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Masayoshi Takanaka - Jolly Jive (1979) [Reissue 2013]

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Masayoshi Takanaka - Jolly Jive (1979) [Reissue 2013]

Masayoshi Takanaka - Jolly Jive (1979) [Reissue 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 211 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 78 MB | Covers - 33 MB
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (UPCY-6714)

Masayoshi Takanaka is a Japanese guitarist born in 1953. He began his professional career in 1971 in Fried Egg, a rock band. In 1972, Takanaka joined the Sadistic Mika Band. In 1976, Takanaka released his first solo album, Seychelles. In 2000, Takanaka formed his own record label, Lagoon Records. Takanaka is known for his flashy guitars, including a gold colored Fender Stratocaster.

Shakatak - Down On The Street (1993)

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Shakatak - Down On The Street (1993)

Shakatak - Down On The Street (1993)
R&B, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Pop | XLD Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 55:39 Min | 385,27 Mb
Label: Polydor/Karussell/Spectrum Music (Europe) | Cat.# 550 008-2 | Released: 1993

This is a compilation album by British jazz-funk band Shakatak, featuring the Top 10 title track "Down on the Street".

Leon Ware - Inside Is Love (1979) [Japanese Mini LP 2013] Re-Up

Posted By: Designol
Leon Ware - Inside Is Love (1979) [Japanese Mini LP 2013] Re-Up

Leon Ware - Inside Is Love (1979) [Japanese Mini-LP 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 250 | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Quiet Storm, Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk | Label: Clinck | # CRCD5069 | Time: 00:36:05

Writer and producer Leon Ware has been responsible for some of R&B and pop's most lush and romantic tracks. Ware produced Marvin Gaye's 1976 classic I Want You. He also co-wrote songs like Michael Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," Marlena Shaw's "Sweet Beginnings," and the Main Ingredient's "Rollin' Down a Mountainside" to name a few. This album is the follow-up to his 1976 Gordy release Musical Massage and was released shortly after he was behind the controls for nine of the ten tracks of Melissa Manchester's Don't Cry Loud. Inside Is Love has the intelligent and melody rich work fans expect from Leon Ware. Produced by Ware and Ron Roker, this has arrangements from David Blumberg, Gene Page, and Sonny Burke. Although he's not the world's strongest vocalist, his methodical, light tenor gives these songs a personal stamp. The first track, "What's Your Name" has Ware playing his naïve lothario act to the hilt. The magnificent "Love Is a Simple Thing," co-written by Chicago member Robert Lamm, possesses a chorus that is both poignant and uplifting.

Charles Earland - Front Burner (1988)

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Charles Earland - Front Burner (1988)

Charles Earland - Front Burner (1988)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 294 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 112 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Milestone Records (MCD-9165-2)

Charles Earland is among the most consistent of organists, with nearly every one of his recordings on that instrument (as opposed to his interlude on synthesizers) being easily recommended to soul-jazz and hard bop collectors. For this CD, Earland heads a sextet also including trumpeter Virgil Jones (long an underrated player), Bill Easley on tenor, guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Buddy Williams and occasionally Frank Colon on conga. Other than a throw-away version of the theme from Moonlighting, the mostly basic music on this set is rewarding, with Earland infusing the tunes with plenty of grease and funk.

Southern Energy Ensemble - Southern Energy (1993) [Reissue 2002]

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Southern Energy Ensemble - Southern Energy (1993) [Reissue 2002]

Southern Energy Ensemble - Southern Energy (1993) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 304 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 97 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: P-Vine Records (PCD-22018)

Southern Energy Ensemble had been an overlooked band for a while or maybe still is as they recorded only one album in the late 1970's. It only makes one to wonder why the band is not promoted by the label Black Fire Records, the record company that Plunky Branch and Jimmy Gray started in 1975. The band also have members of the (Oneness Of) Juju extended family, keyboardist Nathaniel Lee and Judy Spears in their line up. The original pressing was a much sought collector item.

Deodato - Prelude (1973) Japanese Blue-Spec CD, 2013 [Re-Up]

Posted By: Designol
Deodato - Prelude (1973) Japanese Blue-Spec CD, 2013 [Re-Up]

Deodato - Prelude (1973) Japanese Blue-Spec CD, 2013
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 198 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Pop | Label: CTI | # KICJ 2311 | Time: 00:32:49

Prelude includes the biggest hit for CTI Records, the Grammy®-winning Also Sprach Zarathustra, an arrangement of Richard Strauss s fanfare used as the main theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It rose to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts and won the 1974 Grammy Award® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Miles Davis - The Columbia Years 1955-1985 (1988) {4CD Set Columbia C4K 86569}

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Miles Davis - The Columbia Years 1955-1985 (1988) {4CD Set Columbia C4K 86569}

Miles Davis - The Columbia Years 1955-1985 (1988) {4CD Set Columbia C4K 86569}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.50 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 602 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 316 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1988 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C4K 86569
Jazz / Cool / Modal Music / Jazz Funk / Fusion / Trumpet

This was the first real attempt by Columbia to make any comprehensive sense of Miles Davis' colossal output for the label. This set, then, was bound to be controversial no matter how it turned out, but even so, Columbia could have done better with a strictly chronological approach. Instead producer/compiler Jeff Rosen had the cockeyed notion of organizing each of the original five LPs around a single theme.

Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1970) {4CD Set Columbia CK 65577~80 rel 2004}

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Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1970) {4CD Set Columbia CK 65577~80 rel 2004}

Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1970) {4CD Set Columbia CK 65577~80 rel 2004}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (image)+CUE+LOG -> 1.75 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 619 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 1.00 Gb | 5% repair rar
© 1970, 2004 Sony Music / Columbia / Legacy | CK 65577~80
Jazz / Fusion / Jazz-Funk / Trumpet

THE COMPLETE BITCHES BREW SESSIONS won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Boxed Recording Package. Released in 1970, BITCHES BREW undeniably changed the shape of jazz to come. Fundamentalists groan that it diluted the form, bringing on the fusion plague and sowing the germs of smooth jazz. But a cross-section of adventurous listeners recognized it for the monumental sonic breakthrough it was: slabs of free jazz mixed with hard-funk rhythms, rock's electric textures and a meditative blues spirit, with the studio used as the editing desk to tie these elements together.

Isaac "Redd" Holt Unlimited - Isaac, Isaac, Isaac (1974) [Reissue 2001]

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Isaac "Redd" Holt Unlimited - Isaac, Isaac, Isaac (1974) [Reissue 2001]

Isaac "Redd" Holt Unlimited - Isaac, Isaac, Isaac (1974) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 231 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: P-Vine Records (PCD-23124)

An excellent album by Isaac Redd Holt - one half of the incredible Young-Holt rhythm team, bursting out nicely here on his own! This is Redd's second album - first for Paula, as the other one was a jazz effort on Argo back in the 60s - and it's a wild blend of jazz, funk, and a lot of other weird sounds. The introduction's totally cool, and features Redd running through a list of hip little clubs in American cities, then the album launches into the great "Listen to the Drums", which has a tight pounding groove, and moves on to a whole bunch of other jazzy cuts like "Flo", "Slow Funk", and "Let the Spirit In". Redd sings a bit, which isn't too bad (mostly), but it's the grooves that will keep you coming back. Very much in the spirit of Roy Porter's legendary funk albums - but probably a bit tighter!

Ernie Watts - Chariots of Fire (1982) [Reissue 2014]

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Ernie Watts - Chariots of Fire (1982) [Reissue 2014]

Ernie Watts - Chariots of Fire (1982) [Reissue 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 267 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers (15 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-28018)

Inexplicably, Ernie Watts thought it a good idea to record an album dedicated to the movie Chariots of Fire, while having very little to do with the overall plot of the film. The opening number is indeed the theme to Chariots of Fire, but sped up to be danceable. The result is what disco connoisseur Morgan Geist might deem to be an "unclassic" - really bad but in a very laughable way (it also could double as the fine theme to an afternoon syndicated talk show). James Ingram also makes an appearance on the smooth rocker "Hold On," and there's a ridiculous cover of the Lionel Richie/Kenny Rogers hit "Lady" and one of Donny Hathaway's "Valdez in the Country," which would be appropriate music bedding for your local cable weather forecast…

Redd Holt Unlimited - The Other Side of the Moon... (1975) [Reissue 2001]

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Redd Holt Unlimited - The Other Side of the Moon... (1975) [Reissue 2001]

Redd Holt Unlimited - The Other Side of the Moon… (1975) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 208 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 84 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: P-Vine Records (PCD-23080)

This 1975 slab by drummer Redd Holt was his second outing after the disintegration of the Young-Holt Unlimited rhythm team. Tighter and more adventurous than Isaac, Isaac, Isaac, its predecessor, Holt goes for the heart of rhythm here, letting it flower over the top of all the other arrangements. As a way of signifying this, he opens the set with a short but deeply funky and soulful rendition of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." With less than two-and-a-half minutes of clock time, it's get out and go or nothing and Holt makes his tom-toms pop like snares, keeping only the slamming guitaristry of Randy Ford on top with him…

David Matthews & The First Calls - Speed Demon (1985) [Reissue 2014]

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David Matthews & The First Calls - Speed Demon (1985) [Reissue 2014]

David Matthews & The First Calls - Speed Demon (1985) [Reissue 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 287 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: King Records (KICJ-2387)

A lesser-known bit of funky fusion from David Matthews - a set that steps off his CTI/Kudu work of the 70s, with an update of that older jazz funk vibe! The group shows Matthews' continuing connection to the best players of this mode at the time - and features keyboards from Richard Tee and Cliff Carter, baritone from Ronnie Cuber, tenor from George Young, and trumpet from Lew Soloff - the last three of whom bring in some acoustic warmth next to the more electric vibe of the set. Titles are all originals by Matthews - and include "La Tigra", "Spanish Night", "Doctor Rocker & Mr Jive", and "Mad Millie".

Fela Kuti - The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2010) (26 CDs Box Set)

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Fela Kuti - The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2010) (26 CDs Box Set)

Fela Kuti - The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2010) (26 CDs Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 26 CDs | Covers Included | 10,05 Gb
Genre: Afrobeat, World, Folk, Funk, Soul / Label: Wrasse Records

This particular box set from Wrasse contains all 26 albums, which were previously released by the label in three separate compilation groupings. Each disc is housed in its own mini-LP sleeve, bearing original cover art, and the set contains four booklets - one for each grouping of albums and a brief biography in a booklet of its own. What's confusing, at least initially, is that the back of the box numbers the albums one through 26, while each booklet numbers them starting at one. In other words, discs ten and 19 both bear the number one and start again with their groupings.

Curtis Fuller - South American Cookin' (1961) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3974}

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Curtis Fuller - South American Cookin' (1961) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3974}

Curtis Fuller - South American Cookin' (1961) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3974}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 262 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 93 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 185 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1961, 2014 Epic / Sony Music Japan | SICP 3974
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Trombone

Reissue with latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a perfect talent for the well-voiced solo talents of Fuller – which really take great fire in a group that also includes Zoot Sims on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Dave Bailey on drums. The record's got some of the gutbuckety energy of Bailey's classic sets for Epic at the same time – a strong recommendation from us – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Besame Mucho", and "Wee Dot".

Shakatak - Night Birds (1982) [2009]

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Shakatak - Night Birds (1982) [2009]

Shakatak - Night Birds (1982) [2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 358 MB | Scans
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz | Label: Vocalion | Catalog Number: CDSML 8446

Shakatak was an underground instrumental dominated jazz-funk band at a time when the genre hadn't really hit the mainstream, mainly showcasing the keyboard skills of Bill Sharpe and the jazz guitar of Keith Winter. Taking a chance on a female vocalist, Jill Saward, they released their second album, Nightbirds, which featured a radio-friendly vocal over the top of their jazz meanderings, and suddenly the pop market opened up for them with the hit single "Easier Said Than Done" with its mainly piano based tinkling and a dance beat, and Saward's vocal on the chorus. They followed this with an even bigger hit, "Night Birds" which became the title track of the second album.