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Paul Gonzalves Quartet “Boom-Jackie, Boom-Chick” (1964) Vocalion Records (UK) One of the most expensive and toughest albums to track down. This sells for over a grand on ebay if it shows up . Only 500 copies were pressed . The latin-flavored title track is a dedication to Jack Sharpe, one time jazz club owner, taxi driver and legendary London character. Gonsalves was a good mate of Sharpe’s, and Jackie “supervised” the album. Gonsalves died in Sharpe’s flat in 1974. Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves — one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a tremendous sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving — work by a quartet that features Gonsalves on tenor, plus Pat Smythe on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and Ronnie Stevenson on drums — all hitting a soulful hardbop style that’s very much like the best Tubby Hayes records from the time! Gonsalves’ tone is incredible — with that raspy, almost flatted mode that he used with Ellington — and it really stretches out here with plenty of room for creativity, in a way that makes us wonder why nobody ever got this one issued over on our side of the Atlantic. – Dusty Groove
Mike Terry “Clackers” Joy Records (UK) (1972) Remember this balls-out fad from the early Seventies?!
“Naga” (“Naked”) is rock opera album by the Polish band Niebiesko-Czarni (Blue-Blacks; English translation of the band’s name on this cover isn’t literal). It was released in the People’s Republic of Poland in 1972 through Polskie Nagrania “Muza”. (Thanks to LP cover lover Dadarin for the contribution)
“By Grace We Sing” The Grace Quartet Harbor Records
“Mr. Eliminator” Dick Dale and His Del-Tones Capitol Records (1964) The king of surf guitar!