Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Har-You Percussion Group was formed in the 1960's by what was called the Harlem Youth Act, a music outreach program that grouped together young boys aged 16-19 from Harlem in hopes that by getting them together and teaching them how to create music, it would inspire other youths from the inner city to break free from the streets and further their education. The director of this project was Montego Joe, a percussionist who definitely influenced the young musicians to produce a Afro-Cuban sound that is absolutely amazing and inspiring to listen to. And these the teenagers wrote all of the pieces and played every instrument on this album. Sure, if you were to nitpick, the musicians aren't always perfectly in sync on parts of a few tracks, but it's fairly easy to look past that when you listen to some of the percussion, and horn solos by these youngsters. It's truly a once in a lifetime album, and "Santa Cruz" is probably my favorite track off the album.
The Missa Luba was sang by a choir of 45 young Congolese boys, and is an extremely spiritual and joyful experience to listen it all the way through. A Belgium Priest named Uudo Haazen came to the Congo in the 1950's, and gathered these Congolese boys and wanted them to sing the Missa Luba "in the manner of your people, not my people". Raw, and touching, the overall result is one of the most beautiful pieces ever to be put on wax. "Sanctus" is just one movement of the Missa Luba, and probably my favorite part overall.
Friday, May 20, 2011
|Frankie Beverly and Maze!|
Picked up this 45 the other day without any idea of what this would sound like, but with the band name "Frankie Beverly's Raw Soul", I figured it'd have to be semi-interesting. I wasn't disappointed! The song starts out with a strong horn intro, and a "huh!" and it's all gravy after that. Frankie Beverly's Raw Soul were originally from Philly then re-located to San Francisco in the early 70's, where they met Marvin Gaye, who used the "Raw Soul" band as his opening act when touring. Later the band changed their name to Maze upon Gaye's recommendation, and they had some minor hits along the lines of Earth, Wind, & Fire in the mid to late 70's.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I've been digging on a lot of Latin music recently, especially anything on Fania Records from the late 60's/early 70's era. Whether it's a boogaloo, a salsa, a mambo, a Latin-funk gem, I've been digging on it all. Since Monday is generally a day that can drag on occasion, I thought, what better mix than a peppy Latin mix to spice up the morning?
1. Lebron Brothers "Salsa y Control" off of Salsa y Control. A good steady pace salsa album by the Lebron Brothers.
2. Louie Ramirez "Yambu" off of Ali Baba. Good album, with mixture of English and Spanish songs. Louie is also one funny cat, and mixes his sense-of-humor with great tracks.
3. Richardo Rey "Richie's Jala Jala" off of Jala Jala y Boogaloo. One of my favorite Latin albums from the 60's/70's Fania era.
4. Ray Barretto "Boogaloo Con Soul" off of Latino Con Soul. A great, straight-up boogaloo track. This isn't my favorite Barretto album (that would be Acid), but Latino Con Soul is a consistently strong album track for track.
5. Perez Prado "Perdiendo La Cabeza (Goin' Out of my Head)" off of Perez Prado 70. I got to give props to the great blog Soul-Sides, as I was only familiar with Prado's early mambo music from the 50's before I read a post over there a few months back about Prado's departure to Mexico City, and the subsequent funky, electric compositions he was experimenting with during this era. I picked this up from Dusty Grooves, and I have to say that I dig Perez Prado 70 even more than early mambo classic albums like Havana 3 A.M. and Mambo Mania. This track, at around 1:40, gives me the goosebumps. Great stuff!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
|Note: This isn't my collection!|
Let me first say that I'm not a collector. I'm a big fan, listener and lover of all things music, usually geared towards 60's and 70's music of all genres, most specifically soul, jazz, and anything groove-based, but I'm not a collector per se. I know what I like and what I don't like though. And with my collection, I generally try to keep it to one large bookshelf, and that's it, which holds up to around 900 albums. I like to keep it this way, for my sake, and also because I promised my wife that I'll keep it to one shelf. Once I get to where I run out of room, I'll usually go through my collection and take out around 50 albums to trade in for more music because I need my fix, and the music shopping cycle continues. Last night, I spent a good few hours sorting through albums that I didn't feel I needed anymore. So, what got the hack? Albums like: The Rolling Stones "It's Only Rock and Roll", Joe Meek "I Hear a New World", Leonard Cohen "Recent Songs", The Small Faces "The Collection", The Yardbirds "Greatest Hits Vol.1", A Tribe Called Quest "The Love Movement", and Justin Hinds & The Dominoes "Anthology", Jelly Roll Morton "The Red Hot Peppers Sessions", among over twenty other albums. A few of these artists/bands I already own plenty of other albums of theirs, like The Rolling Stones for example, I own over 10 of their albums, and "It's Only Rock and Roll" is the one I happen to listen and enjoy the least of all. The Tribe is my favorite hip hop group of all-time, but honestly I feel I really only need their first four albums, as their last album "The Love Movement", is pretty weak. I thought in honor of the albums I am trading in, I would post a few tracks from a few of these albums, which are good tracks but didn't persuade me enough to keep the album.
Monday, May 9, 2011
When hearing his voice, it's amazing that Moses wasn't as known as we should've been. After releasing Time and Place, he performed occasionally but never recorded in the studio again.