Record fiends will know that the way it usually works is that once you finally find the record you've been after for a decade and pay the exorbitant collector's price to get it, that same record will typically be reissued with bonus tracks within a month. As luck would have it, I recently passed on a pricey rare 1962 East German recording of Jazz Mit Dorothy Ellison Und Dem Manfred Ludwig Sextett on Amiga only to find a copy of a German ITM label CD re-release online the very next day for five bucks.
Not only does it have the magnificent modal groover Zwielicht (comped by Jazzanova on their fab Formation 60 set), but there are four bonus tracks, including Desafinado and Skandinavia, drawn from Amiga's equally hard-to-catch Modern Jazz Studio Nr. 2 collection. No scratches either.
Reissues of sound library recordings have typically focused on tracks with dope beats and breaks or perhaps a weird Moog motif aimed at home producers or dudes who want to impress friends with their knowledge of Madlib's sample sources. That's exactly the sort of stuff you get with Hi & Fly 's Diggin' In The Crate: Special Sampling #2 comp of Standard Music Library material from the late 60s and early 70s, along with the usual wah-wah-enhanced blaxploitation flick fodder that could pass as Shaft or Superfly outtakes. However, the Premium Cuts series from Japan's Céleste reissue label avoids the conventional bump and grind to uncover the jazzier jams from the De Wolfe and Sylvester archives. Fans of super-smooth dah-ba-dabba-dah scat attacks should check Barbara Moore 's action on the De Wolfe set, while the classy small-combo jazz joints from soundtrack don Vladimir Cosma on the Sylvester disc are a classy delight.
It's a Wu-Tang thang
The Sounding Out The City disc by Brooklyn's El Michels Affair featuring members of the Dap Kings and Antibalas was a superbly subtle faux soundtrack masterstroke, but unfortunately it was widely slept on by funk and Afrobeat fans seeking more upbeat dance grooves. Instead of altering their approach, the eight-piece funk orchestra has simply switched repertoire with the new Shaolin Series of seven-inch singles on Truth and Soul Records , focusing on jazz-style revisions of Wu-Tang Clan 's hiphop classics. The first single pairs their head-nodding take on C.R.E.A.M. with an equally ill stab at Glaciers Of Ice, suggesting that perhaps Wu-Tang Clan is something to fuck with. Bring on the album!