Saturday, November 1, 2008

marlena shaw

one of my favorite soul vocalists from the 60's and 70's is marlena shaw.

the break from her 45 version of 'california soul' was used on dj shadow & cut chemist's brainfreeze mix & the records she released under chess subsidiary cadet are familiar to diggers due in no small part to the eclectic orchestral work of richard evans, who produced and arranged shaw's two albums released by that label, 'out of different bags' and 1969's 'the spice of life.' evans went on to work for ramsey lewis, kenney burrell, the soulful strings, sun ra and others, and he played wicked bass on many an album released during that era.

shaw began her career singing in bars with small jazz groups and was signed to cadet records in 1966. that very next year her verison of cannonball adderly and joe zawinul's 'mercy mercy mercy' would become a hit. after her two album stint with cadet she toured for a little while with the count basie orchestra before becoming the first female vocalist signed to the blue note label.

her first album with them, 'from the depths of my soul' is as smooth and funky as can be. i was lucky enough to find it at a sacramento flea market in good condition minus the cover damage. personel inclues ron carter and wilbur bascomb on the bass, charles collins, grady tate, and herbie lovelle on the drums, carl lynch, cornell dupree, gene bertoncini, hugh mccracken on guitars, and derek smith on the keyboards.

shaw has been able to blur the lines between jazz and soul in such a way as so give her a definite presence. one of her most sampled songs is 'woman of the ghetto,' which was the 7" single to 'the spice of life' album:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

tapeonesidea got a review


"Coming straight out of Martinez, California is Malakai Beats. I never heard of this dude until he dropped a link to this EP/beat tape on the UGHH beat thread with the note attached: "please pass this along, kick back, listen, freestyle, and enjoy!" Y'all know I can't resist a free download, and just for kicks I checked out his MySpace. The music on his page was pretty good with an interesting tracked called "CREAM part 2," an attempt at re-flipping the original Wu Tang sample.

Today on my commute home I gave tapeonesidea a listen, and I was impressed! The beats are solid. The standout tracks for me are "Back to the Drawing Board," "Overture (RIP Clockwork)," and "Modulated Freshness." "Back to the Drawing Board" makes me want to get a new mixer and start scratchin' again. I love how hearing one track can get you motivated. I suggest you download this EP, kick back and listen, and don't forget to pass it along.

Download Malakai Beats tapeonesidea here. (Bandcamp link)
And check out his MySpace:"

be sure to peep out his blog, it's dope. much respect

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

malakai beats/tapeonesidea - free download album

update from feb. 2011: it's now an lp available from bandcamp (link updated).

download via bandcamp: