Archive for the ‘ Acid Jazz ’ Category

Chris Standring – Simple Things

simplethingsI have been following British urban jazz guitarist Chris Standring for years at http://www.smoothjazz.eu. He started studying classical guitar at the age of six, but he listened a lot to West Coast jazz, and became a serious jazz musician when he went to the London College of Music.

In 1991 he moved to the USA and played in the clubs in LA. For example, his guitar can be heard on recordings by Bebe & Cece Winans, Jody Watley and Rick Braun. Chris has also performed with Marc Antoine, Bob James, Richard Elliott, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, and Al Stewart.

He released his debut album in 1998, but the big change didn’t come until March 2021 when he experienced chest pains. But luck was on his side, as he survived this heart attack. That experience led to the realization that life is fragile here.

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Kyoto Jazz Massive – Message From A New Dawn

a2161328545_16Kyoto Jazz Massive is the DJ unit of brothers Shuya Okino and Yoshihiro Okino. 
Shuya is the owner of The Room Shibuya and Yoshihiro is the owner of Especial Records in Osaka. The re-birth of the Kyoto Jazz Massive sound for the future. Message From A New Dawn is finally here. The long-awaited second album of Kyoto Jazz Massive has evolved into a full band sound bringing together elements of Techno, Jazz, House, Boogie, Soul, Broken beats, Fusion, Afro beat.

KJM are excited to bring you their vision of the ultimate crossover electric jazz fusion album. Roy Ayers is featured on one cut and vocalist Vanessa Freeman on some more.

Buy this incredible new album here.

The New Guitar Underground – Volume One

270309826_4473723002726712_628330307794745433_nJean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick is a British guitarist, bandleader, composer, and record producer. He’s led the British bandIncognito, since its formation in 1979, and was a founding member of Light of the World & Freeez. He is also the leader of Citrus Sun. In March 2013, Bluey released his first-ever solo album, Leap of Faith, he has since followed up in 2015, aptly entitled Life Between the Notes.

Bluey comments: “AS BAND LEADER and guitarist of Incognito and Citrus Sun, it gives me great pleasure to share with you this new collaborative project between the band’s Portuguese Lead guitarist Francisco Sales (A solo artist in his own right) and I. We are The New Guitar Underground.”

The album will be released January 22, 2022 on bandcamp.

Incognito – Always There 1981-2021 (40 Years & Still Groovin’)

0602438257065To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Incognito releasing their debut record, the Brit Funk pioneers are releasing an anniversary 8CD, 106 tracks retrospective CD set cased in a rigid box with individual card inner sleeves and a 52 page booklet with sleeve notes written by Charles Waring and photos from the band’s archive.

CDs 1-5 have been curated by the bands founder and driving force Bluey aka Jean-Paul Maunick with CD two and four containing previously unreleased* tracks. CD six is a rare Japanese-only live album recorded in 1996 while CDs seven and eight have been compiled by the bands long time supporter who released seven of their albums through his own record label Talkin’ Loud – DJ and Acid House pioneer Gilles Peterson. The 52 page booklet features a 10,000 word sleeve note written by Charles Waring and based on a recent interview with Bluey.

Order your copy here today:  https://UMC.lnk.to/Incognito40Years

Pickpocket – Refraction

Pickpocket are a Melbourne band who play deep instrumental funk. Sophisticated yet unpretentious funk that stimulates your brain and activates your feet. Funk for everyone. They change musical gears with ease, resulting in a compelling live performance that celebrates the groove and embraces improvisation.

This group is recommended by editor Chris Mann. They have five albums on their belt, all available on bandcamp.

STR4TA – Aspects

Gilles Peterson has partnered with Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick to reinvigorate the loose, protean energy of the early-80s Brit-funk scene on forthcoming album ‘Aspects’. Long-time friends and collaborators, STR4TA sees them mine new musical possibilities out of that shared formative era.

Alongside announcing the full album project comes the release of the second single ‘Rhythm In Your Mind.’ STR4TA showcase another masterclass in wrapping a track tightly around the groove, showing off the taut musicianship of Francis Hylton, on bass, and Matt Cooper, on keys and drums.

‘Rhythm In Your Mind’ is the second single from the newly announced STR4TA album entitled ‘Aspects’ (officially announced January 11th 2021) released on Brownswood Recordings in 12” LP, CD & DD formats on March 26th 2021.

Pre-order the album now on bandcamp.

PrivatProjekt – Welcome

PrivatProjekt is a German band hailing from Hamburg. Founder of the formation is keyboardist Michel Reckhard. Comparable to the British group Incognito, initiated by Bluey, Michel is the creative free spirit who gathers professional musicians around him from the local music scene.  Thus, for his projects, changing line-ups can be found, which transform his sparkling ideas into inspiring music.

On his new album Welcome (2020) he performs drums, percussion, keys, synthesizer and backing vocals. He is joined by Jens Salsa (bass, guitar, keys, sythesizer, backing vocals), Alexander Precht (keys, synthesizer, backing vocals), Andrea Weiß, Bonny Ferrer, LayG, Stefanie Schandt, Eniola Falase (vocals), Gina Taperla Weppler and ForYourSoul (backing vocals), Michael Albers (guitar), Sven “Rolli Rhdes” Klemme (keys), and Nigel Lowis (guitar).

With about fifteen tracks you get much music for your money. The band describes their music as neo-soul, funk and philly. If comparisons are allowed, then the music of the British band Incognito or the Dutch group Tristan comes to mind most readily. The album starts immediately with the title song featuring vocalist Bonny Ferrer.  More tolerance, understanding and respect, no distance, contempt and incorrectness, these are the main concerns of this formation, which also see themselves as a mediator of a political approach.

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a sweat.

The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green style jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry.

Founded by Lamarr’s wife and manager Amy Novo, the trio started from humble beginnings in 2015, but since then has released two Billboard charting albums and toured the world to sold out venues. The trio returns now with their second studio album, I Told You So, with even heavier grooves and more confidence. It may have been several years since their most recent studio effort, but they haven’t missed a beat. The album is scheduled for release January 29, 2021.

You can pre-order the album at bandcamp.

 

Gazzara – The Bossa Lounge Sessions (A Live & Studio Experience)

It’s been 25 years since their debut album “One” – over 10,000 copies sold in the pioneering era of Italian acid jazz, with guest James Taylor Quartet – and the best way to celebrate without stopping at the reissues of old material is to witness the state of health of a band that in a quarter of a century has never stopped producing and playing live. That’s why “The Bossa Lounge Sessions”, the new album of the soul / jazz / bossa trio led by the Roman keyboardist and composer Francesco Gazzara – with Massimo Sanna (bass) and Mauro Mirti (drums and percussion) – looks like a gluttonous double CD divided into two parts.

The first contains 14 songs recorded live between 1998 and 2010 on the international stages frequented by the group (Italy, Russia, Portugal, Japan, UK), with the classic bossa / jazz of Gazzara’s discography, some unreleased covers – “ Chitlins Con Meat “by Kenny Burrell ,”Do It Again ”by Steely Dan ,“ Hot Barbecue ”by Jack McDuff – and a couple of never-before-released live original tracks that date back to the acid jazz period (1996) with the band’s formation of“ One ”, which in addition to the trio it also included Gianni Del Popolo (guitar) and Alex Gigli (drums).

The second part (CD 2) instead contains 15 recordings – always live but in the studio – from a more recent period: 2013-2020. Here the repertoire is largely the soul / bossa one of the last two albums of “Gazzara – The Bossa Lounge Experience” and “Portrait In Acid Jazz” – revised and corrected in a completely instrumental key by the trio with the participation of long-time guests of the group like Dario Cecchini (sax, flute) – also present in several live songs of the first CD – and Eduardo Piloto Barreto(flute). The peculiarity does not end there: CD 2 also unveils two brand new songs by Gazzara and instrumental versions – never released before – of three Latin jazz and bossa compositions contained in the albums “Brother And Sister” and “My Cup Of Tea”. Continue reading

The BritFunk Association – Lifted

“Lifted” is the second album from The BritFunk Association, a band which includes founder and original members of Hi Tension, Light of the World, Beggar & Co and Incognito. Thirteen original tracks that maintain the early jazz funk influences of early Kool & The Gang, Blackbyrds, Cameo, Brass Construction and other heavy hitters of the genre. A collections of new songs with some funky grooves, joyful vocals and instrumental solo prowess. The band have a number of national chart records between them, giving rise to live shows that highlights the range of material that they now share on stage creating vibrant live performances. They will be back on the road after lockdown in support of this and their previous album “Full Circle”.

Get your album at Amazon.co.uk.