Here’s another wonderful sounding Contemporary LP that was one of my favorite additions to the collection in 2012. This is an original stereo pressing with the black deepgroove label. Both the cover and vinyl are in excellent condition.
Cut in December 1962, Shelly Manne lead this sextet through a set of Jewish and Israeli melodies arranged for small jazz group. The results are really engaging with lead lines that zig-zag through shifts in the tempo and feel. Along with Manne’s drums, Teddy Edwards (ts), Shorty Rogers (tpt/flg), Victor Feldman (p/vib), Al Viola (gtr), and Monty Budwig (bs) combine to make an inventive and impeccably performed record.
(Details: Contemporary S7609 stereo/black deepgroove/D2-D2 matrix)
Shelley Manne — Hava Nagila (stereo)
Happy New Year! This is the last post of the first full year of the blog. The second half of this year had fewer posts than I had hoped for, but still ended up with 79 in total and I have a nice group of records set aside to start the new year. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it and am always glad to hear from readers. Feel free to comment on a post, or if you’d like to receive an email when a new post is up, subscribe using the tab on the top of the right side of the page.
I wanted to finish the year strong with an original pressing of the 1955 LP Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington. This has the first version of the cover and the white deepgroove label. This was his first recording for the Riverside label and includes Oscar Pettiford (bs) and Kenny Clarke (dr) in a trio setting.
I have always enjoyed Monk, but have been listening to his catalog a lot more lately and checking out stuff I hadn’t heard before–like the Riverside era. For years I’ve had CDs of his early Blue Note and later Columbia work, but this LP along with some other excellent Riverside titles have shown me what I’ve been missing out on.
(Details: Riverside RLP 12-201/white label/deepgroove)
Thelonious Monk — It Don’t Mean A Thing (mono)
New Thing At Newport highlights performances of John Coltrane and Archie Shepp’s groups at the 1965 Newport festival. Coltrane’s quartet is featured on one track and Shepp’s quartet, which included Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Barre Phillips (bs), and Joe Chambers (dr), make up the rest of the LP. A track from the latter is included below, and while it’s pretty outside compared to my usual listening, I particularly enjoyed Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Chambers’ exciting and propulsive drumming.
This LP has wear, but is still a solid copy and has the nice Impulse gatefold cover. It’s a slightly later issue with the late 60’s version of the label.
(Details: Impulse AS-94 stereo)
Archie Shepp — Rufus
Happy holidays everyone!
(Details: Verve MG V-4042 mono)
Ella Fitzgerald — Sleigh Ride (mono)
I can find very little information about organist Kossie Gardner. Is seems that he put out records as a leader in the late 1960’s, did some session work here in Nashville, and worked with Roy Ayers and David Newman. I’m not sure exactly what to call the music…instrumental psych-rock?
According to the back cover, Pipes of Blue was recorded here at Bradley’s Barn and no other personnel is listed. The LP is made up of cover versions of rock and pop hits of the era.
(Details: Dot DLP 25940)
Kossie Gardner — Fire
Here’s a promo copy of a great Ray Charles and Milt Jackson record. This and the Soul Brothers LP that preceded it are high points of where blues and jazz meet, and I can listen to it over and over. Ray Charles’ Atlantic sessions have been on a pretty constant rotation for me since I was a teenager, so it’s cool to hear a twist on that–a bit more jazz than r&b/soul, and lots of room to stretch out.
Ray switches between piano, wurlitzer, and alto sax; Milt Jackson is, of course, on vibes, and Kenny Burrell, Percy Heath, and Art Taylor make up the rhythm section.
(Details: Atlantic 1360 mono/white promo label)
Ray Charles and Milt Jackson — Hallelujah I Love Her So (mono)
Recorded in October 1960 and released the following March, this influential John Coltrane record found commercial success as well. An edited version of the opening track, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”, was played on popular radio. Coltrane used the soprano saxophone for the first time on it, and would continue to play it in addition to the tenor from this point forward.
This is also the first recording of Coltrane’s iconic 1960’s quartet–the original version with McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones (although these were not their first sessions with the leader), along with Steve Davis on bass. The whole record is fantastic, but I particularly like side B with it’s reinterpretations of the standards “Summertime” and “But Not For Me”.
Engineered by Tom Dowd for Atlantic, this is a first stereo pressing with the green and blue label and white fan. It’s glossy with only light marks, but makes a little more noise than expected. Not a big deal as it still sounds quite good, but it doesn’t have the life of the Blue Note and Contemporary releases of the period.
Details: (Atlantic SD 1361/green and blue/white fan)
John Coltrane — Summertime (stereo)
Things have been hectic over here so posts have been few and far between lately, but several new pics have been taken and as soon as I do the transfers I’ll have some great new records for the blog. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by….
“How did all these people get in my room?” That’s how Mr.Sinatra started the evening following an intro from the impeccable Count Basie Orchestra, and that sounds right me. I’m sure he was larger than life in Las Vegas and this 1966 double live album on Reprise captures that energy perfectly.
(Details: Reprise 2FS 1019)
Frank Sinatra — Come Fly With Me (needledrop)
1974’s Average White Band LP AWB has the classic jam “Pick Up The Pieces”, but if you leave the record on you’ll hear the killer track that follows it, “Person To Person”. There you’ll hear some more Scottish funk and some really exceptional drumming from Robbie McIntosh, who died tragically the month after this record was released.
(Details: Atlantic SD 7308)
Average White Band — Person To Person
I first heard this many years ago on a dubbed cassette of all things, and it recently popped into my mind again. I headed over to our favorite auction site and found a CD copy there for cheap, but as usual I was outbid by 25 cents. Undaunted, I kept looking and ended up finding this in a vintage/junk shop while on vacation a few weeks later. Jim Hall+Ron Carter+clean vinyl+$5–what’s not to like? Done deal.
(Details: Milestone MSP 9045 )
Jim Hall and Ron Carter — Softy As In A Morning Sunrise