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Just downloaded this excellent '77 Xanadu title over at eMusic but there isn't any accompanying artist info (nor is there any mention at All Music). Eddie Gladden and Gene Perla are listed as playing w/him on the earlier Triplicity LP --- the same crew perhaps? Thanks.

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My copy of the Penguin Guide lists Bill Hardman (t), Junior Cook (ts), Ronnie Cuber (bs), Cecil McBee (bass) and Eddie Gladden (d). Sounds a good one but the Penguin Guide says under-rehearsed. Another iffy review perhaps ?

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I have this LP, but haven't heard it for a LONG time. As I recall though, it's a real good one. I have several of Mickey's records from the '70's on Xanadu and Denon. Whatever happened to him?

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I believe he lives in Australia now. Always liked that Xanadu date. Made a couple of nice ones for Muse as well.

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Bill Hardman tp

Junior Cook ts

Ronnie Cuber bs

Mickey Tucker p

Cecil McBee b

Eddie Gladden d

RCA Studios, NYC, March 28, 1977

Engineer: Paul Goodman

Xanadu 143

Whoever said it is under-rehearsed never listened to that album. All tracks were composed and arranged by Tucker and are his impressions of a European tour with the Jazz Messengers - his quotes in Bob Blumenthal's notes are much fun to read, and the music is full of Tucker's own take on humour in music - if I had but one album to pick as Tucker's most impressive, I'd probably choose Sojourn! Great playing from all involved. Highly recommended!

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For those interested, here's a list of the Tucker LPs of the late 1970's:

Title - label & # - recording place & date - personnel

Triplicity - Xanadu 128 - NYC, December 22, 1975

Mickey Tucker p, org on side 2

Gene Perla b

Eddie Gladden d

Jimmy Ponder g on organ tracks

Sojourn

see above

Doublet - Dan VC-8501 (Japan) - probably Tokyo, November 15, 1976

Tucker p

Cameron Brown b

Toshio Oshumi d

Sweet Lotus Lips - Denon YX-7535 (Japan) - Tokyo, June 3, 1978

Tucker p

Reggie Workman b

Horacee Arnold d

Theme for a Woogie Boogie - Denon YX-7804 - NYC, November 15 & 16, 1978

Louis Smith tp

Curtis Fuller tb

Jimmy Buffington frh

George Coleman as & ts

Tucker p

Takashi "Gon" Mizuhashi b

Eddie Gladden d

Nobu Urushiyama perc

The Denon CD DC-8552 is titled Sweet Lotus Lips includes only 5 of the 6 tracks of that LP, but adds all of Theme for a Woogie Boogie!

The Crawl - Muse MR 5223 / K22P-6047 (Japan) - NYC, May 16, 1979

Marcus Belgrave tp

Slide Hampton tb

Junior Cook ts

Tucker p

Earl May b

Billy Hart d

Ted Dunbar g on one track

Mister Mysterious - Muse MR 5174 - Englewood Cliffs, June 23, 1978

Cecil Bridgewater tp

Frank Foster ts, ss, fl

Pepper Adams bs

Tucker p

Cecil McBee b

Eddie Gladden d

Ray Mantilla perc on two tracks

Azzedin Weston cga on one track

I can recommend all of them for anybody who likes Tucker's playing from one occasion, or his writing - he wrote all the material for the larger groups and most on the others.

Then there are some Steeplechase albums which can be viewed on their Tucker page

It is true that he moved to Australia.

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I recall seeing Mickey Tucker live around 1990 with Louis Hayes group in Toronto. That was a fine band, with both Charles Tolliver and John Stubblefield featured prominently. I guess this must have preceded his relocation to Oz. :tup

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Tucker diesplays some really hip organ chops on James Moody's NEVER AGAIN.

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My copy of the Penguin Guide lists Bill Hardman (t), Junior Cook (ts), Ronnie Cuber (bs), Cecil McBee (bass) and Eddie Gladden (d). Sounds a good one but the Penguin Guide says under-rehearsed. Another iffy review perhaps ?

Thanks Sidewinder. Under-rehearsed they say? Having had a chance to listen to it a few times last night, I completely agree with mikeweil's comment about the 'reviewer'.......ain't no way that the smokin' 'Fast Train to Zurich'was under-rehearsed!!! Great stuff......time to download Triplicity! :D

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Been listening to Charles McPherson's NEW HORIZONS today at work (recorded Sept. 1977) and Mickey Tucker is great on this record! Definitely going to see if I can track down some more recordings on which he appears.

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Check out the track "Cecilitis" on MISTER MYSTERIOUS. Wonderful tribute to / gentle ribbing of Cecil Taylor.

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It's too bad that Mickey Tucker's albums on Xanadu and Muse have not, to my knowledge, ever been re-issued on CD.

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Tucker's also the pianist on George Benson's 1973 live date ALL BLUES. (Not a bad group--George Duvivier on bass, Al Harewood on drums.)

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bought another fine album with tuckey recently, philly joe jones "mean what you say" on sonet... (guess i was lucky finding it though)

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IIRC Tucker was banned for life from RVG's studio for touching a mike or something of the sort. Marvelous player; I have most everything he recorded under his own name, plus a good many sideman dates.

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I have these two Mickey Tucker CDs on Steeplechase. Both are quite interesting.

Blues In Five Dimensions

with Ted Dunbar,Rufus Reid,David Jones

Hang In There

with Greg Gisbert,Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison,Ray Drummond,Marvin "Smitty" Smith

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Can anyone explain this? Per Allmusic, Tucker's first recording as a leader was in 1975, yet in 1974, on Willis Jackson, Headed and Gutted, Muse had to give the "Mickey Tucker appears courtesy of Blue Note Records" credit?  So he was signed to the label but never recorded, certainly not as a leader? 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, JSngry said:

He was in the New Heritage Keyboard Quartet that made that record for Blue Note. Sadly it does not quite meet expectations, misses by JUST that much...I don't know how, but it does.

https://www.discogs.com/The-New-Heritage-Keyboard-Quartet-The-New-Heritage-Keyboard-Quartet/release/2014404

The first cut, John Hicks' " Zap Carnivorous", works well.  I agree with you on the rest of the album, but would still buy a CD issue of it (strangely missing, given it was a BN release).

On 6/13/2009 at 8:08 PM, Peter Friedman said:

It's too bad that Mickey Tucker's albums on Xanadu and Muse have not, to my knowledge, ever been re-issued on CD.

+1

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If you release only one album on a label, how long would you be appearing "courtesy" of that label? I suppose it would be stated in the contract, but how long would someone usually be "under contract"? 

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On 15.9.2021 at 9:34 PM, felser said:

.... a CD issue of it (strangely missing, given it was a BN release).

Quite a few 1970's Blue Note albums never were on CD.

 

1 hour ago, Daniel A said:

.........but how long would someone usually be "under contract"? 

It all depends on the contract - there are so many variants.

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