Filed under as Bossanova, Samba, Jazz, Funk, Breaks and Psychedelic Rock, listeners here can expect a 29 minute long LP of unique song arrangements and interesting sonic timbres. Madlib described it as an album he could listen to every day for the rest of his life and we won’t disagree with that. Funky, Jazzy and free yet intimate and soulful, a journey through different emotions. An essential record for all of you starting their journey on Brazilian music.
Portuondo, who is one of Cuba’s most acclaimed artist released her self-titled album in 2000. A true classic in songwriting which features many traditional musical styles, from son to guajira to bolero. On top of that, Portuondo’s voice is close to near perfection, evoking a sense of nostalgia, which instantly teleports the listener to her homeland. Nicknamed “The Fiancee of Feelings ”, this is one of our top recommendations at the vault – true vibes here!
Transa is the fourth album by Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso, originally released in 1972 by Polygram. Recorded during his exile in London - the LP sounds like 70s electric rock fused with that Brazilian feel - strong percussive elements, berimbau sounds and his own Viola playing. Some songs were sung in English and some in Portuguese, all presenting a melancholic vibe with his strong yearning voice paired with beautiful chord changes and dynamic song structures. Sounds ahead of its time! Highly recommend this album.
This 1980s Brazilian psych-folk LP reissued by Altercat records is a true gem. Drawing inspiration from the folklore of the Amazon and Brazil’s northeastern regions, the songs are an introspective journey into the living Amazon expressed through a spiritual touch of strong rhythmic percussions and melodies.
Reissue of 1970’s best-kept Bossa Nova Secret, Werther courtesy of Altercat Records once again. 12 tracks that evoke such an intimate and personal feel supported by subtle musical arrangements. Classic at times - the subtle strums of the guitar and the blowing of the flute paired with raw and honest vocals, makes this one of our top LPs currently at the vault. Can’t get any more real than this! Definitely, a must-listen, underrated piece.
Here are some of our top picks of 2019! It was very difficult to narrow it down to just 10 but we managed to pick some based on what was popular amongst you guys who have supported the vault over this year. We added more tunes to our Spotify playlist so that some of these titles don't get missed out but here are our 10 picks, in no particular order!
*A big shout out to all who came through and spent the year with us listening and discovering music together
1. VA - Pacific Breeze (Japanese City Pop, AOR, Boogie 1976-1986)
One of those compilations that you won’t want to skip a single song. A very good introductory to the world of Japanese City Pop and one of our best sellers here at the Vault. With its eye-striking cover painting done by Tokyo based artist Hiroshi Nagai, we’ve seen many head turners and questions asked purely based on its illustration. Many key City Pop players on here, from Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida, as well as cult favorites Hitomi Tohyama and Hiroshi Sato. The music ranges from the playful emotions of City pop, its Machine like – Computer funk groove, right down to that distinct nostalgia which we all love from time to time. If City Pop is your thing, this compilation won’t disappoint!
2. Meitei - Kwaidan
Released on vinyl by local imprint Evening Chants, Meitei’s Kwaidan is a weird and wonderful journey into the spooky world of Kwaidan – a style of Japanese ghost stories. Using intricate sound collage as form, the lost Japanese mood is presented in a contemporary spin on this exceptional LP.
3. Fauxe - Ikhlas
Our first release as a label! This wonderful beats album by local producer Fauxe was initially released on cassette in 2018, and we absolutely had to release it on vinyl. Fauxes exploration of the KL music scene is a story expressed through samples of traditional Malaysia music with Hip Hop as its vehicle. Inspired by an eight-month stay in Malaysia, this LP is a true modern ode to the sonic legacy of the country. Likewise, we are inspired by the man's love for music of all sorts and his Ikhlas (sincere) creativity.
4. Various Artist - Hydeout Productions - First Collection
A compilation album, the first of 2 released by Nujabes Hydeout Productions Label. Previously on CD, these beautiful songs have made their way onto wax for the first time. Featuring some major players such as Funky DL, Apani B-Fly Emcee and Shing02 paired with the iconic beats of the late Nujabes. Not much has to be said but this compilation helps to show how far his music has reached out, breaking boundaries and forming a unique vibe truly known to Nujabes. With his classic style of sampling and his known swing, the music here presents a colorful, wavering and watery flow that brings moods of both melancholy and beauty.
5. Bombay S Jayashri - Shravanam
Time Capsule has knocked it out of the park with their fourth release, presenting the transcendental work of intimately spiritual Indian classical music by celebrated vocalist and composer Bombay S Jayashri. The drone of the tambura, intricate percussion and meditative chanting make up its deep musical landscape, truly engulfing any room this is played in; deservedly due to the incredible production. An incredible release by Time Capsule that will touch anyone with a spiritual charge.
6. Keith Jarrett - The Melody At Night
This LP is on rotation at the store most of the time as it fits the vibe of the store perfectly! If you have visited our store in the last 3 months, you probably would have heard it. Melancholic and beautiful from start to end with the solo piano work of Keith Jarrett, this LP is perfect for an after-work listen or just before you head to bed! First time on Vinyl from the good people of ECM Label, we highly recommend it for all music lovers and vinyl collectors :) Perfect album to sum up the end of 2019.
7. Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia
First official reissue of this plantastic masterpiece made up of beautifully synthesized arrangements for flora and fauna. Surely one of the most popular reissues of 2019 with its iconic artwork along with some lovely melodies packed in here. It comes with a very creative seed paper download card - plant it and watch it sprout :) “Warm earth music for plants and the people that love them” – all melodies were created on the Moog, orchestrated by Mort Garson leading the instrument to speak a charming and subtle language. If you haven’t listened to this, we ought you to! Truly putting the synth in photosynthesis is the right tag line!
8. Sampa The Great - The Return
Melbourne artist Sampa The Great here with her debut album The Return. Truly unique rhythmic flow throughout with top productions and water like rhymes. Some key collaborations here as well such as Silent Jay, Jon Wayne and London Jazz collective Steam Down, giving it that extra flavor. Listening to it in its entirety is key here, with each tune touching different styles yet moving seamlessly as it progresses. Surely a must-listen for all hip hop heads and RNB lovers looking for that fresh sound.
9. Resavoir - Resavoir
Chicago collective Resavoir with their first full-length album providing a very refreshing take on Modern / Contemporary Jazz. It features a suite of elegantly orchestrated jazz instrumentals filled with samples and interesting electronic textures. Loads of rhythmic styles on this one as well with that breakbeat, hip hop, house, and soul-jazz type rhythm. If you’re looking for something fresh sounding, Resavoir is a perfect LP to sum up that cross between Modern Jazz, Electronic and Ambient music.
10. The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery
Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is the second studio album by the English group, The Comet Is Coming. With Shabakka Hutchings leading the group with his high paced out style of playing the saxophone / Bass clarinet paired with lush electronic elements and a tightly pocketed drum groove – All the right elements for an interesting listen, definitely one of the freshest sounds in 2019, contributing to the ever-growing sound of the UK Jazz scene.
While jazz records seem fewer and far between on this year’s Record Store Day 2018 set of releases, we here at The Analog Vault are particularly excited about the following albums being released this RSD.
2 official previously unissued recordings of jazz-funk guitarist Grant Green in over 10 years:
Grant Green - Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LPs | Resonance Records
Grant Green - Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP | Resonance Records
The vinyl release of Hudson, by jazz-meets-rock supergroup, consisting of multi-generational quartet drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield | Motéma Music
A previously unheard EP by Miles Davis called Rubberband, featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan | Warner Bros/Rhino
An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music
Thelonious Monk – Monk (Remastered) | Columbia / Legacy
We will be stocking a limited number of these albums to be sold at our store on Record Store Day 2018, 21st April 2018 Saturday, onwards.
More details on each of the titles below.
Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 3LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
Remastered audio transferred directly from the original tape reels.
Includes extensive booklet with rare photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir and Christian Rose; essays by noted jazz producer Michael Cuscuna, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Ina's Pascal Rozat; interviews with organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), organist Clarence Palmer & more
Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's | Deluxe limited-edition 180gm 2LP, mastered at Bernie Grundman, pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by RTI.
Remastered audio transferred directly from the original 10" tape reels.
Includes exhaustive booklet with rare photos taken at the club by Gerry Nairn; essays by acclaimed writer A. Scott Galloway, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, Vancouver DJ Gary Barclay; interviews with Detroit guitar legend Perry Hughes, Green's son Greg Green (aka Grant Green Jr.), drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams; plus words from Grant Green and keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins in 1975
“Resonance Records is proud to announce the first official previously unissued recordings of Grant Green in over 10 years, capturing the jazz-funk guitar icon during what's believed to have been his only performances in France and Vancouver.Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) is being released in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (Ina) with remastered high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tapes of the Office of French Radio and Television (ORTF). This is also Resonance's third album released in partnership with INA in a series of ORTF recordings, following 2016's critically acclaimed Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings and 2017's Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording.
In tandem with Funk in France, Resonance will also release a never-before-issued recording called Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's captured live on September 5, 1975 at a popular club in Vancouver, BC Canada called Oil Can Harry's. Taped 3 years after the classic Live at the Lighthouse album released on Blue Note in 1972, this marks the latest known official live Grant Green recording on CD and LP.
Both albums will be available exclusively for Record Store Day on April 21, 2018, followed by CD and digital releases on May 25, 2018. Funk in France is being released as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 3LP gatefold set, mastered at the legendary Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). This collection of recordings from the ORTF studios in Paris on October 26, 1969 features the legendary guitarist with bassist Larry Ridley and drummerDon Lamond, with jazz guitar icon Barney Kessel accompanying Green on "I Wish You Love"; plus full concert recordings from the Antibes Jazz Festival on June 18 and 20, 1970 with saxophonist Claude Bartee and organist Clarence Palmer, who both played on Green's classic 1969 Blue Note album Carryin' On, and drummer Billy Wilson. The ORTF studio session was taped for a radio broadcast produced by legendary French producer André Francis. The Antibes recording was taped less than a month before Green's first live release Alive! on Blue Note Records.
The companion album Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry's is also being released on Record Store Day as a limited-edition, hand-numbered (of 3,000) 180-gram 2LP gatefold set, mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and pressed at 33 1/3 RPM by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). Featuring a primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg "Vibrations" Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, this recording was originally broadcast on CHQM-FM in Vancouver by the DJ Gary Barclay and has been transferred from his original 10" reels to reveal a sterling sonic experience.
Producer Zev Feldman says about these projects, "I wanted to create a really special event celebrating Grant Green and thought that putting out 2 separate albums at once would make a stronger statement than just one. And in fact, Funk in France is actually 2-albums-in-1, with the Paris and Antibes recordings being combined together in one 3LP and 2CD set. Fans will note that the Paris material recorded at the ORTF studio has been previously leaked to YouTube, so we could have just released Antibes on its own, but we thought both recordings deserved the official Resonance treatment. We're also proud to have the family's involvement on these recordings, including the eldest son Greg, who is also an incredible jazz guitarist like his father. These albums showcase what I call Green's "evolution of the funk," and I think these albums will excite longtime Grant Green fans and hopefully bring new fans along for the ride too."” – Press release
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield - Hudson | Motéma Music
“Music giants Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield, join forces in the electrifying new jazz-meets-rock supergroup, Hudson. Inspired by the beauty and spirit of their home region, New York’s Hudson River Valley, these famed improvisers bring fresh dimensions to Woodstock associated classics by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band and as well as compelling original compositions.” – Record Store Day website
“On their own, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist/organist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield can each boast careers that are stunning in their diversity and reach, building impressive audiences across a wide range of genres and styles from jazz to rock and beyond. Together they comprise the rare supergroup worthy of the name. What’s brought them together is not just their similarly adventurous and virtuosic music, but a shared love for the scenery and spirit of the Hudson River Valley, which all four call home. ...
The group’s extraordinary self-titled debut, Hudson strikingly captures the atmosphere and beauty of the region while celebrating the extraordinary music that has emerged from it. Mixing original music with thrilling renditions of world-famous songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Hudson has created an album as spectacular and breathtaking as the Hudson Valley itself.” – Press Release
“Too often, musicians of this caliber who come together under the particular umbrella of a "project" find the end result muddied by any number of difficulties, from individual egos to production excesses. Thankfully, none of that is the case with Hudson, the collective recording by the all-star, multi-generational quartet of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. ...
Hudson is a modern update that harkens back -- in feel -- to the great Blue Note sessions of the '60s, when a group of jazz masters could come together to play good music and let off some steam. We need more records like this.” – AllMusic
Mile Davis – Rubberband EP | Warner Bros/Rhino
“In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. Records and started recording Rubberband. This album marked a radical departure for him, with funk and soul grooves, and was to include vocals by Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. The album was subsequently shelved and Davis went on to record Tutu.
Rubberband’s title track has been updated and remixed by its producers, with vocals by R&B / jazz singer Ledisi. Randy Hall and Zane Giles also finished the original version for this exclusive 4-track Record Store Day EP. The cover artwork is a painting by Davis.” – Record Store Day website
“A previously unheard Miles Davis recording is set to be released for the first time. A project called ‘Rubberband of Life’ featuring Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan was shelved by Warner records in 1985; Miles ended up recording his Tutu album with Marcus Miller instead.
The music remained unfinished until a few months ago when the original producers (Randy Hall and Zane Giles) recruited Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. and Grammy-winning singer Ledisi to complete the EP. A whole album release is on the cards for later this year.
“It was fat grooves, really funky, Miles talking. It was street and funky and dirty. We didn’t go after writing a great jazz song, Miles wanted the street thing; he wanted the chord changes he wanted to play. The basis was to take it to the street like ‘On The Corner’, it was Miles taking more chances,” said Hall. Giles added, “Miles kept saying ‘I don’t wanna do my usual stuff. I wanna do something different.’”
The EP set to be released on Record Store Day – April 21, with an album sleeve featuring a painting by Miles Davis himself:” – JazzFM
An Evening With Ornette Coleman, Part 2 | ORG Music
“An Evening With Ornette Coleman (Part 2) is taken from a 1965 concert at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. This album captures Coleman during a transitional period that showcases his experimentation with contemporary classical forms. The recordings have been released in various forms over the years, though the last US vinyl pressing is now over 40 years old. Presented as the second in a two part series, this reissue shines a new light on the fantastic recording from a world-renowned jazz great. Pressed on 180gram color vinyl at Pallas in Germany, this limited edition release features new artwork and is exclusive to Record Store Day 2018.” – Record Store Day website
Thelonious Monk – Monk | Columbia
“Thelonious Monk's fourth studio album for Columbia Records, released in 1964, featured a sprightly mix of standards ("Just You, Just Me", "April In Paris") and originals ("Teo", a unique arrangement of "Children's Song (This Old Man)"). Monk would use this lineup (himself on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gates on bass and Ben Riley on drums) in the studio and in concert for the next four years. To close Monk's centennial year, rediscover this overlooked gem in his discography, newly remastered at high resolution from the original master tapes.” – Record Store Day website
Born on 25th April 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz vocalists of all time, becoming highly synonymous with countless jazz standards.
Remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where the album was originally recorded in 1959 under the supervision of Verve Records founder Norman Granz. The box set will consist of the original 5 LP album with a new 10-inch instrumental EP. Which includes orchestra tracks and additional session material, one of which is a mono alternate take of "Oh! Lady Be Good!" on vinyl for the first time ever.
The set also includes replicas of the five lithographs by French impressionist painter Bernard Buffet and a hardcover book, Words And Music, which has been updated with additional historical information and an afterword by noted author David Ritz.
Following the story of Islamic influence on notable public figures Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali who were strong proponents of African American liberation politics during the civil rights era. Which lead to many musicians converting to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam, which included several legendary jazz pioneers Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef (who is featured on this compilation). Subsequently the music that was recorded drew heavily from Middle Eastern music, invoking the spiritual and esoteric sounds of Islamic Africa.
The compilation features feature tracks that have never been reissued before and is pressed on double vinyl.
Check out Yusef Lateef's 'Morning' off the compilation and full tracklist below.
Tracklist: 01. Maurice McIntyre - "Humility In The Light Of Creator" 02. Ritual Trio - "Africanos/Latinos" 03. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim - "Kalahari Suite" 04. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Uhuru" 05. East New York Ensemble De Music - "Mevlana" 06. Idrees Sulieman - "The Camel" 07. Yusef Lateef - "Morning" 08. Sabu & Sahib Shihab - "Nus" 09. Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib/Solar Plexus - "Ah Ya Zen" 10. The Lightmen - "All Praises To Allah" (parts 1 & 2) 11. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - "Nadusilma" 12. Dawan Muhammad - "Taumbu"
Aided by Alice's children who retrieved the original master tapes from the Coltrane archives. The recordings were remastered by renowned jazz engineer Baker Bigsby (Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, John Coltrane), who was present at the original sessions in the 80s and 90s. The compilation showcases Alice’s first vocal work to solo performances on her harp, small ensembles, and a 24-piece vocal choir. Drawing inspiration from Indian and Nepalese Vedic devotional songs, while never forgetting her bebop, blues and old-time spiritual roots, she creates a moving fusion of Western sensibilities and Eastern classicism.
The album features two additional tracks on vinyl and will be available on 5th May.
Check out her track 'Om Shanti' off the compilation and full tracklist below.
Tracklist: 01. Om Rama 02. Om Shanti 03. Rama Rama 04. Rama Guru 05. Hari Narayan 06. Journey to Satchidananda 07. Er Ra 08. Keshnava Murahara 09. Krisha Japaye* 10. Rama Katha* * Available only on vinyl release
Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.
The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.
According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.
For the first time in 20 years, Ahmad Jamal's highly influential and heavily sampled 1970 album The Awakening will be reissued by Be With Records.
The deep trio session was recorded in NYC and originally released on Impulse!, featuring masterful Zen like playing from Jamal which influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Kelly in their own performance on another landmark jazz album, Kind of Blue.
The album has also left an indelible mark on hip hop, becoming a sampling goldmine for some of the best tracks from its golden era. Tracks such as Nas' "The World Is Yours", Gang Starr's "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration" and Common's "Resurrection" would have sounded different if not for this record.
For this edition, Be With Records presents a gatefold release with the stunning original artwork and liner notes true to the original package. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with mastering by Simon Francis.
Continuing the renewed interest in Sun Ra's works will be a definitive two volume 7" box set titled, Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection, collecting rare small quantity singles released between 1952 to 1991. The source of these discs were pulled from one-off magazine singles, posthumous releases and singles which have been discovered recently.
Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection will be released as two 10×7″ vinyl box sets, each limited to 500 copies, complete with single artwork and 28-page booklet.
Also available in two volumes of triple 12" LP gatefold editions, with the first volume spanning ’52-’61, and the second volume spanning ’62-’91, the release dates of both versions of the first volumes will be on 25th November and likewise the second volumes to follow in March 2017.
01. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie 02. The Nu Sounds With Sun Ra And Arkestra – A Foggy Day 03. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Bye Bye 04. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Somebody’s In Love 05. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Soft Talk 06. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Super Blonde 07. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Medicine For A Nightmare 08. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Urnack 09. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Saturn 10. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Call For All Demons 11. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – October 12. Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity – Adventure In Space 13. The Cosmic Rays With Sun Ra And Arkestra – Dreaming 14. Sun Ra & The Cosmic Rays – Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie 15. Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Hours After 16. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – Great Balls Of Fire 17. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt) 18. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Rays Of Jazz – Hot Skillet Moma 19. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Message To Earthman 10. Yochanan With Sun Ra & His Arkestra – The Sun One