Back home from the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg where I found time to go cratedigging at the lovely Diggers Recordstore that wasn't taking part in Record Store Day and anyway had something great to offer.
I always love to buy something from the country I'm visiting. In this case it was the album "Powerhouse" (1970) by the Dutch band Casey And The Pressure Group. Some nice rare grooves by this Hammond organ driven souljazz/funk band. Still looking for their 1967 debut.
The T.V. '67 is obviously from 1967 with some Dragnet, I Spy and T.H.E. Cat soundtrack themes.
And the third Black Oak Arkansas from 1972. Love Jim Dandy's weird voice! It's also the first album with Tommy Aldrige on drums. Later on he also played with Ozzy Osbourne. Looks like he liked the odd singers.
Roadburn was great too. Looking forward to see Converge, Crowbar and Grave Pleasures again next Friday in Cologne!
John Lee Hooker- Mad Man Blues. Been diving deep into the blues the past few months, as I’ve really been yearning for that rawness that you can’t find elsewhere, plus my kid loves the rhythms. Grabbed this at Amoeba in Berkeley the other week and pleased as punch to finally give it a spin. Can’t think of a singer more raw than JLH, and these earlier 50s and 60s tracks solidify that. Been reading Peter Guralnick’s “Listeners Guide to the Blues” and he believes that one can only listen to so much John Lee Hooker at once, as it is so powerful and intense that too much can put one over the edge. I can see where he is coming from...#blues#nowspinning#vinyl#recordcollector#chessrecords #
Charles Persip and the Jazz Statesmen (Bethlehem, 1961)
Though the Bethlehem label released numerous fabulous dates, straight-ahead hard bop was not their usual pedigree, with few exceptions. One of those exceptions is this outstanding album. Persip more commonly went by "Charlie", but assembled a stately group to go with the stately "Charles". A traditional hard bop arrangement, the group also featured Roland Alexander on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Ronnie Mathews ("Ronald", here) on piano. Hubbard, on his way out by the time this date was recorded, is replaced by Marcus Belgrave on one track, long before Belgrave would go on to some fabulous avant-garde work as a leader of the Tribe collective. Due to the drumming leadership, as well as the presence of various Blakey associates, the Blakey comparisons are inevitable. They aren't totally unfounded, but the drumming style is clearly less fiery and forceful and more subtle and cooking. The players are going for viruoso traditionalism rather than flashy pomp and showmanship, and it makes for an exciting and rewarding listen. Excellent hard bop on labels other than Blue Note and Prestige is getting more collectible as originals on those fabulous labels become completely unaffordable to most of us. But the other reason is that the sessions are simply fantastic. Look at the players. Ignore the label... sometimes.