There's a dark beauty to this session that surpasses even many other Farmer sides from the time – and titles include "Hyacinth", "Ally", "Happy Feet", "Minuet In G", and "Saucer Eyes".
One of the wildest records of the early 70s – and it's still pretty darn hard to argue with the power of this one – even if the meddling of the producers is nearly as legendary as the album itself!
A number of tracks have a conga drum groove – very unusual for the average Blakey album – and the tracks are a mix of soul jazz originals and from the 70s onwards – which, this time around, makes for a great feature on some of the best soundtracks of the late 70s, 80s, and 90s!
The article looks at the music and influence of the albums for Breakfast Club, Purple Rain, Pulp Fiction, Saturday Night Fever, and others that have gone onto be classics – and the issue also has interviews with Of Noise, Omar, Jesus Jones, and Chaka Khan – plus an article on the last remaining member of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, a chat with Nick Heyward, a look at Cyndi Lauper's album She's So Unusual, and the evolution of the music of Ultravox.
The album goes way past the usual sound library funk – as Janko brings in so many different sounds and styles throughout – using flute, tympani, oboe, 12 string guitar, and other unusual instruments with a very freewheeling set of grooves!
Scepter label – featuring Farmer at the head of a small group working with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Charles Mc Pherson on alto, and either Steve Swallow or Ron Carter on bass.That means that the hundreds of images in the book include a fair bit of really hard to find records – and even some releases of albums that look different overseas than they do here in the US!The book has small notes on each images, with release dates and label – plus larger text in French.The simplicity gives the record a surprisingly optimistic feel – and since the original run was only issued on cassette, the whole thing missed getting the attention it deserved the first time around.Titles include "Dreaming Again", "Discover", "Sad Delusion", "Oriental Towers", "Sand In Your Eyes", and "Stars". about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat instrumentation!