I heard this record for the first time last night and it’s a killer. I’m partial to Gerry Mulligan anyway, and I’ve always enjoyed his Concert Jazz Band recordings. This album was recorded in New York City in 1961. The 13-piece band is outstanding. It includes Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone; bassist and jazz humor anthologist Bill Crow; Mel Lewis on drums; Gene Quill on clarinet and alto saxophone; and Doc Severinsen on trumpet. The arrangers are equally impressive: Mulligan, Brookmeyer, George Russell, Johnny Carisi and Gary McFarland. (This is McFarland’s first recording. I was interested to learn that he’d studied at the Lenox School Of Jazz in my hometown of Lenox, Mass.) The band cooks at times, and at other moments lopes along with that easy swing associated with the best Basie material. Recommended.
I backed into an appreciation of Doug Sahm, and I can tell you exactly how I got there. In 1996, I got married, and my then wife was a huge fan of Los Lobos. I became a huge fan, too, and we started buying other albums by members of Los Lobos, including the 1998 album by the supergroup Los Super Seven. That band featured David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, along with Tex-Mex and tejano giants such as Freddie Fender, Joe Ely and Doug Sahm. Sahm’s voice hit me immediately, sounding like last call in all the juke joints in the world. That said, I didn’t start listening to too much of his own music until I started working at Webster’s. I kept seeing “Sir Douglas Quintet” records and passing them by, not realizing that “Sir Douglas” was Doug Sahm. Once I listened, though, I was hooked.
What more can I say about this album that hasn’t been said already? One of the greatest albums EVER, by ANYONE. Spinning this at the store in honor of the end of Stevie’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour, and sending this out to Josh and Hilary, who got to see him perform this album.
The Final Cut was my favorite Pink Floyd album in high school. This, though, was THE Pink Floyd album of my high school years. Released my freshman year, and followed by a massive tour that led to a live album and concert video, the songs on A Momentary Lapse Of Reason were omnipresent when I was a teenager. This album came into the store over the weekend and I’m hearing it for the first time in more than 20 years this morning. It kicks ass.
Holy god this is a good record. Earnest 80s power-pop by a band that at one time was as big as they come.
Richard Thompson feels like the forefather of all the rock music that followed him. I know the story is more complex than that, but when you listen to a record like Amnesia, it sure does sound like, “Oh, this is where it all came from!” This record is overflowing with great session players like Mitchell Froom and Tony Levin and Jim Keltner. The songwriting is weird and wonderful and takes more left turns than you’d think possible.