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I have this on CD but its an very enjoyable Listen I notice a few baroque classical like flourishes on some songs such as "Yesterday" and "Where have all the flowers gone" and "Greensleeves" it is sad that this was Wes Montgomery's Last Album i imagine he would have Experimented with more sounds and styles had he lived. But then again we Will never know
Rudy, you probably know about it -- but in case it slipped beneath your radar, give Mancini '67 a spin!And yes, I'm crazy, but this is now my fifth copy of this record. This one, however, was sealed. Three others I picked up through the 90s, and I still have my parents' original copy (which sat out on a turntable for months and got noisy). The sealed copy plays wonderfully and is a RE2 DynagrooVe repressing with the white "RCA Victor" text vs. the silver on original copies. (This was around the time RCA was switching to the newer label, and was released in close proximity to the Pink Panther soundtrack.)
Still one of the swingin'est albums I've ever played.
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The list of musicians is a who-who of west coast jazz. And these are only about half of them. Mancini uniquely (heh) included a French Horn section and, as he often did, the woodwind players doubled on bass flute on a few tracks, like the slinky arrangement of "Night Train." (I'd give my left earlobe to own a bass flute....only, I'm too attached to it! The earlobe. Errr....nevermind.)
Hey Rudy, I've been on a late '60s Lou Rawls kick myself -- picked up all these SS (except one), reasonably priced (i.e. < $20; with most $8-$15), during 2020.The other I got is just...Too Much!
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(Borrowed album cover image.) Oddly, this album was released in 1967, and never reissued. Yet it had the hit single "Dead End Street," which I've probably had in my collection since the mid 70s. (I know every word and inflection of that monologue. ) This is one of those soul-jazz LPs that Capitol was releasing of Lou Rawls, continuing a trend he started with Soulin'. The song selections aren't all that spectacular, but not bad either. Another record I found sealed and it plays flawlessly 53 years later, on its original Capitol rainbow label.
I own the Sundazed edition CD reissue of "Something's Cookin" and "Goodies" I originally had Something's cookin on mono vinyl and I was 14 when I first heard it sadly I wore it out but thankfully I was able to get it on the aforementioned CD along with the followup as a nice bonus this was a couple years before I became familiar with Laurindo Almeida's two bossa nova albums its all still Excellent stuffI've been digging this album the past few nights:
His guitar playing is all over the Laurindo Almeida/Bossa Nova All-Stars records, and this is more of the same, that West Coast cool jazz style that was popular on Capitol Records (12 three-minute tracks). Roberts has some good (albeit short) soloing opportunities, but the music is easygoing jazz. This album is driven by his guitar, organist Burkley Kendrix, drummer Earl Palmer and a familiar name--Chuck Berghofer on bass, who was in some of Pete Jolly's trios. Tunes are a mix of popular tunes and a handful of originals.
There are a handful of other Capitol albums from this period that I'll be checking out--I have the following in the queue to play next:
Stanley T may have been the Blue Note regular without a heroin addiction. Seriously, I dig Stan's big tenor sound, yet, like Hank Mobley, he could sweeten up for a sweet ballad as needed. Stan's Blue Note run 1960-69, is (with, arguably, one curious exception) solid and a joy to the ears. Have fun with this LP.This arrived over the weekend, one of the Blue Note Tone Poet series:
(Terrible photo "borrowed" from Discogs.) The other two Blue Notes I ordered are still delayed a bit. The Horace Silver apparently will be here in a few days, and the Lee Morgan is apparently getting a second pressing run and should be early Feb when it arrives (hopefully).
He was also a solid addition to some of Jimmy Smith's albums, like Back at the Chicken Shack and Prayer Meetin', which are two others I've been playing as of late. I've liked his CTi albums. I remember a few years ago, he caught my attention when someone at one of our local audio club meets brought one of his Fantasy LPs Have You Ever Seen The Rain. It certainly wasn't his greatest album, but it made me start looking more into his catalog. I had that recording he made with Astrud Gilberto already but didn't really start listening until a year or two ago when I looked him up on Qobuz and played his CTi albums.Stanley T may have been the Blue Note regular without a heroin addiction. Seriously, I dig Stan's big tenor sound, yet, like Hank Mobley, he could sweeten up for a sweet ballad as needed. Stan's Blue Note run 1960-69, is (with, arguably, one curious exception) solid and a joy to the ears. Have fun with this LP.