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Though this is Pierre Lacocque's band, and he is the principal songwriter
and stage front with his harmonica, there is an ensemble feel to all of
Mississippi Heat albums. When you listen to this superb CD, you're not just
hearing a band. You're hearing a family, one with a deep love, understanding,
and respect for each other. That special guest Sax Gordon is so seamlessly
incorporated into their signature sound speaks volumes. Fourteen of the
sixteen songs here are new originals. Inetta Visor sings most of the songs
while guitarist Michael Dotson sings on his three originals and drummer
Kenny Smith sings one of his own. From straight-ahead Chicago blues, boogie
and swing to Latin beat, Caribbean and funk Warning Shot is
a remarkable musical achievement!
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A Christmas album for all seasons! Ralph Sutton is one of the greatest
stride and classic jazz pianists of all time. Milt Hinton became famous
for "slapping" the bass and being the most recorded jazz musician appearing
on well over 1,000 sessions. Gus Johnson also appeared on many sessions
playing drums behind Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, Jay McShann, Ralph
Sutton and many more. Born in Scotland in 1936 soprano saxophonist Jim
Galloway is the youngest of the band (by fourteen years!) and has been
active on the Canadian jazz scene since the mid `60s. This 1986 recording
is one of the best-selling and most popular jazz Christmas albums. And
for good reason: these musicians are truly ALL STARS!
Buddy Tate Quartet
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The great Texas tenor delivers the goods on this 1978 quartet session
featuring the same rhythm section of Wray Downes (piano), Dave Young
(bass) and Pete Magadini (drums) that played with Don Menza on last
month's reissue of Bones Blues (Sackville 4004). Tate's first
big break came in 1939 when at the age of 26 he joined the Count Basie
band and took a killer solo on "Rock A Bye Basie". After ten years with
Basie, Tate led his own band for a twenty-year stint at Harlem's Celebrity
Club, toured Europe, made club appearances and numerous recordings.
The program includes "If You Could See Me Now", "Someday Sweetheart",
"Georgia On My Mind", "June Night", "Alone Together" and more. Re-mixed
from the original analog tapes this is the first issue on CD of this
Evergreen Classic Jazz Band
Early Recordings 1915-1932
Formed in Seattle, in 1985, The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band plays
lesser-known music of the `20s and `30s. For this album the band goes
back even further in the teens, songs just about 100 years old. The
ECJB has captured the style and essence of original performances, without
rote replication. Reinterpretation of material originally done by larger
groups is not easy, but the ECJB gets a big sound through fresh, distinctive
voicings from the front line threesome, and tight, clear execution from
the rhythm section. Leader Tom Jacobus plays some fine tuba and provides
most of the musical arrangements. This 1995 session yielded 17 songs
including "Stomp Off, Let's Go", "Apex Blues", "Ring Dem Bells" and
"Stock Yards Strut". Contains more than a full hour of foot stomping
Come Back Baby
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Both critically acclaimed and the best-selling newly recorded album
for Delmark in recent times, 2012's Been There Done That put
Linsey Alexander in the blues spotlight. "Throughout Alexander sings
with a conviction and verve that few can equal. This should be his break-out
recording." Gary von Tersch, Big City Rhythm & Blues Similar
to the first album, Come Back Baby is full of delightful new
originals including "Little Bit of Soap", "Booty Call", "Call My Wife",
"Things Done Changed", "Too Old To Be A New Fool" and the title track.
Once again Linsey led his nine-piece band live in the studio with special
guest Billy Branch on harmonica.
Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms From The Region
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From The Region documents Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms as they explore the sparse territory of the vibraphone trio. On their third record, the Chicago-based collective navigates a new batch of tunes written by Adasiewicz, called "one of the great vibraphonists of our time" by critic Kevin Whitehead. Long time collaborator and drummer Mike Reed (People, Places and Things, Living by Lanterns) also contributed a tune for the new record. In this new venture, renowned bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (The Thing, Atomic) fills large shoes after the bittersweet departure of Nate McBride. International tours have kept the group pushing the boundaries of the Chicago sound, embodying: "We are all drummers and we all want to swing."
Bones Blues featuring Don Menza
Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and style. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1936, Menza was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger. A short tenure with Stan Kenton preceded joining Buddy Rich's 1968 big band in the "jazz tenor" chair, recording the famous solo cadenza on "Channel 1 Suite" (Recorded "live" at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas) that utilized circular breathing and has become known as a classic. He settled in California and has worked with Elvin Jones, Louie Bellson and as a long time member of The Tonight Show Band, with Johnny Carson. On this 1977 session Menza is featured with the Canadian rhythm section of Wray Downes, piano; Dave Young, bass; and Pete Magadini, drums. "Old Devil Moon", "Freddie the Freeloader", "I Remember Clifford", and 5 more.
Jazz pianist Don Pullen was taken away from us way too soon. He passed at age 53 in 1995. He could play anything from blues to straight ahead to the outmost regions of avant garde jazz. This is a re-issue of his 1975 Sackville album originally titled Solo Piano Album. The new title track is a dedication to Muhal Richard Abrams who made his recorded debut on Demark. "Suite (Sweet) Malcolm (Part 1: Memories and Gunshots)" is for Malcolm X. "Big Alice" is a tour de force embedded with all of Pullen's gospel and soul roots. "Song Played backwards" is a song Pullen decided to play in reverse of the note sequence he had composed! Pullen's music is fierce and joyous and alive, and his presence abides in every note here.
At The Bern Jazz Festival
Jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham was born in 1905, moved to Chicago in 1924 and fell in love with traditional jazz after hearing King Oliver. Cheatham played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson and Fletcher Henderson. He passed in `97 at the age of 91. The first six songs here were recorded live at The Bern Jazz Festival, Switzerland on April 30, 1983. The remaining three at Traders Lounge, Toronto 1984 & `85. "Everyone is in fine form on this small group swing CD." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.
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Jazz cornetist Bob Barnard is one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians ever to come from Australia. Bob and Jim had worked separately with legendary Swiss jazz pianist Henry Chaix and his trio but this was the first time they had all met together on the same stage. Recorded live on October 19, 1997 in Baden, Switzerland this disc contains 10 selections. "Although they mostly perform swing standards, the music is closer to traditional jazz. Listening to this very coherent and swinging music, it is impressive to note that Barnard and Galloway had never played together before." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.