Jazz & Blues Classics – 60s and 70s – 1st Edition (exclusive material!)

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“Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below.”
JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719)

For all of you who cherish and praise  M U S I C, and deem it one greatest goods that mortals know here below, here it comes: some classic yet obscure albums from the 60s and 70s. They weren’t available at Youtube yet, so I took the trouble to upload them and share them with you – and let’s just hope these precious digital music-boxes don’t get labeled piracy and erased from the public stream.

So, here’s three of the records who’ve been getting a lot of airplay in my mind and ears lately: Alexis Korner, the great british bluesman and talented guitarist, who in the early sixties was inspirational to Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, among others; Oliver Nelson, with his debut album Screaming’ The Blues, released in 1960 and containing some of the most exciting and compelling sax sound ever to be commited to tape; and Lonnie Liston Smith‘s Expansions, a masterpiece of fusion and funk-jazz in the Seventies, in which Lonnie Liston Smith, who had previously played with masters such as Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders and Roland Kirk, flies with his own band into the skies – and brings back to earth what Addison tought to be “all of heaven we have below”.

Enjoy the music!

WOMEN singing the BLUES: a mixtape to honour the birthday of Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

The phenomenal human-hurricane Janis Joplin was born 71 years ago, and as a tribute to her music here’s a mixtape that starts with her awesome song “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder”. In this digital music-box shared above, Janis is joined with lots of great female voices singing the blues: Bessie Smith, “After You’ve Gone”; Big Mama Thornton, “Willie Mae’s Trouble”; Nina Simone, “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free”; Susan Tedeschi, “It Hurt So Bad”; Aretha Franklin, “The Thrill is Gone”; Beth Gibbons of Portishead, “Numb”; Eleni Mandell, “Moonglow, Lamp Low”; Lisa Germano, “Red Thread”; and Os Mutantes (With Rita Lee), “Meu Refrigerador Não Funciona”. Enjoy the ride! And trip on with some of Janis’ classics: