26 November 2009

THE DIAMOND FIVE - BRILLIANT !




















The Diamond Five for Fontana from 1964.
Personnel: Cees Slinger: piano; Harry Verbeke: tenor sax; Cees Smal: trumpet, cornet and valve trombone; Jacques Schols: bass; Johnny Engels: drums.
Please check the comments as Chazz has also ripped The Five Diamonds-Finally After Forty Years cd reissue from Japan and will be posting the link shortly.Over to you Chazz!

I don't post donations at OIR but just had to make an exception when this was winged across the pond to me from Chazz Katz.It's a very rare piece of hard bop from Holland which made a blink and miss it reissue on cd some years ago in Japan (original vinyl goes for silly money anywhere between $600-$1000) and has never appeared in blogland before.Here's the notes and cheers to Chazz for his rip!
Nice work chap - All Killer No Filler!

The Diamond Five, a Dutch quintet led by pianist Cees Slinger, was founded in 1959 and lasted until 1965. They were based at the Sheherazade Club in Amsterdam and were quite popular, playing all over Holland and accompanying expatriate American musicians on their visits to Amsterdam. However, when the club closed its doors due to a shift in popular interest from jazz to rock music, the quintet disbanded. This 1964 recording is their only session available on CD. The music is hard bop on the surface, but is neither formulaic nor a copy of the genres imported from the U.S.
The musicians are quite unique in their style. Slinger plays sparse notes on his solos, utilizing well-placed pauses in the music to create melodic hard bop with hints of more forward-looking styles. The other outstanding soloist is tenor saxophonist Harry Verbeke, whose solos (in contrast to that of the leader) are filled with a multitude of notes played in the modal vein. The others are also quite stellar, the bass and the drums providing a loose bluesy support and horn man Cees Smal adding something unique with the sounds of his different horns, switching between valve trombone, cornet and trumpet.

13 November 2009

BOBBY HUTCHERSON - CIRRUS



















Bobby Hutcherson for Blue Note from 1974.
Hutch is playing four sets in London this weekend so Katonah from Private Press and I will be propping up the bar for his late spot at Scotts tomorrow night.
So here's a 3rd repost for his evergreen "Cirrus" ....All Killer No Filler.

This was my very first Bobby Hutcherson post here at OIR back in may 2006.It was ripped from my vinyl copy @192 in those days-I've reupped it @320 this time and taken it from the superb Mosaic Select box set.Here's my original narrative:
Cirrus finds Bobby Hutcherson resuming his partnership with tenor saxophonist Harold Land, and the results are marvellous. The pair work with pianist Bill Henderson, trumpeter Woody Shaw, bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Larry Hancock, saxophonist/flautist Emmanuel Boyd and percussionist Kenneth Nash on this set of originals.The album starts with a great version of Woody Shaw's "Rosewood" while the rest of the set is written by Hutcherson and includes "Even Later".Highlight of the lp for me is the atmospheric and brooding "Zuri Dance" - what a corker !

12 November 2009

DAVE PIKE - LET THE MINSTRELS PLAY ON
















Dave Pike for Muse from 1978.
Vibraphone - Dave Pike / Bass - Luther Hughes / Cello - Luther Hughes / Drums - Ted Hawkes / Guitar - Ron Eschete / Keyboards , Sax - Tom Ranier / Vocals - Carol Eschete.
KGML has just posted "Spirits Samba" so dug the lp out for those who would like to hear more.
Picked this up in Tony Monson's Disc Empire in the early 80s after hearing Chris Bangs spinning "Swan Lake" and found it had yet another bona fide jazz dance classic to be featured in the shape of "Spirits Samba".
Here's an apathetic review from amg:
Some Afro-Latin, some fusion and things in between from vibist Dave Pike. Pike is a good player, but sometimes his arrangements bog down between pop and jazz. His style is more remniscent of Red Norvo, with its lighter, less aggressive and flowing lines.

7 November 2009

RANDY WESTON - BLUE MOSES




















Randy Weston For CTI from 1972.
Arranged By - Don Sebesky;Bass - Bill Wood (2) (tracks: B1) , Ron Carter ;Drums - Bill Cobham ;English Horn, Clarinet, Flute - George Marge ;Flugelhorn - Alan Rubin , John Frosk , Marvin Stamm ;Flute - Hubert Laws ;French Horn - Brooks Tillotson , James Buffington ;Oboe, Clarinet, Flute - Romeo Penque ;Piano - Randy Weston
Saxophone [Tenor] - Grover Washington, Jr ;Synthesizer [Moog] - David Horowitz
Trombone - Garnett Brown , Warren Covington , Wayne Andre ;Trombone - Paul Faulise
Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard ;Vocals - Madasme Meddah

Super heavyweight banger from CTI - trust Randy Weston to dispense with Creed Taylor's saccharine stylings.All Killer blah blah blah....
Another underwhelming review from Mr Yannow:
Randy Weston's most popular record, this Lp (which he had mixed feelings about) features Weston not only on piano but electric keyboards. Backed by Don Sebesky arrangements and assisted by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor-saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., Weston plays quite well on four of his compositions; best-known are "Ganawa (Blue Moses)" and "Marrakesh Blues." The music retains the African feel of most of Weston's latter-day playing but also has some commercial touches that do not hurt the performances. This rewarding date has not yet been reissued on CD. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Fantastic cover art from Pete Turner - I highly recommend his book here.