Assagai - Akasa (Charles Ononogbo, Fred Coker)
Assagai, Vertigo, 1971
Bizo Mnggikana (tenor saxophone), Dudu Pukwana (alto saxophone), Mongezi Feza (cornet), Fred Coker (guitar), Charles Ononogbo (bass), Louis Moholo (drums)
MG identified the record and the tune ! It's the mix of South African music, jazz and rock that I really enjoy. Dudu Pukwana is prominently featured and I just love every musical project he has been involved with.
Jackie Mittoo - Juice Box (Jackie Mittoo)
Keep On Dancing, Coxsone, 1969
Jackie Mittoo (organ), prob. members of The Sound Dimension
MG has identified Mittoo but I haven't been able to identify the rest of the group, sorry ! Probably the members of the Sound Dimension. Originally on Keep on Dancing, the track can be found on the recent compilation featured above that is extremely well presented and fun to listen to.
Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble - Mantra Dance (Logan Rollins)
Hard Luck Soul, Aragorn, 1971
Reynard Birtha (trumpet), Jesse Barrett (tenor saxophone), Sonny Ward (tenor saxophone), Logan Rollins (alto saxophone), George Williams (guitar), Richard Strokes (guitar), John Grady (organ), Richard Wise (piano), Charles Peterson (bass), Dave Bennett (drums), Ricky Lewis (perc)
Raw ! And ROllins , the nephew of Sonny. It's a record made by serving prisoners and the energy from Birtha and the reeds (Logan!) is highly communicable!
The Art Hodes Quintet - Dardanella
Mostly Blues (Some Legendary Art), Audiophile, 1957
Art Hodes (piano), Marty Grosz (guitar), Truck Parham (bass), Freddie Kohlman (drums) (Eddie Burleton (clarinet))
« A pianist who has lived a full life and has something to say » as pointed out by Hot Ptah. That's Art Hodes and his quartet/quintet playing drag, blues and standards with diligence, joy and art. Great interactions all along with Marty Grosz.
Charles Williams - Trees And Grass And Things (Don Pullen)
Trees And Grass And Things, Mainstream, 1971
Charles Williams (alto saxophone), David Brooks (tenor saxophone), Don Pullen (piano, organ), Jimmy Lewis (bass), William Curtis (drums), Montego Joe (perc)
Identified by Jim ! I bought this record opportunistically when I saw the name of Pullen. I love every bit of the music here. It captures in a studio recording the vibrant energy that the Pullen/Adams Quartet have had a decade later in so many live sessions but (quite) failed to obtain in studio. I have no other record featuring Charles Williams so far, any recommendation would be appreciated!
The Mal Waldron Trio - Idaho (Jesse Stone)
Moonglow & Stardust, Music Minus One, 1960
Mal Waldron (piano), Wendell Marshall (bass), Charles Persip (drums)
Did you sing along ? Thom identified Waldron, MG identified the tune. Of the 3 or 4 Music Minus One records lead by Waldron that I have heard, this is by very far my favorite. Except for Stardust than I find a bit too slow, the rest of the tunes are perfectly arranged and executed by Waldron with a very positive atmosphere all along. Don't hesitate to give this record a try if you find a copy.
Ralph Moore - Into Dawn (Roy Hargrove)
Furthermore, Landmark, 1990
Ralph Moore (tenor saxophone), Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Benny Green (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
Dan has identified the track&record ! Since I have heard Moore play on live sessions with the Horace Silver Quintet, I have been very enthusiastic with pretty much everything he has done as a leader and sideman. I am glad that he is again recording (a new album to be released soon on WJ3 records) and touring (I just realize he has played multiple times in France in the past 2 years, hope I can catch him soon). The story of Hargrove is truly a sad one. Such an elegance in his compositions and a dedication and talent when he played. Awfully sad.
Jean-Jacques Ruhlmann - Ironie Du Sort (Jean-Jacques Ruhlmann)
Impression - l'énigme Infinie, JAM, 1981
Jean-Jacques Ruhlmann (soprano saxophone), Philippe Maté (tenor saxophone), François Couturier (piano), François Méchali (cello), Merzak Mouthana (drums)
A relatively obscure French recording from the early 80s. I only know François Couturier that I have seen playing with Anouar Brahem a couple of times. The compositions might be a bit too written but the arrangements are truly beautiful.
Johnny Smith - Limelight (Terry's Theme, Charlie Chaplin)
(The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions) ROOST EP311 , Roost, 1952
Johnny Smith (guitar), Joe Mooney (organ), Eddie Safranski (bass), Don Lamond (drums)
Beautiful Smith here. The first CD of his Mosaic set is my regular and favorite post-midnight listen. The tune is from the soundtrack of Limelight composed by Chaplin. The organ seems a bit theatrical but for me it matches the atmosphere of Chaplin movies like a charm.
Sophie Alour and Alain Jean-Marie - Que reste-t-il de nos amours ? (I Wish You Love, Charles Trenet)
Live at La Rochelle, 2018
Sophie Alour (tenor saxophone), Alain Jean-Marie (piano)
This is not officially released but has been recorded around the release of Alour's Time for Love containing two duets between Alain Jean-Marie and Sophie Alour.
Alour has made consistently great records in the past 10 years (Opus 3, Shaker) and Alain Jean-Marie would deserve much more recognition. His early recordings, the ones with Wilen and Romano and the beguine series contain all magnificent compositions and play.
Unless the current strikes disturb my plans, I am glad I should be able to see them both in duet format tonight near Paris !