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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Library Vol. 1 (Musiche Composte Per il Cinema) !!

This 2005 collection features songs from 1970s Italian films composed
by the legendary Morricone. Selected by the maestro himself, this
18-track compilation presents whimsical pieces from comedies. Those
seeking Ennio's kinetic Western scores or startling horror movie music
should look elsewhere, since this disc focuses on some of the prolific
composer/arranger's most buoyant and melodic work. (from

Track List:
1. Passaporto per l'allegria
2. Ipocrisia
3. Furto-Commedia
4. Sbaglio e ambiguità
5. Giallo e rotativa
6. Pepper chewing-gum
7. A Florinda
8. La bambala
9. 18 Pari
10. L'errore
11. Letto a tre piazze più due
12. Prima di lasciarla
13. Acidamente dolce
14. Pioggia sui tetti
15. Quando arriva l'amore
16. Paurosamente sinistra
17. Questa pazza, pazza corsa
18. Un bacio asfissiante I:II

Ennio Morricone
(1970's career survey)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Invictus Records !!

I'm getting quite a lot of requested re-ups, and I am attempting to
fulfill them all in a timely manner. This compilation, although
states 'Vol. 1', is actually a lone survey of the mighty Invictus
Records: A Detroit based Soul label which was founded by several
former top Motown producers. Makes sense, right? The self-titled
album by 8th Day (post here) was my first exposure to the Invictus
catalog. And, so the love affair began. I came across this CD and
posted it many years ago, however the link is dead, and a few
viewers have asked for a resurrection. The track list can

Invictus Unconquered
(The Best of Invictus Records Vol. 1)

Inner Crisis !!

Re-upped for the third time, this request is a well loved album.
 After his first year studying music theory at the Manhattan School
of Music he began performing regularly with Jackie McLean. After
he graduated he made his first jazz recording, McLean's Right Now!,
which featured two of Willis' compositions.Throughout his career he
has performed with a wide range of musicians, including a stint of seven
years as keyboardist for Blood, Sweat & Tears (beginning in 1972), and
spent several years as pianist for Nat Adderley. Enjoy it, if you hadn't
gotten when I last shared it

Bass – Eddie Gomez, Roderick Gaskin
Composed By, Electric Piano, Piano [Acoustic]– Larry Willis
Drums – Al Foster, Warren Benbow
Guitar – Roland Prince
Mastered By – Sam Feldman
Producer – Sonny Lester
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone –Harold Vick
Trombone – Dave Bargeron

Larry Willis

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Roland Prince !!

I posted these albums back in 2012, when I first started blogging
after stumbling upon CD versions; Well worth the purchase.
The wiki page for Roland is incredibly short, literally stating
'Roland Prince was an Antiguan jazz guitarist. He was born in
St. John's. He died on July 15, 2016 aged 69.' There are
other sources to read about him, and sadly he was a part of
the mass musician exodus that was 2016. 

Bass – Bob Cranshaw (tracks: A2 to B3)
Drums – Al Foster (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B2), Eddie Moore (tracks: A2, A4, B3)
Guitar – Roland Prince
Keyboards – Kenny Barron (tracks: A1, A3 to B3)
Percussion – Al Chalk (tracks: A2 to B3)
Producer – Ed Bland
Saxophone – Frank Foster (tracks: B3 to B3)
Trumpet – Virgil Jones (tracks: A3, B1 to B3)
Written-By – Ed Bland (tracks: B1, B2), Roland Prince (tracks: A1 to A3, B3)

Color Visions

Bass – Bob Cranshaw (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3), David Williams (2) (tracks: B1)
Drums – Al Foster (tracks: B2), Michael Carvin (tracks: B1), Mickey Roker (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Flute – Frank Wiss*
Guitar – Roland Prince
Percussion – Al Chalk (tracks: B2)
Piano – Kenny Barron
Soprano Saxophone – Carter Jefferson (tracks: B1)
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster (tracks: B2), Frank Wiss* (tracks: A1, B3)
Trombone – Clifford Adams (tracks: B1)
Trumpet – Virgil Jones (tracks: B2)

Free Spirit

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Just For Fun !!

Associated for many years with Woody Herman's Herd, in 1965
he joined Count Basie but returned on many occasions to play with
Herman. Around that time he was also a member of Dusko Goykovich's
sextet, together with other musicians associated with the Herd.
Nistico's solo work contrasts his big band acts, being more
oriented towards bebop. He passed away at age 49.

Bass – Günter Lenz
Drums – Joe Nay
Piano – Joe Haider
Producer – Joe Haider
Tenor Saxophone – Sal Nistico

Sal Nistico

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mystery Album #2 !!

All that I will say about this album is that it's absolute killin'
spiritual Jazz. And, it features a man who is now a professor at
TSU in Houston (his native city), and once had work released on
the highly coveted Judnell label, in the 70's: Thomas Meloncon.
He is a successful play write and poet, and also
made some badass music! There are several
other artists to enjoy on this, as well ...

1960 - 70's