Found! The Three

The ThreeEvery once in a while I pick up an LP for its cover, and The Three was one of those, years ago (which is why I don’t recall the cost, but it was in the $5-10 range). The cover is dark, with what appear to be blurry, out of focus lights and as a photographer, it appealed to me. The songs and performance more than justified my faith in “buying by cover.” This 1978 release on Inner City Records (IC6007) is a showcase for jazz pianist Joe Sample, drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Ray Brown. Before you stop reading, give Sample a chance to impress you.

Sample is best known for his work with the Crusaders, a 60s jazz band (then known as the Jazz Crusaders), who morphed into the 70s as more of a pop jazz group, with a few songs that Continue reading

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Found! Donnybrook With Donegan

donegan, dot-WEB2I picked up Donnybrook With Donegan (1959, Capitol T1226, in mono) thinking it was Dorothy Dunn, another jazz musician you’ve probably never heard of. Once the stylus hit the vinyl I knew that this Dorothy was someone else, and WHEW, is she ever. Tell Oscar Peterson to make room on the bench, ’cause Dorothy Donegan, in my not so humble opinion, is just as technically talented as he is.

That’s quite a statement, given that along with Art Tatum, Peterson is often regarded as the most prodigious pure talent in piano playing jazz (I’d put Phineas Newborn, Jr. near the top of the talent category, too. It’s pronounced Fine-us, by the way). Continue reading