The mid-Michigan based trio Organissimo is not your garden variety, grandfather's organ combo. Yes, they pay allegiance to Jimmy Smith and the forefathers of the B-3, but these musicians, particularly guitarist Joe Gloss and organist Jim Alfredson, are younger and have the audience of their generation in mind. Easy comparisons to Medeski, Martin & Wood, Soulive, and the Brothers Groove can be made. The difference maker is veteran drummer Randy Marsh, who has played his share of bop, soul-jazz, rock, funk, and commercial music, not to mention being a fan of Frank Zappa.
Fantastic collection of all 24 of the legendary late singer's hit singles on Monument Records from the 1960's plus a couple more stereo mixes. The set also contains a few of Roy's covers of classic songs like 'Distant Drums', 'What'd I Say', 'Let The Good Times Roll', 'Beautiful Dreamer' and 'Love Hurts'. There are other notable songs here too, many of them obscure songs, all of which confirm what a talented singer Roy was. The second disc includes all the b-sides, so collectors can be satisfied that they have all his single output from the era.
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early to mid 1960s when 22 of his songs placed on the US Billboard Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". Fantastic collection of 24 confirmed classics from one of the most beautiful voices ever in modern pop music. The bulk of the tracks are drawn from Orbison's meticulous 1985 re-recordings of all his classics (that were done to absolute perfection). The balance come from the MGM and Sun Records archives. One track from 1969, "Say No More", written by Boudleaux Bryant, makes it's debut on this disc. Music Club.
The second CD by Philip Johnston's Big Trouble is jazz mixing great musicianship with a touch of madness. He treats Steve Lacy's "Hemline" as if it were penned by Raymond Scott (whose music was adapted for classic Looney Tunes cartoons) and "Bone" sounds like a wild improvisation on a childhood chant. Pianist Joe Ruddick's "Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken" has a nifty calypso beat with an intense cacophony of reeds and brass. Johnston is also a gifted composer; his "Pontius Pilate Polka" blends folk dances with swinging Dixieland interludes. "Mr. Crocodile" is a light samba with a touch of reggae. Highly recommended for fans of the great melting pot of jazz.
The Unknown is saxophonist/composer Phillip Johnston's soundtrack to the 1927 silent film of the same name. As with much of Johnston's other work, the music here is a witty, often changing mix of sounds and styles from various eras. Appropriately, there is an emphasis on various film music archetypes, although not just from the silent film era, but from more modern times, too. The tracks weave in and out of frantic, polka-driven chase-scene themes, genteel waltzes, nostalgic parlor-room piano sections, sultry noir-jazz passages, and more. Johnston also adds in more modern elements, from dissonant horn harmonies and free-leaning improvisation to a few rock-oriented rhythms and even some electronic/synthesizer touches.
Although the name may not be familiar to many, Big Boy Pete (aka Pete Miller) has been flogging around the music scene for nearly five decades. He first played in a rock & roll band called the Offbeats, who recorded an EP in 1958, and in 1961, he joined the beat group Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. With the Jaywalkers, he recorded a number of singles, which were produced by Joe Meek, from whom Pete learned many new and innovative recording techniques. In 1965, he quit the band to concentrate on recording solo projects, and turned to session work to support his recording career. During this period, he became a part-time member of the legendary underground freakbeat band the News, while continuing to write songs for Britain's major publishing houses…