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lunes, 29 de agosto de 2016

Johnny Lytle • Got That Feeling! + Moon Child

In the 1960s, vibist Johnny Lytle was arguably the Milt Jackson of soul-jazz -- or perhaps the Cal Tjader of soul-jazz. Jackson and Tjader both influenced his vibraphone playing, as did Lionel Hampton. But Lytle had a recognizable sound of his own -- one that proved to be perfect for soul-jazz and organ combos. Two of the fine soul-jazz/hard bop LPs that the vibist recorded in the early '60s were Got That Feeling! (Riverside) and Moon Child (Jazzland), both of which Milestone/Fantasy reissued back to back on this 75-minute CD in 2001. Although the vibes/organ combination wasn't terribly common in the 1960s, it's one that worked quite nicely for Lytle. Organist Milt Harris is featured on all of these 1962-1963 recordings, and he proves to be a major asset to Lytle, whether the vibist is turning his attention to well-known standards ("Moonlight in Vermont," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Our Love Is Here to Stay") or original material ("Big John Grady," "The Soulful One"). Another noteworthy Lytle original is "The House of Winchester," a swinging number that he wrote in remembrance of fellow vibist Lem Winchester (who was only 32 when, in 1961, he unsuccessfully demonstrated a trick with a loaded gun and accidentally ended his own life). The thing that all of these performances have in common is a desire to groove; Lytle wasn't the sort of player who went out of his way to be abstract, and the improviser is as accessible and groove-minded on ballads as he is on Nat Adderley's "Work Song." This CD is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who likes soul-jazz/hard bop that is expressive, infectious, and easy to absorb.

Johnny Lytle - vibes
Milt Harris - organ
Peppy Hinnant - drums
Milt Hinton - bass
Steve Cooper - bass
Ray Barretto - conga

Got That Feeling!
01. Got That Feeling! (4:54)
02. Pow-Wow (2:42)
03. (In The) Wee Small Hours (Of The Morning) (3:21)
04. Big John Grady (3:32)
05. The Breeze And I (5:03)
06. It Ain't Necessarily So (4:30)
07. Lela (4:34)
08. Love Is Here To Stay (3:48)
09. The Soulful One (5:10)
Moon Child
10. Moon Child (4:43)
11. Work Song (6:42)
12. The Nearness Of You (4:34)
13. The Moor Man (4:04)
14. A Taste Of Honey (4:39)
15. When My Dreamboat Comes Home (4:37)
16. Moonlight In Vermont (4:30)
17. The House Of Winchester (4:18)

Genre: Hard Bop, Soul
Year: 2001
Playtime: 75:40

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