an interview with Janet Klein

Oh!, the recent album by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys is a real different and unique effort in these days or like Janet puts it “like music from a lost planet“.
In her jazz-not-jazz interview Janet Klein talks about her love for the vintage stuff, how she became a keeper of said music from the lost planet, what she likes about modern technology and a lot more. So enjoy your visit to Janet’s parlor.

Q: Please tell me something about yourself. How did you become so fascinated by the early 1900s?

Janet Klein: I was an artistic type kid growing up in San Bernardino, California, a rather dreary town, although if you look at photos of it from old postcards from the 1910s, it was at one time, a beautiful place…lots of orange groves and a Carnegie Library building with an onion dome, an idyllic valley setting. The only places I found beautiful were those spots that were old or left alone and in tune with nature, like the old ranch down the street called the “Bachelors Back Achers” or the old Mission Inn, built in the early 1900s in nearby Riverside. An old stone cottage stood in the wash near our house, that was used as a shooting range…it was a mysterious old structure. Pointing down to the wash was a natural arrowhead shape imbedded in the hill above. Indians looked to this signpost to find a natural hotspring below. The hotspring, for as long as I can remember was a closed off Christian enclave. It had once been the fancy Arrowhead Springs CountryClub in the 1920s. Most of the modern buildings around town looked like trash. It’s that basic sense of discontent and a search for places or things that made me happy or intrigued. I was fairly disconnected and discontented with contemporary culture and retreated to my dad’s painting studio where he had a great record collection and a nice bohemian atmosphere. I was more comfortable around my parents, grandparents and great aunts than with other kids my own age. They told me great stories about New York in the 1930s-50s and about their experiences in the “Old Country”, i.e. Poland. When I visited them I loved to see objects in their homes, clothes in the back of the closets, photographs etc. I became quite a sentimentalist…I love objects and places infused with the presence of a person or a history.
As far as female role models, I had wonderful women around me, strong, lovely, interesting, smart, talented…I didn’t care for the tough-talking, “athletic” unfeminine angle of the “women’s liberation” movement I saw around me in the 1970s. The grown women I knew didn’t seem to be oppressed, in fact, they were ruling their respective roosts. “Bra-burning” wasn’t as interesting to me as going through the lingerie drawers of my lady relatives. I think I am attracted to finding evidence to show that women have always accomplished impressive things and have had no shortage of intelligence, attitude and feminine power, without trying to be “like” men. Which has led me to paw through alot of old books, photographs, printed matter,etc. When I see photos of women from the 1910s,20s 30s…I relate, I see people like me. I look at books and magazines today and I feel like an alien.

Q: You’ve just been on a tour in Japan. What was the experience like to perform in a country with a totally different culture and what do you like about the Japanese audience?

Janet Klein: We love it. This was our third tour in Japan and we have felt very welcomed and comfortable. To our surprise we’ve met and played with talented Japanese groups playing, American string band, jug band, klezmir, 20s hot Hawaiian music there. The clubs are beautiful and well-equipped and our fans have been gracious and enthusiastic. Sometimes girls wear their grandmothers’ kimonos to show me the old fabrics, and bring old photos. I have learned several obscure westernized jazzy Japanese songs from the 30s and recently a well known boogie woogie type tune from 1947, that translates as “The Ginza Can Can Girl”.
I admire Japanese culture very much. They are so careful with their land. It is a very aesthetic place. There seems to be a real preservation of regional specialty and the appreciation of nature is apparent in so many ways. I wish their sensibilities of modesty and politeness and their aesthetics of “small scale refinement” would make their way over to the USA. We could use a good strong dose of that kind of influence.



an interview with Funsho Ogundipe (Ayetoro)

It’s been a while since I raved about Ayetoro’s The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. I (The Jazz Side Of Afrobeat). And even though the album was recorded in 2003 it’s still fresh and fans of jazzy Afrobeat (or afrobeaty Jazz) should check it out. The good news is that Vol II will soon be with us (early July 2006). So here’s your chance to learn a little bit more about the man behind Ayetoro, Funsho Ogundipe, in his jazz-not-jazz interview.

Q: You’ve started quite late in your life with playing musical instruments. In fact you’ve never played the piano before you were seventeen. Please tell me how music have changed your live. Was there a certain situtation or moment when it just made click and you know music is your calling?

Funsho Ogundipe: Music has always been there. To me it was only natural.

Q: Where do you see your progress as a musician in the ten years with your band Ayetoro?

Funsho Ogundipe: Interesting. The journey is really the reward in itself. Meeting musicians from different countries and performing together is fantastic. Also learning how to be a band leader and adjusting to the different processes involved in playing live and recording albums in the stuidio. As a musician I cannot be still. I have to create. so the journey has been good for a man of my temprament.



reviews by Jon Freer

Courtesy of Jon Freer (mosoul.co.uk) here are ten reviews of released and soon to be released albums (sorry no cover shots or tracklistings this time):

V/A – F Com Essentials (F Communications)

“F Com Essentials” is a brief glance at the back catalogue of one of the world’s leading electronic labels. Whether putting out House, Techno, Electronica or Downbeat, the quality of the music is imperative, and thus a 14 track CD is never going to fully represent a label that has released more than 250 records. One highlight is co label owner Laurent Garnier’s “The Man With The Red Face”, where an enthusiastic sax blasts over poised beats and bassline. On this compilation we are also treated to A Reminiscent Drive’s simply beautiful “Ambrosia” as covered by Bertrand Bergalat, with its lonely keys, guitar loveliness and walking pace percussion. F Comm is one of the few truly broadminded labels out there and thus every release is worth checking, regardless of your musical allegiances.

Louie Vega Pres. Luisito Quintero – Percussion Madness (BBE/Rapster)

Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero and Louie Vega hook up here for an amazing modern Latin, House and Afrobeat journey. The material is strong and harnesses Louie’s awe inspiring production skills and Quintero’s hitting ability. “Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo” featuring Francis Mbape is wonderful Afro minded number, with sturdy brass, running water guitars and melodic vocals. Anané guests on the heartening “Our Love”, where her devotional words are backed by enchanting key work and cymballic percussion. Exciting covers and charming original material make “Percussion Madness” a fine LP.

The Longcut – A Call And Response (Deltasonic)

As expected, The Longcut’s debut LP is a body of full throttle guitar driven work, which benefits from Stuart Ogivie’s in-out of key vocals and the occasional bit of electronic intervention. It is the honesty and brutality of the music combined with a distinct ‘Longcutness’, which makes the group’s gripping compositions stand out. “A Last Act Of Desperate Men” is all rousing drums, guitars that spring into action and smudged vocals. Digital drum machine percussion, earnest guitars and upset vocals colour a moody track, entitled “The Kiss Off”. There’s a feeling that the ‘cut have been tamed a little by studio heads, but thankfully their unconventional musicality remains.

V/A – Kay Dee Records Compilation Vol 1 (Kay Dee Records)

Here, Keb Darge and Kenny Dope’s past embracing imprint give listeners a great selection of funked up and soulified lovelies. These committed record fiends have dug deeply into their vast collection, using this platform to expose some little known gems. A gorgeous flute, guitar niceness and stepping beats link up behind obsessing vocals on Wizdom’s brilliant “I’m So In Love With You”. Keb’s New Master Sounds version of Nu Yorican Soul’s “Nervous Track” is a wonderful retro-toned recent recording, with raw beats, rasping brass and half crazed organ play. A very tasty Funk and Soul driven compilation.

The Congos & Friends – Fisherman Style (Blood and Fire)

An all-star Jamaican cast revisits the famous ‘Fisherman’ rhythm on this Blood and Fire two disc set. There are some great singing, toasting and instrumental versions in this collection, which harness the seafaring power of The Congos original hearty tune. 24 versions does seem a little extreme, but it’s not that easy to tire of such a gorgeous rootsy rhythm track. On CD 1 Sugar Minott thanks ‘jah’ on “Captain Of The Ship”, whilst Dean Fraser gives a powerful sax driven performance in the shape of “Fisherman’s Anthem”. The second disc is home to Mr. Raggamonica’s sweet-toothed “Fisherman Melody” and Country Culture’s imploring “Make Poverty History”. The couple of videos on these discs provide a peak inside the studio where these tracks were recorded.

The Superimposers – Missing (Little League Productions)

“Missing” is an album of summery slouching Balearic grooves, which should be a perfect companion for the warmer months. However, all is not as it seems with this horizontal group, as according to Little League Productions, the Superimposers disappeared without trace before the release of this album. Rumours have also surfaced that the band took flight because they didn’t feel the album was ready to be released. The truth of the matter is not clear and cynical music observers may wonder if the whole story has actually been dreamed up to produce a web of intrigue that could generate copy and thus increase sales of this lovely album. Regardless of the controversy, “Holes In The Air” is a key kissed delight, with gorgeous acoustic guitar rhythmics and amazing organs. Hope giving vocals, psychedelic organs and good as gold strings do the hanging around on “I’ll Wait For You”. The lesson to be noted here is that the music is more important than accompanying stories and I’m sure the Superimposers mystery will be solved in due course!

DJ 3000 – Migration (Submerge/Motech)

“Migration” is an album of ice cool Techno and House, which exudes perceptible Eastern European influences, resulting from the fact this Detroitian’s parents were born in Albania. 3000 is able to produce intelligent electronic compositions that still have the necessary dancefloor bite, but on occasions he manipulates his Eastern sounds a little too much. Flowery keys, filtered vocals and incensed chords colour “Sangita”. “Tension Theory” is a relaxed number, where pursed lipped pipes shine. A thinking man’s Techno LP, which still has enough oomph to move the feet.

UNDO – Despacio (Factor City)

In the same vein as the recent 2020 Soundsystem album, UNDO aka Gabriel Berlanga spends a lot of his time combining Indie exuberance with industrial strength electronics. Gabriel has created some great melodically challenging indie-dance fusions, which sit comfortably alongside his probing technoid work. “Despacio” is a reassuring guitar driven number, with heartening synths and handclap beats. “Bounce Your Body, Gabi” will also move your feet, thanks to its commanding keys, snarling bass and super synths. Whether delivering cross-genre dreams or straight up Techno tunes, UNDO’s musical star shines brightly.

Daedelus – Denies The Days Demise (Ninja Tune)

What have we here? Classicaly minded electronica with Bruk steps, Techno pounce and Brazilian ideas. Daedelus manipulates his samples in a singularly ‘live’ way and thus his tracks sound organic and warm instead of cold and callous. Mr. D never sits still and so on occasions he can really frustrate his listeners by dropping really cool musical ideas without a second thought. “Bahia” is an old school Brazilian tune that has been defiled in the favelas of the 21st century, as insatiable guitars and crazy percussion mercilessly knife vocals and brass. “Sawtooth EKG” wobbles classical strings over Bboy beats. Musical madness that somehow makes perfect sense.

Mocky – Navy Brown Blues (Fine)

Poppy bubblegum hop is the name of the game for Mocky. Gorge simple melodies and cool harmonies are the basis of his infuriatingly catchy tunes. Sometime his raps get a little too much, but once he’s in full flow, you’ll already have been entranced by the melody. “One Of A Kind” is an adoration driven number, where percussion slaps shrieking keys in a playful manner. Feist’s cryin’ vocals soak light as cream brass, tender strings and key goodness on “Fightin’ Away The Tears”, as Mocky provides his own unhappy rap. This is an album of lovely fragile pop tunes, with a nod to Soul, Hip Hop and other musical flavours.


update / radioshows

Sorry folks, I know it has been a little bit quiet the last week(s) but I’ve been a little bit indisposed recently and just posted stuff that has already been prepared or nothing like you may have noticed. Just for the record here are the recent playlists for the radiopellenera (this week, you can still catch the show on Sunday from 13:00-15:00 (UTC+2)) and radio42.com (last friday) shows :

Mamayo: Born To Love
Young Disciples: Freedom (Free For All)
Vanessa Simon: Holding You, Loving You
Noel McKoy: Love Under Control
Myron: Darkside
Malena Perez: Gracias A La Vida
Fay Victor: Sometimes
Sun Ra: Images
McCoy Tyner: Ebony Queen
Ayetoro: Blues 4 The Earth Mother
Beautiful Nubia: Higher Steps (O Mbo Wa D’ero)
Fela Anikulapo & Roy Ayers: Africa - Centre Of The World
Carmen Lundy: (I Dream) In Living Color (Live)
Jazzhole: Do It Right
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson: Winter In America
Oneness Of Juju: Incognito
Greenlaw Ave: Powers That Be
Klymaxx: 4 The Ole Dog N U

Malena Perez: Free To Fly
Doug Carn: Little B’s Poem
Oneness Of JuJu: Follow Me
Toni Toné Tony: Still A Man
Joanna Pascale: Fools Rush In
Kellylee Evans: Lead Me Closer
Deborah J. Carter: Oh! Darling
Curtis Mayfield: Romancing The Folk Song
Robert Mitchell’s Panacea: Ocean In A Small Hand (feat. Gurdeep Stephens)
Brigette: Yes My Dear
Viktor Davies: Sound Of The Samba (album version)
Grupo X: X-Perience
Beautiful Nubia: Mind Of Your Own
Marlon Saunders: Afro Blue My Mind
Jazzhole: Do It Right
Sandra St. Victor: Holding Out
Nick-e: I Say
Vesta: Hunger
Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys: Sweet Man
Misty Oldland: Angel
Danny Madden: Circle Of Love
Mr Fingers: On A Corner Called Jazz (Underground Mix)
Karen Bernod: Spirit (Deeper Remix)
Tortured Soul: I Might Do Something Wrong (Osunlade Remix)



a month of jazz-not-jazz

Just in case you’ve missed something last month, here are some highlights that were featured last month on jazz-not-jazz:



jazz-not-jazz on radio42

In conjunction with radio42.com and rautemusik.fm jazz-not-jazz presents two hours of simply great music every Friday 19:00-21:00 UTC+2 (you don’t have to convert it for Germany…that’s Friday 13:00-15:00 in NYC, Friday 10:00-12:00 in San Francisco and Saturday 04:00-06:00 in Sydney). The links of the audio stream can be found on radio42.com or global24music.com/rautemusik (look for Lounge there). If you have a DSL/broadband connection you can also open this url directly in your mediaplayer: http://rautemusik.g24m.net:14000/ otherwise try http://rautemusik.g24m.net:14050 for ISDN connections.

Here’s the playlist for today Friday, 26th:

Toshio Matsuura Group: Behind The Shadow (from Kyoto Jazz Massive 10th Anniversary)
Alice Coltrane: Galaxy In Satchidananda (from World Galaxy)
OuterZone Band: Suny (from Premier Cru Sampler)
Joe Henderson: Fire (from The Elements)
Speak In Tones: Elements (from Subaro)
Sonny Rollins: Brown Skin Gal (from What’s New)
Ohio Players: Jive Turkey (from Skin Tight)
Sharon Jones & The DAP Kings: Your Thing Is A Drag (from Naturally)
Sample This: Shady (from Sample This!)
Teena Marie: Don’t Look Back (from Wild And Peaceful)
Klymaxx: Sexy (from Klymaxx)
Amp Fiddler: Dreamin’ (from Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly)
Eddie Kendricks: Keep On Truckin’ (from Motown Disco)
Roberta Flack: Sunday And Sister Jones (from Quiet Fire)
Jazzhole: Jonesing (from Poet’s Walk)
Karen Bernod: Hair I Am (from Life @ 360 Degrees)
Reel People: Butterflies (Restless Soul Heaven Mix)
Malena Perez: Praise The Day (from Stars)



jazz-not-jazz on radiopellenera

In conjunction with radiopellenera jazz-not-jazz presents a weekly show with quality soul, jazz and house music. You can catch the show every Tuesday from 07:00-09:00 (UTC+2) and if you missed it it will be repeated on Friday 12:00-14:00 (UTC+2) and Sunday from 13:00-15:00 (UTC+2). For conversion to your local time zone have a look at the wikipedia or at radiopellenera’s schedule on live365.com.

Here’s the playlist for the show starting tomorrow May, 16th:

Carl Hancock-Rux: Trouble Of This World (from Apothecary Rx)
Martha Redbone: Hard Living (from Skintalk)
Bernadette Cooper: The Agency Sent Me (from Drama According To Bernadette Cooper)
Miki Howard: Meant To Be (from Three Wishes)
Malena Perez: Tomorrow (from Stars)
Carleen Anderson: My Door Is Open (from Soul Providence)
D-Influence: Running Away (from London)
Incognito: Roots (Back To A Way Of Live) (from 100 And Rising)
Juliet Roberts: Carriacou Sunrise (from Beneath The Surface)
Francisco Mora Cartlett: Rumba (from River Drum)
Snowboy & The Latin Section: Los Rumberos De La Habana Y Matanzas (from Para Puente)
Louis Bellson & Walfredo De Los Reyes: Salsa En Cinco
Speak In Tones: Subaro Part I & II (from Subaro)
Bobby Montez: African Fantasy
Horace Silver: Senor Blues (vocal version) (from Six Pieces Of Silver)
Mondo Grosso: Samba Do Gato (from MG4)
Matthias Heilbronn feat. Monique Bingham: Go Getter (Sunflower Mix)
William Scott: You Are A Star (DU Remix)

The last track, You Are A Star, is a special version from William Scott’s album Who’s Afraid Of William Scott. This remix was done by DeutscheUnschuld and you can also download it on his website. Snippets of the original version can be found on William Scott’s website.


reviews by Jon Freer

Courtesy of Jon Freer (mosoul.co.uk) here are 21 reviews of released and soon to be released 12″es (sorry no cover shots or tracklistings this time):

Shoreline – From Eden, Home & In Between (Yesternow)

The seaside dwelling Shoreline surface with a refreshingly honest EP of neo-folk, which should make nu-folkette’s and more traditionally eared listeners swoon. “Lightning” hits home, courtesy of regretful vocals, high-spirited twanging and hollow percussive keys. Harmonious murmurs give way to reassuring singing on the guitar driven “Shipwrecked”, which defies its hopeless title. The sentences might be constructed at random on “Sounds Like”, but the charming lute like bouzouki play and sweet pianos make sense. Vocalist Beatrice sounds like she’s at the end of her tether on “Kings”, but running water producing guitars make sure she doesn’t collapse as a result of her emotional trauma.

V/A – Buzzin’ Fly Vol 3: The Special Remixes EP (Buzzin’ Fly)

With the compilation slated for a CD only release, Buzzin’ Fly please vinyl lovers and digital fans with this attractive remixes EP. German men of the moment Âme make Rodamaal’s “Insomnia” an even more unsettling prospect, with levitating siren-synths and nervous keys taking centre stage on their revision. King Britt becomes ‘The Nova Dream Sequence’ and uses calm keys, pleased synths and wet acid chords to create a streamlined version of Lephtee’s “So Far Back”. MP3 devotees also get Charles Webster’s driving keyed version of Kayot’s “Clear Sky”, which is a re-edit of Manoo & Francois A’s initial remix.

Mark de Clive-Lowe – Twilight (Especial)

This is a rather special collaboration, which brings together Mark de Clive-Lowe’s production flair alongside the sweet-scented vocals of Lady Alma. It’s MdCL’s ‘Mashi’s Flipside Mix’ which really does the pair justice, with Alma’s company loving vocals riding atop Mark’s gargling synths and complex percussion arrangement. ‘Mashi’s Instrumental’ soakes the perplexingly intricate percussion in a bath of sweet chords and synth goodness.

Taku Ishizaki / Koichi Ozaki – Eurasian Suite EP 05 (Eurasian Suite)

Just when I’d given up hope of Koichi Ozaki making another musical appearance, he returns with the fifth instalment of his seemingly annual ‘Eurasian Suite EP’ series. This time he invites Taku Ishizaki to help. Ishizaki is up first and gives a good show with sweet flute laced “Story Of Annabelle” and “Tokyo Nocturne”, a voyage under the cover of darkness, where rain-like Kalimba and an experimental piano provide the excitement. Firing broken percussion and piano chords that will shake you into action dominate Ozaki’s “In Daylight”, whilst steering chords show inquisitive keys and dusty beats the way forward on “Pale Moonlight”.

Lil’ Kim – Whoa (True Visionary Extended Club Mix) (Atlantic)

Famed for their Housework, E-Smoove and Lidell Townsell give Lil’ Kim the explosive R&B treatment. Kim’s vocals, which are both angry and boastful, are backed by violent beats and corrosive synths on this choice mix from Lidell and E.

PTH Projects – Pretend Paradise (Wah Wah 45s)

This pair of Southampton starlets give Wah Wah more jazzified broken soul ammunition on this, their debut 12″ outing for the imprint. “Pretend Paradise” sees beaming brass and high maintenance cymballed percussion back guest vocalist Liane Carroll’s complaining vocals. Laura Vane drops by to add confidence failing vocals to the well-articulated sax driven “Thin Air”.

Sesong – Love Untold (Wah Wah 45s)

Dom Servini and Simon Goss look north here, bringing in Sesong who hail from Stavanger in Norway. First up from the group is “Love Untold”, where reflective guitars and positive keys back gorgeous vocals. Flip for “Cold”, a guitar coated weepy, with teary keys, tightly sticking percussion and faith losing vocals.

Citizen Cope – Bullet & A Target (PTH Projects RMX) (Wah Wah Dubplate)

The PTH guys have given the broken treatment to this direct number from US artist Citizen Cope, which marks the start of a Wah Wah sub label whose output will be strictly limited. Day brightening percussion meets having fun keys and a frightened bass behind Cope’s warning dispensing vocals.

Mr. Ozio – Nazis (F Communications)

He of “Flat Beat” fame is in no mood for messing about on this evil sounding teched up release for the ever-impressive F Communications imprint. “Nazis” is an angular speaker scorcher, with spiky synth action, probing beats and dysfunctional keys. Justice’s remix serves up a headache inducing bass and beats that are at sixes and sevens, whilst the bonus “Half An Edit” takes a hacksaw to the vocals, bass and keys.

Trackheadz – My Love (RMXS) (NRK)

An amorous number from Toronto’s legendary Trackheadz’s, aka Nick Holder and Kaje, has been rejigged for 2006 by Freerange artist Shur-I-Kan and the Trackheadz themselves. Shur’s mix sprays fizzing vox slices over bright eyed keys and simple beats. Sharp beats, strings of great strength and twinklin’ keys come together on Nick and Kajae’s own retouch.

Butta Verses feat. Chocolate – It Goes (Round And Round) (Scenario)

De La Soul protégée Butta Verses comes up with the souly hop goods on this rather heartening number. A shining sax and a fuzzied bass link up behind a female sung narrative and chilled rappin’ male vocals on “It Goes (Round And Round)”.

Jimpster – Armour Remix EP (Freerange)

Jimpster’s “Armour” LP is pretty damn special and so in some ways this remix EP is a little unnecessary, but as have enlisted the talents of a West London House don and a pair of steel city House faves to do the honours, you can’t really complain. Jesse Rose supplies the choice remix of “Love You Better”, where robotic synths and sharp percussion call the shots. Standing firm keys, a wobbly bass, hearty beats and dragging strings all feature on Swag’s Dub of “Don’t Push it”.

Sasso – Erotic City (White)

Sasso surfaces for the first time in an age with a couple of choice reinterpretations. Electrified beats, a woozy bass and splurging synths give a lustful show on “Erotic City”. “Visions” blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, where dreamy guitars, gazing heavenward strings and measured percussion provide the backing.

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Cay’s Crays (Kartel)

The FFD train rolls on, with the mellow “Cay’s Cray” being the third single from their album to drop. Weary brass, perfectionist guitar work and a head nodding bass sit behind those observant vocals on this lovely album track.

Hajime Yoshizawa – Echo From Another Side Of The Universe Sampler (Especial).

Hajime Yoshizawa gets the once over from some reliable jazzy talent. Domu gives “Keep It Movin’” extra strength, courtesy of reliable percussion, a heavy set bass and smilin’ keys. Glowing guitars and whirring percussion appear on Da Lata’s retouch of “Verao No Ar”, whilst KJM take things in a smoochy direction with their remix of “Believe Again”. The ‘Live Drum Mix’ of “Beyond The Sunshine” is a true highlight, with its shakin’ percussion, live bass niceness and heavenly vocals.

Think Twice – Sous Substances EP (F Communications)

Technophiles Think Twice serve up an unsettling double header, which draws on music ideas from the past. “You Work, You Live, To Party” is dominated by overbearing acidious synths, which keep all the other musical elements in check. The calmly percussed “Acid Rrrrock La Housssssse” pokes fun at the revivalist movement, but then the inevitable acid madness takes hold.

Kelvin K feat. Dom Thompson – 2 Doors Down (Nordic Trax)

Forget ‘dirty’, ‘electro’ and ‘tech’, this EP from Nordic Trax bring us some cool ‘Rhodes’ House. Hippe’s ‘Feel Dat Remix’ places his usual synth digs and hittin’ beats alongside a catchy key hook that will draw in the listener. Member Only supply a heartier remix, with spiralling keys, detached vocal licks and a murky bass. Attention stealing keys and normal beats are joined by some saxadelic grooviness on the ‘Unreleased Sax Mix’.

Jay Tripwire – The Gastown Shuffle EP (Nordic Trax)

Vancouver’s Jay Tripwire brings us an EP that fits in nicely with Nordic’s Deeply minded Housey ideals. “Call & Answer” in original form is a nervously keyed and sax licked partier, whilst the ‘Deep Dub’ brings in brightly coloured synths. “C U Bownse” floats life-loving strings and addictive keys over closely held percussion. Luke McKeehan and Gavin Froome provide a superior remix of “C U Bownse”, where yo-yoing synths, grinning keys and steady beats do their dance.

C-Soul – Got To Be With U EP (On The House)

Magnus Asberg and Jimmy Day return with their second C-Soul outing on the fledgling On The House imprint. “Got To Be With U” is a saxed up number, where vocals politely ask for lurve and keys’n'flute get in the way. “Everybody”
features rather odd vocals from Rithma, which are joined on stage by shadowy keys and dunken sax ramblings. Nathan Coles’ remix of “Everybody” is the type of bassline driven rumbler you’d expect from the Wiggle man.

V/A – Worlds Collide EP 1 (Walking Monster)

The Worlds Collide EP, taken from the compilation of the same name, features contributions from Bazwaana and Keith Thmopson. Thompson’s own “Africa In Your Veins” is the winner, which in ‘Mahoota Extended’ form is a groovy guitar driven House escapade. The ‘Afro Blue Roots Mix’ is also worth a mention, courtesy of its ace live bass movement, power vocals and beaten drums.

The Jackpot – Too Much Time / Fickle (The Jackpot)

The ‘pot might sound a wee bit like a bunch of frozen Yorkshire simians, but these reformed gamblers have enough of youthful exuberance, guts and guitar bite of their own to make the indie set take notice. Skip the standard “Too Much Time” and head straight for “Fickle”, which shows Jackpot in the best light. It is the explosive drums, standing to attention guitars and vocals frustrated with an object of affection’s behaviour, which make “Fickle” the winner.



an interview with Malena Perez

Be prepared for something big when Malena Perez debut album Stars will be released next month. It’s a fantastic musically varied album and Malena is a real sweet person who flew to California to make some new photos specially for jazz-not-jazz…ha ha, not really but she provided me with some new photos. And look for the new 12″ single Praise The Day coming this month. It will feature the original version Malena did with Osunlade, as well as a dub remix version that Osunlade did himself.
In her jazz-not-jazz interview Malena talks about her musical background, how she met the musicians involved on Stars, her own label Cubanita Groove Records and much more.

Q: Please tell me something about yourself. We are you coming from musically? Who has influenced you?

Malena Pérez: Wow. I guess I would have to say that I’ve been inspired by Life itself! My mother and father both surrounded me with music growing up. And on a personal level, I’ve been through some really difficult experiences that have found peace and a welcome place in my songs. There is nothing like the different facets of the human experience to inspire poetry or lyrics! Over the past several years I’ve been listening to Amel Larrieux’s solo albums, Fertile Ground (fronted by Navasha Daya, who I have so much respect for!), Jill Scott, Minnie Riperton, Eva Cassidy, Everything But the Girl, Flora Purim (who I actually got to meet at Temple Bar in Sta. Monica last fall - such a surreal experience!), and deep house music like the Naked Music albums (i.e., Blue Six/Beautiful Tomorrow). I also love Kyoto Jazz Massive. I’ve always been inspired by Latin women who have set the standard for quality vocals and really know how to express emotion through their art - Gloria Estefan’s Mi Tierra album is amazing!…Celia Cruz, Omara Portuondo, Cesaria Evora, Astrud Gilberto, Susana Baca…these women have been and will continue to inspire me musically. I also have significant choral training in liturgical music, which is why those (I’ve been told “angelic” - and perhaps prayerful) qualities of my voice are sometimes really evident. I really just never feel more free than when I am singing, and I feel that I am continually given messages of love and healing to share with others!

Q: You sing in English and Spanish. I wonder if you also speak German. After all your mother is German. Did your parents raised you speaking three languages? And how important were your parents for your decision to pursue a career as musican?

Malena Pérez: I was raised speaking English and Spanish, both of which I am fluent in. When I was little, my Cuban grandmother - my “Abuela Elsa” - kept me during the weekdays when my parents were at work, and she spoke to me only in Spanish. And I can speak some Mandarin Chinese - but not German! My parents never pushed me toward one career or another, though I have to say that my mother has been extremely supportive of my decision to pursue my passion and calling to share these gifts. I think she always “knew” that I would end up on a creative path. And my father is an avid lover of music, so I guess I get that from him! I definitely have my mother’s entrepreneurial spirit and couldn’t be happier pursuing what I love to do and helping others in the process.




spam attack

Due to a heavy trackback spam attack I have disabled the trackback and pings from now on…grrrrrrrr they sent one or two trackback every minute. And as I discovered Wordpress is really bad when it comes to stopping trackbacks:

If you have unchecked Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.) on the Options > Discussion panel, then you have only disabled trackbacks on future posts. To completely disable trackbacks, you will have to edit each past post and uncheck Allow Pings from the Write Post SubPanel. Alternatively, you could just simply delete the wp-trackback.php file, or run this MySQL query, from the command line on a shell account, or using PHPMyAdmin: UPDATE wp_posts SET ping_status=”closed”;

The latter solution in PhpMyAdmin helped but it would’ve been helpful if someone would’ve written in the options/discussion panel that disableing trackbacks is only relevant for future posts.


jazz-not-jazz on radio42

In conjunction with radio42.com and rautemusik.fm jazz-not-jazz presents two hours of simply great music every Friday 19:00-21:00 UTC+2 (you don’t have to convert it for Germany…that’s Friday 13:00-15:00 in NYC, Friday 10:00-12:00 in San Francisco and Saturday 04:00-06:00 in Sydney). The links of the audio stream can be found on radio42.com or global24music.com/rautemusik (look for Lounge there). If you have a DSL/broadband connection you can also open this url directly in your mediaplayer: http://rautemusik.g24m.net:14000/ otherwise try http://rautemusik.g24m.net:14050 for ISDN connections.

Here’s the playlist for tomorrow Friday, 18th:

Alice Coltrane: Walk With Me (from Translinear Light)
Francisco Mora Catlett: AJ’s Blues (from River Drum)
Walter Smith III: Tail Of Benin (from Casually Introducing)
Ayetoro: From Benin To Belize (from The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. I)
Curtis Lundy: Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (from Against All Odds)
Archie Shepp: Frankenstein (from The Way Ahead)
Nostalgia 77 Octet: Down Another Road (from Seven’s And Eight’s)
Carl Hancock-Rux: Red Velvet Dress (from Rux Revue)
William Scott: Death To The Poet (from Who’s Afraid Of William Scott)
Nuwamba: Take Me Away (from Above The Water)
Martha Redbone: God Created Woman (from Skintalk)
Kellylee Evans: What About Me (from Fight Or Flight)
Jazzhole: Timeless (from Poet’s Walk)
Malena Peréz: What Do I Do (from Stars)
Amana Melomé: So Glad I Found You (from Indigo Red)
Robert Gordon: What’s A Man To Do
Nina Simone: Do What You Gotta Do (from Nuff Said!)
The O’Jays: Don’t Call Me Brother (from Ship Ahoy)
Russell Taylor: Gotta Run (from Soulstar Vol. II)
Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys: Hello Bluebird (from Oh!)



Jazzhole Poet’s Walk

It’s May, we haven’t even reached the middle of the year yet and there are already quite a few albums that will surely end in my top list of 2006 like Andile Yenana’s Who’s Got The Map, Natural Selection’s Come On Over, Jhelisa’s A Primitive Guide To Being There, Grupo X’s Food For Your Latin Soul, Malena Perez’s Stars or Karen Bernod’s Life @ 360 Degrees to name just a few. The new album by Jazzhole, Poet’s Walk, is another strong contender for album of the year. This time it has been released in Europe first by Soul Brother Records, who also featured two cuts of Jazzhole’s Circle Of The Sun album on the Organic Soul 3 compilation and who released Marlon Saunder’s Enter My Mind album in Europe. An US release is scheduled for July 11th.
Just one thing about Soul Brother Records and the sticker they’ve put on the CD’s jewel case. They’re citing three reviews and two of them compare Poet’s Walk to “the best album Maxwell never made” and “the second album that Maxwell should have made.” Come on B&S (once known as Blues & Soul…that must have really been in a previous life when I’ve read Blues & Soul, nowadays they start reviews with “Don’t be put off by the name [Jazzhole]“…how any lover of soul music can be put off by jazz is beyond me) and Echoes, these comparisons do neither this album nor Jazzhole as a band nor Marlon Saunders as singer any justice. Jazzhole and Marlon Saunders both have shown more than once - actually this is Jazzhole’s fifth album release - that they can deliver the goods, for example listen to Marlon’s second album A Groove So Deep. And besides, this album just isn’t Urban Hang Suite Part II.
If they’ve called it Marlon’s third solo album than I would agree. While Jazzhole engaged different singers on their previous releases this time it’s all about Marlon as a the voice of Jazzhole. So the idea of a collective with different voices and styles is somehow gone. But if the result is such a deep, soulful and great album as this one than I hardly can argue against this decision.
All but two cuts were written by Marlon Saunders, Warren Rosenstein and John Pondel, the core members of Jazzhole. The two cover versions are great updates of Boz Scaggs’ Lowdown and the SOS Band’s Take Your Time (Do It Right).
It’s really hard to pick a favourite here. All songs ooze soul and quality. There’s the midtempo delight All The Ways, maybe the one song that evoked the aforementioned comparisons to Maxwell, or the groovy Jonesing spiced up by Dave Binney on saxophone. The gentle latin inspired It Would Have Been Enough is a captivating duet with Yemen-native vocalist Michal Cohen and a great tune for a hot summer evening. The stripped down ballad The Slipping Of Time with Marlon and John Pondel on guitar only is just too good to be true.
The song Timeless sums up what the music on Poet’s Walk is all about: strong songs, organic instrumentation and a great singer. In a nutshell it’s soul music with a timeless quality, that you can listen to over and over again. A real must-have for any serious soul music fan.

Tracklisting of Jazzhole Poet’s Walk: 1. Poet’s Walk/ 2. All The Ways/ 3. Jonesing/ 4. Lowdown/ 5. One More Time/ 6. It Would Have Been Enough/ 7. The Slipping Of Time/ 8. Do It Right/ 9. Timeless/ 10. All The Ways (Dub) | released 2006 by Beave Music/Soul Brother Records

For more infos visit jazzhole.com, marlonsaunders.com and soulbrother.co.uk.

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jazz-not-jazz on radiopellenera

In conjunction with radiopellenera jazz-not-jazz presents a weekly show with quality soul, jazz and house music. You can catch the show every Tuesday from 07:00-09:00 (UTC+2) and if you missed it it will be repeated on Friday 12:00-14:00 (UTC+2) and Sunday from 13:00-15:00 (UTC+2). For conversion to your local time zone have a look at the wikipedia or at radiopellenera’s schedule on live365.com.

Here’s the playlist for the show starting tomorrow May, 16th:

Angela Bofill: I Try (from Angel Of The Night)
Monica Dillon: Think Of Me (Madrugada Mix)(from All I Have Is A Moment)
Marlon Saunders: Coolin’ (from Enter My Mind)
Jazzhole: It Would Have Been Enough (from Poet’s Walk)
Stevie Wonder: Summer Soft (from Song In The Key Of Life)
D-Influence: Midnight (from Prayer 4 Untiy)
Bill Withers: Use Me
Nuyorican Soul: I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (from Talking Loud - 21st Century Soul)
Carmen Lundy: Better Days (from Self Portrait)
Miki Howard: Bring Your Lovin Home (from Three Wishes)
Incognito: Where Did We Go Wrong (from 100 And Rising)
Malena Perez: Chase The Butterflies (album version) (from Stars)
Karen Bernod: African Chant (Roots Of Nature) (from Life @ 360 Degrees)
Osunlade: Thira (from Aquarian Moon)
Jhelisa: Freedom’s Land (from A Primitive Guide To Being There)
Candido: Long Long Summer
Raw Artistic Soul: Esto Si Lleva (from What About Love)
Roger S: Understanding (from Secret Weapons Vol. II)
Vicki Ryan: Mr. Groove (Long Version) (from Marshall Jefferson - This Is Other Side)
Temptations: Law Of The Land (from Motown Disco)
Alison David: Respect 2 Hold On (from Believe)


reviews by Jon Freer

Courtesy of Jon Freer (mosoul.co.uk) here are ten reviews of released and soon to be released albums (sorry no cover shots or tracklistings this time):

Osunlade – Aquarian Moon (BBE)

A respected producer, known for his knack at producing thrilling dancefloor odysseys, Ifa priest Osunlade explores all types of musical terrain on “Aquarian Moon”. This organic and musically picturesque longplayer is a fitting tribute to his current home, the beautiful Greek island of Santorini. “They Day We Met For Coffee” looks back to a treasured memory, flanked by wide-eyed keys, thunderous applause and rapturous guitar play. Keys breathe life into regal strings and starry guitars on “Circles”. A beguiling aural escapade.
[note: here’s another review of Osunlade’s Aquarian Moon with covershot and tracklisting.]

V/A – Buzzin’ Fly Volume 3 (Buzzin’ Fly)

Toughened techy deepness takes the front seat on this comp from Ben Watt’s consistent Buzzin’ Fly imprint. Ace recent back catalogue material and a wealth of angular material borrowed from various imprints features on this third instalment. Snipped beats, melodic key intricacies and a snarling bass meet on Fairmont’s “Gazebo”. Darkmountaingroup’s “Lose Control” is all menacing synths, thumped beats and bass nastiness. A pretty accurate reflection of BF’s current musical state of mind, this comp should satisfy longtime admirers and the ’sheep’ currently infatuated with Deep, Techy and Minimal House.

V/A – DJ Deep’s City To City Part 2 (BBE)

This is the second instalment of Deep’s series that pays tribute to the foot stompin’ US House tunes of yesteryear. There are some wonderful timeless sounding cuts on this CD, but unfortunately a few haven’t aged particularly well. A particular standout is Mr Fingers’ “Distant Planet”, where fearful keys and inquisitive vocals look out into space. Another gem that still cuts the mustard today is Risqué III’s “Essence Of A Dream”, which is a lovelorn ode covered by controlling strings. This timely reminder shows how House was made back in the day, and shows how forgotten classics render a lot of recent revivalist House records as obsolete.

Frank Popp Ensemble – Touch And Go (Unique)

Feel good Indie-Garage-Soul is the flavour of this fun album from Frank Popp and his ensemble. Proper songwriting combined with a foot stomping power will have you singing along and tapping your feet to the more extrovert compositions on this LP, whilst a few of the more introverted numbers might have you reaching for the skip button or nudging the needle onward. “Business & Pleasure” shows the perils of mixing the two, as dirtied brass and unforgiving drums back Sam Leigh-Brown’s frank vocals. A yelping organ, thumping drums and frustrated vocals plead on “Leave Me Alone”. The gregarious tracks on this album, which harness exhilarating true soulfulness and rockin’ power, show how boundaries can be crossed in style.

Blitzen Trapper – Field Rexx (Good Time Folk)

Intriguing songwriting meets rugged instrumentation on this endearing album from Blitzen Trapper, who have a tendency to go off the rails once in a while. When Trapper’s ideas pan out, they serve up heart-wrenching folky and popped out compositions for their listeners. A few of the early tracks on this album are a little heavy, but the wonderful music follows once BT have mellowed a little. “40 Stripes” is a rather emotional number, with heartbreaking vocals and moving guitar work. If the morose vocals on “Dreamers & Giants” don’t get you, the absorbing guitar play surely will. BT’s wiry guitar driven tunes leave you stumbling for words. On occasions they sound like a destitute Sufjan Stevens, whose faith has deserted him, but don’t let this macabre description put you off, as the group’s music is certainly worth your while.

Keith – Red Thread (Lucky Number)

Much has been made of this band’s rather odd choice of name, but the music is always the bottom line and their weakness for nice melodies and sweet vocals make Keith sound fine. “Red Thread” features a handful of tracks from the pleasant “Hold That Gun EP” alongside a load of new additions. Smooth drums, roughened guitars and hopeful vocals meet on “Back There”. Visibly hurt vocals are backed by crashing drums and tear shedding guitars on “Unsold Thoughts”. A likeable debut.

V/A – Experience Brazil (Nascente)

DJ Cliffy brings a plate of steaming Brazilian delights to the table on this comp, where the material has been sourced from the EMI Brazil catalogue. There are some real beauties here, ranging from enlivening summer shakers to wonderfully thoughtful material. Gorgeous vocals, a mindblowing flute and perfect percussion meet on Quarteto Em Cy’s outstanding version of “Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser”. Marcos Valle’s “Os Grillos” sweeps fine strings over melodious vocals and sprightly guitar work. This is another compilation that shows the current fascination with Brazilian music is justified.

Hill St. Soul – SOULidified (Shanachie)

Well, considering this outfit’s name and album title, it comes as no surprise this LP is a collection of sumptuous Neo Soul numbers. The brightness of Victor Redwood Sawyer’s production work and the soul dripping nature of Hilary Mwela’s vocals makes for an excellent musical combination. This album doesn’t really cover any new musical ground that hasn’t already been trodden by other future soul talents, but it does coast along rather nicely. “Hey Boy” places inviting vocals over sweet guitars and magic chords. “Sweet On You” is a declaration of attraction, flanked by key excitement and clap driven percussion. “SOULidifed” is a strong LP of lovin’ tunes from the London based outfit.

Dub Syndicate – The Rasta Far I (Collision)

Digi-dub niceness is on show from start to finish on this double CD collection, which comes from a fine On-U-Sound act. Various vocalists drop by and it’s rather easy to get lost in the Syndicate’s world. CD 1 boasts the jagged electric guitar driven “Sound Clash” and the winding keyed “Creation”. CD 2 features the jumpy “Ziggy” and “Patient Man”, where circling guitars and a heavy bass wobbles. A heady dubbed out journey…

V/A – Mr Trick & Waxfactor: Up The Anti (Rhythm Incursions)

It must have taken a lot of effort to piece together this 130 track sampleathon. As well as ‘normal’ tracks, there’s a wealth of sound fx, spoken dialogue excerpts, tricks, cuts and scratches, which makes it difficult to keep up at times. There’s some cool hoppy dancehall action at the start, which leads to some hoppier tunes and even jump up jungle action late on. “Up The Anti” is a mindboggling hour long mix set.



win a copy of Life At 360 Degrees by Karen Bernod

Here’s your chance to win a copy of Karen Bernod’s inspiring new album Life @ 360 Degrees. Thanks to Dome Records jazz-not-jazz have three copies to give away. All you have to do is answer the following question:

Karen sang with a famous funk/jazz band, whose two recent albums were coincidently released by Dome Records in the UK as well. She recorded a few songs with them. One of the songs is named after a famous city in southwestern Morocco, Africa, also known as the “Pearl of the South”. Name the title of the song and the band Karen sang with.

Reading the jazz-not-jazz interview with Karen and the review of Life @ 360 Degrees plus visiting Dome Records’ website will certainly help to answer this question if you don’t have a clue.

Please send your answer to xxx. Vaild entries must include the correct answers (of course) and you postal address. Your email and postal address will be forwarded to Dome Records, who’ll send you a copy of Karen’s new album. Three winners will be picked randomly from all valid entries.

[Update May 18th: Thanks to all who send in their answers. The right answers were of course Marrakech and Incognito. Congratulations to Richard in London, Matthias in Mainz and Pertti in Helsinki, who’ve also got an email notification. You will soon receive a copy of Life @ 360 Degrees from Dome Records.]


Malena Pérez Stars

This delightful album arrived just at the right time. With Nothern Germany skipping spring in 2006 and heading straight for pre-summer madness Malena Pérez’s debut album Stars offers the perfect soundtrack. This album has summer written all over it.
Only a few days ago I reviewed the Kenny Dope remix of Chase The Butterflies and while this version is a great latin house song, featured on Stars as a bonus track by the way, it only represents a small section of what Malena Pérez has to offer musically. In fact, now that I know the original album version I’d say this is the better version!
Malena Perez first single, the Michael Johnson produced Free To Fly, is also featured on Stars, and it’s a deep no-nonsense house inspired song with Malena singing in Spanish and English. The midtempo offbeat soul of Surrender shows that Malena feels at home in different music genres. Tomorrow is another highlight, this gently flowing latin breeze will certainly appeal to those who loved the second disc of Bah Samba’s double album 4.
Cubanita Groove is one of the best name-dropping grooves I have ever heard. Here we have Malena mentioning all her heros like Flora Purim, Sade, Minnie Riperton, Maya Angelou, Amel Larrieux, Tracey Thorn or Mercedes Sosa.
The next single, Praise The Day, is Malena’s collaboration with Osunlade. The result is an inspiring, percussion driven deep house affair that makes me wish Malena Perez and Osunlade would work together more often. Confesión is another house winner, this time Malena joined Alix Alvarez in the studio. Monet on flute gives this song that special something. The album’s title track, Stars, is a welcome ballad with just Malena and sparse keys. Another highlight comes with What Do I Do, a modern soul song on which Malena reminds me a lot of Julie Dexter on her Dexterity album. And that’s not because Julie had a song called What Do I Do on this album as well. Malena’s own What Do I Do sounds more like a mixture of Julie’s Moving On meets a slower version of Ketch A Vibe.
Gracias A La Vida is - like Stars - an unornamented song with just Malena’s voice and one instrument. Here it’s a stringed instrument, which gives the song an artistic feeling and actually that’s the one song on Stars I needed a few listenings to really get into it. The hidden track, How Can I Keep From Singing, is a heartfelt a cappella with a nice gospel feeling.
In a nutshell Stars is a great debut album by Malena Pérez full of superduper deep house latin soul and then some and it’s THE summer album of 2006.

Tracklisting of Malena Pérez Stars: 1. Oriente/ 2. Free To Fly/ 3. Chase The Butterflies/ 4. Surrender/ 5. Tomorrow/ 6. Cubanita Groove/ 7. Praise The Day/ 8. Confesion/ 9. Stars/ 10. What Do I Do/ 11. Nshala/ 12. Gracias A La Vida/ 13. Chase The Butterflies (Kenny Dope Remix)/14. How Can I Keep From Singing (hidden track) | released July 11th, 2006 by Cubanita Groove Records

For more infos visit cubanitagroove.com, giantstep.net and myspace.com/malenaperez.

[If you want to discuss Malena Pérez’s music, you can leave your comment below and also use the forum]