7 June 2007

THE AQUARIANS - JUNGLE GRASS
















Finally got my hands on a copy of this great lp masterminded by Vladimir Vassilieff and featuring Bobby Hutcherson.It has been posted in blogland but had a couple of tracks missing and was at a lower bit rate-192 .So I've ripped my vinyl copy at 320 and here it is in it's entirety.This one really grows on you and comes highly recommended with the OIR seal of approval.
And by the way who thinks Stereolab sound like they've had a good listen to The Gemini Twins vocals on The Aquarians ?

Musicians are:... Joe Pass (Guitar), Dave MacKay (Vocals), The Aquarians (Main Performer), Francisco Aguabella (Conga drums & Percussion), Stanley Gilbert (Bass), Carl Lott (Drums), Joe Roccisano (flute, alto flute & sax (Alto)), Vladimir Vassilieff (Piano), The Gemini Twins-(vocal) Vicky Hamilton (voice on 1, 6 & 7) Lynn Blessing(on 2 & 10)-(vibes); Stan Gilbert, Al Mckibbon(on 2 & 10)-(bass);
Recorded at Sunwest Recording Studio and Whitney Recording Studio in Hollywood, January 1969.

Part of the strange California zodiac pop funk scene, the Aquarians took astrology rock in several interesting and generally unexplored directions. While primarily the brainchild of composer, arranger, and pianist Vladimir Vassilieff, the Aquarians were actually a supergroup of talented jazz musicians. Featuring Stan Gilbert, a much in-demand bassist at the time, and the incomparable Afro-Cuban percussion of Francisco Aguabella, the Aquarians blended a one love hippie philosophy with smooth, Latin-tinged jazz. Their first, and only, album, Jungle Grass sounds close to related astrology rockers Friends of Distinction (which also featured Stan Gilbert) and the 5th Dimension. While evidencing a nominal interest in astrology, the tracks on Jungle Grass are, at the core, jazz with a heavy Afro-Cuban (evident in the percussion), and possibly a Brazilian Tropicalia (evident in the vocals), influence. On an album packed with talent, there are few solos and no showboating -- the performance of each member is subservient to the groove. On the opener, "Bayu-Bayu," Aguabella lays down several beautiful fills over the sing-song vocal. "Batakum" features nice sax work by Joe Roccisano playing under the sign of Pharoh Sanders. A solid but not explosive album, Jungle Grass is definitely an under appreciated effort and is currently sought after by certain DJs for its little sampled piano flourishes and percussion breaks. ~ Brian Whitener, All Music Guide

12 comments:

Clio said...

Whoa! Hutcherson and Stereolab mentioned in the same post. I know I'm gonna dig this one. Thanks!

Xtabay said...

Thanks for this gem I only had the incomplete version. By the way Xtabays World is now here: http://www.blognow.com.au/XtabaysWorld/

sulingman said...

Here is an awesome bit of steaming Latin music. I was hoping someone could identify it, as I haven't been able to figure who or what it is...
http://www.mediafire.com/?6zawdmmejzg

fslmy said...

cool stuff bacoso, ty

bacoso said...

sulingman-it is TEMPO 70 / EL GALLETON (MERICANA)

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso,

i spent the last three hours going over and over this album - why does this seem so familiar? has this ever been used in a rock opera or as part of a soundtrack?

this is santana-like but stereolab's arrangements played by this crew -

very hip and nice skin-work to boot!

cheers,

jazz-nekko

Ferdinand said...

Wow, what a great discovery!! Thanks for this breath of fresh air!!

lpalascak said...

thank you for this.. great album!

J Thyme...kind said...

Nice!!!

├×orfinnur said...

Didn't know this before. But as soon as it started rolling it sounded just right!

Mark said...

Hey, I produced the Aquarians album. Vladimir was pure genius, wrote all the songs, did the arrangements for each instrument, played the piano, and conducted the whole scene.

I picked the tunes and helped engineered the sound. Masters of the vinyl are gone as is my last copy of the album. Any chance I can buy one somewhere.
MARK SLOTKIN
sluggo90210@gmail.com

Kosta said...

Any chance for a reup of this rip?,,please