Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Freestyle records have a bit of a treat for all you fans of the UK Jazzfunk era with this album release from The Baker Brothers - (Dan & Rich Baker and Chris Pedley). Some of us are old enough to have had the pleasure of hearing these tracks the first time around at venues up and down the UK. and this album has some iconic tunes to really hit the spot for people traditionally into this music or fans of the more recent retro soul/funk genre. Take some classic soul & funk dance tunes from that period, let the lads do their stuff from scratch and add some great vocalists and there you have "Avid Sounds". Vanessa Freeman vocal of the classic `Family Tree`is the stand out track for me however being a huge Gil Scot Heron fan, the `Lady Jane & John Coltrane` also shines. These tunes have been treated with all due respect and recreated with The Baker Brothers own style. Their version of the Backbyrds `Rock Creek Park` and the funk groove of `Shack Up` also contribute to the overall Jazzfunk theme.Well worth checking out.

01. Family Tree feat. Vanessa Freeman
02. Shack Up
03. Couldn't Get It Right
04. Space Funk
05. If You Want Me To Stay feat. Hamish Stuart
06. Street Player feat. Talc
07. Rock Creek Park
08. Lady Day & John Coltrane
09. Fly Like An Eagle feat. Matt Mcnaughton
10. Cola Bottle Baby
11. The Mexican feat. Katie Holmes

Freestyle Records & sound samples 

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Produced by Lo Greco bros (Soulstance / Schema Records) together with Nick Recordkicks, Milano Jazz-Dance Combo is a new project heavily inspired by the great UK Jazz-dance scene of the early 80s and by all the real dancefloor jazz movements of the past 3 decades. On the album you'll find 13 tracks of hot, fast and furious jazz-dance madness, full of rhythm, horns, percussions and groove. This is dancefloor jazz for true music lovers. This is one of those must have albums. Great reviews on the Myspace page etc. Keep your eye on these tracks, some great vocals.

Milano Jazz-Dance Combo - out october 12th, 2009 on Record Kicks

Milano Jazz-Dance Combo - s/t
(CD/LP/Digital) Record Kicks RKX027, 2009-10-12

Tracklisting :
01. Much More feat. Colonel Red
02. Don't Cry feat. Dionne Charles
03. Feelin Good feat. Katherine Ruestow
04. Just In Time feat. Alice Ricciardi
05. Sam Blues
06. Goodbye feat. Felix
07. Broken Rose feat. Roxie Ray
08. Iperbole
09. Please Don't Go feat. Katherine Ruestow
10. Turn Up The Heat
11. Sweet Love feat. Dionne Charles
12. Beat Under My Skin feat. Roxie Ray
13. Changes feat. Colonel Red

Link To Samples On Myspace 

Friday, 18 September 2009

Cesars Salad - The Latin beat CD

Liberated Brpther
Batucada Surgiu

I heard the samples of this album on Juno and couldn`t wait to get my mitts on it. A small combo of  four players with a full heavy Latin beat sound. Cesar Granados is the Percussionist (Congas), that pulls it all together and joining him is Halo Von Hadeln on drums, Jerker Kluge on bass & Jo Junghanss on piano. They have chosen some classic Latin tunes to interpetate from artists as Mongo Santamaria , Marcos Valle, Kenny Dorham etc. Dorham`s `Afrodisia` has always been a fave of mine, hence the name Fro-Disia, and this is an good version with some great congas. Other highligts are `Manteca` (which I first heard done by Dizzy Gillespie),  and probably the most easily recognised tune being their version of Valle`s `Batucada Surgiu`, more commonly assocoated as the Sergio Mendes track `Batucada`. No singing on any of these tracks so you have been warned. In the rightplace these tracks could go down well with a more traditional Dance Jazz crowd. Worth the pennies.


Monday, 14 September 2009

The Five Corners Quintet in Manchester

Manchesters Band On The Wall has recently been re-opened after a full refurbishment. It has long been a venue with a history of showcasing great jazz/soul/funk and world music artists and I chuffed to bits it has once again put itself back on the map. Artist selection for our genre of music is overseen by none other than JazzFM`s Mike Chadwick. Along with other artists he has played a blinder for the North West UK and booked one of Europe`s premier jazz groups and giants of dance floor jazz - The Five Corners Quintet from Helsinki. They will be appearing on Wednesday October 14th at an incredable ticket price of £12.50. Big up to Mike for this. These guys are not to be missed. The quality of the individuals in the group are exceptional. Teppo Mäkynen (drums/bandleader), Timo Lassy (sax), Jukka Eskola (trumpet), Mikael Jakobsson (piano), and Antti Lötjönen (double bass). Lassy & Esckola are individual artists in their own right. This is an amazing oportunity to see this group. My tickets booked.

link to Band On The Wall

Colin Curtis Classic Dance jazz mix

this mix was put together for 2 reasons, to celebrate the launch of mark cotgrove’s (snowboy to you and me) new book on the uk underground jazz dance scene between the 70’s and early 90’s’ - ‘from jazz funk & fusion to acid jazz’ in the book he pays tribute to artists, dj’s and dancers. heavily featured is the influential dj, colin curtis. since he started dj’n in the 60’s colin has stepped easily between northern soul, modern soul, jazz, jazz funk and soulful house. his knowledge on music is awesome to say the least. i have the pleasure to call him my friend. the second reason therefore is to provide a sample of the jazz he was playing at the time and you may then understand what a great time we had attending venues such as blackpool mecca, the ritz all dayers (manchester), rafters (manchester), and the berlin (manchester), plus others. he still djs up and down the country at soul venues and including with us at any fro-disia session. we hope you enjoy it. all comments will be passed on to colin - teecee

01 rare silk - new york afternoon
02 reverie - in every way
03 eddie jefferson - jeaninne
04 duke pearson - stormy
05 quartette tres bien - boss tres bien
06 jackie & roy - dont be blue
07 raices - parata gua gua
08 flora purim - casa forte
09 airto - toque de cuica
10 jon lucien - listen love
11 tobe - samba for heino r
12 jon hendricks - i bet you thought i’d never find you
13 joanne grauer - see you later
14 victor feldman - skippin
15 mike campbell - and it all goes round…
16 jimmy cobb - so that nobody else can hear

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Fro-Disia September 09 mix

The latest Fro-Disia mix by Teecee.

Doctor Jazz Universal Remedy - vixen
Timo Lassy - the more I look at you
The Quiet Orchestra - Helsinki (Nils Krogh mix)
Lorenzo Tucci - sky
Roy Ayers/Bah Samba - positive vibe
Adani & Wolf - take my hand
The Muthafunkas - galaxy
Valique - trouble girl (Basement Freaks mix)
Flat Three - sesso brillante (Mooon remix)
Ida Yashushi - a certain peace
Los Amigos Invisibles - mambo chimbo
Nicola Conte/ Gianaluca Petrella - new standard
The Five Corners Quintet
Santucci Sccopa - walking fast
Eliane Elias - kissed by nature.

The Five Corners Quintet feature twice on this mix. Their great track `blueprint` and from their very own Timo Lassy `the more I look at you` featuring the vocals of Jose James. Some quite heavy dance floor funk tracks in the middle to add to the mix of styles. The fave track for me being Flat Three `sesso brillante` the Mooon remix (not a spelling mistake). Great in the bands original version but this is an excellent remix. First heard on a difficult to get Japanese compilation album Jazz Floor Japanese Club Jazz For Real People, but now available on a 12".

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