The Magnificent Goldberg

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  1. What music did you buy today?

    I've been getting lax keeping up with Houston Person releases lately. But I had a day a month or so ago when I listened to his material all day long. As a result, I asked my wife and daughter to get me a couple I'd missed for Christmas. Well, they got me four! Something personal Thinking of you Naturally Rain or shine wasn't even available when I asked, so my daughter got that, too! Boxing day was LOVELY! MG
  2. New server and increased cost...

    I'm glad I looked in today. I've been lax lately, but I'm in. MG
  3. Merry Christmas!

    Happy Christmas to all the real jazz fans! Still haven't got a new computer; expecting prices to fall a bit after Christmas. MG
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    I'll be into that, Dan. MG
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    I put one of his in BFT 150 Track 18, Azure (the WIld Bill Davis tune). I know you heard it because you commented on several other cuts. And you were the only one, I think, to get 'Goldberg boogie@. MG
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    Yeah, I don't know why sometimes a really talented geezer gets sidelined, but it happens. MG Glad you liked it. MG
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    And you didn't say hello to Mr Moody? MG Glad you enjoyed it Bill. I like that Hawes sleeve a lot. Wild Bill Davis is often quite hard to identify; he had as wide an influence as Jimmy Smith, though it's not recognised. MG
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    Well, here we are, a new month and some answers. 01 Big Jay McNeely – K&H boogie – Exclusive 122X Big Jay McNeely (ts), Bob McNeely (bar), Jimmie O'Brien (p), prob Prince "Candy" Stanzel (g), Theodore Shirley (b), Leonard "Tight" Hardiman (d) Los Angeles, Apr, 1949 I thought this would fool a lot of you. But Jimmy O’Brien was damn good, I think. He didn’t record much; a session with Buddy Colette in ’48, then worked with Big Jay until ’52. I took this from the CD ‘The Deacon unabridged’ issued by Big Jay’s own label, Swingin’. 02 Wild Bill Davis – See see rider – RCAVictor LPM3314 Wild Bill Davis (org), Clayton ‘Bob’ Brown (ts, fl), Dickie Thompson (g), Jimmy Hopps (d) NY 22 Sep 1964 This one’s just in here because I like it. I didn’t expect many wouldn’t get Wild Bill. It’s from the RCAVictor album ‘Free, frantic and funky’. 03 Ray Bryant – Gotta travel on – Cadet 767 Ray Bryant (p), Walter Booker (b), Freddie Waits (d) NY 18 Feb 1966 04 Phineas Newborn – Harlem Blues – Contemporary 7634 Phineas Newborn (p), Ray Brown (b), Elvin Jones (d) LA 12 & 13 Feb 1969 I thought it would be interesting to see what people made of the last two. Same tune by very different pianists with different approaches. 05 Earl Grant – Sweet sixteen bars – Decca 74299 Earl Grant (p, org) unknown band Basin Street East, NY 1962 Well, Earl Grant’s an organist and pianist I rather like and not many others are bothered about now. He was a decent singer in the Nat Cole style but his most successful recordings were lounge instrumentals but usually with something extra to them. This is from the Decca album ‘Earl Grant at Basin Street East’. 06 Lou Johnson – A time to love; a time to cry – Big Top 101 Lou Johnson (voc) unknown acc NY 1965 I’ve liked Lou Johnson since I bought ‘Always something there to remind me’ in 1964. Ace issued a CD covering his recordings for Big Top/Big Hill in 2010 but I never heard about it until last year. As ever with Ace, the sleeve notes are chock full of into about a guy who’s had a surprisingly interesting career, as a gospel singer and organist (who wiped out Rev Maceo Woods at a concert in Cleveland), a jazz pianist and organist, a soul singer and, in his later years, a member of the Inkspots, with whom he was still performing when the notes were written (and you thought the Inkspots were a thing of the past). This record was a Cash Box R&B #16 hit in 1965, during the time Billboard wasn’t publishing an R&B chart. But it also made #59 on the Billboard pop charts; the last of his four hit singles. 07 Gildo Mahones – Water blues fall – Prestige 16004 Gildo Mahones (p), George Tucker (b), Jimmie Smith (d) RVG 3 Sep 1963 Some people don’t seem to make it, no matter how much they deserve to. Prestige’s 16000 series seems to have been created for Ozzie Cadena’s pet projects, though only three were issued on that series (the other handful were reissues). It was supposed to have been reissued on NJ8299, but that apparently didn’t issue (though I’ve got a photo of the sleeve with an NJ sticker on it). Instead, most of the tracks were reissued on the two LP set PR7339 titled ‘The soulful piano of Gildo Mahones’. Goodness knows what the price of a two LP set NOT on the PR24000 series would have cost, but, with an issue history like that, small wonder Gildo’s albums never topped the R&B album chart J He made an album for Interplay in 1990 as a leader and those three are his only leader issues. But he was a prolific sideman with 77 sessions between 1949 and 1995 with many of the greatest jazz musicians of the period, including Lester Young, Booker Ervin, Frank Foster, Bennie Green, Sonny Stitt, Frank Wess and Willis Jackson, as well as a lot with singers: Lambert Hendricks & Ross, together & separately, Spoon, Dakota, Rawls, Joe Turner and Lorez Alexandria. So he SHOULD be someone many of us recognise. He was born in 1929 and is, apparently, still alive. MG 08 Shirley Scott – How sweet – Prestige 7440 Shirley Scott (org), Joe Newman (tp), Oliver Nelson (ts), George Tucker (b), Roy Brooks (d) RVG 22 Aug 1961 This tune was later renamed ‘Blues everywhere’. This was its first recording, as part of Shirley’s ‘Blue seven’ LP. They played ‘Wagon wheels’ for 12 minutes, so something, this Wild Bill Davis-type of tune, which Shirley played Wild Bill style, too, had to go. It was included in the LP ‘Now’s the time’ with a bunch of leftovers from 1958 to 1964. The CD issue of ‘Blue seven’ reinstated it in its proper place. It’s worth remembering that Shirley was playing organ in Philly before Jimmy Smith changed things. In 1955 she was in a trio with Tootie Heath and John Coltrane. (Pity it was never recorded.) But Wild Bill and Jimmy are both clear influences on her and this ain’t no joke. 09 Sonny Stitt – Bachianas Brazilieras no 5 – Cadet 60040 10 Sonny Stitt – Funky interlude (Bachianas Brazilieras no 5, pt 2) – Cadet 60040 Sonny Stitt LP collective pers: Sonny Stitt (as,ts), Waymon Reed, Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm (tp,flhrn), Gerald Ray Chamberlain (tb), Seldon Powell (fl), George Marge (fl,hrn), Pee Wee Ellis (as,ts,el-p,synt,arr,cond), Patti Bown, Sir Roland Hanna (p,el-p), Sam Brown, Hugh McCracken, Billy Butler, Jonathan Scholle (g), Wilbur "Dud" Bascomb, Jr, Will Lee, Ron Carter (b,el-b), Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (d), Ray Mantilla, Gilmore Digap (cga) + strings New York, 1974 Sonny’s Cadet albums from the seventies are pretty interesting. This is from the LP ‘Never can say goodbye’. It illustrates what Bob Porter told me about Sonny, that if you let him make an album with his old friends, you’ll get the 97th version of ‘the Sonny Stitt album’. You’ve got to put him on unfamiliar ground. Of course, sometimes that approach gives you a big bunch of crap. So here he is in an imitation Deodato track. I was delighted Jim took so long to get it. 11 Ramsey Lewis – I remember the starlight – Argo 715 Ramsey Lewis (p), Eldee Young (b), Red Holt (d) Chicago 1963 I included this because I didn’t think there were enough ballads in this BFT, so Ramsey, as a pianist not much associated with ballads, was an obvious choice. It’s from the LP ‘Pot luck’ made a year before he hit the jackpot. The tune is by Puccini and is ‘from Tosca’. 12 Hampton Hawes – Go down Moses – Prestige 10088 Hampton Hawes (p), Allen De Rienzo, Snooky Young (tp), George Bohanon (tb), Jackie Kelso, William Green, Jay Migliori (saxes,fl), Al Vescovo (g), Carol Kaye (el-b), Spider Webb (d), David Axelrod (arr,cond) Berkeley, CA, July 18 & 19, 1974 13 Hampton Hawes – Sierra morena – Prestige 10088 Hampton Hawes (p), Allen De Rienzo, Snooky Young (tp), George Bohanon (tb), Jackie Kelso, William Green, Jay Migliori (saxes,fl), Al Vescovo (g), Carol Kaye (el-b), Spider Webb (d), David Axelrod (arr,cond) Berkeley, CA, July 18 & 19, 1974 I like Hampton Hawes a lot. Sure, his Contemporary albums, particularly those he made in the mid sixties and later seventies, are my favourites, but this album is a pretty nice one, despite Axelrod, who I don’t care for much. I like the Ramsey Lewis approach of ‘Moses’, and the drama of ‘Sierra Morena’. These two are taken from a Japanese CD reissued in 2014 (so Concord aren’t twiddling their thumbs as far as that market is concerned). 14 James Moody – Don’t let me be lonely tonight – Paula 4003 James Moody (ts), Tennyson Stephens (p), Jodie Christian (p,tamb), Richard Evans (b), Marshall Thompson (jazz-d,cga), Andre Fischer (rock-d) Chicago, Illinois, 1973 I’d always known Moody was a big influence on Hank Crawford but until I got this album, ‘Sax and flute man’, I’d ever heard it so plainly. Will someone please tell me what the hell rock drums are, as distinct from jazz drums? And which are they supposed to be on this track? I guess Paul Serrano knew. MG
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    Thanks Bill. I thought it was on the first. MG
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    Yeah, my best mate saw him in Brighton some time in the seventies and said he stank (or is it stunk?) because he was pissed as a fart. Mm. Am I supposed to give the answers today or tomorrow? MG
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    Thanks Jim; never gave a thought to alcoholism. Good to know. MG
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    I don't expect you to agree, but even trashy stuff by people I like a lot interests me greatly. Also, of course, the people who own the companies or produce for them. I generally find them a good deal more interesting than the musicians or the music. But you can hardly ever find much out about them. And as for the reasons they make the choices they do/did, well, go whistle. Or, as I do, go speculate. MG
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    Thinking about it, I remembered that the Moody stuff I really like a lot (nearly as much as this) is on Dizzy Gillespie's 'Swing low, sweet Cadillac'. Have you heard that one? It's a lot better known. MG
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    Yeah, this is like Sonny Stiff meets Deodato and they didn't like each other much. Truly, I was trying to see if I could fool Jim on Sonny Stiff, and did!!! MG I don't send Thom a CDR. I upload stuff to the web and send him a link. MG
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    Yeah, there are two formats: mp3 and mp4. Different chunks of software/machinery do different formats. Who knows why? Can you not listen to mp4 tracks in WMP? I never use it. Foobar all the time, because it also plays flacs so, when I want to listen to something, I don't give a toss what format it's in. I thought everyone did that... MG Track 01 - Fun. No guesses, but very fun. Track 02 - Reminds me of an old... Black Lion? record I had of Illinois Jacquet's organ band. Sounds like Harold Alexander's flute work. NOT ILLINOIS, NOT HAROLD ALEXANDER. Track 03 - Influences of Ibrahim, certainly in the spiritual vein. Pianist has a touch of Phineas, but not enough. Like Phineas played on a slower speed (love it, but there is only one Phineas!). I was going to guess Vince Guaraldi, but seems busier. YOU'LL HAVE SEEN WHO IT REALLY IS NOW. Track 04 - Sounds like an Ibrahim song, but that's unmistakably Phineas. Ah! Yes, THAT record. It's Harlem Blues from this. That drummer probably came from a very musical family. YES, SPOTTER ON THAN JIM S' GUESS. Track 05 - Starting to catch onto a theme, here. I like these, but I have no idea who it might be. Gut is telling me it's more of a blues record than a Jazz record. Something about the bass has me thinking Milt Hinton. WELL, YOU COULD BE RIGHT ABOUT HINTON; THE ACCOMPANISTS ARE UNIDENTIFIED. Track 06 - I like the singer's voice, but the stiffness of the rhythm (clearly intentional) is grating. Track 07 - Obvious guess is Horace Silver, but I have absolutely SIFTED my HS collection and this is not there. Could be he's a sideman (maybe for the bassist?) but I'm whiffing on this one. ONE OF THE GREAT OVERLOOKED GEEZERS, THIS IS. Track 08 - Aaaaw, yeah! My first thought was Lee Morgan, but that's an older sound (balls out playing!). Ah! There's Oliver Nelson. Sometimes, he didn't seem all that funky, this is not one of those times.:) George Tucker, for sure -- nobody lays down that walk like that. AH! Got it! It's Track 2 from this. I should have gotten the drummer, too. Trumpet player is a favorite, and completely under appreciated. FUNNILY ENOUGH, IT'S NOT EXACTLY FROM THAT, BUT NEARLY SO. Track 09 - Very interesting, but no idea what it is. I recently watched The Godfather again, and a couple of tracks here brought me to the wedding scene, but on a more musical level. I know this alto player, but it's not clicking for me. Could be Fathead, but doesn't seem strong enough (meaning the tone, not the music). I like this, but I feel very guilty about it. Track 10 - Huh... I assumed this was the outchorus of the previous song and it threw me off. I assume this is a soundtrack. NOT A SOUNDTRACK. FOR INCOMPREHENSIBLE REASONS, THAT DID THIS DELIBERATELY. Track 11 - This! All day long!!!! I haven't lobbed a Gene Harris guess out there, yet, so here it is. I could get lost in this for a long time. MUST have. Track 12 - AAAAAW YEAH!!! I swear this just showed up somewhere else recently, but I'm not placing what it was. I was thinking Joe Lee Wilson, but then the vocals didn't come in. Open chords have me thinking Harold Mabern, and whenever I do that, I'm dead wrong, so there's that. I am enough of a cheeseball that this knocks me out. I mean, it's *so* Kojak, but it just works. I *swear* I know this, but I can't get it. My wife is laughing at me. I SUSPECT YOU'LL LAUGH AT YOURSELF AT THE END OF THE MONTH. Track 13 - I should NOT like this as much as I do. It's got that high school Jazz band from the 1970s feel, but it TOTALLY freakin' works! LOVE it! I want more of this. My ears aren't bleeding, so it's not Maynard, but that's the era I'm thinking of. Because of the mellow quality of the horns, I want to lean Mike Westbrook, but it seems too straight ahead (meaning no electronica). I'm diggin' it! MUSIC DEFINITELY HITS DIFFERENT PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY. i'D NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF MAYNARD AND THE NAME WESTBROOK IS SO FAR AWAY FROM MY CONCERNS, HE'S NOT ON THE SAME PLANET. BUT i CAN GET THE ROUTE THIS IS REACHING YOU BY, SURPRISING TO ME THOUGH IT IS. Track 14 - To paraphrase one of my favorite lines from Hi Fidelity, "Is that James F***ing Taylor?" Alto is biting the phrasing a bit hard. Could be George Braith -- he has a tendency to do that. Yeah, this one is kind of suffering from the things that should have bugged me more about the previous string. Alto is too scoopy. If it's a heavy hitter, it's an off day. Lots of goodies in this. Can't wait for the reveal so I can spend some more money that doesn't exist! Wow... shocked that was Moody. That one missed for me. Still waiting to see some of those 70s tunes get ID'd. Perhaps I've had too much pecan pie. GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT, THOM. MG