I came into a boat load of records a few months ago. There were a bunch of gems in there that I have really been enjoying but there were a bunch that I couldn’t use or wouldn’t listen to. I dropped them off at AUDIOPILE on Commercial Drive and told Jeff (the owner) that I’d be back there the following week to get whatever he would give me in trade. Well about 6 weeks past until I finally remembered to drop by their today! To my surprise it came out to about $130 in trade which I was ecstatic about. I didn’t have a lot of time to look but I picked up some beauties. The first three I listened to were all burning!
‘Soul Fusion’ with Milt Jackson and The Monty Alexander Trio (John Clayton -bass, Jeff Hamilton – drums) from 1977 is seriously swinging. I had never seen this album before. Parking Lot Blues is a tune that my dad introduced me to and I think the only version of that tune I’d heard was from a Plas Johnson recording. I have been trying to get this version of the Monty Alexander Trio at the club for years and I came oh so close for this August because they’re in Seattle. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. Oh well, next time!
The next one I listened to was a CTI date (in advance of C.T.A.S.’s performance at The Cellar in late August) by Stanley Turrentine, again featuring Milt Jackson called Cherry! I love this record. It’s super funky. They start off with a tune called Sister Sanctified which I used to play with Crash. The only version of it that I have heard is by Maceo Parker. Stanley and Milt as expected are tearing it up! Its got that classic CTI sound, especially the bass which is played by Ron Carter. I love their version of I Remember You.
The last one that I listened to before my wife BEGGED for some quiet time was Baby Face Willette’s Behind The 8 Ball. This could be some of the greasiest organ music I’ve ever heard. The cover of this record alone is worth it. Such a great cover! It was a good listening day. I still have Jackie McLean’s Capuchin Swing, another Baby Face Willette side and another Stanley Turrentine side to get to!
A GOOD DAY I WOULD SAY!