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Vinyl Vault

This week’s Vinyl Vault swings with the direct-to-disc sound of the Harry James Orchestra and their album “Comin’ From A Good Place.” Released in 1977, this is one of three direct-to-disc albums James recorded for Sheffield Labs. The direct-to-disc technology was short lived because it was soon eclipsed by digital recordings and compact discs. But direct-to-disc cut out the recording tape and all the intermediate steps to create a truly live recording. Vinyl aficionados will want to tune in to hear the highest fidelity available. And, oh yeah, it swings.

The stock show is in town and that means Denver is full of cowboys and cowgirls, even more than normal. So the Vinyl Vault takes its cue and this week presents “Hillbilly Jazz” a 1975 double album featuring a number of jazz standards done up with fiddle and steel guitar. We’ll hear Ellington’s “C Jam Blues,” Ray Noble’s “Cherokee,” “Sentimental Journey,” some Benny Goodman and the blues standard “Sittin’ On Top of the World.” The album was more or less the brainchild of virtuoso fiddler Vassar Clements.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary for John Mayall’s album, "The Turning Point" and we’ll hear several tracks from it this week on the Vinyl Vault. The Turning Point marked a new direction for Mayall. Previously the leader of several iterations of the Blues Breakers, high powered, high volume electric blues bands featuring players such as Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, and Peter Green, Mayall decided in 1969 to literally tone things down. He went acoustic. And he dropped the drums. And he added some serious jazz elements to his blues. The result was a truly unique sound.

This week’s Vinyl Vault takes a listen to an album entitled “The Tommy Flanagan Tokyo Recital.” Recorded and released in 1975 on Pablo Records, it’s an all Ellington/Strayhorn programme. Flanagan, on piano, is backed up by Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums. Widely known as an accompanist, especially for singers like Ella Fitzgerald, this session gave Flanagan a chance to step out front and display his chops and ability to tastefully interpret standards and some lesser known pieces from the Ellington songbook.

It’s music of the season this week on the Vinyl Vault with Paul Winter’s album Wintersong. Released in 1986 on Living Music Records, the music is a blend of jazz, classical and folk from Europe and America with a blend of Brazilian rhythms. Winter is featured throughout on soprano saxophone and he’s joined by an ever rotating lineup of musicians on various acoustic instruments such as piano, cello, guitar, bells, flute, oboe and more. Check out the Vinyl Vault this Tuesday at 8:30 on KUVO Jazz.

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