Gunter Baby Sommer —
Baby's Party ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A really surprising little record – one that features the inventive drums and percussion of the great Gunter Baby Sommer, who we've loved for years – alongside the trumpet and flugelhorn of Till Bronner, who we're normally used to hearing in a completely different context! Make no mistake, we love Bronner's other music – but it's usually more in a soulful vein, so we're quite stunned to hear him alongside a much more freewheeling improviser – yet the blend of talents here is totally great, and has a richness that we never would have expected! Till's got a sense of phrasing that stretches back through a legacy that might include Art Farmer, Chet Baker, and even Jon Hassell and some of the ECM Records scene – and that strong sound holds firm here, while Sommer creates all these really wonderful moments on his drums – often as melodic as he is rhythmic, which has always been a huge part of his charm – but maybe never more so than here alongside Bronner. Titles include "Second Shot", "First Shot", "Apero ConBrio", "A Soft Drink In Between", "Third Shot", and "A Little Nap In Between". CD
A lost slice of country rock from the early years of the genre – served up here by a young JD Souther and Glenn Frey! The set's got a groove that's a lot more raw than the Eagles or Poco – maybe more tied to the world of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons, although you can definitely hear the Frey touches in the music at times! There's a nicely laidback, unadorned quality to the recording – which features fantastic studio contributions from James Burton, Ry Cooder, Larry Knectel, Buddy Emmons, and Doug Kershaw – just the right mix of Cali and country talents to bring out the best corners of the music. Most songs were written by Southern – although Frey hand a hand in a few – and the whole thing is especially great if you're a fan of JD's mighty talents – on titles that include "Star Spangled Bus", "Mister Mister", "Briong Back Funky Women", "Lucky Love", "Run Boy Run", "Jubilee Anne", and "Kite Woman". LP, Vinyl record album