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.)
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Hot & Cool ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2015. New Copy ...
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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