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Sly5thAve (Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka) is another current artist influenced by the sounds of thrift store exotica. Although an orchestral tribute to Dr Dre may not seem like a great idea at first, Sly really makes this one work with his mix of hip-hop beats and cool retro orchestrations that recall Isaac Hayes and David Axelrod.

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For those interested in Herbie Hancock's Sextet and its many spin-off groups, here is one more associated album that is often overlooked and forgotten, Pete Yellin's "Dance of Allegra".

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Awesome, will definitely check this out :)
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Osibisa     "Super Fly T.N.T."   (OST)
The soundtrack to the first "Superfly" movie by Curtis Mayfield was a critical success and is still considered one of the top OSTs of all time. The soundtrack to the second movie, by Osibissa, is just as good if not better, yet it slipped by barely noticed at all. The reason for this was that the movie itself  was a flop, so the soundtrack faded into obscurity. This OST deserves a second chance, here we find a dynamic and creative mix of African fusion, 70s prog rock and jazz with all sorts of psychedelic and exotic fairy dust sprinkled on top. Most Osibissa albums are great, but this one may be their best.



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Added to my list to check out, sounds great!
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Its hard to get much information on saxophonist Charles Williams, who also went by C.I. Williams. He recorded three albums as a leader in the early 70s, plus one more in 2007, and also worked as a sideman on a few albums while working as a music teacher in Queens. The fact that he did not get a chance to record more often is a crime because this guy can play. His favored ax is the alto on which he displays influences from Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Stanley Turrentine and Eddie Harris.

"Stickball" is his third and final album from the 70s, and it is a somewhat commercial affair as many of the tracks are covers of the soul hits of the day, but its the way that Charles arranges and plays these songs that make this a great album. There is some excellent backing on here from Cornell Dupree on guitar and Don Pullen on organ, plus many other performers as well. Ernie Wilkins provides excellent orchestral arrangements on some tracks.




CHARLES (C.I.) WILLIAMS - Stickball cover


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I still have to hear those other albums, but I found the same thing when trying to search for extra info.
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That album in 2007 only happened because Hamie Bluiett pushed the record label. Williams is just another mega talent who didn't get recorded as often as he should have.
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Calibro 35 is a long running Italian group that recreates classic Italian soundtracks, and also composes original music in that style. Early albums leaned towards Farfisa organs and surf guitar, but later album go more in a funk jazz direction.

One of their best recent albums is "Decade", which features a small orchestra. This one is recommended for fans of David Axelrod and Isaac Hayes:



Also recommended is "S.P.A.C.E.", on which the band goes more psychedelic recalling the first couple Funkadelic albums, or the Bar Kays work with Hayes on the soundtrack to "Shaft".



"Live from Space" is a live version of the above album:




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Although well known in Mexico, Tino Contreras is much less recognized in jazz oriented markets in the US and Europe. The recent re-release of his 2011 compilation, "El Jazz Mexicano de Tino Contreras", may change that as it has been getting decent promotion from western jazz publications. The original albums that feature the tracks on this comp are not always easy to find, so we can consider ourselves lucky that this artist is getting a another go round.

Tino's music is very eclectic, but it often uses hot Afro-Cuban jazz as a starting point. From there Tino may mix in some psychedelia, exotica, classical choir vocals, gritty urban hard bop, odd-metered modern jazz and much more. Although there is some appealing kitsch to his music at times, this element never takes away from the fact that Tino and his crew are always playing top notch highly rhythmic jazz music.

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