Thursday, March 27, 2014

Danny Gatton, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman - NY Stories Vol. 1

For the making of this rare, out-of-print gem from 1992 some stellar performers gathered in NYC to celebrate the time-honored habit of the studio jam session. The gentlemen in question were the great late Danny Gatton on guitar, Bobby Watson on alto sax, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Joshua Redman on tenor sax (on his first recording), Franck Amsallem on piano, Charles Fambrough on bass and Yuron Israel on drums. The concept was that each musician would bring a composition to the studio where it was recorded in the least takes possible in order to convey that live feel. The results might not be of Miles' So What proportions (which was recorded in the exact same way), but these guys show the world what an accomplished jazz player knowing his chops can do in a spontaneous musical situation - a lot. Alas, this splendid idea from the Blue Note label is laying at the bottom of the Ocean of Great Jazz Ideas and a Vol.2 was never released, so we have to cherish Vol.1 we have here as much as we can.   

Track listing

1. Dolly's Ditty
2. Wheel Within A Wheel
3. Ice Maidens
4. Out A Day
5. Mike The Cat
6. The Move
7. A Clear Thought
8. 5/4
9. One For Lenny

Release Date: 1992


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Bhowani said...

Thanks a lot, D3lta, for this post. Totally unknown to me.

MrBill said...

This sounds great! Thank you!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx D3lta. I didn't know Gatton had recorded with jazz personnel.

culturalised said...

Thanks :)

Chris Constantinou said...

Σ' ευχαριστω πολυ,εχεις κανει τρομερη δουλεια μπραβο

Απόλλων said...

Great stuff, thanks!

Starchild said...

Many thanks!

Guelda said...

DG's sound is kind of "anachronic" in jazz context to me. He has huge chops as they say, but that sound is not my cup of tea so it is not as pleasing as it could be (once again: to my ears). This album is interesting and this is a stellar line-up for sure, I'm not crazy about it though.

Anyway thank you very much for sharing this rarity D3lta !