Memphis trumpeter Louis Smith had an almost mythical career. Smith started off in fast company that included Kenny Burrell, Cannonball Adderley, and Zoot Sims, then recorded two rare albums, and finally retired from the scene to become a music teacher, only to return to music in 1978. One of those rare LPs, 1958's SMITHVILLE, is mainstream hard bop of the highest order. While there are no surprises per se, this set features an incredible group–Monk's right-hand man tenor saxophonist Charles Rouse, post-bop ace pianist Sonny Clark, Miles Davis bassist Paul Chambers–playing with a genuine fervor. SMITHVILLE is a virtual must-have for hard bop fanatics.
Edward Louis Smith (born May 20, 1931, Memphis, Tennessee, United States) is an American jazz trumpeter. While studying at the University of Michigan, he played with visiting musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thad Jones and Billy Mitchell, before going on to play with Sonny Stitt, Count Basie and Al McKibbon, Cannonball Adderley, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham and Zoot Sims.
' A sublime bit of east coast soul and the only full album ever cut by this heavenly-voiced trio! The group have a sound to rival the best of their contemporaries on the harmony soul scene, one that floats along on a light pillow of strings and soul, with just the right amount of heavier touches to give the record a bit more of the HDH depth. The falsetto bits are especially nice drifting out in front of the deeper vocals and the whole thing’s got a solidness that should have made these guys huge. These brothers from St. Louis are the Delfonics of the Mid-West. If you like the style of male vocals from the ’70s, this is a must download. This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Buddah records with covers.' nikos@funkmysoul
In the 1970s, Bessie Smith's recordings were reissued on five double LPs. Her CD reissue series also has five volumes (the first four are double-CD sets) with the main difference being that the final volume includes all of her rare alternate takes (which were bypassed on LP). The first set (which, as with all of the CD volumes, is housed in an oversize box that includes an informative booklet) contains her first 38 recordings. During this early era, Bessie Smith had no competitors on record and she was one of the few vocalists who could overcome the primitive recording techniques; her power really comes through.
Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight". Plus, the CD adds five bonus tracks, including "Sideman", "Minor Chant", and the previously unreleased "J.H. Bossa Nova" and "Clockwise (Alternate Take)".
Having become the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent following up with a performance for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The Jive Aces have truly established themselves as the UK's top Jive & Swing band.The band are renowned for their hot, swinging music and high-energy stage show playing songs made famous by such greats as Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jr. as well as a selection of superb originals.Their album, "King of the Swingers: A Salute to Louis Prima" was recorded in Hollywood, California and features very special guests such as Kenny Ball, Ray Gelato and Toni Elizabeth Prima (daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith)…