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


Friday, 8 August 2008

Cymande by Cymande

Produced by John Schroeder (1972 Janus Records)

Cymande are one of those few bands that changed forever my way of listening to music. I cannot praise this fabulous ensemble highly enough. This album is incredible. Pure Genius!

Bass - Steve Scipico

Drums - Sam Kelly

Guitar - Patrick Patterson

Congas - Pablo Gonsales

Saxophone (Alto) - Mike Rose

Saxophone (Alto & Soprano) - Derek Gibbs

Saxophone (Tenor) - Peter Serreo

Vocals & Percussion - Joey Dee & Ray King

Side One

Zion I

One More

Getting It Back



Side Two



The Message

Ras Tafarian Folk Song

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Betty Davis by Betty Davis

Produced by Gregg Errico (1973 Just Sunshine Records)

Recorded at Wally Heiders Studio, San Francisco.

A Classic Funk Album that seems to be out of print yet again!

Bass - Larry Graham

Drums - Greg Errico

Guitar - Doug Rodrigues & Neal Schon

Organ Clavinet - Hershall Happiness Kennedy

Saxophone - Skip Mesquit

Piano - Pete Sears

Congas - Victor Pantoja

Side One

If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up

Walkin Up The Road

Anti Love Song

Your Man My Man

Side Two

Ooh Yea

Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes

Game Is My Middle Name

In The Meantime


Saturday, 7 June 2008

Moods & Grooves by Ju-Par Universal Orchestra

Produced by Dick Boyell & Bruce Swedien

(1976 Ju-Par Records )

A bit of a curiosity this. It is very Funky but very very Kitsch at the same time. It has some serious Funk samples dotted all over this record for all you groove diggers and the musicianship is top notch.

Phil Upchurch - Guitar

Quinton Joseph - Drums

Lou Satterfield - Bass

Derf Walker - Percussion

Art Hayle - Trumpet

Murry Watson - Trumpet

Ken Soderdlom - Tenor Baritone

Rich Rudoll - Flute

Vocals - Kitty Haywood, Bonnie Herman and Vivian Haywood

Side A

Funky Music

Beauty & The Beast


Chicago Calypso

Side B

Mocha Velvet

Is Anyone Listening?

Flute Salad

Gotta Get-A-Way