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

ROYALE JAZZ TRIO: UNDERCOVER COVER

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Royale Jazz Trio: Routine (Roper, 1977, Modern Jazz Elementary

Dance instruction album.

A cool little jazz dance album that features a slew of cover songs masquerading as different dance practice numbers. “Routine” is, of course, “Django.” There’s also covers of “Theme De Yoyo” and “A Night In Tunisia.”

365 Days of Soul, #69

BADBADNOTGOOD: FEISTY

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BADBADNOTGOOD: Limit To Your Love (Self-released, 2012, BBNG2)

Pop and hip-hop influenced jazz album.

I was ready to move onto something else but I love that this is a cover (James Blake) of a cover (Feist).1

365 Days of Soul, #67

You can tell they’re riffing off the Blake version given how the signature piano chords begin both songs, unlike on the Feist original. ↩

BADBADNOGGOOD: BAD NOT MEANING GOOD

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BADBADNOTGOOD: The World Is Yours/Brooklyn Zoo (Self-release, 2011, BBNG)

Hip-hop influenced jazz album.
If I remember this correctly, someone at the sampling workshop that Thes and I put together asked what we thought of hip-hop instrumental remakes by jazz bands, citing BBNG as one example. I said I hadn’t heard their work but that, on principle, it always seemed like an odd idea since odds are, a jazz remake wasn’t going to improve upon the instrumental of the original.

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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION: JAZZ-FONK

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Spontaneous Combustion: Steppin’ Loose (Spontaneous Combustion, 1979, 7″)

Jazz-funk single out of St. Louis.

I certainly don’t go out of my way to collect jazz-funk records the way I used to back in the late ’90s and early ’00s but I still have a soft spot for the sound. From what I can gather, this is Freddy G. “Boom Boom” Washington’s outfit, back when he was based in St. Louis.

365 Days of Soul, #51