14 April 2007

GEORGE BRAITH - LAUGHING SOUL

















The great George Braith killing it stone dead for Prestige from 1966.A line up to die for-Grant Green,John Patton,Eddie Diehl,Victor Sproles,Ben Dixon and the hard hands of Richard Landrum.And the music...well what can you say: "Cantelope Woman","Hot Sauce","Crenshaw West""Chunky Cheeks"not a duffer in sight-everyone a winner.
Dusty Groove are on the case again:
A fantastic lost bit of soul jazz from the 60s! The great reedman George Braith makes a rare non-Blue Note appearance here -- working in a tightly grooving mode that's even groovier than his better-known work for that label! The group here features Grant Green on guitar and John Patton on organ -- in a mode that's somewhat similar to Patton's Blue John album from the same period -- a set that also featured these three players in the lead! Braith himself has a wonderfully quirky approach here -- one that's a fair bit like Roland Kirk, with lots of odd twists and turns on the reeds -- which include not just tenor sax, but also soprano and C Melody saxophone as well -- sometimes played together, ala Kirk! Braith's tone is amazing, and the set of tracks is nearly all original -- with titles that include "Hot Sauce", "Chop Sticks", "Chunky Cheeks", "Crenshaw West", and "Coolodge". A truly fantastic Prestige album -- but one that's always sadly overlooked!

Ripped at 320 from the 1996 Japanese CD reissue.

8 comments:

Sebastian said...

Thanks for digging this one of the blue!

avocado kid said...

sounds fantastic! i think this is my favorite site on the interweb.

Clio said...

Wow! Thanks a lot for this one. I had no idea it was out there...

Max said...

Thanks for yet another great post.

mo said...

Love the John Patton

Slidewell said...

1982 or so, I was in Manhattan, on my way to 48th street to check out music gear at Manny's and Sam Ash, when passing a street corner, there was a seated man playing this . . . thing, comprised of two necks with saxophone keys ending in one bell. Soldered on to the bell, none too expertly, were raised letters spelling Braithophone. I stopped and listened for a bit, as the man played snaking, eastern-sounding melodies on this strange brass bastard horn. Then, in the late 90's, I was in a used book store where, in a box of records marked FREE!! I found a Blue Note album with a cool cover. I didn't own but a couple of jazz albums at that time. On a black background were grass stems in blue with a photo of a man with two horns sticking out his mouth. George Braith, Two Souls In One. I then remembered the man on the street corner. After spinning the platter I realized it had to be the same guy. Played that scratchy sucker over and over. Particularly dug the guitar player. Anyway, that album turned out to be an integral piece leading me toward the obsessive jazz collector I've become today. Thanks, George, and thanks Bacoso.

Jeremy said...

Nice story Slidewell!

Thanks bacoso . . .

deconstructo said...

great story. how had I never heard of Braith before this year?