In Motion ... CD Decca (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
A stunning little set from the QuartetteTresBien – a sweet 60s group who were every bit as groovy as the Ramsey Lewis Trio, but never fully got their due! This set is one of the group's best – filled with some killer original titles – all delivered with their unusual "piano trio plus" approach – which adds in extra percussion from Percy James on bongos and congas, to the group that features Jeter Thomas is on the piano, Richard Simmons on bass, and Albert St. James on drums. The percussion is often used in nicely exotic ways, while the trio still grooves with a soul jazz vibe – and our favorite numbers include "Brother Percy", "Bad People", "Saint Sylvester", and "Master Charles" – but the whole thing is top notch – with some nice covers and and fresh takes on standards, like "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "It Could Happen To You", and "Charade". CD
One of the earliest albums from the legendary QuartetteTresBien – the hip piano combo from the St Louis scene – one who were almost to that city's jazz world what Ramsey Lewis was to Chicago! Unlike other piano groups of the time, which were trios, the Quartette featured an additional percussionist in their lineup of piano, bass, and drums – and that added percussion really gives records like this a super-cool kick – a romping sort of rhythm that's totally great! Pianist Jeter Thompson's also one heck of a great writer – as you'll hear on the album's original "Kilimanjaro" – and percussionist Percy James really makes other tunes groove, including versions of "You Came A Long Way From St Louis", "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", "Secretly", "My Favorite Things", and "My One And Only Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the top seam held with clear tape and a mostly split bottom seam.)
Righteous grooviness by this great combo! The record was probably the group's 10th – recorded during a very successful run for Decca, when they were crafting finely groovy albums of soul jazz, in a mode that was similar to the early work by the Young-Holt Trio, but which also had the distinction of added percussion. The album's got some nice covers done in the band's style – like "Sunny", "Sunrise Sunset", "Invitation", and "Alfie" – plus the original tunes "Wish You Were Here" and "I Am That I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark blend of soul jazz and bossa nova – cut by the legendary QuartetteTresBien back in the 60s! The group are kind of a "piano trio plus" – an outfit with piano, bass, and drums in the lead – but also plenty of conga and added percussion – a style used here to really underscore the bossa inspiration of the set – often in ways that are more driving and more complicated than original 60s bossa recordings themselves! The feel is really unique – almost equally inspired by African rhythms in parts – and even when the group are playing familiar numbers, then manage to transform the tracks completely with their inventive approach to rhythms and super-searing work on piano! Titles include the jazz dance classic "Boss TresBien", plus "Rhodesian Chant", "Always on Saturday", "The Sweetest Sounds", "I Love Paris", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has wear, some stains and splitting seams held with clear tape.)
Stunning work from Quasimode – and a great reminder that, even in the 21st Century, a combo can still cook strongly with just acoustic instruments! These guys come across like some lost soul jazz group from the 60s – the kind of outfit that worked endlessly in clubs, and found a way to effortlessly build together jazz expression, soulful rhythms, and a tightness that still never sounds slick or forced at all. Imagine the Ramsey Lewis Trio or QuartetteTresBien with horns, and you get part of the picture – or maybe some of Bobby Timmons' best groovers of the mid 60s – as the group's core approach with percussion, drums, piano, and bass gets augmented by just the right amount of tenor and trumpet for the set. The performance is a live one – and titles include "Overjoyed", "Jeannine", "The Man From Nagpur", "Ant Soldier", "All Is One", and "Seven Colors". CD