Rusty Bryant – Fire Eater Prestige – P-10014 Series: Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series Released:1971 (2017 Reissue)
Coffee, Smoke, Fire. A big ol’ slab of jazz funk, propelled by the beast known as Idris Muhammad, behind the kit. Craft Recordings started this sub imprint called “Jazz Dispensary”, music viewed through a suggested, but rather vague marijuana/420 type lens. Their RSD comps are killer as well, very well curated. I’ll be talking about Jazz Dispensary during tonight’s spin sesh, prepping for Sunday’s Show. Join me at 9PM EST if you wanna hear some tunes and nerd out about music. Talking with you guys and reading your live comments is the best part, looking forward to it.
Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest And The Blackbird Svart Records – SVR089 2 × LP (Ltd 400), Green Released: 01 Feb 2012
In the early days, Svart Records used to send records pretty regularly, one of the first labels to support VJ. Even 2011-12 they were putting out quality records. Solid slabs, flat, sound good. That little Finnish label introduced me to a great many artists I’d never heard before. Their curation is wildly varied and always interesting.
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet Verve Records – V-8401 Vinyl LP, Mono Released:1961
Coffee, Smoke, Dizzy. I’m filing away the last of the Detroit digs, 52 new entries in the VJ Archive. This original mono pressing of a live performance also features Lalo Schifrin. Diz on Verve is where it’s at, highest level jazz mastery.
I’m feeling this spin will lead to a more extended Dizzy Gillespie jag. I’ve not yet taken the time to properly listen to all my albums in sequence. You always gain better insight into the art, feel more connected to the history. The more I read and listen, the more I love every aspect of what jazz represents.
Coffee, Smoke, Well Being Bravo Canada, today is a good day. Marijuana is medecine. It hasn’t hurt me, it’s helped me function more normally. To not be considered a criminal, in my own country, is a very good feeling. I have an entire day’s music planned. Spin along, let’s hang.
Tunde Mabadu – Viva Disco Mr Bongo – MRBCP170, Afrodisia – DWAPS 2092Format:Vinyl LP, Album, Blue Released:(Oct 2018 Reissue)
Mr. Bongo Bundle, LP 3/3 First needledrop. Didn’t get to it yesterday, definitely more disco but always through that rich, African lens. Listen for yourselves, your ears are the only critic that matters. Fuck critics, they don’t know better than you do. Listen, like they did. Now your opinion is just as valid.
Super Elcados – Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture – Tambourine Party Vol. 2 Mr Bongo – MRBLP163, EMI – NEMI (LP) 0184 Vinyl LP, Yellow Transparent Released: 1976 (Oct 2018 Reissue)
Mr. Bongo Bundle, LP 2/3 Nigerian 70’s super funk. I played side one of this yesterday as well, remember that James Brown/Kool & The Gang sounding Africa sound? This. Proper listening confirms a good pressing as well. This yellow one is a VMP exclusive but Mr. Bongo also released a regular version, which should be available in your local shops that carry this sort of awesome.
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – African Dances Mr Bongo – MRBLP168, Phonodisk Studio – PHD017 Vinyl LP, Cyan Transparent Released: 1979 (Oct 2018 Reissue)
Mr. Bongo Bundle, LP 1/3
This was the afrobeat album I was playing for some of you, on yesterday’s live feed. Yesterday was the first needledrop, it was AWESOME to see how many of you dug it. It was even more awesome to be able to have a community spin sesh like we did. I’m giving this a proper spin today. Side 2 is every bit as amazing as side one, funky as funky can be. Immediate recommend, for fans of Fela and funky 70s Africa in general.
Cecil Taylor – Silent Tongues – Live At Montreux ‘74 ORG Music – ORGM-2119, Freedom – FLP40146 Vinyl LP, Remastered, Gold With Black Smoke Released:1975 (Oct 2018 Reissue)
This was the Cecil Taylor record I was playing for some of you, on yesterday’s impromptu live spin/nerd out sesh. One man, demolishing his piano. Gloriously. This version is available only to VMP members, but ORG Music has other (black) variants for sale and it should be available in shops.
Townes Van Zandt – For The Sake Of The Song Fat Possum Records – FP1087-3 Vinyl LP, Album, Remastered, 180 Grams, Translucent Blue, 50th Anniversary Edition Released:1968 (Oct 2018 Reissue)
Complete Vinyl Experience. The package is flawless. It looks good, it sounds good, it feels good. The liner notes are engaging and well written, very effective at filling in the details which surrounded the time and place of this recording. A fully engaging, pleasant experience which succeeds in helping me enjoy a qualitative moment with the music. This is what vinyl is. The table is set, nothing is missing, the ingredients and craftsmanship reward my wish to slow down. LISTEN:
Townes Van Zandt – For The Sake Of The Song [Full Album]