Friday, September 27, 2013

Buddy Emmons - Steel Guitar Jazz

Buddy Emmons wasn't the first musician to be featured playing a pedal steel guitar in a jazz setting, but it is unlikely that anyone else recorded an entire date playing one prior to this 1963 session. Although both he and the instrument are indelibly associated with country music, Emmons makes it work for several reasons. He's surrounded by some top players, including Bobby Scott, Jerome Richardson, Art Davis, and Charlie Persip; he also interacts with the band rather than overdoing the special effects available to him, especially the horn-like sounds obtained from his use of the slide. Emmons also chose an intriguing mix of material. Obvious highlights are the loping treatment of "Where or When," featuring Richardson's delicious soprano sax trading off with the leader, and Emmons' hot playing of "(Back Home Again In) Indiana." Equally rewarding are the jazz classics: Ray Brown's soulful "Gravy Waltz," an intricate romp through Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," and Horace Silver's toe-tapping "The Preacher." This was pretty much a one-time affair for Emmons, who returned to country music, though he did record some additional jazz with guitarist Lenny Breau during the 1970s. Although the instrument never really caught on in jazz, this highly recommended album, which was finally reissued on CD in 2003, is well worth checking out.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Buddy Emmons
Steel Guitar Jazz


1 Bluemmons (Emmons)  2:59
2 Anytime (Happy, Lawson)  2:47
3 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers)  3:15
4 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (Hanley, MacDonald)  3:13
5 Gravy Waltz (Allen, Brown)  3:58
6 Oleo (Rollins)  3:11
7 The Preacher (Silver)  3:04
8 Cherokee (Noble)  3:56
9 Witchcraft (Coleman, Leigh)  3:33
10 Gonna Build a Mountain (Bricusse, Newley)  3:16
11 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:43

Buddie Emmons - g
Jerome Richardson - ts & ss
Bobby Scott - p
Art Davis - b
Charlie Persip - dr

Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City ; July 22, 1963


Leopold said...

FrankDell said...

Thank you Leo. Great record. Buddy Emmons is a class all by himself.

danair said...

Unusual one this Mel but fine support makes it worthwhile I'm sure.Thanks for the chance.

AmyBRAINS said...

New to me.
Nice album!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Alan Burns said...

thanks for posting, looks interesting!

boogieman said...

I didn't DL it because I already have the album but I strongly encourage everyone to give it a listen. A most unusual album, very swinging.

santos curser said...

I am looking at more pedal steel, man that dude form Hawaii who does sleepwalk, Bobby Ingano, is the "guru" for me right now... of course santo and Johnny too... lol

BoogieMan I wish u would re-up more stuff that u got in ur old posts