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THE HORACE SILVER QUINTET & TRIO — Blowin' the Blues Away (1959) TwO Version (2004, RM | Serie Blue Note 決定盤 1500 – 21) + (2011, RM | SACD, Hybrid | Serie The Blue Note Reissues) FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Horace Silver's all-time Blue Note classics, only upping the ante established on Finger Poppin' for tightly constructed, joyfully infectious hard bop. This album marks the peak of Silver's classic quintet with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Louis Hayes; it's also one of the pianist's strongest sets of original compositions, eclipsed only by Song for My Father and Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers. The pacing of the album is impeccable, offering up enough different feels and slight variations on Silver's signature style to captivate the listener throughout. Two songs -- the warm, luminous ballad "Peace" and the gospel-based call-and-response swinger "Sister Sadie" -- became oft-covered standards of Silver's repertoire, and the madly cooking title cut wasn't far behind. And they embody what's right with the album in a nutshell -- the up-tempo tunes ("Break City") are among the hardest-swinging Silver had ever cut, and the slower changes of pace ("Melancholy Mood") are superbly lyrical, adding up to one of the best realizations of Silver's aesthetic. Also, two cuts ("Melancholy Mood" and the easy-swinging "The St. Vitus Dance") give Silver a chance to show off his trio chops, and "Baghdad Blues" introduces his taste for exotic, foreign-tinged themes. Through it all, Silver remains continually conscious of the groove, playing off the basic rhythms to create funky new time patterns. The typical high-impact economy of his and the rest of the band's statements is at its uppermost level, and everyone swings with exuberant commitment. In short, Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Silver's finest albums, and it's virtually impossible to dislike. Steve Huey
Tracklist :
1    Blowin' The Blues Away    4:44
 Horace Silver
2    The St. Vitus Dance 4:10
 Horace Silver
3    Break City    4:56
 Horace Silver
4    Peace    6:02
 Horace Silver
5    Sister Sadie    6:19
 Horace Silver
6    The Baghdad Blues    4:52
 Horace Silver
7    Melancholy Mood (New Version) 7:10
 Horace Silver
 – BONUS TRACK –
8    How Did It Happen    4:4
Credits :
Bass – Eugene Taylor
Drums – Louis Hayes
Piano – Horace Silver
Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Junior Cook
Trumpet – Blue Mitchell

11.7.24

THE LUCKY THOMPSON QUARTET — Lucky Strikes (1964-1987) RM | FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

This CD reissue serves as a perfect introduction to the talents of the underrated saxophonist Lucky Thompson. Heard on four songs apiece on tenor and soprano (he was one of the first bop-oriented soprano players), Thompson plays two standards and six originals in a quartet with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Connie Kay. The playing time on this straight reissue of an earlier LP is a bit brief (just over 38 minutes), but the quality is quite high. Thompson's soprano solos in particular are quite memorable. Scott Yanow
Tracklist :
1 In a Sentimental Mood 5:49
Duke Ellington / Manny Kurtz / Irving Mills
2 Fly With the Wind 4:01
Lucky Thompson
3 Mid-Nite Oil 5:08
Lucky Thompson
4 Reminiscent 4:04
Lucky Thompson
5 Mumba Neua 4:47
Lucky Thompson
6 I Forgot to Remember 6:36
Lucky Thompson
7 Prey-Loot 4:05
Lucky Thompson
8 Invitation 4:55
Bronislaw Kaper
Credits :
Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Connie Kay
Piano – Hank Jones
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Lucky Thompson

BIG JOHN PATTON — Got A Good Thing Goin' (1966-2003) RM | Blue Note Rare Groove Series | FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

Grant Green always brought out the best in Big John Patton. Almost any record that featured the guitarist and organist was dominated by their scintillating interplay, and it always sounded like they were trying to top each other's blistering, funky solos. Patton and Green rarely sounded better than they did on Got a Good Thing Goin', a 1966 session that functioned as a showcase for the pair's dynamic interaction and exciting, invigorating solos. In particular, the duo's mastery is evident because there are no horns to stand in the way -- only drummer Hugh Walker and conga player Richard Landrum provide support, leaving plenty of room for Green and Patton to run wild. All five numbers -- two originals by Patton and Green, two pop covers ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Shake"), and Duke Pearson's "Amanda" -- are simple blues and soul-jazz songs that provide ample space for the guitarist and organist to stretch out. And they do stretch out -- as a pair, they have never sounded so fiery or intoxicating. Fans of hard bop may find the songs a little too simple, but hot, up-tempo soul-jazz rarely comes any better than it does on Got a Good Thing Goin'. Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tracklist :
1    The Yodel 8:15
Written-By – Green, Patton
2    Soul Woman 7:40
Written-By – Green, Patton
3    Ain't That Peculiar 6:45
Written-By – Tarplin, Rogers, Robinson, Moore
4    The Shake 7:44
Written-By – Sam Cooke
5    Amanda 6:08
Written-By – Duke Pearson
Credits :
Congas – Richard Landrum
Drums – Hugh Walker
Engineer [Recording] – Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar – Grant Green
Organ – John Patton

10.7.24

KENNY DORHAM — Trompeta Toccata (1964) Two Version (1995, The BN Works 4100 Series) + (2006, RM | Serie RVG Edition) FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

It seems strange and somewhat tragic that this was trumpeter Kenny Dorham's last full album as a leader for he was only 40 at the time and still in his prime. Dorham contributed three of the four selections to the session (Joe Henderson's catchy "Mamacita" also receives its debut), and his very underrated abilities as a writer, trumpeter, and talent scout are very much in evidence. This modern hard bop quintet set with Henderson on tenor, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath served as a strong (if premature) ending to Dorham's impressive career as a solo artist. Scott Yanow
Tracklist :
1    Trompeta Toccata 12:28
Written-By – Kenny Dorham
2    Night Watch 5:48
Written-By – Kenny Dorham
3    Mamacita 11:06
Written-By – Joe Henderson
4    The Fox 8:02
Written-By – Kenny Dorham
Credits :
Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Albert Heath
Piano – Tommy Flanagan
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Henderson
Trumpet – Kenny Dorham

CHARLES MINGUS — Mingus at Carnegie Hall (1974-2006) RM | Serie Atlantic 60th | FLAC (tracks+.cue) lossless

Atlantic Records, somewhat perversely, chose to release two performances from this concert that had the strongest aura of "jam session" about them. But the show included a solid opening set by the working band of the time, as well as a freer finale, all of which remains unissued. This is a fun 45 minutes, particularly for the jovial interplay between saxophonists Kirk and Adams, but in its released form, only hints at the strength of The Jazz Workshop in 1974. Stuart Kremsky
Tracklist :
1    C Jam Blues 24:40

Written-By – Duke Ellington
2    Perdido 21:57
Written-By – Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder, Juan Tizol
Credits :
Alto Saxophone – Charles McPherson
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – John Handy
Baritone Saxophone – Hamiet Bluiett
Bass – Charles Mingus
Drums – Dannie Richmond
Piano – Don Pullen
Tenor Saxophone – George Adams
Tenor Saxophone, Saxophone [Stritch] – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Trumpet – Jon Faddis

THE HORACE SILVER QUINTET & TRIO — Blowin' the Blues Away (1959) TwO Version (2004, RM | Serie Blue Note 決定盤 1500 – 21) + (2011, RM | SACD, Hybrid | Serie The Blue Note Reissues) FLAC (tracks+.cue), lossless

Blowin' the Blues Away is one of Horace Silver's all-time Blue Note classics, only upping the ante established on Finger Poppin'...