Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland – Two Steps From the Blues

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1. Two Steps From the Blues  
2.  Cry Cry Cry     
3.  I'm Not Ashamed 
4.  Don't Cry No More   
5.  Lead Me On      
6.  I Pity the Fool     
7.  I've Just Got to Forget You 
8.  Little Boy Blue     
9.  St. James Infirmary     
10. I'll Take Care of You  
11. I Don't Want No Woman   
12. I've Been Wrong So Long 
13. How Does a Cheatin' Woman Feel  
14. Close to You

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Wayne McGhie & The Sounds Of Joy – Wayne McGhie & The Sounds Of Joy (1970)

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here’s a reason it’s considered the “Holy Grail” of Toronto Funk. The story behind this album is as amazing as the music itself. It begins in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1947 with the birth of Wilfred “Wayne” McGhie. McGhie first gained notoriety playing on the Island circuit with the likes of the Celestials, Dizzy Barker, and Jimmy Wisdom. In the 1960’s, after the Canadian Government relaxed immigration policies, the streets of Toronto were no longer solely dominated by the white European, Scotts and Irish. Instead there were pockets of immigrant communities springing up all over the city. The Jamaican community used the West Indian Federation Club located on Brunswick Avenue as one of their cultural embassy’s. Or as Harry Gairey wrote, “We felt it would be some place for West Indian girls to go on their day off.”
This is where Jo Jo Bennett was tasked with forming a house band and where our story begins. Bennet recruited McGhie from Jamaica and after gigging at the WIF McGhie began to rise in local prominence. McGhie’s virtuoso was quickly recognized and found him writing songs like, “Chips-Chicken-Banana Split”, performed by Jo-Jo & The Fugatives and, “Mr. Fortune”, performed by the Hitchhikers – both featured on the Jamaica to Toronto compilation.

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Fenton Robinson – Somebody Loan Me A Dime (1974)

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1. Somebody Loan Me a Dime (2:59)
2. Getaway (3:21)
3. Directly from My Heart to You (4:21)
4. Going to Chicago (3:50)
5. You Say You’re Leaving (3:18)
6. Checking on My Woman (3:26)
7. You Don’t Know What Love Is (3:57)
8. I’ve Changed (4:26)
9. Country Girl (4:56)
10. Gotta Wake Up (4:28)
11. Texas Flood (4:22)
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Monterey Jazz Festival – 40 Legendary Years

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DISC 1:
1958
1 –Jimmy Lyons (7) – Dizzy Gillespie Opening / Star Spangled Banner 1:41
2 –Dave Brubeck For All We Know 6:12
3 –Billie Holiday Fine And Mellow 3:30
4 –Gerry Mulligan Blueport 10:40
1960
5 –Cannonball Adderley Blue Daniel 6:32
1964
6 –Thelonious Monk Straight No Chaser 11:16
1965
7 –Duke Ellington Orchestra* Chelsea Bridge 3:54
8 –Charles Mingus Don’t Let It Happen Here 3:52
1971
9 –Oscar Peterson Younger Than Springtime 5:48
10 –Carmen McRae I Wish I Knew 3:25
1973
11 –Dizzy Gillespie With Jon Faddis Manteca 9:22
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