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Label of the month - Tidal Waves Music

Label of the month - Tidal Waves Music

Tidal Waves Music is a Belgium based record label that focuses on releasing gems that might have been under the radar within the vinyl community with no limitations of style and genre. Their first reissue was Nina Simone's A Rare Evening -  an intimate recording of Nina's live performance in Europe, which pretty much sets the tone for the label, unique and daring in its approach. Thanks to labels like Tidal Waves, gems are being excavated and with their small limited run and top notch quality control, it helps to give the music a chance for discovery once again.

Our first encounter with the label was the reissue of The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun, an exclusive release for RSD 2018, a delightful reissue to bring back to light - funky and contagious in its groove. With that said, you would have probably seen Tidal Waves swimming in our Funk / Soul / Soul Jazz section - they sure know how to choose what's groovy and bring it out for a surf. This is our attempt  at showcasing some of the LPs you might have missed while digging at the Vault!

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1. The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun

1970's  - It's Just Begun - a DJ favourite and sampled by some key players in the scene. Grandmaster Flash, Jungle brothers, Ice-T, De La Soul, Mos Def and many many more! A distinctive mix of Funk, Disco, Breaks, Pop Hooks, Social Commentary and a Gonzo Comedy feel. The groove on this LP is on another level, with the bass player (Doug Gibson) keeping it tight throughout. An absolute must to check out if you're interested in the roots of 70's funk.




2. The Real ShooBeeDoo - Reminiscing



Reggie Fields aka The Real ShooBeeDoo is well known in the Detroit jazz scene, having played and worked with the likes of Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra, while also known as a close associate of the Afro-centric TRIBE label and artist collective.

You might be familiar with titles such as Phil Ranelin’s “The Time Is Now!” and Ranelin & Harrison’s masterpiece “A Message From The Tribe”; well, Reggie has left his marks on these albums! We’re huge fans of these albums here at the vault, and we cannot recommend these enough – especially if you’re on that soul jazz / spiritual tip. “Reminiscing” first came into fruition on Wendell Harrison’s imprint WENHA in 1981 and is now lovingly reissued by Tidal Waves Music on deluxe 180g vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

The lineup on this record includes Billy McCoy (Pharoah Sanders) on piano, Tani Tabbal (Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra) on percussion, Allan Barnes (Nina Simone, Bootsy Collins, Gill Scott Heron) on saxophone, and Wendell Harrison (Tribe) himself on tenor saxophone and vocals.




3. The Nineteenth Whole - Smiln'



An organ funk groove classic at its best!

Recorded in 1972 by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder at the Indianapolis Club of their namesake, it’s a sparkly collage of Funk, Soul, Rock and Jazz fusion packed with all the right ingredients for a get down.

Fronted by Billy Wooten’s vibes, Cornell Dupree’s guitar and Buddy Caldwell’s percussion, the five lengthy soul-jazz pieces contain some of the best licks you’ll hear. Constant shifts in grooves drive the emotional ride along, keeping you hooked where it matters.

The interconnectedness of these scenes become apparent when you look up jazz legend Grant Green’s involvement with the group – members of The Nineteenth Whole were recruited by the guitarist as his rhythm section for live dates in Indianapolis. Originally released in 1972 on Eastbound Records, this is a special piece of Indy funk history lovingly brought to circulation again thanks to Tidal Waves Music. Released on 180g deluxe vinyl, limited to 500 copies.




4. Pharoah Sanders - Moon Child | Timeless Records | 1990 

First official reissue of this rare 1989 French session with the legendary Pharoah Sanders. On this album, Sanders provides a more traditional tone to the album mixed with mystical New Age vocals and astrological references. It might still be considered as an acquired taste when it comes to the sound of "Jazz" but no one has done it the way Pharoah has done it - extremely unique and experimental which makes it all the more a special listening experience to explore. 

It features an all-star line-up consisting of Stafford James (Sun Ra) on bass, William Henderson (Roy Ayers) on piano and Eddie Moore (Sonny Rollins) on drums. The overall sound is reminiscent of the days of "The Creator Has a Master Plan", cosmic in nature and spiritual in its own way. Pharoah Sanders is one of the few greats that we are lucky to have around in the music realm, providing an endless stream of soul and promoting the spirit of exploration - this album is a perfect example of his uniqueness and an invitation to check out his huge discography.




5. Tony Newton - Mysticism & Romance 



Drawing upon his rich past of immersion in the Detroit blues circuit, as well as his vision for the future, the cosmic bass player had truly broken ground on this highly intriguing album. This is the first ever vinyl reissue of Tony Newton’s solo debut from 1978.

Tony Newton is no stranger to the circuit, though. He started playing bass at a very young age with legends like John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker. He eventually became the touring bassist with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles on the famed 1965 European ‘Motown Review’ tour, and within two years, became the Miracles’ musical director.

P-funk-esque bass grooves and fusion jazz-rock lay the foundation for spacious synths and unusual instruments to dance around, driving forward a message of universal participation in the great symphony of life; of creativity and harmony, an invitation to tune in and discover our divine awareness. Once again, Tidal Waves has excavated an absolute gem of a record from 70’s Detroit.

 

Browse our Tidal Waves Music catalogue here.

Label of the Month - Le Très Jazz Club

Label of the Month -  Le Très Jazz Club

Le Tres Jazz Club – a jazz reissue label, founded in 2017 by Fuzati a french artist, die-hard crate digger, and co-founder of the hip-hop act Klub Des Loosers along with Elvin Pagiras who runs Modulor / Modulor Records, a shop & record label based in Paris. Les Tres Jazz Club is a sub-label to Modulor Records specializing in rare and sought after Jazz titles, where originals have seen exorbitant prices on our friendly neighborhood site, Discogs.

We've been really interested in Japanese Jazz for a while now, and interestingly enough, this French label is a great doorway into that world. Their pressings are top-notch and the packaging comes through nice and neat! What really shines though, is the music they choose to reissue. Let’s dive into the reissues by Le Tres Jazz Club that are currently at the vault, which you might have missed in your time here!

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1. Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet ‎– Leeward


The newest edition to our Japanese Jazz catalog - Leeward by Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet. With the opening track "Dawn" a long and slow piece led by a Fender Rhodes played in flanger mode, on which Mabumi Yamaguchi expresses a certain melancholy. A cross between Herbie Hancock and some of the lovely sounds produced by Les McCan on his Rhodes. The second piece, “Dewdrop”, a duet piece with Ichiro Doi on the piano invokes the same feeling of melancholy, minimal and sweet to the ears. The perfect 2 songs to start the album!

 


The rhythm picks up on the 3rd track "Distant thunder", a kind of jazz-funk samba in which Mabumi Yamaguchi lets each of his musicians take a long chorus, giving ample space for each instrument to shine - Reminiscent of the sounds of Azymuth with a Japanese Jazz touch sprinkled on top. The beautiful "Leeward" closes the album in a slightly more traditional but equally mastered style - a Bossanova feel that takes you right into the Yamaguchi Quartet Jazz club. It is almost impossible today to find an original pressing of this record, this reissue does justice to the music and definitely, a must-have for Japanese Jazz lovers. Have a listen :)

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2. Akira Miyazawa ‎– Four Units

Four units is a reissue of a 1969 session that teams Akira Miyazawa (Tenor Saxophone) with Masahiko Satoh (Piano), Yasuo Arakawa (Bass), and Masahiko Togashi (Drums) for four refreshing originals and a jazzy rework of Scarborough Fair. The music on the LP circles the outer reaches of hard bop mixed with a cup of free jazz, blues, and a slice of the spiritual cake. The opening title track showcases Akira Miyazawa's ability to stretch the sound of his Tenor Saxophone while still keeping a melodious theme as the rhythm section improvises on top of each phrasing. The second song, Dull summer introduces more of a Hard Bop feel to it, which slowly evolves into the avant-garde realm of things with Masahiko Togashi shining on the drums.

On the third track Scarborough Fair, arranged by pianist Masahiko Satoh, we can hear the spirit of Coltrane, with a strong dynamic flow from start to end mixed with a mystical mood reminiscent of Coltrane's legendary quartet. The phrasing of the piano and drums sound like an ode to Elvin Jones and Mccoy Tyner, while still adding their unique Japanese flavor to it. Overall a great LP to listen to from start to end! Four Units reveals Akira Miyazawa's unique style along with three other talented musicians whose work deserves more widespread recognition. This reissue is a must-have as well for all Japanese Jazz lovers, check it out! 




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3. Makoto Terashita ‎– Great Harvest

A lovely reissue of Makoto Terashita’s Great Harvest, originally released in 1978. Terashita has only released three records under his name with Great Harvest being the first followed by Topology in 1984 and Ihatov, a trio setting released in 1997. Here we see Terashita's exceptional mastery of the piano, accompanied by Bob Berg on tenor sax, Errol Walter on bass, Jo Jones Jr on drums, and Yoshiaki Masuo on guitar. The first track ‘Samoa’ was written with the image of a giraffe running on the prairie, a blend of Jazz-funk, Soul-jazz that touches lightly on your ears like the calm energy of a giraffe.

The third track Dai Hosaku (Great Harvest) was inspired by McCoy Tyner, where you can hear Terashita's magical touch on the keys and Tyner's influence in his choice of voicings. Here he takes each moment with a certain ease yet assertive in its mood, presenting a strong sense of nostalgia that really sets the scene of a "great harvest" somewhere in the countryside of Japan. Ending the LP is a beautiful cover of Ruby My Dear (Thelonious Monk), that sums up the entire mood of Great Harvest - a perfect tune in our opinion for an imagined night jazz club you wished you were in on a rainy day. You might have also learned about Makoto Terashita in BBE's J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan series. Volume 2 of that entry opens with him and Harold Land's Dragon Dance. Essential for all Japanese jazz fans and all great jazz lovers.


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4. George Otsuka Quintet - Physical Structure


The first reissue of George Otsuka Quintet's Physical Structure, which was originally released in 1976 via Three Blind Mice. Physical Structure is an amazing jazz-fusion album, featuring George Otsuka (Drums), Fumio Karashima (Piano / Electric Piano), Shozo Sasaki (Tenor / Alto Sax), Mitsuako Furuno (Bass), and Norio Ohno (Percussion). The album starts out with Fumio Karashima on piano gently building up the track as the Quintet slowly introduces new palettes of sound to ignite your curiosity. A certain sense of free jazz centered with a melodic theme on the piano while the rest of the instruments color around it.

The third track, Mustard Pot really showcases the fusion sound of Physical Structure - Electric synths and piano inducing dream-like melodies along with George Otsuka displaying his great sense of rhythm backed with Norio on percussion doing a call and response to his rhythmic chants. The standout track for us would be the sublime cover of "Naima" which alone justifies getting this record. The percussion and synth leading to the saxophone lead is one of the finest - goosebumps-inducing, which definitely sums up their jam as a quintet. Overall this LP is perfect for all jazz-fusion lovers and definitely a must-listen for those looking for something interesting and unique! 

Thank you for reading! 

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