Taking a tip from their German jazz archivist contemporaries in Jazzanova, Ekkehart Fleischhammer and pal Sebastian Dumjahn sifted through the vault holdings of sound libraries Sonoton, Europhon and Selected Sound, and they've come up with the goods on the fab Puppet Jazz (Sonorama) comp. Gathered with an ear to the clubs, the diverse 14-track selection - including previously undiscovered gems by Klaus Weiss , Berry Lipman , Joe Haider , Ambros Seelos , Fred Rabold and Gerhard Narholz - is remarkably funky and deep, considering most of this stuff was recorded by easy-listening ringers for commercial and film use. www.sororama.de.
Justis of the funk
Credited with creating Raunchy, one of rock 'n' roll's first and most enduring instrumental hits, saxophonist Bill Justis quickly parlayed his 1957 jukebox hit into a job as musical director for Sam Phillips at Sun Records, where he'd arrange hits for Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich. Long after a spat with Phillips sent him packing, Justis kept working his magic into the funk era, producing Sam Most's flute-freaked club killer Plop-Plop Boom, which Jazzman has kindly reissued as a 7-inch. Even more impressive is the storming revision of the Percy Faith easy-cheesy classic Jungle Fantasy on the flip. Raunchy? You bet.
It's only been a couple of months since C'mon dropped their ear-splitting Midnight Is The Answer debut, but Ian Blurton and his bash crew haven't stopped pounding. They've been selling a new four-track EP, Blown Speaker, at recent shows, and it picks up the ass-kicking action right where the album left off. The thunderous boogie of Desperate Hearts could be their best tune yet. Grab a copy at their NXNE showcase tonight (Thursday, June 9) at the FunHaus - they only made 200, and mine's number 199.
Most left-field R&B fans will grab DJ Center 's Feel What I'm Feelin' two-CD mix for the swank selection of contemporary soul cut with conscious hiphop featuring the Platinum Pied Pipers ' I Got You, Lizz Fields's All My Mistakes, Gift of Gab's Way Of The Light, Q-Tip's Money Maker and a little DJ Krush . But the real heat comes with the second disc, where DJ Center goes for spiritual jazz gusto with stirring classics from Clifford Jordan , Pharoah Sanders , Yusef Lateef , the Awakening , Gary Bartz 's NTU Troop and others. There's nothing wildly obscure here, but it's perfect for summer evening chillin'.