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Back to digging in Dad’s record collection this month.
i have a sweet spot for the smooth tones of west Coast
jazz – no apologies. in fact i have a sweet spot for
smooth west Coast tones in most music genres. i also
adore the playing of flautist/saxophonist Bud shank.
so it’s been a guilty pleasure to indulge in some ‘70s
vinyl by the la4 over the past couple of years.
Shank first came to my attention on the earliest surf
movie soundtracks ever recorded. Before electric guitars
took over the world, Bruce Brown secured the Bud Shank
Quartet to soundtrack his 1959 film Slippery When Wet.
The story goes that Brown squeezed the band into a tiny
office at World Pacific Records, projected the film onto
the wall through a mail slot, and recorded whatever the
band improvised to the footage.
Shank is also immortalised as playing the flute on The
Mamas & The Papas haunting ‘California Dreaming’.
And it was flute that Shank focused on when he joined
jazz giants Ray Brown and Shelly Manne (actually
their original drummer was Chuck Flores but he never
appeared on any of the band’s recordings) and Brazilian
guitarist Laurindo Almeida to form The LA4 in 1974.
Shank and Almeida had collaborated auspiciously as far
back as the early ‘50s, and were credited with inventing
samba-jazz and even (some say) bossa nova. Those
recordings came be known as Brazilliance No. 1 and
Fast-forward to the ‘70s and The LA4 signed to the
Concord label and hit it off with an incredible live album
recorded at the 1974 Concord Jazz Festival, The LA Four
The 1976 self-titled studio album (also known as
Concierto De Aranjuez) reminds me of childhood
happiness – it was popular on the family turntable. And
while purists may dismiss the gentle flutes and guitars
as breezy, or even cheesy, there’s integrity in the musical
adventures this quartet pursued.
Says Brown in the album’s liner notes, “I love this group,
because it’s doing jazz, classical, bossa nova, a lot of
different things. We don’t have to cater to anything.”
Thus, material choices range from classical pieces
by Joaquin Rodrigo and Emmanuel Bach, to original
compositions, to Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Manteca’ and Sonny
Rollins’ ‘St Thomas’. Though all performers have distinct
musical personalities, their interaction is compelling.
By the time we reach the second LA4 record in Dad’s
collection, Just Friends (1978), Manne has left the band to
be replaced by young drummer Jeff Hamilton. A Direct
To Disc Limited Edition, the LP heralds “an exciting
technological development that brings the utmost in
clarity and fullness of sound to the listener”! It does
sound pretty lively. By this point in his career, Shank
was on the way to abandoning the flute in favour of
alto sax and there are moments with Hamilton’s energy
where the group plays harder than ever before, even
delving into contemporary (for the time) funk feel in Ray
Brown’s arrangement ‘Love Medley’, which segues out
of a piece of virtuosic classical guitar from Almeida on
the Gershwin’s ‘Love Walked In’. The album opens with
‘Nouveau Bach’, an ambitious adaption of Bach’s ‘Prelude
In C Minor’, returns to one of Shank and Almeida’s
earliest collaborations, ‘Carinhoso’, and closes with Chick
Corea’s ‘Spain’, arranged by Jeff Hamilton. As the album
sleeve notes comment on the band’s versatility: “from
Back to Bebop and Brazilian – with complete authority
and conviction while having a wonderful time in the
Rather than follow the highly technical jazz-rock
fusion that many of their contemporaries (including
Miles Davis) strayed into in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s,
these LA4 albums remain timeless in their unabashed
focus on melody and tasteful playing. Their fusion was
incorporating classical and world elements into jazz and
in that regard they were trailblazers.
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• KING CRIMSON 'Radical Action To Unseat the
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• ANGEL OLSEN 'My Woman' *
• THE METERS 'A Message From The Meters:
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• CHATHAM COUNTY LINE 'Autumn'
• NICK CAVE & BAD SEEDS 'Skeleton Tree' *
• WILCO 'Schmilco' *
• THE BEATLES 'Live @ Hollywood Bowl'
(remast w 4 prev.unreleased songs)
• K.T. TUNSTALL 'Kin' *
• ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES 'Sea of Noise' *
• PARTON/HARRIS/RONSTADT 'The Complete
Trio Coll' (3CD w. prev.unrel.& altern.takes)
• PARTON/HARRIS/RONSTADT 'My Dear
Companion' (selections from above)
• ZZ TOP 'Live-Greatest Hits fr.around the World'
• LED ZEPPELIN 'Complete BBC Sessions' (Dlx.ed
3CD,Dlx vinyl ed, or Super Dlx3CD's/5LPs+)
• VANILLA FUDGE 'Out Through the In Door:
Tribute to Led Zeppelin'
• IAN HUNTER&THE RANT BAND 'Fingers Crossed'
• MADELEINE PEYROUX 'Secular Hymns'
(Songs by WAITS,DIXON,TOUSSAINT,etc)
• DAVID BOWIE 'Who Can I Be Now? (74-76)'
(12CD, 13LP both includ. 'The Gouster' prev.unrel)
• BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY 'Shine A Light: Field
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• JOHN PRINE 'For Better or For Worse' *
• JOE BONAMASSA 'Live @ The Greek Theatre'
• PIXIES 'Head Carrier' *
• NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND 'Circlin' Back –
Celebrating 50 yrs' (CD or CD/DVD)
• BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 'Chapter & Verse'
(companion to Bruce's autobiography incl.5 unrel.songs)
• RANDY NEWMAN 'Songbook Vol 3'
(Also vol 1-3 on LP ie 4LPs)
• DEVENDRA BANHART 'Ape in Pink Marble' *
• DRIVE-BY-TRUCKERS 'American Band' *
• DOYLE BRAMHALL II 'Rich Man' *
• DANIEL LANOIS 'Goodbye to Language'
• GRAHAM PARKER 'These Dreams Will Never
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• YES 'Tales From Topographic Oceans'
(Steve Wilson Remix)
• VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR 'Do Not Disturb'
• PASSENGER'Young As The Morning Old As The Sea'
• VAN MORRISON 'Keep Me Singing' (new material)
• RUMER 'This Girl's In Love – A Bacharach &
• OASIS 'Be Here Now' (3CD Dlx reissue)
• SEASICK STEVE 'Keepin' the Horse Between Me
& the Ground'
• ERIC CLAPTON 'Live In San Diego' w. special
guest J.J. CALE (2CD or 3LP)
YOLANDA INGLEY ‘This Dangerous Age’
Originally cutting her teeth on early soul, blues & jazz,
Yolanda has been impressing audiences in the clubs and pubs
of Melbourne & overseas. Incredibly, she only started writing her
own songs 2 years ago – her songs project great soul, wit, wry
observation & depth of vision with clever & interesting musical
arrangements. The resulting new album, ‘This Dangerous Age’, is a
simply stunning album of great lyrical songs that defies genre, that
resonates & really connects with listeners, beautifully arranged &
recorded, & featuring the ‘cream’ of Melbourne’s finest musicians.
(This one is Suzanne's album of the year for 2016!! A stand out in a
ST.PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
‘Sea of Noise’
St. Paul’s breakthrough 2013 debut ‘Half the City’ was a fine
showcase for their mix of rock & soul grooves & saw them touring
the world, appearing at most major festivals (includ. Byron this
year) & wowing audiences with their explosive, brass-heavy live
shows. Hand-picked to open 2 stadium shows for The ROLLING
STONES, this follow-up release sees the band on a major creative
MADELEINE PEYROUX ‘Secular Hymns’
Marking her 20th year as a recording artist, Madeleine
releases a spirited & soulful collection of covers in a
captivating mix of funk, blues & jazz settings. An eclectic &
interesting choice of songs from blues artists (Willie Dixon),
contemp & revered composers (Waits, Van Zandt, Toussaint), one
from Stephen Foster & closes with a trad. African-American spiritual.
BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY ‘Shine A Light:
Field Recordings from the Great American
Railroad’ Tracked during a 2,728 mile rail trip from
Chicago to Los Angeles, this is an album of acoustic, harmony-heavy
duets filled with covers of train songs first popularised by JIMMIE
RODGERS, LEADBELLY, HANK WILLIAMS, CARTER FAMILY et al. With
these 2 major talents at the helm, you can quite confidently expect a
VAN MORRISON ‘Keep Me Singing’
First collection of new songs in 4 years & his 36th studio
album in all. Self-produced, it features 12 new songs
including the closing instrumental on which Van plays both piano &
sax, along with a cover of ‘Share Your Love With Me’ (first recorded
by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, & a hit for Aretha).
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