Thursday, April 25, 2013

Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz

If you like 1960's club style jazz, then this is the set for you. A superb collection of tunes that ranges from the smooth to hard bop. Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" has never sounded better than the 1964 recording included here featuring Donald Byrd. Milt Jackson on vibes and Hubert Laws on flute lead a sensational combination on "Bags and Strings." And Jimmy Smith appears here a number of times doing incredible things on the Hammond B3 organ on "The Cat," "James and Wes," and "Got My Mojo Workin'."

Also Latin jazz inspired tunes of Cal Tjader on vibes, and "Manteca" featuring Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet and vocals is an outstanding performance recorded on March 4, 1961 at Carnegie Hall. A pair of tunes with Willie Bobo featured on Timbales ("Boogaloo in Room 802" and La Descarga del Bobo") are also wonderful to hear. Classic recordings of some of jazz's finest performers.

Disc: 1...1. Bumpin' - Wes Montgomery 2. Cantaloup Island - Donald Bryd 3. Chang, Chang, Chang - Yusef Lateef 4. Coll (From West Side Story) - Oliver Nelson 5. Bags & Strings - Milt Jackson 6. The Cat - Jimmy Smith 7. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? - Little Richie Varola 8. Fall Out - Roland Kirk 9. Nina's Dance - Tony Scott 10. Blues Greasy - Sonny Stitt 11. James & Wes - Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery 12. Moanin' - Cal Tjader 13. Boogaloo in Room 802 - Willie Bobo

Disc: 2...1. Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie 2. Mambocito Mio - Illinois Jacquet 3. Love - Stan Getz 4. Song Of The Yellow River - Cal Tjader 5. La Descarga Del Bobo - Wilie Bobo 6. Latin Slide - La Clave 7. Manha De Carnaval - Cal Tjader 8. Crikets Sing For Anamaria - Marcos Valle 9. The Cantaloupe Woman - Grant Green10. Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader  11. Yo Yo Yo - Slim Gaillard 12. Samba Triste - Jackie & Roy 13. Got My Mojo Workin' - Jimmy Smith 14. Devilette (Previously Unissued) - Donald Byrd