30 September 2007

JOHNNY HAMMOND - STORM WARNING


























Johnny Hammond for Milestone from 1977.
Recorded after his classic work with Larry Mizell, and produced by Johnny and Orin Keepnews, but still trying to be very much in the Mizell-sounding vein. It's still a nice batch of California funky fusion tracks.
The group includes Carol Kaye on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, Ndugu on drums,Larry Farrow on Clavinet and Bill Summers on percussion.Guests include Roger Glenn and-surprise,surprise-John Abercrombie on three tracks.
No reissues-ripped @320 from the original vinyl.

10 comments:

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso,

anytime you wish to be kind enough to share more of 'hammond' smith,
let me know - what an organ burner!

this is quite good and you are right about the "post-mizell brothers" comment, there is a certain touch but not overwhelming.

cheers,

jazz-nekko

Burning Blue Soul said...

Whoa! Thanks for the Johnny Hammond Smith and the Pedro Ruy Blas!!!!!! I've sought them both out for awhile now. I would also like to say a special thanks for the Bobby Hutcherson records on Columbia (so sorry I missed Waiting, Cirrus, Knucklebean and Stik-Up though (these were tragically lost in a house fire). And something else here that is very secial is your posting of the Harris Simon Swish disc as well as coming up with that interview. I am a guy whose review you reoposted after a certain South of the Border entry. Very kind of you. Thank you.

ellerre said...

great post!

Sergio said...

Another fantastic album by this legendary player. Thank you!

big said...

Hi, thanks for this hammond album and for all the good sounds!
Friendly,
Big

Rekked said...

Thanks very much!

GeeeFlat said...

HI there Bacoso, how are things. I just stopped by again at your blog to tell you how inspiring it is. We're also doing something with friends on 4brotherbeat, and you'd be welcome to visit, comment on the C-box, and who knows maybe participate too! You're welcome anytime. I just thought I'd set the record straight and share my opinion for Mizell fans like me re your comments. There is definitely an attempt by Hammond, here, to replicate the work and the success he had while working with the Mizells. but somehow he probably treid to do this on the cheap (i.e. not paying Mizell's rate) or most likely, becaue the Mizell were too busy with other projects, following their sucess with D. Byrd. SO whiloe listeners will indeed find similarities in terms of production or simply, instruments used (arp Odyssey, Fender Rhodes Vs Hammond, or possibly moog stuff), the similarity stops here. There is a world of difference in terms of composition, and Harmony / Arrangements. I just thought reducing the mizells to a "sound" would just not be fair to them at all :).


All the best, Bacoso, and thanks again for your wonderful blog and making rare music at last accessible. Somnthing todays' music companies seem definitely unable to do.

Cheryl Smtih said...

Thanks for the love and good vibes. I'm Cheryl, Johnny's widow and I'm in the process of putting together a CD of his unreleased music. It's an awesome project. Check out his Facebook page (Johnny "Hammond" Smith - His Time Is Now) to keep up to date with the project. Thanks for being such great fans and supporters of him. He was a wonderful musician, husband, father and friend, and he loved all of you dearly.

Cheryl Smtih said...

Thanks for the love and good vibes. I'm Cheryl, Johnny's widow and I'm in the process of putting together a CD of his unreleased music. It's an awesome project. Check out his Facebook page (Johnny "Hammond" Smith - His Time Is Now) to keep up to date with the project. Thanks for being such great fans and supporters of him. He was a wonderful musician, husband, father and friend, and he loved all of you dearly.

Sanifu Al Hall, Jr. said...

I was the arranger here; and, I'm glad for this post! My days working with Johnny were a milestone as I go. I am happy of the renewed interest in this LP and, Johnny's Work.

Sanifu Al Hall,Jr.