The Topics – Reissue!

Mais um excelente trabalho de escavação por parte da Jazzman Records. Não serão raros os casos em que damos relevo a (re)edições levadas a cabo pela Jazzman, mas este  – além de recente – é um daqueles discos de arrepiar os cabelos a um careca.
Partam o vosso porquinho mealheiro e botem esta rodela a girar. Vão ver que em pouco tempo estarão a girar com ela!

PS: vai rodar muito no Magia Negra, estejam atentos!

“This LP is the perfect combination of Crossover and Modern
soul filled with strong black male group harmonies and funky instrumentation, a recording to savor the palette of soul and funk collectors across the board.  This release isn’t just about the vocalists but also the variety of talented musicians and unique instrumentation involved in creating this timeless testament to West Coast African-American consciousness of the late 70s and early 80s.

One of our key initiatives at Jazzman Records is setting the facts straight, righting the wrongs of mistaken identities and often giving previously unknown artists credit where credit is well overdue.  In this case, our main topic of discussion is The Topics and their “Wanted Live! By A Million Girls” LP.  The funky soul archaeologists here at Jazzman are extremely proud to announce this forthcoming release in our Soul Spectrum? Series.

We’ve invested all our fine tuned resources into making this LP reissue even better than the original.  All 8 tracks have been digitally remastered while all of the original LP cover art has been reproduced as an exact replica of the original LP issued in the early 1980s.  You may try your hand at obtaining an off condition copy in the 1,000GBP price range or file our brilliant limited edition reissue with a bonus extensive liner notes insert in your collection for only a fraction of the price.

As group harmony and soul groups go, in many cases, there are some very popular group names, popular to the point of redundancy.  Often the same name was used by different, multiple groups all around the country, round about the same time, coincidentally unbeknownst to one another.  While the artists didn’t intend to be any less unique than others sharing the same name, this duplicity has caused quite a bit of debate and confusion for record collectors over the years.

The mystery of this rather ambiguously designed Modern Soul LP has haunted collectors for decades.  Now for the first time ever, we can finally confirm that this specific West Coast group is (from Fresno, CA and) only recorded on the Token and NCS labels and is not to be confused with any other groups of the same name who recorded on the Heavy-Duty, Dream, TSG, Noodle, Carnival, Chadwick, Mercury, Castle and Brother III labels.”

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10 West Coast Jazz Funk Records by Kerbside Collection

Kerbside Collection released Mind the Curb last year feauturing originals alongside with some reinterpretations of giants like Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane or George Benson. After getting a treat to our ears with their record, we challenged them to make us a list of great West Coast flavoured Jazz Funk records. Here is the list of this promising australian band:

George Benson – Breezin’

Bit of a no brainer here! One of the kings of Jazz Funk – George Benson – with his classic record full of hits – Affirmation, Breezin’, Masquerade, So this is Love? etc (funny enough only containing 1 tune written by him, but his interpretations and playing on all the tunes commanded attention worldwide). Solid drums – Harvey Mason (many producers around the world cross reference this album for kick and snare sounds!), incredible Bass playing from his long standing bass player Stanley Banks (he also plays a mean tambourine with his foot), and the great Jorge Dalto on Clav and piano…Essential!….sounds best on Vinyl (very easy to find!)

Chico Hamilton – Nomad

This is one of Chico’s lesser known albums – recorded in 1980, but containing all the warmth and some of the interesting electric flavours of the 70s (whilst not being ‘jazz-rock’ – as was the craze during the mid-late 70′s). Contains some strange but still melodic and ‘musical’ experiments with textures and tones that conjure up the coastline. Containing some Larry Carlton-ish moments for the purists.

Joe Sample – Carmel

The man behind the mighty Jazz Crusaders (Street Life), who’s playing and work embodies the perfect combination of Jazz and Funk. Sometimes seen as being too jazzy for the ‘soul and funk’ world or too ‘groovy’ for the jazz world, his music was always rich with melody and heavy with groove…..just what we like….. Incredible composer, arranger and musician (piano/keys). This is just one of the many quality solo albums he made under his own name – but always alongside his main man on drums and co-production – ‘Stix’ Hooper.

Gabor Szabo – Magical Connection

Gabor was a Hungarian born jazz guitarist that moved to the States and made some classic records by himself and with ensembles (including a member of Chico Hamilton’s 61-65 Quartet) for labels such as Impulse and CTI. He brought a rustic, folky and gypsy flavour to American music and state’s that his version of Breezin’ (as heard on Bobby Womack’s ‘HIgh Contrast’ album) was actually the inspiration for the hit that George Benson made out of it. This album (although only containing one of his originals) contains some funky arrangements almost teetering on northern soul and rock territory.

Abahambi – Balomhlaba (“Freeway”)

A bit of a curve ball in the ‘West Coast Jazz Funk’ category, but with plenty of all the vital stylistics! A non-existing and unknown album recorded by an all instrumental South African ensemble in 1975 re-released on in 2013 on German label Black Pearl. Incredibly tight grooves with some fine jazz guitar work! Amazing!

Freddy Robbinson – Hot fun in The Summertime

A nice album on Pacific Jazz Records, containing all the vital and hip elements of a fine West Coast record!

Wes Montgomery with Jimmy Smith – Starportrait

Hard to pick one Wes LP, but this album (made with hammond guru Jimmy Smith) contains a great snapshot of the traditional 60′s sounding West Coast jazz funk.
Wes had such an unorthodox playing style, but achieved incredible and exciting results along with his sometimes whimsical and light hearted inflections.

Eddie Roberts – Roughneck

Moving onto the more recent releases. This is the first solo LP from The New Mastersound’s mastermind and guitarist Eddie Roberts.
This was a chance for him to stretch out to some ‘jazzier’ swingin’ territory, and contains all kinds including some bop-ish and soul jazz flavours.
From 2005 – A future classic with some smoking guitar work, and gritty production!

The Stance Brothers – Kindred Spirits

A concept album masterminded by Finnish drummer and producer Teppo Makynen (Five Corners Quintet, Nu-Spirit Helsinki) who plays and produced everything recorded onto 4 track cassette recorder with 2 cheap mics. A masterpiece in it’s entirety with all the trimmings and flavours of the ‘West Coast’ sound.

Mattson 2 Meets Ray Barbee

A collaboration between the the new breed of West Coast talent – The Mattson 2 – young brothers from San Diego reviving some of the classic 50′s surf sounds alongside pro-skater turned self-tought instrumentalist Ray Barbee. A project masterminded by film maker and artist Thomas Campbell (known for his Seedling and Sprout surf films which feature music from both artists). Very much on the mellow jazz side of the spectrum.

Oh! And hear this great mixtape by the Kerbside Collection with some really cool rare groove:


Magia Negra Mixtape #9 | DubLab mix !

We asked our friends at dublab to make an exclusive mix for us and they did!
We proudly bring you the result, directly from LA, the dublab mix!

Make sure you tune into DUBLAB!

dublab is a non-profit web radio collective devoted to the growth of positive music, arts and culture. We have been broadcasting independently since 1999. Our audience of turned-on listeners connect from around the world. dublab’s mission is to share beautiful music via the world’s best djs. What you hear on dublab crosses genres and defies classification. Unlike traditional radio, the dublab djs have total freedom of selection. You will experience many different sounds, but find they all have the same soulful root. We have extended our creative action to include art exhibits, film projects, event production and record releases.

A special thank you to Ale! You’re the man!

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