Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fulfillments !!

Well, you all certainly asked for some great music. Some of which, I am just now learning about. Just another reason that I like to ask for requests: you guys teach me a lot about music; believe me! On that note, I can only fulfill two specific albums. Guitarradeplastico definitely has me curious about these Kisa albums, and that Bill Cosby presents sounds really good, but I don't have it. However, I do have a pretty wicked jam session album that Bill Cosby & Quincy Jones did together. I think it'll suffice, for now. Please, keep the requests coming. And, if you have anything you'd like to share with us on An Ism, send it my way. If you want to do so anonymously, you can private message me here. Again, the sharing and learning of music is what drives this blog. Enjoy ...

Walter Hawkins
Love Alive

Bill Cosby & Quincy Jones
The Original Jam Sessions

Francis Lai
13 Jours en Frances

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Requests !!

Any requests? Re-ups or particular albums/ artists/ genres? 
Lemme know! Leave a comment 😇

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sandance !!

Wow! I am absolutely diggin' this album. There's so many fantastic elements to soak up. This album reminds me of Mtume Umoja Ensemble's ‎Alkebu-Lan, or The Ensemble Al-Salaam's ‎The Sojourner. Leroy Vinnegar (Glass Of Water) happens to play bass on this, so you knows it's gonna be good. It's ever so worth your time to grab this. Enjoy ...

The Al Williams
Quintet Plus One

Just for fun, here are three Soul Jazz mixes I've thrown together. Grab 'em if you want. Don't if ya don't :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Two from the Sun !!

 Both of these albums have been occupying my car speakers, as I drudge myself back and forth from work. Two from the Sun for you ...

(self titled)

Ramsey Lewis
Sun Goddess

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Windows !!

"Quite a slick jazz guitar album with a very moody night time vibe! It kind of reminds me of a Wes Montgomery record in the way the guitars are recorded in such a grainy (yet fitting) way, only with a bit more tense guitar playing by Jack Wilkins. It's probably best known for the song "Red Clay", which was cleverly sampled by Q-Tip in A Tribe Called Quest's "Midnight Marauders" (another album with a great night life vibe!) that has a sick bass line and a hypnotic chord progression. The other songs still stand well on their own, such as the lethargic cover of Coltrane's "Naima", contrasting to the fast paced "Canzona". The songs aren't too long or too short and the whole album clocks in at around a half hour, delivering a solid debut for Jack Wilkins."
-review from

Jack Wilkins

Friday, January 19, 2018

Face to Face !!

Back to the usual grind of Jazz & Soul; The bread and butter of An Isms content. Every now and then, I like to stray from what this blog was initially intended for. In a future post, I may delve into some lesser known Folk, etc ... Please, feel free to let me know what you think, or what you'd rather see posted, here. I have quite a diverse taste and music collection. What appears on this blog is the tip of the iceberg.

"After 1981's foray into funk (Closer), Soccio returned to his dance music roots a bit with this album. It contains some very good tracks, notably "Remember," "It's Alright," and two others. It also revisits the hooks from Lipps Inc's "Funkytown" and early SOS Band. As such, it is less original than Soccio's outstanding first lp. It does, however, show beginning ventures into the New Wavish electronic music that would become prominent in dance in this and the next several years with groups such as Visage."
-review from

Gino Soccio

Thursday, January 18, 2018

1998:La Storia Di Sabazio !!

The fifth and final post of Prog-Rock. It's been interesting to delve into this genre. Specifically, to hear a slice of how Italy interpreted it. 

"To say [that] Emerson Lake & Palmer were highly influential in Italy would be the understatement of the decade during the 70's: not only were Le Orme, and Banco DMS, but countless lesser-known bands that recorded just on[e] or two albums at the time. Amongst which Triade (named after the Chinese mafia), a keyboard-dominated trio (from Florence) whose sole album was released in 73 on a small label named Derby. While there has been three different reissues, (Si-Wan, Vynil Magic and a MMG-Warner issue), none give out any kind of info (legible to this writer) as to whether this album is a concept album (but most likely it is) and they are obviously augmented by at least one string player (a cellist is sure), which could be the bassist."
-review from