Sunday, September 4, 2016


I can’t read two sentences of a blog, news article, or think piece on the internet before my ticking attention span expires. Technology does not encourage or reward patience.

If you are now reading this sentence, you are going great. This ‘blog’ has not been updated since blogs where a thing – a thing where people thought their thoughts mattered greatly and writing styles were brilliant. The internet has allowed everyone a place to be heard and seen. That’s both a good and bad thing. We all make sooo much pointless noise. No one shuts up. Yadda yadda yadda… and the blog continues…

So many records sold and purchased since the last update. More on that another day.

Record fair and book fair on the same day!? Yuss! The two things a person who moves house on average every year and a half should not be encouraged to attend. In fact, i was to be moving house the very next day.

Record fair
Smelt like farts, crowded as, a lot of overpriced same ol same ol records. Too overwhelming. Some conflicting emotions - why why why why do I keep buying records? They all end up in storage and I’m fine with just streaming music. But I could not leave without buying some cheap (regrettable) records.

Felt – A Tribute to Christina Ricci
Yeah I feel this line-up, Murs, Slug, The Grouch and Mr Dibbs! Or at least I felt them (heh, great writing guy). Nah It’s alright. In fact for $2.00, it’s pretty good. Their usual smarty pants one-liners and turn of phrases to impress the girls. If girls actually listened to this. Love the Hot Bars track. The sample flip aye cuz.

Tableturns 2004 (The New York Rhymes. J Live, Slug, some guy named Invisible)I was just curious, and hoping to find a cool cut I hadn’t heard before. The New York Rhymes headlines on the album cover are a show of the times:

“Three musicians on the run from the Wealthy Arrogant Committee AKA WAC. The charges filed against the alleged criminals include non-ignorant behaviour, conspiracy to speak with intelligence as well as charges on conspiracy to drop a bomb on the masses”. 

That’s the flavour of the “news stories” on the cover. A lot of us got caught up in this underground vs mainstream, conscious vs ignorant rap business at the time. In retrospect it’s pretty embarrassing, and as it turns out completely ignorant. I’m not saying the values were off. But the misunderstandings about the so called “Wealthy Arrogant Committee” was wayyyy off. Invisible has the cool cut on this one.

Various Artists - Street Beat (K-Tel)
I’ve being buying cheap records longer enough to know K-Tel. Don’t front. As far as budget electro-hip-hop/dance compilations go this shit is rocking the house. Jonzun Crew, Midnight Star, Whiz Kid etc.. The dance instructions weren’t in the sleeve, but you KNOW I don’t need them to get my laser-bop-rock-breaking going in overdrive.

Muhammad Ali – The Greatest Original Soundtrack.
“Ali bombaye! Ali bombaye! Ali bombaye!”. The only reason I blew $2.00 on this was for the fantastic Zaire chant and corny disco music they mixed it with, and George Benson had his name listed as a performer. But the title track ‘The Greatest Love off All’ and the many variations on that theme, ewwww gross.

Original Trinidad Tropicana Steel Band
I got a soft spot for the steel drum. An ingenious sweet sounding instrument, derived of a rough set of circumstances.

The Book Fair
By the time I got to the book fair most of the books had been pretty thoroughly picked over. Surprisingly they had a few creates of records left at the end of the day, with some gems in good condition. Weirdly, the area near the records here also smelt like farts... Nahh it wasn’t me!

The Native Steel Drum Band – Steel Drums
This is a great live recording, with vocal additions and plenty of rhythm. Score!

Various Artists - Strictly For Lovers
Pina Coladas are okay, getting caught in the rain depends what mood you’re in. Reggae love songs? Come now selector. I do like! Much much! Baby baby we got a date.

Barrington Levy – Love The Life You Live
This era of reggae incorporated the new musical technologies on the scene, and some say moved things away from the “rootsy” feel. Interesting things happened as a result of this, good and bad. But that’s all another story. I was all about the dub as a yout thanks to my uncle, then later the roots rock reggaeee. I often dismissed the 80s reggae sound, but eventually doubled back and have got plenty of enjoyment from on it since.

Listen to She’s Mine. Chur cuz for putting me onto this one. Wah-ohhhOhoh.

Shabba Ranks – Best Baby Father
Did I get any books at the book fair? Nope. Is Shabba Ranks the Best Baby Father? No idea, I can’t understand half the words he’s signing. Is this record the funky shit? Who am I asking these questions to, its Shabba Ranks fool! Wise up! Party at my house.

The Michael – Schenker Group The Michael Schenker Group – Self Titled.
No this band is not called ‘The Michael’ and the album is not called ‘Schenker Group’. It’s the Michael Schenker Group dummy. That’s what happens when the area by the records smells like farts. You make hasty $2.00 purchases. Pretty fast rockin, some shredding guitar solos, falsetto voice, one of those electric guitars that looks like some kind of a flying V. Yip.

Roadshow: A new approach to safety on the road.
I wish I didn’t leave this one till last to write about because this was easily the find of the day, and I can no longer be bothered writing. Fortunately I have recorded and uploaded excerpts for you to enjoy. This is why I keep buying records. So much enjoyment for two dollars. I don’t know where to start with this one.

Roadshow was a touring musical production aimed at the “worst social problem” of the 80s in New Zealand, death and injury on the roads. Chances are if you were living in Kawerau March 30 1983 you might have gone and seen this show. I was being born that very evening so I couldn’t make it. But thanks to this record I can get a re-cap.

The booklet that comes with the record has a wealth of info for those diggers like myself who want to know the origin of record, the context of the time, and in this case the cast of Roadshow (some familiar names).

There are some perfect musical moments on this which blew my brains. John Densem is the man. From the intro my mouth dropped. Funky ass basslines, master of the synth. ‘Why’ is a dance jam,
Wrecker Man is rocking and the album is all interwoven with dark airy synth interludes and hilarious New Zealand accents saying serious things, "lol".

That track, ‘One in Five’ - Oh Ship! When this sailed into my harbour I wanted to call my cuz to roll it into a joint and get some MCs burning it up like “one in five MCs be sounding like doo doo/ one in five MCs can’t  do it like we do” but much better x 100.

Good times New Zealand.

Monday, September 8, 2014



I got these records all at the one op-shop in Tauranga. One of the dear ol ladies working there invited me out the back to look through some of the crates they didn’t have room for in the store. I love it when that happens. When I took them up to the counter to pay, a small circle of people gathered around me all asking "do you have a record player?" as if it they were now the rarest thing on earth. "Yes, yes I do"  "wow, did you hear that he's got a record player"
First crate, second record, Miles Davis. Tauranga has heaps of jazz heads, but I never thought I’d come across Miles Davis in an op shop. I was so restricted for time there was no liner note looking and I pulled out these 24 records at glance. I hate to think what I missed. Most of these records are from the collection of John R Kingi, as is written on them.
I have ordered these in groups of 6 from the ones I was least excited about listening to, to the ones I wanted to throw on the turntable right away.

Buddy Holly 20 Golden Hits.
I already have this record. This is surplus for trading. I L.O.V.E his version of ‘Bo Didley’.
Dolly Parton’s 16 Biggest Hits
Fewer hits than Buddy, but 20 songs is too many for a record. She does have big.. hits. I DJ’d with a ‘Dolly Party’ and ‘Tina Turntables’ and had wished I had a wittier name, like, umm... ‘Chubby Mic Checker’ - hey that’s not bad! 
DD Smash – The Optimist
I struggle with Sir Double D. Full respect, but its hard work listening some times. This record would be more suited in the context of the year it was released. It sounds as pro as anything else that came out in the pop world at that time. ‘Whaling’ will always be brilliant, and What a Day has got some funk.
I Can Hear It Now. Winston Churchill
Nice packaging with a flip book of large photos inside. The narrator takes us on a chronological guide, and puts in context, one recorded Churchill quote to another. Dude loved his cigars and always looked boss.
David Frost – That was the week that was
Do you guys watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver? Well there are strong parallels between these two guys. Both started in England doing political satire then moved to the U.S.A to host TV shows. Listening to this record is a lot like listening to The Bugle podcast. That’s as much effort I’ll make to draw parallels. “That was the week that was” is a grammatically funny tittle.
Werner Muller plays Leroy AndersonI don’t know why this one made the pile. But 24 recs for 10 bucks it don’t matter. I think the song titles hinted at potential. “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby” “The Syncopated Clock” Jazz Pizzicato” “Forgotten Dreams”. MMMMmmmmmmMeh. I got so many records I don’t need this one.


Llyod Whitaker – Listen Lovers
This one I was intrigued by and was confident there would be something cool about it even though Llyod looks like a nerd on the back. NZ guy from the ‘Naki, came up playing regular gigs at the Devon Motor Lodge. He and his electronic accordion probably never went further than that. You need an organ? This record can be the donor. Not a lot to it, but one or two small “moments”.

Charles Aznavour – Sings
English is not Charles’ first language. I’m sure he’d sound way better signing in French. But here he sounds ridiculous singing in English and the lyrics are sad and pathetic. I used to like like French girls. But when you finally realise that even the most ordinary French girl’s accent is sexy and exotic, it all seems like a con. Does translating these songs into English reveal that he's a con? Yes and No. As the album title clearly states he “Sings”. And that is true. True like I sing, and drunk people sing.

Jimmy Durante - The Very Best Of
Ha ha ha. This guy is ol timey funny. People are not funny like this no more. A comically gruff voice over a quirky big band type orchestra with songs called ‘A-Razz-A-Ma-Tazz’ and ‘I’m A Vulture For Horticulture’. So many funny words that are never used anymore. Mukluk.

The Nine O’Clock Theatre Production – Beyond The Fringe ‘64
Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Paxton Whitehead. More Comedy. Some classic gags re America and England and genuine studio audience laughter. I was laughing too.

The Insane (But Hilarious) Minds of Coyle and Sharpe.
The masters of the “put on”. These comedic yanks approach unsuspecting (but serious) people on the street and start funny conversations, like trying to convince someone to come along to a cannibal ritual, or sell germs wholesale. At one point they make trumpet noises with their mouths. I love doing that.

The Adventurers – Can’t Stop Twisting
A cash in album on popular trends for sure. I doubt The Adventurers named themselves. This album is rockin’ in every way tho and the vocal doo whopping and what notting keep it hip. One of the songs is called “You’re A Teenager Now”. Thank you marketing.


The Real Ambassadors – An Original Musical Production by Dave and Iola Brubeck
Mixed feelings on this one. I’m not too into musicals. And I’m not sure about the themes, some weird patriotic / export the jazz? Maybe I’m wrong on that. Carmen McRae and Louis Armstrong are good in small doses. I don’t know who your wife is, but she may be making some bad calls.
The Limelitters – Folk Matinee
This is the type of shit you buy not knowing what it is, then learn from that. Its nearly all bad. The track “Funk” is quirky (and misleading), but a fun little number.
Georgia Brown – Self Titled
The opening track “Why Was I Born” sets the tone on this album. The rest of the tracks reaffirm that question.  A lady sings dramatically over jazzy arrangements. Summed up.

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Tonight Only
Three records ago I was disappointed with the outcome of The Real Amabassadors. This album I’m sold by track one, drum solos and all. Easy brah, keep it simple and play that damn piano. McCrae only makes a guest appearance, so in small doses, all g.
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66 – Crystal Illusions
Mendes was a big seller. So his records are in all op-shops. Haven’t seen this one around too often though. I really like this album. The title track is trippy, and they do an upbeat version of The Dock Of The Bay which is as you know is a real downer (but beautiful) song.
George Benson – The George Benson Collection
Double album with full colour booklet insert. Smoooooooth.


Duke Ellington – Piano in the background.
I don’t need to say Ellington is the greatest because it’s a known fact right? I do prefer the quintets quartets sextets and other tets to the big bands and orchestras. But I trust this guy fully. An interesting biography about him that has been analysed and tuned into the best of excerpts can be read here.

Pete Jolly and Ralph Pena – Impossible
I was sold on the stripped back Bass & Piano combo (the two piece White Stripes of the day). I have not come across anything on MGM’s Metro Jazz label before. I like this sort of music when I’m reading. You can drift in and out of it easy enough. I do feel pretty corny though, like I’m on some highbrow jazz & literature diet. But i’ll have you know that my other interests include ceramics, subtitled films, sculpture, wine, annnnnd Rugby League.
J.J Johnson Quartet – A Touch of Satin
This album was produced by Teo Macero who also produced the Miles Davis album, and Miles named a song after him. Very few notes on this album sleeve but from what I can tell Cannonball Adderley is involved and Sam Jones kills it on Bass. To borrow a turn of phrase from Johnson off the back off this cover about the listening experience: “To say the least, I enjoyed the experience the most”.

Miles Davis Sextet – Someday My Prince Will Come
John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb. I’ve never gone out of my way to buy a Miles Davis record because I knew they would always be available when I wanted. This record came to me. Recorded in Manhattan by Columbia, manufactured and distributed in NZ, purchased at ‘The Record Inn’ in Gisborne, travelled to Tauranga, then home to me. All over a life span of 53 years. The prince has come. That was Mile’s wife on the cover. Seems the NZ cover cut the photo of her so her dress would not show? Hm.

Jimmy Winser Trio – Appreciation.
So the cover art is inspired by Piet Mondrian, ‘Appreciation’ looks to be spelt in phonetics¿ and there’s a small photo of a slick looking young (turns out he was 28) nerd. That + “trio” and you know this album is going to be good. And it is. It is some hip slick sophisticated mellow-out shit for your penthouse with its minimalist decor.
Toshiko Mariano Quartet
On the Candid label. Tohshiko Akiyosho Mariano (piano) and Charlie Mariano (alto sax) share last names because they are (or were?) married. A female capital J Jazz player? It is impossible to notice any gender in the playing so it means nothing, but Jazz seems like a manz world so you do stand out. This record is tight. The song Little T is pretty amazing (I can't find a link sorry). A great match these two. I’m looking them up now to see if their marriage lasted… …. …    Nope. It did not.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I went into the op shop on my lunch break to buy my little brother (who handles my records like he does his clean folded washing) some items for his ball. Eyes doing a quick pass over the records expecting to see the usual suspects… then, what the.. Byrd’s Word? Is that a Donald Byrd record!?
It is too! Who died and left this to the Hospice? I didn’t want to even think where the rest of the collection ended up.

Errol Garner – That’s My Kick

This is my kick too! Dude can play a piano like he was conceived, born and raised on it. Great back up ensemble with bass, drums guitar annnd bongos! Nice version of Blue Moon. Throughout the record Garner (I assume) makes unusual noises while he plays. It’s hard to describe, but if I was to try I’d say, like a goat. So happy with this record.

Lennie Tristano (London Records Jazz Series)
This piano player gets deep. So many moods. Little brother played his drums along to it which added to the listening experience. One of the tracks that made me stop and rewind selectah was Turkish Mambo.

Donald Byrd – Byrd’s Word (London Records Jazz Series)
From 1955 it has had few scratches along the way but still very listenable. Hats off to Rudy Van Gelder the noted engineer and Ozzie Cadena the “supervisor”, because this recording sounds amazing. Byrds trumpet resonates all over this record. This record makes me, and I imagine like people at the time, pretty excited about jazz. And that statement is nerdy as, but I’m placing an order for a new number plate ‘JAZZFAN’ to out nerdy it.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz Goes to College
This is a lesson in timing. Impeccable timing. Don’t sleep on Brubeck. Jazz records have the longest sleeve notes. Always someone laying it down as I am now but getting all philosophical. I’m sure these sleeve notes could have been submitted as an essay to any of the university Brubeck played at on this record.

Listen Move & Dance
These kind of series can be hit or miss. But damn. There are some far out arrangements on here and some unique recording techniques. I’m dancing away like a little girl, then the record takes a very odd turn. One minute I’m doing the brise, en dehors, and pirouetting, the next I’m doing my alien space krump. I really need to upload a recording of it for you.

Artie Kaplan – Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig.
This is Artie’s concept record. Hear him go through all the stages of a divorce like a musical. Now one thing I didn’t notice until I got this record home was that Bernard Purdie is on drums. Sadly Artie didn’t realise that either and Pretty Purdie never gets to shine. Some funny and interesting moments on this record. But overall self-pity doesn’t make for good listening.

The Tahitis - Hawaii
Is what it is.

The Love Unlimited Orchestra  - White Gold.
B-Dubs produces, conducts and arranges like no other. Steady slammin’.


Sydney 2013
Just seems like yesterday I forgot to post this up. It is hard to post as much as you collect, or for them other fallas not to collect? Come now! That’s why this blogs getting more dust than the ‘Hooked on’ record series... [cricket chirps, person coughs, tumble weed passes by]

Got this digging in Sydney city map which was cool as. I will just conclude now that Real Groovy is better than all their record stores. And here are some of the records that made it home from Sydney:

Repressed Records

So the first store I made three $2 gambles. 1, Meh, 2,Meh, and 3, what a surprise!

Django Reinhardt - Djangologie 1936-1937
Everyone should have Django Reinhardt in their collection. DJ Ango. Fun and full of life. I was familiar with him playing some tunes like Tea For Two and had long ago made a mental note.
There’s a time and a place for listening to Django Reinhardt. This sweet song takes me to that time and place.
(The other two records were not worth a mention. I can’t find them either to mention them)

Revolve Records & Relics in Erskinenville (I think).

One of my favourite record stores during the trip. Dark and dingy with a funny and friendly shop  keeper. The records were a little unsorted and all over the place, which added to the dig. Some of the records had notes advising of what famous samples were on them. There was heaps of Jazz and sound library records.

Charles Mingus – Mingus Moves
This record is soo beautiful. Not a forced moment. An instant favourite in my collection. Highly recommended.

Roland Kirk – Here Comes the Whistleman
This one has some great banter between songs. I can play this twice both sides while cooking and then eating dinner and not once get tired of it or it. Puts me in a good mood like food.
Hurbert laws – Carrnegie Hall + Nina Simone – Baltimore.
Both live albums on CTI and both were cheap. Both have some pretty incredible moments on them. I know they deserve more writing, but I haven't heard either records in a while.

Chappell AV Series – Elements/Weather.
I wish I grabbed some more of these records. There are some tracks on here that evoke some pretty eerie feelings. It is all made digitally and the theme interpretations are not so literal. For example thunder storm was not made with some sheet metal cymbals and a rain stick.

Utopia Records maybe? I can’t remember.

Freddy Robinson – Black Fox
This one good for drinking a pilsner and cooking kingfish on the BBQ before six. You get some people around then ‘The Oogum Boogum Song’ comes on, then “heyy what’s happening brother!” All tried tested and certified. Orchestra arranged and conducted by Monk Higgins – remember that name. Joe Sample on piano.

Nina Simone – It Is Finished
I’ve never thought to watch a Nina Simone documentary, if there is one? I will look now. Oh here’s one. Wow the internet is quick. Not a bad doco, a bit dated though. Some great footage. I digested that doco that quicker than Johnny 5. Turns out the soon to be released biopic is pretty controversial (and Dr Dre is doing the soundtrack?) and there may be a more definitive documentary on the way.

I will eventually have all her records I’m sure. Because I can’t flick by one I don’t have and not buy it. Apparently the French have a few albums that only exist in French town. Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter is making chump of your game. She got disses (who want to battle?) and the percussion is nuts on this one.

People Choice Volume 1 – Various Artists
$5.00 all good. I don’t have as much reggae as I’d like. This one is from the 1980’s, when reggae went digital. That was a big turning point for the genre. Now days the roots styley has proven to persevere in popularity which is great. I was never big on the digital. But like all that goes round and comes round I now have a soft spot for the digital reggae, and the hits from that era are some of the hits from my childhood. This comp has both Sugar Minott and Horace Andy, two key selling points for me. Judging by the Word Enterprise record label this has all been done on the cheap.

Pigeon Ground Records

Don Pullen – Healing Force
Solo on the piano and amazing. This is some deep shit. Gets pretty emotional at times. I'm not smart enough to put it musical terms, but there are so many magical moments on this record that just....

Oscar Peterson – Return Engagement
You don’t often have to pay a lot for Oscar Peterson records because he was popular and prolific. This is a double album put out by Verve with some weird and interesting pattern and colour combos on the cover. Subtle Jazz with no saxophone for a J. Piano music. Woody Allen would put it on when he had company.

Lou Donaldson – Hot Dog
This album cover is quite distinctive and I have seen in pop up in waxpoetics articles a number of times.  I had never heard this album before and I purchased it on reputation and recognition alone. I hadn’t before associated blue note with this sound (I hadn’t heard tons of blue note though).  This is nearly all straight party jams, doesn’t take its self so seriously but is seriously tight and funky as hell. You will hear many famous samples on this, which is just an added bonus to the overall listening pleasure. The organ and drums alone… damn! I’m not big on the Sax but Lou keeps it in the pocket and holds back enough to make you want to hear him have his turn again. Gold.

Sheeba Baby
It was playing in another record store and I was like, “hey what is? can I buy it?” First time I’ve ever done that at a record store.  The answer was “sorry, this is my own copy, no you can’t buy it”. Then I found a reissue of it at Pigeon. Plays like hip hop. Just one break and gnarly loop after another. It’s got 30 second instrumental interludes between banging songs. You can picture this one in the movie, Pam Grier on some snooping around abandon warehouse or something.
Do you remember the name Monk Higgins? Well he arranged this as well.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Wellington Pt2

This is the lot from both Slow Boat and RPM record stores.

My dad used to take me to Slow Boat Records when I was a kid. He would take aaagggees there. One day I too will bore the shit out of my son at that record store haha. Nah I don’t think I ever minded that much. Such a great record store. When I arrived it was like they were expecting me. Aside from the 45s previous posted about, I got the following there:

Etta James – Tuff Lover.
This record is “Taff Only” (in joke). To me, tuff is how tough should be spelt. Even though the record sleeve spells it both ways and can’t make up its mind. Etta James’ records got snatched up real quick right after she died. This particular record is probably not the most desirable, I don’t know, but it is not the usual Etta James you’d think. This sounds like straight outa tin pan allay, the brill factory or whatever shibb. Very early on, very rock’n’roll. It is good. But you know she got better.

Astrud Gilberto – The Shadow Of Your Smile.
“Nobody needs me” she sings in her cutesy voice. As if! Female singers like this almost have me believe them. And it drives me crazy. Firstly, she did not write these songs, and in most cases it was a male who wrote the song. She is merely a runway model for words. Is that too harsh? What does it matter…  she’s pretty sings pretty probably acts pretty and I find it hard to believe that nobody needed her. I need her!

Irma Thomas – Breakaway
This album was just waiting in the shelves for me. Singing songs of longing for me. And then I came along, and now the hurts all gone. I can’t believe my luck in finding this. It is a compilation with like 18 songs jammed on it but I will take any Irma Thomas I can get. She is amazing. You know she got married at 14!! (Is that even legal?) So she had a head start to heartbreak.

Female singers like this make me believe them. Like she is truly singing about me! Ever listen to that Alicia Keys song ‘You Don’t Know My Name’? Well Alicia knew my name. Irma can you please put a ‘Michael’ in one of your songs.

Favourite tracks: It’s Rainin’ and Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand). They are all really great songs. Ruler of My Heart is the best hands down, but sadly it’s not on this compilation.

Dinah Washington – Tears and Laughter
Yeah I got a thing for lady singers. Dinah is one of the best. And with Quincy Jones as the composer / producer, this album was everything I had hoped and expected. The cover art is pretty cool to. One side is sad songs and the other happy. It is raining heavy outside. It’s lonely. I can’t sleep, and this album is the perfect soundtrack.  I made a cool loop/song out of a track I can't find on the net to play you, but Soundcloud wasn't having it.

Nina Simone – Nuff Said!
Recorded live on the evening following the assassination of Martin Luther King. The song Why? (the king of love is dead) was written by bass player Gene Taylor that very day. Nina Simone is one of the greatest of all times. ‘Nuff Said!

Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’
I used to pretty snobby towards ‘80s Reggae. It was not ‘rootsy’ enough or something. I do kinda feel a little like that towards this 1985 release. Very over produced, not very gritty and raw. But, I love Marcia Griffiths and there are a number of songs on here where she shines over all that. The version of Hurtin’ Inside is perfectly sad.

CTI Summer Jazz - at the Hollywood Bowl, Volume Three.
Side A Track One opens with an aeroplane flying overhead then launches into a nice little break intro for the aptly named song Funkfathers. Most of the CTI ‘players’ (am I saying that right Chris ‘players’ haha) are on this album, unfortunately 5 of them are Saxophonists, and there is only one drummer and one percussionist. Still they do their thing. But in conclusion, too much sax and Esther Phillips who sings on 2 of the 5 songs is a female vocalist whom I am not a fan.  “Bring back the aeroplane!” I would have heckled.

Edwin Star – 25 Miles
25 Miles is his best song (then maybe ‘War’). This is not the best album. But 25 miles is enough. Beat Me To The Punch is also great. Annnnd it has this redeeming break which I looped up and played a lil melodica over it just for the sake of doing something with it:

RPM was cool. A reincarnation of Wellington’s Real Groovy. I’m running out of writing power… ummm there I got the other three records:

Q-Tip – Renaissance
Started at 16 now he all grown up. This is what adults sound like when rapping. The man.

Bumpy Knuckles
With a name like that you gotta say it twice “bumpy knuckles baby! bumpy knuckles baby!” LOVE this song. Abe you probably put me on to this back in the day. I’ve misplaced this record but from memory Pete Rock on the A and Alchemist on the B. Who would want to be on production for the B side of this? Not even Alchemist.
Digable Planets – 9th Wonder
Why among all the resurgence of 90s rap styles can no one pull off the cool jazzy styles like these guys? I’m blaming the internet ;)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Wellington Part One

This may not be the most wordiest update. My attempts at contributing to this blog are pretty funny cause i'm a dummy on a computer and have little patience for them. One day with time and effort i'll make these look pretty, get sizing right, add tags/labels and all the extras. but for now just look and listen.

Don't often browse the 45s, but Slow Boat in Wellington had em sorted real good which made for an easy look. I have a list in my head and two of these songs were on it, the other was just a bonus.

Stevie Wonder - Hey Love


("ahuh ahuh ahuh, I can't be your lovverrrrrrr")

Young-Holt Unlimited  - Soulful Strut

Monk Montgomery - Bump De Bump (Bonus!)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Scores from the market last Sunday. Avondale, Auckland…

The Rodger Fox Big Band – Time Piece. 1978 (Ode)
Covers not much to look at, would easily be passed over, and not the biggest fan of the big band. Still something made me pick it out and turn it over. 1978 New Zealand Jazz aye? A Kool & The Gang Arrangement? Hmm... on the pile.

Got it home, and GOT DAMN!! What the hell is this!? New Zealand, Funky!? Jazzy!? Tight as. Unbelievably good. Gets the perplexed head nod like, this is funky, but noo freaking way?
Recorded in the Wellington Studios of Radio New Zealand.
The title track composed by Roger Fox is a fine taste of what this album holds.

Dick Hopp Sextet – A Labour of Love. 1981 (Ode)
Another NZ Jazz release on Ode. Heaps of good info in the liner notes if wanting to research further into NZ Jazz and what else may be out there. But I’d prefer to let that info and those records find me, out of laziness and fear of my ‘like’ of jazz getting real geeky (oh wait I’m writing a blog about records). ‘A labour of love’ is probably a suitable title to any New Zealand album because unless you’re OMC (R.I.P), or draining money from Creative NZ like Shihad, selling gold aint gona feed a Sextet in this country. Let us just hope these guys either won an award they could pawn, or that they got into the wine industry (cover photo taken in Sutton Baron Vineyard, Henderson, Auckland)

I like this Album. Sometimes all a good jazz album needs to be is something you put on, do things and forget its even playing. Dick Hopp’s on flute, a lead instrument I’d prefer over a jazzy saxophone any day, love it when they do that over blown effect. Heaps of good moments on this album, it even ends with a percussion solo! Naming the players just so they can get their internet props if they come looking for it: Chuck Morgan, Larry Mattinez, John Berryman, Don Branch, Allan Quennell.
Dick also used to be in rock outfit Headband.

Dizzie Gillepsie and Arturo Sandoval In Helsinki – To a Finland Station. 1983 (Pablo Records).
From what I hear the 80’s turned its back on a lot of great musicians of the past, and those that attempted to stay relevant produced some garbage trying to do so. Dizzy clearly got love in Finland, check those smiles on the cover! This album sounds like he and Arturo were ballin’ over there. It also sounds timeless. An American and a Cuban backed by a Finnish rhythm section = Goodness.

Woody Shaw – For Sure! 1980 (CBS)
I put this one in the pile to make up numbers when haggling for the price. This is the one you put back if you’re trying to get the price you want, like “Ok, I’ll put this one back, now will you take 20 for the lot?” (Don’t judge me, its part of the game and I always play fair). I’m glad I didn’t have to put this one back though. This is some sophisticated moody shit right here. Some sinister bass lines and Woody can tell story’s with that horn (that’s jazz talk).

Willis Jackson – In The Alley. 1977 (Muse Records)
Sorry Willis, but i’m in it for the organ (Carl Wilson), and I only picked this up because I know Jimmy Ponder plays a dreamy guitar. Your tenor sax is a little too sad and the best parts on your record are when you are not playing (sorry). I’m sure you’re really talented and other people like you. If it is any consolation I’m keeping this record in the collection because ‘Gator’s Groove’ is pretty great.

Eddie Green, Al Johnson, Sherman Ferguson, Odeon Pope – Catalyst. 1981 (Muse Records)
Another recording on Muse like above, and another group from Philadelphia like below. Clearly these records are all from the same collection, but had been dispersed among musicals like Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, soundtracks like Dr Zhyvago and [  ] as well as artists like the Irish Rovers and John Denver. I was almost gonna skip the whole crate but glad I didn’t. This record made my day and made the effort to keep flicking through worthwhile. It was recorded in 1972 and rereleased in 1981 for reasons I can’t be bothered researching. This album is pretty mellow and super humble. No saxy show boating to be had which I’m sure is the result of them all being long time session musicians who were over that.

Reverie – Self Titled. 1979 (Encounter / Philly Jazz Records)
This one had to be picked up. Everything about the cover front and back intrigued.  I only wish the drummer hit the snare harder. Would’ve taken that funky jazz fusion to the next level. Mark Knox kills it on the keys, some nice synth action on the intro to Indian Summer worth jacking (that’s hip hop for sampling and not paying royalties). I feel like there’s gold in here sample wise, but its pretty dense and you’d need to mine for it. Maybe not worth the bother.