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

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Say It Loud - Lou Donaldson

I was reading recently where a guy was asking for advice. Lou Donaldson was making an appearence and should he bother to go. I guess since he's in his 80's, Lou doesn't blow as forcefully as he once did, but what a gem. I wouldn't pass up the chance to see an icon like this for nothing.

I was really happy when I scored this record for just a couple of bucks out of a dusty box.

Taken from a Blue Note 84299 vinyl
1. Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud
2. Summertime
3. Caravan
4. Snake Bone
5. Brother Soul

Lou Donaldson - alto
Blue Mitchell - trumpet
Jimmy Ponder - guitar
Charles Earland - organ
Leo Morris - drums

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Hub of Hubbard

After Freddie Hubbard's recent passing, it was time to dig up an old gem and relisten with fresh ears. I probably hadn't listened to this record in 10 years, but I was handsomely rewarded with the playing...and so I share it with you.

The Hub of Hubbard

1972 BASF

Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet
Richard Davis - Bass
Eddie Daniels - Tenor sax
Roland Hanna - Piano
Louis Hayes - Drums

produced by Joachim E. Berendt

1. Without A Song
2. Just One Of Those Things
3. Blues For Duane
4. The Things We Did Last Summer

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dolo Coker - Dolo

Has really been a couple of months since I posted? Damn technology holding me back. Well, I am trying something new so let's see how this works. An obscure little jazz record that I love.
More info if it works....
Dolo Coker was famous for his record California Hard which featured saxophonist Art Pepper.
This one from '77 features the cream of the west coast studio guys at the time.

You'll find this gem here. Xanadu 139
Dolo Coker - piano
Blue Mitchell - trumpet and flugelhorn
Harold Land - tenor sax
Leroy Vinnegar - bass
Frank Butler - drums
1. Dolo
2. Affair In Havana
3. Lady Hawthorne, Please
4. Field Day
5. Never Let Me Go
6. Smack Up
recorded 12/26/76
produced by Don Schlitten