An incredible record from an incredible group – one of the most unique-sounding combos of the 50s – headed by baritone saxophonist Gil Melle, and featuring a very compelling combination of instruments! Melle's horn is hardly the heavy honker you might expect – and instead he's sometimes as fluid and soulful as a tenor, other times even more spacious and modern than some of his most impressive 50s contemporaries on the instrument – matched here in brilliance by the amazing guitar work of Joe Cinderella – a player who seems to use the instrument more as a way to generate fast ringing tones, than any sort of usual groove! The mix of colors and tones is completely sublime – and sent homeward by the brilliant drumming of a young Ed Thigpen, and the bass of Billy Phillips. All tunes are originals, and mighty compelling – and titles include "Ironworks", "Dominica", "Mark One", and "Dedicatory Piece To The Geophysical Year Of 1957". Coupled with this album is another great quartet album, Quadrama – one that has more of a straight jazz feel, but which is also great. Titles on that one include "Full House", "Quadrama", "RushHour In Hong Kong", and "Walter Ego". Great stuff all round! CD
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Maurice Pop —
Power Pop ... CD Motor (Germany), Late 60s/1998. Used ...
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Great batch of funky groovy tracks by the cool German bandleader Maurice Pop (not to be confused with Andre Popp, who's in our lounge section), put together in a very sharp package by the great folks at Motor Music. The tracks – with titles like "Patatas Fritas", "Monkey Doodle", "20th Century Pop", "RushHour", and "Auto Salon" – have the same sort of sharp Now Sound groove that you'd find in some of the tracks on the Get Easy or Sound Gallery CDs. The tracks are short, with a kitschy feel to them, and lots of very groovy grooves. It's the kind of stuff that you'd never find over here on record, and the great packaging by Motor Music makes it look even better than the original LPs! CD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever cut by the great Louie Ramirez – a hard, sharp Latin set that's filled with plenty of great work on vibes – at a level that almost gives Cal Tjader a run for his money! The music features lots of excellent vocals from Willie Torres – a soulful singer who's not exactly in a boogaloo mode, but who really has a style that prefaces that generation – a bit like the emergence of Jimmy Sabater in the Joe Cuba sextet! Titles include the stunning extended descarga "RushHour in Hong Kong" – plus "Chin Chin Chow", "Sid's Groove", "Tentativo", and "El Titere". CD