Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sakamoto/Morelenbaum - Casa

This entire album is beautiful, if you are into cello, piano, and Portuguese.  If you are a fan of Bossa Nova, check out this album, it has covers of classics Estrada Branca, Fotografia and Sem Voce.

get the entire album here

Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney

Awesome compilation album of black artists performing funk and soul covers of The Beatles.  Includes well-known artists such as Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha and Little Richard and also features some artists you may have never heard of; Junior Parker, Ray Redmond and Black Heat produce the best covers, which are 'Lady Madonna', 'Good Day Sunshine', and 'Drive My Car', respectively.

get it here

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


If you're into funk and soul, make sure you check out the stuff being reissued by Now-Again Records, owned and managed by Eothen Alapatt, formerly of Stone's Throw Records.

These tracks are from their upcoming compilation reissue of sweet-funk from the 70's called 'Loving On The Flip Side'

p.s. none of the people recording the above track are over the age of 17.  crazy, right?

Something In The Air

This is an excellent instrumental cover of the Thuderclap Newman.  The drummer and bandleader is Sandy Nelson, best known for 'Teen Beat'.  Jazzy, funky bass line, tons of soul.

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Luiz Bonfá

Here is a playlist of 30 of the finest pieces by Bonfá, Brazil's most technically gifted guitarist.  He was an instrumental figure in the development of Bossa Nova, but was classically trained; You can ascertain his prowess by listening to the track 'Preludio', a beautiful arpeggiating piece.  Also, check out 'Tenderly', Bonfá's rendition of the oldie (1946) by Walter Gross.  My favorite track is 'Samba De Duas Notas (Two Note Samba)', which is from the Jazz Samba Encore! album that he recorded with Stan Getz.

Included are pieces from these albums:
Luiz Bonfá (1955)
Bonfafá (1958)
Meu Querido Violão (1959)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Amor! (1959)
Recado Novo (1962)
Luiz Bonfa Plays and Sings Bossa Nova (1963)
Jazz Samba Encore! (1963)
The Brazilian Scene (1965)
Braziliana (1965)
Luiz Bonfa's Brazilian Guitar (1969)
Introspection (1972)
Bonfa Burrows Brazil (1978)
Solo in Rio 1959 (unreleased material put out in 2005)

here are two videos from American talk shows visited by Bonfá:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Brazilian Jazz-Funk, Samba-Funk, Pysch tracks

Watermelon Man by Fórmula 7
Dear Limmertz by Azymuth
Lebia Via Vaz Lobo

Charles Earland - Odyssey

Thought I might begin by posting my favorite album by this blog's namesake.  Most songs by Earland are a combination of soul, jazz, and funk (well, everything before 1980 that is) and feature the Hammond B3, Earland's primary instrument.  His voice is also featured on several tracks.  The only song you might recognize is 'We all live in the jungle', but in truth this is the only song on the album that I don't listen to regularly.  'Intergalactic Love Song' is a great instrumental piece that begins with a great ambient melody and bass line.  I don't think it has been sampled before, so if you're into that kind of thing, get on it.  'Phire' is my favorite song on this album.

right here

Also, make sure to check out this song by Earland, probably my favorite song to get down to.