Eddie Hazel – Rest In P (1994) (P-Vine Records PCD-2884)

Eddie Hazel – “Rest In P”
1994 P-Vine Records PCD-2884
Released in Japan

Eddie Hazel would have turned 70 years old in April of this year.  This collection of rarities by Hazel is a delight for longtime fans and should impress the neophyte, though I wouldn’t recommend it for the totally uninitiated – those people should start with the first three Funkadelic albums, then Standing On The Verge of Getting It On, and then his solo album Games, Dames, and Guitar Thangs.   (More comments below the break) Continue reading

Jackson do Pandeiro – Raízes Nordestinas (1999)

Jackson do Pandeiro – Raízes Nordestinas
1999 EMI / Copacabana326 520558 2

Tonight is the night honoring São João, St. John the Baptist.  It’s a very traditional holiday in northeast Brazil and this blog used to have a tradition of São João and Festa Junina-themed posts at this time of the year.  But with everything else going on in the world, and the tragiclusterfuck that is Brazil under fascist fan-boy Bozonazi, I honestly didn’t even notice how quickly June has whizzed by.  So here is a rather generic, eleventh-hour post for São João, with a generic compilation of the great Jackson do Pandeiro.  So generic is this post that I am not going to say anything about the repertoire, the sound, the songwriting credits, none of it.

1 Sebastiana (Rosil Cavalcanti)
2 Forró Em Limoeiro (Edgar Ferreira)
3 Um A Um (Edgar Ferreira)
4 Cabo Tenório (Rosil Cavalcanti)
5 Coco Social (Rosil Cavalcanti)
6 Dezessete Na Corrente (Edgard Ferreira/Manoel Firmino Alves)
7 Cajueiro (Jackson do Pandeiro/Raimundo Baima)
8 Cumpadre João (Jackson do Pandeiro/Rosil Cavalcanti)
9 Coco de Improviso (Edson Menezes/Alventino Cavalcanti/Jackson do Pandeiro)
10 Xote De Copacabana (Jackson do Pandeiro)
11 O Crime Não Compensa (Genival Macedo/Eleno Clemente)
12 Meu Patrão (José Gomes/Riachão)
13 A Mulher Do Aníbal (Genival Macedo/Nestor de Paula)
14 Boi Tungão (Jackson do Pandeiro)
15 No Quebradinho (Marçal Araújo/José dos Prazeres)
16 O Canto da Ema (Alventino Cavalcanti/Aires Viana/João do Vale)
17 Moxotó (Rosil Cavalcanti/José Gomes)
18 Forró Em Caruaru (Zé Dantas)
19 Rosa (Rui de Morais E Silva)
20 Vou Gargalhar (Edgar Ferreira)

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Freedom Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82 (Soul Jazz Records 219)

Various Artists – Freedom Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82
2009 Soul Jazz Records

I apologize for my absence during these challenging times of turmoil.  The truth is I am exhausted by everything happening in the world, but not anywhere near as exhausted as my black friends, especially those in the United States.  I feel like those who know me, know where I stand. Continue reading

Al Jarreau – Glow (1976)

 

Al Jarreau – Glow
1976 Reprise MS2248
This reissue, late-80’s German CD pressing

There has been another round of recent deaths of talented people in the arts, and I might be tempted to print another list here or to work up a bunch of “tribute” posts on this blog.  But my last post here was a bit ‘heavy’ and I thought I would change things up again for something more upbeat and life-affirming.  If you are the kind of person who sees the tag “vocal jazz” and are about to skip this post, please reconsider.  Many of the best jazz vocalists use their instrument to compliment an ensemble rather than dominate it, and the early Al Jarreau records fall into that camp.  Anyone who only knows Jarreau from his slicker, pop-oriented records from the 1980’s might even be taken aback but just how extremely funky his earlier work could be, yet he was always attuned to popular but soulful melodies that were ripe for improvisational riffing.  Continue reading

Henry Cow – Western Culture (1978) (Interzone 1980)

Henry Cow
Western Culture
1980 Interzone IZ 1001
Original UK release – 1978 Broadcast Records

May Day, 2020.  Not long ago, the hashtag #notdying4WallStreet was trending on Twitter, as Vulture Capitalism quite literally proposed killing untold thousands to buoy their stock portfolios.  And this week a conglomeration of far-right Christians praying for the next apocalypse to spew forth from their divine vehicle’s tanning bed puckered sphincter-larynx, in a suicidal love-tryst with armed angry white men posing on the steps of capitol buildings demanding that a phantasmagorical Deep State restore their God-given right to choose between Coke and Pepsi.  After the revolution comes (the real one, not this bullshit), the first edition of the New Dictionary of the Year Zero will have an entry for “alienation” displaying  photos of these people with their banners equating “Freedom” with the right to wage slavery.  Continue reading