Cannonball Adderley: Azule Serape

This crystal-clear live recording from the long-running West Coast Lighthouse club puts the listener up close to the musicians. The recently formed Quintet wrapped up a successful month in the Los Angeles area with the new addition of Englishman Victor Feldman. This up-tempo tune by Feldman shows off his virtuoso pianism, particularly with fast block chords in the intro. The vibe of soul and groove which made the group famous quickly becomes the “hip thing” of this tune, but only after teasing Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Cannonball’s funky growl is thoroughly present, as are his generous and always suave comments to the audience.

November 11, 2007 · 0 comments


Ramsey Lewis: Hang on Sloopy

Recorded live at The Lighthouse in full nightclub party mode, Ramsey Lewis’s cover of “Hang On Sloopy” faced an uphill battle. The McCoys’ original had been four months on the charts, including a week at #1, and was still hanging on. Moreover, Lewis’s preceding cover, “The In Crowd,” was also charting. No way "Sloopy" could dislodge the real McCoys and Ramsey himself. Right? Wrong. “Sloopy” quickly overtook both competitors and spent two months in the Top 100. Sure it was formulaic. But here were actual people actually listening to jazz, and damned if they weren’t actually having actual fun! A revolutionary concept.

October 30, 2007 · 0 comments


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