Sep 23, 2016

Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery - Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes (Verve 60th Aniversary Japan 24 bit Mini-LP Edition)(1966)

Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery - Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes (Verve 60th Aniversary Japan 24 bit Mini-LP Edition)(1966)
(Verve Japan, issued 2004)
This is the sort of thing that will place high in the results of an internet search on the phrase "roots of acid jazz." Organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery were already titans of the jazz world before they teamed up, and FURTHER ADVENTURES, their second album together, enhanced the legends of both men. For the most part, it's a slow-burning affair full of simmering grooves, laid-back solos, and hypnotic riffs. The tone is exemplified by a mellow jazz/bossa nova version of the '60s pop hit "Call Me," digging deeply into a loungey feel. Interestingly, though, bop boss Montgomery pulls the bluesy Smith into his own axis on a version of "'Round Midnight" (not included in Japan version) that finds Smith venturing into more harmonically adventurous territory than usual.
1. "King of the Road" (Roger Miller)
2. "Maybe September" (Percy Faith, Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)
3. "O.G.D. (aka Road Song)" (Wes Montgomery)
4. "Call Me" (Tony Hatch)
5. "Milestones" (Miles Davis)
6. "Mellow Mood" (Jimmy Smith)

Recorded in New York on September 21 & 28, 1966. Originally issued on Verve (8766).

Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Jerome Richardson (flute, clarinet, woodwinds); Danny Bank (flute, bass clarinet, woodwinds, baritone saxophone); Bob Ashton (flute, woodwinds, tenor saxophone); Phil Woods (clarinet, woodwinds, alto saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Jimmy Maxwell (trumpet); Dick Hixson, Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston, Quentin Jackson (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Grady Tate (drums); Ray Barretto (percussion).

Ted Dunbar-Gentle Time Alone (1991)

Ted Dunbar-Gentle Time Alone (1991)
(SteepleChase record, Japan Version, issued 1992)

Ted Dunbar is one of many talented jazz artists who is better known for his teaching career than as a performer, though he had plenty to offer when he took part in an occasional recording session. The guitarist leads a quartet (with bassist Ray Drummond, pianist Mickey Tucker, and drummer David Jones) through nine originals, adding flutist Dotti Anita Taylor on two selections. The comparisons to Wes Montgomery are immediate, with a strong tone and a fluid hard bop feeling. Among the highlights are the upbeat "Land of the Rising Sun" and the funky but intricate "Convergent Blues II." Sadly, this release turned out to be his final recording as a leader prior to his death in 1998. - by Ken Dryden

1. On The Bright Side
2. Neeta
3. Land Of The Rising Sun
4. On Return
5. Gentle Time Alone
6. D Flat Rhythm Song
7. Convergent Blues II
8. Tight-Loose
9. In Reverence

Ray Drummond (bass)
Ted Dunbar (guitar)
David Jones (drums)
Mickey Tucker (piano)

Sep 21, 2016

Nguyên Lê PURPLE - Celebrating Jimi Hendrix

ACT 9410-2 Nguyên Lê PURPLE - Celebrating Jimi Hendrix
Recorded at Studio Davout, Studio Louxor, Paris, France and Systems Two, New York, New York between May & June 2002.

Personnel: Nguyen Le (synhtesizer, guitar); Terri Lyne Carrington (vocals, drums); Aida Khann, Corin Curschellas (vocals); Bojan Zulfikarpasic (piano, Fender Rhodes pinao); Meshell Ndegeocello, Michel Alibo (electric bass); Karim Ziad (percussion).

1.    1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
2.    Manic Depression - (African Languages)
3.    Are You Experienced
4.    Purple Haze5.    Burning of the Midnight Lamp
6.    If 6 Was 9 - (African Languages)
7.    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - (African Languages)
8.    South Saturn Delta
9.    Up From the Skies
10.    Third Stone From the Sun

Sep 19, 2016

Doug Raney - Back In New York (1997)

Doug Raney - Back In New York
(Steeplechase Records., issued 1997)
The quartet featured in this 1996 recording session for Steeplechase was put together on the spot in New York, just for this date, though Doug Raney and his rhythm section quickly made themselves sound as if they were a regular working group. Raney's approach to the guitar is often spacious on ballads, never too busy on up-tempo numbers, and always focused around the melody. Accompanied by pianist Michael Weiss, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Kenny Washington, the quartet's head arrangements of the seven standards on the CD seem to come together effortlessly. The intimate approach to "Skylark" starts slowly, but gives way to a brisk, more complex development of its theme. The rhythm section swirls behind Raney in a driving rendition of "All or Nothing at All," and also features a fine solo by Weiss. Of particular interest is Raney's careful development of "I'm Old Fashioned." Highly recommended. -by Ken Dryden

1. I'm Old Fashioned
2. For Heaven's Sake
3. Touch of Your Lips, The
4. Skylark
5. All or Nothing at All
6. I Wanna Talk About You
7. Get out of Town

Doug Raney (guitar)
Scott Colley (bass)
Kenny Washington (drums)
Michael Weiss (piano)

Sep 18, 2016

Jimmy Raney & Doug Raney - Nardis - To Bill Evans (Vinyl Rip)(1983)

The son of legendary guitarist Jimmy Raney, Doug Raney has understandably been heavily influenced by his father. He's an impressive soloist, and utilizes almost identical full tones, crisp chording, and fluid voicings. He made his first recording with his father and Al Haig in the mid-'70s, then did duo dates with his dad in the late '70s. Raney recorded for Steeplechase in the '70s and '80s, and Criss Cross in the '80s. He recorded with Chet Baker and Bernt Rosengren, and played in Horace Parlan's band. Raney has a couple of sessions available on CD.

1. There'll Never Be Another You
2. I Can't Get Started
3. All God's Children Got Rhythm
4. What's New
5. Nardis
6. Easy To Love

Doug Raney (guitar)
Jimmy Raney (guitar)

Sep 17, 2016

Gary Peacock and Bill Frisell - Just So Happens (1994)

Pairing two Jazz & music legends, this CD, Gary Peacock & Bill Frisell: Just So Happens, presents the fascinating combination of celebrated bassist Gary Peacock with eclectic guitar guru Bill Frisell. Together, the duo construct original compositions, play a poignant, affecting version of "Good Morning Heartache," and surprise the listener with their fresh interpretations of two traditional American tunes, "Home on the Range" and " Red River Valley." Just So Happens also features Peacock playing bowed bass for the first time on a recording since his work with Albert Ayler in the 1960's.
"4 Stars…Peacock turns in a masterful, always musical performance, and…
his warm, woody tone [is recorded] with exceptional presence and depth.”
- Down Beat Magazine
One the most melodically inclined bassist in Jazz, Gary Peacock has become a renowned figure in Jazz by performing his daring, warm yet big, fluid yet pensive, bass sounds alongside renowned musicians such as Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and Keith Jarrett. His collaborator for this musical expedition is the famed guitarist Bill Frisell. Whether performing classic Jazz standards with Elvis Costello or ambient musings & abstractions alongside John Zorn, Bill Frisell’s style is uncontainable. His awesome technique and ability to control the timbres and harmonics of his instrument creates a astonishingly original sound that transcends the constraints of style, making the resonances from his guitar recognizable whether he is playing Jazz, Folk, World or Rock music.
"a riveting duet…for its wealth of uncanny empathy, liberal doses of chance-taking, and raw-boned musicality, Just So Happens is one of the finest jazz albums of the year."                                                                                                     - Jazziz
For this Postcards CD, Gary Peacock & Bill Frisell: Just So Happens, Bill Frisell, who plays both acoustic & electric guitar on the recording, and Bass giant Gary Peacock create an imaginative album that while simultaneously respecting and reflecting the influence of Jazz, also constructs a new music that pushes past its traditional boundaries. In short, the recording is a magical collaboration between two astounding artists.


 1. Only Now
 2. In Walked Po
 3. Wapitis Dream
 4. Home on the Range I
 5. Home on the Range II
 6. Through a Skylight
 7. Red River Valley
 8. Reciprocity
 9. Good Morning, Heartache
10. N.O.M.B.
11. Just So Happens

Gary Peacock - bass
Bill Frisell - guitars

Sep 16, 2016

Jimmy Smith - At The Organ Vol.3 (Japan Edition, TOCJ 6537)(1956)

One of Jimmy Smith's earliest recordings for Blue Note, 1956's AT THE ORGAN, VOLUME 3 presents the innovative Hammond player backed by guitarist Thornel Schwartz and drummer Donald Bailey. This spare setting allows Smith to run amok on the keys with his trademark abandon, while always keeping things anchored to a tight, steady groove. His adventurous take on Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" is a total showstopper complemented later in the album by Smith's own tribute to the enigmatic pianist, "Slightly Monkish," which stays true to its title by laying down a quirky melody and a sauntering cadence. Other tracks find Smith and company tackling standards such as "Autumn Leaves" and "My Funny Valentine," but always with an enthusiasm and sense of invention that keep them lively and far from rote. Although this disc doesn't hit on Smith's funkiest playing, which would come in later decades, it reveals the roots of his renowned sound.

1    Judo Mambo        
2    Willow Weep For Me            
3    Lover Come Back to Me
4    Well, You Needn't            
5    Fiddlin' the Minors        
6    Autumn Leaves
7    I Cover the Waterfront

Jimmy Smith (organ); Thornel Schwartz (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).

Jimmy Smith - The Champ (a.k.a A New Sound A New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ Volume 2)(Japan Edition,TOCJ 6567)(1956)

A New Sound A New Star: Jimmy Smith at the Organ Volume 2 (also released as The Champ) is the second album by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the Blue Note label.[1] The album was rereleased on CD combined with Smith's debut LP A New Sound... A New Star... and the following The Incredible Jimmy Smith at the Organ.

1. The Champ     
2. Bayou           
3. Deep Purple   
4. Moonlight in Vermont   
5. Ready 'N Able       
6. Turquoise
7. Bubbis

Jimmy Smith – organ, Thornel Schwartz – guitar, Bay Perry – drums

Jimmy Smith At The Organ Volume 1 (Japan Edition,TOCJ 6571)(1957)

There is a fair amount of variety on this jam session LP. Organist Jimmy Smith plays "Summertime" in duet with altoist Lou Donaldson and, with guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Art Blakey completing the all-star quartet, performs swinging versions of "Yardbird Suite," "There's a Small Hotel" and Burrell's "All Day Long." The music (which has been reissued on CD in a Mosaic box set) will be enjoyed by bop fans even though nothing all that essential occurs. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

1. Summertime
2. There's A Small Hotel
3. All Day Long
4. Yardbird Suite

Jimmy Smith (Organ), Kenny Burrell (Guitar), Lou Donaldson (Sax (Alto)), Donald Bailey (Drums), Art Blakey (Drums), , Eddie McFadden (Guitar)

Sep 15, 2016

Kenny Burrell - Generation (1986)

Kenny Burrell - Generation (1986)
(Blue Note records , issued 1987)

On this set, Kenny Burrell teams up with a couple of younger players in what he calls his "Jazz Guitar Band." The only trouble is that it is next to impossible to tell Burrell apart from Rodney Jones or Bobby Broom; they all sound nearly alike. With bassist Dave Jackson and drummer Kenny Washington giving the three guitarists fine support, the result is some fine bop-oriented music (on such songs as "High Fly," "Jumpin' the Blues" and "Fungii Mama"), but little that is very memorable. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

01 Announcements
02 Generation
03 High Fly Weston
04 Jumpin' the Blues
05 Lover Man
06 Medley
07 Mark 1
08 So Little Time
09 Fungii Mama

Kenny Washington Drums
Bobby Broom Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Kenny Burrell Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
David Jackson Bass
Rodney Jones Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
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