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A 50s LP that showcases Duke's early 40s sides for the Bluebird/Victor label – including early versions of formative compositions, featuring players like Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, and Ray Nance. Titles include "Take The A Train", "Portrait Of Bert ... LP, Vinyl record album
Instrumental organ tracks – done in a mode that's a bit like Booker T & The MGs, with a similar laidback groove, but perhaps a bit less of the tightness of that combo. There's a couple of covers, like "Green Onions" (of course) and "Mercy Mercy Mercy", plus some good ... LP, Vinyl record album
We have to admit we've always been somewhat dismissive of Merl Saunders 70s records, perhaps because of the hippy association we have with these bay area recordings. But ultimately there's at least a little bit of funk peeking through on any of his Fantasy recordings, which gets a nice helping ... LP, Vinyl record album