Might as well post another song that praises the DJ. Released in 1976, not much information is known (yet) of this song or Fried Chicken. Only the die-hard funk freaks knew that there was a slightly different version of this called “Funky Black Man”, also released by Stone. This was used on the brand new Product Placement CD.
Six Days is a DJ Shadow music video/short film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It features Chang Chen of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, and Danielle Graham, one of Asia’s top models. Shadow approached Wong Kar-wai, one of his favorite directors, in an attempt to create a music video unlike his previous ones. Wong also happened to be a fan of Shadow’s music and accepted. The idea was to make a short film revolving around the song’s hook line: “Tomorrow never comes until it’s too late…” The plot is centered on a man (Chang) who, upon discovering his girlfriend (Graham) has cheated on him, tries to destroy all traces of their relationship, eventually realizing that this is futile, as what has happened cannot be undone.
This is a recording from my vinyl copy of “Afrique”, recorded in 1971. This is definitely my favorite jazz album of all time. The Count was an amazing musician who played with many of the worlds best musicians throughout his career. I have probably listened to this album at least 500 times. As most of those times, were me falling asleep to these enchanting solos, “I know this album better than the back of my hand!”
The World’ by Sandi & Matues combines the elevating dancibilty of ‘I Believe in Miracles' with the smooth & sassy sound of Marlena Shaw and the always-a-winner feelgood factor of 'Blackgold of the Sun’. The potent lead vocal is surrounded by bouncing backing vocals with stunning results. It is also one of those records so rare that only ONE original copy is known to exist, that being in the enviable hands of DJ Keb Darge.
First released as “Puttin’ It Onya” in 1978 in the UK, this LP was renamed “Dancealot" for its 1979 US release on Polydor, including "The Bitch", which in this instance replaced a track called "Breakout", that appeared only on the UK version.
Street Player had previously been released by the band Rufus in 1978. I know that this song is leaning more towards disco, but the break in this song has been a staple in Dj’s crates for a while as a anthem for many breakers world wide.
Ornette Coleman - Space Church (continuous services)
Its time for some Ornette Coleman. The free jazz pioneer’s output is so rich with beauty, and so varied in texture, that each period of his long career is ripe with astonishment. From 1987’s “In All Languages”, a brilliant double album containing half quartet, half Prime Time recordings, here is the quartet version of “Space Church”. One of his many slow haunting melodies, this track is given an extra ‘spacey’ feel by the faster tempo of the rhythm section, the jangling background (not sure what that is), and the strange bending electronic sound that pops up a few times to great effect.
Ornette Coleman was 56 when this was recorded, but as always his playing and composition show incredible creativity and vitality. The late Don Cherry on trumpet, and the untouchable rhythm section of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins round out the quartet.
I know a Filipino broad, she gets me Marlboros on the cheap for when I want to sit on my thinkin’ sofa, with the lights out, and just smoke…all night long. In the dark. Smoke. With a pistol in my hand, and a girl on my mind.
Michael Longo - “Like A Thief In The Night” (1974)
Longo has at least 18 albums under his own name. He has also appeared as a sideman or contributed original compositions to more than 50 additional albums. He has played with the likes of timeless greats such as Dizzy Gilespie, Oscar Peterson, and Count Basie to name a few.
February 10th marks the 3-year anniversary of the legendary J Dilla’s passing. The loss of James Yancey continues to be felt in musical circles from jazz to R&B, Detroit to Dubai, and everywhere in between. Despite the earthly void, however, the influence of Dilla continues to shine on.
From the album "The Champ", one of the heaviest albums ever made — and a monstrous bit of organ funk that never gets old! The Mohawks were a one-off studio group led by arranger/keyboardist Alan Hawkshaw (the “hawk” in the Mohawk name), and they’re working here in a mad London mix of beat group grooving, soul jazz Hammond, West End seediness, and even a bit of early rocksteady! The grooves are tremendous — a sweet blend of heavy bass, tight drums, and hard-wailing organ — never quitting all the way through, and served up on a set of nearly all original tunes!
"Jungle Fever", which sold over a million copies in the U.S. and reached #8. In the UK it fared less well: despite some airplay soon after release it was later banned by the BBC, which took exception to the song’s moaning and heavy breathing, first by a woman and later by a man. It peaked at #29.
I cant remember what year this is from. Its one of my favorite songs of all time. I remember hearing it for the first time on a college radio show (Upside Downside Show!! **much respect**) when I was 13 or 14 years old. I scrambled to find a cassette tape, and by the time I got it in my boom box the song was almost over. But I listened to the last have of that song for years on that tape. Those bass lines and piano riffs got to my soul in a way no song ever had before. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.