Keither Florence - "Down Here On The Ground" (3:09)
Robert Cote - "Move On" (with Orange Lake Drive) (3:56)
Scott Cunningham Band - "Anita" (5:50)
Plas Johnson - "Buck Dance" (3:34)
Magic - "Sunshine" (2:32)
Charlie Chisholm Boss-tet - "Wade In The Water" (7:42)
David Lee Jones Trio - "Walk With Me" (2:59)
Al Walton Trio - "Al's Thing" (2:03)
Ulysses Crockett - "Funky Resurgence" (3:45)
Tim James - "Strange Things" (2:52)
Randy Larkin - "Empty Days" (2:46)
San Francisco Committee - "Never Before" (2:54)
John Wesley Dickson Band - "Barrows Blues" (2:58)
Anything Goes - "When She's Gone" (3:02)
Review: Tramp Records' Praise Poems series has so far delivered four essential volumes of deep and soulful 1970s jazz. Predictably, this fifth instalment in little over two years is every bit as good as its predecessors. Highlights come think and fast, from the bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed shimmer of Gunn High School Jazz Reunion's "Red Clay" and the hazy, sun-kissed West Coast rock/deep soul fusion of Robert Cote's "Move On", to the sprawling big band jazz-funk of Magic's "Sunshine", and the vibraphone-powered shuffle of Ulysses Crockett's "Funky Resurgence". We're also really enjoying Charlie Chisholm Boss-tet's wild and spaced out cover version of Ramsay Lewis standard "Wade in the Water". As the well-worn cliche goes: all killer, no filler.
Tommy Palmer Trio - "Swingin' The Down Home Blues" (4:25)
Ruth Martin - "How Come You Do Me" (2:06)
The Three Souls - "Herby's Tune" (3:21)
Arrie Mae Morton Trio - "Muddy Water" (3:25)
Michael Merchant - "Figs Grow In The Winter Time" (3:04)
Tim Angenend - "Fun City" (4:26)
Nicodemus - "Iceland Land Of The Micemen" (4:26)
Bill Osborn - "Bamboo & Rice" (4:47)
Review: The unstoppable Tramp label from Germany is back with our favourite of their series, the wonderfully executed Praise Poems. This here is the fourth chapter and, much like its previous siblings, there is an extensive collection of excellent - and much sought-after - funk and spiritual jazz from the 70s. With seventeen sublime cuts to go through, you won't be left without choices, especially when the compilation opens with the instantly seductive exotica excursion called "Goodbye Rainbow" by Michael Dues. We're not really sure where to begin and where to end in terms of our favourite picks here, but if you had to squeeze it out of us, we'd be buying this album the John Wesley Dickson Band's "High & Dry", "Under The Trees" by Carmelita", and the singular soul experiment called "Black Child" by Morris Dow & Eastern Sound. This cannot be missed - a sure bet!
Review: Tramp Records' latest vital reissue delves into the back catalogue of the Reggie Saddler Revue, a largely little known funk combo that released a handful of 45s at the start of the 1970s. This double A-side brings together two killer cuts that originally appeared on different 7" singles, both of which are now near impossible to find. A-side "Raggedy Bag" is raw, weighty and impassioned - a scorching slab of deep funk that more than lives up to its high reputation amongst collectors. Over on the flip you'll find "Love Is Just Like A Baseball Game", a sweeter and more loved-up affair blessed with superb vocal harmonies that's nevertheless impressively fuzzy.
Review: Over the last couple of years, TRAMP Records has done much to raise awareness of the work of Tyree Glenn Jr, an American rhythm & blues, soul, funk and jazz musician/band leader who has resided in Germany for well over 35 years. Here they continue to pay tribute to him via a first ever retrospective compilation. It begins with a quartet of killer live recordings from his 1978 set with Brain Damage (including fiery covers of tracks by Kool & The Gang and War), then offers up such gems as "Marler Eintopf (Deutsch)", "S.O.S" - previously reissued by TRAMP on a "45" - and his heavyweight James Brown cover that gives the compilation its title, "Superbad". This edition also contains a bonus seven-inch reissue of Glenn's 1964 debut single with the Emotions.
The New Hope Project - "Love In Disguise (Space Love)"
Water Brother - "Oh Brother"
Daybreak - "Que Lavanja"
Edmund Sullivan - "A Blind Man Who Can See"
Review: TRAMP Records' compilations are invariably excellent, with the German imprint often choosing to ignore tried-and-tested tunes in favour of a mixture of sought-after rarities, slept-on gems and unusual, off-kilter recordings. Their latest collection, which focuses on "deep, soulful jazz and funk" from the '70s, keeps up this entertaining and ear-pleasing trend. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the sun-soaked samba-jazz brilliance of Stevens, Scott & Dee's "Brazilica", and the low-slung rhythm and blues shuffle of Jerry Sandifer's "Low Down Soul", to the folksy, Rotary Connection style folk-jazz goodness of "An Empty Wind" by Blackdog and the righteous release of the Kats' Hammond-heavy "Wear Me Out".