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viernes, 24 de noviembre de 2017

The Original Surfaris • Bombora!

Slim Harpo • Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo #2

Ken Peplowski Gypsy Jazz Band • Gypsy Lamento

This is a gypsy combo of the Django Reinhardt persuasion, rather than being fully-crazed wedding party cacophony. In fact, reedman Ken Peplowski makes matters even more specialized by concentrating on a preponderance of slow plodders rather than the frenetic hurtling that many gypsy jazz guitar outfits now prefer. The album's cover is slightly strange. Two pseudo-brides in billowing white silk cavort with a pair of goats. Is this what gypsy life entails?

Half of the compositions are written by the old Belgian guitar master Reinhardt, with Peplowski flanked by guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, which is certainly an impressive way to be surrounded. This is a world where reeds are not always invited, but Peplowski smoothly slides in his clarinet and tenor saxophone, delivering some of the most sensitive solos of his career. Pizzarelli and Alden opt for steely picking, bright with a percussive attack, but it sounds like it's the former who's taking most of the solos.

The playing, arrangements and production qualities make this a disc to savor, even though it would benefit from a few more briskly trotting numbers. Peplowski's oozing clarinet closeness on "Anouman" sinks the listener into a less familiar Reinhardt tune. Next up, his tenor tone on "Crepuscule" is magnificent; sounding like the mic is buried deep inside its velvet-lined bowels.

 Violinist Aaron Weinstein isn't around much, but when he's soloing, the impact is noticeable. He's half slick sluice, half hot friction. The guitars engage in a dialogue during "I'm Confessin,'" the leader layers up both of his horns on "Please," conversing with himself, while it's just Peplowski and Pizzarelli together for the closing "Time On My Hands." This album is an oldster's reflection, but this is no bad thing. Peplowski burns up frequently during other sessions, so a reclined set makes for a pleasurable change.

Ken Peplowski: tenor saxophone, clarinet;
Bucky Pizzarelli,
Howard Alden: guitars;
Aaron Weinstein: violin;
Frank Tate: bass;
Chuck Redd: drums.

jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

Ivan 'Boogaloo' Joe Jones • Sweetback

Biography by Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Not to be confused with Philly Joe Jones, guitarist Ivan Joseph "Boogaloo Joe" Jones recorded several albums in a soul-jazz vein for Prestige in the late '60s and early '70s. In addition to leading his own group for recording purposes, Jones also played with Wild Bill Davis, Houston Person, and Willis Jackson. His own dates are solid, if unexceptional groove jazz, leaving plenty of space for the saxes and organ, as well as his own bop/R&B hybrid style. Rusty Bryant, Charles Earland, and ace soul and jazz session drummer Bernard Purdie are among the sidemen also featured on Boogaloo's albums.

Review by Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
By 1975, soul-jazz was well into its decline, supplanted by both fusion and disco as the instrumental groove musics of the moment, and a lot of '60s soul-jazz players had made the stylistic switch. Joe "Boogaloo" Jones, on the other hand, hadn't, and this obscure 1975 release (reissued in 1996 by Luv 'n' Haight, the rare grooves subsidiary of Ubiquity Records) largely sounds as if it could have come out in 1966. The one concession to the times was in Jones' choice in covers on side two, with extended takes on Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad, Girl" (really rather good, with some terse, George Benson-like solos) and Olivia Newton-John's "Have You Never Been Mellow" (which isn't a good song no matter who does it), separated by a bizarre, almost disco-tinged version of the Harry Belafonte standard "Jamaica Farewell." The three originals on side one are a much better use of Jones' undeniable talents, with the funky strut of the title track a particular highlight, but overall, Sweetback sounds like Jones is running out of ideas; unsurprisingly, it was his last album.

Black Cat Bone Blues • Jammin'

A couple of months ago I was searching the South African iTunes Store for the latest, or any album, by local blues rock act Black Cat Bones, given that it is one of the many bands whose CDs, if they ever release albums, are not available at Musica or even The African Music Store, but did not find anything by the South African outfit. Instead I came across music by a short lived British band of the same name whose main claim to fame seems to be that Paul Kossoff and Andy Kirke, later of Free, and Rod Price, later of Foghat, were briefly in the band.

I also found reference to various albums with songs called "Black Cat Bone." Finally I came across the Jammin' album of The Black Cat Bone. The tracks start with "Mannish Boy" and run through a veritable greatest hits of blues. The album cover photograph shows the band members posing in what can only be a parody of a Fifties rock and roll album cover. I had to have it, and bought it.

I could not find any other info on The Black Cat Bone, the time period within which the band was active or even the release date of Jammin'. The singer's accent sounds European and I would not be surprised if the band were of Dutch origin, or perhaps Belgian. There has been, and still is, a significant blues scene in the Lowlands and the Dutch in particular has had a number of excellent blues bands particularly from the Sixties blues boom era.

The production values are quite high and the song selection is excellent. The band comes across as dedicated to honouring the tradition and to do justice to the standards they perform. It is your basic Chicago Southside electric blues combo with the blues harp player being for the most part the most prominent soloist. The artists covered include Muddy Waters ("Mannish Boy", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "Catfish Blues."), Magic Sam ("All Your Loving"), Buddy Guy and Junior Wells ("Messing With The Kid"), Little Walter ("My Babe"), Jimmy Reed ("Got Me Running"), Robert Johnson ("Me and the Devil") and, as finale, a cool, jazzy interpretation of B B King's "The Thrill Is Gone." There is one nod to rock 'n roll with Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q" and instrumental "Guitar Rag."

I would imagine that The Black Cat Bone could have held their own against any White blues combo of their time. They are as authentic as one could expect from a band that does not give note perfect, awestruck renditions of the tunes they cover nor go out of their way to do something progressive with their blues. The Fabulous Thunderbirds or George Thorogood, for example, were exposed to the real thing, the old time blues guys who were still alive and performing in the formative years of the respective younger musicians who eventually carried on the tradition and also stamped their own brand on it, not only by writing their own blues classics but in the angle at which they approached the tradition and its tropes. The Black Cat Bone are the kind of bar band that play blues with a gritty enthusiasm and the earthy twelve bar joy yet are not out to challenge the tradition or reconstruct it. I would guess that groups like John Mayall, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Fleetwood Mac would have been contemporaries or near contemporaries of The Black Cat Bone and the other bands were absolutely not only regurgitation bluesy their idols and mentors but also bringing something new to the table. Most of the blues influenced musicians from the mid Sixties eventually found their way to hard blues rock or progressive blues in any event that took the genre to somewhere different than the Southside or the Delta mostly because of some artistic drive that forced the musicians to move beyond imitation to creativity and because progression was the name of the game back then, all kinds of fusion with blues followed. On the evidence of this one record I could not imagine The Black Cat Bone moving on from cover versions. A superior bar band will not necessarily make a good progressive band. On the other hand, it is not impossible or improbable to think that The Black Cat Bone would not have become another version of Living Blues or even Golden Earring. Fleetwood Mac mutated in to an AOR band within the space of 10 years after starting from a pretty much purist blues base.

There are plenty of albums by White blues acts who do their earnest best to do homage to their blues heroes, with greater or lesser degrees of success. Jammin' would not count amongst the top ten of those but it is on the whole pleasant and entertaining to listen to. If there is not much innovation there is no wholesale desecration of the material either. And, best of all, though the material is perhaps over familiar there is never a sense of the tedium that can destroy the soul through having to listen to yet another version of "Hoochie Coochie Man." ~Neels Van Rooyen

VA • Hammond Funk #2

Selection by / Compilado por:

Sonny Phillips,  Lonnie Smith,  Leon Spencer,  Charles Earland,  Houston Person,  Shirley Scott,   Brother Jack McDuff,  Jimmy McGriff ...

The Ventures • The Ventures Greatest Hits

Herb Hall • Old Tyme Modern

Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
Overshadowed throughout his life by his older brother, Edmond Hall, Herb Hall had a softer and smoother tone on the clarinet and was talented in his own right. The son of a clarinetist (Edward Hall) and one of five musical brothers, Herb started out playing banjo with the Niles Jazz Band during 1923-25 before switching to clarinet and alto. He played with Kid Augustin Victor's band in Baton Rouge in 1926 and in 1927 moved to New Orleans. After performing with Sidney Desvigne, Hall had a longterm association with Don Albert (1929-37 and 1938-40) including a relocation to San Antonio that lasted until 1945. Hall freelanced in Philadelphia (with Herman Autrey) and New York, was with Doc Cheatham in 1955 and toured Europe with Sammy Price (1955-56). The clarinetist frequently played at Jimmy Ryan's and Eddie Condon's club in New York during the next decade. He toured with Wild Bill Davison's Jazz Giants (1968-69), worked often with Don Ewell and in the 1970's was frequently part of Bob Greene's World of Jelly Roll Morton show. Always a reliable player, Herb Hall led an album apiece for Sackville (1969), Storyville (1970) and GHB (an 1980 set shared with Louis Cottrell).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Herbert "Herb" Hall (March 28, 1907 – March 5, 1996) was an American jazz clarinetist and alto saxophonist.
Herb was the brother of Edmond Hall and the son of clarinetist Edward Hall. He began on banjo with the Niles Jazz Band (1923–25), then settled on reeds. In 1926 he played with Kid Augustin Victor in Baton Rouge, and moved to New Orleans the following year. He played briefly with Sidney Desvigne, then played for many years with Don Albert (1929–40), moving to San Antonio with him and remaining there until 1945.
After this he moved to Philadelphia, where he played with Herman Autrey; a few years later he was in New York, working with Doc Cheatham (1955) and did a European tour with Sammy Price (1955–56). He played often in the New York clubs of Jimmy Ryan and Eddie Condon in the late 1950s and 1960s. In 1968-69 he toured with Wild Bill Davison's Jazz Giants, and then a stint with an offshoot band of The Jazz Giants, called "Buzzy's Jazz Family" which included Herman Autrey, Benny Morton, Sonny Drootin, Eddie Gibbs and leader Buzzy Drootin on drums. He did work with Don Ewell in the 1970s. He also appeared in Bob Greene's Jelly Roll Morton revue show that decade.