"Rico Suave" appeared on Dilla's 2002 Welcome 2 Detroit album. It's basically him and Karriem Riggins goofing on some Sergio Mendes-ness.
A few years ago I heard my homie Tim Diesel play "Rico Suave Bossa Nova" at a gig, which led me to whip up this unfancy little re-edit-- I gave it a mixable intro and extended it from 90 seconds to about five minutes.
This is not the George Russell who led groups featuring Bill Evans and John Coltrane, etc., won a MacArthur genius grant and whose music theories provided the underpinning for modal jazz. It's a George Russell without a wikipedia entry or a website who, from what I can infer from the blurbs on the back of his Easy Listening LP, was a guitarist who mainly made his way in music promotion. Also, according to the notes, he's "a musician's musician, a man's man, a ladies' man, a marvelous human being."
The music on Easy Listening was arranged by Jimmie Haskell; I love what he does with the strings here. The same recordings were later issued on Dobre under the title Guitar With Orchestra.
I've been digging this mix put together by BK homie Doc Delay and Sean Manchee. It's a 34-minute blend of '60s and '70s era analog synthesizer music built around moogs, ARPs, rocksichords and the like. Great selections, mixing and editing make for a beautiful, spacey and weird ride.
This is not the Jim Gordon who played drums on Pet Sounds and "Apache", co-wrote "Layla" and killed his mother with a hammer. It's from this Jim Gordon, a multi-instrumentalist who gigged widely as a studio musician in the '70s and built lots of cool synthesizers in his spare time.
Heavy! could be grouped with a lot of the exploito-moog records that came out in the wake of Walter/Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach and Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn", but the rhythm arrangements and playing are really impressive-- given the technical limitations of synthesizers at the time, very few people were able to make them sound as loose as he did. Gordon's website lists Heavy! as being from 1967 but my impression is that Cream Records didn't start putting records out until a few years after that.
Yesterday's New York Times had a brief obituary for Drake Levin, who was best known as guitarist for the 60s-era pop group Paul Revere & the Raiders. I mainly know his music through his work with Brotherhood and Friendsound, the bands he formed with Phil Volk and Michael Smith after the three split the Raiders.
Brotherhood and Friendsound operated in tandem. They had more or less the same personnel and recorded for the same label at the same time. Friendsound's sole LP has got to be one of the stranger things RCA ever put out. A couple tracks resemble songs but mostly it's a weird amalgam of jamming and experimentation with tape effects. On some tracks, like this, it really works:
This record is goofy but really dope to me. I think the only other times I've heard this flow freaked were on a much more recent Quannum track (Was it Lateef? Somebody help me....) and Juicy J's current single, "30 Inches".
I don't know anything about the group but I assume they were from New York because the label contains a shout to the Violators, Chris Lighty's mythical rap crew. Pow Wow Records released a bunch of rap stuff but is better known for the dancehall, house and new wave records it put out.
Hunt's Determination Band was a Detroit-area band that cut two late-70s LPs plus a couple of non-LP 45s. Both LPs contain versions of "No. 1 Lady"; the version I've posted is from Get Your Act Together!, which I believe was the later of the two. This version tones down the bass, adding clavinet, strings and a great breakdown.