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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tim Eyermann and the East Coast Offering - "Aloha" (1980)

I had the cassette of the "Aloha" release back in 1980 when TE and the East Coast Offering was breaking in to the Jazz Fusion scene.  So I decieded to hunt down an LP copy of this album and make an LP rip of this and post. As I was listening to this album, many memories flooded back from my college days, my favorite track is "A Certain Smile" which is a great instrumental version of the Johnny Mathis ballad.  The track "Karen's Song" received a fair amount of airplay on the jazz stations back then...
My last few LP rips have been done with a new cartridge, Denon DL110.  I decided to retire my Sumiko Blue Point, perhaps it was getting too much wear?  It seemed the detail was starting to diminish. I bring this up, because it seems that the high-end detailing was fairly pronounced on this LP. I would like to go back to the Sumiko to compare, but its such a hassle replecing cartridges on that SME tomearm.
The album cover was atrocious (received from eBay) and in awful shape, so I spent several hours restoring the LP cover scans, and uploaded to (their copy was in poor shape also)


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tim Eyermann - "Unity" (1977)

This may be one of Tim Eyermann's first recordings, from a now a defunct studio (Juldane Records).  This LP was recorded without the East Coast Offering and so I though it was unique.  I was listening to some Airmen of Note LP when I saw "Tim Eyermann" credited for a solo. So I found out that was where he started his career, and then went solo.  I recently learned from Wikipedia that TE died in 2007 from complications from surgery and lung cancer.  So this started me to find which recordings never were released  I used to listen to his East Coast Offering material when I was in college and really enjoyed their music.
So I found out this "Unity" LP is rare and was able to get one for a reasonable cost through eBay.  However, on Side A, there is a "pop" although muted, still comes through after the Click-Repair processing.  I tried other ways to remove it and was unsuccessful.  At least Side B is okay. There are no credits on Discogs for me to reference (again it is rare) and I uploaded my cleaned up LP cover scan to Discogs.  I hope you enjoy...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lani Hall - "Sun Down Lady" (1972)

Lani Hall - Sun Down Lady (1972)

I received a request to rip this LP and looked for a while for a good condition LP on eBay.  I was surprised that this album is still out of print and not available on CD anymore (it was a very limited release).
Of course many of you know her as the lead vocalist for Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (and Brasil '77?)
Later she married Herb Alpert in the 80's...
They have released two albums together (at least).  They can be purchased on Amazon "I Feel You" in 2011 and "Anything Goes" in 2009.

A1Love Song
Written-By – Lesley Duncan
A2Tiny Dancer
Written-By – Elton John, Bernie Taupin*
A3How Can I Tell You
Accordion – Pete JollyWritten-By – Cat Stevens
Written-By – Lani Hall
A5Ocean Song
Flute [Electric] – Tim WeisbergWritten-By – Liz Thorsen
B1We Could Be Flying
Bass – Francis Darizuren*Drums – Andre Arpino*Guitar – Raymond GimenesTony GalloOrgan – Eddie Louiss*Piano – Michel ColombierWritten-By – Michel ColombierPaul Williams (2)
B2Come Down In Time
Written-By – Elton John, Bernie Taupin*
B3Sun Down
Lyrics By [Additional] – Alpert*, Hall*Words By, Music By – Willis Ramsey*
Written-By – Don Mc Clean*
B5Wherever I May Find Him
Written-By – Paul Simon