jueves, 4 de mayo de 2017

James Brown • Jazz



One of the many compilations issued in the wake of James Brown's passing in 2007 is this rather strange and necessary one produced by Alan Leeds and Harry Weinger. There's no irony in the title, and it's only a little misleading. Brown loved all kinds of music throughout his lifetime and made no secret of it. This set compiles 12 cuts, all of which Brown originally produced, that accent the jazzier -- and sometimes near all-out jazz (though everything on this baby has more than a little soul grit mixed in) -- side of the Godfather. The coolest thing about this set is that it contains numerous unreleased alternate mixes, extended versions, single edits, and literally unreleased versions and tunes that span from standards and soul-jazz cuts to '70s-era pop tunes. Ranging from 1964's reading of the Adderley Brothers' "Tengo Tango" (never before issued in any form) to a 1970s alternate mix of "For Once in My Life," this is perhaps among the most ambitious of Brown recordings to be released in quite some time. Released gems here include Brown on a killer B-3 take of Jimmy McGriff's "All About My Girl" in 1966 and his version of Joe Zawinul's "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" from 1967. In between, there are hip mixes of standards like "Cottage for Sale" and "That's My Desire." The sequencing here is not stale either, since it's not chronological. In fact, since it bookends in the year 1970, with the 1960s material sandwiched between, it's rather wonderful aesthetically. Recommended.
Thom Jurek, Rovi


Tracklisting:
01. That's My Desire (Vocal) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa 4:10
02. After You're Through (Previous Unreleased Alternate Extended Mix)
Nat Jones, Ted Wright a.k.a. James Brown 5:42
03. Tengo Tango (Previously Unreleased)
Julien Adderley, Nat Adderley 4:21
04. Home At Last (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Rudolph Toombs 5:15
05. All About My Girl
Jimmy McGriff 6:34
06. There (Previously Unreleased Version)
Ted Wright a.k.a. James Brown 4:04
07. All The Way - with Dee Felice Trio
Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 3:43
08. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)
Josef Zawinul 6:08
09. What Do You Like (Stereo Single Edit)
Alfred Ellis 2:45
10. Cottage For Sale (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix) - with Members Of The Dapps, New York Studio Orchestra
Larry Conley, Willard Robison 3:30
11. Go On Now (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Alfred Ellis, Cicely Hill, James Brown 5:59
12. For Once In My Life (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Orlando Murden, Ronald Miller 4:40

Label: Verve Records

Personnel:
James Brown (organ); Dee Felice Trio (vocals); Wallace Richardson, Les Buie, Jimmy Nolen (guitar); Bill Pittman, Alfonzo Kellum, Louis Shelton (guitars); David Parkinson, Ernie Watts, Nat Jones, Joe Romano (alto saxophone); Eldee Williams, Al "Brisco" Clark, Les Asch, Pete Christlieb, St. Clair Pinckney, Buddy Collette (tenor saxophone); Charles Carr, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Mulidore (baritone saxophone); Joe Dupars, Waymon Reed, Teddy Washington, Richard "Kush" Griffith, Robert Knight , Ron Harper, Al Aarons, John Audino, Chuck Finley, Tommy Porello, Mack Johnson, Ron Tooley (trumpet); Kenny Schroyer, Wilmer Milton, Fred Wesley, Jimmy Cleveland, Nick Dimaio, Bill Tole (trombone); Levi Rasbury (valve trombone); Frank Vincent, Alfred Ellis (piano); Bernard Odum, Al Lucas, Ray Brown , Sam Thomas , Lee Tucker (bass guitar); Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Obie Williams, John Starks, Louie Bellson, Nat Kendrick, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Dee Felice (drums); Jack Arnold (percussion)





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