O'MAR – You've Got The Makings (Chrome, 198?)

O'mar – You've Got The Makings
Chrome Records – CR-61214
US, 1980s
private press

A1 You've Got The Makings
B1 Let's Be Lovers

Produced and Written By Don O'mar Boddie

Durius Montgomery
Jimmy Hinds
Oliver Sain
Philip Westmoreland
John Selders
David Foote
St. Louis Horns
Paula Smith

art by Helen Gamel / photos by Elcardo
Chrome - The Sound of St. Louis

MIKE ZIKOVICH – Makin' Waves (Golden Eagle Records, 1978)

Mike Zikovich – Makin' Waves
Golden Eagle Records - R 1014
US, 1978
private press

A1 Makin' Waves
A2 To See You Again
A3 Pied Piper
A4 Got To Be In You
B1 You Are So Beautiful/Everytime You Touch Me
B2 Rock Island Rocket
B3 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
B4 Big Band Medley
B5 This Girl I Knew

Mike Zikovich – Hammond B-3, Hohner Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Mini-Moog, Arp Omni, Arp Axxe, Art Pro Soloist, Arp String Ensemble, acoustic piano
Jim McCury – drums, congas, timbales, bell tree, triangle, cow bell


ROBERT AARON - Datura (Artichoke, 1980s)

Robert Aaron - Datura
Artichoke Records - Artichoke 201
US, 1980s
private press

A1 Crystal and Infrared
A2 Network in Shade
B1 Agent Grapefruit
B2 Jungle


ROBERT AARON/MICHAEL CURRAN/KEITH NICOLAY - The Last Ten Minutes (Artichoke Records, 1985)

Robert Aaron - Michael Curran - Keith Nicolay – The Last Ten Minutes
Artichoke Records – 202
US, 1985
private press

I Interruption
II Grand Finale
III Conclusion

Robert Aaron - siel synthesizer, tack piano
Michael Curran - piano, fender-rhodes, kalimba
Keith Nicolay - acoustic guitar, flute, piano

"The Last Ten Minutes may (1) refer to the fly with its head trapped in the vortex, pictured on the front cover, (2) depict an apocalypse in which case 'Grand Finale' (side 1, band 2) should be retitled 'Disquiet at the Council of Trenton', or (3) represent the last ten minutes (in the mundane sense) of anybody the listener knows, described either (a) inappropriately or (b) with an obscuring plethora of detail.
The synthesizer mediates among sounds which parallel, without imitating, those of the guitar and sometimes multiphonic flute, sounds of purely electro-mechanical nature, and keyboard-related sonorities.
In 'Grand Finale', the three keyboards sometimes behave as one multi-stopped instrument, sometimes quarrell.
In 'Conclusion', the keys of the processed Kalimba (African thumb-piano) are most-often snapped upside-down.
In all three pieces, discourses are frequently polyrhythmic and often disruptive.  All ratios are intentional, no matter how irrationally described mathematically.  The harmonies, while quite chromatic, combine in the spirit of harmolodic improvisation.  From time to time, they allude to modes, while avoiding their syntax.
Both group improvisations on side one were accomplished in a single sitting, while side two discreetly adds overtracks as it progresses." – Robert Aaron


CARLOS BELTRÁN - Jericó (not on label, 1987)

Carlos Beltrán - Jericó
not on label - MA 671
Mexico, 1987
private press

A1 Edades Obscuras
A2 El ciego de Jericó
B1 Cuentos y relatos del País de las nieves
B2 1519


ARIK RUDICH - Mantra (not on label, 1987)

Arik Rudich - Mantra
not on label - LP77
Israel, 1987
private press

A1 Code of Silence
A2 Final Farewell
A3 Nightmare
A4 Longing
A5 Contaminated
B1 Innocence
B2 Mantra
B3 100 Gates
B4 Last Part

Arik Rudich - piano, e. piano, cp-80, linn drum, dx-7, tx-7, fairlight ii, fairlight iii, obx-8 oberheim, matrix 12, mini moog, p.p.g-2,3, yamaha cs70m, synclavier ii, prophet 5, percussion, atari st. programming, tape


PRINCE BILLY MAHDI WRIGHT - You Got Dat Wright (Raenii, 1982)

Prince Billy Mahdi Wright - You Got Dat Wright
Raenii - RA-037
US, 1982
private press

A1 Tune Weaver
A2 You Got Dat Wright
A3 Excuse Me
B1 Summer Love (or Verano De Amor)
B2 79th Street Blues (or Concert In Woo)
B3 Love Dream (Or Reve D'Amour)

Billy Mahdi - tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, bells, kalimba
Corky McClerkin - piano
Eldee Young - bass
Ruben D'Andrea - drums
Newson Otis - trumpet
Dave Baldwin - sax
Bruce Thompson - synthesizer
Eve Garnett, Brenda Sims, Ozana Chavis - vocals


JOËL + ZÉKLE - Cé Ou Minm' ! (Zekle Music, 198?)

Joël + Zéklè - Cé Ou Minm' !
Zekle Music - ZR 701
Haiti, 1980s
private press

A1 Moin Rinmin Ou
A2 Repon'moin
A3 Chin'
B1 Cé Ou Minm'
B2 Misik Sa
B3 Zel

Joël Widmaier - lead vocal, batterie, percussion, syndrom, tympani, guitare acoustique
Mushy Widmaier - piano acc. yamaha, fender rhodes, korg, mellotron, synthetiseurs, yamaha cs 15, cs15 d
Joe (T.T.) Charles - basse électrique
Claude Marcelin - guitares électriques (solo & accompagnement)
Raoul Denis, Jr. - korg, mellotron, orgue yamaha elea
Artistes Invités - Jacqueline Denis, vocal dans Misik SA / Gary Shore, sax solo dans Zel & Misik SA

Musiciens additionnels:
Arius Joseph - tambour
Ti George - gong
Ralph Boncy - Guitare accoustique dans Misik SA
Patrick Déjean - Whistling dans Moin Rinmin Ou
Gary Shore - alto & tenor sax
Jacques Fatier - trompette
Andrew Washington - trombone
Jacqueline Denis
Joël & Mushy Widmaier
Philippe Simpson & Ben Leon

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FERNANDO TOUSSAINT - S/T (Discos Alebrije, 1983)

Fernando Toussaint - Fernando Toussaint
Discos Alebrije - A-8301
Mexico, 1983
private press

A1 Maria
F.T. - bajo, batería, guitarra, piano, sintetizador, percusiones y coros
Jorge Conroy - guitarra de 12 cuerdas
Eugenio Toussaint - sintetizador y Fender rhodes
Jorge Peña - piano
Cecilia Toussaint y Adolfo Cantu - coros

A2 Fase Mor
F.T. - piano, guitarra, batería, bajo y percusiones
Jorge Peña - piano, órgano y percusiones
Eugenio Toussaint - sintetizador

A3 Verano En Nueva York
F.T. - bajo, batería,  piano, voz, percusiones y coros
Arno Gonzalez, Jorge Peña - percusiones
Moby Villarreal - bajo
Cecilia Toussaint - voz y coros
Adolfo Cantu - coros
Jorge Peña - piano
Beto Delgado - faltas

A4 Como En Casa
Jorge Conroy - guitarra de 12 cuerdas
F.T. - guitarra de 6 cuerdas

A5 Si Perdiera La Vida
F.T. - pianos y sintetizadores
Beto Delgado - flautas
Jorge Peña - piano

B1 Introduccion
F.T. - bajo, batería, piano, sintetizador y guitarra
Netz Calderon - guitarra
Beto Delgado - sax soprano y flautas

B2 Recuerdos Del Abuelo
(dedicado a la memoria de F.T.B.)
F.T. - bajo, guitarra, batería, piano (solo), sintetizador y percusiones
Netz Calderon - guitarra
Beto Delgado - flautas

B3 Vista Del Mar
F.T. - piano, bajo (melódico), batería, voz, percusiones y coros
Beto Delgado - flauta
Jorge Peña - piano
Eugenio Toussaint - sintetizador
Adolfo Cantu y Cecilia Toussaint - coros

B4 Te Pareces Al Espejo
(o las entrañas del Anfioxus)
F.T. - batería, voz y percusiones
Jorge Peña - tumbadora y quinto
Arno Gonzalez - percusiones

Privately released in 1983 on the private label Discos Alebrije in Mexico, this self-titled album by Fernando Toussaint shows a unique and little known part of music history.  All compositions are originals by Toussaint with him playing up to 6 instruments on some, ranging from leftfield prog-y funk with synth solos to breezy vocals and latin percussion.  For all the footwork heads, there's also a DJ Rashad sample hiding on 'Si Perdiera La Vida'. 


GYAMFI - Osibi Music (Nubian, 1988)

Gyamfi - Osibi Music
Nubian - NBN 1225
Canada, 1988
private press

A1 Awaa-Waa-Tuu
A2 Ebe Ye Yie
B1 Ewuraba Lucy
B2 Sika Asem
B3 Efri Tete

Gyamfi - guitars, vocals, congas, apentema, cabasa
Daniel Kofi Jefferson - bass guitar
Jurgen Dahmen - keyboards
Charles Amoah - drums, backing vocals
Ansumana Bangura - congas
Ampofo Acquah - backing vocals
Frank Kojo - congas, openten, talking drums, cowbells
Peter Krick - linndrum programming, timbales


Recorded in Dusseldorf, West Germany with a mixed personnel of German and African musicians, this 1988 private press synthy highlife album is one of only a handful of known recordings by Ghanaian guitarist Rex Gyamfi.  Although likely also a German pressing, this copy was pressed in Toronto by Nubian Productions.  Not your average highlife here, with electronic drums, synth and a boogie feel on a few tracks.