jueves, 27 de abril de 2017
The name of Al Caiola has been part of that very select fraternity of studio musicians who were heard on most of New York’s top rated television and recording assignments from the 40s up to the 70s. There’s a distinctive style and approach in his playing which made for a “sound.” On these recordings, Caiola joined forces with Don Arnone, another top-class, revered and busy studio jazz and pop guitarist. Both men get the chance to swing on these albums featuring two dozen well-known standards and originals, which showcase how well their unique styles blend.
On the first, “Great Pickin’,” the sparkling ensemble works with bass and drums, while on some tracks the band includes Eddie Costa on piano, Phil Kraus on vibes, reedman Phil Bodner and Art Van Damme’s swinging accordion. On “Soft Guitars,” “Mr. Guitar” Al Caiola and “Mr. Y” Don Arnone are backed by Frank Carroll on bass and Gloria Agostini on harp.
These recordings capture the full, complete warmth of each instrument, bringing out all the highlights, all the nuances, all the subtle interplay that give their playing its special distinction.
Recorded live at Jack's Bar in San Francisco (established in 1932 and still going at the time of this release), Hammond B3 organist Jackie Ivory and his quartet do R&B, soul, and blues with some smooth jazz thrown in, just to let you know they can do it. Borrowing judiciously from Ben E. King, Junior Parker, and Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Ivory does as pleading a version of "Stand by Me" as one is ever likely to hear. Matters get very soulful as Booker T. & the MG's are recalled with a groovy, funky R&B version of "Green Onions," with the slangy guitar of Charles Garner and the honking Hal Singer-like sax of Edward Surgest all riding atop Ivory's B3. Garner gets in some well-placed vocals during the session. The slow dancers get a chance with "Saving All My Love for You," with Surgest's erotic sax setting the tone. But irrespective of what's being played, Ivory and group are having a fun time doing it. They have a way to make everything come out on the upbeat -- happy and carefree. Jack's Bar must be a place where people expect to unwind, quaff a few, listen to some fine music, take a few turns around the dancefloor, and come away feeling good. ~ Dave Nathan
Review by Cub Koda
His original album collects the best of the early Excello sides. Includes "Sugar Coated Love," "I Hear You Knockin', " and "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter."
Willie Pooch, born William Joseph (1937 – May 5, 2010)
Willie Pooch was a popular Columbus, Ohio area blues singer who began his career in gospel groups while still just a child in and around Tupelo, Mississippi. During his teens, he and his family moved to Chicago where Pooch fell under the tutelage of Luther Allison who schooled him in the art of the blues guitar. Over the next several years, Pooch played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. After spending many years touring the mid west, Pooch settled in Columbus during the early ’60s. By then he was fronting his own band who became a local blues staple for the better part of the next four decades. On May 5, 2010, Willie Pooch died from complications of diabetes. He was 72 years old.
Tony Monaco is a leader in a modest revival of the Hammond B3 organ in jazz. As he has been with so many fledgling jazz organists, Jimmy Smith played a significant role in attracting Monaco to jazz and retaining his interest in the music. Monaco was 12 years old when he first heard Smith and, as a 16th birthday present, got a phone call from the organ giant. The culmination of this association came when Smith invited the young performer to join him at Smith's club. Monaco has also been fortunate to spend time with other jazz organ masters, including Hank Marr and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He started subbing for players, like Marr, in and around Columbus, OH, when he was just 16. Monaco has also been helped along by one of his peers, Joey DeFrancesco, who produced Monaco's first album, Burnin' Grooves, and joined the session on piano. Monaco added horns to his second album, Master Chops T, released in 2002, giving the Hammond organ player much more flexibility to the arrangements. It also allowed him to take full advantage of the rhythmic invention the electric organ allows its players to engage in. A live follow-up, Intimately Live, followed later that year. In addition to his albums as leader, Monaco has recorded with Eric Neymeyer and neo-bop guitarist Mark Elf. Monaco doesn't rely entirely on his jazz work to support his family. He and his brother run and own a concrete construction business. When not performing or building, Monaco listens to other masters of the organ, including Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Larry Goldings.
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!
Critical Jazz Review, 2012
Singer Willie Pooch is a name deserving a genesis in the fiction of William Faulkner. Pooch (born William Johnson) is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi where he was a contemporary of Elvis Presley. He has performed with a variety of blues artists from Elmore James to Luther Allison. Pooch appeared on Monaco's Fiery Blues where he sung "Everyday I Have the Blues, a performance reprised on Funk-N-Blues.
What grease was missing on East To West and Blue Bop is amply compensated for on Funk-N-Blues. Monaco has his regular guys on hand and they put the pots on, gas on high. As for Pooch, he is more Jimmy Rushing than Joe Williams. He has an expressive tenor voice that is somewhere between the chitlin' circuit and the concert stage, tending toward the humid confines of a Pentecostal tent meeting. There is plenty of church in Pooch's vocals, as evidenced on "Cross My Heart Blues, "Natural Ball and "Georgia On My Mind. Monaco is all over the organic map with his carefully shaded fills and solos. Guitarist Rick Collura conjures blue notes and chords from thin air, never overdoing it.
Funk-N-Blues finds Monaco fitting into an accompanist role with ease, introducing the old "new talent of Willie Pooch. The album is predictable, as it can only be, but it is apparent that Pooch has many more tricks up his sleeve. Monaco will surely look for them.
Review by Paula Edelstein
Two years after her stunning debut on Verve, violinist Regina Carter offers listeners her exceptional string virtuosity on ten great songs inspired by her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Motor City Moments features a stellar collection of songs written by some of the best musicians from Detroit including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones, and Milt Jackson. Regina Carter applies her pure skill, pizzicato, and arco passages to "Don't Mess With Mr. T" and "Higher Ground" with impeccable tuning and multiple approaches. Her string virtuosity on Milt Jackson's "For Someone I Love," is a masterful performance backed adeptly by Mayra Casales on percussion and spotlights a brilliant piano solo by Werner "Vana" Gierig. Two originals, "Forever February" and "Up South," which was co-written with guitarist Russell Malone, provide an interesting contrast of the artist's use of reflective temperament and folk-ornamented cadences. Each song also emphasizes Carter's adept techniques with melodic phrasing and song forms. Accompanied by her touring band of Darryl Hall on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, percussionist Mayra Casales, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and flugelhorn, James Carter on bass clarinet and tenor sax, Barry Harris on piano, Lewis Nash, as well as several special guests, Regina Carter has rapidly become one of the most exciting and original violinists to arrive on the jazz scene.