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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1430 on: June 22, 2017, 03:10:55 PM »
Small spanish label Fresh Sound Records/Blue Moon keeps reissuing 50s-60s jazz records -mostly west coast jazz- that are largely forgotten now, a commendable task that sometimes unearth true gems, like the Oliver Nelson twofer from some posts ago. Now they've done it again with 2 vocalists of merit: a twofer of Sam Fletcher mid 60 LPs and a Joe Carroll LP from 1961.







The last one will be possibly the one which holds more interest for most of us, as it's one of the few examples of mighty axe Grant Green comping for a singer, in this case a veteran of vocalese, from Dizzy Gillespie 40s band. Add to this a Hammond organ as part of the rhythm section, and some blues/jazz classics, and the thing swings like mad!

Sam Fletcher is a different beast altogether. Basically a supper club singer, he mixes jazz, pop and MOR music, always backed with full orchestras (to give you an idea, "the new Nat King Cole" was his promotional tag). Sometimes it can become a bit Las Vegas showbiz fare.

BUT, oh my, he could sing, phew! Just check out his cover of Brian Wilson's God only knows, surely the more soulful cover of the mighty ballad; this song is worth the price of admission alone. Some clever arrangements and a lot of style make another tunes stand out, like Fletcher's biggest hit, the soulful "I believe in you", very hip covers of "The look of love" and the Beatles' "Can't buy me love" and a fine rendition of Percy Mayfield's "Please send me someone to love". He even turns "Release me" into a swinging statement! Not for nothing he was one of Aretha Franklin's favourite vocalists  8)

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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1431 on: July 04, 2017, 06:35:12 PM »
I know Rocketman posted this album up in the "Recent Vinyl Purchases" section but I have to reiterate what a superb 2nd album Benjamin Booker's "Witness" is!

This is the title track featuring Mavis Staples;
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZMMqVYaRA

This is the Michael Kiwanuka-esque "Believe"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdUQZFVB6Mo

And this is the album's opening track - the psychedelic rocker "Right On You"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGuNsiaead0

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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1432 on: July 15, 2017, 09:32:10 AM »
I know Rocketman posted this album up in the "Recent Vinyl Purchases" section but I have to reiterate what a superb 2nd album Benjamin Booker's "Witness" is!

Been listening to some of this. No huge surprise I like the Mavis Staples featured track but the others are pretty good too. Saw him live a couple of years back and didn't do much for me but I'm gradually getting it!
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« Reply #1433 on: July 19, 2017, 09:59:30 AM »
I must admit that my knowledge of french West Indies' music up till now was almost non-existent, except for organist's Eddy Louiss father's delightful mix of pop and indigenous music during the 50s and 60s.

It's been a surprise (and a joy) then discovering by chance this recently issued (last month) compilation of late 60s bands from the area (Guadeloupe, Martinique,,, the Antilles).

With influences coming from 3 ways -the metropoli's ye-ye sound, the creole music of their own tradition and the -then- new boogaloo from NY-, they concoct an intoxicating and infectious blend of latin percussion, brass, organ and electric guitars that wouldn't be out of place in a Fania boogaloo compilation, only changing spanglish lyrics for french patois. Without a doubt one of the best comps of the year and unmissable if you're interested in dancefloor stuff with a latin tinge.



http://shop.bornbadrecords.net/album/disque-la-raye-60s-french-west-indies-boo-boo-galoo

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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1434 on: July 22, 2017, 01:42:54 PM »
I know Rocketman posted this album up in the "Recent Vinyl Purchases" section but I have to reiterate what a superb 2nd album Benjamin Booker's "Witness" is!

Been listening to some of this. No huge surprise I like the Mavis Staples featured track but the others are pretty good too. Saw him live a couple of years back and didn't do much for me but I'm gradually getting it!

Benjamin has Just announced his Autumn tour , so chance to catch him playing small venues (gorilla Manchester ,tickets secured)  interested in where u saw him previous monkey, was it supporting jack white ?
The new album is definitely high in my end of year list , his debut album was also impressive had this track on constant repeat at the time, the ending where the guitars/band crash in is just sublime .
http://youtu.be/6_tzWexy7Yk
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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1435 on: July 24, 2017, 10:37:56 AM »
Benjamin has Just announced his Autumn tour , so chance to catch him playing small venues (gorilla Manchester ,tickets secured)  interested in where u saw him previous monkey, was it supporting jack white ?
The new album is definitely high in my end of year list , his debut album was also impressive had this track on constant repeat at the time, the ending where the guitars/band crash in is just sublime .
http://youtu.be/6_tzWexy7Yk

No, was supporting Mavis Staples a couple of years back at the Union Chapel in Islington. In fairness, it was just him and a guitar so not really fair to judge on that. At the time I thought he was just like millions of other wannabe singer-songwriters but has proved since there's a bit more about him.
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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1436 on: September 01, 2017, 06:34:55 PM »
Lafayette Thomas rules, listen to his guitar lead 1:50" into the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0-t6KGgA4

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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1437 on: September 08, 2017, 10:58:55 AM »
Arthur Alexander's The Monument years. I just knew his classic run in Dot Records, and while this later phase in his career isn't quite up to those levels, we're talking about soul royalty here. With a voice like Alexander's the old adage comes true: he could be singing the phone book and still send shivers down your spine. In fact, the material he delivers is still mostly top stuff, including songs penned by him (of course!), Dann Penn/Spooner Oldham or Tony Joe White.

This uptempo Joe Tex number isn't what comes to mind when you think in AA style, but man, it sure sounds sweet and sexy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQapDpWtog0


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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1438 on: September 16, 2017, 10:46:22 AM »


Great value for money. Just 12 for 4 cds that gather Duke Reid's best. Sure, there are tons of classic stuff here, that is, tunes we all know and love, but to have them together makes it worthwhile. Besides, the 4th disc of rarities alone justifies the purchase for the initiated, the package is nicely done and the sound is decent.