ELLA FITZGERALD – AT MISTER KELLY’S 1958
Includes a 12-page booklet with rare photos from the concert and updated liner notes. This release presents Ella Fitzgerald's 1958 performances at the iconic Chicago club Mister Kelly's. For thirty years, before it closed on August 25, 1975, it was a springboard to fame for countless entertainers. As reported in the Chicago Tribune,''It was a supernova in the local and national nightlife firmament.'' Ella is backed on these sets by a trio consisting of Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. She performs a nice collection of well-known standards, as well as some tunes she rarely sang, such as the opening ''Your Red Wagon'' and ''Across the Alley from the Alamo.'' Three rare radio broadcasts, which also showcase Ella singing at small clubs have been added here as a bonus. Includes: Your Red Wagon; Nice Work If You Can Get It; I'm Glad There Is You; How Long Has This Been Going On?; Across the Alley from the Alamo; Perdido; The Lady Is a Tramp; Bewitched; Summertime; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning; St. Louis Blues; Witchcraft; Love Me or Leave Me; Joe Williams' Blues; Porgy & Bess Medley: I Loves You Porgy/Porgy, I's Your Woman Now (Bess, You Is My Woman Now); How High the Moon; Exactly Like You; Come Rain or Come Shine; Stardust; 's Wonderful; You Don't Know What Love Is; My Funny Valentine; Anything Goes; Why Don't You Do Right?; Mean to Me; I Can't Get Started; Later; and That Old Black Magic.
RUSTY BRYANT – FIRE EATER
An unsung monster in the pantheon of exceptional soul-jazz outings from the Prestige catalog, Fire Eater finds Rusty Bryant grooving hard in a combo that featured Idris Muhammad on drums, Wilbert Longmire on guitar, and both Bill Mason and Leon Spencer Jr. on organ. Included in this stretched-out, funky set of four originals is the title track, “Fire Eater,” which was sampled for “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5 (2000) and appeared on the 1999 collaboration between DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, Brainfreeze. While not as instantly recognizable by name as other greats of the tenor saxophone such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Bryant’s fiery and athletic approach on this set sets him apart from his peers as a force to be reckoned with. In the strident groove and funky underpinnings of Fire Eater is the blueprint for generations of future groovers and funkateers. Track Listing: Fire Eater (9:36); Free At Last (8:37); The Hooker (9:31); Mister S.(7:36). Personnel: Rusty Bryant (tenor saxophone); Idris Muhammad (drums); Wilbert Longmire (guitar); Bill Mason (organ); and Leon Spencer Jr. (organ).
Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album housed in replica of the original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973 during the brutal dictatorship. India is a post-Tropicalia masterpiece from one of the movements key figures and true legends of Brazilian music, Gal Costa. Features a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, and Tenorio Jr. Amongst others. India includes the incredible 'Pontos de Luz' as sampled by Kaytranada on 'Lite Spots' - one of our favorite Brazilian songs of all time. A wonderful album from start to finish, touching on MPB, folk, jazz, funk and rock with strong Tropicalia and Nordestino influences throughout. Also includes "Índia," "Volta," and "Desafinado".