Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009

VA - Bar Vista Latino [2CD] 2009


Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Bar Vista Latino
Year Of Release: 6 April 2009
Label: Sight & Sound / WEA
Genre: Lo-Fi, Lounge, Latin, Bossa


2009 two CD set. From the dancehalls of Latin America to the carnival in Rio, Samba, Rumba, live beats and percussion fused with contemporary production conspire to make one of the most exciting new Latin influenced groove albums available. Created by a group of songwriters, producers, musicians and performers from all corners of the globe, brought together by their love of music and DJ culture, Bar Vista offers the best in new cross cultural fusion from around the world. 30 tracks including cuts from Francisco Cortes, The Conquistadors, Santa Fe Quartet, Pascal Fuber and others. Sight & Sound.

TrackList
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CD-1
1 The Conquistadors - The Voyage 3:58
2 Francisco Cortes - Age Of Love (Vista Mix) 4:07
3 Alonzo - Latin Dancer 4:59
4 Navigator - Club Cubanna (Rumba Remix) 4:03
5 Hernn Pizarro - Urban Discovery 3:12
6 Santa Fe Quartet - Crede Quod Habes, Et Habes 4:48
7 Jon Roshi - Carnival Del Rio (Jenero Mix) 3:32
8 Juan Rodriguez - Gusta La Musica 3:23
9 Parte Del Tiempo - Ingles 4:21
10 Pascal Fuber - Midnight Sun 5:17
11 Caballo De Carrera - Perderlo Todo 4:19
12 Avaya - Arms Of Another (Remix) 3:49
13 Sol Sisters - Buena Vista 2:26
14 Pedro Mendez - Sol (Sun Dub) 5:23
15 Augusto - I'm Ready To Dance 3:29

CD-2
1 Casa Grande - Por m Mismo 5:35
2 Seth Goatan - We Like To Party (Bar Mix) 3:28
3 Espritu Libre - Ojos Open 3:53
4 DJ Calmar - Rock My Boots (Remix) 5:10
5 Gina Ramon - Viva La Diva 6:19
6 Rock The Heads - Feel The Heat 4:49
7 Urban Heroes - Back To Black (Full Tilt Mix) 4:31
8 Mundo De Sonido - One World One Love 3:41
9 Oliver Sanchez - Naughty Girls (Rio Party Mix) 3:58
10 Silver Surfers - Cancin Caliente 4:29
11 Siri Roopa - South Of Rio 4:24
12 Espanol Bailarines - Flamenco! 3:11
13 Clockers - No Hay Tiempo (Hola Mix) 3:38
14 Verra Ballala - The Hunt 4:58
15 Ultra Alta - Clsico De Las Personas 4:09


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VA - 200 Tracks From The Super Seventies (10CD Box Set) (2008)


Artist: VA
Title Of Album: 200 Tracks From The Super Seventies
Year Of Release: 2008
Genre: Pop / Rock / Disco / Soul / R&B / Country
Quality: Mp3


Tracklist:
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CD 1:

01. The Trammps - Disco Inferno (3:37)
02. Ike & Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits (2:56)
03. The Supremes - Stoned Love (4:20)
04. John Travolta - Greased Lightnin' (3:05)
05. The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love (3:24)
06. Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden (2:51)
07. Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night (3:39)
08. E.L.O. - Sweet Talking Man (2:06)
09. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone (7:11)
10. Billie Jo Spears - Blanket On The Ground (3:28)
11. Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy (4:26)
12. Humble Pie - Heartbeat (2:32)
13. KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight (4:46)
14. Santana - Jingo (9:52)
15. The Marmalade - Rainbow (3:12)
16. Middle Of The Road - Sacremento (3:02)
17. Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy (2:52)
18. Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes - Get Dancin' (3:48)
19. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man (2:53)
20. The Brotherhood Of Man - My Sweet Rosalie, Oh Boy (3:03)

CD 2:

01. Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime (3:28)
02. Middle Of The Road - Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep (2:32)
03. Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You (3:09)
04. The Three Degrees - Giving Up, Giving In (3:54)
05. The Rubettes - Jukebox Jive (2:56)
06. A Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie (5:27)
07. The New Seekers - Beg, Steal Or Borrow (2:45)
08. Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (The First Time) (4:39)
09. Heatwave - Boogie Nights (3:38)
10. Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames - Rosetta (2:50)
11. The Supremes - Nathan Jones (1:46)
12. The Tymes - You Little Trustmaker (2:39)
13. E.L.O. - Don't Bring Me Down (4:06)
14. The Spinners - Rubberband Man (3:41)
15. The Four Tops - Keeper Of The Castle (1:53)
16. E.L.O. - Confusion (1:55)
17. Kenny Rogers - Something's Burning (3:54)
18. Barry Blue - Dancin' On A Saturday Night (3:07)
19. Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say (3:19)
20. Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way (4:08)

CD 3:

01. George Mccrae - Rock Your Baby (3:17)
02. Mud - The Cat Crept In (4:09)
03. The Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me (3:00)
04. The New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (2:31)
05. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Blockbuster (3:01)
06. Joe Dolan - You're Such A Good Looking Woman (2:43)
07. E.L.O. - Turn To Stone (2:49)
08. The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New (5:52)
09. Crystal Gayle - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (2:39)
10. Mud - Rocket (4:07)
11. White Plains - When You Are A King (2:51)
12. The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion (4:05)
13. Al Jarreau - Let's Stay Together (3:19)
14. Heatwave - Groove Line (3:55)
15. James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing (2:20)
16. Santana - Soul Sacrifice (4:55)
17. Lobo - Me And You And A Dog Named Boo (3:08)
18. The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me (2:11)
19. The New Seekers - Look What They Have Done To My Song Ma (3:14)
20. Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (3:34)

CD 4:

01. Mud - Oh Boy (2:53)
02. Gloria Gaynor - Reach Out I'll Be There (4:13)
03. Middle Of The Road - Soley Soley (3:16)
04. Jeff Christie - Yellow River (2:33)
05. The Three Degrees - A Woman In Love (5:10)
06. John Travolta - Sandy (2:32)
07. Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump (4:06)
08. Lyndsey De Paul - Sugar Me (New Mix) (4:59)
09. The Brotherhood Of Man - Figaro (2:55)
10. The Real Thing - Can You Feel The Force (4:08)
11. Heatwave - Always And Forever (3:50)
12. The Trammps - Hold Back The Night (3:29)
13. Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood (4:10)
14. E.L.O. - Livin' Thing (3:57)
15. Billie Jo Spears - What I've Got In Mind (2:42)
16. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Ballroom Blitz (3:42)
17. The Three Degrees - Take Good Care Of Yourself (3:31)
18. Andrea True Connection - More More More (3:36)
19. Osibisa - Sunshine Day (4:04)
20. Anita Ward - Ring My Bell (3:33)

CD 5:

01. The Real Thing - Can't Get By Without You (3:33)
02. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Action (3:54)
03. Mungo Jerry - Alright, Alright, Alright (2:46)
04. The Rubettes - I Can Do It (3:10)
05. Mud - Lean On Me (4:54)
06. Middle Of The Road - Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum (3:02)
07. The Four Tops - It's All The Game (2:55)
08. Donovan - Sunshine Superman (4:04)
09. E.L.O. - Telephone Line (4:52)
10. The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl (2:59)
11. Badfinger - Come And Get It (2:13)
12. Marmelade - Falling Apart At The Seams (3:02)
13. The Supremes - Up The Ladder To The Roof (3:21)
14. Greyhound - Black And White (2:30)
15. The Chiffons - Sweet Talkin' Guy (2:17)
16. Joe Tex - Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) (3:28)
17. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (3:01)
18. George Mccrae - I Can't Leave You Alone (3:06)
19. Badfinger - No Matter What (2:56)
20. First Choice - Armed And Extremely Dangerous (2:47)

CD 6:

01. Mud - Tiger Feet (3:44)
02. The Bay City Rollers - I Only Want To Be With You (3:03)
03. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Teenage Rampage (3:34)
04. The Fortunes - Here It Comes Again (3:00)
05. The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again (2:52)
06. The Stylistics - I'm Stone In Love With You (3:14)
07. Blackfoot Sue - Sing, Don't Speak (2:45)
08. Johnny Bristol & Liz Lands - Hang On In There Baby (3:50)
09. Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (2:33)
10. Pilot - Magic (2:58)
11. Johnny Wakelin - In Zaire (3:35)
12. The Bombers - (Everybody) Get Dancin' (3:10)
13. The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Now (4:15)
14. Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away (3:25)
15. Odyssey - Native New Yorker (3:50)
16. Gibson Brothers - Cuba (3:48)
17. Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday (3:10)
18. The Detroit Emeralds - Feel The Need In Me (3:18)
19. Jesse Green - Flip (3:16)
20. B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (2:52)

CD 7:

01. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer (3:21)
02. The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything (3:33)
03. Jesse Green - Nice & Slow (5:15)
04. Chicago - 25 Or 6 To 4 (5:02)
05. The Nolans - I'm In The Modd For Dancing (3:10)
06. Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being A Friend (7:05)
07. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her (4:46)
08. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Fox On The Run (3:37)
09. Gloria Gaynor - Never Can Say Goodbye (3:05)
10. Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling (4:00)
11. The Fantastics - Something Old, Something New (2:38)
12. Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors (2:45)
13. Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died (3:21)
14. Glen Campbell - Southern Nights (3:56)
15. White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin' (2:43)
16. Chas & Dave - Gertcha (2:35)
17. The Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding (2:09)
18. Hurrican Smith - Don't Let It Die (2:33)
19. Judge Dread - Je T'aime (2:35)
20. R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me (3:07)

CD 8:

01. Mud - Dynamite (3:01)
02. Tina Charles - I Love To Love (3:06)
03. Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (2:41)
04. First Class - Beach Baby (4:51)
05. Paper Lace - Billie Don't Be A Hero (3:34)
06. Rose Royce - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (5:32)
07. Mungo Jerry - Lady Rose (3:08)
08. Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough (2:47)
09. The New Seekers - Pinball Wizard-See Me, Feel Me (3:05)
10. Chic - I Want Your Love (6:19)
11. The Temptations - Just My Imagination (3:47)
12. Bay City Rollers - Money Honey (3:05)
13. Jigsaw - Sky High (3:01)
14. Badfinger - Day After Day (3:10)
15. Eddie Holman - Hey There, Lonely Girl (3:23)
16. Lobo - I'd Love You To Want Me (4:11)
17. Clarence Carter - Patches (3:23)
18. Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father (2:56)
19. Candi Staton - Nights On Broadway (3:51)
20. Pilot - January (3:27)

CD 9:

01. James Brown - Sex Machine (6:37)
02. The Equals - Baby Come Back (2:30)
03. The Rubettes - Tonight (3:32)
04. Redbone - Witch Queen Of New Orleans (3:30)
05. Melanie - Ruby Tuesday (6:35)
06. Chic - Le Freak (5:16)
07. Judge Dread - Big Six (2:46)
08. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Satisfaction Guarenteed (3:18)
09. Bay City Rollers - Give A Little Love (3:15)
10. Rose Royce - Car Wash (2:52)
11. Mr Big - Romeo (3:25)
12. Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (3:38)
13. Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free (3:41)
14. Freda Payne - Band Of Gold (3:04)
15. Mickey Finn's T-Rex - Get It On (4:11)
16. Michael Zager Band - Let's All Chant (3:03)
17. Viola Wills - Gonna Get Along Without You Now (3:17)
18. Amii Stewart - Light My Fire (3:55)
19. Al Martino - Spanish Eyes (2:30)
20. Jimmy James - I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me (3:21)

CD 10:

01. The Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby (3:28)
02. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (3:16)
03. The Brotherhood Of Man - Angelo (3:03)
04. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now (3:32)
05. The Fortunes - Freedom Come Freedom Go (3:18)
06. Sister Sledge - We Are Family (3:14)
07. Randy Vanwarmer - Just When I Needed You Most (3:34)
08. Syreeta - With You I'm Born Again (2:43)
09. Three Degrees - My Simple Heart (4:40)
10. Tavares - More Than A Woman (2:46)
11. Chicory Tip - Good Grief Christina (2:59)
12. George Mccrae - It's Been So Long (2:33)
13. Rufus Thomas - Do The Funky Chicken (3:24)
14. Blackfoot Sue - Standing In The Road (3:54)
15. Evelyn Thomas - Weak Spot (3:01)
16. Delegation - Where Is The Love (We Used To Know) (5:55)
17. Brian Connolly's Sweet - Hell Raiser (3:37)
18. Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (Short Version) (4:15)
19. Melanie - Brand New Key (3:39)
20. Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star (4:29)


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rick James - The Ultimate Collection (1997)


Artist: Rick James
Title Of Album: The Ultimate Collection
Year Of Release: 1997
Genre: Funk / R&B


Tracklist:
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01. Rick James - Cold Blooded (5:58)
02. Rick James - Give It To Me Baby (4:07)
03. Rick James - You and I (8:04)
04. Rick James - Mary Jane (4:57)
05. Rick James - Super Freak (3:24)
06. Rick James - Dance Wit' Me (7:18)
07. Rick James - Make Love To Me (4:48)
08. Rick James - Love Gun (5:45)
09. Rick James - Bustin' Out (5:16)
10. Rick James - High On You Love Suite (7:24)
11. Rick James - Ghetto Life (4:19)
12. Rick James - Ebony Eyes (5:05)
13. Rick James - Fire and Desire (7:18)

Motown's Ultimate Collection line has been a massive success in putting together definitive single-disc compilations of their greatest artists, and the Rick James installment is no exception. Because this one includes some lengthier workouts, it isn't quite as complete as most of the series, but it does provide an essential look at James in his influential prime, leaving very little of his sex-and-drugs ethos to the imagination. Spanning the years 1978-1983, these 13 tracks paint an effective picture of James' groundbreaking fusion of funk, rock, and new wave, which basically constituted hardcore funk's last hurrah as the disco age wound down and the urban contemporary genre began to take shape. Unlike most of the other volumes, this Ultimate Collection isn't arranged chronologically; instead, it kicks off with James' three number one R&B hits: "Cold Blooded," "Give It to Me Baby," and "You and I." From there the collection branches out into a generous selection from his best album, Street Songs (five in all), including his signature tune "Super Freak"; the R&B Top Tens "Mary Jane," "Dance Wit' Me," and "Bustin' Out"; and duets with Smokey Robinson ("Ebony Eyes") and protégée Teena Marie ("Fire and Desire"). It's true that later hits like "17," "Can't Stop," "Glow," "Sweet and Sexy Thing," and "Loosey's Rap" are missing. But frankly, James was past his creative prime when he recorded them, and they're not missed compared to what's here. With Stevie Wonder in a sudden creative downturn, this material almost single-handedly kept Motown Records on the charts as the '70s became the '80s, and it certainly paved the way for the hedonistic computer funk that made Prince a superstar in the '80s. A superb introduction.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

U.S.(United Soul) - Music With Funkadelic


Artist: U.S.(United Soul)
Title Of Album: Music With Funkadelic
Year Of Release: 6 April, 2009
Label: Westbound Record
Genre: Funk / Reissues


TRACKLIST
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1 This Broken Heart 4:35
2 Baby I Owe You Something Good 3:51
3 Be What You Is 3:47
4 I Miss My Baby 5:04
5 Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval 7:35
6 Baby I Owe You Something Good (Mono Single Mix) 3:53
7 I Miss My Baby (Mono Single Mix) 4:01

CD Description

The Funkadelic who had made the albums, "Funkadelic", "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow" and "Maggot Brain" collapsed in on themselves under the pressures of touring and nefarious substances in 1972, although some members shuttled back and forth between Detroit and Toronto and kept recording. One of the side projects embarked upon was an LP by a group called U.S. One single, `Baby I Owe You Something Good' b/w `I Miss My Baby', appeared that year credited to U.S. music with Funkadelic. An album reached test-pressing stage, but until now no more has been heard of it.
U.S. (which stood for United Soul) were from George Clinton's home town of Plainfield, New Jersey. They included future Funkadelic members Gary Shider and brothers Cordell and Larry Mosson. U.S. recorded in Detroit and Toronto with the album produced by Bernie Worrell, Ray Davies and Fuzzy Haskins. In addition it featured many Funkadelic musicians.
The original album master of five tracks includes some prime era Funkadelic grooves, including the outrageous `Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel' and `Be What You Is', both uptempo psychedelic funk; the wonderful gospel-imbued vocals of Shider on `I Miss My Baby'; and the opener `This Broken Heart'. When the LP wasn't issued the group split up and Funkadelic co-opted some of their members.
This release is part of Ace Records' Westbound 40th Aniversary celebrations. A truly historic lost album it is the first off-shoot from the Parliafunkadelicment Thang, that became a whole industry in itself.

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Kool Is Back! Imitations, Interpolations & The Inspiration of Kool & The Gang




Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Kool Is Back! Imitations, Interpolations & The Inspiration of Kool & The Gang
Year Of Release: March 24, 2009
Label: Le Smoke Disque
Genre: Funk



For our fourth installment, we've chosen a band best known for their tame early 80s repertoire. Mention the song "Celebration" and your geriatric grandmother would know you were referring to Kool & The Gang's biggest hit. But even though we at Le Smoke Disque have nothing but love for the band's late 70s and early 80s producer, Brazilian jazz legend Eumir Deodato, we want to show you the influence Robert "Kool" Bell and his compatriots had on the world when they burst on the scene in 1969 with their self titled debut. Though James Brown's JBs certainly stood out as a funky take on the big-band ensemble popularized in the swinging 1940s, Kool & The Gang took the form to its greatest heights. In doing so, they not only influenced American bands such as Tower of Power, Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears, but fledgling funk outfits the world over. We could have shown the band's influence on the mainstream by compiling the multitude of tributes paid by jazz greats such as Melvin Sparks and Grant Green. But we like to dig deeper than that. We start in Central and South America, where the band's eponymous hit single could have provided enough fodder for a compilation in its own right. We've decided only to include two versions here: "Los Pelos Tiesos" by Mexican funk-monsters Rabbits and Carrots and Brazilian trombonist Ed Maciel's 90-MPH burner. And, as a counterpoint to the assumption that by the late 70s, only The Gang's smooth sound hit the foreign shores, we offer up Tyree Glenn, Jr. and his post-punk outfit Brain Damage funking "Kool & The Gang" live in Germany in 1979. "Give It Up", a lesser known single from the band's first album, finds two offerings here. Thailand's The Impossibles offer a heady version fortified by fine drum breaks on the only album the band released abroad (in Sweden, of all places!). Akron, Ohio's Jessie McDaniel double-times the tune on one of his too-rare 7"s released on the small Top-Hit label. Perhaps at some point in the future, we'll revisit Kool & The Gang and examine their mid-70s oeuvre. Their sublime synth-anthem "Summer Madness" alone makes the search for covers of that era's classics worthwhile. But for now we re content to bask in the warmth of The Gang's golden era, to ponder "Funky" George's steady syncopation, to catch an earful of tough brass and Kool's funky bass. Yes, for the moment, Kool Is Back!, again.

TRACKLIST
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01. Jessie & The Mel O Tones - You Best Give It Up
02. Cane & Able - Who's Gonna Take The Weight?
03. LA Mars - Kool Is Back
04. Rabbits & Carrots - Los Pelos Tiesos
05. The Everyday People - Who's Gonna Take The Weight/Who's Gonna Take The Blame
06. The Everyday People - Funky Granny
07. Shorty & The Junior Kools - Jamming With Shorty Pt. 1
08. Shorty & The Junior Kools - Jamming With Shorty Pt. 2
09. Ed Maciel - Kool Is Back
10. The Impossibles - Give It Up
11. The Impossibles - Love The Life You Live
12. Dutch Rhythm Steel & Show Band - Funky Stuff
13. Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra - Funky Stuff
14. Tyree Glenn Jr and Brain Damage - Kool And The Gang

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Essential Guide To Latin Jazz 2008



Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Essential Guide To Latin Jazz
Year Of Release: Feb 18, 2008
Label: Union Square
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Quality: MP3 / Joint Stereo
Total Time: 205:19 min (3 CD)


TRACKLIST
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CD1
01 Stan Getz--Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba) 06:15
02 Charlie Palmieri--El Continental 02:49
03 Herbie Mann--Todos Locos 05:35
04 Cal Tjader--Afro-Blue 04:29
05 Dizzy Gillespie--Manteca 03:06
06 Joe Henderson--No More Blues (Chega De Saudade) 06:41
07 Paul Desmond--Theme Form Black Orpheus 04:11
08 Paquito Drivera--Whos Smoking 08:03
09 Ray Barretto--Johnny Come Lately 05:27
10 Luis Bonilla--Escucha 03:49
11 Jim Tomlinson--Shes A Carioca 03:40
12 Alex Wilson--Havana Thoroughfare 04:29
13 Hilton Ruiz--Mr. Kenyatta 06:33
14 Hector Martignon--Colombaiao 05:53
15 Ruben Gonzalez--Nueva Guajera 04:07

CD2
01 Antonio Carlos Jobim And Elis Regina--Aguas De Marco 03:36
02 Jose Cheo Feliciano--Oye Como Va (Aprieta) 03:14
03 Paula Santoro--The Girl Form Ipanema 03:12
04 Ibrahim Ferrer Con Los Bocucos--Mi Tonada Montuna 05:13
05 Tania Maria--Yatra-Ta 04:23
06 Stacey Kent And Jim Tomlinson--The Gentle Rain 04:25
07 Eliane Elias--Doralice 02:59
08 Antonio Carlos Jobim--Lamento 02:43
09 Celia Cruz--Aguinaldo Antillano 03:06
10 Clare Teal--Madrugada 04:40
11 Flora Purim--Open Your Eyes You Can Fly 04:31
12 Ingrid Laubrock--Beatrice 05:19
13 Mark Murphy--Cantaloupe Island 05:34
14 Saskia--The Look Of Love 03:58
15 Jacqui Dankworth--Nuestro Tema 04:57

CD3
01 Mongo Santamaria--Brazilian Sunset 06:49
02 Poncho Sanchez--Senor Blues 04:22
03 Machito Y Sus Afro-Cubanos And Graciela--Mambo Infie 02:52
04 Tito Puente--Friquilandia 02:49
05 Mario Bauza And Graciela--Guateque De Chomba 03:54
06 Irakere--Homenaje A Beny 08:45
07 Duke Ellington--Caravan 02:49
08 The Bronx Horns--Catch The Feeling 05:59
09 The Brecon Brothers--Grazin In The Grass 04:40
10 Grupo Cabana--Desafinado 04:31
11 Danza Latina--Ran Kan Kan 03:10
12 Trio Da Paz--Keep The Spirits Singing 04:25
13 Coco All Stars--Macho 06:54
14 Perez Prado--Mambo No.5 03:05
15 Eddie Palmieri--Mi Cumbia 03:18


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Ritmo De La Noche - Rhythm Of The Night: The Very Best of Latin Jazz


Artist: VA
Title: Ritmo De La Noche - Rhythm of the Night: The Very Best of Latin Jazz
Year Of Release: July 23, 2002
Label: Sony
Genre: Jazz / Latin


Tracklist
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1. Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria
2. La Cuna - Ray Barretto
3. Street Scenes - David Sanchez
4. Ponteio - Astrud Gilberto/Stanley Turrentine
5. Corazon - Hank Crawford
6. Senor Blues - Herbie Mann
7. Sweet Glenda - Gato Barbieri
8. Stone Flower - Antonio Carlos Jobim
9. Stella By Starlight - Arturo Sandoval
10. Samba De Sausalito - Santana
11. Vera Cruz - Stanley Turrentine
12. A Gozar Con Mi Combo - Cachao
13. Ritmo De La Noche - Al DiMeola
14. Autumn - Ed Calle
15. Eu Vim Da Bahia - Stan Getz
16. Manteca - Paquito D'Rivera


Jazz and Latin music are each irresistible on their own. Ritmo de la Noche combines them with a brilliance that would shame a rainbow. This collection of Latin jazz classics includes jazz men such as flutist Herbie Mann, who embraces tough Cuban rhythms on Horace Silver's "Senor Blues," from 1965, and the Fania All Stars' conga man, Ray Barretto, gliding into smooth-jazz territory with 1979's infectious "La Cuna." Astrud Gilberto brings bossa nova into the mix with the seductive "Ponteio" from 1971, featuring Stanley Turrentine playing the Stan Getz role on sax. Argentina's Gato Barbieri wields his familiar sultry tenor saxophone on the cha-cha-cha "Sweet Glenda," while perennial crossover star Carlos Santana hitches his unmistakable Bay Area barrio rock to 1973's percolating "Samba de Sausalito." The genius of the individual songs is matched by the effortless flow of the entire disc. And seminal selections like Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" from 1965 benefit from the clean and detailed remastered versions here. --Bob Tarte


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Monday, April 06, 2009

Rosalia De Souza - D'Improvviso (2009)


Artist: Rosalia De Souza
Title Of Album: D'Improvviso
Year Of Release: 2009
Genre: Bossa Nova / Lo-Fi
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 53:38 min
Total Size: 124 Mb

Tracklist:
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01 - D'Improvviso (3:08)
02 - Samba Longe (4:08)
03 - Bossa 50 (4:27)
04 - Opiniao (3:39)
05 - Amanha (4:13)
06 - Candomble (4:25)
07 - Luiza Manequim (4:45)
08 - 5 Dias De Carnaval (2:51)
09 - O Cantador (3:39)
10 - Carolina Carol Bela (3:10)
11 - Ondina (4:32)
12 - Banzo (4:19)
13 - Sambinha (3:14)
14 - Quem Quiser Encontrar O Amor (3:08)


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VA - Far Out Bossa Nova-(2008)


Artist:VA
Title Of Album:Far Out Bossa Nova
Year Of Release:September 2008
Label:FarOut Recordings
Genre:Lo-Fi
Bitrate:188kbps 44100 kHz Joint Stereo
Total Time:13
Total Size:65.5 MB



1 Joyce With Dori Caymmi - Rio Bahia 3:48
2 Zeep - Keep An Eye On Love 2:58
3 Clara Moreno Feat Celso Fonseca - Meu Samba Torto 3:22
4 Marcos Valle - Nova Bossa Nova 4:06
5 Azymuth Feat Roberto Menescal & Sabrina Malheiros - 4:00
Pra Ze
6 The Ipanemas - San Roque 5:09
7 Celia Vaz - Pro Bonfa 3:22
8 Sabrina Malheiros - It's Too Late 3:52
9 Democustico - Rejoycing 2:38
10 Arthur Verocai Feat Ivan Lins - Filhos 3:02
11 Joyce - Berimbau 3:26
12 Clara Moreno - Vem Moreno Vem 2:55
13 Victor Assis Brasil - Dindi 5:05


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Azymuth - Butterfly (2008)



Artist: Azymuth
Title Of Album: Butterfly
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Far Out Recordings
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: ~190 kbps VBR
Total Time: 44:31 min
Total Size: 66 Mb

Tracklist:
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01. Butterfly (4:49)
02. Os Cara La (4:53)
03. Meu Doce Amigo (3:41)
04. Caititu (2:23)
05. Avenida Rio Branco (5:21)
06. New Dawn (4:45)
07. Triagem (3:41)
08. Hole In One (4:03)
09. Morning (5:53)
10. Next Summer In Rio (5:02)


is Rio-based jazz/funk/samba trio have been around since the early 70s and started recording for London's Far Out label two decades later. Butterfly is their latest new material for the label – an agreeably smooth, easy going album that's difficult to dislike, but equally, unless you're a hardcore fan, hard to get hugely excited about, by its very laid back nature.

They call what they do samba doido ('crazy samba') but the samba only really manifests itself surfaces occasionally, with the odd twinge of cuica (friction drum), or as on the extraordinary mid-tune percussion breakdown that busts through the veneer of cruisy jazz funk on Avenida Rio Branco.

The core members Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards) Alex Malheiros (bass, acoustic guitar) and drummer Ivan Conti are joined by several excellent guests, most notably flautist/saxophonist Ze Carlos and Arthur Verocai, whose guitar solo on New Dawn seems to have been relocated from the Steely Dan songbook. Vocals are pared right down to the occasional scat, as on the breezy Meu Doce Amigo and the chorus of Os Cara La – ''Os Cara La'' chanted over and over in pleasingly dippy fashion.

Bertrami drizzles tasty liquid honey solos from his Fender Rhodes and Hammond organ, especially sweet on New Dawn, while Conti simply dazzles on the frisky, polyrhythic Triagem, on which it would be easy to imagine Tania Maria as a guest vocalist. And Malheiros is one seriously funky bass player. The sparingly used string section give Herbie Hancock's title track a wonderfully spacey lightness that recalls Chris Bowden's Time Capsule album, and the Hancock influence reappears in the grainy, business-like synth sounds of Hole In One.

What sounds like a reco-reco (guiro) makes a weird gasping effect on both Butterfly and Next Summer In Rio, effectively book ending the album. Okay, so the latter treads a fine line between carefree strolling and pedestrian predictability. This may well be music for airport waiting lounges or perhaps the moving staircases of vacuous tropical shopping malls. But if you insist on going to such places, why not do it in style? (c)


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Azymuth - Azimuth (Remastered & Remixed) (2007)



Artist: Azymuth
Title Of Album: Azimuth (Remastered & Remixed)
Year Of Release: 2007
Genre: Brazilian Jazz / Funk / Fusion
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: ~230 kbps VBR
Total Time: 99:26 min
Total Size: 173 Mb

Tracklist:
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CD 1:

01. Linha Do Horizonte (4:25)
02. Melo„ Dos Dois Bicudos (3:05)
03. Brazil (3:54)
04. Seems Like This (4:28)
05. Caca A Raposa (5:07)
06. Estrada Dos Deuses (3:37)
07. Wait for My Turn (2:56)
08. Montreal City (3:15)
09. Morning (3:44)
10. Periscopio (7:32)

CD 2:

01. Melo„ Dos Dois Bicudos - Harmonic 313 (4:08)
02. Wait For My Turn - Spiritual South (7:23)
03. Linha Do Horizonte - Mr. Beatnick (5:43)
04. Montreal City - Volcov (4:26)
05. Estrada Dos Deuses - Recloose (5:42)
06. Seems Like This - As One (6:49)
07. Periscopio - Marc Mac for 4 Hero (6:02)
08. Morning - Peanut Butter Wolf (3:37)
09. Caca A Raposa - DJ Venom (4:39)
10. Linha Do Horizonte - Kashmeer Brothers (3:35)
11. Wait For My Turn - Yam Who? (5:19)



"This 1974 debut from psychedelic Brazilian funkateers Azymuth gets the remaster/reissue treatment it deserves. Displaying their unique melding of electric jazz, funk, and the casual swing of Brazilian samba, 'Azimuth' is a classic album and the perfect playground for the remix talent that contributes to the second disc. Peanut Butter Wolf lends a production hand to the breezy, organ-led jazz of "Morning," while remix don Spiritual South deftly reworks "Wait For My Turn" from slo-mo funk into cut 'n' paste samba. The revitalization process continues throughout with new takes on old classics by Recloose, Marc Mac, and Yam Who?" - XLR8R (April '07)

"This long lost Azymuth jewel gets a repress from Far Out - part historical document, part springboard for an album of remixes and re-edits by today's finest producers. The original album is worth checking for the seeds of what would become the Azymuth sound, particularly the Brazilian boogie funk of 'Caca A Raposa'. But the rework album offers some real bullets tho, none smacking harder than the opener 'Melo Dos Dois Bicudos,', which gets the Mark 'Harmonic 33' Pritchard treatment. Well worth checking." - Straight No Chaser (Spring '07)



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