2 great early sessions from John Klemmer – a real giant on the tenor, with a sound that long deserves to be revive
d! These sides have a sound that's pretty frenetic, and a style that presages a lot of the white free fusion players that would show up in the 70s. The first LP, Blowin' Gold, finds Klemmer on straight tenor and playing with some electronic effects on the horn – and he's working with a hip Chicago soul jazz combo that includes Phil Upchurch on bass, Morris Jennings on drums, Pete Cosey on guitar, and Richard Thompson on piano and organ. The cuts are all pretty straight for Klemmer – and have that wonderful mix of styles that you'd find in the Cadet studios of the late 60s, with bits of rock
, soul, and funk working their way into the mix. Titles include "Excursion #2", "My Heart Sings", "Third Stone From The Sun", "Free Soul", and "Children Of The Earth Flames". On the second album, Eruptions, John plays with great abandon and an angular style that's more in keeping with some of the European players of the time, than it is with his labelmates at Cadet . He's backed by organ, electric piano, vibes, and guitar, which also has lots of effects. With the tracks "Gardens Of Uranus", "Summer Song", "Regions Of Fire", and "Lady Toad".
(Cover has partial split on top with a tear & bend, edge wear.)