The Greyboy Allstars – West Coast Boogaloo (1995)

Plenty of funky jam-bands exist with the necessary skills to establish a deep groove and fill a dance floor, but many lack the virtuosity required to flood a tune with adventurous, confident solos that skim atop tricky but harmonically sophisticated arrangements. A mind can quickly wander when confronted with weak guitar noodling, metronomic drumming and … Continue reading The Greyboy Allstars – West Coast Boogaloo (1995)

Hubert Laws – The Laws Of Jazz (1964)

There are some jazz fans who find little to get excited about when it comes to certain instruments. The jazz bagpipes of Rufus Harley Jr. and Dorothy Ashby's harp are novel, but hardly enflame the passions and therefore have a limited following. Likewise, the flute was generally considered a second or third tier instrument in … Continue reading Hubert Laws – The Laws Of Jazz (1964)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)

Many Of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's albums may well resemble a crazed carnival ride, but inspired artistry is ever-present. As a soloist on sax, clarinet, flute, manzello (a customised soprano sax actually called a saxello), or stritch (an alto sax with a French-horn bell) he could play with explosive outrageousness or with incredible poise and grace. … Continue reading Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)

David “Fathead” Newman – Straight Ahead(1960)

I can't imagine David 'Fathead' Newman was expecting a photo shoot the day he was propped up before a guy with a camera when this mug-shot was taken. If this is the choice-pic from that session I expect the rejected snaps must be potentially incriminating because on the evidence provided he is clearly on the … Continue reading David “Fathead” Newman – Straight Ahead(1960)