Italian acid jazz collective Jestofunk began in 1992 as the collaboration between DJs/producers MozArt and Blade; after issuing their debut single "I'm Gonna Love You," the duo recruited American house vocalist CeCe Rogers for the follow-up, 1993's "Say It Again." Jestofunk's debut album Love in a Black Dimension appeared a year later, with DJ/producer Farias signing on for 1999's Universal Mother.
Second outing for one of the most known and respected partnerships on the Italian Funk scene. Smoother Jazz sound that, in a very refined way, maintains this band recognizable among other bands in the same vein. An entirely instrumental album, exploring the atmospheres of the Acid Jazz moods and reaching new sounds that neighbour Electronica and Breakbeat, altough keeping a constant soft listening feel typical of a Jazz club. Legendary IRMA act Black & Brown, headed by Picchio Bagnoli and Andrea Raffini (bass and guitar of the band, but also authors of all their original compositions) have been around for nearly 20 years and are known as the most prestigious Funk band in Italy…
Coming February 14 - Valentine's Day. And especially for the holiday Valentine Irma records released a compilation of the most beautiful love songs. Enjoy!
Originally released in 1988, this album marked one of the truly successful world fusion creations, which Rhythm Magazine said symbolizes "the birth of a new era in music". It's a direct, transcendent exchange between six acclaimed musicians from diverse cultures, including L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Nicky Skopelitis, Daniel Ponce, Aiyb Dieng and producer/bassist Bill Laswell. This CD is a true American melting pot of deeply tangled roots, merging East and West to create a new music soundscape. At it's core, there's Indian music, and somewhere underneath lies flashes of the slow rustic lope of American country music.
Anita Ward hails from that hotbed of Southern Soul music Memphis, TN, and unsurprisingly started her association with music from an early age. Having honed her strong soprano voice singing Gospel in Memphis, Anita recorded with the Rust College A Capella Choir before going on to record with her own Gospel quartet. Anita then concentrated on a career as a teacher but her vocal talents could not be denied so before long her manager had turned her on to song-writer/producer Frederick Knight (who himself had a substantial R&B crossover hit in 1972 with ‘I’ve Been Lonely For So Long’ on the Stax imprint) and Knight was so impressed with Anita’s talents that the initial session progressed into a full albums worth of material.
Two classic Hooker LPs, all digitally re-mastered, 22 solid slabs of dark, leathery, brooding nostalgia. This is the electric blues at its very roots. If there’s still anyone out there reading this magazine who hasn’t at least one Hooker album in their collection, then you’re still a long way from qualifying as a blues aficionado. So this is a good place to start. This stripped-bare, one man and a growling electric guitar (on most tracks) music is the stuff those guys who fled the south for the auto production lines in the north used to listen to.