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    Posted: 22 Jan 2024 at 8:37pm
Much like the aforementioned Freddie Gambrell, Hasaan Ibn Ali was a post bop innovator and outsider who was almost never recorded.

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Klaus Lenz   "Fur Lenz"

This one is for fans of obscure exotica, particularly exotica with a 60s psychedelic influence. Klaus Lenz was a German trumpet player known for his jazz rock ensembles and modern big bands, but his first album, released in 1970, was entirely different. Although this album was recorded in Germany, it has a strong vibe from swinging 60s London. Add on some Herb Alpert styled lead brass and you have something any crate digger would be happy to get their hands on. 



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2023 at 9:18pm
Getting back to the 70s psychedelic fusion, Charles Lloyd's "Geeta" is one of the better albums from that genre. Much of this is because of the stellar guest Indian musicians (some uncredited), the searing guitar work of Blackbyrd McKnight and Charles Llloyd's exquisite alto flute playing.

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CHARLES LLOYD - Geeta cover


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"The Night of the Purple Moon" is one of Sun Ra's more unique outings as it features him with a small group playing 60s lounge jazz in that way that only Sonny can.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Dec 2022 at 7:56pm
What a weird coincidence, I was just about to feature them on here as a follow up to the Led Zep post.  

Anywho, here is the full Jazz Sabbath album:




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Found this the other week (mostly) a trio working on Black Sabbath:






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Awesome, keen to check that out
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Dec 2022 at 9:22am
Who knew there was such a thing as a 'Led Zeppelin Suite'.  Giovanni Falzone's clever and complex big band arrangements bring out some new possibilities in these otherwise worn out hard rock anthems.



GIOVANNI FALZONE - Giovanni Falzone Contemporary Orchestra : Led Zeppelin Suite cover




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Garrett Saracho    "En Medio"

The ongoing "jazz is Dead" series recently featured Garrett (Gary) Saracho on keyboards. Its been a long time since we heard from Saracho. His one album as leader, "En Medio", was released in 1973 and is an extravagant affair with a mix of Latin grooves, psychedelic fusion electronics, free jazz blowing and even some neo-classical interludes.










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Hear O Israel feat: Herbie Hancock. Hear, O Israel is the recorded version of a jazz concert comprised of lyric and sacred material from the Friday night prayer service in a Jewish synagogue. - Not so easy to find in the wild but re issues by Trunk a little while back.



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Julian Priester    "Love Love"

When Julian Priester and Pat Gleeson, from Herbie Hancock's Sextet, put out their own psychedelic opus, they brought along the two main musicians from the above album, "Iapetus". Those two musicians were Hadley Caliman on woodwinds and Todd Cochran (Under his African name) on keyboards. This made the ensemble on "Love Love" sort of a psych fusion super group.

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JULIAN PRIESTER - Love, Love cover


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Hadley Caliman    "Iapetus"
While Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis were releasing their psychedelic fusion opuses, the lesser known Hadley Caliman and Todd Cochran released this gem that holds up very well against the albums from the more famous Miles and Herbie.

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HADLEY CALIMAN - Iapetus cover


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Herbie Hancock      (CTI) "In Concert Volume II"
Don't be fooled by the names on the videos. Turrentine and Hubbard do appear on a few tracks on this album, but this is definitely a Herbie Hancock album. Okay, Herbie is hardly an obscure figure in the world of jazz, but how many of you have ever checked out this record. This album probably contains the most fierce and imaginative playing in Hancock's entire career, he is on fire on this one. The two listening cuts provided here are from the Chicago concert. They are intense, but the cuts from the Detroit concert are even better, unfortunately they are not on youtube yet. Just get the record and you can hear the whole thing.

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HERBIE HANCOCK - In Concert Volume 2 (Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, Eric Gale) cover


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2021 at 4:36pm
Although Ayre Rayde was one of the top Go-Go bands in Washington DC, they left behind very few studio recordings, in fact, as far as I know, only one, "Sock it to Me", which also comes on a 4 track re-mix EP.  Go-Go music in general rarely gets the sort of coverage that it should get and there are probably more missed recording opportunities of good music out there from where this track comes from.
For those not familiar with Go-Go, its one of the most African influenced popular music styles born in the US, and most of the bands are in the Washington DC area.

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AYRE RAYDE - Sock It To Me cover


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"Chico Hamilton Trio: Introducing Freddie Gambrell"
While a lot of this thread has centered around psychedelic RnB and exotica, we are going to take a look at a unique bop pianist who did not get near the recognition he deserved, Freddie Gambrell. You can read more about Freddie in the review posted below.

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A couple years after psychedelia hit the rock scene, it also hit the jazz scene. Not everything that came from that was good, and there are plenty of cheezy albums to attest to that, but one of the best albums to come from the psychedelic jazz scene was Herbie Mann's "Stone Flute".

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Piano Conclave   "Palais Anthology"

We all know how the fusion fad ended up, with highly commercial recordings featuring bland predictable performances geared toward deriving cash from pop, rock and RnB fans, but that wasn't necessarily how it all started. 
Case in point, this recording ("Palais Anthology"), features high octane performances from no less than six of Europe's best fusion keyboardists supported by the ace rhythm section of Alphonse Mouzon and John Lee.  The performances on here are crackling hot with bursting at the seams creative energy. The keyboardists gleefully plug into whatever electronic gizmos they can get their hands on as they apply their fiery bebop chops to stacks of new fangled  keyboards. Early experimental fusion does not get much better than this.

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PIANO CONCLAVE (GEORGE GRUNTZ PIANO CONCLAVE) - Palais Anthology cover


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Recorded back in 1971, Marvin Gaye's instrumental "Funky Nation" is finally being released as a single album, and it was well worth the wait. These tracks are dyn-o-mite early 70s rare groove featuring all-star musicians such as Ray Parker Jr, Wah Wah Watson and Michael Henderson, before they went on to work with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.

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MARVIN GAYE - Funky Nation : The Detroit Instrumentals cover


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DJ Spooky and Dave Lombardo    "Drums of Death"

Clumsy attempts to weld hip-hop to metal produced some of the worst music ever in the 90s, the unlistenable limp bizkit for example. Thats why it may come as a surprise that this album that combines DJ Spooky with famed thrash drummer Dave Lombardo is way better than expected and then some.

Dave supplies a variety of rhythms, but often with that enthusiastic 'metal overkill' that can be annoying in the wrong hands, but it works so perfectly and ironically at the same time on this one. DJ Spooky comes through with some of the best music of his career. It doesn't hurt that Chuck D guests on several tracks sounding as strong as ever. Gary Nestler, Vernon Reid and Jack Dangers guest on guitars.
This album is an unlikely classic that a lot of people probably missed.


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DJ SPOOKY - DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* & Dave Lombardo : Drums Of Death cover


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Cinevox has just released an amazing collection of Italian soundtrack music. Click on the link below and you will find nine lengthy samples of some of the tracks.




10000 VARIOUS ARTISTS - Cinevox : Tidbeats cover


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