Trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon (Ethio Cali) drops Jazz on 45 mixtape


Los Angeles trumpeter/arranger/producer powerhouse Todd M. Simon (Quantic/Ethio Cali/Kelis/TV on the Radio/Madlib/Antibalas) is a lover of jazz 45s. He’s assembled a clever mix of jazz 45s that he’s found across the globe, Jazz on 45. Above is the mix he put together prior to a recent trip to Paris where he DJed an all-45 set at Le Mellotron. Track list and write-up by Todd Simon below.

Todd recently collaborated on the new Quantic Presents the Western Transient LP, A New Constellation (Tru-Thoughts).

Track list (write-up by Todd Simon):


Art Blakey

1. Art Blakey “Soul Finger” (Limelight/Mercury)

It would only be fitting to start this mix out with my prized jazz 45 possession. I found this copy along with the full-length LP at the long gone Record Warehouse in my hometown West Los Angeles. This is a rare solo recording of Art Blakey but with usual Jazz Messenger players Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan both co-composing and playing trumpet!!!



2. Willie Bobo “Soul Foo Young” (Now-Again reissue)

Passed on to my by the “Son of Neckbone,” Cypress Hill percussionist and dear friend Eric Bobo. This is a Los Angeles/Afrobeat-sounding jazz gem featuring Dazz Band producer Reggie Andrews on electric piano. Reggie also ran the L.A. Multi-School Jazz Band, which gave birth to the West Coast Get Down featuring current jazz giants Kamasi Washingon, Steven “Thundercat” Bruner, Brandon Coleman, and Ronald Bruner.



3. Reuben Wilson “Orange Peel” (Blue Note)

Jazz diggers are always excited to get their hands on some Blue Note releases. This soulful groover was found at the always amazing Jazz Record Mart in Chicago. I always clear them out when I visit Chicago.



4. Sonny Stitt “Rearin’ Back – Pts. 1 & 2” (Argo/Chess)

Another Chicago find featuring the tasty alto stylings of Sonny Stitt.



5. Astrud Gilberto/Quincy Jones “Who Needs Forever?” (Verve)

Tears fell down my face when I came across this one in Minneapolis. One of my favorite Quincy Jones film scores is The Deadly Affair featuring Astrud Gilberto.



6. Chico Hamilton “Lady E” (Repertory/SESAC)

A solid find with the young talents of Eric Dolphy being utilized by drum master Chico Hamilton. Dolphy composes this chilling blues which exhibits his beautiful playing.



7. Freddie McCoy “Peas ’N’ Rice (Prestige)

This 45 is as delicious as the tile.



8. Jack McDuff “Dit Da Dit” (Chess)

Some modern Chicago jazz/funk led by the powerful organist Jack McDuff.



9. Freddie Hubbard “Red Clay (Part 1)” (CTI)

I was speechless when I found this and still am. One of the tightest jazz/funk breaks ever.



10. Grover Washington, Jr. “Black Frost” (Kudu)

This is the B-side to the classic “Mister Magic.” Note the wonderful sleeve artwork courtesy of Kudu records.



11. Eddie Harris “Listen Here” (Atlantic)

Another Chicago find from one of Chicago’s greats!



12. Art Blakey “Buh’s Bossa” (Limelight/Mercury)

I found it only fitting to round up this mix with the B-side to the opening track. Thanks for listening!


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  1. Love the Willie Bobo track! So groovy!

    – Hoffster

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