2017/04/24

Sarah Vaughan/Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954)

An American jazz vocalist born in 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, known for her beautiful voice of wide range, Sarah Vaughan's album recorded in 1954 with trumpeter Clifford Brown (EmArcy). Originally titled "Sarah Vaughan", and later re-issued under the title of "Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown". You can enjoy every minute of her enchanting singing pop standards, such as "Lullaby of Birdland" (composed by George Shearing), "April in Paris" (composed by Vernon Duke), "Embraceable You" (composed by George Gershwin), and "September Song" (composed by Kurt Weill), with her ever-changing voice in her mature period. "Lullaby of Birdland" including scat is famous as her excellent performance.

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

2017/04/18

The Pretty Things/S.F. Sorrow (1968)

A British rock band formed in Kent, England in 1963, The Pretty Things's fourth album. A masterpiece of melodic British psychedelic rock including strings, winds, sitar, organ and chorus, which is different from their early garage rock style. The first "rock opera" album released before the Who's "Tommy" (1969). A concept album which consists of a song cycle about the life of the main character Sebastian F. Sorrow. Produced by Norman Smith, who worked with The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

S.F. Sorrow

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2017/04/13

Curtis Mayfield/Superfly (1972)

The third studio album (#1 on the US album charts) by Curtis Mayfield, an American singer-songwriter who worked with the Impressions in the late 1950s and 1960s, and worked as a solo artist since the 1970s, and had a great influence on music scenes around soul and R&B. Released as the original soundtrack for the blaxploitation film "Superfly" (1972). One of the masterpieces of the 1970s soul/funk, along with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". Elegant and gorgeous sound including Curtis Mayfield's falsetto vocals, sophisticated arrangements of strings and horns, and wah-wah guitar. Includes two instrumental tracks. Includes singles, "Freddie's Dead" (#4 on the US charts) and "Superfly" (#8 US). All the songs written, composed and produced by Curtis Mayfield.

Superfly

2017/04/07

A Tribe Called Quest/The Low End Theory (1991)

An American hip hop group formed in 1985 in Queens, New York, known as one of the leaders of the Native Tongues school, A Tribe Called Quest's second album (#45 on the US album charts). A significant album in the history of hip hop, which fused hip-hop and jazzy atmosphere and had a great influence on later east coast hip hop. Minimalist and funky sound emphasizing deep and low-pitched sounds of double bass. Includes singles, "Check the Rhime" (#1 on the US rap charts), "Jazz (We've Got)" and "Scenario". "Verses from the Abstract" features jazz double bassist Ron Carter.

The Low End Theory

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2017/03/30

Sabu/Palo Congo (1957)

An American conguero (conga player) and percussionist known for his participation in recordings of Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson and Art Blakey, Sabu (Sabu Martinez)'s first album as leader (Blue Note). A classical masterpiece of Afro-Cuban music/Latin jazz including Cuban rumba and son styles. Featuring primitive rhythms and polyrhythm of Latin percussion (conga, bongo), vocals, chanting, and Cuban music giant Arsenio Rodríguez's guitar (tres). Close to pure Afro-Cuban music and African ritual music rather than modern jazz. "El Cumbanchero" featuring Sabu's vocals is a cover of Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández's popular song.

Palo Congo

2017/03/23

Steely Dan/Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)

An American rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1972 and led by Donald Fagen (piano, electric piano, plastic organ, vocals) and Walter Becker (electric bass, vocals), Steely Dan's debut album (#17 on the US album charts). More pop and song-oriented sound than their later albums. Sophisticated music in the soft rock style, including the elements of R&B, jazz rock, folk rock and Latin music. The only Steely Dan album that includes the songs featuring David Palmer as a lead vocalist ("Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)"). Includes singles, "Do It Again" (#6 on the US charts) and "Reelin' in the Years" (#11 US). Produced by Gary Katz.

Can't Buy a Thrill

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2017/03/16

Machito/Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz (1957)

A Cuban conga performer and Latin jazz bandleader, who fused Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation and big band arrangements in the 1940s and became one of the originators of Afro-Cuban jazz, Machito's 1957 recording (Roulette Records). Performed by Machito's big band featuring Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Joe Newman (trumpet) and others. Pop-oriented and accessible music featuring Latin percussions (conga, bongo and timbales), razor-edged brass attack and catchy melodies, which is closer to jazzy incidental music of the 1950s US and exotica than jazz.

Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz

2017/03/09

Haruomi Hosono/Philharmony (1982)

His sixth solo album released in 1982 from his own label YEN Label (Alfa Records), when he was a member of YMO. An introspective synthpop created almost by himself with use of E-mu Emulator I (sampler) and Roland MC-4 (sequencer) and recorded at his private studio "LDK". An experimental album with minimalistic sounds, but it includes three pop songs featuring Hosono's vocals. The lyrics are English and partly Japanese. "Funiculi Funicula" is a cover of the Italian popular song (Canzone Napoletana). "Luminescent/Hotaru" is a track in the Gamelan style. "Living-Dining-Kitchen" is a funky song like Sly & The Family Stone. The digitally-remastered CD was released in 2005.

Philharmony

2017/03/01

Duke Ellington/Ellington at Newport (Complete) (1956/1999) *

An American composer, pianist, bandleader and arranger who had released lots of monumental recordings in swing/orchestral jazz genres around the 1930s to the 1960s, Duke Ellington's great live album (Columbia). It consists of live recordings in the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival and studio recordings. The original LP includes five tracks in mono, but the 1999 remastered double CD (Complete) includes the entire concert performance. You can enjoy the live performance of the 1950s Ellington Orchestra's modern big band jazz including bebop idiom in very clear sound restored to stereo. The highlight is "Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue" with a tremendous groove feeling, featuring Paul Gonsalves' famous 27-chorus tenor solo.

Ellington at Newport (Complete)

2017/02/21

Mozart/4 Horn Concertos (Baumann, 1973)

Includes Mozart's all the four Horn Concertos (Nos.1-4) (Teldec). Considered to be composed in the 1780s and the early 1790s in the order of Nos. 2, 4, 3 and 1, for Mozart's friend and horn player Joseph Leutgeb (Leitgeb). Idyllic pieces making full use of the warm sound of horn, including rondos at six-eight time rhythm called "the hunting rondo", and featuring Mozart's characteristic beautiful melodies with melancholy in lightness. The first recording of all the four concertos with the original instrument, the natural horn (without valves). Horn played by Hermann Baumann. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Concentus Musicus Wien.

4 Horn Concertos