Carmell Jones, Marcus Belgrave (tp), Roy Brewster (tb), Curtis Amy (ts), Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers (vib), Frank Strazzeri, John Houston, Victor Feldman (p), Jimmy Bond, George Morrow, Bob Whitlock (b), Frank Butler, Tony Bazley, Lawrence Marable (d)
Reference: FSRCD 768_2
Between 1960 and 1963 Texas tenor Curtis Amy (1927-2002) made six superb albums for Dick Bocks Pacific Jazz label, three of which, Groovin Blue, Way Down, and Tippin on Through, are included here. They were part of Bocks recognition of the emergence on the West Coast scene of a more groove-based, harder swinging approach than the cooler, considered style that preceded it. He chose well. Years of semi-obscurity in L.A. dance bands and organ combos had made Amy a thoroughly seasoned, assertive and inventive player in the mould of fellow tenor, Harold Land; these Pacific albums established him as a major exponent of the new music revitalizing West Coast jazz.
For these recordings, which also showcased his considerable capacity as a writer and his sensitive way with ballads, Amy was surrounded by some of the finest young lions on the scene, creative soloists who combined soul and imagination with the ability to swing hard. Adding a timeless lustre to this consistently engaging music is the sterling work of trumpeters Carmell Jones and Marcus Belgrave, vibists Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers, pianists Frank Strazzeri, Vic Feldman and John Houston, valve trombonist Roy Brewster and outstanding rhythm section men like Frank Butler, Lawrence Marable, Jimmy Bond and George Morrow.
01. Groovin Blue (Amy) 8:13
02. Gone Into It (Amy) 6:13
03. Annsome (Amy) 8:36
04. Bobblin (Amy) 5:17
05. Beautiful You (Amy) 7:38
06. Very Frank (Amy) 1:49
07. Way Down (Matthews) 7:38
08. Liberia (Amy) 6:43
09. 24 Hours Blues (Amy) 5:20
10. Lisa (Amy) 2:33
01. A Soulful Bee, a Soulful Rose (Amy) 6:53
02. All My Life (Stept-Mitchell) 7:18
03. Bells and Horns (Jackson) 5:36
04. Tippin On Through (Golson) 8:47
05. Funk in the Evening (Amy) 9:47
06. For Ayers Only (Amy) 6:52
07. In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck) 6:34
08. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) 6:54
09. Set Call (Amy) 0:24
CD 1 - Tracks #1-6, from the album "Curtis Amy & Frank Butler - Groovin Blue" (Pacific Jazz Stereo-19)
CD 1 - Tracks #7-10, and CD 2 #1-3, from the album "Curtis Amy - Way Down" (Pacific Jazz Stereo-46)
CD 2 - Tracks #4-9, from the album "Curtis Amy - Tippin on Through" (Pacific Jazz Stereo-62)
Personnel on "Groovin' Blue":
Carmell Jones, trumpet; Curtis Amy, tenor sax; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Frank Strazzeri, piano; Jimmy Bond, bass; Frank Butler, drums.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, December 10, 1960 (#1) and January 10, 1961
Personnel on "Way Down":
Marcus Belgrave, trumpet; Roy Brewster, trombone; Curtis Amy, tenor sax; Roy Ayers, vibes; John Houston or Victor Feldman, piano; George Morrow, bass; Tony Bazley, drums.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, January 29 and February 5, 1962
Personnel on "Tippin' on Through":
Curtis Amy, tenor sax; Roy Brewster, trombone; Roy Ayers, vibes; John Houston, piano; Bob Whitlock, bass; Lawrence Marable, drums.
Recorded live at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California, on July 29, 1962
Original recordings produced by Richard Bock
Audio engineering by Richard Bock
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered