Groovin' Blue + Way Down + Tippin' on Through (3 LP on 2 CD)
  • PJ Stereo-19
    PJ Stereo-19
  • PJ Stereo-46
    PJ Stereo-46
  • PJ Stereo-62
    PJ Stereo-62
  • Bobby Hutcherson
    Bobby Hutcherson
  • Carmell Jones
    Carmell Jones
  • Curtis Amy
    Curtis Amy

Curtis Amy

Groovin' Blue + Way Down + Tippin' on Through (3 LP on 2 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Curtis Amy (ts), Carmell Jones, Marcus Belgrave (tp), Roy Brewster (tb), 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

Bar code: 8427328607681

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.



CD 1
01. Groovin' Blue (Curtis Amy) 8:13
02. Gone Into It (Curtis Amy) 6:13
03. Annsome (Curtis Amy) 8:36
04. Bobblin' (Curtis Amy) 5:17
05. Beautiful You (Curtis Amy) 7:38
06. Very Frank (Curtis Amy) 1:49
07. Way Down (Onzy Matthews) 7:38
08. Liberia (Curtis Amy) 6:43
09. 24 Hours Blues (Curtis Amy) 5:20
10. Lisa (Curtis Amy) 2:33

CD 2
01. A Soulful Bee, a Soulful Rose (Curtis Amy) 6:53
02. All My Life (Stept-Mitchell) 7:18
03. Bells and Horns (Milt Jackson) 5:36
04. Tippin' On Through (Benny Golson) 8:47
05. Funk in the Evening (Curtis Amy) 9:47
06. For Ayers Only (Curtis Amy) 6:52
07. In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck) 6:34
08. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) 6:54
09. Set Call (Curtis Amy) 0:24

Album details

ources:
CD 1 - Tracks #1-6, from the Pacific Jazz album
"Curtis Amy & Frank Butler - Groovin Blue" (Stereo-19)
CD 1 - Tracks #7-10, and CD 2 #1-3, from the Pacific Jazz album
"Curtis Amy - Way Down" (Stereo-46)
CD 2 - Tracks #4-9, from the Pacific Jazz album
"Curtis Amy - Tippin on Through" (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, Jan. 29 & Feb. 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

Audio engineering by Richard Bock
Original recordings produced by Richard Bock
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo ยท 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

"Excellent West Coast bop and another solid example of this neglected tenor man."

David Szatmary -All Music Guide

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