Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Matthew LARKIN CASSELL - The Complete Works

Matthew LARKIN CASSELL - The Complete Works (Stones Throw US) Comentários: San Francisco's Matthew Larkin Cassell presents his '...Complete Works' for Stones Throw. As the story goes... Larkin happened to notice a sample of his music in the Madvillainy Remixes set and promptly contacted the label. The outcome of that exchange is this LP, compiling each of his three DIY-produced and self-released records. He name checks the Sons of Champlin, Tower of Power, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Laura Nyro as his influences and that's clearly evident in his soulful mixture of rock, jazz and pop. Original copies of those fateful records now sell for stupid money and Cassell is now producing new material. LP is housed in full colour gatefold sleeve with original artwork by the artist. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Roy & THE ARTISTIC TRUTH BROOKS feat EDDIE JEFFERSON/BLACK ROSE - Ethnic Expressions: Live At Small's Paradise NYC

BROOKS, Roy & THE ARTISTIC TRUTH - Ethnic Expressions (Jazzman) Comentários: Amazing sounds from drummer Roy Brooks -- very spiritual work that's quite a change from his straighter soul jazz of the 60s! The album's right up there with Roy's better-known (though still rare) live performance at Town Hall -- or his classic Free Slave session -- and like those records, this one explodes with a raw power that's really amazing -- heavy drums from Brooks, driving a collective of righteous musicians that really stretch out in the free space of the recording! The lineup shifts a bit from track to track, but there's a cohesive spirit to the record that comes from Brooks' bold spirit -- a joyous, soulful, post-Coltrane sort of energy -- let loose in the lead, to guide the talents of players who include John Stubblefield on tenor, Sonny Fortune on alto, Olu Dara and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone sax, Joe Bonner on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass. Eddie Jefferson makes an appearance on two tracks -- singing much hipper than on any of his better-known recordings of the period -- and titles include "The Last Prophet", "M'Jumbe", "Eboness", "The Smart Set", and "Eboness (Kwanza)". (Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies.) in dustygroove [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Friday, March 05, 2010

MUHSINAH - Always (Smile)

MUHSINAH - Always (Smile) (All City Ireland) Comentários: All City deliver a steaming hot plate displaying the vocal excellence of Muhsinah atop beats from 00Genesis and the mighty Flying Lotus. If you do the whole beats thing you're no doubt familiar with the warm soul breeze of her vocal cords. They've graced tunes for everyone from Mike Slott to Common and many more still. With 'Always (Smile)' she sends out a message of positivity set to reconfigured bossa grooves in stumbling nu-skool style before really killing it on 'Lose My Fuse'. Fly lo beautifully highlights her vocals with a bluesy astrosoul beat which eventually dissipates only to come back in with a naked rimshot rhythm and heavenly harmonised vocals. It's worth it for this moment alone. Lovely stuff - limited copies. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]


TAKE aka SWEATSON KLANK/MATTHEW DAVID - Los Angeles 2/10 (All City Ireland) Comentários: 2nd in this exciting new series.. this time from Take (Eat Concrete) and Matthew David (part of the Plug Research / Dublab crew!)... TIP!! in rushhour. [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra "Shot Me In the Heart"

"video premiere of "Shot Me In The Heart" by Adrian Young and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra. Wax Poetics produced the video as part of the Converse 45 Series, where we package a limited 45RPM record with each issue of the magazine."

Friday, January 08, 2010

Gil Scott Heron - Message to the Messengers


KINDRED SPIRITS ENSEMBLE - Love Is Supreme (Kindred Spirits) Comentários: The Kindred Spirits Ensemble join forces again for a beautiful set of spiritual jazz standards. The weighty ensemble comprises of some 20 odd arrangers, instrumentalists and even a choir, enabling them to embellish lush versions of classics from Pharoah Sanders 'The Creator Has A Masterplan' and John Coltrane 'Naima'. If you felt the recent records from Carlos Niño or have a soft spot for Sun-ra, this is your bag. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Kindred Spirits Ensemble - Strings of Life from Kindred Spirits on Vimeo.