Sam Most in two wonderful settings – a large group on half the record, then a smaller combo with David Schildkraut on tenor, Bob Dorough on piano, and Tommy Potter on bass! Sam plays clarinet throughout, but uses some of the phrasing he'd be more likely to employ with a saxophone – a practice that makes the album a great showcase for Most's really unique talents on his instrument. And although the title might make you think the whole thing's a bop rehash record, the arrangements are pretty darn inventive – and really help bring new life into tunes that include "Serpent's Tooth", "Celia", "Bluebird", "Strictly Confidential", and "In Walked Bud" – especially from Sam's solos, and the trumpet work of Doug Mettome.
Sam Dees is well known in the soul music fraternity, in fact to many he is an icon of deep soul. whilst his composer credits are well documented, there has never been an abundance of Sam Dees recorded material. So in unearthing 10 tracks never before released by the man, this CD must bring joy to the souls of all who love the very unique vocalising and musically / lyrically soul drenched tunes he creates. Only 500 pressed, very rare & hard to find gem.
The Avant Garde was a coffeehouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that played host to a variety of rock, blues, and folk performers in the '60s, and Windy City guitar wizard Magic Sam (aka Sam Maghett) rolled in to play a few sets in June 1968. A local kid with an interest in recording named Jim Charne showed up with a reel-to-reel machine and a couple of microphones, and he captured Magic Sam's show on tape; 45 years later, those tapes have finally been made public on the album Live at the Avant Garde, and given the relatively small amount of material that's surfaced on the late blues legend (who succumbed to a heart attack when he was just 32), this set is a very welcome find. Live at the Avant Garde has a decidedly different feel than Magic Sam Live, which preserved radio broadcasts from 1963 and 1964 and a 1969 appearance at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival; while those recordings blazed with intensity, this captures Magic Sam and his band in more laid-back form, playing a small, booze-free venue rather than a rowdy bar or a festival audience in the thousands.
This is the assured and confident self-titled debut from Australian born Sam Sparro. Having a diverse and internationalbackground (via Sydney to L.A. to London), Sam stands out from the usual crowd. With his mix of soul and electro-funk recalling influences from legends such as Stevie Wonder to contemporaries like Jamie Lidell and Seal, this is a deeply modern sensuous soul album. Includes the single 'Black & Gold'.