Neil notes: This week’s CJ featured some of the jazz favourites of ‘the boss’ – station manager Gary Hooker. The show kicked off in uptempo mode with two 1960 classics – beginning with Nat Adderley’s Sack of Woe featuring an allstar lineup including Bobby Timmons on piano, Wes Montgomery on guitar and Percy Heath on bass and continuing with Mingus at his bluesiest on Moanin‘.
In the sleeve notes to the album from which this great track comes, Mingus explains how the music came about: This record is unusual—it presents only one part of my musical world, the blues. A year ago, Neshuhi Ertegun [Atlantic boss and founder] suggested that I record an entire blues album in the style of Haitian Fight Song (in Atlantic LP 1260), because some people, particularly critics, were saying I didn’t swing enough. He wanted to give them a barrage of soul music: churchy, blues, swinging, earthy. I thought it over. I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I’ve grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed.
The result was Blues and Roots, one of the great jazz albums and an essential addition to anyone’s collection.
The music continued with swinging tenor player Budd Johnson (who also features on one of our CJ favourites, Randy Weston’s Tanjah album) and ‘Brother’ Jack McDuff before Lee Morgan’s classic Afreaka. The show continued with a couple of tracks from the surf movie September Sessions, scored by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, beginning with LA acid jazz king DJ Greyboy’s Grey’s Groove. The guitarist with the Hammond organ sound (yes!), Charlie Hunter, was up next with a track from his Right Now Move CD on Ropeadope Records and this was followed by a great track from EST. An artist new to me, guitarist Ken Hatfield, then featured with two tracks from his album The Surrealist Table. The show ended with a little Braziliance: vocalists Flora Purim (really ‘out there’ arrangements), Joyce (cool and sophisticated) from her album with husband Tutty Moreno called Samba Jazz and Outras Bossas and finally flautist Herbie Mann with more bossa nova from an Atlantic release which features the cream of Brazilian musicians . Lovely!
- Nat Adderley – Sack of Woe from Work Song
- Charles Mingus – Moaning (alt. take) from Blues and Roots
- Bud Johnson Quintet – Come Rain or Shine from Chess Jazz Volume 1
- Jack McDuff – Let My People Go from Chess Jazz Volume 1/The Natural Thing
- Lee Morgan – Afreaka from The Sixth Sense/African Rhythms
- Greyboy – Grey’s Groove from September Sessions
- G Love and Special Sauce – Willow Tree from September Sessions
- EST – Do the Jangle from Good Morning Susie Soho
- Charlie Hunter Quintet – ? from Right Now Move
- Ken Hatfield Trio – Funkissimo and The Chimera from The Surrealist Table
- Afro Blues Quintet + 1 – Let My People Go from New Directions in Sound
- Afro Blues Quintet – Monkey Time from Introducing the Afro Blues Quintet
- Flora Purim – Wings (Asas) from Speed of Light
- Joyce with Tutty Moreno – Feijao con Arroz from Samba Jazz and Outras Bossas
- Flora Purim – Light as my Flo‘ from Speed of Light
- Herbie Mann – Bossa Vehla from Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann
Video is back! After some VPN problems it’s the return of the some choice VJ cuts – this week focusing on Flora Purim in concert in the 1980s.and featuring Airto Moreira on drums and percussion. The two tracks are Partido Alto and a taste of Nada Sera Como Antes (Nothing Will Be As It Was).