Tuesday, 25 March 2008

String Fever by The Soulful Strings

Arranged, Conducted & Produced by Richard Evans

(1969 Cadet Records)

Recorded at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago, July 1969

The best of The Soulful Strings studio albums, but for "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", all the tracks on "String Fever" are original compositions and they do not disappoint. Totally Killa! Enjoy!

Side 1


Lenny Druss - Flute; Cleveland Eaton - Cello


Lenny Druss - Bass Flute; Richard Fudali - Flute

Chocolate Candy

Lenny Druss - Flute; Jeff Carp - Harmonica

High Rise Blues

Cash McCall - Guitar; Richie Fudali - Flute; Bruce Hayden - Viola

It's Cold Duck Time

Jeff Carp - Harmonica

Side 2

The Voices Inside

Jeff Carp - Harmonica; Sam Thomas - Guitar

Valdez In the Country

Phil Upchurch - Guitar; Cleveland Eaton - Cello

A Love Song

Ron Steele - Principal Guitar

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Richie Fudali - Flute; Jeff Carp - Harmonica

1974 Blues

Lenny Druss - Flute; Phil Upchurch - Guitar


The Soulful Strings Play Gamble-Huff

Produced & Arranged by Richard Evans (1970 Cadet Records)

Recorded at Tel-Mar Studios, Chicago, July/August 1970

Another great record from The Soulful Strings. Enjoy this very crisp transfer!

There are no notes concerning the musicians on this recording but The Soulful Strings have included the following personnel.

Phil Upchurch – Guitar
Cash McCall – Guitar
Morris Jennings Jr. – Drums
Richard Evans – Bass
Cleveland Eaton – Bass & Cello
Charles Stepney – Organ & Vibes

Bobby Christian – Vibes

Billy Wooten – Vibes

Richie Fudali – Flute

Lennie Druss – Flute
Sol Bobrov – Violin

Bruce Hayden – Viola

Side 1

Hey Western Union Man
I've Got A Groove
Beside You
Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Side 2

One Night Affair
Silly, Silly Fool
I Can't Stop Dancing
Deeper In Love With You
Never Gonna Give You Up

Monday, 24 March 2008

Hey Leroy by Jimmy Castor

Produced by Luchi De Jesus (1967 Smash Records)

Jimmy Castors first successful recording. This album is packed full of funked up latin rhythms and dance floor corkers! I also include the 45 single version of "Hey Leroy Your Mama's Callin' You" because the mastering is considerably different from the album version. Enjoy!

Richard Landrunm - Congas

Hillard Gibson - Guitar

Ken Mills - Piano

Paul Martinez - Bass

Reginald Barnes - Drums

Martin Charles - Congas

Side 1

Hey Leroy Your Mama's Callin' You

Bang, Bang

Our Day Will Come

Ham Hocks Espanol

How Beautiful You Are

Side 2

Hey Willie

Oh, Yeh

Winchester Cathedral

South Fried Frijoles

Ol' Man River


Friday, 21 March 2008

Rags To Rufus by Rufus

Featuring Chaka Khan

Producer by Bob Monaco & Rufus (1974 ABC Records Inc.)

Recorded at Quantum Studios, Torrance, California

Some serious funk sporadically peppers this album. The standout tracks are "You Got The Love" which was sampled to great effect by Tone Loc back in the day and the Stevie Wonder penned "Tell Me Something Good". Classic!

Backing Vocals - Al Ciner , Andre Fischer, Dennis Belfied, Kevin Murphy & Ron Stockert
Bass - Dennis Belfied
Drums - Andre Fischer
Guitar - Al Ciner
Keyboards - Ron Stockert
Lead Vocals - Chaka Khan & Ron Stockert
Organ & Clavinet - Kevin Murphy

All String and Horn Arrangements by Rufus

Side 1

1. You Got The Love
2. I Got The Right Street
3. Walkin' In The Sun
4. Rags To Rufus
5. Swing Down Chariot

Side 2
1. Sideways
2. Ain't Nothin' But A Maybe
3. Tell Me Something Good
4. Look Through My Eyes
5. In Love We Grow
6. Smokin' Room

Monday, 17 March 2008

All The Woo In The World by Bernie Worrell

Produced by Bernie Worrell & George Clinton

(1978 Arista Records)

Recorded at United Sound Systems, Detroit, Michigan

This is a Classic Funk Album. The opening track proves it beyond a doubt. "Hold On" is a fantastic slice of mellow funk and "Insurance For Funk" is a nasty slab of Funk improvisation. Enjoy!

All Keyboards & Synthesizers - Bernie Worrell

Bass - Rodney "Skeet" Curtis & Billy Nelson

Drums - Tyrone Lampkin, Jim Wright & Gary Cooper

Horns - Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Richard Griffith & Rick Gardner

Guitars - Gary Shider, J.S. Thiracon, William Collins, Pheps Collins, Micheal Hampton, Glenn Goins & Eddie Hazel

Back Ground Vocals - The Brides, Parlet, The Dr., Casper & Voices Of The Nation

String Arrangement on "Woo Together" by Dave Va De Pitte

Side 1

Woo Together

I'll Be With You

Hold On

Much Thrust

Side 2

Happy To Have (Happiness On Our Side)

Insurance Man For The Funk

Reprise: Much Thrust


Gozame! Pero Ya by Cal Tjader

Produced by Frank Dorritie (1980 Picante)

This album contains the killer classic "Shoshana" which features Poncho Sanchez. Brilliant!

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA, June 1980

Mark Levine - Piano & Fender Rhodes

Roger Glenn - Flute & Percussion

Vince Lateano Drums & Percussion

Rob Fisher - Bass

Poncho Sanchez - Congas Percussion

Mundell Lowe - Guitar

Side 1


This Couldn't Be The Real Thing

Bye Bye Blues

Side 2

Rogers Samba

Close Enough For Love

Will You Still Be Mine?

This Is Always


Friday, 14 March 2008

"La Familia" by Poncho Sanchez

Produced by Carl E. Jefferson (1989 Picante)

A steaming album from Poncho Sanchez. It has the studio version of "Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man" which is a classic!

Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood Nov, 1988

Poncho Sanchez - congas, percussion, lead vocals
Charlie Otwell - piano
Ramon Banda - timbales, bata, drums
Tony Banda - bass, vocals
David Romero - bongos, percussion, vocals, congas
Art Velasco - trombone, vocals
Kenny Goldberg - tenor & alto saxophone, flute
Sal Cracchiolo - trumpet, flugelhorn
Gray Foster alto Sax on 'Mambo Inn' and 'A Time For Love'

Side 1

1 La Familia
2 Cuidate Compai
3 Mambo Inn / On Green Dolphin Street
4 Senegal

Side 2

1. Well You Needn't
2. Campechana
3. Mambo Pa "T"
4. Time For Love, A
5. Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Along Comes Cal by Cal Tjader

Produced by

Arranged & Conducted by Chico O'Farrill

Recorded March 28 & 29 1967 at Van Gelder Studios, New Jersey

Los Bandidos Recorded Live at El Matador Jan. 1967

Another killer session from Cal Tjader. There are two stand-out classics on this album. The first is the live recording of "Los Bandidos" which is awesome and a reworking of "Samba Do Sueñho" from the classic "Bamboleate" album with Eddie Palmieri. This version of "Samba Do Sueñho" is more uptempo with an incredibly tight and slamming rhythm section. It also has a fantastic piano solo by Al Zulacia. This version just keeps getting better and better so grab it because it's hot!

Bandidos & Samba Do Sueñho

Congas - Armando Peraza

Piano - Al Zulacia

Bass - Stan Gilbert

Drums - Carl Burnett

All other tracks

Percussion - Ray Barretto & Armando Peraza

Drums - Grady Tate

Bass - Bobby Rodriguez

Piano - Chick Correa

Organ - Derek Smith

Side One

Quando Quando Que Sera

Round Midnight

Trick Or Treat

Yellow Days

Our Time Will Come

Along Comes Mary

Side Two

Los Bandidos


Green Peppers

Samba Do Sueñho