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miércoles, 17 de agosto de 2016

Phil Upchurch • Feeling Blue



Review by Thom Jurek
Phil Upchurch was a celebrated, in-demand sideman in R&B, blues, and jazz before he recorded Feeling Blue, his 1967 Milestone debut as a leader. He'd already worked with everyone from Jimmy Reed and Curtis Mayfield to John Lee Hooker and B.B. King, and would go on to accompany many more and release a string of killer solo albums. There is more than the seed of genius at work on Feelin' Blue. These ten cuts were recorded over two days in September and October with two different ensembles. Half the record is a collection of soul-jazz tunes played by an octet that included bassist Chuck Rainey, drummer Pretty Purdie, and Sun Ra's John Gilmore among the reed players, while the other placed him in the context of a quintet whose section included pianist Wynton Kelly, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Richard Davis, and percussionist Montego Joe. Standout tracks here include the title, which opens the set with hard-swinging grooves and features the reeds going head to head with Upchurch's stinging lead lines, an intimate, beautifully articulated read of "Corcovado," the expansive bop of "Tangerine," a swirling take on "Up Up and Away," the lithe, airy "Israel," and the extended blues "I Want a Little Girl," which reflects Grant Green's influence. Yet, fine as it is, Feeling Blue was only a hint of the great things to come.


Track Listings:
1. Feeling Blue
2. Stop And Listen
3. Corcovado
4. Really Sincere
5. Tangerine
6. Up, Up And Away
7. Israel
8. Sabaceous Lament
9. Muscle Soul
10. I Want A Little Girl

Personnel
Phil Upchurch – guitar
Wallace Davenport – trumpet (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)
Ed Pazant – alto saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)
John Gilmore – tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)
Pat Patrick – baritone saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)
Wynton Kelly – piano (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 & 10)
Al Williams – piano, celeste (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)
Richard Davis – bass (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 & 10)
Chuck Rainey – electric bass (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 & 10)
Jimmy Cobb (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 & 10), Bernard Purdie (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9) – drums
Montego Joe – congas (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8 & 10)
Warren Smith – congas, vibraharp (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 9)

Label: Original Jazz Classics ‎– OJCCD 1100-2, ZYX Music ‎– OJCCD 1100-2, Milestone Records ‎– MSP-9010
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style: Soul-Jazz

Release Date: 1967
Duration: 38:53
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Jazz Blues, Jazz-Pop, Fusion, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
Recording Date: September 12, 1967 & September 13, 1967






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