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Ry Cooder – Jazz (Speakers Corner)

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Description

When someone such as Ry Cooder, who delved deeply into traditional sources, just names his LP "Jazz", it is unlikely that one will hear avant-garde music. Actually, in the numbers gathered together here the investigative guitar man dedicated himself more or less to almost forgotten music. Historically informed, yet not adhering to the original instrumental ensemble, this ostensibly antiquated music enjoys a brilliant renaissance. Just like in an album of charming black and white photographs, the old-fashioned style shines out brightly, such as in "Big Band Bill", which (hardly by accident) is modelled on the jaunty swing of Django Reinhard, but does not imitate him. Cooder’s slightly acidic-sounding guitar mixes homogeneously with the delightfully rustic sound of the tuba and a bluegrass mandolin ("Face To Face…"). The typical Caribbean rattle of the marimba enters into a pleasant dialogue with the warped sound of the slide guitar. Folksy bliss in three-four time ("Happy Meeting In Glory") stands confidently on a par with the merry, self-willed saxophone ("In A Mist") and with the poetic, dreamy and meditative guitar ("Flashes"). And just listen to how the classic number "Davenport Blues" – with its emphasis on the woodwinds – grooves along with the vibraphone and tingly inner parts. This sound is both filled with the spirit of Bix Beiderbecke and, based loosely on Mingus, will sooth the Jelly Roll Morton-soul of its fans.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

"Jazz" - Ry Cooder (g, voc); Harvey Pittel (as); Randy Aldcroft, George Bohanon (tb); Red Callendar (tba); John Rodby, Earl Hines (p); Barbara Starkey (org); David Lindley (bjo); Tom Collier (mar); Chuck Domanico (b); Mark Stevens (dr); a.o.

Recording: 1977 at Amigo Studios, North Hollywood, by Lee Herschberg & Douglas Decker

Production: Ry Cooder & Joseph Byrd

Release details

Label: Speakers Corner Records, Warner Bros. Records
Format: LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Germany
Released: 2019

Tracklist

A1 Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now
A2 Face To Face That I Shall Meet Him
A3 The Pearls / Tia Juana
A4 The Dream
A5 Happy Meeting In Glory
B1 In A Mist
B2 Flashes
B3 Davenport Blues
B4 Shine
B5 Nobody
B6 We Shall Be Happy