The Hip Walk: Jazz Undercurrents in 60s New York

The Hip Walk: Jazz Undercurrents in 60s New York


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It's hard to get a keen grasp of what the concept or unifying thread might be behind this compilation, other than that it's all 1960s New York jazz, and was mostly issued on the Riverside, Prestige, and Milestone labels. If the idea was to simply make an anthology of 1960s New York jazz, that's as impossible to adequately reflect in a single CD (and for that matter a box set) as 1960s London rock would within a single disc. The music itself, though, isn't any the worse for the thematic vagueness. It's a good (and, at 76 minutes, long) disc for those who aren't diligently building a thorough jazz collection, but want some reasonably wide-ranging samplers of quality sounds around. Tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons (on "Ca'purange (Jungle Soul)") and Willis Jackson (on "Nuther'n Like Thuther'n") dovetail with soul-jazz; vibraphonist Johnny Lytle seems to be making an exotica homage with "The Village Caller," and lays down some downright infectious and danceable "Milestones"-like riffs on "Selim." When that's followed by the R&B-informed jazz of Phil Upchurch's "Muscle Soul," you might begin to suspect this is aimed toward listeners with inclinations toward the more accessible pop spectrum of jazz. But actually this contains its share of straight-ahead contemporary and even somewhat experimental sounds with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers' "Ping Pong," Yusef Lateef's "Love Theme From Spartacus," Joe Henderson's "The Kicker," and Cannonball Adderley's cover of Lateef's "Brother John" tribute to John Coltrane. George Braith and Joe Dukes aren't well-known names, but organ jazz fans will have heard of accompanists John Patton and Grant Green, who play on Braith's "Cantaloupe Woman," and Jack McDuff and George Benson, who play on Dukes' "The Soulful Drums."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2002
Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC: 0029667514323
catalogNumber: 143
Rank: 111226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone
George Benson   Guitar
George Braith   C-Melody Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Richard Davis   Bass
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
John Gilmore   Reeds
Grant Green   Guitar
Barry Harris   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Joe Henderson   Track Performer
Billy Higgins   Drums
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Sam Jones   Bass
Mike Lawrence   Trumpet
Johnny Lytle   Vibes
Pat Martino   Guitar
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Cedar Walton   Piano
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Joe Dukes   Drums
Grachan Moncur   Trombone
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Flute,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Kenny Barron   Piano
Art Blakey   Drums
Milton Bland   Conductor
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Eddie Diehl   Rhythm Guitar
Ernie Farrow   Drums
Milt Harris   Organ
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Peppy Hinnant   Drums
Willis "Gator" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Landrum   Conga
Jack McDuff   Organ
Pat Patrick   Reeds
Big John Patton   Organ
Ed Pazant   Reeds
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Reggie Workman   Bass
Frank Robinson   Trumpet
Victor Sproles   Bass
Williams   Piano
Norman Edge   Bass
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Track Performer
Hayes   Bongos
Joe Hadrick   Drums
Carl Wilson   Organ

Technical Credits

Milton Bland   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer

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