Impulsive Recollections

records, ramblings and things
Wojciech Karolak - Easy! Muza 1975, Poland

A killer piece of Polish jazz-funk/fusion reminiscent of Placebo, Cortex and other European rare-groove outfits. Fender Rhodes, wordless scat vocals, a dash of Brazilian flavor, subtle electronics and a few open breaks to round out this set. A high point in the Polish Jazz series.

Wojciech Karolak - Easy! Muza 1975, Poland

A killer piece of Polish jazz-funk/fusion reminiscent of Placebo, Cortex and other European rare-groove outfits. Fender Rhodes, wordless scat vocals, a dash of Brazilian flavor, subtle electronics and a few open breaks to round out this set. A high point in the Polish Jazz series.

Sunbirds - S/T 1971 BASF, Germany
The debut album from the Munich based international fusion supergroup featuring German drummer Klaus Weiss and Belgian guitarist Phillip Catherine (Placebo fame) amongst others. Sought after by rare-groove, prog, jazz-funk and krautrock collectors alike. The album’s centerpiece is ‘Spanish Sun’. Clocking in at over twelve minutes the group lock into one of the most ominous grooves to ever come out of the fusion cannon with Catherine providing subtle yet extremely sinister guitar noodlings and Weiss swinging perfectly here as well as Jimmy Woode doing work on bass. An album for your head and your feet. Warmly recommended.

Sunbirds - S/T 1971 BASF, Germany

The debut album from the Munich based international fusion supergroup featuring German drummer Klaus Weiss and Belgian guitarist Phillip Catherine (Placebo fame) amongst others. Sought after by rare-groove, prog, jazz-funk and krautrock collectors alike. The album’s centerpiece is ‘Spanish Sun’. Clocking in at over twelve minutes the group lock into one of the most ominous grooves to ever come out of the fusion cannon with Catherine providing subtle yet extremely sinister guitar noodlings and Weiss swinging perfectly here as well as Jimmy Woode doing work on bass. An album for your head and your feet. Warmly recommended.

Eric Ghost - Secret Sauce 1974 (private press) Award Records Vancouver B.C.
A privately pressed and sought after jazz-flute gem from Vancouver British Columbia, and a solid session ranging from playfully funky to more Eastern and free. Eric Ghost on flute with support from four other players working in a mostly stripped down mode of percussion, piano, and bass respectively.

Eric Ghost - Secret Sauce 1974 (private press) Award Records Vancouver B.C.

A privately pressed and sought after jazz-flute gem from Vancouver British Columbia, and a solid session ranging from playfully funky to more Eastern and free. Eric Ghost on flute with support from four other players working in a mostly stripped down mode of percussion, piano, and bass respectively.

J.O.B. Orchestra - Open The Doors To Your Heart 1978 Govinda Records
A largely under the radar Hare-Krishna spiritual-disco/rare groove album masterminded by Jorge Barreiro hence the initials. This record opens with one of the most sublime and blissed out Fender Rhodes intros I’ve ever heard, and closes with the amazing chill out tune ‘Govinda’, that was sampled by J Cole. Only a handful of albums were released on this label, with this being the best session.

J.O.B. Orchestra - Open The Doors To Your Heart 1978 Govinda Records

A largely under the radar Hare-Krishna spiritual-disco/rare groove album masterminded by Jorge Barreiro hence the initials. This record opens with one of the most sublime and blissed out Fender Rhodes intros I’ve ever heard, and closes with the amazing chill out tune ‘Govinda’, that was sampled by J Cole. Only a handful of albums were released on this label, with this being the best session.

Human Egg - S/T 1978 Lizard Records, France

A late 70s oddity from Jean-Pierre Massiera and Torelli Bernard in a very quirky and playful blend of prog, space rock, electronics and even glam. It contains the gorgeous rare-groove/cosmic disco cut ‘Love Like This’ that Madlib used on one of his Medicine Show mixes.

Human Egg - S/T 1978 Lizard Records, France

A late 70s oddity from Jean-Pierre Massiera and Torelli Bernard in a very quirky and playful blend of prog, space rock, electronics and even glam. It contains the gorgeous rare-groove/cosmic disco cut ‘Love Like This’ that Madlib used on one of his Medicine Show mixes.

Duke Ellington - The Afro Eurasian Eclipse, 1975 Fantasy

In 1971, Duke was jazz’s eldest statesman, but rather than rest on any laurels in the later stage of his career, he steps out with his most devastatingly swinging set ever. The Afro Eurasian Eclipse sees Duke reaching far out in a uncharacteristically avant-garde, and at times even funky manner, yet still being a big-band affair with lots of African and Asian influences as you would imagine. Largely considered to be one of his most important statements.

Duke Ellington - The Afro Eurasian Eclipse, 1975 Fantasy

In 1971, Duke was jazz’s eldest statesman, but rather than rest on any laurels in the later stage of his career, he steps out with his most devastatingly swinging set ever. The Afro Eurasian Eclipse sees Duke reaching far out in a uncharacteristically avant-garde, and at times even funky manner, yet still being a big-band affair with lots of African and Asian influences as you would imagine. Largely considered to be one of his most important statements.

Joao Bosco - Galos De Briga, 1976 Brazil

A huge batch of samba-soul and MPB featuring a cast of great Brazilian players, and an album that rivals the greatness of any of Jorge Ben’s records from the 70s.

Joao Bosco - Galos De Briga, 1976 Brazil

A huge batch of samba-soul and MPB featuring a cast of great Brazilian players, and an album that rivals the greatness of any of Jorge Ben’s records from the 70s.

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet - Sound, 1966 Delmark

This is Roscoe Mitchell’s essential free-jazz disaster piece from 1966. A perfect example on the effectiveness of his playing, whether blowing meditative and meandering or the full on machine-gun blasts that this type of jazz can provide. One of the highly esteemed moments from The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and The Art Ensemble of Chicago as well. Heady serious stuff.

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet - Sound, 1966 Delmark

This is Roscoe Mitchell’s essential free-jazz disaster piece from 1966. A perfect example on the effectiveness of his playing, whether blowing meditative and meandering or the full on machine-gun blasts that this type of jazz can provide. One of the highly esteemed moments from The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and The Art Ensemble of Chicago as well. Heady serious stuff.

Air - Open Air Suit , 1978 Arista Nova

A conceptual avant/free-jazz session helmed by saxophonist and flautist Henry Threadgill, influential member of storied Chicago based collective The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The music being just as bizarre as the cover image. The trio of Threadgill, Fred McCall and Fred Hopkins working in a stripped down mode of drums, bass, flute and a variety of saxophones. Check the title cut ‘Mandrill’s Cosmic Ass’.

Air - Open Air Suit , 1978 Arista Nova

A conceptual avant/free-jazz session helmed by saxophonist and flautist Henry Threadgill, influential member of storied Chicago based collective The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The music being just as bizarre as the cover image. The trio of Threadgill, Fred McCall and Fred Hopkins working in a stripped down mode of drums, bass, flute and a variety of saxophones. Check the title cut ‘Mandrill’s Cosmic Ass’.

Roland Haynes - 2nd Wave, 1975 Black Jazz

Here ‘a another gem from the always cool Black Jazz label, and one of the more fusiony sessions they released. From the dreamy electric keyboard opener to the hard rolling jazz-funk of side B, this is one of the most satisfying listens from the label.

Roland Haynes - 2nd Wave, 1975 Black Jazz

Here ‘a another gem from the always cool Black Jazz label, and one of the more fusiony sessions they released. From the dreamy electric keyboard opener to the hard rolling jazz-funk of side B, this is one of the most satisfying listens from the label.

Janko Nilovic - Rythmes Contemporains, 1974 France

A classic library album by this Montenegrin pianist, poet and composer. Part of the holy trinity of library records alongside ‘Jungle Obsession’ and ‘Stringtronics.’ Funky big-band and deep European sounds here with a Eastern Bloc vibe as well.

Janko Nilovic - Rythmes Contemporains, 1974 France

A classic library album by this Montenegrin pianist, poet and composer. Part of the holy trinity of library records alongside ‘Jungle Obsession’ and ‘Stringtronics.’ Funky big-band and deep European sounds here with a Eastern Bloc vibe as well.

This Heat - Deceit, 1981 Rough Trade UK
A definitive post-punk/art-rock statement from the UK, recorded in the bands Cold Storage studio. A former meat pie factory in Brixton. The album was conceived under the belief that nuclear war was imminent, thus the themed collage and lyrics as such. Musically speaking, the ghosts of Can, Lee Scratch Perry, and Sun Ra are here. It’s been said that This Heat were the link between prog and punk rock, real or imagined. An absolute classic album from the 80s.

This Heat - Deceit, 1981 Rough Trade UK

A definitive post-punk/art-rock statement from the UK, recorded in the bands Cold Storage studio. A former meat pie factory in Brixton. The album was conceived under the belief that nuclear war was imminent, thus the themed collage and lyrics as such. Musically speaking, the ghosts of Can, Lee Scratch Perry, and Sun Ra are here. It’s been said that This Heat were the link between prog and punk rock, real or imagined. An absolute classic album from the 80s.

The Awakening - Hear, Sense and Feel, 1972 Black Jazz Records
Another outstanding release from Black Jazz. Spiritual and funky sounds from this Chicago group. They recorded one other album for the label entitled ‘Mirage’ that’s just as good. The centerpiece of this being the flute-led ‘Kera’s Dance’, but the whole album shines, as does everything Black Jazz ever released.

The Awakening - Hear, Sense and Feel, 1972 Black Jazz Records

Another outstanding release from Black Jazz. Spiritual and funky sounds from this Chicago group. They recorded one other album for the label entitled ‘Mirage’ that’s just as good. The centerpiece of this being the flute-led ‘Kera’s Dance’, but the whole album shines, as does everything Black Jazz ever released.

Colonel Bagshot - Oh! What A Lovely War, 1971 Cadet Concept 

Classic U.K. psych album concerned primarily with the war in Vietnam, and other than the Archie Whitewater piece, this is the toughest find on the Cadet Concept label. Most folks will instantly recognize ‘Six Day War’, which holds the primary samples that DJ Shadow used for his song of the same name, but the real highlight of the album being ‘Lord High Human Being’. “In darkened woods the smell of fallen showers all around. Keep in time with mayday flowers. Make love to the ground. I see the tree that watches me, and listens to my sound. A tree by any other name would surely cut me down.”

Colonel Bagshot - Oh! What A Lovely War, 1971 Cadet Concept

Classic U.K. psych album concerned primarily with the war in Vietnam, and other than the Archie Whitewater piece, this is the toughest find on the Cadet Concept label. Most folks will instantly recognize ‘Six Day War’, which holds the primary samples that DJ Shadow used for his song of the same name, but the real highlight of the album being ‘Lord High Human Being’. “In darkened woods the smell of fallen showers all around. Keep in time with mayday flowers. Make love to the ground. I see the tree that watches me, and listens to my sound. A tree by any other name would surely cut me down.”

Cos - Viva Boma, 1976 Belgium

A runner up for best Belgian jazz-rock/prog album, along with Placebo, Plus, Sunbirds and the like. This session considered to be their best and most varied recordings, produced by the always exceptional Marc Moulin from Placebo fame. One of the most creative groups from that scene with Pascal Son’s bubbling wordless vocals, head nodding 4/4 drums, subtle electronic shadings, and an eerie atmosphere throughout. Fans of Zao, Henry Cow and even Stereolab take note.

Cos - Viva Boma, 1976 Belgium

A runner up for best Belgian jazz-rock/prog album, along with Placebo, Plus, Sunbirds and the like. This session considered to be their best and most varied recordings, produced by the always exceptional Marc Moulin from Placebo fame. One of the most creative groups from that scene with Pascal Son’s bubbling wordless vocals, head nodding 4/4 drums, subtle electronic shadings, and an eerie atmosphere throughout. Fans of Zao, Henry Cow and even Stereolab take note.