Thursday, August 24, 2017

Joe Thomas - "Ebony Grandfather" 1971

Sorry for the infrequent posts, but slowly I am getting some extra time to post a few more rare recordings (I say rare, when it has never been published in digital format)

The brief career of this artist, one of four different horn players in jazz named Joe Thomas, can be basically described as symposium on funky flute. He was certainly not the only flautist huffing and puffing over strong backbeats in the '70s and '80s, the era's popular players in this style including Herbie Mann, and Hubert Laws. Thomas' masterwork in this genre might be considered to be "Funky Fever," more than ten minutes of jamming that has been described as "jazzy disco funk boogie," complete with a vocal chorus that chants "I've got this funky, funky fever."
My first exposure to Thomas was in the disco craze of the late 70's when he produced "Plato's Retreat"  in 1978 which was a discotheque and swingers club in Manhattan combined in one!
You can listen to it here:

As far as Thomas discography, I believe that this is his first LP release in 1971.  It's somewhat rare and I was lucky to come across a sealed never played LP.  My favorite track from this LP 'Fancy Fanny' was actually a fun, breezy Bossa number for people who don't like the flute. One of the album's better numbers and a good place to see Thomas showcasing his technical skills - wow, hyper-speed flute !. Who would have thought. rating: ***** stars
Please sit back and roll yourself back to the funky jazz era from 1971!!

Track listing: 
(Side 1) 
1.) Talk To Me (instrumental) (J. Senica) - 3:10
2.) Chitlins And Cuchifritos (instrumental (Buddy Scott - Joe Thomas) - 2:503.) Ebony Godfather (instrumental) (Buddy Scott - Joe Thomas) - 4:12 
4.) Fancy Fanny (instrumental) (Buddy Scott - Joe Thomas) - 3:22 
5.) Be Anything Be Mine (instrumental) (I. Gordon) - 3:14 

(Side 2) 
1.) Every Brother Ain't A Brother (instrumental) (Gary Byrd) - 6:00
2.) Sundown Express (instrumental) (C. Walton) - 3:05
3.) Love (instrumental) Kaempert - Gambler) - 3:18 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Irrepressible Impulses -1972

I had received some email from a follower, and she had a sealed copy of the the Sampler :"Irrepressible Impulses" from 1972, and wanted to mail to me to rip and post.  So I agreed, and was actually not familiar with the work, but after one listen, I realized there were some great gems on this recording.  Even though it debuted in 1972, the recording fidelity is fantastic.  I have yet to scan the Cover art , so what I am posting is someone else's scan... But I will eventually scan and update this post.  My favorite here is Astral Traveling, featuring one of my ATF "Lonnie Liston Smith" on Rhodes Electric... I can see where is style originated and was born from... please enjoy...

To View the Tracklist and Credits got o Discogs...:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charlie Byrd - "The Look of Love" 1970

I have had this LP in my collection for some time, and created a digital archive awhile ago, this recording was made with my old Sumiko Blue Point cartridge (as opposed to the Denon DL110 I am currently using).
This release came from Harmony Records, back in 1970.  I think the album cover of the attractive actually got me to buy the LP and try out CB's music.  Charlie Lee Byrd (September 16, 1925 – December 2, 1999) was an American guitarist. His earliest and strongest musical influence was Django Reinhardt, the gypsy guitarist. Byrd was best known for his association with Brazilian music, especially bossa nova. In 1962, Byrd collaborated with Stan Getz on the album Jazz Samba, a recording which brought bossa nova into the mainstream of North American music.
Byrd played fingerstyle on a classical guitar. 

A1How Insensitive
Written-By – A. C. Jobim*, V. DeMoraes*
A2I'll Never Fall In Love
Written-By – B. Bacharach*, H. David*
A3Travellin' Man
A4Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"
Written-By – A. Previn*, D. Previn*
A5A Time For Love
Written-By – J. Mandel*, P. F. Webster*
B1The Look Of Love
Written-By – B. Bacharach*, H. David*
B2In The Name Of Love
Written-By – E. Levitt*, K. Rankin*
Written-By – A. C. Jobim*, N. Mendonca*, N. Gimbel*
Written-By – B. Bacharach*, H. David*

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tim Eyermann - "Go-rilla" (1978)

Continuing along with the Tim Eyermann theme, another release from the Juldane Records Studio, I came across a sealed NEW LP on eBay of "Go-rilla" and had to snag it.  So presented here is Tim Eyermann and the East Coast Offering.
After graduating from Duquesne University, Eyermann spent six years in the United States Air Force, playing with the NORAD Band and eventually the U.S. Air Force's The Airmen of Note. After his discharge from the Air Force, Eyermann became a very busy man recording music as a studio musician. He worked with Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Julie Andrews, The Spinners and Anita Baker. In 1974, he formed a band called the East Coast Offering which was led by Eyermann. Many categorize his music as jazz, hard bop, or fusion. Tim was also nominated for two Grammies. In 1999 Tim released his most recent album Karla's Fire.

My favorite track on this album is the moody and inspired track: "Requiem for an Unborn Child", this has got to have personal implications from his own life, the composition certainly reflects this...

Tim Eyermann - Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute and Alto Flute and Bass Flute
Greg Karukas - Keyboards
Carl Gable - Fretless Electric Bass
Shannon Ford - Drums
Kent Ashcraft - Guitar
Steve Bloom - Percussion
Jeff Hurwitz - Keyboards (Tracks 4,6)
Wade Matthews - Fretless Electric Bass (tracks 4,6)
Dave Palamer - Drums (Tracks 4,6)
Phil McCusker - Guitar (Tracks 4,6)

Please enjoy, and let your mind roll back to 1978 and the fusion funk jazz that emanated from that time period.  This seems rare enough that Discogs did not have much information.