Friday, 27 March 2020

Hector Zazou ‎– Reivax Au Bongo / MTM VOL. 2 (1985)

Style: Soundtrack, Contemporary Jazz, African
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Made To Measure, Crammed Discs

Tracklist:
A1.   Generique / Opening Theme
A2.   Chez Le Commandeur / In The Commandant's Office
A3.   Le Passage De La Frontier / Crossing The Border
A4.   Le Village Du Chef Bingo / Chief Bingo's Village
A5.   Reivax Broie Du Noir / Reivax In A Black Mood
A6.   L'Apparition / The Apparition
A7.   Chanson Bongolaise / Bongolese Song
A8.   Reivax Et Son Cheval Pepito / Reivax And His Horse Pepito
B1.   Que Le Bongo Et Beau / How Beautiful Bongo Is
B2.   Un Heros / A Hero
B3.   La Poursuite / The Chase
B4.   Reivax (Theme) / Reivax's Theme
B5.   Devant La Mer / By The Sea

Credits:
Vocals – Bony Bikaye
Bassoon – Youen Leberre
Cello – Jean-Michel Guelpa, Laurent Gardeux, Yseux Choix
Clarinet – Nano Peylet
Electronics – Hector Zazou
Flute – Bruno Marq
Guitar – Fred De Fred, Medor Mader
Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Catherine Renoult
Percussion – Lambert Boudier, Ray Lemas
Piano, Synthesizer – Hector Zazou, Medor Mader
Saxophone – Fred Wallich, Joaquim Vidal
Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Philippe Herpin
Vibraphone, Marimba – François Verly, Olivier Cole
Violin – Marlini Battola, Martine Schouman
Composed By – Bony Bikaye, Hector Zazou, Kanda Bongo Man
Arranged By, Producer – Hector Zazou

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes ‎– Expansions (1975)

Style: Jazz-Funk
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: RCA Victor, Flying Dutchman

Tracklist:
A1.   Expansions
A2.   Desert Nights
A3.   Summer Days
B1.   Voodoo Woman
B2.   Peace
B3.   Shadows
B4.   My Love

Credits:
Engineer – Dave Wittman
Mixed By – Bob Thiele, Dave Wittman, Lonnie Liston Smith
Producer – Bob Thiele, Lonnie Liston Smith

When Lonnie Liston Smith left the Miles Davis band in 1974 for a solo career, he was, like so many of his fellow alumni, embarking on a musical odyssey. For a committed fusioneer, he had no idea at the time that he was about to enter an abyss that it would take him the better part of two decades to return from. Looking back upon his catalog from the period, this is the only record that stands out -- not only from his own work, but also from every sense of the word: It is fully a jazz album, and a completely funky soul-jazz disc as well. Of the seven compositions here, six are by Smith, and the lone cover is of the Horace Silver classic, "Peace." The lineup includes bassist Cecil McBee, soprano saxophonist David Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Donald Smith (who doubles on flute), drummer Art Gore, and percussionists Lawrence Killian, Michael Carvin, and Leopoldo. Smith plays both piano and electric keyboards and keeps his compositions on the jazzy side -- breezy, open, and full of groove playing that occasionally falls over to the funk side of the fence. It's obvious, on this album at least, that Smith was not completely comfortable with Miles' reliance on hard rock in his own mix. Summery and loose in feel, airy and free with its in-the-cut beats and stellar piano fills, Expansions prefigures a number of the "smooth jazz" greats here, without the studio slickness and turgid lack of imagination. The disc opens with the title track, with one of two vocals on the LP by Donald Smith (the other is the Silver tune). It's typical "peace and love and we've got to work together" stuff from the mid-'70s, but it's rendered soulfully and deeply without artifice. "Desert Nights" takes a loose Detroit jazz piano groove and layers flute and percussion over the top, making it irresistibly sensual and silky. It's fleshed out to the bursting point with Smith's piano; he plays a lush solo for the bridge and fills it to the brim with luxuriant tones from the middle register. "Summer Days" and "Voodoo Woman" are where the electric keyboards make their first appearance, but only as instruments capable of carrying the groove to the melody quickly, unobtrusively, and with a slinky grace that is infectious. The mixed bag/light-handed approach suits Smith so well here that it's a wonder he tried to hammer home the funk and disco on later releases so relentlessly. The music on Expansions is timeless soul-jazz, perfect in every era. Of all the fusion records of this type released in the mid-'70s, Expansions provided smoother jazzers and electronica's sampling wizards with more material that Smith could ever have anticipated.
Thom Jurek / AllMusic

Blancmange ‎– Mange Tout (1984)

Style: Synth-pop
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: London Records, Edsel Records

Tracklist:
01.   Don't Tell Me
02.   Game Above My Head
03.   Blind Vision
04.   Time Became The Tide
05.   That's Love That It Is
06.   Murder
07.   See The Train
08.   All Things Are Nice
09.   My Baby
10.   The Day Before You Came

Credits:
Clarinet, Drums, Voice – Neil Arthur
Keyboards, Piano, Trumpet – Stephen Luscombe
Written-By – Arthur, Luscombe
Producer – John Luongo

Barry Adamson ‎– Delusion (1991)

Style: Latin, Spoken Word, Soundtrack, Future Jazz, Acoustic
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Mute, Elektra, The Fine Line

Tracklist:
01.   Delusion
02.   Crossin The Line
03.   Il Soltario
04.   Patti's Theme
05.   A Settlin' Kinda Scam
06.   Fish Face
07.   Go Johnny
08.   The Life We Leave Behind
09.   An Amendment
10.   La Cucaracha
11.   Diamonds
12.   George's Downfall
13.   Got To Bet To Win
14.   The Track With No Name
15.   Patti's Theme (Two Stage Variation)
16.   Death Valley Junction
17.   These Boots Are Made For Walking

Credits:
Acoustic Guitar – Tito Heradia
Keyboards , Technician – Seamus Beaghen
Producer, Mixed By – B. Adamson, Paul Kendall
Written-By – Barry Adamson
Arranged By, Performer – Barry Adamson