Monday, July 12, 2010

Julian Priester - Spiritsville

This hard bop set from 1960 didn't do too much for me at first. Largely, I think, because I have been listening to a lot of this stuff lately (as witnessed by my recent posts).

Then something happened.

I listened to this record with the headphones on and I'll be damned if I didn't experience it in a whole new way.

Recorded in New York City in July 1960, Spiritsville features a cast of characters that I have not heard a lot from (except for the noteworthy piano player...).

Priester was a trombone player. In fact, he's on Coltrane's Impulse debut, Africe Brass. In the manner of Curtis Fuller he does some great work on this record as a lead. Between those two I've come to enjoy that instrument far more than I ever have.

Of the records McCoy Tyner played on leading up to this one, none foreshadowed exactly where his tone and style were going as much as this one. Dig his solo work on 'Blue Stride' and 'Excursion'. You'll hear it.

Tracks: Chi Chi; Blue Stride; It Might As Well Be Spring; Excursion; Spiritsville; My Romance ; Donna's Waltz.

Personnel: Julian Priester, trombone; Walter Benton, tenor sax; Charlie Davis, baritone sax; McCoy Tyner, piano; Art Taylor, drums; Sam Jones, bass.

Julian Priester - Spiritsville