Monday, 28 September 2009

Art Farmer : Homecoming 1971

Art Farmer Septet : Homecoming.
Recorded in New York, Summer 1971. Lonehill jazz.

Just can't stop hitting this baby at the moment. There's some killer, toe tappin', finger snappin', rug cuttin' joints on here. Picked it initially up for the stellar line-up which includes, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Warren Smith, Billy Higgins and Mtume !!! Not only that, there's a couple of bonus tracks tacked on the end which were recorded live at Heidelberger Jazztage, Germany in 1972. This line-up includes Horst Muhbradt, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Tony Inzalaco.

Some words;

First time on CD for the 1971 album by Jazz great Art Farmer featuring two additional bonus tracks recorded live the following year. A homecoming for Art Farmer is beyond the surface implications of the album title. It is veritably a happy musical homecoming for the ears of the Jazz world at large. Incidentally, the title selection promptly invites one to celebrate, revel and swing with the album. This album brings out his growing awareness and developmental capabilities. Jimmy Heath and Cedar Walton are musicians he has worked with regularly during his trips back to the States. The strong smooth mixture of emotion, logical order, and the sound of surprise clothe the program with heat, excitement and variety As a bonus to this splendid album, which appears here on CD for the first time ever, we have added two rare Farmer items, which also make their CD debuts on this edition. Both were recorded on June 4, 1972, during the Heidelberger Jazztage Festival in Heidelberg, Germany and find Farmer playing with Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen. Seven tracks. Lone Hill Jazz. 2006.


Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Roy Brooks

Roy Brooks : The Smart Set
Baystate RDC-15

Recorded and Mastered 12th April at Victor Studio, Tokyo.

Roy Brooks : drums, marimba, musical saw
Micky Tucker : piano, celesta
Takashi Mizuhasi : bass
Hidehiko Matsumoto : tenor sax

Very very nice piece of vinyl from the killer Japanese label Baystate. One of those beautiful Direct to disc, audiophile albums.

Viva Chaquito!

Viva Chaquito and that swinging Latin sound.
Fontana SFL13007

The track is called Special Project, which according to the liner notes is where:
"the full might of the Chaquito crew is dramatically unleashed".

Apparently, it was used as a signature tune for an independent television series.