Quintron goes quad
Even if rapper/actor Bow Wow 's 2005 film Roll Bounce didn't inspire the massive return to roller rinks that some anticipated, and the jamskating trend of applying gymnastic breakdance moves to quad skating never really caught on as the hot new mainstream trend, Quintron isn't ready to let it die.
So he jumped on his rickety keyboard, set his Drum Buddy on stun and cranked out JamSkate (Rhinestone) a joyously bumping 129-bpm wheel-spinner of an anthem for those getting down with double mapes, flying camels and toe walleys.
And for the non-skaters there's a dance-floor-destroying cover of Nawlins punk classic Drug Problem originally by King Louie's Kajun SS, while Wild West offers the lowdown on what's been happening on Bourbon Street post-Katrina.
And Quintron still found time to plot the derailment of Mobile, Alabama's Mardi Gras parade plans and hand-assemble the 500 12-inch EP sleeves. Very impressive. www.quintronandmisspussycat.com
You could grow old and grey waiting for EMI Canada to get around to releasing a proper reissue of the awesome instrumental recordings that Edmonton's Wes Dakus cut with his Shadows-inspired Rebels at Norman Petty 's famed studio in Clovis, New Mexico, back in 1964. Fortunately, the Minnesota-based Super Oldies label is doing it for them.
The superb Wes Dakus & The Rebels, Volume 2 collection presents the 12 rockin' tracks from the classic Capitol 6000 Series LP The Wes Dakus Album With The Rebels in stereo for the first time, which is reason enough for Canuck rock 'n' roll fans to celebrate.
But there's more. As a bonus, they've thrown in 11 more singles sides and previously unreleased rippers, including the boss Quality double-sider of Las Vegas Scene and Sour Biscuits.
Informative liner notes and choice pics make for a super-swank package worthy of these trailblazers. www.superoldies.com .
Although Verve Canada has done an exemplary job keeping the MPS label recordings of Oscar Peterson in circulation, sadly the same can't be said of any of the venerable German imprint's many brilliant non-Peterson recordings. Fortunately, some people working for Universal in Germany understand the lasting value of the MPS catalogue and have started adding some of the timeless music from the archive of Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to their Legends series of artist-oriented best-of sets on budget-line Verve sub-label Jazzclub.
Charly Antolini 's Power Drummer disc brings together 14 tracks that the propulsive Swiss percussionist recorded between 1966 and 1980 for his albums like Soul Beat and In The Groove and other sessions such as Dieter Reith's A Happy Afternoon.
There's nothing unreleased or even particularly rare here, nor are there any notes beyond the musicians' names and the catalogue number of the original releases, but at least some of Antolini's outstanding grooves are now available to a generation weaned on hiphop who'll appreciate his badass beats.
Also check out George Duke 's 18-track Keyboard Giant disc as well as the Thriller Jazz, Soul Jazz and Exotic Jazz comps in Jazzclub's Trends series. You'll find helpful audio clips at www.verve-jazzclub.com .