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    Posted: 28 Oct 2017 at 2:49am
70s psychedelic fusion and free jazz from behind the iron curtain with Leszek Zadlo and his album, "Inner Silence".




LESZEK ŻĄDŁO - The Leszek Żądło Ensemble : Inner Silence cover

 




 


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Friends was a short lived band that included John Abercrombie on guitar. What we have here is insanely over the top fusion/post bop free form jams with gratuitous post production add on cheezy psychedelic pixie dust. This is an Abercrombie you may not have heard before.




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The days when David Axelrod was a crate digger's secret passed long ago, but in case you missed out on the Axelrod sampling craze, "Song of Innocence" is still a favorite.









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The 'jazziest' Axelrod album is probably "Seriously Deep".







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Late 60s/early 70s analog synthesizer renditions of pop songs are a well known staple to the serious, or frivolous, 'crate digger'. In a genre where kitsch weirdness is a given, possibly the weirdest of all is "Electronic Evolution" by Richard Hayman and Walter Sear.

On this vinyl mishap masterpiece, cheezy avant-garde electronics, fuzzed out psychedelic guitar, hyper soul-jazz riffs on the B3, and scrambled JB beats join together to spell out the pop hits of the day.





RICHARD HAYMAN & WALTER SEAR - Electronic Evolutions cover


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Buddy Terry is a saxophonist who deserves much wider recognition. After cutting a few albums as a leader early in his career, he spent the rest of his career as a sideman in prestigious big bands such as the Duke Ellington alumni band and the Saturday Night Live band. Unfortunately, he never recorded as a leader again.

Possibly his best album was the aptly titled "Pure Dynamite", a smokin hot slab of vinyl that featured future members of Return to Forever, plus members of Herbie's Sextet as well as Woody Shaw, Joanne Brackeen and more. The music is an energetic blend of fusion, post bop and free jazz.

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BUDDY TERRY - Pure Dynamite cover




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JazzWise magazine recently ran a feature on this album, so in the spirit of uninspired monkey see monkey doism, we shall blindly follow suit.

"Free Love" was the only album by Italian fusion group Kaleidon. On this rare hunk of vinyl we hear early 70s psychedelic fusion along the lines of Soft Machine, 70s Miles Davis and the first Weather Report album. After the demise of this group, keyboardist Stefano Sabatini went on to release several more albums, most of them in a post bop style.






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Oliver Lake "NTU: Point from which Creation Begins".
Although this record did not come out until 1976, after Lake proved that he was at least a somewhat commercial commodity, it was recorded much sooner than that in the early 70s. One listen to its wild and woolly meanderings will quickly tell you that this is no mid 70s disc. Lake put out some great music over the years, but he never returned to this African hippiefied 'spiritual' jazz style again. The little known Richard Martin stars on guitar.






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Lavice & Company was a theater group in the 70s that released one record that featured the music to their play, "Two Sisters from Bagdad". This is an extremely rare record that has been given a second life via the re-issue format. The music is like a Sun Ra approach to gospel, funk and various theatrical oddities.






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Jackie Shane never made it to the big time, not because of a lack of talent, but probably because she was fearlessly transgender in a time when this was practically dangerous. Most of her hits were on small local labels, but recently many of those hits have been collected on this compilation.
Anyone familiar with small label RnB will know what to expect here, raw recordings and high energy performances.






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It would take decades of crate digging to find all the exotic gems on Britxotica:






10000 VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Britxotica! Box cover


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This isn't exactly crate digging, but its similar. Willie Walker cut RnB singles in Memphis back in the 60s, I'm sure those records are super rare now. It seems there was at least about a thirty year gap before Walker started recording again in the new century. His current album, provided below, sounds like a crate diggers dream from the 60s, fortunately Walker has not changed a bit over the years.





WEE WILLIE WALKER - Wee Willie Walker And The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra ‎: After A While cover


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Somewhat along the same lines of Willie Walker, Sherman Holmes plays a style of music that will no longer exist with his eventual passing. Holmes plays country soul music that was once common in small juke joints in the rural US south, but has since been swallowed up by mindlessly hip urbanization and the ensuing digital ice age.
This music is what Van Morrison, Ry Cooder, The Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones wish they sounded like.






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A simply amazing compilation pulled from many sources that features various Sun Ra configurations performing the music of George Gershwin. The music varies from creative doo-wop versions of Gershwin pop songs to a full arkestra avant-garde version of "Rhapsody in Blue". Some tracks are poorly recorded, but every track is a gem.







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Psychedelic soul/rock/RnB from the late 60s and early 70s is often considered an impossible to find holy grail for crate diggers. Black Merda's first album is one such impossible find. Black Merda disbanded in the early 70s, but a re-issue compilation in 2005 brought renewed interest in the band and they even got back together and cut a couple more albums.
Here is their first album of psychedelic blues, rock and RnB that carries some resemblance to Jimi Hendrix, the first Funkadelic album and the Chambers Brothers.




BLACK MERDA - Black Merda cover


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SJOB Movement plays a mix of psychedelic rock and African fusion.






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Likewise, Batsumi also combines African fusion with psychedelic rock.







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Once again blatantly stealing a riff from Jazzwise magazine, a few months ago they ran a feature on Clifford Thornton's "The Gardens of Harlem". This forgotten gem features the all-star Jazz Composers Orchestra cutting loose on lengthy jams based around 'tunes from West Africa, Cuba and Jamaica'.







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An avid crate digger himself, Adrian Younge's music is drenched in the sounds of 60s and 70s psychedelic soul and thrift store exotica.







In an example of a live crate digging exhumation, Younge resurrected the career of William Hart from the popular 70s band, the Delfonics, to get that classic soul sound. Despite being in his 70s, Hart still sounds great.






In this video, Adrian Younge discusses his ongoing search for unique vinyl, as well as his record store where he sells some of his finds to the public.



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In a vein somewhat similar to Adrian Younge, the new Soulive EP is packaged to look like a 60s thrift store find, the cover even has typical wear markings. The music, likewise, is similar to a 60s exotica soundtrack.



SOULIVE - Cinematics Vol. 1 cover


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