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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

SPIRITUAL JAZZ 6 ~ VOCALS ~ Release date 9 March 2015

SPIRITUAL JAZZ 6:
VOCALS
JMANCD/LP.076

‘Esoteric, Modal and Deep Jazz Vocals 1960-86’

"The human voice is the organ of the soul"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

"You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice."
Billy Higgins, jazz drummer


The power of the human voice, especially when held in song, has long been known to be immensely influential, potent and emotive across all of humankind. When conveying a message, the spoken word - whether in speech, poetry or song - is infinitely more evocative than that of written. And when that message is voiced in the realm of jazz, amidst the open and dramatic freedom that only jazz can provide, the message can be all the more poignant.

Having examined spiritual jazz as it was expressed in the US, and then followed its messengers and influences in Europe and beyond, our sixth instalment of our Spiritual Jazz series showcases jazz vocals: a collection of jazz messages that are united in voice.

The majority of tracks here are as political as they are theological, but it’s the inner sanctity of the music that is the defining factor. These are songs that concern themselves with the universal condition of this world, as well as the next.  In fact, as the distinction between the theological and the humanistic is blurred, so is the definition of a song – many of the tracks are atypical in that they do not possess lyrics with a beginning, middle and end. Likewise the voices that convey them often can't be said to be 'singing' in the usual sense of the word; we hear solemn chanting, intense wailing, earnest poetry and ardent recitation in between bouts of singing, the quality of which is often nothing short of exquisite. The styles of performance encompass modern jazz, the avant-garde and jazz fusion, and include elements of styles from the long and winding path of the African diaspora, including Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and other Pan-American rhythms. 

Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals examines some of the rarest and most extraordinary vocal jazz recordings. We have included some well-known songs, as well as some of the most obscure. There are tracks recorded made for major labels, and some that were issued privately. But all of them speak or sing of a better place or a better world, and the world can only be a better place when they are played.

This is esoteric jazz, modal jazz, spiritual jazz – as performed with the human voice.

·         All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes
·         Comprehensive liner notes with added individual notes on each track and original stories direct from the musicians involved
·         CD with 24 page colour booklet with in-depth liner notes, album cover scans and previously unpublished photographs
·         Most tracks never before reissued – previously only available on rare, long-deleted LPs
·         Deluxe double vinyl LP pressing with gloss gatefold sleeve
Only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!

TRACK LIST:


Max RoachTears for Johannesburg (edit)
Charles MingusMoves
SadakaAfrican Violet
Norman RileyColors
E W WainrightImani
Clifford JordanJohn Coltrane
Pharoah SandersPrince of Peace
Washington High ScoolThe Ladder
Dr Haki R. MadhubutiRain Forest
Eddie GaleAfrican Sunshine
Gary BartzCelestial Blues
Byron MorrisReunion (edit)
Byron MorrisSunshower
Vibration SocietySpirits Up Above

Thursday, 5 February 2015

What Is Wrong With Groovin' VALENTINE SPESH Sat 14 Feb



...with Special Guest.... DJ LIAM LARGE spinning hot rockers, bangin' latin, New Breed RnB, ska & soul!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tumi Mogorosi - LIVE

Great to see the South African drummer perform tracks from his marvellous ELO album - released on Jazzman earlier this year - with band and choir in France recently.



Please CLICK HERE to watch!

To buy the LP or CD, click HERE

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What is Wrong with Groovin' - IS BACK!

This Saturday at The Alibi, Kingsland Rd, Hackney, London.

9 - 3am

Entrance is FREE!


See our FACEBOOK page for more details!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

JUKEBOX MAMBO 2 LAUNCH PARTY

In anticipation of Jukebox Mambo 2, here is a date for your diary:


And the album in question:


Available in each of the following formats:
  • 2LP + download card
  • CD
  • Digital Download
  • 6x10" VINYL BOOK
Tracklisting:

1 Lincoln Chase I Love Your many Ways
2 Christine Chatman w/ Peppy Prince Orchestra Run Gal Run
3 Chris Powell & His Five Blue Flames I Come From Jamaica
4 Zilla Mays Calypso Blues
5 Johnny Oliver All I Have Is You
6 Chuck Edwards Morning Train
7 Oscar Saldana Mambo Hop
8 Jimmy Nolen Jimmy’s Jive
9 Four Blazes All Night Long
10 Chanters She wants To Mambo
11 Jeanne DeMetz w/ Johnny Alston Orchestra Calypso Daddy
12 Camille Howard Within This Heart Of Mine
13 Ashton Savoy Denga Denga
14 Freddie Mitchell & His Orchestra Later Gator
15 Note & Toe & The Grenadiers I Got A Cold - Calypso
16 John McKinney & The Premiers Gee I Love You
17 T-Bone Walker Plain Old Down Home Blues
18 Ron Rico w/ Sax Kari Orchestra Chano
19 Don Tosti y su Conjunto Mambo Del Pachuco
20 Billy Emerson Satisfied
21 Frank Motley Wanda Landa Landa
22 Red Saunders Summertime
BOOK ONLY Chestnuts Don’t Go
BOOK ONLY Danny Overbea Hey Pancho
BOOK ONLY Alfredito & His Orchestra Mambo From Mars
BOOK ONLY Tiny Grimes & His Orchestra Showboat Mambo

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

SPIRITUAL JAZZ 5 - THE WORLD



Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
2LP ~ CD ~ Download
In the shops early September - on our website late August!

Until it was swept aside by the pop explosion of the 1960s, jazz was the most popular modern sound on earth. From the New World and the Caribbean to Africa, across the Soviet Bloc and the British Empire to the Far East, jazz music was embraced, adopted, played and enjoyed. Having examined spiritual jazz as it was expressed in the US, and followed its messengers and influences in Europe, this fifth installment of our Spiritual Jazz series presents jazz from the rest of the world: a collection of jazz messages hailing from the four corners of the world that are united in their diverse treatment of the jazz idiom.

Jazz might have been the music of America, but in its beginnings it was not a purely American creation. The long story of its development stretches across the Atlantic, from Africa to the crucibles of slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas, both North and South. It was a music that ultimately emerged from the varied and resilient cultural achievements of Africans brought to the New World in bondage, and who brought with them a multiplicity of musical traditions. Evolution and development continued and, like a dandelion dispersing its airborne seeds via the wind, the sounds of jazz were carried around the world on the airwaves, record sales and by travelling musicians. In whichever continent the form took root, the individual, ethnic and cultural circumstances of the musicians decided the flavours and nuances of the jazz they created.

This volume of Spiritual Jazz presents some of the rarest and most extraordinary global jazz recordings. We have covered some of the wider world’s best known yet still underexposed jazz scenes – places such as Argentina and South Africa, as well as some of the world’s most obscure. There are recordings here made for major labels, and recordings issued privately. Very few of them have seen any release outside of their country of original prior to this collection. But all of them speak of a period when jazz was a global musical lingua franca, spoken with ease by musicians who headed out into the night to produce their own distinctly local translations.

This is esoteric jazz, modal jazz, spiritual jazz – as played by musicians from around the World.

·         All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes
·         Comprehensive liner notes with added individual notes on each track and original stories direct from the musicians involvedA
·         CD with 16 page colour booklet with in-depth liner notes, album cover scans and previously unpublished photographs
·         Most tracks never before reissued – previously only available on rare LPs that change hands for hundreds of pounds!
·         Deluxe double vinyl LP pressing with thick, embossed gatefold sleeve
·         Only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!


Charlie Munro Quartet
Islamic Suite (edit)
Australia
Louiz Banks
Song for my Lady
India
Oladepo Ogomodede
Take Five
Jamaica
Jazz Work Shop
Mezare Israel
Israel
Jazz Semai
Koy Yolu
Turkey
Jorge Lopez Ruiz
Vicky
Argentina
Chivo Borraro
Half and Half
Argentina
Hideo Shiraki
Fiesta
Japan
Virgilio Armas Y Su Cuarteto
Sobre el Orinoco
Venezuela
London Experimental Jazz Quartet
Destroy the Nihilist Picnic
Canada
Ahmadu Jarr
Kathung Gbeng
Sierra Leone
The Braz Gonsalves 7
Raga Rock
India
Fitz Gore
Gisela (Lion Rock)
Jamaica
Eric Nomvete's Big Five
Pondo Blues
South Africa
Paul Winter Sextet
Winters Song
Brasil
Tete Mbambisa
Trane Ride
South Africa
Aquila
Um Allah
Chile