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OUR LATIN THING ...

Friday, 18 November 2011 18:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

latin_thingStrut Records recently signed a deal with the legendary Latin label, Fania and via that connection they've just released the landmark feature film, 'Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)' on DVD. The movie was shot at the famed New York Cheetah Club on August 26, 1971 and features the FANIA ALL STARS in concert. The band included JOHNNY PACHECO, WILLIE COLON, RAY BARRETTO, ISMAEL MIRANDA and vocalists HECTOR LAVOE and CHEO FELICIANO. Cut into the concert are shots of life in New York City and on initial release, critics acclaimed it as a wonderfully intimate and revealing snap shot of the Big Apple at that time.

The DVD comes in a three disc set – the DVD (naturally) along with a two CD soundtrack, which also includes previously unreleased selections. For more details go to www.fania.com

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 18:45

 

VINTAGE JAZZ ...

Friday, 18 November 2011 18:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

crombieReissue specialists, Fantastic Voyage have just released a whole tranche of vintage jazz albums. Collectors of British jazz will be particularly interested in four sets that focus on London's legendary Flamingo club. First up there's a ten tracker – aptly called 'Jazz At The Flamingo' . It features various combos who worked the club in the fifties and includes cuts from THE EDDIE THOMPSON TRIO, THE JAZZ COURIERS, THE TOMMY WHITTLE QUINTET and THE LONDON JAZZ QUARTET. That quartet – TONY CROMBIE, TUBBY HAYES, ALAN BRANSCOMBE and JACK FALLON have their own eponymous album on Fantastic Voyage too. The music on their set was recorded in 1959 and originally released on the Tempo label before winning its first reissue on Ember.

The QUARTET'S drummer TONY CROMBIE is featured on Fantastic Voyage's third new set – 'Whole Lotta Tony'. This album was originally released in 1961 and makes it first ever appearance on CD. The fourth Flamingo -linked album is 'Stompin' With The Ronnie Ross Quintet'. ROSS was an acclaimed baritone sax player and a mainstay on the Soho jazz scene. Interestingly, in the 60s he went onto work with DAVID BOWIE and it's his sax that features on LOU REED'S 'Walk On The Wild Side'.

The busy Fantastic Voyage have also released albums on the MILLS BROTHERS and MAXWELL DAVIS. The MILLS BROTHERS' offering is a three CD pack that covers the career of the close harmony group between 1931 and 1958 and features collaborations with LOUIS ARMSTRONG and ELLA FITZGERALD. MAXWELL DAVIS was a jazz sax man who veered over to the burgeoning R&B scene where he worked with people like BIG JOE TURNER, T-BONE WALKER, JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON, BB KING and ETTA JAMES. He also mentored soulstress JACKIE DAY – on whom Kent have just released a retrospective CD (check our review). The DAVIS LP is entitled 'Wailin' Daddy' and the triple set covers his career between 1945 and 1959.

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ROBERT GLASPER – UK DATES AND A NEW ALBUM

Thursday, 17 November 2011 16:30 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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After receiving a Grammy nomination for last year's 'Double Booked' album – an album that juxtaposed straight ahead trio jazz with contemporary hip-hop/R&B styles – pianist ROBERT GLASPER is back with a new album for Blue Note in February 2012. It's called 'Black Radio' and is the Texas-born musician's first full urban-flavoured album by his band ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT. It features an array of star contributors, among them ERYKAH BADU, LALAH HATHAWAY, BILAL, LEDISI, STOKELY WILLIAMS (from MINT CONDITION), MUSIQ SOULCHILD, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, MOS DEF and LUPE FIASCO.

If you want to catch Robert Glasper in concert, he's in the UK right now – he playing King's Place tonight (Thursday 17th November) as part of the London Jazz Festival and then ventures north to Nottingham's Bjanogly Theatre (on the 19th) and Manchester's Band On The Wall (on the 21st) before touring Europe.

Look out for an interview with Robert soon at SJF.

 

JAMES BROWN... END OF SERIES.

Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

JB_11JAMES BROWN fans and funk collectors in general have been spoiled over the last couple of years as Universal/Hip-O Select diligently released a series of CDs that brought together all the GODFATHER'S singles from the time he was contracted to Polydor. The series has, at last, reached its final volume - #11.

The two CD, 28 tracker covers the period 1979 – 1981 and includes all the 7" singles which BROWN released in those years. Amongst them is the collectable B-side 'Let The Boogie Do The Rest' and the country tinged 'Regrets' which is the nearest we get to a musical biography of the man. There's also an interesting re-make of 'I Go Crazy' and 'Rapp Payback' which was actually recorded for TK. You also get 9 12" mixes of stuff like 'Get Up Offa That Thing.

As with all the albums in the series, this set comes complete with full liner notes, essays, timelines, rare photos and, fittingly, an epilogue.

JAMES BROWN: The Singles Volume 11; 1979 – 1981 is released on 12th December.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:11

 

ORIGINAL JAZZ...

Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:06 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

mendesThe latest releases in Warner's Original Album series (which feature five classic albums from iconic stars) include two essential jazz items....

First there's a set of five CHARLIE MINGUS LPs. They are – 'Pithecanthropus Erectus', 'The Clown', Blues And Roots', 'Oh Yeah' and 'Tonight At Noon'. The bassist recorded the albums for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 and critics regard them as amongst his very best.

As important is the five CD set on SERGIO MENDES. The included LPs are – 'The Swinger From Rio', 'In Person At El Matadori', 'The Great Arrival', 'The Best Of Brazil' and 'Sergio Mendes's Favourite Things'. All were originally released on Atlantic. For the second half of the sixties, MENDES was the best selling Brazilian artists in the USA and along with people like ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM he was responsible for creating a whole new musical idiom – the bossa nova.

The CDs come with all the original sleeve art work and though notes and commentary are non-existent, the music speaks for itself.

 

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