The Magnificent Goldberg

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  1. Name Three People...

    The Big Cheese The Gorgon Sisters Emile Zola
  2. BFT 155 Sign Up & Discussion

    BFT155 I haven’t even looked at my e-mails for over 3 weeks, so I was glad I did today and finding a note about this BFT. I was so keen, I opened it up directly after dinner. 1:1 Bebop line by alto player with a somewhat unattractive sound. Pity about the sound because it means I have to listen to what he’s playing rather than the sound of his sax, which is always a bit of a chore for someone who doesn’t really like jazz all that much. Well, it sez it’s eight minutes and, after four, that’s kind of enough bebop for me to tolerate this evening. (I definitely feel crankier than I used to, nowadays.) Well, he’s sounding a mite better on his second solo and ‘tis pity he didn’t start off like that. I’d have been better disposed towards him, if he had. Oh well, that’s life, I guess. 1:2 I’m a good bit better disposed towards this geezer, whoever he is, despite it being more bebop, as he’s got a fairly nice sound, like there’s something actually IN that sax than air. A fair few Jug licks coming in, which help too. But I still don’t really like this enough to try to think who it might be, except he’s probably a newish player. 1:3 Oh, bloomin’ ‘eck Tucker! I’d like this to be Budd Johnson or Buddy Tate, but I think it’s probably neither. Oh hell, I want this like CRAZY! This is REAL music. Jeez! 1:4 Live. Oh, I think I know this tenor player and the tune. Definitely don’t know the recording. Another one I feel almost immediately that I should have. Mind you, I’m not looking forward to that horrid-sounding alto’s solo, unless he’s putting it on for the obligato. Mucho applause, well merited. So here’s the alto player and it ain’t Benny Carter or Lou Donaldson. It’s someone like Jackie McLean, whom I don’t like at all. But he WAS putting that weird sound on earlier. And he’s a lot more inventive than McLean. I could probably live with his playing, as it’s pretty entertaining. I’m getting a strong feeling that these guys are putting this stuff on and it’s not their natural way of playing. Well, we’re on the pianist now, and he’s kinda just playing the piano, know what I mean? Now the drums, the drums. Fortunately, not followed by a bass solo. Well, if I were there, I’d probably enjoy this more than I actually did. 1:5 Another long one. Oh, this sounds like Sonny Stitt. ‘Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone’, a tune that jazz musicians seem to have forgotten about. And it AIN’T Stitt. Nice sound, though. Trombonist has a nice sound, too. Well, it’s really nice. And he played nice sensible stuff. On to the tenorman. Pop goes the weasel – someone’s gonna say it’s Fred Jackson J So a guitar. And someone who sounds like one of the JATP perennials, shoved in there to make up the numbers and justify a high gate charge. And now a trumpeter. Yes, SO much like a JATP job, this. We’ve obviously got Oscar to come. Well, just to prove it, it’s not Oscar. Still, I don’t suppose he had an absolute monopoly on JATP gigs. I wonder what they’d have sounded if Gene Harris HAD been in the band? 1:6 More live. ‘Broadway’. To be frank, I’m finding, on the third live cut, this is all sounding like what a former lady colleague used to call jazz wanking, not without justification, I feel. Really looking forward to 7 in a minute. 1:7 ‘Willow weep for me’ played REALLY nicely. And I think I might have this. Oh yes, as it goes along, I’m SURE I have it. I think it’s King Curtis. But no Nat Adderley. Yes, it’s Curtis. 2:1 ‘Sister Sadie’ was a lady played by a guitarist with more chops than sense. Now, can I get downstairs and make a cup of tea and get beck before the next cut? 2:2 Didn’t quite make it. Heard ‘Billy boy’ as I came up the stairs and thought I was listening to Mr Ram C Lewis. Now I’m sitting down, I KNOW I’m listening to Mr Lewis. Well, this was a tune that Ahmad Jamal played a bit, but I’m sure it’s not him. Thinking about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Gene Harris in there. 2:3 Starts of fairly unpromisingly but, before the end of the first minute, evolves into another of those kind of interesting, kind of over-involved, Blue Note hard bop numbers, relying for interest on the drummer, who is really nice. Must be Freddie Waits or someone like Henry Higgins. Freddie Hubbard’s always nice, too, when I’m in the mood for him. Now there’s supposed to be a tenor player. Yes, here he is, playing trombone, as if he’d no guts at all. Certainly not a great deal of trombone sound in there. Well, no piano, no tenor sax; what a disappointment. 2:4 Pretty quietly recorded track. Or maybe the pianist’s just making no impact. Here comes a trumpet player and, yes, it’s more audible. But the drummer’s more noticeable then the others on my computer. Ah, the tenor player speaks in plain language. Well, he sounds too much like Eric Alexander for my taste. 2:5 Lord, I know this tune well, but can’t think of the title. OK, this isn’t Ramsey Lewis, Junior Mance, Gene Harris, or Les McCann. I like his approach. He’s a bit insane and makes me think of Earl Hines, but this has too modern a sound for that. And he’s not quite off the wall enough. I wouldn’t put it past being someone else who played well into recent days like Jay McShann, who I still haven’t pursued enough to have a good feel for him. But he’s carried this tune well for almost six minutes now, most enthusiastically. So put me down for Jay. 2:6 Ah, an organist. Something I’ve not heard before. I don’t think this is a guy from the fifties-sixties; it’s a retro-soul-jazz band. But It’s not Organissimo J Oh, is that Bubba Brooks? And Bobby Forrester? Bubba has LOTS of different sounds in his horn, and I’m not sure this is him. But I’m not sure this is NOT him, also. Well, on to ‘Cold sweat’, for a taste of reality. And a quick cough and drag. A lot of this was pretty nice; thanks Dan. MG Stone me! I've missed Archie Shepp. MUST put that right. MG
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    He HAD had a regular working band until he started at Blue Note. Then two of the members went other ways. His first recording was an album on Brunswick 754162: "Walk on by" by the Wildare Express, which was Trevor Lawrence, Fats Theus (ts), Thornell Schwatz (g), Tommy Derrick (d). Wildare is obviously a combination of Wilson and Derrick. Derrick and Lawrence were on "On Broadway"; Theus and Schwartz ( had gone to work for Jimmy McGriff by then. Lawrence went on to be a decent session man, recording with Freddie King, King Curtis, Mango Santamania, Chuck Rainey and Howard Tate. He arranged and conducted Etta James' two superb albums "Etta James" and "Come a little closer" on Chess. Derrick worked with Reuben through to 1974, then disappeared. If you see the WIldare Express album, get it. I haven't got it, so I dunno what it's like but, with those people... MG
  4. Bob Porter's SOUL JAZZ book

    I'm extremely glad to hear that. It's the sort of information we foreigners never get told about. If a provocative post prompts it, I'm very glad of that, too. Of COURSE, Black & Blue wasn't a charity. The firm knew there were people in Europe who wanted to hear this music. As Steve said, the guys were finding a new audience. Good. And it's important for musicians to be paid. MG
  5. Album Covers Featuring Musicians In Costume

    My favourite album sleeve thread. I'd forgotten about the Herbie Mann and Grant Green. MG
  6. Name Three People...

    The Muesli Left Lefty Frizzell T W Frizell
  7. Album Covers Featuring Musicians In Costume

    Damn! Forgot about that! One of the great classics. Oh, I never actually saw them PERFORM. They never came to Tonyrefail Working Men's Club MG
  8. Album Covers Featuring Musicians In Costume
  9. Name Three People...

    Big Tiny Little Roy Eldridge Eldridge Cleaver
  10. Album Covers Featuring Musicians In Costume

    Does she count as a musician And I suppose it's a moot point as to whether these are costumes or George Clinton's normal clothes