Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Odean Pope, Out for a Walk (Moers 1990)

Most sites list this disc as a 1990 release, but Odean Pope's official website lists it as a 1980 recording, two years before Almost Like Me. Regardless, Out for a Walk starts where Almost Like Me leaves off. The two discs could easily have been recorded at the same session. It's the same line up, with Gerald Veasley on bass and Cornell Rochester on drums stretching out and playing some serious modern music. There's nothing else out there quite like this, funky modern Philly jazz with some amazingly serious bass. Not to be missed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Odean Pope, Almost Like Me (Moers 1982)

Here's Odean Pope's outstanding and very hard to find first release as leader. Some hard-core funky slap bass Philly modern jazz, with Cornell Rochester on drums and Gerald Veasley on bass playing some of their best work. This is the album Jamaaladeen Tacuma should always have recorded. Don't miss track 7, the deeply funky and African influenced "Mwalimu." Highly recommended.

Track Listings
1. Elixir
2. Almost Like Me
3. Multiphonics
4. Scorpio Twins
5. No Air
6. Kyle's Theme
7. Mwalimu
8. Good Question

Monday, November 1, 2010

Miles Davis, Avery Fisher Hall NY 1975

Any 1975 recording of the funk collective is a treat, and this July 1975 band recording is a real surprise. The sound quality is surprisingly good, and it's a rare recording of the funk collective at its height. Personnel is:
Miles Davis (tpt, org)
Sam Morrison (ss, ts, fl)
Pete Cosey (g, perc)
Reggie Lucas (g)
Michael Henderson (el-b)
Al Foster (d)
James Mtume Foreman (cga, perc)

Band warming up 0:53
Turnaroundphrase (M. Davis) 15:14
Tune in 5 (M. Davis) 4:14
Cga/thumb piano/rhythm box interlude from 2:40.
Maiysha (M. Davis) 18:30
Untitled original 750505 (M. Davis) (with applause, announcement) 3:27
Right Off (M. Davis) 12:53
Mtume (M. Davis) 6:57
Latin (M. Davis) 6:46
Ife (M. Davis) 13:16