In The Pocket
CAT # CCD2-2154-25
DISC ONE 1. After You've Gone 8:13 2. Mitch's Lament 8:17 3. Home Grown 6:26 4. Mood Indigo 6:52 5. Detour Ahead 6:28 6. Fatty McSlatty 9:48 7. Flintstones II 6:07 DISC TWO 1. Onion Roll 4:24 2. Spherikhal 4:53 3. But Beautiful 5:23 4. Blues For Minnie 4:39 5. Bones 5:53 6. So's Your Mother 5:18 7. Squatty Roo 3:08 8. Sweetback 4:27
From note one, this band is swinging and In the Pocket! Amongst the first dozen recordings issued by the then-fledgling Concord Jazz label, these two inspired sextet sessions - co-led by Herb Ellis and Ray Brown - virtually defined the early Concord Jazz sound. Disc One - After You've Gone - captured this amalgamation of all-star jazzmen an unbridled jam, live at the Concord Jazz Festival. Disc Two - Hot Tracks, with Mike Melvoin replacing George Duke in the lineup - documents the hard-swinging stalwarts jamming in an encore session in the recording studio. These two Concord Jazz classics are a must for anyone who likes fun-loving, swinging jazz.
Collective personnel: Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), with Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Plas Johnson (saxophone), Jake Hanna (drums), George Duke (piano), Mike Melvoin (piano/keyboards)
"...a kind of competitive swagger that is seldom captured on record...things happen that have to be played a half dozen times to be believed." - Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner
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