BRIAN AUGER – ANTHOLOGY VOL 2
Brian Auger, the London born keyboard genius and musical pioneer, lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison. His tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco. He’s had original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan and Richard 'Groove' Holmes, plus he is the proud recipient of a US Congressional Award for Services to Jazz! Volume Two brings together not only remastered classics from Brian’s career, but also super rare, and previously unreleased tracks. Check out his blistering jazz piano tracks from the early 60s including “Poinciana” and “Work Song”, the barely known, late 60s Hammond organ and big band versions of jazz standards “Moanin’”, “Sister Sadie”, and the incredibly gritty version by The Trinity of Jimmy McGriff’s “MG Blues”. As well as Oblivion Express perennials such as “Straight Ahead”, “Inner City Blues” and “Happiness Is Just Around The Bend”, there is also a demo version of “Black Octopus”, featuring The Headhunters’ Mike Clark and Paul Jackson, recorded in Brian’s Bay Area garage after Herbie Hancock split that equally groundbreaking group.
JOYCE MORENO - COOL
Throughout her fifty-year career as one of Brazil’s most brilliantly imaginative artists, Joyce Moreno has thrived creatively in consistently undertaking new challenges. In the ‘70s she provoked controversy for singing in first-person feminine voice (never before attempted by any of the very few female songwriters in Brazil at the time) and her lyrics defied the censorship attempts of the Brazilian military dictatorship. After something of an epiphany, with her new album Cool Joyce has finally agreed to take on a challenge repeatedly asked of her for the last two decades... Tearing up The Real Book like only Joyce could, Cool is magical Brazilian storytelling through masterful re-arrangements of North American jazz standards.
ALEX PUDDU – THE GOLDEN AGE OF DANISH PORNOGRAPHY VOLUME 3
Third (and final?) instalment of the soundtrack composed by our Alex Puddu for the DVD series “The Golden Age of Danish Pornography 1970-1974”. The project began in 2011 with the release on DVD of a collection of twelve 8mm vintage hardcore short movies from the early 70s directed by the pioneer of Danish porn cinema Freddy Weiss. When Jan Schmidt of Pink Flamingo Entertainment decided to produce this DVD series and started to restore the original films, he realised that the original audio was lost forever, and immediately thought of involving Alex Puddu in writing a new soundtrack. The leitmotif that subtly connects the three X-rated soundtracks, a red light that glows and illuminates the faces of the actors, is the recognisable mark deriving from the perfect knowledge of that sound that made Italian library music and soundtrack famous in the past decades. Vol.3 include new tracks, outtakes originally thought for the first two albums and bonus tracks previously available on CD or vinyl only.