NATHAN DAVIS: STICK BUDDY (1976)

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Nathan Davis: Sticky Buddy, from If (Tomorrow Int’l, 1976)

Sad news: Nathan Davis just passed away this week. Like a lot of folks in the ’90s, I discovered Davis’ magnificent album, If via Luv N Haight comps and one story I always tell is that when I was a DJ at KALX, I realized they had an original copy of If and at the time, it was an LP that could have easily sold for $200+. I never stole, ever, a record from the KALX library but I always joked that […]

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A GUEST SET ON THE JAZZ ADVANCE SHOW

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This past Friday, I was a guest DJ for Jeffery Plankser’s Jazz Advance show on Dublab. Jeffery came up with “Blue Coolaid” to name this particular show as we spun soul-jazz tunes for two hours. It was an excuse for me to pull out some of my soul-jazz faves, both new and old. Listen here.

NINA SIMONE: TO LOVE SOMEBODY (1968)

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Nina Simone: To Love Somebody (RCA Victor, 1968)

This song absolutely slays. It’s a radical remake of The Bee-Gee’s original, taking a pleasant ballad and having Nina utterly flip into a high energy, uptempo jam. Every time I hear this, I just think “this is a monster.” Every. Time.

MINATURE ROCK JAZZ ORATORIALS FOR XMAS


Secret Santa: Christmas Medley
This is a reup of one of my favorite “wait, what?” holiday sonsgs: a medley of Christmas carols from a mid-70s LP out of Europe. I like how the announcer tries to explain, in very formal language, how the arranger here makes things funky.

Happy holidays everyone!

NUBIAN SMACKERS

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Roy Meriwether: Nubian Lady
From Nubian Lady/Live at the Magic Carpet (Stinger, 1973)

Just read the other day that Nature Sounds is reissuing Roy Meriwether’s 1973 private press jazz LP, Nubian Lady. I assumed I probably posted about this at some point but as it turns out…nope.

Nubian Lady sits somewhere in the pantheon of soul-jazz recordings alongside Nathan Davis’s If and The Overton Berry Ensemble’s live album. I have a very soft spot for acoustic soul-jazz – which it a slight breed apart from […]

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LES BAXTER: BUGALOO IN BLUE

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Les Baxter: Yellow Sun (GNP Crescendo, 1969, African Blue)

The term “exotica” always conjures up some swank ’60s bachelor pad, the kind with a well-designed hifi system, some mid-century modern furniture and a crystal decanter of liquor. I wasn’t alive when the genre was more popular but it’s hard to imagine that exotica wasn’t much more than a slightly sexed up variation of easy listening: something more often heard in banal suburban living rooms than a downtown corner condo. It was also one of the more prominent examples […]

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AUDIO-GENIC TELE-MUSIC

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Raymond Guiot: Oriental Vibrato (Tele-Music, 196?, Indicatifs)

Chatelain & Roy: La Parade Du Depart (Tele-Music, 196?, Un Tour De France)

I’ve said this on many occasions (here) but while I definitely don’t go out of my way to collect library records as a genre, I also don’t pass them by when I cross paths with a decent one. These two both came from my recent Paris trip (Tele-Music is a French library series) and while I didn’t score my main Tele-Music white whale, I wasn’t mad at […]

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LES FANTASISTES D’HAITI: IPNOZ

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Les Fantasistes D’Haiti: Panno Caye Nan Bois Chene (Celini, 196?, S/T)

Hypnotic spiritual jazz-esque biguine track out of Haiti. Vocalist Ansy Derose sounds amazing here. More info on the group here.

365 Days of Soul, #158

DIZZY GILLESPIE: BLOW YOUR HEAD

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Dizzy Gillespie: Manteca (America, 1974, The Source)

Dizzy first made “Manteca” famous back in the mid-1940s and it would become one of his most important recordings in terms of introducing Latin influences into American pop music (and obviously jazz).1 He’d go onto re-record the song many times throughout his career but if you’re looking for the funkiest one: here it is, recorded in France in ’73. Kenny Clarke is a beast on drums here but the whole rhythm section whips this into a jazz dance frenzy.

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MONTY ALEXANDER: MONTY DOES MARVIN

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Monty Alexander: Monticello (MPS, 1972, 7″)

Jazz single.

Speaking of undercover covers, this is such an obviously blatant flip on Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues,” it’s kind of boss that Monty tried to pass this off as his own original composition.

365 Days of Soul, #70