James Gilstrap – Love Talk (1976) (Roxbury Records RLX 105)

James Gilstrap – Love Talk 1976 Roxbury Records RLX 105 Jim Gilstrap is better known as a backup singer, but Stevie Wonder fans might know him for singing the first verse of “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”, which also makes him the first voice you hear on the epic Talking Book.  His name appears on tons of albums. You can see a partial list of his session credits here , where you can see that he was very … Continue reading

Airto – Fingers (1973) (CTI Records 6028)

Airto – Fingers Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  Art scans at 300 dpi 1.4GB (24/192) | 865 MB (24/96) CTI Records 6028| Genre: Fusion, Latin Jazz, Jazz Rock This post was intended to go up over the weekend as a commemoration to wrap up the Festas Juninas.  “Fingers” is really is a masterpiece from Airto Moreira, one of the progenitors of jazz fusion, with lots of help from future members of the Uruguayan group Opa and, of … Continue reading

Som Três – Som Três Show (1968) (BOM24183)

Som Tres – Som Tres Show (1968) Original: 1968 Odeon MOFB 3541 Reissue: 2010 Bomba Records, Japan – BOM24183 Originally Odeon MOFB 3541 1. Leonardo 2. Falsa Baiana 3. Amazonas (Keep Talking) 4. The World Goes On 5. The Look Of Love 6. Frevo Rasgado 7. Jungle 8. Sá Marina 9. Watch What Happens 10. Emília 11. Balanço Zona Sul

Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Change Up The Groove (1974)

Roy Ayers Ubiquity Change Up The Groove Polydor PD 6032 This record probably gets overlooked a bit in favor of the Ubiquity releases that preceded it, but it is solid album.  Any record with Pretty Purdie on the drum kit is a solid album though, amiright? Soulful covers of Stevie Wonder, the Theme From MASH, and Roberta Flack are peppered among the originals. In fact, the latter artist – represented by Eugene McDaniels’ “Feel Like Makin’ Love” – is a … Continue reading

Dora Lopes – Enciclopédia da Gíria (1957 Mocambo)

Dora Lopes – Enciclopédia da Gíria Mocambo / Rozenblit 1957 Is this a Pride Month post?  Sort of, because Dora Lopes was possibly the first “out” singer in Brazilian popular music.   But this record was  before anyone outside Rio scenesters knew or cared about her sexuality, and even before she was the proprietor of O Caixotinho, one of Rio’s first lesbian nightclubs that served the Copacabana area beginning in the second half of the 60s.  This 1957 album is notable … Continue reading