SUPER JAZZ DES JEUNES: HAITIANO/CUBANO JAZZ

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Super Jazz Des Jeunes: Ti Grog Moin (IBO, 1963, 20ème Anniversaire)

Afro-Cuban jazz out of Haiti.

One of Haiti’s big orchestra/jazz outfits, dating back to the 1940s. Supposedly inventors of what became called “Voudou jazz.” I love this track’s combo of slow grooving Cuban rhythms and the big brass section.

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BERLIN TOWNSHIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND: KID BOP

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Berlin Township Elementary School Stage Band: Salsoul Hustle (private, 1977, A Rhythm Fiesta)

Private press elementary school stage band album out of Camden, New Jersey.

I don’t know about the bands at your elementary school, but these NJ kids were kind of killing it. At this point in the ’70s, stage bands everywhere were playing with funky/fusion tunes but I’m most impressed at the mature sense of polyrhythm this group already had at an early age.

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MELODIYA ENSEMBLE: EASTERN GROOVES

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Melodiya Ensemble: Why Am I Treated So Bad? (Melodiya, 1973)

Soviet jazz album.

Melodiya was the state-run music label in the USSR and the Melodiya Ensemble was made up of musicians taken from across the Soviet empire in that era. Apparently, Cold War tensions weren’t so great to stop these folks from recording any number of Western tunes, including “Aquarius” and this, a cover of the Staple Singers (though I feel like the band was likely more under the sway of the James Brown version).

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GRAB BAG – FEB. 2014

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Dagnabbit, I meant to do one of these for January but then the month up and flew by me and now it’s the end of February. Anyways…for this month’s grab bag, I’m still drawing from some leftovers from 2013 that I’m only now catching up on plus the usual assortments of recent arrivals and the like.

Art Farmer: Soulsides
From Gentle Eyes (Mainstream, 1972)

Ok…so I only just got this album recently despite the fact that it has a song called “Soulsides”. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard […]

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PRIVATE PILE: SNOW TO RAIN

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BJ Coulson: Squib Cakes + When I’m Kissin’ My Love
From Live at the Elkhorn (Edgar, 197?)

So I was hanging out with my friend Andy last night and he and his partner Lisa spend a lot up of time up in Idaho (long story). Anyways, Andy is a consummate digger, especially with thrift stores and he was saying, “hey, I have this LP for you that I always see in the thrift stores up there. It’s this really bad, private press lounge album.”

(Note: in most cases, all you […]

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