Saturday, 27 April 2013

Jamaican Fruit of African Roots

An interesting story we came across recently about a long lost Jamaican Jazz Diva, Sheila Rickards. The Background to the story is narrated by Chris Flanagan,who traveled the world searching for the lady..

"Jamaican Fruit of African Roots is the lost vocal cut to one of King Tubby's most dramatic and devastating dubs from the 1970s. It was never released in Jamaica, but housed on an obscure compilation released only in Toronto in tiny quantities in the mid 70s.
This release is the culmination of a 10 year obsession to try and find out more about the song's enigmatic singer Sheila Rickards. It all started in a musty Canadian thrift store with the discovery of an incredible 10 cent record credited to one "Shella Record".
The singer's voice was unlike anything I had ever heard in Reggae before and sparked an international quest to find the lost siren. Beginning in Toronto where the record was pressed by local label Monica's in the mid 70s, I quizzed producers, collectors and Reggae artists, all of whom were as mystified as I was.
I traveled to Jamaica and tracked down legendary producer Bunny Striker Lee who recorded the song in 1975 with a full line up of Aggrovators, some of the most prolific and talented musicians who ever worked on the island. -
Bunny revealed that Shella Record was in fact Sheila Rickards, a Greenwich Farm Jazz singer from the Mento era who began performing as a child with artists like Lennie Hibbert and Carlos Malcolm.
He had not seen her since she vanished in 1975 after they worked on this song at Harry Js and later voiced the track at King Tubby's infamous Drumillie Ave studio. -
Despite tracking down many of the musicians who played on the song, Jamaican Jazz artists from the era and even Sheila's family, Sheila's whereabouts remained a mystery.
Hearing rumours of her relocation to Los Angeles or New York, I travelled the States desperate to find out what happened to this remarkable diva. Every clue led to a red herring which led to a dead end.
Now working with a private detective with a sideline in ghost hunting I hope to have more answers soon"

Worth dropping the pennies for this as sales from this release will help fund a documentary currently in progress-"Shella Record, A Reggae Mystery" about the search for the remarkable lost diva....grab it!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series

Now on their second Vol. of  Avant Garde Cosmic Compositions, this 26 track compilation bridges the similarities between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50's & 60's & the beat movement of today and is a dedication to American jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer Alice Coltrane. Next up in the series is Sun Ra...Link for Vol.1 below.

''She was central to the Indocentric/Spiritual jazz of the early '70s and arguably the first instance of a female instrumentalist assuming a defining role in a jazz subgenre. She spent the majority of her life seeking spiritually in both music and her private life & shared her husband's [Jazz Legend John Coltrane] instincts in taking great artistic risks to pursue a spiritual quest.'' - Jazz Times

fee d/l..

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol​.​1 - Pharoah Sanders

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

YBJC Minimix

Took a break for a while over in Siam and now back to something just released on AllCityRecordLabel A Collab between Parisian producer Onra and friend - fellow producer, composer and arranger - Buddy Sativa Combining as the Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo Check out this Minimix of the LP, with a free D/L on the down arrow.....Quality stuff!

Available from beatport/iTunes

Saturday, 13 April 2013