This album is INCREDIBLE. The way Bobby Hutcherson, Grant Green and John Patton lock in on their lines is almost surreal. The selections groove, but they're also deep, and the the musicians seem to connect on a deeply spiritual level. - - This is NOT just another Jazz organ combo album. It takes a new direction - - the sound is modern and progressive… John Patton at times is earthy and bluesy and at other times, very off center and mesmerizing. Melodically the stuff he's doing is almost Coltrane-esque, however, John's style is to understate things, and play with your sense of melodic imagination. Its an interactive listen, but if you're not feeling deep, you can say, "What the heck !" and get up and dance and it'll be just as good. This is probably one of the most inspired sessions to come out of those studios.
This is a fun album that sees Elis taking herself a bit less seriously than would be the case in years to come. Beginning with the beautiful photo on the album cover, it’s sunshine all the way through. Recorded and released in 1970, it sits on a precipice of musical history sort of like the proverbial time capsule left for the extra-terrestrials to tell them about contemporary MPB. With consistently interesting and flawless arrangements from Erlon Chaves, Elis rips through a repertoire of songs that couldn’t get much better spanning Bossa Nova, Jovem Guarda, Brazilian Soul and Tropicália and spinning them into a weirdly unified whole.
This 50 CD Box Set includes Archiv Produktions finest analogue recordings made between 1959 and 1981, representing a Golden Age of a pioneering label that defined the way early music should be performed and recorded. Featured artists include Karl Richter, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Fournier, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and other icons of the Archiv label.
Known in her heyday as "the blues sensation of the West," the big-voiced Sara Martin was one of the best of the classic female blues singers of the '20s. Martin began her career as a vaudeville performer, switching to blues singing in the early '20s. In 1922, she began recording for OKeh Records, cutting a number of bawdy blues like "Mean Tight Mama." She continued recording until 1928. During this time, Martin became a popular performer on the southern Theater Owners' Booking Association circuits, eventually playing theaters and clubs on the east coast as well. In the early '30s, Sara Martin retired from blues singing and settled in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. While she was in Louisville, she ran a nursing home and occasionally sang gospel in church. Sara Martin died after suffering a stroke in 1955.