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.