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Sunday, 5 July 2009

Gone With The Wave by Lalo Schifrin

Produced by Stanley Wilson (Colpix 1964)

Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1964

This did get a release on CD around 1999 but it seems to be hard to get. I like this album mainly because of the track "Taco-Taquito" which I find addictive. There are some cool moments of lush cool jazz like "Aqua Blues" or "Breaks Bosa Nova".

Side One

Gone With the Wave
Laniakea Waltz
A Taste of Bambo
[aka Hot Saké by Quincy Jones]
Halieva Blues



Side Two

Aqua Blues
Surf Waltz
Five by Four (Ala Moana)
Breaks Bossa Nova
Waimea Bay

Monday, 18 May 2009

Rotary Connection by Rotary Connection

Produced by Charles Stepney & Marshall Chess (1969 Cadet)

This was release two years earlier on the Checker label but in 1969 it made it out on the Cadet Label. It is a collection of songs that could be loosely called psychedelic soul. It is acquired listening and the stand-out tunes for me are "Turn Me On", "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Didn't Want To Have To Do It". Also on here is a sitar sample lifted successfully by the Fugees.

Side A


Rapid Transit

Turn Me On

Pink Noise

Lady Jane

Like A Rolling Stone

Side B

Soul Man

Sursum Mentes

Didn't Want To Have To Do It

Black Noise

Memory Band

Ruby Tuesday

Rotary Connection

Sunday, 15 February 2009

The Fabulous Ronettes by the Ronettes

Estelle Bennett (below middle) from the classic Ronettes has passed at 67. Phil Spector may have given the group their hits but their irresistible charisma kept them as princesses of pop for a solid 16 months. Their tunes still get a party jumping 46 years later, no problem!

The more favored of the trio was (Veronica) Ronnie Bennett as she went on to marry the Gun-Totting-Wall-of-Sound-Svengali in 1968, only to divorce six years later.

Estelle also married in 1968 and had a daughter. She left the industry until 1988, when suddenly, the spotlight was turned back on for an acrimonious court case between the Ronettes and Spector over royalties. Spector was ordered to pay $3 million but the ruling was over turned on appeal.

For me this is one group that will always be special. If you want your baby to dance, their tunes are simply perfect!

Estelle may have passed but she will never be forgotten! Come on Baby!

Side A

(Walking) In The Rain (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector)
Do I Love You? (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
So Young (William Tyus)
(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
I Wonder (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)
What'd I Say? (Ray Charles)

Side B

Be My Baby (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) "You, Baby" (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector)
Baby, I Love You (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)
How Does It Feel? (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
When I Saw You (Phil Spector)

Chapel Of Love (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)


Saturday, 30 August 2008

Dinner Music by Rotary Connection

Produced & Arranged by Charles Stepney

(1970 Cadet Concept Records)

Recorded at Ten Mar Studios, Chicago, Illinois, November 1969

The penultimate album from Rotary Connection before they were deemed uncommercial or unmarketable. Still, this album is not as strong as their pervious efforts but it has its moments.


Minnie Riperton

Mitch Aliota

Sidney Barnes

Judy Hauff

Tommy Vincent

Bobby Simms

Side One


We Will Be Free

Living Alone

Lektricks #1

Country Things


May Our Amens Be True

Stormy Monday Blues

Side Two

Love Me Now

Lonely Summer


Lektricks #2

Merry Prankster

Pump Effect

Want You To Know


Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof by Cal Tjader

Produced by

Recorded at A&R Recording, New York City

June 1 and 2 1965

Recorded at Van Gelder

Studios, New Jersey

July 21 and 22 1965

This is a great Cal Tjader album. Soul Bird (Tin Tin Dao), Daddy Wong Legs and Soul Motion instantly invoke the word classic. Doxy is a fun number with a vibrant groove. Some of these tracks are featured on the 1973 Remastered Collection Double Album 'Doxy'.

Bass - Richard Davis

Piano - Paul Griffin

Drums - Sol Gubin & Grady Tate

Percussion - Armando Peraza

On 'Reza' Bass - Terry Hilliard, Drums - John Rae and Piano - Lonnie Hewitt

Side One

1. The Whiffenpoof Song

2. Soul Bird (Tin Tin Dao)

3. How High The Moon

4. That's All

5. Soul Motion

6. Reza

Side Two

1. The Prophet

2. Sonny Boy

3. Doxy

4. Samba De Orfeu

5. Shiny Silk Stockings

6. Daddy Wong Legs


Saturday, 23 August 2008

Aladdin by Rotary Connection

Produced & Arranged by Charles Stepney

(1968 Cadet Concept Records)

Rotary Connection are a group that optimizes hippy. The music is kitsch, often inspired and at times difficult but this album has some real gems. Anything that has Minnie Riperton as a vocalist is worth checking out!

As for groove diggers, this album will certainly satisfy, as it contains immense grooves and funky drum breaks. Enjoy!


Minnie Riperton

Mitch Aliota

Sidney Barnes

Judy Hauff

Tommy Vincent

Bobby Simms

Side One

Life Could

Teach Me How To Fly


Let Them Talk

I Took A Ride (Caravan)

Side Two


Magical World

I Must Be There

I Feel Sorry

Paper Castle


Saturday, 9 August 2008

Marquis De Sade by Lalo Schifrin

The Dissection And Reconstruction Of Music From The Past As Performed By The Inmates Of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble As A Tribute To The Memory Of The Marquis De Sade by Lalo Schifrin

Produced, Arranged and Conducted by Lalo Schifrin

(1966 Verve)

I think the title says it all? If not, this is a curiosity and definitely a grower. I have had this for years and it gets better with each listen. It is also wonderfully produced by Schifrin in a crisp and clean fashion. All I can say is that this album is like fine wine because it matures with age.

Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey April 27th

Drums - Grady Tate

Guitar - Gene Bertoncini

Harp - Gloria Agostini

Bass - Richard Davis

Cello - George Ricci

Viola - Alfred Brown

Piano - Lalo Schifrin

Side One

Old Laces

The Wig

The Blues For Johann Sebastian


Beneath A Weeping Willow Shade

Side Two

Versailles Promenade


Marquis De Sade


Bossa Antique