felser Posted December 30, 2019 Report Share Posted December 30, 2019 BFT 189 Reveal Thanks to all who took the time to listen and comment. Here are the selections – hope there were some new discoveries or some nice reacquaintances. Very much a Philly-based sub-then, celebrating my listening roots, as the Visitors, Khan Jamal, and Catalyst were all active on the Philly scene in the early-mid 70’s. I saw the Visitors at the Main Point opening for Gil Scott-Heron, never got to see Catalyst or Jamal live, but was well aware of their music. 1 - Visitors – “In My Youth” from ‘In My Youth’, Muse Records 1973 Coltrane’s nephews Earl and Carl Grubbs on the saxes, Philly local luminary Sid Simmons on piano, a very young Stanley Clarke on bass. 2 - Bert Myrick – “Scorpio's Child” from ‘Live ‘n Well’, Strata Records, 1974. Recorded 1965. George Bohannon on trombone with an excellent solo. Detroit Legend and Strata Records label founder Kenny Cox played piano and composed the piece. 3 - Brian Auger & Trinity – “Pavane” from ‘Befour’ RCA Records 1970 Auger is a massive talent on keyboards. This is his take on a well-known classical piece. I was disappointed that there was no love for this track. I think it’s great. 4 - Grachan Moncur II – “One Morning I Waked Up Very Early” from the album of the same name, BYG Actuel 1970. Biggest surprise of the BFT was that no one identified this. Piano and vocal by Fernando Martins. 5 - Khan Jamal – “Bloom” from ‘The Traveller’ Steeplechase Records 1986. Impressive trio with Johnny Dyani and the unheralded Leroy Lowe. People liked this one, and I’m glad. 6 - Catalyst – “East” from ‘Catalyst’ Cobblestone Records 1972. Catalyst was a Philly group comprised of Odean Pope, Eddie Green, Tyrone Brown, and Sherman Ferguson. Pope and Brown went on to do excellent work with Max Roach a decade later. 7 - Eric Alexander – “Airegin” from ‘My Favorite Things’ Venus Records 2007 I love Eric Alexander’s playing. Sangrey doesn’t. We’ve well established that dynamic on various board discussions. Hazeltine/Webber/Farnsworth rhythm section (wish it had been Harold Mabern, but Hazeltine is solid). 8 - Maria Schneider – “Love Theme From Spartacus” from ‘Coming About’ ENJA records 1996 I love Schneider’s work across the board, believe she is the best out there at arranging large groups. Someone else will need to identify if it is Rich Perry or Rick Margitza taking the tenor solo on this. My wife and I Saw Schneider’s orchestra at the Philly Art Museum many years ago with several other Organissimo board members, and it was a beautiful and memorable concert. 9 - Art Blakey – “Moontrane” from ‘Rutgers University, NJ, April 15th 1969 ‘ Hi Hat Records 2015 I expected people to recognize the classic Shaw composition, but be stunned that the performance existed, and that’s how it worked out. Blakey on drums, Shaw on trumpet, my main man Carlos Garnet on tenor, George Cables on piano, and Scotty Holt on bass. Blakey had some amazing groups in the late 60’s and early 70’s who were never properly recorded, and we can be thankful that items like this are available. Billy Harper did a residency with Blakey during that period. A musical tragedy that there were no proper US-distributed albums between 1966’s ‘Buttercorn Lady’ (Keith Jarrett! Chuck Mangione!) and 1972’s ‘Childs Dance’. Same situation that hit with Max Roach through much of the 70’s when he had that great group with Harper, though at least that group was well-recorded by the Japanese. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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