Wednesday, December 7, 2016

VA - Coming At You! Funky Soul-Jazz 1972-1977




Well, here is a mixtape I made with some groovy 70s Funky Soul-Jazz. Please remember, It can't be too funky in here! So, ride on brothers and sisters!

01. Idris Muhammad - Crab Apple (1977)
02. Donald Byrd - (Fallin' Like) Dominoes (1975)
03. Robert Lowe - Back To Funk (1974)
04. Roy Porter Sound Machine - Party Time (1975)
05. Mike Longo - Pass It (1972)
06. Jimmy McGriff - Pogo's Stick (1976)
07. Gary Bartz  - Dr. Follow's Dance (1973)
08. Bunky Green - Funk Ain't a Word (1976)
09. Larry Willis - Out On The Coast (1973)
10. Gene Harris - Listen Here (1972)
11. The Crusaders - Stomp And Buck Dance (1974)
12. Azar Lawrence - People Moving (1976)
13. Don Pullen - Poodie Pie (1977)
14. Lonnie Smith - Sizzle Stick (1976)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

VA - Go Right On! Sweet and Groovy Soul 1967-1974



Here is a mixtape I made some groovy soul from 1967-1974, mostly moody and mellow groovers. Go right on!

01. Cortez Greer - Very Strong On You (1972)
02. Ike Lovely - Fools Hall Of Fame (1973)
03. The Three Reasons - Go Right On (1971)
04. The Seven Souls - I Still Love You (1967)
05. Bobby Patterson - I Get My Groove From You (1974)
06. David Porter - Funny Money (1973)
07. Young Hearts - Oh, Il'l Never Be The Same (1968)
08. Margie Joseph - Sweeter Tomorrow (1970)
09. William Bell & Mavis Staples - Love's Sweet Sensation (1969)
10. The Presidents - It's All Over Now (1971)
11. Lou Courtney - I Don't Need Nobody Else (1974)
12. Ollie Nightingale - Sweet Surrender (1973)
13. Judy Clay - It Ain't Long Enough (1969)
14. Kim Weston - Marionette (1967)
15. The Sylvers - Don't Give Up The Good Life (1974)
16. The Fuzz - I Love You For All Seasons (1971)
17. Soul Children - Kindness For Weakness (1972)
18. Paul Kelly - Travelin Man (1972)
19. Jean Knight - Jessie Joe (1973)
20. Al Wilson - Keep On Lovin You (1974)

Enjoy!

Feelin' Groovy!




Finally the internet works in my house again, and it feels really groovy. The blog will be cookin' as usual from this afternoon and ahead (there will be NO christmas music/albums on this blog at all). Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Keep on keepin' on, and don't forget to put on your boogie shoes.

/AV

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not feelin' groovy!


While something is broken in the cellar of my apartment house I have no Internet since a week, and what I've been told they won't be able to solve the problem in a week either, maybe ten days. So, there will be no updates here before the problem is fixed. Very annoying. Thank you for watching. And, don't forget to be groovy. 

/AV 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mwanamke Mwafrika ‎"African Woman Abroad" 1982



Mwanamke Mwafrika, or African Woman was the first known all women reggae band, those seven musicians made this lovely LP in 1982 (sadly never reissued), great rootsy and mellow reggae with vibes of dub and african music. The album was engineered by Mad Professor and mixed by Mickey Campbell, no chicken shit. This is groovy!

Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Violinaires ‎"The Upper Way" 1970




Here is stunning LP by gospel group The Violinaires from 1970, excellent funky soul-gospel released on Jewel Records. The group recorded several albums through the 70s, but they all get more and more slick and loose their groove (in my opinion). Groovy!


Gospel Six ‎"A Reason To Pray" 1972




Over the years it's most often (or always) the blues that get the big attention when talking about the legendary Chess Records (and their labels Checker & Cadet), very sad and annoying cause the Chess brothers recorded SO MUCH more (and to be honest their Chicago blues standards is pretty hackneyed). The labels of Chess Records released amazing gems in jazz, latin, soul, funk, r&b, psychedelic, pop, doo wop AND gospel. Here is a very groovy soul-gospel LP (sadly never reissued) from 1972 by the group Gospel Six, some of the tunes has a more funky vibe as well. Groovy!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cortex "Troupeau Bleu" 1975



This is a beatiful LP by the french group Cortex from 1975, to me it sounds like the sunshine pop groovers Free Design (or Singers Unlimited) made a soft and cool jazz-funk album with heavenly harmony vocals. Troupeau Bleu had some nice reissues on vinyl (no compact disc). Everybody should grab one. Groovy! 

*link removed by Alain Mion's request (Cortex leader, composer and owner of all rights).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dave MacKay & Vicky Hamilton "Same" 1969



This gem from 1969 is a groovy festivus, released by Impulse Records. Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton gives you one of the grooviest uptempo jazz-meets-sunshine pop LP's ever, and you also get maestro Bill Plummer doin' his groovy sitar on some of the songs! I hope someone will reissue this "happening" someday (except the already long out of print japan only compact disc). Groovy!

Enjoy!

Jean-Luc Ponty "Electric Connection" 1969




The french violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is maybe most famous for his work with dudes like Frank Zappa, George Duke and John McLauglin. He's was getting big attention with his work of Zappa's King Kong in the early 70s, but Electric Connection from 1969 is a bit different than later more progressive albums, here you got an incredible groovy gem - very funky! Sadly this album (as many of the World Pacific Records albums released in the 60s) are poorly reissued. Annoying, cause this is damned groovy!

Enjoy!

Mulatu Astatke "Mulatu of Ethopia" 1972




This is fantastic LP from 1972 of Mulatu Astatke, his first own album without the classic Quintet on previous recordings. It's a very mellow and groovy ethiopique jazz album, with his typical hypnotic melodies and sound. Mulatu Of Ethiopia has a numberous of reissues on vinyl (sadly no compact disc, except a Japan release from 2009 that nobody ever has seen). Groovy!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Oliver Nelson "Skull Session" 1975



In 1975 Oliver Nelson already was some kind of veteran, most remembered for his big bands. Skull Session was released in 1975 by the hip Flying Dutchman, and includes genius Lonnie Liston Smith, the blend of young and old musicians is in some part the signum of the album; you get an experimental fusion of spiritual jazz, groovy rhythms of funk and rock with electric keyboards, and also some big band jazz in new fresh clothes. Groovy!

Enjoy!   

Freeez ‎"Southern Freeez" 1981



Freeez was some kind of a arty farty dance-jazz-funk combo from London, Southern Freeeze from 1981 is heir debut album, John Rocca was their mastermind. The group may be most famous for their 1983 hit I.O.U., but in my ears their signum is the title track from this album. Very groovy!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Tony Conrad with Faust ‎"Outside The Dream Syndicate" 1973



The violinist and composer Tony Conrad made a true masterpiece with the german krautrockers Faust in 1973. Outside The Dream Syndicate is definitely not for everyone, with only two long and epic tracks Conrad take John Cale's viola work with the Velvet Underground (Venus In Furs, Black Angel's Death Song, Heroin, European Son) two steps forward into the world of drone. The music is spellbinding, monotonous and hypnotic, not groovy at all, but true art! There are numberous of limited reissues of this LP (on compact disc also) out there - just pick one of them and get loose!

Enjoy!

Charles Kynard ‎"Professor Soul" 1968



Charles Kynard released this ultra groovy hammond happening in 1968. With just John Kirkwood on drums and Cal Green on guitar, Professor Soul is a true soul-jazz testament, you can see it on the album cover that the combo are flirting with the young groovy hippies around - very atmospheric! Groovy!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Grupo Celeste "Palomita" 1985




Grupo Celeste were one the biggest cumbia/chicha acts in Peru in the seventies and eighties. They mostly recorded with vocals, and has a very groovy vibe with great guitars, nice vocals and cool percussion . There are very little iformation about this LP, but the release date are 1985, but the recordings sounds to me like they were from the mid or late seventies, and their releases straight  after this has a very unpleasant 80s sound with synthdrums, wich not dressed this kind of music very well.Maybe someone out there has some info?


Eje Thelin Group "Same" 1975



Eje Thelin was an extrardinary and profilic swedish jazz trombonist during the 60s and 70s. This LP from 1975 (released by Caprice Records)  includes the musicians Bruno Åberg, Harald Svensson and Leroy Lowe. This album is a cool free jazz gem, but not as far out as you can guess, there's a swedish kind of vibe of it that I really like. Sadly the whole swedish jazz scene from the 70s is very poorly reissued. There are a huge treasure that doesn't seen the light since it's orginal release. Eje Thelin Group is groovy!

Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Toots Thielemans "Same" 1961


In august this year the belgian harmonica and guitar player Toots Thielemans passed away 94 years old, In the 1960s (and in the 70s as well) Toots were HUGE in Sweden, he was almost everywhere (tv, radio and papers) all the time. He's laid back jazz were nice and pleasant, but also very groovy in parts. This whistling guy is maybe not everybody's cup of tea, some may called the it dorky deluxe, but who cares? I've got his music in the mother's milk as many other swedes (he did music and whistling for children tv-shows/films here in Sweden), may therefor I dig Toots so much? He released a lot of albums in Sweden through the sixties and seventies - this is his first from 1961, released by the legendary Metronome Records. Groovy!

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gabor Szabo "Magical Connection" 1972




It's hard to find words that gives the hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo justice, he was one of the truly great, and has such a unique and sensetive style. My personal favorite guitar player, and such a groover he was! His significant style blends jazz, psychedelia, east european folklore, soul/funk etc. While most of his recordings for Impulse in the 1960s was jazz-pop-psychedelic love affairs, he find a more mellow and groovy (and dopey) sound in the seventies (he actually recorded at least one LP here in Sweden at the same time with swedish jazz musicians). Magical Connection from 1972 is his second LP for groovy Blue Thumb. Sady this gem never been reissued since 1978. The world needs  a well sounded upgrade right now!


Dave Pike Set ‎"Four Reasons" 1969




Four Reasons is the american vibraphonist Dave Pike's second LP for the legendary MPS label after moving to Germany. Dave Pike Set includes the wonder boy Volker Kriegel on electric guitar and sitar, and together with Pike he made one of the absolute grooviest and best psychedelic soul-jazz records of all time. It's a shame that this album (and the other MPS albums Pike recorded 1969-1973) is so hard to get, the two reissues of this album on cd's was so limited that they are almost as expensive as the rare original vinyls. This is groovy!

Enjoy!