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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1440 on: September 22, 2017, 01:44:44 PM »
The just issued "Bidin' my time" by Chris Hillman, is one of the best albums EVER from a Byrds' exmember since the band's golden days, almost a masterpiece, and it goes right into my top LPs list of 2017. A great, moving surprise for the Byrdmaniax out there, like yours truly. Oh, and with the great Tom Petty at the helm. 

https://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Chris-Hillman-Bidin-My-Time-250379

Was unaware of this, Sidney, have pre-ordered. Cheers for the heads-up!
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« Reply #1441 on: September 22, 2017, 03:00:13 PM »
You're welcome, doc. Enjoy!  :D

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« Reply #1442 on: September 30, 2017, 11:18:31 AM »
Some Hammond (& Lowrey) jewels that may have passed unnoticed for jazz organ lovers from this parish.

First: Dick Hyman was a virtuosi keyboardist that became a mainstay of LA studio scene during the 50s and 60s. He dabbled in electronics and the like late in his career and he often straddled the line between easy listening and jazz. Case in point, the 2 albums' project he recorded in 1968 to cash in on the then current popularity of soul music, recently reissued by spanish label Fresh Sound Records as a 2 LPs in one CD package.

The gimmick? mr. Hyman, backed by a basic rhythm section, doubling himself on piano -sometimes clavinet- and organ. And the results are surprisingly good, maybe not as soulful as the real deal but not elevator music either. The impeccable musicianship of all involved -Hyman is very, very good- elevates these records towards a very enjoyable soul jazz date. And the gimmick works fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_cTVW8n4QU



Second: this was a nice surprise. I knew Jack Wilson as a hard bop west coast piano player (he played with Roy Ayers), active mainly in the 60s, but recently I discovered he had also toyed with organ jazz for some mid 60s sessions. Some material from those sessions was released by Vault records (distributed by Atlantic) in 1964, as The jazz organs. That title has an explanation: besides Wilson, another 2 lesser known Hammond players were in attendance. If you add to this a first class rhythm section, with the great Philly Joe Jones on drums, the results are dynamite! A mix of current r&b hits and Wilson's tunes, the album is a no-holds barred soul jazz party, with feverishly fast tempos (the One mint julep cover is so fast my first thought was they had speeded up the tapes!) and virtuoso playing a plenty. The only letdown, the very brief playing time of the LP, less than half an hour.


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« Reply #1443 on: November 02, 2017, 08:25:07 PM »
Not bought much lately, but I have been spinning:

New York Soul '66 (History of Soul) compilation: it's a double CD with 56 tracks covering big city ballads, barnstormers and mid tempo vocal groups.  I'll be honest:  there were quite a few  artists that I'd never heard of but I trust the label's pedigree and the collection is superb.

des Limiñanas- Costa Blanca. Again, I'd not heard of these until reading about them on Monkey's blog and in Shindig! magazine.  I like this very much: it has a big chunky bass married to a Gallic-ness insouciance conjuring images of basement clubs where everyone chain smokes and looks glum but then they weave in a north African vibe here and there which lends it an exotic cinematic scope.

And, as it's early autumn, it's only right to put some Ronnie Lane on; his music suits the season's gorgeous burst of colours to a T
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« Reply #1444 on: November 12, 2017, 10:50:33 AM »
Loving these fresh tunes from The Liminanas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUBw9vskBIs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8WXa85aQtk

New albums going to be a corker I think...
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« Reply #1445 on: November 23, 2017, 06:58:27 PM »
It's a bit early for the usual "best of 2017" stuff, but while we eagerly wait for the impeccably curated Ian Eggbert's "Top Albums"' list (don't deceive us, mate  ;) ), I already have some firm candidates, at least in the Best Compilations category. First place would go ex aequo to Cherry Red's "One way glass", if only for reasessing the prog years from a fresh point of view, and the surprising "Disque la Raye", that chronicles the soul & boogaloo-inflected sounds of 60s french Antilles (I posted a review some months ago).

In the jazz department, the winner has to be the newly expanded double CDs edition of "The Soho Scene" series, the last (1963) to appear in a few days, with the added bonus of the evocative Smiler's liner notes.

A late contender is "Marshmallow skies", tho' I'm still not sure the category in which it fits. Maybe Best (not so) Guilty Pleasure Comp? The basic idea behind the comp is to show how the teen stars of the pre-Beatles era coped with the lightning-fast changes of pop music from the mid 60s on. Performers stepped in a solid showbiz tradition suddenly found themselves on quicksand: passé and surrounded by drug-influenced, counter-culture sounds that they really didn't get but were making the charts and selling tons of records.

Obviously, some entertainers chose to carry on with their stuff as if things weren't changing around them, but a lot of them (or their producers/labels, anyway) tried to keep up. The results, as we can hear in "Marshmallow skies", were uneven, disgraceful even, but make for fascinating listening today.

There's something for everyone here: proto-punk (Tommy Sand's "Candy story prophet"), light psych, go-go music (Freddy Cannon taking the Doors' "20th century fox" where I always knew it belonged), jazzy pop-soul (Neil Sedaka and a surprisingly rewarding "Cold Girl") and a lot of folk rock (you'd swear the Byrds are backing Gene Vincent in his 1967's attempt to stay relevant... two years later!). Even Cilla Black manages to sound sexy and mysterious in a George Martin produced oddity.

There's bona fide psychedelia too, not least Chad & Jeremy's "Sunstroke", from their masterpiece "The ark", a record still waiting for reappraisal. But then they belonged to the Beatles' inner circle. Jan & Dean, the Tokens and Brian Hyland also show affinity and a good ear for the genre.

The weirdest of the lot, tho', has to be Gene Pitney's "Animal crackers", who doesn't just adapt to the times but manages to surpass them! In fact, to my ears "Animal crackers" is closer to the shaky art bands of the 80s than, say, "Revolver"
("Hey folks... who put THAT sugar cube in mr. Pitney's espresso?")

Black music is meagrely represented, but the 3 tracks on offer are among the best. Anthony & the Imperials' song seems a bit out of place here, as it's more elegant uptown soul than psych-pop. But in the crazied "Stoned in the bathroom", Chubby Checker (mr Twist no less!) sounds uncannily like 70s Arthur Lee, no mean feat. And Bo Diddley... well, judge for yourselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P72LtIRm9mc

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« Reply #1446 on: November 24, 2017, 07:51:54 PM »
It's a bit early for the usual "best of 2017" stuff, but while we eagerly wait for the impeccably curated Ian Eggbert's "Top Albums"' list (don't deceive us, mate  ;) ), I already have some firm candidates, at least in the Best Compilations category. First place would go ex aequo to Cherry Red's "One way glass", if only for reasessing the prog years from a fresh point of view, and the surprising "Disque la Raye", that chronicles the soul & boogaloo-inflected sounds of 60s french Antilles (I posted a review some months ago).

In the jazz department, the winner has to be the newly expanded double CDs edition of "The Soho Scene" series, the last (1963) to appear in a few days, with the added bonus of the evocative Smiler's liner notes.

A late contender is "Marshmallow skies", tho' I'm still not sure the category in which it fits. Maybe Best (not so) Guilty Pleasure Comp? The basic idea behind the comp is to show how the teen stars of the pre-Beatles era coped with the lightning-fast changes of pop music from the mid 60s on. Performers stepped in a solid showbiz tradition suddenly found themselves on quicksand: passé and surrounded by drug-influenced, counter-culture sounds that they really didn't get but were making the charts and selling tons of records.

Obviously, some entertainers chose to carry on with their stuff as if things weren't changing around them, but a lot of them (or their producers/labels, anyway) tried to keep up. The results, as we can hear in "Marshmallow skies", were uneven, disgraceful even, but make for fascinating listening today.

There's something for everyone here: proto-punk (Tommy Sand's "Candy story prophet"), light psych, go-go music (Freddy Cannon taking the Doors' "20th century fox" where I always knew it belonged), jazzy pop-soul (Neil Sedaka and a surprisingly rewarding "Cold Girl") and a lot of folk rock (you'd swear the Byrds are backing Gene Vincent in his 1967's attempt to stay relevant... two years later!). Even Cilla Black manages to sound sexy and mysterious in a George Martin produced oddity.

There's bona fide psychedelia too, not least Chad & Jeremy's "Sunstroke", from their masterpiece "The ark", a record still waiting for reappraisal. But then they belonged to the Beatles' inner circle. Jan & Dean, the Tokens and Brian Hyland also show affinity and a good ear for the genre.

The weirdest of the lot, tho', has to be Gene Pitney's "Animal crackers", who doesn't just adapt to the times but manages to surpass them! In fact, to my ears "Animal crackers" is closer to the shaky art bands of the 80s than, say, "Revolver"
("Hey folks... who put THAT sugar cube in mr. Pitney's espresso?")

Black music is meagrely represented, but the 3 tracks on offer are among the best. Anthony & the Imperials' song seems a bit out of place here, as it's more elegant uptown soul than psych-pop. But in the crazied "Stoned in the bathroom", Chubby Checker (mr Twist no less!) sounds uncannily like 70s Arthur Lee, no mean feat. And Bo Diddley... well, judge for yourselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P72LtIRm9mc

Thanks for the reminder mate! The sad thing is though that I start fretting every year about this bloody end of year chart/list - it's become a millstone!

Nah - I love it really! The great thing is that there have been some fantastic albums released this year including a number of really good proper "soul" albums.



 
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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1447 on: December 02, 2017, 11:11:56 AM »
No need to discuss here Jimmy McGriff's status as one of the great purveyors of so-called "mod jazz" or "soul jazz" or whatever, so I'm sure the following spanish CD reissue will be of interest for most of us.

Groove Hut Records is a Barcelona label that specializes in soul jazz reissues, with fine liner notes and usually very good sound. Their last reissue is McGriff first LP, the classic "I've got a woman". But they've used as the basis (and cover image) of the reissue an obscure dutch version entitled "Swinging organ sounds". If I'm not mistaken the only current available reissue of this album on CD is Collectable's, with the title misspelled ("I've got a women"), no bonus tracks and muddy sound. So it's time to get a cheap improved version, especially as it offers 5 or 6 bonus tracks from a later session with two guitarists.







Here's the link to pre-order it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swingin-Organ-Sounds-Jimmy-McGriff/dp/B077B7JKBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1512212979&sr=1-1&keywords=jimmy+mcgriff


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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1448 on: December 02, 2017, 08:54:58 PM »
Nice one GS,

I'm currently listening to this guy. Have you heard this yet?

https://youtu.be/rtW1S5EbHgU

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Re: What Are You Currently Listening To?
« Reply #1449 on: December 02, 2017, 09:11:43 PM »


thanks to Ian the egg man for the top tip of this fine platter. Great record