29 August 2009


Takeshi Inomata for Columbia Japan from 1970.
Takeshi Inomata (Drums & Percussion) Jun Suzuki (Electric Bass)
Shigetok Kamiya (Electric Guitar) Ryo Kawasaki (Electric Guitar)
Sho Imai (Trombone & Bass Trombone) Shigemichi Dohmoto (Trombone & Bass Trombone)
Takao Uematsu (Tenor Sax & Soprano Sax)
Fantastic lp of funky jazz from the Columbia issued Groovy Sound Series.
No idea who plays on it as the credits are all in Japanese but it's a monster session.
Check out "Mustache" and "Tak's Tune" for some severe beats from drummer/leader Takeshi Inomata.
All Killer No Filler - Highly Recommended!

18 August 2009


Hideo Shiraki for Teichiku Japan from 1961.
Rare super tough hard bop session from Japan featuring the killer koto led and drum driven bomb "In Fiesta".
Reissued in Japan by Kyoto Jazz Massive for Think in a blink and miss it moment back in 2005 but now out of print.
The old Dusty Groove blurb:
A brilliant early album from Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki a jazz session that bristles with the same intensity as key late 50s work by Benny Golson or Gigi Gryce! Although Hideo's leading the group on drums, his work on the kit is remarkably subtle done with the snappingly rhythmic style that marked some of Golson's best modern experiments of a few years before not nearly as bombastic as his stint with Art Blakey, and more in the rhythmically stepping quality of his work with Art Farmer in the Jazztet. Key players on the session include Hidehiko Matsumoto on tenor and flute and Yuzuru Sera on piano both of whom give the album a fluid grace that's really beautiful soulful edges that allow the record to stand equally next to anything coming out of the US at the time. One track features a bit of koto at the start -- echoing Shiraki's later world jazz experiments but most of the set is straight modern hardbop, with tracks that include "Blue Romeo", "Etude No 1", "Just One Or Eight", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and Benny Golson's "Five Spot After Dark".

14 August 2009


Lloyd McNeill for Baobab from 1976.
Lloyd McNeill-Flute ; Dom Salvador-Piano ; Cecil McBee-Bass ; Portinho , Brian Brake-Drums ; Ray Armando-Percussion.

One for the flute freaks on a private press out of NYC.
Heavy Brazilian infuences at work on this wonderful spiritual jazz session from the great Lloyd McNeill.Two originals,one standard and a cracking version of Salvador's "Salvation Army" which featured on Dom's '76 Muse debut "Minha Familia"(Available at Ile Oxumare).
Here's some info on Lloyd McNeill from the excellent Hipwax:
The first thing to know about Lloyd McNeill is that his are the very best soul-jazz flute LPs, and each is first-rate, a masterpiece of self-direction. The second thing to know is there is much more to him than his recorded legacy. He is one of those incredible, super-sensitive people who excels at every artistic idiom and endeavor; making wonderful music is just part of his flowing creativity. A professor (at Rutgers University, earlier Dartmouth), he has much to say about music and creativity as well as an impeccable gift for saying it...sensibly. McNeill's writings on his musical experiences provide invaluable documents of "the period" (late 1960s-1970s) as well as a rare glimpse at the joy of a relatively unsung master.
McNeill has played with jazz legends --Andrew White (his longtime collaborator/producer), Eric Dolphy, Sabu Martinez, Mulatu Astatke, among many others-- and he has had a significant hand in the arts scene of Washington, D.C. The major galleries of art, including those of the Smithsonian, sponsored multi-media "happenings" that soared far above the hippie caricature of acid rock with light show. During the first flowering of post-Civil Rights, African-American culture, the Lloyd McNeill Quartet's improvisitory, simultaneuous jazz and large-scale painting "happened" while a lucky, perhaps unsuspecting public drank it in.
McNeill believes his influences and their results in his art, music, and poetry are inseparable and mutually reinforcing. Time spent with Picasso in Cannes, 1965 led to new expressions in all three, for instance. And when one brushes against a force such as Picasso, just the idea of "meeting Picasso" has a certain momentum, never mind the inevitable casting of rays of a different kind of light. Canvas, vinyl, the stage, paper, and books of poetry offer a few key imprints of McNeill, and McNeill consistently pays tribute to many illustrious peers.
There are six albums, all produced and entirely under the artist's control. Each title surpasses anything comparable on the major labels, even Blue Note. The Black Jazz label may be roughly similar in style, but Asha and Baobab are wholly Lloyd McNeill. The records reflect none of the usual external trends from the decade in which they were recorded; all sound like 1971 rather than 1979. The final record even reprises the first (the exotic, broodingly moody "Asha"), and the sound throughout remains somewhat interchangeable and timeless. But each record has its own themes and currents, and even improvisation has its signatures and fingerprints.
Buying: Long out of print, collectors items, Lloyd McNeill records should be snapped up on sight. Hip Wax is pleased to offer two titles for which limited stock remains here.
Warning - McNeill lps can be damaging to the wallet.