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Various - Mambo, Cha Cha Cha & Calypso Vol 4: European Session LP + CD€22,00
Grouped together under one Caribbean banner, these typically Cuban melodies from the 1930s (Mambo) and
‘50s (Cha-cha-cha), further spicened with Trinidadian tunes from 1915 onwards (Calypso) bubble over to
form a frothing tryptic of irresistible dance songs. First released in the States, these sunny melodies very
rapidly spread around the world following the First World War…
After having first explored a bouquet of female singers (Vol. I), followed by the wild extravagance of this music
(Vol. II) and finally its links to Blues (Vol. III), El Vidocq here focuses on the impact and influences of Mambo,
Cha-cha-cha and Calypso within other regions of the world. Volume quatro: Europe! A hip-swaying road trip
through Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and last but not least France. Benefitting from markedly
mixed ensembles – for these countries often opened their arms to exiled musicians – the songs here
spotlighted are all strongly influenced by the Caribbean while yet retaining their own national flavors.
How can you not succumb to “La Suppa de Pichon” by Belgium’s Los Merecumbes, or to the “Cha Cha Twist” by
Spain’s Margarita Sierra? You’re sure to ᴉOlé! the “Torero” by the UK’s very own The Southlanders, while
shaking your bum to Bordeaux’s Ben y su Tumba and his fiery “Tequila” as audacious as the original by Chuck
Where in the world are we? And when? What the hell are we doing?! Gracias, danke schön Jukebox Music
Factory, for having once again shattered the yawnful space-time continuum!!
Various - Sex-O-Rama LP + CD (LP)€22,00
What a relief to escape the humdrum, to conquer one’s ennui, to spice up the too-long evenings stuck at
home… Here’s a proposition: SEX-O-RAMA!!! Oh la la, such an aptly named compilation! Rascally El
Vidocq this time dares to sway outside his comfort zone. Here humanity’s oldest obsession is tackled
tastefully, with class. The selection is amusing, but ever well-meaning, for these songs are as stimulating
to listen to as they are to dance to! Naturally, our intrepid collector had to roam beyond his habitual ‘50s
and ‘60s, for the real sexual revolution did occur a tad later… A few seductive caresses of varying
insistence (Michele Mercier, Geraldine), a few advances “in due and proper form” (naughty Prince Buster!),
an eloquent series of moans and groans (Rita, Armando Travaioli, Noelia Noel), chance encounters
(intransigent Jean Yanne)… not to mention a few exquisite parodies (Jacqueline Mayand and Bourvil, as
drole as they are tender)… So hesitate no longer! Stop biting your lip! The sap is rising, as they say, so
time for a change of ambiance… Time to slip on some SEX-O-RAMA!
Various - Mambo, Cha Cha Cha & Calypso Vol 3: Blues Session! LP + CD (LP)€22,00
El Vidocq pursues his ‘Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha & Calypso’ voyage with this third, vitamin-D-rich ensemble: ‘Blues Session’. Following in the footsteps of the feminine first volume and insane second ensemble, he here explores the rawest roots of this warm, sun-drenched music. What a delight to discover these groovy tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s uniquely fusing R’n’B, Rock n’ Roll and Blues. Memphis Slim, Johnny Otis and other legends here loosen up to welcome exotic south-of-the-border influences. Noro Morales and his piano return to their sunny roots,
while Sir Lancelot’s voice accompanies a beach bonfire and Eddie Bo declares his love for island melodies… Jukebox Music Factory shares with you an austral archipelago of ageless charms!
Clark Sonny - Cool Struttin´(180 gram) (LP)€27,00
Conrad Yeatis Clark, otherwise known as Sonny Clark, was in many ways the quintessential hard bop pianist. Possessed of an enviable lyrical flow and a wealth of inventive melodic ideas that unfurled with clarity and without fuss, Clark had a deeply rooted feeling for the blues.
After moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh to New York, Clark emerged as a ubiquitous presence on Blue Note starting in 1957. It was on his fifth Blue Note date as a leader that Clark arrived at his masterwork, Cool Struttin’, recorded in January 1958 with a top-shelf quintet featuring Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, Paul Chambers on bass, and ‘Philly’ Joe Jones on drums. The album has only grown in stature as a timeless hard bop classic since Clark’s premature death at age 31 in 1963.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
Smith Jimmy - Back At The Chicken Shack (180 gram) (LP)€27,00
Jimmy Smith was a self-taught pianist who abandoned the instrument in 1954 in favour of the Hammond B3 organ, renting a Philadelphia warehouse and woodshedding for a year until he emerged with a revolutionary style that immediately caught the ear of Alfred Lion. The Blue Note boss dubbed him The Incredible Jimmy Smith and recorded the B3 innovator as frequently as he could between 1956 and 1963.
It’s a testament to Smith’s volcanic creativity that he recorded not one but two soul jazz classics — Midnight Special and Back at the Chicken Shack — when he entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio on April 25, 1960 with Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Donald Bailey on drums.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal
Davis Miles - Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (180 gram, Coloured) (LP)€20,00
It was recorded at Le Poste Parisien Studio in Paris on December 4 and 5, 1957. The album features the musical cues for the 1958 Louis Malle film Ascenseur pour l’Échafaud.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a jazz fan and Malle’s assistant at the time, suggested asking Miles Davis to create the film’s soundtrack – possibly inspired by the Modern Jazz Quartet’s recording for Roger Vadim’s Sait-on jamais (Does One Ever Know), released a few months earlier in 1957.
Davis was booked to perform at the Club Saint-Germain in Paris for November 1957. Rappeneau introduced him to Malle, and Davis agreed to record the music after attending a private screening. On December 4, he brought his four sidemen to the recording studio without having had them prepare anything. Davis only gave the musicians a few rudimentary harmonic sequences he had assembled in his hotel room, and, once the plot was explained, the band improvised without any precomposed theme, while edited loops of the musically relevant film sequences were projected in the background.
The soundtrack was not released on its own in the USA but ten songs from this soundtrack were released as one side of the album Jazz Track which received a 1960 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group.
This soundtrack might also be referred to as ”Elevator to the Gallows (French: Ascenseur pour l’échafaud; previously known as Frantic in the US), also known as Lift to the Scaffold (UK)”.
Various - Our New Orleans 2005, A Benefit Album 2LP (LP)€30,00
In Memoriam: Eddie Bo, John Brunious, Bo Dolis, Dr. John, Joel Dorn, Stanley ”Buckwheat” Dural Jr., Wardell Quezergue, Allen Toussaint, and Hal Willner.
Net proceeds from the sale of this record will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International to aid those affected by the recent hurricanes along our gulf coast. A portion of those funds will be earmarked to help provide new homes for musicians who lost their homes and livelihoods.
Kessell Barney - Live at the jazz mill 1954€22,00
Barney Kessel Live At The Jazz Mill 1954 (Vinyl LP) A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that’s every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions – as Barney’s playing live, with a bit more bite – and really grabs us with the strong tone on his solos – and the sense of energy he gets in a quartet that also includes a young Pete Jolly on piano! The recording quality is excellent – crystal-clear, and very focused – and the set isn’t one of those lost tapes that should have stayed ”lost” – but instead a real lost chapter in Barney’s tremendous career. Titles include ”Seven Come Eleven”, ”How About You”, ”Somebody Loves Me”, ”Embraceable You”, ”Get Happy”, and ”Stardust”. © 1996-2016, Dusty Groove, Inc. Bass – Gene Stoffell Drums – Art Kile Guitar – Barney Kessel Piano – Pete Jolly Recorded By – Jack Miller
Ellington Duke, Mingus Charles & Roach Max - Money Jungle + 3 bonus tracks (LP)€18,00
The music is superb and to my ear sounds quite “out there” and surprisingly modern. Great playing by all three musicians. The vinyl is excellent – flat and quiet and the music sounds real which is the whole point I suppose. Piano always sounds a little odd in old recordings (I’m not sure why but I’ve been told that recording piano well is very hard ) – and it does sound a little “strained” in places but given the age of the recording it is pretty excellent. Superb. A good investment.
Various - Headin’ For The Christmas Ball (Ltd, Red) (LP)€18,00
Christmas Ball – 14 Swing And R&B Christmas Crooners
Christmas Ball!With this compilation we want to give more exuberance to the celebration of love, even if some songs are nostalgic and dreamy and you might even feel taken back to your own childhood. This Christmas disc invites you to the Christmas ball, to dancing, to swinging, to contemplation and exuberance among family members, friends, like-minded people and guests. This music brings glamour into every hut, with all the candles, lights and crackling stoves, while it’s snowing and stormy outside…Again a parade of rarities for ChristmasAs always, part of the concept is to focus on rare recordings that are not found on every Christmas collection. For example, a complete single of the Georgie Auld Orchestra with the fantastic singer Bill Darnel, which was released on Coral at the time and contains the title song Christmas Ball, as well as the accompanying B-side, It Ain’t Snowin’ Outside is included. An exotic component comes from The Surfers with Hawaiian sounds and The Enchanters with a mix of doo wop and mambo! To make you laugh, the LP also contains some novelty recordings of greats like Jerry Lewis and Kay Martin. Film star Jerry Lewis had legendary comedic talents in Hollywood’s golden era! Rare recordings, but listen for yourself!
- A nostalgic and varied Christmas compilation, not only for the holidays, either danceable or dreamy with a mixture of swing and jazz, rhythm & blues and crooner pop!
- Bear Family’s latest edition of ’Season’s Greetings’ for 2020!
- Nostalgic Christmas with 14 Lindy Hop-Jitterbug-Boogie-Jive and Easy Listening rarities of the years 1947-1962!
- Among them the title song Christmas Ball, as well as the B-side of the rare 1951 Coral single of the Georgie Auld Orchestra with the great singer Bill Darnel!
- Knuckles O’Toole & The Brigadiers’ orchestral version of Jingle Bells is also included, as well as New Year’s goose bumps classic Auld Lang Syne in the worn version by Guy Lombardo, and the famous version of the classic Sleigh Ride in the interpretation of orchestra leader Leroy Anderson, also known from the movie ’Polar Express’!
- Besides The Andrews Sisters there are more ladies with their great voices, above all the stunning Dinah Washington, the crooner lady Dorothy Collins and last but not least Kay Martin, who makes it quite slippery and erotic.
- Joined by Jerry Lewis, a comedian and movie star from Hollywood’s golden era, with a really rare recording!
- Also available as CD (BCD17611) – with bonus tracks!
Kessel Barney - Live At The Jazz Mill 1954, Vol 2 (LP)
This is another album of relaxed, swingin’ jazz from Kessel and the Jazz Millers–Pete Jolly-piano, Art Kile-drums, and Gene Stoffel-bass. Like the first volume, these tapes come from a young audiophile who brought his tape machine into the club to record various performers playing there. The sound is warm and actually pretty clean sounding, with a feel of the ’50s. Both volumes are issued on the Modern Harmonic label which is part of the Sundazed label. The disc slips into a pocket in the wallet style cardboard package. There’s a nice two page essay on the inside panels and a track list, photo of the group, and recording info on the back cover.
This is a good chance for Kessel and/or jazz guitar fans in general to hear a true master of jazz guitar, playing with a small sympathetic group. The ’50s is when Kessel was either near or at the top of jazz polls, and these live tapes will show why that was. Jolly’s piano is also a great feature here. His playing accents Kessel’s lyrical style–listen to ”Tea For Two” as just one example of how well they play together.
Like the first volume, this album is filled with standards like ”Indian Summer”, ”Blue Moon” (with a nice bass solo), ”I Can’t Get Started” (a beautiful version), ”Godchild” (Kessel’s playing is especially lyrical), and a couple of other tunes. The small club ambience helps define this music–a good example of jazz in a small club that didn’t last a year before closing it’s doors. That fact makes these tapes not only rare, but historic as well. And Kessel’s and the group’s relaxed familiarity with these tunes makes for a good listening experience.
Kessel fans should check out both volumes. Both are full of Kessel in his prime, backed by a fine pianist and a rhythm section that is never intrusive yet pushed the music along nicely. For swinging, fluid, ’50s jazz guitar, both volumes deserve attention from fans. Both are good examples of what small gigs were like during this era. Can you imagine what it would be like to walk into a small club like the Jazz Mill and hear Kessel during his best years? Both volumes can sit next to other Kessel albums from this prime era.
Various - Jazz For Hi-fi Lovers (LP)
A smart set of fine beat-era jazz, beautifully programed and compiled for the hi-fi in your home! Includes some of the top players of the era – Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette, Gene Roland, and others – in selections suited for a swingin’ starlit session! Jazz for Hi-Fi Lovers, from the original mono reels and pressed on colored vinyl!