Arif Mardin's second solo effort assembles a veritable who's who of funk and jazz greats, but Journey is no ego-stroking vanity project. A richly cinematic fusion suite appointed with all the texture and detail one would expect from a producer of Mardin's stature, it effortlessly melds the street-smart groove of blaxploitation-era soul with the cerebral expansiveness of jazz. Despite a roster of heavy-hitters including vibist Gary Burton, saxophonists Joe Farrell and Seldon Powell, flutist Hubert Laws, pianist Richard Tee, and drummers Steve Gadd and Bernard Purdie, Journey never buckles under the collective weight of its talent – Mardin's production yields an end result greater than the sum of the music's individual parts, forging a tight, cohesive sound more suggestive of a veteran studio crew than a collection of all-star soloists.
Average White Band are widely and rightly regarded as one of the best ever soul and funk bands. Although probably best known for their global hit, the US #1 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, this extensive anthology delves back into their musical history, from the early sessions in 1971, right up to the most recent studio album released this millennium. ‘All The Pieces…’ features the band’s entire catalogue of recorded material on a 19CD box set, which includes all of the original studio albums (and ‘spoilers’ ‘Put It Where You Want It’ and ‘Volume VIII’) in mini-vinyl replica wallets, alternate versions and selected mixes, in this 172-track collection…
Chaka Khan - Original Album Series (2010 EU issue 5-CD album set comprising of the best selling and critically acclaimed album releases 'Chaka', 'Chaka Khan', 'I Feel For You', 'Naughty' and 'What Cha' Gonna Do For Me?'; each album is housed in a Mini LP-style card picture sleeve with the complete set presented in a sealed card slipcase).
Hijazz Project is a gathering place of the most famous musicians in Turkey. Each one individually has their own bands and personal projects, play in different festivals, working in different productions. Hijazz Project for them, is a way to surrender their togetherness in this music of synthesis they make hand in hand, without any ego, matching to the idea of Mevlana and Sufism. They play from Hamamizade Ismail Dede Efendi to W.A.Mozart… from Hasselman to Nayi Osman Dede.. from J.S.Bach to Tamburi Cemil Bey.. mixed with the jazzy mood, powered by Budapest Symphonical Orchestra conducted by Alparslan Ertungaalp. HiJazz Project's first concert was supported by Turkiye Is Bankasi in 2003. in 2007 the band is supported by Arif Mardin (R.I.P), who had great effort for Hijazz Project to perform in the Istanbul Jazz Festival. He made it but passed away on the concert day. So we dedicate our 2007 Istanbul Jazz Festival performance to his loving memory. He was the only music producer in the world who made the world a better place.