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1. Hal McKusick—Minor Matters, from Hal McKusick Quartet (Bethlehem, 1955)

Composed by Manny Albam.


Hal McKusick—Alto Saxophone

Barry Galbraith—Guitar

Milt Hinton—Bass

Osie Johnson—Drums


I was drawn to this Track by the sound of Milt Hinton’s bass playing.




2. A. Spencer Barefield—Escape From Bizarro World, from After The End (Sound Aspects, 1989)

Composed by A. Spencer Barefield. Recorded in 1987.

                A Spencer Barefield—Classical Sympathetic Guitar, 12 String Acoustic Guitar

                Oliver Lake-Alto Saxophone

                Hugh Ragin—Trumpet

                Richard Davis—Bass

                Andrew Cyrille—Drums


                I am surprised that this track was identified so completely.




3. Fats Waller—Alligator Crawl, from The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Presents: The Savory Collection, Volume 1


Recorded on October 22, 1938.  Released in 2016.

Composed by Fats Waller

Fats Waller—Piano


I imagined that with all of the attention given to the long awaited release of the Savory recordings, that someone would know this Track well.  Perhaps with the release of Savory recordings on Mosaic Records, more members here will become familiar with them.




4.  Mulatu Astatke—Tezetaye Antchi Lidj (My Unforgettable Remembrance),

from Ethiopiques, Volume 4 (Buda Musique)


Originally released in September 1972 on the LP "Yekatit - Ethio Jazz / Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Meskel" (AELP 90).  Reissued on CD in 1998.


Composed by Mulatu Astatke


Fèqadu Amdé-Mesqel--Flute

Andrew Wilson--Guitar

Mulatu Astatke--Keyboards

Fèqadu Amdé-Mesqel, Mogus Habte—Tenor Saxophones

Yohannès Tèkolla--Trumpet

Giovanni Rico--Bass

Tèmarè Harègu--Drums


This entire CD is very enjoyable, in my humble opinion.




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Rahsaan Roland Kirk---Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs, from The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color (Atlantic, 1975)


Composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.


Rahsaan Roland Kirk—Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Flute, Strichaphone, Manzello

Pat Patrick—Baritone Saxophone

Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving and Hugh McCracken—Guitars

Arthur Jenkins, Hilton Ruiz and Richard Tee—Keyboards

Francesco Centeno, Metathias Pearson and Bill Salter—Bass

Sonny Brown, Steve Gadd and John Goldsmith—Drums

Lawrence Killian—Congas

Ralph McDonald—Congas and Percussion


This was finally identified. I imagined that everyone had this album and that this would be too easy to identify. It’s one of the joys of becoming old that I seem to have outlived the collective memory of current jazz lovers.




6.  Harry James—B-19, from Record Sessions ’39-’42 (Hep, reissue released 1999)

Recorded on December 11, 1941, at  the band’s first session after Pearl Harbor.

Composed by Leroy Holmes.  Arranged by Harry James.


This song was originally the B side of the 78 rpm single, I Don’r Want to Walk Without You, Columbia 36478, released on January 2. 1942. Helen Forrest was the vocalist on the A side.


Harry James—Trumpet soloist.

Claude Bowen, Nick Buona, Al Stearns—Trumpets.

Hoyt Bohannon, Harry Rodgers, Dalton Rizzotto—Trombones.

Claude Lakey, Sam Marowitz—Alto Saxophones.

Corky Corcoran—Tenor Saxophone soloist.

Clint Davis—Baritone Saxophone,  Alto Saxophone

Alex Pevsner, Sindell Kopp, Leo Zorn—Violins

Bill Spear—Viola

Al Frieda—Cello

Al Lerner—Piano

Ben Heller—Guitar

Thurman Teague—Bass

Mickey Scrima—Drums


This Track has one of my favorite Harry James solos.




7.  Lew Tabackin—Autumn Sea, from Rites of Pan (Inner City, 1979).

Composed by Toshiko Akiyoshi.


Lew Tabackin—Flute

Toshiko Akiyoshi—Piano

Bob Daugherty—Bass

Shelly Manne—Drums


Musicians sometimes get put into categories by critics and listeners. I am struck by how well Shelly Manne fits in on this 1979 recording, which is outside of what many people might think of, when they think of Shelly Manne.


Lew and Toshiko should not be forgotten, or somewhat dismissed, in my humble opinion.




8.  Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band—O Som do Sol, from Natureza Universal (Scubidu, 2017)

Composed and Arranged by Hermeto Pascoal


Andre Marques—Big Band leader and musical director

Bruno Soares, Raphael Sampaio, Diego Garbin, Reynaldo Izeppi, Rubinho Antunes—Trumpets

Paulo Malheiros, Fabio Oliva, Sergio Coelho, Bruno Pereira—Trombones

Jaziel Gomes—Bass Trombone

Jota P., Do De Carvalho—Alto Saxophones

Raphael Ferreira, Josue Dos Santos—Tenor Saxophones

Cesar Roversi—Baritone Saxophone

Tiago Gomes—Piano

Fabio Leal—Guitar

Fabio Gouvea-Electric Bass

Cleber Almeida-Drums

Fabio Pascoal-Percussion


I was surprised that this 2017 recording was released under Hermeto Pascoal’s name. It is not what I associate with him.




9. The Great Jazz Trio—Favors, from At The Village Vanguard (East Wind, 1977)

Recorded in February, 1977.

Composed by Claus Orgerman.


Hank Jones—Piano

Ron Carter—Bass

Tony Wiliams—Drums


The entire album is quite good. This specific Track has always seemed memorable to me.




10.  Bruce Fowler—Floatin’, from Entropy (Fossil Records, 1993)

Composed by Bruce Fowler.


Bruce Fowler—Trombone

Walt Fowler—Trumpet

Phil Teele-Bass Trombone

Suzette Moriarty—French Horn

Steve Fowler—Alto Saxophone, Flute

Albert Wing—Tenor Saxophone

Kurt McGettrick—Baritone Saxophone, E Flat Contrabass Clarinet

Billy Childs—Piano

Tom Fowler—Acoustic Bass, Violin

Chester Thompson—Drums


Bruce Fowler is joined here by his Frank Zappa band mates from the 1970s (his brother Tom Fowler and Chester Thompson) and by his Frank Zappa band mates from the 1988 Zappa large ensemble group, which released “Broadway the Hard Way,” “The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life,” and “Make a Jazz Noise Here” (his brother Walt Fowler, Albert Wing and Kurt McGettrick).  Bruce Fowler and Walt Fowler may have been in a 1970s Zappa band together too. For this album, Bruce goes his own way and it is not much like a Zappa album.




11. Cameron Graves—Isle of Love, from Planetary Prince  (Mack Avenue Records, 2017)

Composed and Arranged by Cameron Graves


Cameron Graves—Piano

Kamasi Washington—Tenor Saxophone

Philip Dizack—Trumpet

Ryan Porter—Trombone

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner—Bass

Ronald Bruner, Jr.--Drums

                Cameron Graves is the pianist on Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic.” I thought that his piano solos

                were the best thing about that much publicized album. I was interested in what Cameron Graves

                would record on his solo album. The rest of this 2017 album is in the style of this Track. This is

                somewhat disappointing to me. The compositions and playing impress me as being bombastic.

                On the plus side, there is a lot of energy here. Perhaps his future albums will be better.

                Cameron Graves was more restrained and tasteful on “The Epic”, to me.


                Thank all of you for listening to my Blindfold Test and for providing such thoughtful comments.

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This was a most enjoyable Blindfold Test. I am surprised by the artists on Tracks 8 and 10 especially. As one who is quite familiar with Bruce Fowler's work with Zappa, I would have thought that I might have been able to identify Fowler on Track 10. As you said, it does not sound much like Zappa at all.

I need to do some shopping, especially for the albums from which Tracks 2 and 4 were taken.

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