domingo, 23 de abril de 2017

Legends of Acid Jazz • Hammond Heroes

Review by Richie Unterberger
Very good compilation of 13 soul-jazz cuts from the Prestige vaults featuring the Hammond B-3 organ, recorded between 1959 and 1967. Some of the names (Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes") are pretty well known to fans of the style, but others are not. It's also a useful disc because it has key sides on which McDuff, Larry Young, John Patton, and others were playing as sidemen to non-keyboardist leaders, and thus might be overlooked by collectors of the style. Willis Jackson's "Pool Shark" (with Carl Wilson on organ) and Trudy Pitts' ebullient run through "Take Five" are real groovers; Richard "Groove" Holmes' "Misty" was a Top Fifty pop hit and one of the few soul-jazz singles to hit the charts.

Joe Puma • The Jazz Guitar of Joe Puma

Joe Puma (g), Barry Galbraith, Dick Garcia (g), Don Elliott (vibes), Bill Evans, Eddie Costa (p), Vinnie Burke, Dante Martucci, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ted Sommer, Al Levitt, Jimmy Campbell, Paul Motian (d)

Jo Basile • Accordion de Paris

Cal Tjader • Breeze From The East

Review by Stephen Cook Cal Tjader's Breeze from the East combined the vibist's Latin lounge style with kitschy Asian touches. In lieu of the Asian-born material and Lalo Schifrin's airy arrangements found on its predecessor Several Shades of Jade, though, Tjader opted here for Stan Applebaum's self-penned go-go charts. On "Sake and Greens," "Cha," and "Shoji," mod-rock guitar lines shadow Tjader's solos on pat-sounding Oriental scales, while pianist Lonnie Hewitt keeps up a soul-jazz rhythm -- picture '60s-era James Bond on a wild chase through the heart of Tokyo. Tjader's traditionally light, Latin combo approach -- sans much of the Eastern ornamentation -- is still used on standards like "Stardust" and "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" and even worked to somewhat sublime heights on "Fuji" and "Black Orchid." The ultra-smooth Latin jazz sound Tjader favored has always been more infectious than demanding and Breeze from the East's commercialized mod/eastern elements only end up expanding the pop exotica mix. Breeze from the East is only available on a double CD with Several Shades of Jade, but considering the comparable quality of both discs, it's not a bad deal or a kitsch overload.

Yuji Ohno Trio • Lupin III - Jazz the 2nd

Frank Frost & Sam Carr • The Last of the Jell Roll King

Frank Frost was born in 1936 in the heart of the Mississippi Delta near Helena,
 AR. He picked up guitar and harmonica as a boy around that rough and tumble port town.
Helena was considered ground zero by the Delta Blues community thanks to KFFA radio’s “King Biscuit Time”
program that aired daily and was hosted by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne. In the early 1950s
 Frank hooked up with drummer Sam Carr, who also happened to be the son of legendary guitarist Robert Nighthawk (AKA Robert Lee McCoy).
In 1962 they expanded to three pieces and added guitarist/bassist Jack Johnson.
 The three began performing as “Frank Frost & The Nighthawks”, and later as “The Jelly Roll Kings”.
They quickly became one of the most popular juke joint bands in the delta.

Gene Ludwig Trio with Bill Warfield Big Band • Duffs Blues

Review by Ken Dryden
Gene Ludwig is a well-known soul-jazz organist who has had relatively sporadic opportunities to record as a leader during his long career. But the Pittsburgh-based instrumentalist, leading a trio with guitarist Bob DeVos and drummer Rudy Petschauer, shines in a meeting with trumpeter Bill Warfield's big band for a concert at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Ludwig contributed the soulful opener, "Duff's Blues," which showcases the organist and the still brilliant octogenarian trumpeter Joe Wilder. Lee Morgan's exotic "Totem Pole" also features Wilder and tenor saxophonist Dave Riekenberg (the latter a talent deserving of wider recognition). Warfield and Ludwig are the soloists for Woody Shaw's driving hard bop vehicle "The Organ Grinder." There's no mistaking the train influence in DeVos' funky "Dance of the Coal Cars," with the horn section providing the warning to get out of the way. Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" has been a favorite of jazz pianists since it first appeared, though it works equally well in Warfield's subtle arrangement. Beautifully recorded with excellent balance, this concert CD is warmly recommended.

Bobby Hutcherson • Oblique

Diseños Barrocos / Baroque Designs - Pepin Press