26 December 2006
CURTIS AMY - MUSTANG
The Texas Tenor tears it up on this release for Verve from 1966.It's a fantastic LP of beautiful modal tracks, played by one of the most underrated reed players ever, during the most fruitful time of his career. At this point, Amy's moved away from his bluesy Texas roots, and discovered a freer Coltrane-esque sound that works beautifully with his compositions. Although the record was pushed by Verve with the funkier track "Mustang" -also recorded by Donald Byrd- the record really sounds more like a Nathan Davis record, with a mix of tenor and soprano sax that is extremely spiritual.
This has never made it to cd or a vinyl re-ssue -suprising given the popularity of the very funky title track and the fact it's on Verve.This is ripped from the original vinyl and although its done at 320 there is a little amp/burner background noise.I'm on the case with this problem which has blighted a few of my vinyl posts and think it's been resolved.