Pongo en tus manos abiertas… is the fourth studio album by the Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara as a soloist, one of the most important representatives of the New Chilean Song. It was recorded during 1969, and published that same year by the record label Jota Jota (later DICAP). The album has been reissued several times and in different countries, changing its name in some versions to that of Te recuerdo Amanda.
Carl Carlton was the singer's sole gold LP and included his sole gold single, "She's a Bad Mama Jama." Produced by Leon Heywood, it includes the steppers favorite "Your Love's Rated X-Tra," " Don't You Wanna Make Love" (which sounds like Rick James' "You & I"), and the ballad "I Think It's Gonna Be Alright." The album highlights Carlton's vocal growth. "She's a Bad Mama Jama" can be found on Pure Funk, Vol. 2, Old School, Vol.3, The Number Ones: Soul on Fire, Funk Classics: The 80's, and Strip Jointz, Vol. 2: More Hot Songs for Sexy Dancers, among others.
The guitar of Toninho Horta is always a treat, but on this 2005 album it's made even better by some lyrically light flute work from Nicola Stilo! The set's got a dreamy quality that really gets at the gentler sound of Horta's work on guitar – and a few tunes even feature his vocals, singing in a laidback way that has echoes of the earlier bossa era, but a more gently jazzy approach overall. Stilo plays a variety of flutes on the set, and titles include a great version of Coltrane's "Naima", plus "Very Early", "Vento", "My Ideal", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Meu Canario", "Bons Amigos", and "Illusion".
I’ve long overlooked Pepper’s later work, there is so much good stuff in his prime, but when I stumbled on this lovely three box set recorded in 1977, and with one of my recent favourite bassists, George Mraz, and Mr Elvin Jones on drums, a second opinion was long overdue. Recorded over three nights before a relaxed appreciative audience (no jackass stomping hooting or whistling, – apologies to those who welcome the more demonstrative audience ) this live set automatically has you turning the lights down low and joining the audience, a decanter positioned strategically within arms reach.