First class Trip
The members of German DJ collective Jazzanova have made their fair share of boring club records, but aside from their production work, the deep digging archivists have put together some awesome jazz comps. So Blue Note was wise to hire these vinyl nerds to assemble a double disc set of vintage soul jazz swingers for the Blue Note Trip (Blue Note/EMI) series. As you might expect, the track selection - featuring lesser known scorchers from Horace Parlan , Bobby Hutcherson , Horace Silver , Lee Morgan , Curtis Fuller and Tina Brooks - is skewed toward uptempo Afro-Latin grooves, but there are also some well-chilled spiritual joints in the mix to make for delightfully breezy late-night home spin.
While I can't say that I've ever been knocked out by any No Dynamics shows I've seen, their new four-song 12-inch EP is a helluva blast. The first release on the vinyl-only Bloodworks label started up by From Fiction's Rob Gordon , the self-titled No Dynamics EP in the swankly designed new wave throwback sleeve boasts four boombastic thumpers supercharged by the pounding of Jeremy Finkelstein and enhanced by Vanessa Fischer 's searing screams, which must've been red-lining the meters in the studio. It's been mastered super-hot to rock your party, along with the one across the street. Grab it quick - it's a limited run.
Unbelievable as it might seem, New Orleans bluesman Snooks Eaglin was only 22 years old when Dr. Henry Oster brought him from his corner in the French Quarter to record some songs at Louisiana State University in 1958. Listening back to the album that resulted, New Orleans Street Singer - just reissued by Smithsonian Folkways with eight unreleased bonus tracks - the young Eaglin sings and plays guitar like he'd been doing it for 80 years. There's a certain poignancy and an elegant economy to every note he bends that suggests you're in the presence of greatness. It's no wonder Mojo has called it "one of the top 10 guitar albums of all time." No argument here.
By now you'd think that just about every lively 70s funk scene has been uncovered and documented, right? Well, there's still more to be discovered, as the astonishingly great Cargo Cult: Belize City Boil Up (Numero) collection proves. Island funk collectors may be familiar with the Soul Creations ' three-figure discolypso stormer Funky Jive, but there's much more booty bumpin' action where that came from - namely little-known party-starters like Lord Rhaburn , the Web , the Professionals and the Harmonettes . Heard of them? Neither have I actually, but you need to.