When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chico Hamilton - man from two worlds

Here's an overlooked smoker of a record. All laid back and cool, this thing has Charles Lloyd debuting what would become his signature track.

 The band is sparse and melodic, just the way I like things.

1. Man From Two Worlds
2. Blues Medley
 a-little sister's dance
 b-shade tree
 c-island blue
3. Forest Flower Sunrise/Sunset*
4. Child's Play
5. Blues For O.T.
6. Mallet Dance
7. Love Song To A Baby

Chico Hamilton - drums
Charles Lloyd - tenor sax, flute
Gabor Szabo - guitar
Albert Stinson - bass

produced by Bob Thiele

vinyl rip impulse stereo A-59

*Forest Flower is presented on the lp as two separate tracks but there is no discernible break. Even later cd versions list the song(s) as a single track.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Arthur Blythe Parkinson's Fund

Bumping this up. See comments.

 Please donate to the Arthur Blythe Parkinson's fund.
Arthur Blythe has Parkinson's Disease. Anyone wishing to contribute to a fund for his health care, please visit this site:

 The Arthur Blythe Parkinson's Fund

Friday, September 12, 2014

anthony davis james newton quartet - hidden voices

As I creep up into old age I find I don't dislike flute as much as I once did. Those Jethro Tull records really messed up my head when I was a kid and I'm just getting over it.
 Good thing because James Newton plays a fair amount of flute on this lp (it's what he does! ed.) but it was my rampant appreciation  of Davis' piano that made scoop this up the minute I found it. I really dig that the only other horn is a trombone. I kinda dig these odd combos, when they work.
This one does, but what would you expect from India Navigation, one of THE great labels?

side one:  a) forever charles
                 b) hocket in the pocket
                 c) past lives

side two:   a) crystal texts set 1, pre a-reflexion
                  b) sudden death

anthony davis - piano
james newton - flute
rick rozie - bass
pheeroan ak laff - drums
george lewis - trombone (guest)

india navigation in 1041   (1979) vinyl rip

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ken McIntyre Sextet...Intoducing The Vibrations

 I was surprised when I found this was a one off record. Bought it originally for the japanese connection. Found I loved it for far more than that.
  These guys pull off that slow burn groove that just kills me. especially late summer nights on the porch. And Hino throws a little gas on the fire occasionally.

1. Theme
2. Eileen
3. Shortie
4. Clear Eyes
5. Now Is The Time
6. Miss Priss

Ken McIntyre - alto sax,flute, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon
Terumasa Hino - trumpet, flugelhorn
Richie Harper - piano
Alonzo Gardner - bass
Andre Strotbert - drums
Andy Vega - congas, percussion

recorded 10/30/76

vinyl rip

Friday, September 5, 2014

Stan Kenton's West Side Story

 And now for something completely different. Well different from the Albam version I posted a couple of weeks ago. C'mon you know these songs and these versions are driving and exciting, and that's no lie.

1. Prologue
2. Something's Coming
3. Maria
4. America
5. Tonight
6. Cool
7. I Feel Pretty
8. Officer Krupke
9. Taunting Scene
10. Somewhere - Finale.

Capitol ST 1609

vinyl rip

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kenny Wheeler - Double Double You

 I don't think this lp is easily available. This is a blatant attempt at drawing interest to my earlier post.

Please help if you can.

1. Foxy Trot
2. Ma Bel
3. W. W.
4. Theme for D'reen / Blue For Lou / Mark Time

Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn
Mike Brecker - tenor sax
John Taylor - piano
Dave Holland - bas
Jack DeJohnette - drums

 recorded 1983 Power Station NYC

ECM 1262   vinyl rip.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walt Dickerson - Unity

I've had a couple of requests to repost this record. So here tis.

The vibes are cool, man. That's all they can be.They can swing. Oh, they can swing like a mother, but they always stay cool. Lionel Hampton was cool. Lionel Hampton was cool. Really cool. Bobby Hutcherson was cool. Probably the coolest of them all.  But in between Dickerson showed 'em how to improvise.
 These side long tracks sport a pair of drummers and not a horn to be seen!! I freaking love these kinds of lps. Not your standard line up but somehow that's OK. This stuff surely has influenced some of my favorite modern lps.
 Grab a cool whiskey and watch the sun go down on these last days of summer. This could be your soundtrack.

1. Unity
2. High Moon

Walt Dickerson - vibes
Walter Davis, Jr. - piano
Andrew Cyrille  drums
Edgar Bateman - drums
George Tucker - bass

The cover photo is of the 1978 vinyl reissue you are currently digging...or at least should be soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jimmy Rowles - Grandpaws

 I really gave this fine lp the short shrift when I originally posted it 5 years ago. When I was asked to repost it, it seemed like a good time to give it another listen and perhaps offer some better insight.
 I first landed this record when I bought a trunkload of jazz lps. I'm taking car trunk. It's survived several moving culls, so it must have some special qualities. And it really does.
 Rowles piano tends to be lyrical without flashiness and yet he steps it up when called for. Hart and Williams are one of the best rhythm sections to come out of the '70's. This record tends to get buried as do too many fine lps. I was an immense pleasure to dig it out and give a listen as I type this.

Jimmy Rowles Trio

1. While You Were Young
2.Medley (Take the A Train/I Love You/I Hadn't Anyone Til You/
Chicago/Desert Song)
3. Jam Face
4. Blood Count/Isn't It Romantic
5. Where Or When
6. My Mother's Love
7. Irene

Jimmy Rowles - piano
Buster Williams - bass
Billy Hart - drums

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kenny Wheeler 1994


Kenny Wheeler plays a mean horn. Makes his home in the UK and has made some smoking records for ECM.  This from another site...

For health reasons, Kenny has been unable to work for most of the year.

He needs our help financially. Please consider donating what you can through PayPal to:


Thank you

EVAN PARKER - tenor and soprano saxophone
BARRY GUY - bass

Special guest: KENNY WHEELER - trumpet

1. 19:50
2. 21:34
3. 17:19

Vortex, London. 9th January 1994

Photo by Caroline Forbes.
This is posted with the kind permission of Evan Parker.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Joe Harriott Double Quintet - Indo-Jazz Suite

 This is a recent discovery for me. Ran across it at someone's yard sale. Gave em a buck. Took the chance and after a couple of listens, I'm really digging it.
 The title is pretty explanatory as to what you will get, but hey India was big in 1966! I really dig this and can't wait to turn it on to the prog goons.

 FTR as I was getting ready to post this I found that Orgy In Rhythm blog did an awesome write up of this record a few years ago. It has since been re-upped there this past June. Been following that blog for years. I should have been more aware of this.

Never the less, I have my own vinyl copy that I am going to share with y'all. Hope ya like it.

1. Overture
2. Contrasts
3. Raga Megha
4. Raga Gaud-Saranga

Joe Harriott - alto sax
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet
Pat Smythe - piano
Coleridge Good - bass
Allan Ganley- drums
John Mayer - violin and direction
Chris Taylor - flute
Diwan Motihar - sitar
Chandrahas Paiganka - tambura
Keshan Sathe - tabla

Atlantic SD1465  1966 stereo vinyl rip