Ry Cooder: JAZZ 180g vinyl
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.
“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
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