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Lloyd McNeill

Elegia

    Soul Jazz Records release flautist Lloyd McNeill’s album ‘Elegia’ (1980). Originally released on the artists’ own private press Baobab label in New York, the album is a serious collector’s piece, a heavyweight and fascinating fusion of deep spiritual jazz with Brazilian and rhythms and melodies. The album has been out of print for nearly 40 years.

    This groundbreaking album is the culmination of Lloyd McNeill’s many years involved with Brazilian musicians and features the great percussionist Nana Vasconcelos alongside fellow Brazilian’s Portinho and Dom Salvador alongside US jazz musicians including bassist Cecil McBee.

    In a 50-year musical career, McNeill has worked with many artists including Nina Simone, Eric Dolphy, Mulatu Asatke and Sabu Martinez.

    McNeill grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. All of his music was only ever released on his own private-press record label, echoing the Civil Rights and African-American themes of the era - black economic empowerment and self-sufficiency - and there is a beautiful spirituality in all his music.

    In the late 1960s McNeill became a teacher of both jazz and painting at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington and in 1969 was the first African-American professor hired to teach African-American Music History, at Rutgers University.

    This is the fifth Lloyd McNeill album that Soul Jazz Records have released and follows on from the recent release of ‘Treasures’ (1976) and the earlier albums ‘Asha’ (1969), ‘Tanner Suite’ (1969) and ‘Washington Suite’ (1970), all of which are being re-pressed to coincide with this new release.

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One album is a fantastic selection featuring all-star legendary Studio One vocalists - Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, The Heptones, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott - alongside a host of classic and super-rare Lovers Rock cuts, all of which Clement Dodd recorded at the Brentford Road studio.

    Lovers rock brought together many elements and here you will find sweet harmonies, late 1960s rocksteady, 1970s soul covers, disco mixes, recuts and new rhythms, which all fit together in a timeless twilight of love and harmony - as if lovers silhouetted by a Kingston sunset.

    Here you will find stone-cold classic Studio One tunes - Marcia Griffiths ‘Truly’, Horace Andy’s ‘I’ll Be Gone’, superrare cuts like Carlton And The Shoes’ killer 70s versions of ‘Never Give Your Heart Away’ and ‘Let Me Love You’ (vocal cut to Jackie Mittoo’s mighty Wall Street), The Invaders’ sweet lovers rocksteady bomb ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’ (currently for sale at £2,500 on certain online secondhand sites) and many more.

    This new album comes with sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley, the acclaimed author of ‘Bass Culture’, ‘Sounds Like London’ and ‘Reggae: The Story Of Jamaican Music’.

    Poor Boy Rappers

    The D.J. Rap

    Shine up the lino and clear some room, Soul Jazz continue their Boombox series with the second of two unbelievably rare 1982 West Coast electro rap 12” singles. Originally released on Raina Records out of Phoenix, Arizona, Poor Boy Rappers "The D.J. Rap" hits us with disco bass, boogie drums, funk guitar and all those irresistible electro synth riffs, topped by incessant ensemble rapping a la Sugarhill or the Furious Five. Skip to the flip and you get the squelching, splurging boogie bump of the instrumental - maybe buy two copies and create your own version excursion. Vocal and killer dubbed out instrumental arranged and conducted by the legendary Rich Cason. Impossibly hard to find rare rap. 

    Various Artists

    Soul Jazz Records Present Punk 45 - Chaos In The City Of Angels And Devils: Hollywood From X To Zero & Hardcore On The Beaches

    ‘Chaos In The City Of Angels And Devils’ is the new installment of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Punk 45’ series featuring an array of first generation Los Angeles punk bands including X, The Germs, The Zeros, The Urinals, The Weirdos and many more.

    This is the sixth ‘Punk 45’ release on Soul Jazz Records and follows on from the earlier releases covering punk from Cleveland, Akron, UK, USA and proto-punk, as well as the book ‘Punk 45: Cover Art Of Punk’ written in collaboration with Jon Savage.

    Unlike the other major cities of New York and London, punk in Los Angeles was pretty much ignored by the major record industry. As bands sprang up, Los Angeles punk also gave rise to a wide range of its own DIY independent record labels.

    Los Angeles punk came in two distinct phases - The first Hollywood groups (c. 1977-79) and the birth of hardcore in the surrounding Los Angeles suburbs and beaches (c. 1979-81). This album includes music from both periods to provide a fascinating look at underground punk in Los Angeles in its formative years.


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