Last week I posted on Freedom, a terrific album of Kenny Burrell tracks recorded on two different dates in 1963 and '64. To date, it was never released on CD or as a digital download. What's more, Freedom also is out of print as a 180-gram vinyl release. Well, here's another Burrell album that's very tough to find: Take It From Me, an album led by Terry Gibbs on which Burrell appears as a sideman. As far as I can tell, it was released on CD only in Japan.
Recorded in January 1964 for Impulse by engineer Rudy Van Gelder for producer Bob Thiele, the Gibbs quartet here consisted of Gibbs (vib), Burrell (g), Sam Jones (b) and Louis Hayes (d). The piano-less group featured mostly Gibbs originals: Take It from Me, El Fatso, Oge, Pauline's Place, 8-lbs, 10-ozs and Gee Dad, It's A Deagan. The only soft spots on the album are the two standards—All the Things You Are and Honeysuckle Rose, which aren't nearly as fresh or as exciting as Gibbs's originals.
Thiele told Gibbs he could record whatever he wished and pick his own sidemen. Gibbs went with five originals and two standards. He also picked Burrell, who, like Gibbs, was a composer, technician and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to the vibes, Gibbs could play bass and drums. Burrell coudl double o nbass and could sing. At the time, Hayes and Jones were members of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet.
Take It From Me and El Fatso are cool, mid-tempo swingers, with the latter packing a Latin feel. Oge has church-like soulfulness, allowing the group to sound a bit like the Modern Jazz Quartet. The track's pace gives us a chance to hear Burrell's chord voicings. Pauline's Place is an up-tempo ode to Pauline Rivelli (above), who at the time was editor of Jazz & Pop magazine.
As far as I can tell, 8-lbs, 10-ozs must have been written by Terry to announce the arrival of his son, Gerry, who was born January 15, 1964—a day before this recording session—and who today is a jazz drummer. Gee Dad, It's a Deagan is a flag-waver that runs just over 6 minutes. Based on my research, a Deagan was a brand of vibes and likely the one Gibbs used at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio.
Hopefully the Impulse division of Universal will re-issue this one, at least as a digital download.
Three of the four musicians on this date are still with us. Sam Jones died in 1981.
JazzWax tracks: You'll find Take It From Me on CD at eBay through vendors selling the release. For example, go here.
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.