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.

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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

JO JO SMITH: BUST A COMBO

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Jo Jo Smith: Combinations (Hoctor, 197?, Jazz Dance Today)

Jazz dance instructional album.

There’s at least three kinds of collectible Hoctor LPs: the ones where then-current pop songs were being covered, the ones where folks created original songs, and then these: the most “dance instructional” ones where where you have long tracks that don’t function so much as conventional songs as they rhythm tracks for dancers to practice over. And in that regard, this album is one of the best you’ll find by Hoctor. Breaks, piano, […]

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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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