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Way Out West
Way Out West
Price: 6.97

5.0 out of 5 stars An inspired trio album from Sonny Rollins in 1957., 22 Feb 2014
This review is from: Way Out West (Audio CD)
The great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins(b.1930?) is in superb form on this trio album recorded for Lester Koenig's CONTEMPORARY label in Los Angeles on March 7, 1957 with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne.
The nine memorable tracks(including three alternative takes) feature two rollins originals, the Isham Jones standard 'There Is No Greater Love', Duke Ellington's 'Solitude' and the unlikely material of 'I'm An Old Cowhand' & 'Wagon Wheels'.
With William Claxton's iconic cover photograph, 'Way Out West' is a fascinating Rollins album, full of wit and inventive playing, which deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.


The New Scene of King Curtis + Soul Meeting
The New Scene of King Curtis + Soul Meeting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful modern jazz from King Curtis in 1960., 21 Feb 2014
King Curtis(1934-1971) aka Curtis Ousley is best known as an R & B tenor saxophonist but he also made a couple of excellent jazz sessions for NEW JAZZ & PRESTIGE in 1960.
Tracks 1-5('The New Scene of King Curtis') were recorded in New Jersey on April 21, 1960 with Curtis(tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley(cornet); Wynton Kelly(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Oliver Jackson(drums).
Tracks 6-11('Soul Meeting') were recorded in New Jersey on September 18, 1960 with the above personnel but bassist Sam Jones & drummer Belton Evans replacing Chambers & Jackson.
The eleven tracks include seven Curtis originals and four standards with the highlights being 'Willow Weep For Me', the Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges 'Jeep's Blues' and Curtis's 'Do You Have Soul Now?'
Anyone dubious about King Curtis's jazz credentials should be pleasantly surprised by the 79 minutes of exhilarating music on 'Soul Meeting'.


Soul Meeting
Soul Meeting
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Price: 10.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful modern jazz from King Curtis in 1960., 20 Feb 2014
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King Curtis(1934-1971) aka Curtis Ousley is best known as an R & B tenor saxophonist but he also made a couple of excellent jazz sessions for NEW JAZZ & PRESTIGE in 1960.
Tracks 1-5('The New Scene of King Curtis') were recorded in New Jersey on April 21, 1960 with Curtis(tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley(cornet); Wynton Kelly(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Oliver Jackson(drums).
Tracks 6-11('Soul Meeting') were recorded in New Jersey on September 18, 1960 with the above personnel but bassist Sam Jones & drummer Belton Evans replacing Chambers & Jackson.
the eleven tracks include seven Curtis originals and four standards with the highlights being 'Willow Weep For Me', the Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges 'Jeep's Blues' and Curtis's 'Do You Have Soul Now?'.
Anyone dubious about the jazz credentials of King Curtis should be pleasantly surprised by the 79 minutes of exhilarating music on 'Soul Meeting'.


Cleanhead & Cannonball
Cleanhead & Cannonball
Price: 24.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Cleanhead & Cannonball on fine form in 1961/62., 17 Feb 2014
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Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley(1928-1975) and his quintet joined forces effectively with blues singer/altoist Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson(1917-1988) on these two sessions recorded in Chicago on September 19, 1961 & New York City on February 14, 1962.
With Adderley & Vinson were Nat Adderley(cornet); Joe Zawinul(piano); Sam Jones(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
The 12 tracks include 8 vocals and 4 instrumentals composed by Vinson with the highlights being Vinson's 'Kidney Stew', 'Person To Person' & 'Back Door Blues' plus Big Bill Broonzy's 'Just A Dream'.
'Cleanhead & Cannonball' is an entertaining and varied album which makes a valuable addition to any jazz or blues collection.


At Newport 1960 (Bonus Tracks)
At Newport 1960 (Bonus Tracks)

5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Waters & his band in prime form at Newport, 1960., 15 Feb 2014
The hugely influential Chicago blues singer/guitarist/bandleader/songwriter Muddy Waters(1915-1983) was recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1960 with James Cotton(harmonica); Otis Spann(piano, vocal); Pat Hare, Lafayette Thomas(guitar); Andrew Stephens(bass) & Francis Clay(drums).
Muddy & his band were in glorious form and provided an exciting climax to the festival with impassioned versions of 'I Got My Brand On You', 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Tiger In Your Tank' & 'I've Got My Mojo Working'(2 versions).
The atmospheric 'At Newport' was an iconic album during the British 'R & B boom' of the early 1960s and belongs in every blues collection.
This CHESS edition(2012) has four excellent bonus studio tracks which were recorded in Chicago during 1960.


Evidence
Evidence
Price: 8.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and exhilarating jazz from Steve Lacy & Don Cherry in 1961., 15 Feb 2014
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The great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy(1934-2004) inspired John Coltrane to take up the instrument and became obsessed with playing Thelonious Monk's music.
This excellent but little-known album was recorded in New Jersey on November 1, 1961 with Ornette Coleman collaborators Don Cherry(trumpet) & Billy Higgins(drums) plus bassist Carl Brown.
The six memorable tracks feature four Monk compositions and two by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn with Lacy & Cherry in fine form especially on Monk's joyful 'San Francisco Holiday', his rarely played 'Who Knows' & Ellington's 'The Mystery Song'.
The inventive and exhilarating music on 'Evidence' still sounds fresh over 50 years later and, despite the short playing time(33:30), is an ideal introduction to Steve Lacy's soprano playing.


Junco Partner
Junco Partner

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb solo album from New Orleans pianist James Booker., 10 Feb 2014
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The flamboyant and talented New Orleans-born pianist/singer James Booker(1939-1983), known as the 'Black Liberace', had a career marred by drug dependency, mental illness and imprisonment.
His solo album 'Junco Partner' was recorded in New Orleans during FebruarY, 1976 and is generally acknoWledged to be his finest recording.
The 10 memorable tracks include 3 Booker piano compositions, 'Pixie', 'Put Out The Light' & 'Pop's Dilemma', together with striking versions of Huddie Ledbetter's 'Good Night Irene', Earl King's 'Make A Better World', 'On The Sunny Side Of The Street' & the title track.
'Junco Partner' is an entertaining solo album that displays James Booker's diverse influences and is a must for lovers of New Orleans piano.


R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and Country
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and Country
by R. Crumb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant illustrations of early blues, jazz & country musicians., 7 Feb 2014
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Robert Crumb, an American artist best known for his uncompromising underground comics of the '60s & '70s is also an avid collector of pre-Second World War music.
This wonderful book combines his two passions with over 100 brilliant illustrations of early blues, jazz & country artists along with brief biographies.
An accompanying 21-track CD of some of the featured artists makes this bargain book/CD an absolute must for Crumb admirers and lovers of blues, jazz or country music.


Kidney Stew is Fine
Kidney Stew is Fine
Price: 8.92

5.0 out of 5 stars A rare meeting of Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, T-Bone Walker & Jay McShann., 4 Feb 2014
This review is from: Kidney Stew is Fine (Audio CD)
Alto saxophonist and blues singer Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson(1917-1988), guitarist T-Bone Walker(1910-1975) and pianist Jay MxcShann(1916-2006) combine forces effectively on this March 28, 1969 session, originally recorded for BLACK & BLUE in France, with Hal Singer(tenor saxophone); Jackie Sampson(bass) & Paul Gunther(drums).
Highlights of the 10 tracks are Vinson's 'Juice Head Baby', Big Bill Broonzy's 'Just A Dream', Duke Ellington's 'Things Ain't What They Used To Be' & Percy Mayfield's 'Please Send Me Someone To Love'.
'Kidney Stew Is Fine' is an entertaining and varied Eddie Vinson album which makes a valuable addition to any blues or jazz collection.


Ww3
Ww3
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Williams powerful trio album from 1993., 3 Feb 2014
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This was the third album by the little-known saxophonist Willie Williams who worked and recorded with Thelonious Monk Jr.
Recorded in New York on September 28, 1993 this powerful and exciting trio features Williams(tenor & soprano saxophone); Scott Colley(bass) & Harold Summey Jr.(drums).
All nine tracks feature tremendous playing from the trio with the highlights being Odean Pope's 'Out For A Walk', reminiscent of a Sonny Rollins calypso, Jackie McLean's 'Dr. Jackle' and Williams' lengthy and impressive 3-part title track.
Almost an hour of music, 'WW3' is an overlooked album which should appeal to anyone who enjoys passionate and adventurous modern jazz.


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