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Updated: 2016-09-07T21:22:53.210-07:00


Kwan Jai & Kawn Jit Sripajaan - Advice Column for Love Troubles


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Piero Umiliani - Hard Times & Chaser



Hard Times (1974)

One of my favorite 1970s Italian Soundtracks. This song sounds like it could have been an outtake from David Axelrod's Seriously Deep, also released the same year as this hot-steaming-bubbler. Umiliani, a rather prolific Italian soundtrack composer, produced the music for most of Luigi Scattini's erotic-milky dangler-detective movies; Il Corpo was the final, fantastically sleazy film in Scattini's erotic trilogy. Short, spares, playful guitar solos, a bassline that would make Miles Davis grunt and a deeply slick Gene Hackman-esque working class-downtown-man-string arrangement (2:08) adequately prepares me for hard times in my near future aka not having enough money to buy a double gin & tonic tonight.

Chaser (1974)

Also from Il Corpo: Music for women who cheat on their man.

Can - A Spectacle



Can - A Spectacle (1979)

A late, late Can jam. I had no idea that even after "Soon After Babaluma" they created music for planets to have sex to.

Q-Tip recently put this track to werk:
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Thanks to Jonathan for hippin' me to this.

Airto Moreira - Uri, Peasant Dance & Return to Forever



Airto Moreira - Uri (1971)


Airto Moreira -Peasant Dance (1974)


Airto Moreira - Return to Forever (1972)

A crunchy percussion orgy from Brazil's most talented extraneous shell and maraca shaker. As legend has it, Airto's peppery voice and cuica playing is said to penetrate directly into the Eye in the Sky, while simulatneously reaching the depths of the underworld; reaching even the most loathsome and malignant of castaways.

Hubert Eaves - Painful Pleasure



Hubert Eaves - Painful Pleasure (1976)

This track is just glossy enough to make me slip on the Arsenio pants and holleur "watch out neoahh" to high waisted girls; yet creamy enough to savor in my monitors. Jerhi Curl vibez w/ Mtume, Reggie Lucas and Howard King.

George Duke - My Soul



George Duke - My Soul (1972)

Pull yr girlfriend out of the closet and deflate her on your carpeted dance floor.

Keith Jarrett - Clavichord Improvisations


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From "Book of Ways"

Henri Texier - Kan ar Labour



Henri Texier - Kan ar Labour (1979)

A fantastic folky-jazz tune from his last solo/multi-tracked album from the late 70s.

Soft Machine - Live on French TV (Out-Bloody-Rageous)


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Lynn Dobson rarely played with Soft Machine. I believe he only recorded on "Third" although he could have done other studio work with them in the early 70s. The groove that Hugh Hopper and Mike Ratledge ride-out is only 24 bars on the original recording of "Out-Bloody-Rageous" but is here extended into six minutes, allowing Lynn Dobson to play a wonderful extended solo.

Keith Jarrett - Mortage On My Soul (Wah-Wah)



Mortage On My Soul (1972)

This track demonstrates that Mr. Jarrett can rip it on a soprano sax (1st solo) while playing over one of the hardest bass lines Charlie Haden ever recorded.

Le Orme - Evasione Totale



Evasione Totale (1971)

Before they got noodly and a tad too sugary.

Spectre - Arkham



Spectre - Arkham

Space colony takeover music

The Esso Trinidad Steel Band - I Want You Back



I Want You Back

A great steel drum cover of the Berry Gordy and Alphonso Mizell classic

Chris Rae & Frank McDonald - Night Moves


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RIP Hugh Hopper



One of the finest electric bassist to ever play. I was immediately attracted to his simple and poignant bass playing. I think it was "Kings and Queens as well as "Drop" and "As If" from Soft Machine 5 that most acquainted me with his style. Unlike a lot of musicians, he's able to say a lot while playing few notes. His groovy-ness was unlike many of the other bassists who played fusion in the early to mid-70s: no slapping and no ostentatious presentation. Aside from being a superb bassist, he was one of the few people who experimented with tape-delay manipulation. Around the same time as Steve Reich and Terry Riley, Hugh Hopper, (who seems to get little recognition for manipulating live samples via reel-to-reel tapes) made sound scultpures that can be heard on Soft Machine's seminal album, "Third," along with his first solo release, "1984"

Hugh Hopper - Hopper-tunity Box (1976)
A medieval march song from his second solo album. Includes Gary Windo and Elton Dean

Soft Machine - Kings and Queens (written by Hugh Hopper)
from "4"

Alan Gowen & Hugh Hopper - Morning Order (1982)
A beautiful blend of cascading synths and robust electric bass, from their album "Two Rainbows Daily"

Aleke Kanonu - N'Gwode & Mother's Day



N'Gwode (1980)
An extremely rare afro-beat/funk album featuring Wilbur Bascomb on bass. Before recording his self-titled album, Aleke performed with Stanley Cowell and recorded on his '75 Strata-East release, "Regeneration." No other information seems to be obtainable about his musical output or his current location - his one and only album release; all the tracks are heat.

Mother's Day (1980)
A beautiful and sparse percussion track with pidgin mutterings and lush piano chords.

Marva Broome (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - Mystifying Mama



Marva Broome/Art Ensemble of Chicago - Mystifying Mama (1972)

7 inch release - it currently sells for a ridiculous amount of money.

The Discotheque pt. 2



Alex - Flying High (1977)

Alex is the name of Norwegian disco princess, Alexandra Sandoy. I came across her music upon noticing that jazz drummer, Jon Christensen was listed playing on several tracks off her self-titled album. As an ECM record freak, I was a bit shocked to see Keith Jarrett's drummer boy playing percussion on disco tracks and thought that perhaps it was a different Jon Christensen - it sounds like it could possibly be a common name in Norway, but for that one other person that might care, my own dutiful research confirms that it really is him. I can't say that I ride for most of the album, although you have to commend Norway for trying to make disco heat in the icy tundra, a sly persuasive move to simultaneously get hundreds of toe heads under the disco ball. Glamour!


The Limit - She's So Divine (1982)

Fortunately, the guitar rift and synth solo heavily outweigh the cliche chorus.


Karisma - Got You Dancing (Instrumental) 1976

Funky, funky, funky, damn, and Karisma only released one single. If anyone knows more music they released or side projects they had, please inform me! Apparently, it has been released and re-released on several great record labels including SAM and Patrick Adams P&P records throughout the 70s and 80s. I've never heard it in a mix, on a compilation or played live, that is, until I stoarted makin people poarty with it. Fresh.

William Sheller - Introit



Introit (1972)

Apocalyptic opera voices , window shattering strings, Carol Kaye era David Axelrod basslines, twangy sounding Jean Claude Vannier guitars, slow Sahara dessert drum breaks...murderin music.

Dan the Automator ripped this track for "Deltron 3030" peep:
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Jan Garberak - Beast of Kommodo & Afric Pepperbird



Beast of Kommodo

Afric Pepperbird

An early release for the Norwegian saxophonist on his home label, the mega-jazz fortress ECM. "Afric Pepperbird" was released in 1971 and at this point in history ECM had not yet slipped into the slick, polished, and atmospheric gloss that tends to be the sound of most of their contemporary releases. Terje Rypdal, who released several Miles fusion influenced records in the early to mid 70s along with Jon Christensen stand as a testament to the period when ECM had the jazz balls to release raw music. The icy Norwegian sound that established Garberak as a saxophone stylist is not present on these early recordings. Instead, Coltrane's influence, which most young saxophonist echo, is greatly heard on both this recording and "Sart," the Quartet's other album released in the same year. The unappreciated bassist Arlid Andersen sounds like a funky tractor or something - meaty, greasy, yet magnificently smooth. He lays down dirty lines that would make even David Sanborn crack his neck and Rza tweek.

Chick Corea Killin' It


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"Spiritual" Music pt. 1



Part 2

Yatha Sidhra - Meditation Mass (1972)


Spiritual Blessing

Pharoah Sanders - Elevation (1973)


Spark from the Infinite (Part 2)

Terry Riley - No Man's Land (1985)


Gol-e Gandom

Lloyd Miller - Oriental Jazz (1965)

"Spiritual" is used here in the loosest sense. Although, for many people spiritual music simply means recording flutes, tablas, sarods and dangling bells. I don't see how those instruments are in anyway spiritual, if we mean spiritual beyond the fashionable Westernized fast-food version of spiritual, as meaning Oriental. But for this post, that's exactly what I aim for.

Ikenga Superstars of Africa - Greedy Man



Greedy Man

Led by Vincent Okoroego, the Ikengas were a fairly popular "highlife guitar" group from Nigeria. Like many African groups in the 70s and 80s, they created upbeat, bouncy music to enliven the spirits of attracted customers at market stalls throughout Nigeria - Africa's form of market commercialism. Broken and "pidgin" English sharply cut into the groove and the soft, smooth Congolian guitar rift sounds like the source of Paul Simon's imperialistic replication of African music during the 80s.

Letta Mbulu - Mahlalela & Melodi




From her 1970 release, "Letta"
White people, cleanse yourselves in the waters of primordial neck-crackin music