Reference: FSRCD 611
In the late Fifties organ had earned a place with modern jazz fans, and Paul Bryant (1933-2010) was but one of the latest organists to find an audience. He had a hard-hitting, two-fisted style that exploited the registers to the limit.
In this set Bryant was blessed with the illustrious company of tenorist Curtis Amy, guitarist Jim Hall, and budding trombonist Roy Brewster. On the rhythm section, bassist Clarence S. Jonesalternating with Jimmy Bondand drummer Jimmy Miller, take care of the timing with devotion and intelligence.
This set includes The Blues Message and Burninthe two albums that launched Bryant and Amys recording careers. Tenor man Amy, a member of that masculine school of Texas-born preachers, is impressive as a featured co-leader. Hall, thoroughly in the cooking spirit of things, was high-spirited and stirring in his solos, comping and balancing the predominant organ adequately. In these tunes, mostly blues with a soul-searching message (Searchin and Still Searchin), Bryant stomps and hollers and then drifts into the sentimental, creating, at some points, moments of pure, unadulterated truth.
02. Goin Down, Catch Me a Woman
03. The Blues Message
04. Come Rain or Come Shine
05. This Is the Blues
06. Still Searchin
07. Love Nest
08. Blues at the Summit
09. They Cant Take That Away from Me
11. The Masquerade Is Over
Total time: 75:37 min.
Tracks #1-5 from the Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant LP "The Blues Message" (Pacific Jazz PJ-9)
Tracks #6-12 from the & Paul Bryant LP "Burnin'" (Pacific Jazz PJ-12)
Personnel on tracks #1-5:
Paul Bryant (org), Curtis Amy (ts), Roy Brewster (tb on #2,3,5), Clarence S. Jones (b), Jimmy Miller (d).
Recorded at Rex Productions Studio, Los Angeles, on August 11 & 17 (#3-5), 1960.
Personnel on tracks #6-12:
Paul Bryant (org), Jim Hall (g), Jimmy Bond (b) or Clarence S. Jones (b on #8,9) and Jimmy Miller (d).
Recorded at Rex Productions Studio, Los Angeles, November 8 (tracks #8,9) and 14 (rest of tracks), 1960.