Fairly obscure record of an excellent little small combo that made its name in East St. Louis in the early part of the 60's. The group was managed and fronted by Leo Gooden, a club owner and singer in the city at the time, who sings on a number of the tracks on the LP. His style's sort of that deep baritone male jazz style that was popular at the time, and isn't that special, but the real treat on here are the instrumental tracks on the LP, which have a good lounge jazz feel, and a nice relaxed vibe. Most of the group are relative unknowns, probably established players in the small club scene around East St Louis, like Kenny Rice, Larry Protho and Don James, plus a young Hammiet Bluiett on leave from the Navy – and the record label took the time to add tenor great Fred Jackson to the photos on the sleeve,though he doesn't play on this side. Lots of these are original, with titles like "Tippin", "Cookin' With Chezie Mae", "Minor Over Matter", and "Mop Water". (Cover has wear, some splitting and tape on the seams, rippling along the opening, some stains, a couple of peeled spots, and some pen scribbles on the back.) © 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with, so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages.
Below are stated conditions for a used vinyl records at Dusty Groove. Grading for the cover should be assumed to be near (within a "+" or "-") the grading for the vinyl. If there is significant divergence from the condition of the vinyl, or specific flaws, these will be noted in the comments section of the item. However, please be aware that since the emphasis of this site is towards the music listener, our main concern is with the vinyl of any used item we sell. Additionally, please note that all of our records are graded visually; considering the volume of used vinyl we handle, it is impossible for us to listen to each record. If we spot any significant flaws, we make every attempt to listen through them and note how they play.
The following grading conditions apply to the vinyl component of an album or single:
If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.