Classic Melting Pot

Blue Mitchell – The Message
Blue Mitchell – P.T. Blues
Blue Mitchell – Steal The Feel

{Been out of town and super busy lately, but I’ll be returning to the KPFK airwaves on Sunday (and to Facebook as well!) and then back here with new posts on Monday April 9th!!!}

Though it was often outshined by Blue Note and Prestige, Mainstream records put out quite a few solid and funky releases in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Case in point, this album by Trumpeter Blue Mitchell (who cut a number of nice LPs on Blue Note himself). The Last Tango = Blues features a big band with some familiar names to the funky faithful, David T. Walker on guitar, Charles Kynard on organ, Chuck Rainey on bass, Ray Pounds, Paul Humphrey and King Errisson on drums and percussion. Many of those players were also featured on the Chubukos/Afrique recordings that produced “House Of The Rising Funk,” and they definitely bring the funk on this LP, especially on tracks like “Steal The Feel” and “P.T. Blues.” But, the real reason to track down this one is the instrumental version of Cymande’s all-world classic, “The Message.” While I know there’s at least one other cover (a spanish version by Hielo Ardiente), I’m not sure if there is another instrumental of this track. Blue and the boys work it on out to great effect and so when I ran across this LP at Atomic recently (now my second time owning this one, first one copped at Groove Merchant many moons ago), I simply had to share my great fortune with you.

Cheers,

Michael

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds

Beginning of the year we got word that Georgia Anne Muldrow would grace us in 2012 with a brand new album, and not only would we get new music from GAM, but that this new album would be produced by Madlib. The final result is the exquisite Seeds, an album that actually exceeded my already highly elevated expectations for this collabo. “Seeds” the track fulfills all the promise of Muldrow’s earlier recordings and shows Madlib to a producer completely in tune with the artist. Highly recommended listening, and a sure thing to feature in our end of the year “Best of 2012” show.

Had to wait all the way for March for our first all vinyl show on Melting Pot. I’ve actually been a busy beaver on the vinyl front the last couple of months, so there was plenty of goodies to share with y’all. Unfortunately, my computer apparently decided that it didn’t want to record any of the analog sounds in the first hour (i’ve used the lower quality one from KPFK’s audio archives instead), though I was able to sweet talk it into getting all of the second hour. I’m out of town this week, but the always solid O-Dub from Soul-Sides.com will be guest hosting on April Fools Day at Melting Pot. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #80: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #80: Second Hour

Playlist: 03-25-2012

Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’s Happening (Dynamic)

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Tim Maia – Primavera – Tim Maia (Polydor)
Richard “Popcorn” Wylie – E.S.P. – Extrasensory Perception (ABC)
Blue Mitchell – P.T. Blues – Last Tango – Blues (Mainstream)
El Gran Combo – Si No Me Dan – 5

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Sureshot Symphone Solution – Chair On The Ceiling (Skeleton Edit) – 7” (Self-released)
Dr. John – Babylon – Babylon (Atco)
SCLC Operation Breadbasket Orchestra – Nobody Knows – On The Case (Chess)
Scott Walker – The Big Hurt – Aloner (Smash)
Joe Dukes – Moohah The DJ – Soulful Drums (Prestige)

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The One & Nines – Make It Easy – 7” (Cotter)
Butterfield Blues Band – Driftin & Driftin’ – Live (Elektra)

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JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – To Love Someone – 7” (Addenda)
Los Coke – Que Seria De Mi – Coke (Sound Triangle)
Johnny Lytle – You’ve Got To Love The World – Be Proud (Solid State)
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation – Mutiny – Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (Blue Thumb)

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The Sandwitches – Miracle Mile – Mrs. Jones Cookies (Empty Cellar)
La Reservacion India – Detras De Mi Sonrisa – Lo Buena De La Vida (Eco)
Henry “Red” Allen & Kid Ory – Blues For Jimmy – Red Allen Meets Kid Ory (Verve)
Lee Hazlewood – Bugles In The Afternoon – The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (MGM)

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The Soul Investigators – Creepin’ Part 2 – 7” (Timmion)
Iggy & the Stooges – Death Trip – Raw Power (CBS)
Jorge Ben – Amor Do Carnaval – From Brazil (4 Corners)
Dennis Coffey – Big City Funk – Evolution (Sussex)

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{closing theme} Kenny Baker – Mississippi Waltz – Plays Bill Monroe (County)

Los Autenticos – El Rey De Boogaloo
Los Autenticos – La Pelirroja
Los Autenticos – El Hueso
Los Autenticos – Todos Bailan Boogaloo

This LP is currently up for auction on Ebay…support Melting Pot and grab some mighty fine latin wax by clicking here.

Recently picked up this LP sealed at Amoeba, in their always interesting Latin Music section. Don’t know too much about Los Autenticos. I think they were a group out of Mexico, but I’m not really sure (seems there’s quite a few “Autenticos” out there on the internet). This album was released on RCA Victor in 1969 at the tail-end of the Boogaloo craze in NYC, but at a point where it was being picked up around Latin America, though with some different stylistic characteristics. In fact, I wouldn’t really classify any of these songs (including the ones with “Boogaloo” in their title), “Boogaloos.” The rhythms are a bit different, sometimes a bit on the Cumbia side, others a little more Salsa-ish. The one hallmark of Boogaloo that several of the songs do have is some serious hand claps and a great party vibe. Enjoy the sounds and the extra pictures for the Ebay folks.

Cheers,

Michael

Quantic & Alice Russell – Look Around The Corner

Quantic + Alice Russell = Pure Sonic Heaven…if you’re in LA today or tomorrow, RUN, don’t walk, to Exchange LA and see them perform live along with the Robert Glasper Experiment.

Added bonus is this B+ short film for “Light At The Window,” shot during 2011’s London Riots…Pure Brilliance:

Still pretty busy, but at least here’s an updated playlist for y’all. Nice show featuring a lot of new music, from Robert Glasper Experiment feat. King, Holly Golightly, Quantic & Alice Russell, La Sera, Frankie Rose, Ceu and many more…enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #79: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #79: Second Hour

Playlist: 03-18-2012

{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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No Walls – Wanderlust – No Walls (Third Eye)
Love – A House Is Not A Motel – Forever Changes (Elektra)
The Chefs – Love Is Such A Splendid Thing – Records & Tea (Damaged Goods)
The Spectrals – Get A Grip – Bad Penny (Slumberland)

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Robert Glasper Experiment feat. King – Move Love – Black Radio (Blue Note)
Frankie Rose – Daylight Sky – Interstellar (Slumberland)
Barry Goldberg – Fool On A Hill – Reunion (Buddah)
La Sera – I’m Alone – Sees The Light (Hardly Art)
Wendy Rene – Deep In My Heart – After Laughter Comes Tears (Light In The Attic)

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Adrian Younge – The Love I Got – Adrian vs. Adrian 12” (Ubiquity)
24 Carat Black – I Begin To Weep – Gone: The Promises of Yesterday (Numero)
Gonjasufi – Time Out – MUZZLE EP (Warp)
Sureshot Symphony Solution feat. Moses Soulreal – Hate The Real – A Good Look EP (Self-released)

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Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro – Magdalena – Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)
Rotary Connection – I Must Be There – Aladdin (Cadet Concept)
Gold Leaves – Future – The Ornament (Hardly Art)
Ceu – Chegar Em Mim – Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)

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Georgia Anne Muldrow – Husfriend – Seeds (SomeOthaShip)
US Aries – Are You Ready To Come (With Me) – Personal Space (Chocolate Industries)
J.J. Barnes – You Owe It To Yourself – Best of Perception and Today (BBE)
Quakers feat. Dead Prez – Soul Power – Quakers (Stones Throw)
The Funk Ark – High Noon – High Noon (ESL)

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Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs – Mother Earth – Long Distance (Damaged Goods)
Hunx – Your Love Is Here To Stay – Hairdresser’s Blues (Hardly Art)
Kool Man & Diamond T – One For The Road – 7” (Timmion)
La Chiva Gantiva – Pa Q’ca – Pelao (Crammed Discs)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Batar (Kemado)

Jorge Ben – Eu Sou Da Pesada
Jorge Ben – Si Manda
Jorge Ben – Quanto Mais Te Vejo
Jorge Ben – Nascimento De Um Principe Africano

This record is currently up for auction on Ebay, support Melting Pot, grab some classic (and classy) brazilian sounds by clicking here to view the listing.

As I mentioned earlier, the reason I picked up this copy (and why I’m selling it) is an interesting story…I first came across this record for I think $9 at Ameoba in Berkeley. Being a fan of Brazilian music and a lover of Jorge Ben in particular, I was more than happy to take advantage of what I thought was a major error on the stores part. For a few years I really dug on the sounds, but when my big sell-off happened in 2004, this was one of the LPs I had to part ways with. I made a few copies of my favorite songs from it, just to keep the album in my mind.

Over the years I kept coming back to the music and finally this year I decided to reaquire this LP. After this copy arrived at my house I was shocked to find that the music on the album was TOTALLY different than what was on my original copy. What was on this record was the same music as the brazilian release O Bidu Silencio No Brooklin from 1967! But yet, I knew I had had this same looking LP but with different music. I then noticed that this copy was originally labeled as stereo, but then relabeled as mono, so I tracked down a stereo copy of the album in hopes that THAT record would have the songs I had been looking for…Nope, stereo version was the same as this.

Eventually I figured out that the music on that LP I used to own was actually not even Jorge Ben’s music! It turned out to be music from Wilson Simonal, a contemporary of Jorge Ben’s, with a slightly deeper, but quite similar voice. The tracks from the LP I used to have were spread out over 5 or 6 releases that Simonal cut in the mid & late 1960s. My thinking is now that somehow there was a record plant mistake, and since the music is all in Brazilian portuguese, no one noticed they had pressed the wrong records. (I might have tracked down the Simonal LP with those songs…I’ll update with a Dig Deep post when it finally arrives).

So, here I was with two copies of a record that was not the record I thought it was. O Bidu / From Brazil IS a great record, as Ben’s music shifts from more acoustic bossa/samba sounds to a swinging 1960s rock style (backed up by Os Fevers) that actually doesn’t show up on many of the subsequent records. I especially dig how many times Jorge Ben name checks the “Brooklin” area of Sao Paulo, almost like a precursor of Hip-Hop’s love affair with NYC’s own Brooklin. Having heard “O Bidu” from Brazilian pressings, I feel like this 4 corners release has a superior sound and if you’re looking for these recordings, this is one you want to search for…now here’s some extra pics for the Ebay peoples.

Cheers,

Michael

Here's that frayed corner I was talking about, as well as the faded color on the bottom spine

Wendy Rene – Give You What I Got

I have no excuse, no excuse whatsoever, for not having written anything until now about this fantastic collection put together by the folks at Light In The Attic. Many people had been raving about it since February, I just was too busy at the time to fully dig in and appreciate all of the goodness that was contained within. Wendy Rene was a soul singer from the Memphis area who released a series of sides with Stax and Volt in the mid-sixties, either by herself or with her family group The Drapels.  Astute fans may recognize her song “After Laughter Comes Tears,” because of it’s prominent use as a sample in several songs, most notably, “Tearz” from Wu-Tang. Rene gave us so much more than that grand tune, as this collection more than attests to. In particular, “Give You What I Got” has skyrocketed into my personal list of favorite deep soul songs, with that classic gritty Stax backing and guitar work that just has to come from Steve Cropper, to those wonderful back-up vocals giving you “More, More, More, More…Ba-by,” and Rene’s emotion filled lead vocal, it’s just about as close to perfect as perfect can be.

So many new tunes for this week, couple things I’ve been eagerly anticipating, especially Alice Russell & Quantic’s new collaboration, Robert Glasper Experiment, Quakers feat. Aloe Blacc, Frankie Rose, Adrian Quesada vs. Adrian Younge, plus some things that I recently heard that I been expecting, including Kendl Winter, La Chiva Gantiva and the pretty fantastic Minimal Waves collection. Finally dug into the Wendy Rene retrospective from Light In The Attic, expect to hear more from that, it’s beyond stellar! Enjoy the show…

Melting Pot on KPFK #78: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #78: Second Hour

Playlist: 3-11-2012
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro – Travelling song – Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)
Shahid Quintet – Invitation To Black Power Pt. 1 – Listen Whitey (Light In The Attic)
Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn – First Step On The Moon – Something About April (Wax Poetics)
Father’s Children – I Really Really Love You – Eccentric Soul: A Red, Green and Black Production (Numero)

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Kendl Winter – Shades Of Green – The Mechanics of Hovering Flight (K Recs)
Baloji – De L’autre Cote De La Mere – Kinshasa Succursale (Crammed Discs)
Thee Satisfaction – Queens – Awe Naturale (Sub Pop)
Nightwind – Why Can’t We – 7” (Sound Boutique)

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Frankie Rose – Moon In My Mind – Interstellar (Slumberland)
Class Info – Out Of Line – The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 (Stones Throw)
Fhloston Paradigm – Chasing Rainbows – Single (Hyperdub)
Slugabed – Rockin’ U – Single (Ninja Tune)
K.S. Chithra feat. Malaysia Vasudevan – Hey Maina – K.S. Chithra (Finders Keepers)
Hot Chocolate – What You Want To Do – Lou Ragland: I Travel Alone (Numero)

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Adrian Quesada vs. Adrian Younge – Final Word – Adrian vs. Adrian 12” (Ubiquity)
The Dirty Three – That Was Was – Toward The Low Sun (Drag City)
Mount Eerie – Distorted Cymbals – 7” (K Recs)
Steve Elliot – One More Time – Personal Space (Chocolate Industries)
La Chiva Gantiva – Por Eso Canto – Pelao (Crammed Discs)
The Funk Ark – Green Trees – High Noon (ESL)

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Spectrals – Confetti – Bad Penny (Slumberland)
Hunx & his Punx – The Curse Of Being Young – Too Young To Be In Love (Hardly Art)
Wendy Rene – Give You What I Got – After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax Records Singles 1964-1965 (Light In The Attic)
Boogaloo Assassins – No No No – Single (Self-released)
Hans Dulfer & Ritmo-Natural – Candy Closet Pt. II – Spritual Jazz Vol. 2 (Jazzman)

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Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – Gonna Be Alright – Black Radio (Blue Note)
The Lijadu Sisters – Osupa II – Mother Africa (Knitting Factory)
Kamuran Akkor – Ikimiz Bir Fidaniz – Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco Folk Classics (Nublu)
Quakers feat. Aloe Blacc – Sign Language – Quakers (Stones Throw)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Batar (Kemado)

Aum – Bay Bridge Blues
Aum – Mississippi Mud
Aum – A Little Help From You

I picked this up over at Groove Merchant several years ago, and for some reason I’ve only now had the good sense to bring post this one here. Don’t know a whole lot about these boys, other than Aum were a San Francisco blues-rock trio led by a dude who calls himself “Wayne The Harp.” I know the band released a record called Resurrection on the Fillmore label, but I’m not sure which of these two records is their debut, since it appears both were released in 1969. I would guess this one was the second LP, only because it seems it’s only pressed on Sire / London records and that kind of deal would seem likely to occur after the postive vibes from the debut and their following at the Fillmore and other Bay Area haunts.

The group had a very solid sound, especially in Larry Martin’s drums, which are extra crispy on “Mississippi Mud” (a title, at least, that seems ultra-appropriate as Mississippi votes tomorrow in a particularly mud slinging presedential campaign). Most of the songs showcase Wayne The Harp, with his vocals and guitar work, though he also lays down some nice organ on “A Little Help From You” and does in fact play the harmonica on “Mud.” “Bay Bridge Blues” must have been a crowd favorite back in the day, especially with Martin’s drum work as the song progress. It’s the kind of song that I could totally see the band could jamming on all night long, “Dirty and Funky” seems an apt description of not only the woman he’s singing about, but also the sound of this group.

Cheers,

Michael

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