Sunday, 21 November 2010

Kenny Rankin

Kenny Rankin : Like a Seed.

In the words of Dustygroove;

Indescribably beautiful work from Kenny Rankin – a jazzy blend of vocals and folk – delivered with a warm and soulful tone that's unlike anyone else! The whole thing's great – really very much its own spirit, and kind of a bright light after a host of doom and gloom late 60s folk-based singers in popular music. Of course, Kenny's still got something of a righteous feel, and lets his politics sneak out from time to time – but his overall sound is wonderfully redemptive, without being cloying in kind of a James Taylor sort of way. The instrumentation is great too – with just the right use of acoustic guitar in warm chromatic tones, plus nice touches on flute and saxes from Jim Horn, and gently groovy backings that never dampen Kenny's light. Titles include "Sometimes", "Peaceful", "Stringman", "You Are My Woman", "I Was Born", and "Yesterday's Lies".

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010

Eero Koivistoinen

Eero Koivistoinen : For Children.
Otava 1970.

Just a brief recommendation for this tasty re-release. Right up there with Odysseus, Wahoo and the soon to arrive 3rd Version. Essential gears.

a; Boots and Roots!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Charles Davis : Ingia!

Charles Davis featuring;
Louis Davis with Louis Hayes and Company.

Strata East. SES7425. Recorded 15th July 1974, Minot Studios.

Re-upped and re-posted by request.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Jackson State University : In Concert *1989

Jackson State University
Jazz Ensemble No.1.

Recorded 19th April 1989 at the F.D Hall Music Center, Recital Hall, Jackson Uni, Mississippi.

Musical Director ; Dr. Russell Thomas Jr.

2 storming big band covers of Milestones and Naima. Lumark Gulley (drums) must surely have graduated with honours following his contribution to Milestones. Watch for goosebumps ... Fierce.