Baby, I'm For Real

Rico J. Puno


PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):

Baby, I’m For Real - Rico J. Puno (1977)

Rico J. + Marvin Gaye = Taglish Soul

Taken from Rico Baby from 1977.  First recorded in 1969 by The Originals and written by Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye.


The Cotabato Sessions, a film and music album featuring the Kalanduyan family legacy from Cotabato City,Mindanao, Philippines

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A collaboration with composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra featuring the music of Mindanao, Philippines.  Help us share this brilliant music to the world by helping us complete the film’s post production and the finishing of the music album accompanying it.

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It’s Christmas A-Wreath-a Franklin time. #whosezoominwho

Incantations and Jams

  1. Kokoro - Hiroshima

  2. Incantation - Dizzy Gillespie w/Lalo Shifrin

  3. Crab Apple - Idris Muhammad

  4. Ziggidy Zag - Gabor Szabo

  5. Memories - Roy Ayers Ubiquity

  6. Home Made Jam - Bobbi Humphrey

  7. I Shot the Sheriff - Deodato

  8. A Chording to the People - Mary Watkins

  9. A Lovely Day - Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi

Joe Cruz and the Cruzettes


PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):

Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi - Joe Cruz and the Cruzettes (1975)

Quintessential Manila show band, Joe Cruz and the Cruzettes were the house band for the Manila Hyatt-Regency Hotel during the 70’s and recorded several LP’s for the Vicor Music Corp.  Their blend of Latin Jazz and Bossa Nova recall the bands of Sergio Mendez while their pop influences conjure up the harmonies of the 5th Dimension.  That sound is no more apparent as in this Bossa / Cha Cha track written by Willy Cruz (Producer) and Ernie de la Pena.  Starting with a slightly out of place synthesizer intro but quickly going into the Bossa rythym and then Cruzette’s dreamy harmonies.  The track will transport you to a 1975 lounge at the Manila Hotel sipping cocktails and carousing with locals and tourists into the wee hours.

Mellow tempo steady on mix

OPST / George Maple
the duo (ft. Sango) / Atu
Scarlett Groove (ft. Saint Saviour) / Maribou State
On & On (ft. George Maple) / Snakehips
Spoons (Two Inch Punch Remix) (ft. Syron & Mnek) / Rudimental
Pomslap / Pomrad
Only This Moment (Satin Jackets Mix) / The Socialites
The Magic Of You / Ralph Myerz
That’s Saying A Lot / Christine McVie
Box Number 10 / Jim Croce
Inspiration Information / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Live Studio Session Reel 15 Break 5 / Pretty Lights

Some mobile photos from a recent trip to the Grand Canyon.  Click on above link for more photos.

Congress Alley

The New Minstrels



PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):

Congress Alley - The New Minstrels (1974)

I recently bought this record mainly for the promise of a funky version of the Aretha Franklin track “Rock Steady” but instead was completely floored by their take on “Congress Alley” and that song’s lineage. 

Quick history.  The New Minstrels was popular Filipino showband (cover band) that recorded seven records and toured consistently before disbanding in the 80’s.  They were mostly known for a wide variety of covers from pop standards, Philippine classics, and jazz.  Their record “1” which I believe (wild guess) is their first record however, featured soul funk covers such as the Aretha song, a Billy Preston track and this soul groove nugget “Congress Alley.”

History on “Congress Alley.”  This song was first recorded by 60’s Massachusetts psychedelic band called Orpheus.  The title of the song was eventually adopted as the name of a Philadelphia funk soul band in the 70’s.  The band Congress Alley recorded their version of “Congress Alley” in 1973.  Interestingly enough, the band consisted of husband and wife duo Lee and Jacqui Andrews who are also the parents of The Roots’ Questlove.   This version by The New Minstrels remains true to Congress Alley’s version.  It’s seductive, psych and soulful.  Enjoy.

Be Two People

remnants. 3am mix

downtempo tech house d&b acid jazz re-edits

One weird mix. Eric Dolphy, Bernardo Bernardo, Catherine Deneuve, Natural Self, Bayanihan Dance Company, et al.



Alalahanin - Bernardo Bernardo (from Sinta soundtrack)


Mistakes - Tindersticks

Journey 1 - Max Richter

He Needs Me - Shelley Duvall (from Popeye soundtrack)

Catherine Deneuve & Nino Castelnuovo (from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg soundtrack)

We’ve Only Just Begun - Miss Donna Parker

Still - Volcano Choir

Satyricon - The David Amram Quintet (from Interpretations of Nino Rota’s Music from Films of Fellini)

Improvisations and Tukras - Eric Dolphy

Arrangements for Percussion Player (by Ichiyanagi) - Sumire Yoshihara

Double Music - John Cage, Lou Harrison

Dance of the Seven Gongs - Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company

The Lament - Natural Self