Friday, June 16, 2017


For the next two weeks I'll not be putting up any new
posts. My girlfriend and I are headed to Big Bend
National Park, in far mountainous west Texas. We
plan to camp, rock hunt, and check out some of the
oddball towns like Terlingua and Marfa. Once I re-
turn, I should be refreshed and ready to share some
more music with you all.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dry Your Eyes !!

As was the custom of the day, Brenda & the Tabulations' debut album
was overstuffed with familiar cover versions, which were done respect-
ably; actually, the sultry, drawn-out reading of "Summertime" is really
good, as is the calypso-ish take of the Marvelettes' "Forever." There are
also a few more originals by the Brenda Payton-Maurice Coates team
responsible for "Dry Your Eyes," including the low-charting single "Just
Once in a Lifetime"; this has a similar marriage of doo wop-type vocals
with the lush orchestration for which Philadelphia soul was famous.
The album had yet two more small soul hits in "Stay Together Young
Lovers" and Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You?"

This is yet another album which I scored this week,
while on the hunt in Montrose, Houston, TX.

Brenda & The Tabulations

Friday, June 9, 2017

I'm A Loser !!

I'm a Loser is the standout recording from Southern soul singer Doris Duke;
problem is, it's nearly impossible to find. Originally released on the Canyon
label in 1970, I'm a Loser found only intermittent life on small domestic and
Japanese labels. For fans of the gritty soul style of early Millie Jackson and
Denise La Salle recordings, this title is worth searching for. The 12 medium-
tempo tracks were mostly penned by fellow Southern singer Gary "U.S."
Bonds and producer Jerry Williams Jr. and are executed nicely by a crack
Capricorn Studio band. There's nothing here on the level of Aretha Franklin's
contemporary triumphs for Atlantic either in the quality of the vocals or
material, but Duke's own gospel-imbued voice, with its slightly hoarse
and urgent tone, finds its own niche. The lean, Stax-inspired numbers
also are very decent and even contain Duke's big hit "To the Other
Woman (I'm the Other Woman)." The fate of the love weary is the
main subject matter here and all its attendant drama is not only
captured well by Duke's pleading vocal delivery, but it is unobtru-
sively underscored by the minimal and tasteful string arrangements.
I'm a Loser may be a somewhat obscure title, but it is one that
would fit into any good soul collection.

Yesterday, I ran across a copy of this while on the search for
other records on my bucket-list. And so, here we are. As a
side note, I also found an original pressing of Out of Gas
"But Still Burning by Kashmere Stage Band, for a measly
$10! That's an ultra rare find of Houston funk. Yeesh!

Jesse Carr - Guitar
Doris Duke - Primary Artist (Vocals)
Paul Hornsby - Organ, Piano
Robert "Pops" Popwell - Bass
Richard Rome - String Arrangements
Johnny Sandlin - Drums
Jerry Williams, Jr. - Arranger, Composer, Piano, Producer

Doris Duke
1969 or 70

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Marvin Gaye and His Girls !!

Need I say anything about Marvin Gaye? There's much to read about this
veraciously talented man, so have at it, if you aren't familiar. The saddest
fact of his life is that he was murdered by his father:

At around 12:38 p.m. (PST) on April 1, 1984, while Gaye was in his
bedroom, his father Marvin Gay Sr. shot Gaye in the heart and then in
his left shoulder, the latter shot taken at point-blank range. Minutes
earlier, the two men had been involved in a physical altercation when
Gaye intervened in a fight between his parents. The first shot proved
to be fatal. Gaye was pronounced dead at 1:01 p.m. after his body
arrived at California Hospital Medical Center. -from Wikipedia

Marvin Gaye

Private Hell 36 & The Sweet Smell Of Success OST !!

Two more 1950's era soundtracks to complete my recent theme of posts.

Leith Stevens

The Chico Hamilton Quintet

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Man with the Golden Arm OST !!

One of the finest jazz soundtracks to come out of the '50s, The Man
with the Golden Arm is taken from the Otto Preminger film of the same
name. Preminger was always very jazz influenced, and on this film he
took his chances with Elmer Bernstein. Although the entire film is not
strictly jazz, the awesome dynamics and oddball structure of the music
is very based in the genre. Admittedly, the soundtrack works a little better
with knowledge of the film, but on its own it still shines as an excellent
example of how good film music can get. Bernstein's control over the
smallest details of the music is what gives it the energy it contains; his
blustery horns and deep percussion are only the front while some gorge-
ous orchestration happens almost unnoticed behind the music. Fans of
Bernstein should definitely give this a listen, as should any fans of
mainstream musicians' reaction to the post-bop era of jazz. This
is on par with Henry Mancini's brilliant Touch of Evil score and
Duke Ellington's strikingly similar Anatomy 
of a Murder soundtrack.

Elmer Bernstein

Anatomy of a Murder OST !!

This was Duke Ellington's first film score, undertaken at the urging
of Anatomy of a Murder's director, Otto Preminger. The full range of
the composer's previous work was brought to bear on this 1959 work.
Ellington was a natural choice to convey the rich and varied emotional
moods of this drama. Tension and release, danger and safety, movement
and stillness, darkness and light; the textural palette that was
Ellington's signature was always compellingly cinematic.

In these orchestral settings, Duke's soloists (Cat Anderson, Clark Terry,
Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and others) shine, as their playing reflects
true variations on a theme in a classical sense. That's not to say that this
set doesn't swing, too -- "Happy Anatomy" is a short but fully cranked
gallop. This is an album of rich variety and evocative writing.

Duke Ellington

Friday, June 2, 2017

Touch Of Evil OST !!

Continuing with a 50's era movie soundtrack theme:
Unquestionably one of Mancini's greatest achievements, this score
to the classic 1958 Orson Welles film of scandal and intrigue along
the Mexican border used a lot of appropriate Latin accents: Afro-
Cuban percussion, smoky Tijuana jazz jive, and honky tonking
instrumental jump blues with a strong rock & roll flavor. Both
ominous and exuberant in its evocation of temptation and
deceit, it attracted the specific praise of no less a critic

Henry Mancini

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Odds Against Tomorrow OST !!

Music from Odds Against Tomorrow (also released as Patterns) is an
album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring
interpretations of the soundtrack score for the 1959 motion picture.
It was released on United Artists Records, the label that the films'
production company United Artists just founded two years earlier
for its film soundtracks. The album was recorded with the
Modern Jazz Quartet and a 22-piece orchestra.

Pianist John Lewis wrote and arranged the original score. Although
he had already written music for No Sun in Venice, this was the first
time Lewis—given early 16 mm film proofs—composed along the
story-line rather than delivering “a set of isolated pieces”. Gunther
Schuller, who organized the orchestra for the original soundtrack
recordings, noticed that “it can serve its purpose in the film. But
it can also stand as absolute music apart from the
 original situation.” from Wikipedia

Modern Jazz Quartet

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mystery Album #5 !!

Time for yet another shot in the dark!
Hint: He was hugely influential to Little Richard,
both musically and in style of persona


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tjader Plays Mambo !!

Having finished his tenure with George Shearing in 1954, a thoroughly
Latin-inoculated Cal Tjader took off on his own, recording several
short slices of infectious Latin jazz, from which a dozen were selected
for this album. Many of the selections are standards retrofitted with
percolating Latin rhythms, cut and shaped to fit the old three-minute
limit of 45 or 78 rpm singles. Tjader's crystalline vibes are teamed
with a San Francisco Latin percussion section that lays down the
grooves crisply and succinctly, with an occasional emulation of the
more laid-back Shearing Latin sound ("East of the Sun"). Elsewhere,
Cal experiments with a hot four-man trumpet section on four of the
tracks, the best of which is a rhumba version of "Fascinating Rhythm."
The earliest Tjader-led recording of "Guarachi Guaro" (later known as
"Soul Sauce") is also included here. These seminal tracks helped
launch the Cal Tjader Latin jazz style, and they still sound fresher
than many other such historical landmarks. from

Bass – Carlos Duran
Congas – Edgar Rosales, Luis Miranda
Maracas – Edgar Rosales
Piano, Claves – Manuel Duran
Timbales, Cowbell, Congas – Bayardo Velarde
Trumpet – Al Porcino, Charlie Walp, Dick Collins, John Howell
Vibraphone, Cowbell – Cal Tjader

Cal Tjader
recorded live in
1954 & 1956

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Three Sounds !!

The band formed in Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States, as the
Four Sounds. The original line-up consisted of Gene Harris on piano,
Andrew Simpkins on double bass and Bill Dowdy on drums, along with
saxophonist Lonnie 'The Sound' Walker, who dropped out the following
year. The group moved to Washington and then New York, where, as the
Three Sounds, they cut a record for Riverside Records, before signing an
exclusive contract with Blue Note. Between 1958 and 1962, the group
released nine albums for Blue Note. They toured nationally during this
period, building a large following in jazz clubs across the country. The trio
played and recorded with the likes of saxophonists Lester Young, Lou
Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Stitt, cornet player Nat
Adderley, singer Anita O'Day, and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli,
among others. (from Wikipedia)

Here are six albums by this group to enjoy. Each title has a Discogs
hyperlink to find out more info on it, such as the lineup, etc.







Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dark Shadows OST !!

This collection of recordings related to the '60's ABC-TV Gothic soap
opera includes selections from the original soundtrack, as well as many
un-issued tracks and several released on CD for the first time. Although
the disc obviously has a special appeal for fans of the series, the
arrangements by the Robert Cobert Orchestra are interesting
(whether purely orchestral or with a late-'60's rhythm section)
for those uninterested in the TV series at all. from

I have loved this show since I was a kid; catching the reruns
on late night television. But more than the show, the music
fascinated me. Creepy, Pop-ish, groovy, and harkening
to the Library sounds of any Horror-like, and Soap Opera
show/ movie of that time ...It's stellar. I stumbled upon
this CD just hours ago, and enjoy it so much that I
decided to post it today. Please enjoy!

The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde,
The Robert Cobert Orchestra, et al

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Philosophy Of The Spiritual !!

I recently posted Epistrophy & Now's The Time by
Richard. There, you can learn more about him,
and grab that release. Now onto another of his albums.
I recently won a bid for this on Ebay, and am
quite happy that I did so. I hope you enjoy
it as much as I do.

Bass – Bill Lee, Richard Davis
Drums – Sonny Brown
Guitar – Sam Brown
Percussion – Frankie Dunlop
Piano – Chick Corea

Richard Davis

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Power of Feeling !!

I came across a pristine copy of this album, just yesterday. My guess
is that it remained in such great shape because it was the property of
KTXT FM Radio (the non-commercial station of Texas Tech University
in Lubbock, Texas). Now, how it ended up in Houston would be fun to
find out. Yes, it's in the same state but a drive between the two cities is
520 miles (8 hours)! And, if you know anything about Lubbock, it's not
exactly an area known to have many Jazz listeners. Anyway ... this
albums states that it's by Sir Edward, but that's actually a
pseudonym of Harold Vick. With that being said, you
know it's gonna be a killer. I got this rip years ago
from the fantastic Never Enough Rhodes. If you
aren't hip it this blog, you need to! There, you'll
find a treasure trove of music, and also, much
more in-depth research on the albums. Enjoy

Bongos – Jumma Santos
Drums – David Lee
Electric Bass – Victor Gaskin
Electric Piano, Piano – Joe Bonner
Guitar, Flute – George Davis
Producer, Arranged By, Saxophone, Flute – Sir Edward
Vibraphone – Omar Clay

Sir Edward

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ghettos of the Mind !!

I'm short on time today, so I apologize for the lack of
any info on this post. That being said, this is a
fantastic album to sample, if you're into that.
Soulful, playful, and poet musings; An early
form of rap, over funky sounds. Enjoy!

Bernard Purdie - drums
Cornell Dupree - guitar
Gordon Edwards - bass
Richard Tee - piano
Bama - vocals

Bama The Village Poet

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Joel Andrews !!

Joel Andrews, a spiritual harpist, began his teaching career at the age
of 27 as head of the harp department at the University of Texas. In 1960,
he arrived in San Francisco, where he threw himself into the rich beatnik
scene, the cultural riches of the city, and the spiritual offerings of the
Monterey area. In 1966, he studied with music healer Kay Ortman.
1968 saw Andrews continue his classical concert harp career, which
included a musician-in-residence stint at North Carolina State and a
series of solo concerts. In 1972, he became harpist for the improvis-
ational jazz group the Paul Winter Consort, but the following year,
Andrews withdrew from the formal music world to be a meta-
physical healer. He approaches his music healing through
science (he has worked with noted researcher Marcel Vogel),
symbolism, and working with higher sources. from

Harp - Joel Andrews

Locrian Invocation

Harp - Joel Andrews

Violet Flame

Mystery Album #4 !!

The time has come, yet again. I just pre-ordered this today
and simply have to share it! Smooth, sultry, Yacht music
with hard soul accents. If you're like me, and want to
purchase an LP copy, I'm sure you'll figure out
where to find it. Out of respect, I will only be
keeping the link up for a couple of days,
so grab it while you can. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Epistrophy & Now's The Time !!

Originally from Chicago, Davis began his musical career as a singer 
with his brothers, singing bass in his family vocal trio.  After college,
Davis performed in dance bands. The connections he made led him to
pianist Don Shirley. In 1954 he and Shirley moved to New York City
and performed together until 1956, when Davis began playing with the
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. In 1957, he became part of Sarah Vaughan's
rhythm section, touring and recording with her until 1960. During the
1960s, Davis was in demand in a variety of musical circles. He worked
with many of the cutting edge small jazz groups of the time, including
those led by Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, Andrew Hill, Elvin
Jones and Cal Tjader. From 1966–1972, he was a member of the The
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (now known as the Vanguard Jazz
Orchestra). He has also played with Don Sebesky, Oliver Nelson,
Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and Ahmad Jamal.
After living in New York City for 23 years, he moved to
Wisconsin in 1977, where he became a professor at the
University of Wisconsin–Madison, teaching bass,
jazz history, and improvisation. -from Wikipedia

Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Freddie Waits
Piano – Joe Bonner
Tenor Saxophone – Clifford Jordan
Trumpet – Marvin Peterson

Richard Davis

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two By Jobim !!

Continuing with the Latin Jazz theme: Hearing the two distinctly
different versions of Águas de Março is what compels me to share
these albums. Not much is needed to be said about Antonio, which
you probably don't already know. He, and a handful of other Latin
performers changed music, internationally, once their work broke
out of its respective countries; Imitation followed. That isn't to
say there weren't other Latin musicians of talent and ingenuity.
But, people such as Jobim, and Gilberto, etc. were on top of
their game, by far. What beautiful sounds!

Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor – Claus Ogerman
Artwork [Painting] – Paulo Hermanny Jobim*
Bass – Richard Davis (2), Ron Carter
Composed By – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Concertmaster – Harry Lookotsky*
Drums, Percussion – Airto Moreira, João Palma
Engineer – Frank Laico
Flute – Don Hammond, Jerry Dodgion, Phil Bodner, Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque
Percussion – George Devens
Trombone – Urbie Green


Bass – Luizão Maia
Drums – Paulinho Braga
Electric Piano – Cesar
Guitar – Tom Jobim
Piano – Tom Jobim
Piano - Cesar Camargo Mariano
Vocals – Elis Regina
Written-By – Tom Jobim
Guitar – Helio Delmiro
Guitar - Oscar Castro Neves
Percussion – Chico Batera

Elis & Tom

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marcos Valle !!

I am quite short on time today, so I apologize for the lack
of info, which I usually include with each post. With that
said, I was recently requested to share something Latin.
I first ran across Valle's work when I heard a Madlib
sample from Garra. Needless to say, his work is
stellar, so I bought two reissues put out by the
Light In The Attic label. Here they are.

César Camargo Mariano - Orchestration
Marizinha - Featured Artist, Vocals
Osmar Milito Composer
Dom Salvador - Organ, Piano
Robertinho Silva - Drums
Orlando Silveira - Orchestration
Marcos Valle - Composer, Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals
Paulo Sérgio Valle - Composer
Geraldo Vespar - Guitar, Orchestration


José Roberto Bertrami - Arp Strings, Orchestration, Organ, Synthesizer
Waltel Branco - Orchestration
Vinicius Cantuária - Drums
Ivan Conti - Drums
Cezar De Mercês - Bass
Eumir Deodato - Composer
João Donato - Composer
Sergio Hinds - Guitar
Alex Malheiros - Bass
Marcos Valle - Composer, Fender Rhodes, Guitar, Orchestration, Vocals
Paulo Sérgio Valle - Composer, Production Assistant

Previsão Do Tempo

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mystery Album #3 !!

Time for another shot in the dark. Although, I will say that those
of you who grabbed the previous mystery album will know what
you're getting into, because this is volume one of that series.
Expect more righteous spiritual Jazz! It includes songs by

1960 - 70's

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Soul of Vietnam !!

This is soul born from very confusing and turbulent times. Vietnam
was the Boogieman who could snatch you away to a living nightmare.
Long story short, there is a lot of pain, hope and soul in this compilation
of songs centered around the topic; A Vietnam OST, of sorts. Including
the likes of The Mighty Hannibal, The Impressions and Joe Tex,
it's well worth having. I ran across this CD a few years ago, and
enjoyed the content enough to justify posting it. Enjoy.

1. William Bell-Marching Off To War
2. Roy C-Open Letter To The President
3. The Mighty Hannibal-Hymn #5
4. Joe Tex-I Believe I'm Gonna Make It
5. Johnny And Jon-Christmas In Vietnam
6. The O'Jays-There Is Someone Waiting Back Home
7. The Impressions-Choice Of Colors
8. Joe Tex-When Johnny Comes Marching Home
9. Swamp Dogg-Sam Stone
10. Delia Gartrell-Can't You See What You've Done, Done (Hymn #9)
11. Martha And The Vandellas-I Should Be Proud
12. William Bell-Soldier's Goodbye

Various Artists
1960 - 70's
*released in 1994

Sunday, April 16, 2017

You Know The Feeling .....! !!

First off, I need to thank my friend Money Cat for sharing his file of this
album; The rip is not my doing. I bought a sealed copy of this on Ebay
the other week, based on the fact that he is a Texas Jazz artist who
resides/ plays in Austin. He worked at IBM, playing gigs on the side
until he was approached by Lionel Hampton to tour in Europe and
NYC, taking a hiatus from his job to do so. He then returned to
Austin and "almost became a musical recluse, not performing
again until 1977". He was then asked to play for Ray Charles,
which he quickly accepted, and soon received a Grammy nom.
for writing an arrangement of "Some Enchanted Evening".
More info on him can be found here.

Keyboards, Vocals - James Polk
Bass - Larry Ball
Guitar - Juewett Bostic
Drums - Mike Bayer
Flugelhorn - Al White
Flugelhorn - Stuart Aptekar
Soprano Sax  - Rickey Woodard
Tenor Sax - Mark Rowland
Trombone - Fred Wesley
Handclaps - James Polk, Rickey Woodard, Al White
Background Vocals - Ann Johnson, Debbie Ketchens

James Polk & Co.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sharing Issues

Well, Dropbox says that I'm receiving too much traffic, so
my files have been suspended. I like to use Dropbox because
you viewers have no concern over getting a virus, or have to
deal with pop ups. Until I figure out how else I'd like to share
the music with you all, I apologize for the inconvenience


Black Jazz Records Discography !!

Co-founded in 1971 by Gene Russell (pianist) along with Dick Schoryl.
Russell founded the label as an alternative to traditional jazz, invoking a
more political and spiritual tone often with funk overtones. Black Jazz
released various types of music including funk, free jazz, and soul jazz.
According to a 1974 Billboard Magazine, one of the label's more successful
artists, Doug Carn, sold more records than Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis.
The label existed for six years during its first run, and ended following the
death of Russell. In the early 1990s the label and its catalog were purchased
by James Hardge. While only one new album by Doug Carn was
released, the entire catalog was reissued on CD. -from

Gene Russell - New Direction 1971
Walter Bishop, Jr. - Coral Keys 1971
Doug Carn - Infant Eyes 1971
Rudolph Johnson - Spring Rain 1971
Calvin Keys - Shawn-Neeq 1971
Chester Thompson - Powerhouse 1971
Henry Franklin - The Skipper 1972
Doug Carn - Spirit Of The New Land 1972
The Awakening - Hear, Sense And Feel 1972
Gene Russell - Talk To My Lady 1973
Rudolph Johnson - The Second Coming 1973
Kellee Patterson - Maiden Voyage 1973
Walter Bishop, Jr. - Keeper Of My Soul 1973
Doug Carn - Revelation 1973
The Awakening - Mirage 1973
Doug Carn - Adam's Apple 1974
Henry Franklin - The Skipper At Home 1974
Calvin Keys - Proceed With Caution! 1974
Roland Haynes - The Second Wave 1975
Cleveland Eaton - Plenty Good Eaton 1975

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bonus: Max & Abbey !!

This is a gathering of audio that I found of the live performance
of We Insist!, which was broadcast on Belgian television.
Although, not an official album, it is simply breathtaking.
I took the liberty to create a cover for it.

Abbey Lincoln, vocals
Clifford Jordan, tenor sax
Coleridge Perkinson, piano
Eddie Khan, bass
Max Roach, drums

Max Roach feat. Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln !!

Not only did she sing, she also acted, appearing in Mission: Impossible,
and Spike Lee's movie Mo’ Better Blues, playing the young Bleek's
mother, Lillian. Abbey was married to Max Roach for 8 years, and
that union created some highly regarded music such as It's Time (1961)
and the brilliant, Civil Rights themed We Insist! (1960). Her solo
albums from the 50's-70's are considered crowning achievements,
and that's where this post picks up. Here are four albums
by this atrociously talented woman.

Performing Freedom Suite
with Max Roach

That's Him!

Bass – Paul Chambers (3), Wynton Kelly (tracks: B4)
Drums – Max Roach
Piano – Wynton Kelly
Saxophone – Sonny Rollins
Trumpet – Kenny Dorham

Abbey Is Blue

Double Bass – Bobby Boswell* (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5), Sam Jones (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4)
Drums – Philly Joe Jones* (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4), Max Roach (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Flute – Les Spann (tracks: A5)
Guitar – Les Spann (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4)
Piano – Cedar Walton (tracks: A3, B1), Phil Wright (tracks: B2 to B4), Wynton Kelly (tracks: A2, A4)
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Trombone – Julian Priester (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Trumpet – Kenny Dorham (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4), Tommy Turrentine (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

Straight Ahead

Bass – Art Davis
Drums – Max Roach
Engineer – Bob d'Orleans
Piano – Mal Waldron
Reeds – Eric Dolphy
Supervised By [Supervision], Liner Notes [1961] – Nat Hentoff
Tenor Saxophone – Coleman Hawkins, Walter Benton
Trombone – Julian Priester
Trumpet – Booker Little
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

People In Me

Bass – Kunimitsu Inaba
Congas – James Mtume
Drums – Al Foster
Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki
Sopranino Saxophone – David Liebman
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln