Better Days
13. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
14. Minutes
15. Telepopmusik – Brighton Beach (Remix)
16. Little Dragon -Twice (Remix)
17. Corinne Bailey Rae – I Would Like To Call It Beauty (Reprise)
18. Waves
19. Morena
20. Paces

DOWNLOAD!

Exile – Cassette (Mixtape)

null

Free mixtape from Exile and his Dirty Science collective, enjoy!

Exile and his Dirty Science collective present his “Cassette” Mixtape as a thank you gift for the Holiday Season. The mixtape features exclusive songs from Exile’s vaults (1996-2009) featuring music that did not make it on his rap album “4TRK MIND” as well as demo versions from Blu & Exile and Emanon (Aloe Blacc & Exile).

All songs were made on a 4-track recorder and produced by Exile, except “Like That,” produced by Kankick.

DOWNLOAD!
Continue Reading

Bilal “The Retrospection” [Mixtape]

null

Free mixtape from Bilal called “The Retrospection” curated by Viktor Duplaix, no tracklist has been provided but down here you can listen to the Bilal version of Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” over Madlib’s Yesterday’s New Quintet beat. You should have a facebook account to be able to download the mixtape (facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage) but hey….  not everybody is on facebook… hit download and enjoy!

DOWNLOAD!

Melodiesinfonie – Wohlklänge EP

null

New stuff from the swiss beatmaker Melodiesinfonie, this time with his solo EP entitled ‘Wohlklänge’ which translates as ‘Euphonies’ in english, out NOW as free download, enjoy!

All the tracks on here are very smooth, chill, and relaxing for the ear. I just want to spread love and positive vibes with these 4 tracks, nothing more. That’s my message always, Spread love and positivity every day.” -Melodiesinfonie

DOWNLOAD!