Classic Album Of The Day:
McCoy Tyner Trio "Infinity"
Now mind you, Mr. Tyner had, by the release of this album, already released 60 albums. It's easier to tell you how many were not great then to list all the phenomenal ones. It was...1. One dud. Okay, maybe two. As pianists go, metaphorically speaking, he is Mt. Everest - even among the greats. So, why pick this album when there are soo many awesome Tyner albums, I could swing a cat in the jazz section at Tower Tokyo and hit at least 26 of them - with my eyes closed? Well one, I have it, two, it introduced me to Tyner in a way where he stuck fast to me, and three, it was one of the first releases when the lengendary jazz label Impulse! was rebooted in the 90's after years of silence. Tyner and John Coltrane were the label's first artists back in 1960. But wait: here's how it stuck... I moved to NYC in 95 from LA. My first apartment was a 3rd flr. one bedroom walkup on 51st btwn 8th and 9th. What I wanted most moving here was the authentic "New York Life". You know, late nights in the streets, small smoky bars, big loud clubs, off broadway experimental theater, Italian food in Little Italy, Soul food in Harlem, Summerstage, Chinese food in Chinatown, crazy nights in the village, rollerdisco in the park, scary taxi rides... and Jazz - at the Vanguard, at the Blue Note and Carnegie Hall. And more... My place, between a brownstone church and a woman's shelter, had a methadone clinic in the basement. Down the block was a hospital. Across the street hookers took their johns into a dive with a red lighted stairway. All night the church's neon sign blinked in my windows. "Sin Will Find You Out!" and the clip-clop of the Central Park Carriage horses hoofs echoed down the street toward their Westside Hwy stables. It was everything I'd wanted, but when I got this record and played it one night in that place everything came together like deja vu. I'd found the soundtrack to my life in Hells Kitchen: "Infinity" by McCoy Tyner. My life there had resonance. What did it sound like? Like all those things, because they did happen to me, and much more. Listen. You can hear it all in every song, every note, every time. #BBSCAOTD
Flipping trough records to find stuff for the We Jazz X R&A : John Coltrane Birhtday Bash next saturday. I think i will go more for tracks that are versions of his songs or something that is clearly a tribute to him and not so much his solo / leader work. This wonderful record for example has a three song tribute to John Coltrane with Lush Life, Afro-Blue and Bessie's Blues. #wejazzdjs @helsinkifilmfestival #djing#instavinyl#rolandkirk#jazzvinyl#vinyligclub#dustyfingers#lauantaijatsit
Miles Davis - Basic Miles (1973)
An instant purchase due to "On Green Dolphin Street". The track includes Miles, Coltrane, "Cannonball" Adderly, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, and the incomparable Bill Evans. The same line up on "Kind of Blue". It's one of my favorite songs of any genre. It's my happy place. And as such it has served as the sole link in my twitter bio for, well, years. That's all you need to know about me. It's also one of the only songs I have to listen to all the way through once it's started. Stop reading and go play it already.
This album is my guilty pleasure. Growing up I wasn't much of a #JaRule fan but now that I'm older his music transports me back to a certain time and place. Nothing like a like 90's - 2000 R&B to put me in the right mood. This album #exodus is strictly his hits including "it's murda", "put it on me", "I cry", "livin' it up", "always on time", and "mesmerize" just to name a few. Anyone else have a favorite Ja Rule song?
Skate rock! Code of Honor - What Are We Gonna Do? 1982. I found this today between a Doug E Fresh & Egyptian Lover 12". @pharmacy_records Do you need this? Let me know and I'll send it to you. #dustyfingers#skaterock
Morning Dew "Morning Dew" (sometimes referred to as "At Last"), Roulette records original, 1970. Morning Dew were a group from Topeka, Kansas, who, like literally thousands of others around the States, played a British Invasion-inspired form of primitive garage rock, evolving to psychedelia by the later 60s. Like many of these groups, Morning Dew released a brace of singles on a local label (Fairyland), and actually became very popular locally. Unlike most of these struggling "Back From The Grave" bands however, The 'Dew actually managed to release an album: on a major label! Unfortunately for the lads, the label they ended up on was the mother of all mobster joints, Roulette records (run by the notorious and FBI-convicted Morris Levy), and consequently there was no budget, no money and no future, as the label neglected to release a second album. It didn't help that most copies of the LP were allegedly destroyed in a fire. Because of all this, the album's general awesomeness and gorgeous, enigmatic cover, "Morning Dew" has gone on to be one of the most collectable major label US psych albums. And yes, it's a corker! But, a strange corker, for the overall vibe of this thing is similar to a small label, private press-type record from the era (see: New Tweedy Brothers, C.A. Quintet, Music Emporium), with very little in the way of production gloss; just killer tunes, killer fuzz and killer vibes. The best cuts, the unbelievable and otherworldly "Crusaders Smile", the groovy "Young Man" and the Pink Floyd-ish "Gypsy" are Nuggets Hall-Of-Famers all. I'm also very fond of "Something You Say", a lovely baroque pop number (resplendent with the only string arrangement on the LP), and "Epic: The Mann/Death Is A Dream", complete with a tape-fail bit-of-trickery which makes me think my turntable is broken: every time. As a side note, one of the cuts on here, "Save Me" was co-written by local musician Kerry Livgren who went on to form a much more famous Kansas group: Kansas! #vinyl#records#vinyllove#vinyligclub#vinylrecords#vinylcommunity#vinyljunkie#dustyfingers#albumart#nowspinning#nowplaying#recordcollection#instavinyl#vinyloftheday#vinylcollectionpost