miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2017

John Patton • Accent On The Blues



Seven of the ten tracks here were cut in 1969 by organist Patton, guitarist Blood Ulmer, drummer Leroy Williams and Marvin Cabell on tenor sax, sax, cello and flute. During the final three tracks, two previously unreleased, Patton is joined by tenorman George Coleman. Patton didn't receive the attention in the '60s and '70s paid to Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff, but few B-3 players could approach him. His relaxed work, while always bluesy, was and is consistently fresh. His phrases may seem familiar, but aren't cliches. He's also got an excellent left hand, and really knows when to punctuate with it, and structures his solos lucidly. John composes well, too. His sophisticated tunes are, like his playing, deceptively simple.
Even at this early stage in his career Ulmer's impressive, displaying a strong Wes Montgomery influence while improvising inventively and with discipline. Coleman, in good form, plays rich, many-noted phrases. Like him, Cabell's been marked by John Coltrane. Although he doesn't have anything like Coleman's chops, Marvin's thoughtful playing is worth hearing. ~ Harvey Pekar
Most John Patton albums are hard-driving, edgy soul-jazz and funk, and the title of Accent on the Blues makes the record seem like it would be no different than his other sessions. Accent On The Blues CD music Of course, that isn't the case. Accent on the Blues is among the most atmospheric music Patton has ever made. While it stops short of being free, it's hardly funky soul-jazz, and that may disappoint some fans of his rip-roaring style. Nevertheless, the album is a rewarding listen, primarliy because it displays a more reflective side of his talent, demonstrating that he can hold his own among the likes of guitarist James Blood Ulmer and saxophonist Marvin Cabell. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine




Track listing
All compositions by John Patton except as indicated
01 - "Rakin' and Scrapin'" (Harold Mabern) – 10:05
02 - "Freedom Jazz Dance" (Eddie Harris) – 4:44
03 - "Captain Nasty" (Marvin Cabell) – 5:06
04 - "Village Lee" (Cabell) – 7:21
05 - "Lite Hit" (Cabell) – 6:21
06 - "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 6:56
07 - "Lite Hit" [alternate take] (Cabell) – 6:07 Bonus track on CD reissue
08 - "Buddy Boy" – 6:36 Bonus track on CD reissue
09 - "2 J" – 7:46 Bonus track on CD reissue
10 - "Sweet Pea" – 5:22 Bonus track on CD reissue

Length 66:24
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 15 (tracks 1-7) and June 9 (tracks 8-10), 1969.

Personnel
Big John Patton – organ
Marvin Cabell – tenor saxophone, flute
George Coleman – tenor saxophone (tracks 8-10)
James Blood Ulmer – guitar (tracks 1-7)
Leroy Williams – drums




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