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George Braith

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I really don't think Musart is on the level of Braith's Bluenote output .

The title track starts out promisingly but during Braith's solo any musical narrative or development is lost . The two ballad standards don't approach anything memorable ; Laura being particularly unrewarding . The lowpoint of the album is Evelyn Anita , which tenders some pretty tired funkiness .

One track stands head and shoulders above the rest and that is Del's Theme . The wordless vocalizing is hauntingly lovely on this , and George gets into a relaxed , hypnotic groove in his solo . Splashes of Love is the next best thing on the record , but it gets an injudiciously quick fade out just as Jane Getz is getting going !

According to Lord there are six unissued tunes from the sessions that went into Musart ( one titled intriguingly ( or alarmingly ) , 'Monkey Cha Cha' ) . In addition , according to Lord , Braith did four more tunes for Prestige in the fall of '67 with John Hicks , Herbie Lewis and Roy Haynes , but there is no listing for this session in Fitzgerald's Prestige discography .

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Having had great success with MG’s recommendation on Johnny Lytle I picked up Braith’s Musart.  I think it’s a pretty beguiling album , quite different from just about anything else of this era that I’ve heard. Solid recommendation MG 👍

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got me tempted...

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the Braith Prestiges are of more interest to me than are the BNs, and I very much enjoy the BNs.

And then you get into his self-released stuff...eccentric, often, but always interesting.

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2 hours ago, Clunky said:

Having had great success with MG’s recommendation on Johnny Lytle I picked up Braith’s Musart.  I think it’s a pretty beguiling album , quite different from just about anything else of this era that I’ve heard. Solid recommendation MG 👍

The nearest equivalent that comes to mind is RRK’s ‘Slightly Latin’. Both left field albums with MOR touches from about the same late 60s vintage with the vocal backing. Both are great (IMO anyway).

Dusty Groove did a nice job with the ‘Musart’ reissue.

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3 hours ago, Clunky said:

Having had great success with MG’s recommendation on Johnny Lytle I picked up Braith’s Musart.  I think it’s a pretty beguiling album , quite different from just about anything else of this era that I’ve heard. Solid recommendation MG 👍

Glad you like it.

Is it now on CD?

MG

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3 minutes ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

Glad you like it.

Is it now on CD?

MG

2013 reissue on Real Gone Music, under license from Concord. It's the same label as reissued as Lytle's  The Soulful Rebel/ People & Love. I enjoyed that one a lot so went looking to see what else RGM had reissued. Musart had your recommendation on some thread IIRC when I went searching.

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1 minute ago, Clunky said:

2013 reissue on Real Gone Music

Oh, is that the complete George Braith 1963-67? I have the feeling that label does that kind of thing.

MG

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3 minutes ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

Oh, is that the complete George Braith 1963-67? I have the feeling that label does that kind of thing.

MG

No it's just Musart, I don't think they've reissued the other Braith 

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32 minutes ago, Clunky said:

No it's just Musart, I don't think they've reissued the other Braith 

Oh. But it's got to be a CD?

MG

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It was a Real Gone Music/Dusty Groove Issue.

They also put out a Prestige CD by Stan Hunter and Sonny Fortune (his first session).

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10 hours ago, sidewinder said:

It was a Real Gone Music/Dusty Groove Issue.

They also put out a Prestige CD by Stan Hunter and Sonny Fortune (his first session).

Yes, I've got the LP of that, too. A nice-ish cut or two but a bit on the weak side overall.

MG

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I agree - it is a fairly run of the mill session.

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Blue John (Patton) was the first place I heard Geo. Braith, and still by far my fav although I enjoy the BNs under his name.  Given that, do I want either of the Prestige?

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Yes? Both?

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Both are very different; from each other and from anything else he's done. No way to tell before you hear 'em. And it took me a good while to get 'Musart' after I'd bought it. I mean over a decade.

MG

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