(Mar. 17, 2015): Takuya Kuroda – Everybody Loves The Sunshine

From the 2014 album, Rising Son.  This Blue Note release is the first for Kuroda on a major label.  He put out two prior self-released long players in 2010 and 2011.  This is a cover of the title track from Roy Ayers 1976 LP of the same name.

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(Mar. 14, 2015 – bonus): Tom Anton – Cicadian March

A 2015 composition put together with GarageBand by the boy after hearing some impressive Double Drummer cicadas.

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(Mar. 14, 2015): The Melodians – Sweet Sensation

From the 1969 single, Sweet Sensation / It’s My Delight.  This was the first tune by The Melodians that I heard.  It was during the period Leslie Kong was producing them.  It was a few years before their “Rivers of Babylon” contribution to The Harder They Come soundtrack made them Rastafarian giants, but it’s always been my favorite.  My mom bought the 45 at a rummage sale, which I some how lost.  I picked it up again when Mango Records released The King Kong Compilation in 1981.

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(Mar. 13, 2015): Booker T. – She Breaks

From the 2009 album, Potato Hole.  This was the first solo long player by Booker T. after a 20 year hiatus.  The Drive By Truckers appear as the backing band.  Neil Young is on guitar, along with Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.

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(Mar. 9, 2015): Klute – Best Bits Not Over

From the 2013 2 × File, FLAC 16-bit 44.1kHz, Best Bits Not Over / Take A Breath (Invaderz VIP).  One of over 100 single sides by the never to be pigeonholed D&B pioneer Tom Withers.  Dark, as is often the case, on this outing.

 

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(Mar. 7, 2015): Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – This Guy’s In Love With You

From the 1968 album, The Beat of the Brass.  The first and definitive version of this Burt Bacharach and Hal David tune.  The 1968 single indicates that it is an Alpert solo recording.  I can recall hearing this for the first in the backseat of my Dad’s 1968 Pontiac LeMans driving to my grandparents house.

 

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(Mar. 4, 2015): NOMO – One to One

From the 2006 album, Newtones.  This is an afrobeat band out of Ann Arbor that I became familiar with during a stint as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School during 2008-2010.  The last thing I am aware of that was released by the band is a 2011 single.  Some very nice stuff.

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