Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Last Dance»Hier muss keiner zeigen, wie virtuos er sein Instrument beherrscht. Stattdessen genießen die Herren ihre Seelenverwandtschaft. Groß!« (stereoplay, Juli 2014)Disc 11 My Old Flame2 My Ship3
(Dub Store) 12 tracks Re-issue of the original Jamaican ´Casmo´ LP album Jamaica is many things to many people. To some it is relaxing in the sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters or golfing on a course high in the mountains. To others it is sipping a refreshing Planter´s Punch made with delicious Jamaica rum, drinking superb Blue Mountain coffee or just collecting bargains in the free-port shops and native markets. But to almost everyone, Jamaica is fun and music ... not just ordinary music but a very special kind which makes you want to tap your feet and dance. These exotic melodies may come from the tinkling guitars of the ´John Canoes´, traditional water-borne entertainers, or they may drift forth from one of the many intimate cocktail lounges which are sprinkled all over the Island. At the Casa Montego Hotel, one of Jamaica´s leading resorts, the sound of music comes from a native band led by one of Jamaica´s outstanding young musicians, Eric Grant, who has put together a smooth combination which can satisfy every taste. Eric Grant is a strange mixture for a Jamaican musician, for he combines a classical background with the native talent for rhythm. Most Jamaican musicians come by their talent naturally with little or no formal musical education. Grant has the added advantage of having learned music from his mother, a piano teacher. After years of serious study, Grant learned that classical pianists are not exactly in demand on the ´Lil´ Island in the Sun´, so he decided to switch to jazz. His first professional efforts, however, were not at the piano. Blessed with a fine tenor voice, he soon found a spot on a cruise ship as soloist with the band. In time he discovered that people liked to hear him sing and play his ones accompaniment so he would spend hours entertaining passengers with their favorite requests. While on the cruise ship, Grant visited many ports in the United States where he picked up the various jazz styles. Grant often is asked how he knows no many songs without referring to sheet music. He explains that he learns them by listening constantly to the radio when he is not on the bandstand or the Casa Montego. In this way, he keeps up on all the latest hit tunes. Grant does all the arranging for the group which he organized a few years ago as a trio. Today the band has five regulars and a soloist, all Jamaicans. Thoroughly American in style, the band have an extremely smooth beat which is enjoyable for either dancing or for listening. They have captured the rhythms of the Caribbean and South America and have mixed them with the jazz of North America to present a brand of music pleasing to all. Although the Combo play a dramy waltz and a snappy fox trot equally well, they receive the most requests for the Cha Cha and the Meringue, according to Grant. He has included many popular favorites at the Casa Montego in this album.
(1965 ´Delmark´) (63:03/26) Eins der zehn besten Bluesalben aller Zeiten, ergänzt um ein 16-seitiges Booklet im Digipak mit acht nie zuvor gesehen Fotos aus der Studiosession, den Original-Linernotes, den Textergänzungen aus den 70ern und neuen Informationen von Labelchef und Produzent Bob Koester und etlichen weiteren alternativen Fassungen sowie Studiogesprächen. Sensationell! - Dies war die erste LP-Studiosession einer Chicagoer Bluesband - zuvor gab es zwar schon LPs. Die waren jedoch nichts anderes als eine Ansammlung zuvor bereits erschienener Singles. Unglaublich brillante Qualität und intensivste Aufnahmen, der Inbegriff des elektrischen Chicagoblues der Sechzigerjahre! = zuvor unveröffentlicht HOODOO MAN BLUES JUNIOR WELLS´ CHICAGO BLUES BAND Includes 16-page booklet, eight never-before-issued photos from the historic Hoodoo Man Blues recording session, the original liner notes, the early ´70s addendum to the liner notes, Bob Koester´s new comments, original LP cover design, original personnel listing with Buddy Guy identified as ´´Friendly Chap´´ and more... Hoodoo Man Blues was recorded at Sound Studios on September 22 and 23, 1965. I was a regular client at Theresa´s, usually every Saturday night and always every Monday night for the Blue Monday session when Little Walter and other singers would drop by. The band on the album was the group Junior used in the club. I saw no reason to mess with a good band working under the leader-ship of a guy who was not only a wonderful vocalist (my main criteria when it comes to blues) but an excellent harp-blower and, like Muddy Waters and Nowlin´ Wolf, an especially good bandleader. (I always left the ´´producing´´ to the leader on our sessions, jazz or blues.) New note by Bob Koester inside. Junior Wells, Harmonica/Vocals Buddy Guy, Guitar Jack Myers, Bass Billy Warren, Drums