Category Archives: Jazz

RODION G.A.-BEHIND THE CURTAIN-THE LOST ALBUM.

RODION G.A.-BEHIND THE CURTAIN-THE LOST ALBUM. Earlier this year, I embarked upon a musical adventure. It all started just over a year ago, when I received an email. It was from Rodion Ladislau Rosca, who back in the seventies, formed Rodion G.A.   Rodion had been surfing the net, and discovered my review of the …

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ESTHER PHILLIPS-BABY I’M FOR REAL!

ESTHER PHILLIPS-BABY I’M FOR REAL! Despite releasing eighteen albums during a career that lasted thirty-five years, most people haven’t heard Esther Phillips. That’s a great shame, because they’re as yet, unaware of one of the most talented, versatile and underrated singers of her generation. She possessed a totally unique, voice. During her career,  Esther sang blues, country, …

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PRETTY PURDIE-SOUL IS…PRETTY PURDIE.

PRETTY PURDIE-SOUL IS…PRETTY PURDIE. During a career that’s lasted over sixty years, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has played alongside the great and good of music. This includes Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Gil Scott Heron. These artists brought onboard one …

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1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND.

1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND. As the seventies dawned, Algerian music was changing. For the next ten years, Algerian music, was constantly evolving. This included Rai music. It was a controversial style of music, that originally came to prominence at the start of the twentieth century.  Rai music Rai music was first heard in Oran, an …

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THE JANET LAWSON QUINTET-THE JANET LAWSON QUINTET.

THE JANET LAWSON QUINTET-THE JANET LAWSON QUINTET. By 1981, jazz was no longer as popular as it once been. It was a long way from the days of Bird, Trane and Miles. Fusion was still popular on both sides of the Atlantic. However, traditional jazz was at a crossroads. Bebop, hard bop and West Coast …

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ORLANDO JULIUS WITH THE HELIOCENTRICS-JAIYEDE AFRO.

ORLANDO JULIUS WITH THE HELIOCENTRICS-JAIYEDE AFRO. Nowadays, collaborations are commonplace in modern music. So much so, that many music lovers have become complacent. However, the new collaboration between Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics, Jaiyede Afro, is guaranteed to refresh even the most jaded musical palettes. That’s no surprise. This is a collaboration between one of …

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DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE.

DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE. 1st January 1863 was one of the most important dates in American history. It was the date of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves in the ten rebel states would be free. A hundred years later, and Duke Ellington wrote a stage play that celebrated President Lincoln’s Emancipation …

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ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE.

ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE. In the history of jazz music, Roy Haynes’ name looms large. He is one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history. During a career that spanned sixty years, Roy Haynes worked with the great and good of jazz music. This included Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Wardell Grey, Stan Getz and Sarah …

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KILINDU-KILINDU.

KILINDU-KILINDU. There aren’t many bands who are fortunate enough to have a Grammy Award winning producer working on their debut alum. Kilindu have been. They’ve recently been working with Grammy winning producer, Robert Cutarella. He produced their eponymous debut album, Kilindu which was released as a digital download on 20th September 2014. Previously, Robert Cutarella …

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MARSHALL ALLEN PRESENTS SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-IN THE ORBIT OF RA.

MARSHALL ALLEN PRESENTS SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-IN THE ORBIT OF RA. Enigmatic and innovative describes the man whose been referred Mr. Mystery, Sun Ra. He was, without doubt, one of the most important figures in jazz music. Constantly, Sun Ra’s pushed musical boundaries. Sun Ra was never content to stand still musically. Similarly, he …

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DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT.

DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT. Mark Cotgrove was just fourteen when he made his DJ-ing debut. This was at Deanes School, in Thundersley, Essex. The future DJ Snowboy assisted his metalwork teacher on the wheels of steel. This could’ve, and should’ve, been the start of his DJ-ing career. It wasn’t. By the time Mark …

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FRANK SINATRA-IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING AND SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS.

FRANK SINATRA-IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING AND SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS. It’s hard to believe that by the early fifties, Frank Sinatra’s career had stalled. Frank Sinatra’s career was at a crossroads. He hadn’t released an album since Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra. Released in October 1950, Sing and Dance with …

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SPIRITUAL JAZZ 5: THE WORLD.

SPIRITUAL JAZZ 5: THE WORLD. In the four previous volumes of their Spiritual Jazz series, Jazzman Records have mostly, focused on European jazz. For Spiritual Jazz 5: The World, Jazzman Records have travelled far and wide. They’ve been on what can be best described as a worldwide crate digging expedition. Hidden gems and rarities have …

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LES AMBASSADEURS-LES AMBASSADEURS DU MOTEL DE BAMAKO.

LES AMBASSADEURS-LES AMBASSADEURS DU MOTEL DE BAMAKO. As the seventies unfolded, the Rail Band de Bamako were kings of Malian music. They had dragged Malian music kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. The Rail Band de Bamako had given traditional Malian music a makeover. However, another group was about to steal their crown, Les …

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BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL!

BILLY HAWKS-THE NEW GENIUS OF THE BLUES/HEAVY SOUL! When Bob Weinstock founded Prestige Records in 1949, he’d no idea that his nascent label would become one of the most important, influential and innovative labels in jazz music’s history. So much so, that nowadays, Prestige Records sits proudly beside Atlantic, Blue Note, Columbia, Impulse! and Verve …

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DANA GILLESPIE-CAT’S MEOW.

DANA GILLESPIE-CAT’S MEOW.  Dana Gillespie has packed a lot of living into her sixty-five years. She’s been an actress, singer and songwriter. Her singing career began in the mid-sixties. Initially, Dana was a folk singer. Before long, Dana became a teen pop idol and  released her debut album, Foolish Seasons in1967. Since then, Dana’s musical …

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EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD.

EDDIE “CLEANHEAD” VINSON-THE ORIGINAL CLEANHEAD. By 1970, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson was fifty-three. He was a musical veteran. His career was about to enter its fifth decade. Eddie had caught a break.  Bob Thiele asked him to sign to his Blues Time imprint. It was a subsidiary of Flying Dutchman Productions. In 1970, Eddie released his what …

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MILES AT THE FILMORE-MILES DAVIS 1970: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUME 3.

MILES AT THE FILMORE-MILES DAVIS 1970: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOLUME 3. Throughout his career, Miles Davis was a musical innovator and chameleon. He constantly sought to reinvent himself and his music. This had been the case throughout his career. Miles wasn’t the type of musician who could stand still. No. So, in 1968, Miles changed …

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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 2.

KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 2. Back in the seventies and eighties, major record labels were reducing the money the were spending on jazz.  No longer was jazz seen as a priority. In the eyes of many record label executives, it was yesterday’s music. So, they weren’t willing to risk scarce resources on new …

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FIRE! ORCHESTRA-ENTER.

FIRE! ORCHESTRA-ENTER. The origins of Fire! Orchestra can be traced to Fire! It’s a trio consisting of bassist Johan Berthling, drummer Andreas Werliin and saxophonist Mats Gusfasson. They’re three of Sweden’s finest jazz musicians. Their speciality is free jazz. However, there’s much more to the members of Fire! than that. They’re far from purists when …

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