Altoist/flutist Bud Shank and Brazilian acoustic guitarist Laurindo Almeida first teamed up in the 1950s to create music that predated but strongly hinted at bossa nova. In 1974, they reunited to form the L.A. Four with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Chuck Flores. With Shelly Manne and later Jeff Hamilton replacing Flores on drums, the L.A. Four recorded eight albums for Concord through 1982, breaking up shortly afterward. Their mixture of cool-toned bop, Brazilian-oriented music, and ballads was quite attractive. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
While not of Kind of Blue stature this excellent live recording delivers the goods in spades, these hardened veterans play their hearts out and sonics are top-notch easily transferring the listener to the Montreux Auditorium ~itsartolie ”
Track Listing 1. I Love You 9:17 2. Hammertones 7:37 3. Just in Time 6:55 4. Return of Captain Gallo 9:23 5. Duke's Mélange: I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Caravan/Take the 'A' Train/Rockin' in Rhythm 14:59
Personnel Bud Shank Laurindo Almeida Ray Brown Jeff Hamilton
Two cuts ('Round about Midnight and Missile Blues) from Wes Montgomery's meteoric entrance into the jazz world with his first LP as a leader (The Wes Montgomery Trio - A Dynamic New Sound) released in 1959 on this rare 7 inch EP from Riverside's Extended Play series. Montgomery is in the company of Melvin Rhyne on B-3 organ and Paul Parker on drums.
This 45rpm EP sounds much better than the OJC LP and CD.
1. 'Round About Midnight (T. Monk) 4:49 2. Missile Blues (W. Montgomery) 5:57
Wes Montgomery, guitar Melvin Rhyne, organ Paul Parker, drums
Every jazz lover and his dog knows this one, it is easily the most recognizable Blue Note album, and understandably so. The groove is low down (and dirty sometimes), the interplay between these top-notch musicians is exemplary, a perfect companion for those relaxing, late-night sessions with the proverbial scotch at hand. Even the late Stevie Ray Vaughan covered the famous Chitlins con Carne (albeit not very successfully). Here's your chance to taste the real thing the way it was supposed to be heard in its original 1963 monophonic version from my private collection (complete with surface noise here and there, perfect for evoking that all-important time capsule effect)...
1. Chitlins con Carne 2. Mule 3. Soul Lament 4. Midnight Blue
5. Wavy Gravy 6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You 7. Saturday Night Blues
Kenny Burrell – guitar Stanley Turrentine – tenor saxophone Major Holley – bass Billy Gene English – drums Ray Barretto – conga
Rudy van Gelder - engineer Alfred Lion - producer Reid Miles – cover design, typography Francis Wolff – photography, cover photo
Recorded on Jan. 7, 1963, Blue Note BLP 4123
*NB - This is an LP rip of the original 47-year old LP in 24bit-96khz high resolution
One of the most lyrical works of this most original of contemporary jazz pianists lovingly recorded by the audiophile Danish SteepleChase label.
Track Listing 1. I'm Glad There Is You 2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3. Lover Man 4. All The Things You Are 5. Long Ago And Far Away 6. Black And Blue 7. How Long Has This Been Going On 8. A.R.B. 9. Blues Waltz 10. I Wish I Knew 11. If I'm Lucky 12. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To 13. I Can't Get Started 14. The Theme 15. Becky 16. Bolivar Blues 17. Goodbye
Personnel Billy Hart (drums); Jesper Lundgaard (bass); Paul Bley (piano)
Recorded at Sound Track Studios, Copenhagen, December 8, 1985
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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