Geoff Anderson

Tomasz Stanko Quintet
Dazzle Nightclub, Denver
April 10, 2010, First Set

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature Ramsey Lewis’ 1974 Columbia release, “Solar Wind.” It’s a jazz-funk recording featuring guitar work and production on some tracks by Steve Cropper of Stax Records and Booker T and the MGs fame. The album was released just before his big hit “Sungoddess” and has some of that same vibe, but with a more stripped-down production. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson on Tuesday, February 27 at 8:30pm on http://kuvo.orgKUVO JAZZ.

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature tracks from the first two albums by the band Cymande. The band originally consisted of nine musicians from the West Indies living in England. Their first album, simply called “Cymande” came out in 1972 on Janus Records. The next, entitled “Second Time Round” was released the following year, also on Janus. The band called their music as Nyah-Rock but was described as a mix of funk, soul, R&B, jazz, rock, reggae, African music and West Indian folk.

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature one of vocalist Mark Murphy’s outstanding Muse releases, “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” Recorded in November 1979 and released the following year, the album features a great program including “All the Things You Are,” “Bijou,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Waltz for Debby” and more. The band includes many great players including Slide Hampton on trombone, Richie Cole on alto, Ronnie Cuber on bari sax, Tom Harrell on trumpet and Mark Egan on bass among others. Murphy was in his prime for this session and his interpretations of these songs are one-of-a-kind.

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature a classic from Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, their 1977 album on Arista records, “Bridges.” Many of the songs address the band’s time on the road. But, of course, politics plays a big role too with songs like “We Almost Lost Detroit,” about a near nuclear accident at a power plant near Detroit, “Tuskegee 626” about syphilis experiments and “Under the Hammer” which is maybe just about the struggle to get by. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson on The Night Beat, Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30pm on KUVO.