I Been Doin' Alright (Everything's Gonna Be Alright) (part 2) (2:44)
Disco In The Sky (4:18)
African Violet (6:58)
Love Two Love (2:52)
Martin St Martin (5:36)
Review: After a string of stay-in-bed sojourns on Cadet, Chicago poet Callier took a scenic trip for his fifth album. Still hitting the heart with heavy sentiment at points ("Butterfly"), there's a much more widescreen vista of the relevant sounds of the late 70s. As a result we're hit with footloose rock "Street Fever" glimmering rare groove "Holdin' On (To Your Love)" and floor-trampling sing-along gospel disco "Disco In The Sky" A pivotal release for Callier that's stood the test of time much more than its critics at the time would ever imagine.
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** For the uninitiated: Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is also the brother of multi instrumentalist Wayne Cobham. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Produced with the legendary Jan Hammer (a former bandmate) and engineer Ken Scott in 1973, Spectrum was Cobham's first solo album after leaving his previous group Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively. A seminal album of the jazz fusion scene. A Swiss resident since 1980s, Cobham now lives in Schoepfen, a canton near Bern.
Alkebulan (feat Eric Harland & Kassa Overall) (2:50)
Understand Yourself (feat Chronixx) (5:05)
Review: The genius of trumpeter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker's work has always been his ability to meld more traditional spiritual jazz sounds - not to mention modal and post-bop - with elements of contemporary soul, R&B and hip-hop. "Star People Nation", Croker's first album for three years, continues this approach, flitting between starry, decidedly intergalactic workouts ("Have You Come To Stay", "Subconscious Flirtations & Titillations"), seductive vocal numbers (the twinkling jazz-soul of the Rose Gold voiced "Getaway Gold"), deep, head-nodding jams ("Wide Open", "Portrait Of William") and fizzing dancefloor escapades (the brilliant "Just Let It Ride" and off-kilter Afro-jazz epic "Alkebulan").