Ted Coleman Band ‎– Taking Care of Business (1980)

Taking Care of Business is an album by American jazz-funk/soulsters the Ted Coleman Band, released in 1980 on JSR Records. “Due Consideration” is marked by rising/falling 3rds within a two-chord (G/Cm) verse sequence. An octave bassline/hi-hat slide accents the chordal arc (E♭/Dm/Gm) of the bridge. The verse theme is reimagined with an enveloped guitar solo, […]

Dewey Redman – Coincide (1975)

Coincide is the third headlining album by American free-jazz saxist Dewey Redman, released in 1975 on Impulse! The album was recorded on September 9–10, 1974, at N.Y.C.’s Generation Sound Studios. Violinist Leroy Jenkins and bassist Norris Jones (aka Sirone) were cohorts in the Revolutionary Ensemble. Trumpeter Ted Daniel and drummer Eddie Moore round out the combo. […]

Joe Henderson – Canyon Lady (1975)

Canyon Lady is a jazz-funk album by American saxist Joe Henderson, released in May 1975 on Milestone. Notable players on the album include keyboardist George Duke, trombonist Julian Priester, trumpeter Luis Gasca, and reedists Hadley Caliman and Ray Pizzi. The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Calif., on October 1–3, 1973. “Tres Palabras” […]

Charles Earland – Odyssey (1976)

Odyssey is a jazz-funk album by American keyboardist/composer Charles Earland, released in 1976 on Mercury. Notable players on the album include guitarist John Abercrombie, trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Norman Connors, and violinists Michał Urbaniak and John Blair. The album was the first of four on Mercury for Earland, who had just wrapped a six-year, 10-album stint […]

Average White Band ‎– Cut the Cake (1975)

Cut the Cake is the third album by Scottish soul-funk group the Average White Band, released in June 1975 on Atlantic. The album is their second for the label and the first to feature drummer Steve Ferrone, who stepped in following the death of founding member Robbie McIntosh. Bassist/singer Alan Gorrie and guitarist/singer Hamish Stuart […]

Futuro Antico ‎– Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica (1980)

Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica is an album by Italian avant-garde combo Futuro Antico, recorded in July 1980 and released a decade later on Casal Gajardo Records. The album crosses experimental drone music with electronic minimalism and percussive maximalism. It was recorded two months after their self-pressed eponymous cassette. “Piano Synt” starts with sparkling piano filigree on […]

Metro ‎– Metro (1976)

Metro is the debut album by the English art-pop trio of the same name, released in 1976 on Transatlantic Records. The album would be the sole release of the trio lineup fronted by singer/songwriter Duncan Browne, who resumed his solo career the following year. Tracklist: A1. Criminal World A2. Precious A3a. Overture To Flame A3b. […]

Debra Laws ‎– Very Special (1981)

Very Special is the first of two solo albums recorded to date by American session vocalist Debra Laws, released in 1981 on Elektra. The album features instrumental contributions from her brothers Hubert and Ronnie Laws, who served as co-producers. Sister Eloise Laws provides backing vocals on the track “Long as We’re Together.” Tracklist: A1. “On My […]