Review: Another fine deep spiritual Jazz reissue on Japanese label P-Vine that came out on Strata East originally in 1974. Soaring vocals are charismatic of this album and it features the track Optimystical which Andres previously sampled.
Review: Penny deliver's a flute led Jazz version of Marvin's soul classic flipped by a funky organ backed version of Gil Scott Heron's Lady Day & John Coltrane with both tracks lifted from the Portrait Of A Gemini LP.
Review: For the latest volume in their "Groove Diggers" series of rare record reissues, P-Vine is offering up a first ever CD edition of "In Togetherness", a 1977 private press album by singer Judy Pollak and Michigan-based backing band 33 1/3. Given that original copies of the hard-to-find record regularly change hands for four-figure sums, it's a reissue that's arguably long overdue. Musically, there's much to admire throughout, from the sax-and-synths-laden disco stomp of "Mr DJ" and down low disco-funk headiness of "Fascinating", to the seductive sweetness of Pollak's breathy vocal on "Come With Me" and the sun-kissed breeziness of intoxicating closing cut "More Than Words".
60 years of soul/funk/R&B disc guide - definitive edition with obi-strip
Notes: From Sam Cooke to Beyonce, James Brown to Di Angelo, this new issue of the "definitive" series is a 60-year-old soul/funk/R&B chronicle. The editorial author is Yori Kawachi, a veteran music writer who has been writing about black music for over 30 years.