The Impressions on Emus

The Impressions on Emus



There’s not much info out about this Emus label release. It seems like Emus didn’t totally have it’s biz together anyway. Speaking of business, the record store that I purchased this album from is now out of it. CD Game Exchange in Adams Morgan is no more as of a few months ago, not to mention the Circuit City in the shopping center by my home. If I was to shop for records today where would I go?

  Curtom Publishing Company was a business comprised of Curtis Mayfield, and Eddie Thomas, who, along with being the Impressions bus driver, also convinced them to change their name from “The Roosters”. The Impressions also included Jerry Butler, who is now a politician not unlike another musician I revere, and Sam Gooden.

This is definitely a compilation, but all of my digging friends say they haven’t seen it, so here it is.



Girl From Martinique

I dropped into the Red Onion just outside the Adams Morgan area of DC, and picked up this effort from Robin Kenyatta. I dig the intagibility of understanding other countries of the African Diaspora, like Martinique. The title of this ECM pressing pulls an unsuspecting diasporic defector like me in every time. Kenyatta is pushed along by a rhythm section including Fred Braceful(drums) and Arild Anderson(bass) who did noted work with other ECM artists including Terje Rypdal, and one of my favs, Don Cherry(mostly because he had cool children). Wolfgang Dauner kills the clavi, especially on the percussive Thank You Jesus.


If you like that you’ll love this.

1)Girl From Martinique
2)Blues For Your Mama
3)Thank You Jesus
4)We’ll Be So Happy



Here are the personnel for this Headhunteresque rock fusion…


Larry Coryell – Guitar
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Alphonse Mouzon – Percussion
Mike Mandel – Piano, Synthesizer
Danny Trifan – Bass

Scott Yanow of All Music had this to say about “Introducing The Eleventh House”…

The Eleventh House (1972-1975) was one of the stronger working groups in fusion, led by one of the unsung heroes of the idiom, guitarist Larry Coryell. This album is Eleventh House’s first recording and, in addition to Coryell’s guitar, most heavily featured are trumpeter Randy Brecker (who would later be replaced by Mike Lawrence) and keyboardist Mike Mandel; bassist Danny Trifan and drummer Alphonse Mouzon are strong in backup roles. The influence of Miles Davis, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock is apparent, but the Eleventh House also offered a sound of their own. Brecker’s solos are often both fiery and lyrical. Coryell and Mandel blend together quite well, and the original grooves on this set often have distinctive personalities.

Live At The Renaissance

Live At The Renaissance


On the proverbial eve of the release of Q-Tip’s “The Renaissance”, we give you “Live At The Renaissance”. Two words make a world of difference in this instance. Infact, the sound of this album is one that has the potential to help hip-hop take a lunar leap, developmentally. With predominantly live instrumentation, and lot’s of emotional singing from the artist consitently known as Q-Tip, “Live At..” could’ve altered hip-hop fusion forever. It seems as though some record execs were afraid of making a little change. Go figure. 

This album was slated to come out as a follow up to “Kamaal The Abstract”, another cult classic of Q-Tip’s that never officially dropped. So, it might be more appropriate to say that this album was slated to come out as a follow up to “Amplified”, which ushered in Tip’s literal and creative departure from ATCQ.

There isn’t much info floating around about the production of this album, for no liner notes ever surfaced. It is interesting to compare and contrast the unofficial and official versions.

The only song that’s exactly the same on both versions is a tune called Official, which might make disgruntled ATCQ fans happy.

D’Angelo is on both versions of I Believe, but the tunes themselves, are totally different. 

Johnny Died is somewhat like The Renaissance’s Johnny is Dead, but a little more chancey and lyrically blunt. 

I can’t get over the fact that this will never come out.

01. Johnny Died 
02. Fever 
03. Thats Sexy (Feat. Andre 3000) 
04. Say Something For Me 
05. Black Boy 
06. Passes You By 
07. Official 
08. Lisa 
09. Im Not Gone Have It 
10. Feelings 
11. Where Do You Go 
12. I Believe (Feat. D Angelo) 
13. Compute 
14. A Million Times 
15. Untitled

And if you like this, you’ll like the album.



I could say more than enough about this third stream trailblazer, but it’d be smarter of me to let the composer speak on it. 

This is my second work written for the conventional symphony orchestra-the first, actually of music with such extended length with no improvisation.

Some of the difficulties were anticipated. To communicate my musical ideas, especially the rhythmic conceptions, to musicians who have been trained to play classical music exclusively is not easy. Writing for strings is especially problematic; the violin has played only a minor role in the evolution of jazz, and there are those who argue that it should have no place in jazz at all. While I disagree with that point of view, it cannot be denied that it takes a violinist a very long time to acquire an adequate technique for the standard repertoire (probably longer than for any other instrument), and once he has, he has a way of playing that is fairly set in a rigid mould. Jazz rhythms and jazz feeling are not easily produced under those cirumstances.

Harry Lookofsky, a fine classicaly trained violinist, who has also done notable work in jazz (as in his LP, Stringsville, Atlantic 1319), has been very helpful to me in finding ways to communicate my rhythmic ideas, deeply rooted in jazz as they are, to string players. In the album, The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra (Atlantic 1359), an attempt was made by three other composers and myself to combine techniques and ideas that come from both classical music and jazz. This album represents another step. Admittedly we are only beginning, but it is a great challenge, one that we fin very exciting, and for that reason more than worth all the effort.-John Lewis

  1. Part One-Creation of the World & Creation of Adam
  2. Part Two-Recognition of Animals
  3. Part Three-Birth of Eve
  4. Part Four -Adam & Eve Pas De Deaux
  5. Part Five-Teaching & Temptation
  6. Part Six-Expulsion From The Garden of Eden

Here tis

And if you dig this, you’ll dig the album


Stomu's Go




It’s more than fitting that I dug this Yamashta gem out of a crate at a local CD/Game exchange here in the DC metro area. Due to the shift of power from label to artist, most music stores have either gone out of business, or limited their purchasing of new musics to new releases(With all the Klaus Schulze(Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey, Moog, EMS Synthi A., Farfisa Syntorchester)  blips and swells, one could believe this 1976 release hit the shelves this year. CD/Game Exchange, amidst all of the opposition has stayed in business. If a crime has been committed against music, socioeconomic Natural Selection is the culprit, not blogs, or torrents, or third party file hosts. 

What I like most about this out of print saga is it’s unabashed genre jumping. Steve Winwood(vocals/piano) and Pat Thrall give a central melodic dimension for us all to hum along to. and Rosko Gee(bass) also of Traffic with Winwood, roots the groove. He and former Santana member Mike Shrieve(drummer) are solid cornerstones that push forward the aptly entitled “Go”

Other mentionable contributions include Al Dimeola, Julian Marvin, and Chris West.

This album is no longer for sale in it’s original format, but you can purchase it as part of a box set, and I also tracked down a live version.

So here’s part 1 and 2 of the original…

1. Solitude
2. Nature
3. Air Over
4. Crossing The Line
5. Man Of Leo
6. Stellar
7. Space Theme
8. Space Requiem
9. Space Song
10. Carnival
11. Ghost Machine
12. Surfspin
13. Time Is Here
14. Winner/Loser

And if you like this, you’ll like the album.