Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Afro Soultet - Afrodesia (re-issue - 2011)


Jack Millman, aka Johnny Kitchen, had a hand in many interesting, obscure and highly collectible records from the 1960s and 1970s. Producing, composing, recording, editing, releasing, licensing – you name it, Millman did it. The records he touched had an eclectic range from psychedelic rock to Latin jazz, and several include editing techniques that can only be described as an early incarnation of sampling in music.
After seeing them play at the Living Room (which later became the Comedy Store) on Sunset Boulevard, Millman became manager of the Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1, and signed them to Randy Woods (creator/owner of the Mira, Mirwood, Crestview, Surrey labels) in the late 1960s.

Having released several albums this band would later become the Afro Soultet. The liner notes to their Afrodesia album state "This is Afrodesia! A Musical collage of many peoples. . .it comes from Africa and from Arabia, from the South Seas and from Asia." Living up to the promise of those notes Afrodesia mixes Latin Jazz, with straight jazz, worldly percussion, surf, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of lounge, and some hints of tropicalia. Millman produced and released the Afrodesia album on his own Banyon label sometime between 1968-1971 (no release date is listed on the record, and Millman cannot recall a more exact date.)


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WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON JANUARY 18, 2011
UBIQUITY RECORDS

Afro-Soultet - "Aphro Bugaloo" by Ubiquity Records

3 comments:

Tony Poole said...

Those Ubiquity boys re-releasing more of the good stuff again. Saludos

Pyke said...

Yeah! It's beginning to spin on heavy rotation on the TJ headquarters!!! Another winner from a "one of a kind" label!

•O•A•T•S•T•A•O• said...

I will soon be ripping the original LP as lossless to fight the dirty bootleggers of Ubiquity. I can't see the original artist making any money, as they made nothing the first time around, and Working with Johnny Kitchen, it's a shelter release, where all artists remain anon. So stop the unneeded profiteering off others..just share the goods. Corrupt pirates. I shall help phase the dirt peddlers down.