26 January 2008

ELVIN JONES . MASABUMI KIKUCHI - HOLLOW OUT


























Masabumi Kikuchi for Philips Japan from 1972.
Masabumi Kikuchi -Piano 、Gene Perla-Bass、Elvin Jones-Drums.
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.

Another first in blogland here at Orgy In Rhythm with this very rare trio outing from Masabumi Kikuchi and Elvin Jones.
This has been something of a holy grail for me having chased after it for years and never managing to secure a copy.Now thanks to an expensive cross cultural exchange it now sits in my collection at home.
At the time of recording Kikuchi was pianist for the Elvin Jones Group which also featured Gene Perla on bass and the three took the time out from touring to record this at Van Gelder Studios New Jersey .
I know little else about this album so better to leave the wonderful music to speak for itself.
Ripped @320 from the 1996 Japanese cd reissue.
My thanks to Jazz-neko for his efforts in sourcing this cd for me-cheers,my friend.

23 January 2008

JORGE LOPEZ RUIZ - BRONCA BUENOS ARIES























Jorge Lopez Ruiz reissued by Whatmusic.com originally from 1971.
HORACIO "CHIVO" BORRARO (sax), FERNANDO GELBARD (p), "POCHO" LAPOUBLE (dr), JORGE LOPEZ RUIZ (bass) plus CHOIR,ORCHESTRA and guests on HAMMOND ORGAN,ELECTRIC BASS & DRUMS.

The Cordobazo uprising: spoken poems set to heavyweight jazz.Highly Recommended.

It all started in 1966. Until then the only thing the Argentineans knew about violence was what they read in the newspapers. But then in the course of one of the habitual military “coup d´etats” something changed, and the violence that had been contained for so long exploded.
That fact was imprinted forever on our history by “El Cordobazo[1]”
“La Bronca[2]” [the anger] of a society that lost their freedom and even worse, the dignity of their own lives and work is what I’ve tried – humbly – to reflect in this work.
Today, that “Bronca” [anger] is still present even though we have twenty years of democracy and freedom behind us. The importance of social dignity and work has never been taken into account; the immense debt we have towards these two things has never been paid or acknowledged.
Jorge Lopez Ruiz

Dusty Groove:
A great set from Argentinean jazz bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz -- funky, cinematic big band swing and choral arrangements! The set is a four piece suite based on the writings of Jose Tcherkaski, featuring arrangements that range from big band with heavy horns and strings and a very late 60s/early 70s soundtrack feel, to intimate solo work from players that include Chivo Borraro on tenor sax and Fernando Gelbard on piano. It features spoken word bits that at a listen feel a lot like a 60s new wave film narration! It's got a lot of sweeping, cinematic funk things going on -- for great kinda early 70s soundtrack jazz vibe!

Ripped from the whatmusic.com cd reissue @320

13 January 2008

THE CHITINOUS ENSEMBLE DIRECTED BY PAUL BUCKMASTER - CHITINOUS

















The Chitinous Ensemble
Directed by Paul Buckmaster for Deram from 1971.
This has been one of my most listened to albums over the past few months.The strings just take it into another dimension (I know little about classical music but I guess the nearest comparison might be Ligeti) and there are similarities to the later "On The Corner"by Miles Davis on which Buckmaster was very influential.
Highly Recommended.

Here's an excellent write up about it from znrcds:
This long lost Brit-jazz release is a much sought-after collector's item as the original vinyl LP almost never turns up. Released in a small quantity in 1971 on the British Deram label (a Decca company), Chitinous has attained near legendary status amongst British jazz collectors. Many will remember Buckmaster from the pop/rock world as he arranged the strings and orchestral parts (and often played the cello, too!) on such famous recordings as David Bowie's "Space Oddity", The Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers", The Bee Gees "Odessa" and many Elton John albums including "Tumbleweed Connection" & "Madman Across the Water". In 1972 Buckmaster was introduced to jazz great Miles Davis which led to a friendship and to Buckmaster's involvement on Davis' landmark "On the Corner" album! Prog fans will know him from his soundtracks, too. He scored the infamous "MacBeth" (employing the Third Ear Band to play the music!) and more recently the high-profile "12 Monkeys" starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe & Brad Pitt! In addition to the usual "jazz" instrumentation of keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, sax & trumpet, this uses a large 'classical' ensemble of 18 violins, 5 violas, 7 cellists (including the solos played by Buckmaster himself), 2 doublebasses, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, bass clarinet, baritone sax, and percussion! Then there is the jazz-rock ensemble which reads like a who's who of Brit-jazz: Ian Carr (Nucleus)-trumpet & flugelhorn, Brian Smith (Nucleus)-soprano sax, Peter Robinson (Quatermass, Brand X)-electric piano, Dave Richmond (Manfred Mann) & Brian Odgers (Vangelis)-bass guitar and John Marshall (Nucleus, Soft Machine)-drums - among others!!! Musically this is best described as the perfect marriage of contemporary classical music & the world of jazz-rock. Hints at Nucleus or Soft Machine here & there, some hints at Miles Davis' electric work (which was certainly a general influence on Buckmaster's work) and the classical elements are certainly influenced by a myriad of composers of the latter half of the 20th century. Certainly this was very avant-garde for 1971 and doesn't really sound that dated today. And it is, for something described as a marriage of jazz-rock & 20th century classical music, much more restrained and even beautiful than that might make you think. In conclusion it is fair to say that if you are a fan of British jazz-rock or the Brit-jazz scene then you will simply love this album. If you are a fan of fusion or adventurous rock music then you should know that this is closer to Miles Davis than it is to Brand X. Especially if you love the marriage of an orchestra with the jazz or rock world in a very integral way, that is to say not just window dressing like strings on an Elton John album, then this is right up your alley! BTW, Chitinous (pronounced like the word kite) comes from chitin meaning the "substance forming horny cover of beetles & crustaceans".

This was reissued in 2005 on cd by Vocalion and is still widely available at a very reasonable price.If you enjoy it please try and buy a copy if only for the truly excellent sleeve notes.
Ripped @320 from the Vocalion cd reissue.

DIZZY GILLESPIE - THE NEW CONTINENT
























Dizzy Gillespie with compositions and arrangements by Lalo Schifrin for Limelight from 1962.


Bass - Buddy Clark , Chris White (3) Conductor - Benny Carter Drums - Mel Lewis , Rudy Collins
French Horn - Ches Thompson* , Luis Kant , Stewart Rensey Guitar - Al Henrickson Percussion - Emil Richards , Francisco Aquabella , Larry Bunker Piano - Lalo Schifrin Reeds - Bill Hood , Bill Perkins , Charlie Kennedy , James Moody , Phil Woods Trombone - Frank Rosolino , Kenny Shroyer , Mike Barone , Bob Edmondson* Trumpet - Al Porcino , Conte Candoli , Dizzy Gillespie , Ray Triscari , Stu Williamson Tuba - Red Callender
Written-By, Arranged By - Lalo Schifrin

The New Continent was the last original work composed by Schifrin for Gillespie during his two years on tour as pianist for Dizzy's quintet.It was first performed at the September 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival with an orchestra conducted by Benny Carter.At two sessions,before and after the festival,it was recorded in Hollywood.Lalo's final performance with Dizzy was a repeat of this work with an ensemble at Lincoln Centre in New York.
It consists of six movements and much of Schifrin's later to become characteristic sound is to be heard here.Excellent playing by Gillespie and the ensemble make this,in my opinion,an under-rated lp which should be better known.
This made a cd reissue in Japan some years ago-I have ripped this post from the original vinyl @320.

KENNY BARRON - THE GOLDEN LOTUS
















Kenny Barron for Muse from 1980.

John Stubblefield-Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)Buster Williams-Bass Steve Nelson-Vibraphone
Ben Riley-Drums Kenny Barron-Piano
Solid 1980 session with the always vibrant, challenging pianist Kenny Barron and the underrated saxophonist John Stubblefield in fiery form. Steve Nelson began generating interest on vibes with his playing on this session ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

A great Kenny Barron side for Muse, one of the best from a label that has a lot of remarkable sleepers on it. Like the best Muse sides, this set does a great job of straddling the line between forward looking modal playing and relaxed soul jazz, combining the best elements of both. And as you might imagine from the title, there is a bit of spiritual and eastern influence creeping in on some of the numbers-Dusty Groove

Ripped @320 from the now deleted 32jazz cd reissue

6 January 2008

JOHNNY GRIFFIN - LADY HEAVY BOTTOM'S WALTZ























Johhny Griffin for Vogue from 1968.
Benny Bailey (tp, flh) Ake Persson (tb) Johnny Griffin (ts) Sahib Shihab (bars) Francy Boland (p) Jimmy Woode (b) Kenny Clare, Kenny Clarke (d)Produced and directed by Gigi Campi.
Koln, West Germany, August 27, 1968
When Francy Boland formed his big band together with Kenny Clarke in 1962 it was based on the principle of using the best available musicians from Europe plus any stellar US players who happened to be on tour in Europe.Johnny Griffin was thus adopted into the reed section of the all star line up for the following 11 years.This album presents a small group offering from the band fronted by Griffin,with the co-leaders acting as sidemen,and was cut the day before the magnificent"Latin Kaleidoscope"(previously posted here).
This will cost you a fair few quid if you want one-check out popsike for some of the recent auction prices.
Ripped from the original vinyl @320.

4 January 2008

BILLY WOOTEN - IN THIS WORLD





















Billy Wooten and Special Friends for APS from 1979.
Wonderful piece of super rare soulful jazz from Billy Wooten to kick off a freestyling 2008 here at Orgy In Rhythm.
Two files-here and here.
Dusty Groove :
One of the most soul-based records ever cut by vibist Billy Wooten -- a record that's even tighter and more focused than his work with The Wooden Glass or 19th Whole! The album's got Billy and other vocalists singing along with his vibes and marimba -- over the top of tightly vamping rhythms by the combo, served up with a breezy, jazzy approach that's totally great. There's plenty of warm changes in the rhythms -- almost in the style of Bobby Hutcherson's work of the same time, but a fair bit more varied overall as well -- thanks to some unusual material included by Wooten in the set. Vocals are by Wooten, Joy Smith, and Funda Cooper -- and other instrumentation includes alto sax, flute, guitar, bass, drums, and plenty of percussion

PRODUCED BY VIBRAHARPIST BILLY WOOTEN OF THE WOODEN GLASS, FEATURES STEVE WEAKLEY [FORMERLY WITH FUNK, INC] ON GUITAR AND OLIVER NELSON JR {FLUTE}. SUPPORTING MUSICIANS INCLUDE PERCUSSIONIST JACK GILFOY [OF THE HENRY MANCINI ORCHESTRA], JONATHAN WOOD[BASS],JOZELL CARTER[DRUMS],JULIUS ADENIYI [NIGERIAN DRUMMER],FUNDER COOPER [VOCALS SOMEBODY'S CALLIN MY NAME],JOY SMITH [VOCALS IN THIS WORLD]AND OLIVER NELSON, JR [FLUTE/ALTO SAX].
Reissued in Japan on cd and vinyl (which sold out quickly-still on ebay for steep prices).
Expect to pay between 70 and 150 quid for an original.
Ripped @320 from the japanese cd reissue.
Don't sleep on this one-it's gonna go fast !

TERUMASA HINO - MAY DANCE

















Terumasa Hino for JVC from 1977.
Kosta has ripped this for inclusion in the jap jazz series-cheers kosta !
Ron Carter Bass
Terumasa Hino Trumpet, Main Performer
John Scofield Guitar
Tony Williams Drums

This is the last post in the series.
No themes for a few months - going freestyle for now !

TOKI AND SAMBA FRIENDS - BRASIL



















Hidefumi Toki for RCA Japan from 1981.
Another monster slab of Jap jazz samba fusion from the early 80s - nearly every cut a winner but"Maracana" and the manic "Morena" are pick of the bunch- all killer no filler!Recommended.
Dusty Groove on the case:
Saxophonist Hidefumi Toki works here with his "Samba Friends" -- a great group of mixed Japanese and Brazilian players, all grooving in the style you'd expect from the title! The sound is a wonderful blend of Japanese fusion and Brazilian jazz -- headed by Toki's excellent work on soprano and alto sax, and augmented by electric piano from Helio Celso, guitar from Yoshiro Nakamura, drums from Armando Araujo, and percussion from Francis Silva -- plus a bit of vocals from Lelia Maria, who brings a nicely sunny sound to the set! The feel is almost like some of the best Brazilian-influenced jazz sets from the west coast in the 70s -- handled with a quality that's never cheesy, and a groove that's always breezy.
Limited expensive cd reissue from Japan or it's hunt out a pricey vinyl original.
1.MARACANA
2.MORENA
3.AQUARELA DO BRASIL
4.RECADO
5.DINDI
6.TIJUCA
7.MINHA SAUDADE

NAOYA MATSUOKA AND WESING - SON










Naoya Matsuoka
and Wesing for Warners Japan from 1980.
Back from the Christmas and New Year break with the last couple of posts for the Japanese jazz theme here at Orgy In Rhythm .This one's for Sheldon.
Chances are if you were around the jazz dance/jazz funk scene of the early 80s in the UK you'll have heard of Naoya Matsuoka at the very least through the Pacific Jam lp on Discomate which he masterminded.(previously posted here 18 months ago).More about Matsuoka and Wesings prolific output can be discovered at jazzpage and his website here.
This album is a pretty typical slice of 80s Japanese funky latin fusion-however Matsuoka brought in a super heavyweight latin rhythm section for three tunes-Tito Puente,Johny Rodriguez,Patato and Andy Gonzalez and the results are spectacular on the firing latin bomb "Descarga".
Ripped from the original vinyl @320-no reissues.
I have a further 6 Matsuoka albums including both the live doubles if this one sparks anyones interest.