Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Richard Davis. Fancy Free



Fancy Free
Galaxy Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. June 30 - July 1, 1977


Big Richard Davis fan, and this one's highly recommended.

Richard Davis, Eddie Henderson, Joe Henderson, Stanley Cowell, Billy Cobham, Dolly Hirota.

Arranged and conducted by Bill Lee.


The Wine of May
Silver's Serenade
Emily
Nardis
I Still love you, Baby
Fancy Free

49 comments:

katonah said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?gnzg4nyfwqw

nice version of nardis

whyan said...

listening to this now. excellent share. thanks.

ish said...

Thanks Katonah. This album has long been sitting in my stack of things to rip and you've saved me the trouble. Not the best version of "Fancy Free" but that's one of my favorite songs.

Simon666 said...

Lineup of the week or what ? Some really nice stuff here Katonah - not quite sure about Dolly's vocal track but really taken with most of it - and Cowell on rhodes is, of course, like shooting fish in a barrel for me :) . Cowell's wife on cover design ?

Solomon said...

Thank you.

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katonah said...

well spotted simon, that's not to say that it's design is any good.

i won't be hangin it on the wall !!
sort of garden furniture, lattice fence panel theme running thru it.

terrible

think you're right about the fancy free track ish. must be '77 an all that

JAZZYPIER said...

We r added you on our fav links...any problem?
Best regards Katonah
Pier

katonah said...

no problems at all.
really chuffed, thanks

Greg said...

Can imagine the cover meeting...

Band: hey man that's some cool ass shit we just played...

Marketing: great!! But we need a cover...

Davis: how about we shoot this shit delivered from ikea? Stan your misses is good art??

Cowell: yeah!

Davis: job done ;)

Shame Simon wasn't around giving photoshop lessons ;£
I'll get my coat...

ta katonah!!!!

Greg said...

Can imagine the cover meeting...

Band: hey man that's some cool ass shit we just played...

Marketing: great!! But we need a cover...

Davis: how about we shoot this shit delivered from ikea? Stan your misses is good art??

Cowell: yeah!

Davis: job done ;)

Shame Simon wasn't around giving photoshop lessons ;£
I'll get my coat...

ta katonah!!!!

alex said...

many thanks katonah!

JAZZYPIER said...

a BIG thank for link us!
dope man...
peace & blessings for u & your family
Pier

katonah said...

yea, joe henderson's in the corner thinking "i just knocked my pipe out laying down some dope jazz, and that's the best you can do with the cover???"
she must have been good at something to the get contract, that's all i'm sayin' ....

johnv said...

Awesome lineup--thanks very much Katonah. I don't think Richard Davis ever made a bad album, in my opinion.

Simon666 said...

Yep, not one of the great illustrators of our time, check the Tom Waits cover for concept : design distance :) Could have exploded the ikea fence to make the background for this one ? She's not the messiah, but a very naughty girl

Greg said...

i guess we should leave it at that...

may start a blog: crapjazzcovers.blogspot.com

that albeen one with the dulux dog on the front would be another contender...

katonah said...

thanks simon, never knew she was responsible for so many covers.

@greg, put me down for hutcherson's knucklebean sleeve.
what a stinker

Greg said...

Now, Now that cover was way head of its time, 80's decadence – done in 77, maybe lucinda did it???
Only kidding off to room 101 for that... PINK???? not exactly inner glow is it except for the swoosh effects that is...

Worst thing blue note ever did was loose reid miles - perhaps the greatest graphic designer of all time defo in my book that is...

Right where did i put me vod???

katonah said...

off to rip tapscott greg.
there could be some huge run ins, and short cut offs, human error caused by jim bean ...

ish said...

I think it's very unfair that you Brits are talking all about drinking and getting on with your weekend while those of us on this side of the Atlantic are still stuck at work with no access to our own collection of badly designed album covers or bottles of bourbon!

Greg said...

hic!!!

Check out my shit collection of posts... Think ill have to use 'SHIT COVER' as a tag me thinks – Looking forward to Tapscott, make my shit decade that will katonah!!!

ish your time will come soon enough ;)

swboy said...

Hey Katonah--
This was an old favorite
I had lost & long forgot about.
thanks for the post!

Simon666 said...

Greg, make sure you don't forget this classic Joe Pass cover.

swboy said...

Here's a shot of the cover:
http://musicmatz.com/images/large/davisrichard_fancyfree.jpg

swboy said...

Hmmm
That's
http://musicmatz.com
/images/large/davisrichard_fancyfree.jpg

Simon666 said...

Deeply depressed here, my extensive Harold Vick post has simply disappeared into the ether, with no backup .... ummm ... I don't suppose any of you copied the 75 album session discography from there? Chance in a million I know. arggghhh

ish said...

Fortunately it's still in the GOogle cache, Simon, I've sent you a URL and a download of the source code.

Wonder what happened!

Simon666 said...

Jesus ... thanks to Ish's ingenuity I've managed to regenerate it from the cache, thanks so much Ish.

Sorry for the thread hijack! Please return to discussion of Richard Davis' music and Lucinda Cowell's design skills .... :)

Simon666 said...

hi guys,
just ran into another Davis here

(ish, i've put the link on the Muse blog too) :

http://thingsstuffandmusic.blogspot.com/2008/07/richard-davis-dealin.html

"This album was released on Muse in 1974. The first side is made up of a couple of funky jazz groovers while the second side is on a more mellow tip. The session is led by bassist Richard Davis, who also wrote the tunes. Marvin Peterson is on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on saxophone, Paul Griffin plays Piano, Rhodes, Organ and Clavinet, David Spinozza plays guitar and Freddie Waits is on drums.

1. What'd You Say
2. Dealin'
3. Julie's Rag Doll
4. Sweet'n
5. Sorta
6. Blues For Now "

Simon666 said...

... and it's a good blog too btw, worth checking out ...

katonah said...

man.
nice find, what a line up!

thanks simon

Simon666 said...

No problems, still paying Richard back for including him in the "Shit Jazz Covers" logo :)

Simon666 said...

Ahhh... back here where "Crap Jazz Covers" all began ... brings a tear to my eye it does ...

more Davis :

Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis "Divine Gemini" (1977, Steeplechase)

1. Lucille [12.33]
2. Divine Gemini [4.04]
3. Always Positive [2.50]
4. Her Intuition [14.23]

http://flageolette.blogspot.com/2008/11/walr-dickerson-richard-davis-divine.html

katonah said...

wow, thanks simon.
nearly bought serendipity by dickerson the other day. have you heard it? is it worth me going back?

Simon666 said...

Don't know that one Katonah ..

flageolette said...

Great!

Many thanks,Katonah

Cheers,

katonah said...

@ flageolette

thanks, been hitting your place quite a lot lately

The Collector said...

I have a book, "Songmaster" written by Orson Scott Card (and signed by him) with cover art by Lucinda Cowell. I would like to contact her about signing the book as the cover artist. Can anyone assist me in contacting her, please?

Michael C. Phifer
mikephiferaol.com

Simon666 said...

No, but if you find her, tell her we need her for a conference/symposium on jazz cover art. She'll be on a panel with graphic designer Noreen Bonker, a hippo who wears glasses, and a woman who wears puppets as breast adornments.

ish said...

Oh simon you di'in't!

Here's the first of several references, Collector:

http://nicealbumshameaboutthecover.blogspot.com/2008/10/richard-davis-fancy-free.html

enjoy.

Greg said...

Man no end to her talents - I have to get me a copy of that book... One condition of the conference it has to be in sidney... We will all be digging simons dj skills at his club funk the conference!

Nice book shame about the cover anyone?

Winb said...

That's it, off to work with something else to fill my journey in with. Thanks, Katonah, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

JTF said...

Just found your blog searching for this... and the link is dead!

Any chance of a re-up? Nice blog!

fent99 said...

I've just found this too. Any chance of a re-up I've not seen this elsewhere. On a Joe Henderson kick...

fent99 said...

Be really grateful!

fent99 said...

I've just found this too. Any chance of a re-up I've not seen this elsewhere. On a Joe Henderson kick...

chu said...

Thanks! Excellent album, and never reissued on CD. 70s jazz albums can be a bit hit and miss, but this by far exceeded my expectations. It was probably helped by the superior jazz standards included, and the sidemen are stellar too.

yung tiqua said...

could you please reup this album :)
its nowhere else to find