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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shelley Manne - Hot Coles

Another crazee lp I dragged over from the CP blog. Shelly gathered up a bunch of mid '70's LA session men and turned out an lp of  Cole Porter arrangements that would not have been out of place on a nice space-age bachelor  pad recording. Spool thread on the reel to reel baby 20 years too late...

 This recording comes with permission from our sadly missed friend Arkadin. Swing cats, swing!!

1. From This Moment On
2. Easy To Love
3. Get Out Of Town
4. Begin The Beguine
5. Night And Day
6. All Of You
7. Love For Sale
8. In The Still Of The Night

Shelly Manne - drums, percussion
Tom Scott - flute, soprano sax

Oscar Brashear - trumpet
Tommy Tedesco - guitar

Victor Feldman - piano
Mike Wofford - electric piano
Chuck Domanico - electric bass
Mailto Correa, Moacir Santos - percussion

Flying Dutchman Records BDL1-1145

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hannibal - The Angels Of Atlanta

This is the lp I promised a couple of posts back. One of those I found in the local junk shop (Gotta call a spade a spade here). Never the less I was quite happy to land this, an original German enja release.

Peterson's trumpet soars while accompanied by a fine, fine bunch of musicians. The addition of the Harlem Boys Choir adds to the grandiose feeling that pervades this release. At first I was a little put off by the many vocals but as I kept listening I began to understand how perfectly they fit in. Duke used vocals several times in the same manner making the song sound big and intensely soulful at the same time as they did here with "The Inner Voice". Another nice touch was the use of both cello and standard bass.

This is a record that I knew absolutely nothing about, had only a rudimentary knowledge of Peterson himself, but when I saw the band I know I should be listening to this record. My blind choice did not disappoint, and indeed while I was trying to whittle the guy down on the cost of several other records, I knew this would be worth every penny that he undervalued it...$5.00.

 1. The Angels of Atlanta
2. The Story Teller
3. The Inner Voice
4. Mother's Land
5. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson - trumpet
George Adams - tenor sax
Kenny Barron - piano
Diedre Murray - cello
Cecil McBee - bass
Dannie Richmond - drums
Pat Peterson - vocals
The Harlem Boys Choir directed by Walter Turnbull

enja 3085

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lee Konitz / Red Mitchell - I Concentrate On You

There are a bunch of great lps loaded up my Cole Porter blog. Some I never posted here because they didn't fit in or they may have been too readily available. I'm gonna keep that blog open and updated albeit at a snail's pace, but I am also gonna move some of the cooler shit over here.

If you didn't know about the CP blog but would like to, there is a link in the list to the right. It is open for the time being again.

On to the music...

I had been searching for this baby for quite sometime and wouldn't you know, between the time I located it and actually had it sent, someone slipped it into the blogosphere. C'est la Vie! (edit - wouldn't you know I ran across a copy in a small music store, all outta the way in Hayseed, NC. just a couple of weeks later.)

I know the cat that put it up recently (a great guy) and we both agreed that there was room for both. His, if you locate it, is a flac copy from a cd. Mine once again is mp3 from the lp spinning on my turntable as I type.

I love way way these two work on this record. I love that Konitz treats the alto almost like a tenor, giving way to slow languorous lines instead of quick flights usually associated with the smaller horn. This lp is as sophisticated as anything Porter portrayed. Both players take this to heart in the probing, sensuous lines that follow along closely with the original melodies. And yet they still manage to not sacrifice the irreverence and wit that Porter cultivated in his songwriting.

And let it be said that this version of "I Concentrate On You" is one of the great seduction tracks of all time. A sure winner any time, but best during the cool down.

Lee Konitz/Red Mitchell
I Concentrate On You
a tribute to Cole Porter

1. Just One Of Those Things
2. Easy To Love
3. It's Alright With Me
4. Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye
5. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
6. Love For Sale
7. In The Still Of The Night
8. Night and Day*
9. I Love You
10. I Love Paris
11. I Concentrate On You

Lee Konitz - alto sax
Red Mitchell - bass, piano*

Recorded 7/30/74, Copenhagen

IC 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Archie Shepp - Steam

As one of those dudes who scours around for records anywhere they may be lurking, it is finds like this that keep reminding me of why I do it. the other day I buzzed past a small "antique" shop that I see often but is rarely open. I have sifted through their decent pile of lps a couple of times to no avail and never saw anything that would have indicated any change in inventory, so I am not sure why I bothered to stop again. Just perhaps because it had been so long, or just karma, but stop I did. The owner did not recognize me and explained the records were a dollar apiece. And just like the last time I asked if he had anything that was "collectable". He directed me to a couple of cabinets that I had seen previously but this time he added a third. It was filled with the usual Beatles and crap that people think are worth something but lo and behold I found this lp. Actually I also found the next lp that I am gonna post as well, also on Enja.

This is Shepp at my favorite. Live. Stripped down, raspy and raw. I just love the way these guys tear into one of my favorite Duke pieces. I don't have any idea who these back up guys are but they're alright in my book. The only other two pieces on the lp are a smoking Shepp composition that lives up to it's name, and  piece written in appreciation of John C. Shepp handles it beautifully.

This was recorded at the East-West festival In Nuremberg, May 14th, 1976 ( was a senior in high school, and had just barely discovered Miles and Trane. Man, did I have a long way to go.)

1. Solitude
2. Steam
3. A Message From Trane

Archie Shepp - tenor sax, piano
Cameron Brown - bass
Beaver Harris - drums

enja 2076

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Duke Ellington plays

Alright I know I've been a complete slacker lately, but honestly there is so much great music out there that it is difficult sometimes to offer something different. I'm hoping this all too short offering will keep the wolves at bay.
 In keeping with tradition, I'm offering you all this Duke Ellington 10"er. I know it is next to impossible to offer rare Ellington, the dude is well documented after all. Just the same, I have just shy of 100 Ellington lps and this is the only place I have all but 2 of these tracks. Of those two tracks, "It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream" melts me every time.

Duke Ellington plays
1. Hiawatha 
2. Minnehaha
3. It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream
4. Diminuendo In Blue
5. Happy Go Lucky Local - Pt 1.
6. Happy Go Lucky Local - Pt.2
7. Tulip Or Turnip

No recording credits are printed on the sleeve but I am sure some ambitious soul could easily dig these up on a Duke discography somewhere.

Allegro 4038