Welcome To The Blog!

All mixes featured here are done for my own personal use and help make the journey to and from the daily grind go so much better! so I thought I'd put them out there to share, After all ,We all got to have freedom!

All selections from my own collection.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

We Got Grooves!

For your listening pleasure, some grooves to help you into the new year! Here we go:Starship Orchestra/Eddie Henderson/Jazzanova/Ahmad Jamal/the Brazilian genius Moacir Santos/the Majestic Cannonball Adderly/The Step Kids (fantastic album! get it!!)/Michael Garrick & Shake Keane/Mondo Grosso/Cameo, from one of my all time favourite albums of theirs 'Ugly Ego!'/Guitar genius Dennis Coffey/Magazine from the 'Magic,Murder and the Weather' underrated album)/Hall&Oates/Robin Kenyatta(fantastic track from the Nomus album with Dom Salvador on piano!)/Jerry Harrison(of Talking Heads fame!)/Milt Jackson/Tim Maia/The mighty Ohio Players, one of my fave tracks from the underrated 'Angel'album/Donald Byrd/Wendell Harrison/Jimi Tenor & Kabukabu/The Beauty Room from theirfantastic2nd album/enjoy!
 Download it HERE!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Late Great Terry Callier

Terry Callier 1945-2012
I had been been racking my brains how to acknowledge the genius that was Terry Callier and came across this fantastic podcast tribute from the mighty mighty Marc Mac of Visioneers and 4Hero fame, which covers some of the genius of the great man (you should also check out Marc Mac's other podcasts on Podomatic,especially the Soul Arranger series,sublime!!!) Down Load HERE!                                                                                      
Here's a wonderful interview with Eddie Pillar from Acid Jazz records describing what he had to do to track down  Terry Callier and convince him to reinvigorate his career by coming to London and to play a concert ( I wish I had been there!) HERE!
 one of my absolute
                                                                                     favourite tracks.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Saturday Night Special!

Here You Go Groovy People!!!
I present for your aural excitement in no particular order,the following collection of Saturday night specials! (or Sun,Mon,Tues,Wed,ect) to help you get your GROOVE ON!!!!!!

The Pharaohs/Gerardo Frisina/Mao Branca/Azymuth (Head to the sky, Jose Roberto Bertrami)
David Byrne/Quinteto Villa Lobos & Luiz Eca/
Henri Guedon/Mo'horizons/Cal Tjader/the drumset artistry of Roy Burns/The Shaolin Afronauts/Som Tres/some Timbales madness from Ralph Macdonald & Paul Mauriat Plus/
Luiz Gonzaga jr/sound track madness from Roy Budd/

the mighty,mighty Visioneers/Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo & Cuarteto Los Britos Con La Orquesta, from the magnificent 'Ritmo Caliente' collection on Black Pearl records(Get it!),Here's a promo film showing the two guys who run Black Pearl record,Roskow & Tom and their visit to the Egrem archive in Cuba,where they discovered among the analogue tapes these rare gems of Afro-Cuban psychedelic Soul & Funk!

and finally two versions of one of my absolute favourite Brazilian tunes,
'Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser'by Simone and Quarteto Em Cy, I couldn't make up my mind so I included both!!

So get on board the Groove Train and enjoy the ride!(but don't do what I once did and catch the last train home, Glasgow to Edinburgh,fell asleep and woke up in....yes thats right, back in Glasgow!!!!Tough!!
Download it HERE!

Friday, 3 August 2012

A Photography Book About Vinyl Collectors- Dust & Grooves.

Here's a project that I absolutely can't wait to happen!!! so much so that I've contributed to help make it so.Have followed Eilon's site for a number of years and always thought that the idea was unique not just focused on the music available on vinyl but also the personalities behind them and why they became involved in collecting,these are not only DJ's but Musicologists and Archivists protecting it for the future and keeping it alive as opposed to to digitised !

About this Project: Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting and exalting vinyl records, the people who love them, and the musical heritage they carry. With a website launched in October 2008 by Brooklyn-based professional photographer and vinyl addict Eilon Paz, D&G profiles individual collectors from all over the world in their natural environment – usually at home with their personal collections. Each subject is interviewed in depth about their devotion to vinyl, then each conversation is paired with a beautiful series of portrait photographs by Eilon that capture the heart and soul of this passionate avocation. Together, words and images tell the story of the love affair between collector and collection, and preserve a record of music that otherwise might be lost.
For more Information here's the Kickstarter LINK
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Monday, 16 July 2012

Moods & Grooves

Hi there Groovy People!
More Funky Sounds on the Soul Train ! on this trip we have the following passengers; Spiritual Vibes, Bobby Womack(from his gem of an album 'The Bravest Man In The Universe,!!) Assagai, The Brothers, Alice Russell (Her new recording with Quantic essential!) Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band, Oddisee, Kyoto Jazz Massive, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Emanuel K.Rahim & the Kahliqs, Jazzanova (from The Funkhaus Studio Sessions, Brilliant!) Van Morrison, Eddie Harris,    
The Afro- Soultet ,Nobukazu Takemura,The Funkees (compilation album from Soundwayrecords)
AM & Shawn Lee(fantastic album get it !),Jimmy Cliff,Visioneers(from the incredible Hipology album!) and the late great Ian Dury!

Get on board and enjoy the ride!!!!  Download it HERE!!!!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Paul Buchanan, So Soulful.

One of the most distinctive voices I've come across in all my years of listening to music ( of which there are now many!!!) I first came across The Blue Nile the band that Paul Buchanan was part of along with Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore in 1983 with the album A Walk Across The Rooftops and to say it had a profound affect on me would be an understatement as my first reaction to the glacial, symphonic sound scapes, which had at the heart of them a soulful core of pure Celtic lilt and (to these ears) Blue         eyed Soul,                                                                                                                                           
 was to ask who and where were these people that could produce something so beautiful, wistful and yet so dramatic (and in the days of pre google and the internet it took some time) but eventually I discovered there was only one place that would be able to produce such a unique sound that truly represented not only a country but also a city and of course it could only be Glasgow in Scotland and so at the first opportunity I made my way there to experience its unique ambiance and atmosphere (and have been here ever since!!) and let me tell you that Tinseltown In The Rain really,truly could only have been made here!                                                                                                                                                               
and so with only producing four albums between 1983 to 2004, the chance to hear some new material from at least one member of the band is something to look forward to because the chances of any new material from the band might be slim (check out the RTE interview below)  
Therefore my album is on order and it's available on Vinyl! and I can't wait because this man has Soul.

Paul Buchanan.com HERE
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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Come On!! Dexy's New Album out soon!!

I thought this event was never going to happen! been hearing of a new album being released since about 2003,and now it looks like it's going to happen and I for one will have it on order
 (hope it comes on Vinyl!)
Absolutely loved 'Searching for the Young Soul Rebels' album and the whole 'Mean Streets' look, liked 'Too-Rye-Ay' but the baggy dungaree's image didn't do it  for me, back on track with 'Don't Stand Me Down' and the Ivy League vision (way ahead of it's time) and now with (hopefully) the new album, the
   40's/'Gangs of New York'imagery rings true,showing that today you can still have that inspiring connection of music and clothes that always work well together but is not dictated by some 'marketing' or 'visual ' consultant but comes from the musicians themselves.
 A track from the new album.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 A recent
interview with Kevin Rowland with long time Dexys fan Mark Komode.
HERE'S a link to a fantastic article about Dexy's/Kevin Rowland and how image compliments the music, Thanks to Paul Gorman.
Dexys Album Party Photo's                                Geezers!!

Monday, 27 February 2012

sophisticated funk elegant beats

For your listening pleasure or to get your groove on! presenting in no particular order the following:Earth 'Wind & Fire, elegantly remixed by Blaze, who also feature a track from their E,W&F influenced fantastic album, 'Spiritually Speaking'!The Black Science Orchestra and Black Jazz Chronicles from the mighty Ashley Beedle,Bill Withers,The Stance Brothers,Freddie Hubbard,the mighty mighty marc mac and 4hero,Grace Jones,Sister Sledge, off the second album produced by the magical Chic Organization Ltd (I'm currently reading Nile Rodgers fine book 'Le Freak'what a life the mans had!)and from the Mancunian Funksters,a certain ratio & Trus'me!! finally a track from Jazzman Geralds essential 'Spiritual Jazz vol 1(I've got vol 2 on order!!!),so there you go,enjoy and look for the DHM!(read Niles book!!!)                                      Download HERE!!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

And All Those Cats!

Further to the previous post, here's the sublime Sahib Shihab track 'Bohemia After Dark' from the Schema /Rearward vaults which they are making along with other Clarke/Boland tracks available via YouTube.Enjoy!

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Tribute to Gigi Campi

A big fan of the Clarke/Boland big band, Sahib Shihab and all those cats,(thanks to Schema records RearWard Imprint) illuminating article about Gigi Campi's role in getting them all together,plus a fantastic comp to boot thanks to Jazzman Gerald !! Thanks to the brilliant  Laid Back site and Blast Kid for the article check it all out here : A Tribute to Gigi Campi (1928 – 2010)