Walter Bishop Jr —
Coral Keys ... CD Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ...
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway and swell with some great spiritual energy – made even more wonderful by work from reedman Harold Vick, who plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax on the record – and makes it one of his best recordings ever! The reedwork alone is worth the price of admission – but the rhythms are also great too – a mix of soulful, modal, and some slight funky bits – handled by Reggie Johnson on bass, and either Idris Muhammad or Alan Benger on drums. Woody Shaw plays trumpet on some cuts, too – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Soul Turn Around", "Freedom Suite", "Track Down", "Waltz For Zweetie", and "Three Loves". CD
A great chapter in the growth of Art Farmer during the 50s – his brief time spent in the studio blowing with Hal McKusick on a set of tightly-arranged albums that were some of the best in 50s modern jazz! Art had first come to prominence blowing with Quincy Jones in the earlier part of the decade, but his work with McKusick helped shape and discipline his tone even more – really opening up the love of space and soundshape that would surface even more strongly in Farmer recordings of the 60s and 70s, and providing a nice counterpoint to McKusick's more angular, sometimes academic approach to his own reed work. CD features a total of 19 tracks in all – all the Farmer-included titles on the Hal McKusick Quintet albums for RCA and Coral, plus others from the unique Cross Section Saxes album as well. Titles include "Down & Dirty", "Alone Together", "Criss Cross", "Pon Su", "Old Devil Moon", "For Art's Sake", "It Never Entered My Mind", and "Just Leave It Alone". CD
Not as freewheeling as some of Raymond Scott's earlier work, but still quite nice – a set that features added strings in the mix, but used with a sound that's every bit as wild and dynamic as some of Scot's small combo recordings! A few of the tunes are familiar Scott classics, others are a bit more obscure – and the arrangements are pure Raymond all the way through – light years away from conventional scores of the time, and produced with a sense of sound as weird as the music! Titles include "Toy Trumpet", "Boy Scout In Switzerland", "Twilight In Turkey", "Power House", and "In An 18th Century Drawing Room". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original maroon label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean, and cover is nice!)
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". CD
A fantastic 70s album from Gary Burton – a set that definitely has the "new" promised in the title, as it takes off more from some of Gary's work in previous years! The record's got this explosive sense of color that really comes through in Gary's vibes – and in the way the group can leaop into the fray when needed – almost funky at points, but also able to shift into more sensitive modes too – balanced between the guitar of Michael Goodrick,bass of Abraham Laboriel, and drums of Harry Blazer. Burton's got a bit more bite at times than before – pushing even past his Atlantic Records sound and the tunes are a well-chosen array of songs by contemporaries who include Keith Jarrett, Mike Gibbs, Chick Corea, and Carla Bley. Titles include "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly", "Coral", "Tying Up Loose Ends", "Olhos De Gato", and "Mallet Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing – on ECM/Polydor. Still sealed – cover has one small mark and shrink is open slightly in one corner.)
A sweet trio set from Benny Green – one that has him on electric piano more than acoustic – and which also has some other great surprises along the way! Benny's command of the electric instrument is great – blocky in attack, but warmly spreading out as the notes emerge – given gentle rhythm accompaniment from David Wong on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums – players who drop out in a few spots, and who really seem just like extra icing next to the core rhythmic approach of the leader! There's guest flute from Anne Drummond on two tracks, vocals from Veronica Swift on one more – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Harold Land", "Central Park South", "Benny's Crib", "Something In Common", and "Seascape". CD
Sonny Sharrock & Nicky Skopelitis —
Faith Moves ... CD CMP (Germany), 1991. Used ...
Features Sonny Sharrock on electric guitar and Nicky Skopelitis on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baglama, saz, coral sitar, tar, and bass. CD
A very cool soundtrack – with lots of really nice tunes! The album's part of the excellent Som Livre series of releases in the early 70s – soundtracks for TV shows and short-lived movies – and like the rest in the series, this one's a mad blend of styles, handled by some of Brazil's hipper and younger artists, in modes that take off from the easy grooves of the 60s, and pick up lots of cool 70s touches. Arrangements are by Waltel Branco, Guto, and Chiquinho De Morais – and titles include "Cavalo De Aco" by Coral Som Livre, "Marcas" by Quarteto Uai, "Viva Suarez" by Claudio Ornelas, "Homem De Verdade" by Djalma Dias, "De Olhos Abertos" by Orquesta e Coro Som Livre, "Um Corpo So" by Marcio Lot, and "Idade: 17" by Evinha E Trio Esperanca. CD
Includes selections by Coral Del INBA, Cuco Sanchez, Trio Tariacuri, Chico Barcelata, Nicolas Urcelay, Los Panchos, Marimba Perla De Soconusco, Mariachi De Arcadio Elias, La Rondalla De Tata Nacho, Mariachi De Pepe Villa, and Antonio Bribiesca. LP, Vinyl record album
A double CD set – recorded live, featuring material from Caetano's tour for the Noites Do Norte album. Like that album, this set features many rootsy numbers – Caetano's always great vocals mixing with guitar and percussion, evoking the spirit of the north, and touching on a few other special places as well! Titles include "Gente", "Meu Rio", "13 De Maio", "Zera A Reza", "Escandalo", "Menino Deus", "Samba De Verao", "Tigresa", and the tracks "Como Uma Onda" and "Cobra Coral", which feature guest performances by Lulu Santos! CD
(Out of print.)
Walter Bishop Jr. —
Soul Village ... CD Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
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One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – and like those gems, this set features Bishop working on Fender Rhodes – hitting a groove we never would have expected in the old days, and really going for a style that's at the hippest end of the soul jazz spectrum of the 70s! Tunes are a mix of funky fusion and modal, spiritual styles – and other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute, and George Young on soprano and alto sax – and the horns are all arranged tightly by Mitch Farber, in a way that adds an extra edge to the record, but still leaves plenty of space for Bishop's solo flights on the keys. Titles include great versions of "Soul Village", "Coral Keys", and "Soul Turnaround" – plus the cuts "Philadelphia Bright", "Sweet Rosa", and "Valerie". CD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – and like those gems, this set features Bishop working on Fender Rhodes – hitting a groove we never would have expected in the old days, and really going for a style that's at the hippest end of the soul jazz spectrum of the 70s! Tunes are a mix of funky fusion and modal, spiritual styles – and other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute, and George Young on soprano and alto sax – and the horns are all arranged tightly by Mitch Farber, in a way that adds an extra edge to the record, but still leaves plenty of space for Bishop's solo flights on the keys. Titles include great versions of "Soul Village", "Coral Keys", and "Soul Turnaround" – plus the cuts "Philadelphia Bright", "Sweet Rosa", and "Valerie". LP, Vinyl record album
The third set of Brazilian duets from vocalist Luciana Souza – and maybe the loveliest so far! The album's got a really great stripped-down approach – with different varieties of acoustic guitar from Toninho Horta, Romero Lubambo, and Marco Pereira – all used gently alongside Souza's wonderful vocals – ringing out with these well-placed tones that resonate perfectly with the notes from the guitars! The style is very subtle – like some mellower moments from Joyce, but as equally nice as work of that nature – and titles include "Pedra Da Lua", "Dona Lu", "Coralice", "Tim Tim Por Tim Tim", "Dindi", "Beijo Partido", and "Eu Vim Da Bahia". CD