Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joe Pass - Sounds of Synanon/Richard Holmes - After Hours

"I was part of a group of young musicians who were among the earliest supporters of a place called Synanon", wrote jazz journalist and musician Steven A. Cerra. "Founded in Santa Monica, California in 1958 by Chuck Dederich, Synanon was a residential treatment center that existed for the expressed purpose of helping drug and alcohol addicted musicians and other artists. Synanon was located in an old brick building situated a few yards from the beach and the ocean on the Pacific Coast Highway. We would drive to it along Santa Monica Blvd. [no freeways, yet] bringing bags of used clothes, groceries and a few schimolies to donate to the musicians and artists in residence at Synanon. Sometimes we'd participate in jam sessions while we were visiting. One of Synanon's most famous 'graduates' was none other than jazz guitarist Joe Pass who was just concluding his residence there during my initial visits. Like so many of his contemporaries from the jazz world of the 1940s and '50s, Joe had gotten lost in the 'world' of heroin addiction. Fortunatly, for all jazz fans, Joe found his way again, and a big "Thank You" is owed to Chuck Dederich and the folks at Synanon for saving his life and to Richard Bock of Pacific Jazz records for help in re-lauching Joe's career. Dick Bock's first association with Joe dated back to the Pacific Jazz recording The Sounds of Synanon. He recruited John Tynan to write the liner notes for the album. At the time, John was the West Coast editor of Down Beat magazine."
Joe Pass would never record again with any of the other musicians from the Synanon LP, none of whom, apart Arnold Ross, would continue recording regulary. In fact, this album is the only recorded testimony of the playing of drummer Bill Crawford, conga player Candy Latson, trumpeter Dave Allan, bassist Ronald Clark, and baritone horn player Greg Dykes listed in discographies.
By the mid-1960s, Synanon had become an alternative community, attracting people with its emphasis on living a slef-examinated life, as aided by group truth-telling sessions that came to be known as the Church of Synanon in the 1970s, and disbanded permanently in 1989 due to many alleged criminal activities, including Federal tax-evasion problems with the Internal Revenue Service. Dederich died in 1997. 
As a bonus to this long out of print album, we present a complete trio session made by Joe Pass for Richard Bock shortly after, which finds him playing in the company of organist Richard "Groove" Holmes, and drummer Lawrence Marable (with whom the guitarist would never record again). Pass and Holmes would participate on two more sessions together, that same year, one issued under Holmes' name (Something Special, in a quintet format), and the other with singer and guitarist Bumble Bee Slim (aka Amos Easton) as the leader. Their next and final collaboration would be three sessions backing alto saxophonist Earl Bostic made for the King label in 1963 and 1964. 
Lawrence Steel (2014), from the booklet

Joe Pass
Sounds of Synanon

Tracks

1 C.E.D (Pass, Ross)  3:17
2 Aaron`S Song (Allan)  4:32
3 Stay Loose (Ross)  4:25
4 Projections (Dykes)  5:12
5 Hang Tough (Pass)  6:32
6 Self-Image (Allan)  9:09
7 Last Call For Coffee (Ross)  4:43
8 Sweatin' (Holmes)  4:37
9 Jeannine (Pearson)  2:58
10 Minor Surgery (Holmes)  4:15
11 This Here (Timmons)  4:10
12 It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  5:18
13 Moose The Mooche (Parker)  5:23
14 Groove`S Bag (Holmes)  6:46


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Personnel
[# 1-7]
Joe Pass - g
Dave Allan - tp
Greg Dykes - bs
Arnold Ross - p
Ronald Clark - b
Bill Crawford - dr
Candy Latson - bng
Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles ; July 1, 1962
[# 8-14]
Joe Pass - g
Richard "Groove" Holmes - org
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded same place as above ; 1962

20 comments:

jazmen said...

Many thanks, Mel.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you!

stringbender said...

I always wanted to hear this Groove Holmes side; many thanks!

francisco santos said...

the links 2 & 3 are no longer available !.....WHY ?
can you please re post them

THX!....

Luis said...

Yes, links 2 and 3 are dead! Would appreciate if you could re-up them please! Muito obrigado

Luis said...

Thanks, Mel!

Toad said...

Welcome back and thanks for this precious edition

Otis Foster said...

Most unusual melanchthon. I've known of this for years but have never heard it. Thnx for sharing this.

Prof. Yaffle said...

After Hours I know, but I have never heard Sound of Synanon so am looking forward to listening. Many thanks.

Blue Eyes said...

Super post once again! my favorite period of Joe Pass (the 60's), Sounds of Synanon is a killer! merci beaucoup Melanchthon!

Melanchthon said...

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Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Thanks!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for that interesting bit of music history.

hcb said...

you had me at Jeannine

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

AmyBRAINS said...

GREAT POST, MELANCHTHON.
MANY, MANY THANKS.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi
Muchas thanks, Mel
Pedro

Otis Foster said...

Some additional tracks - thanks melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

How do you do it, MM??? Bloody grrrreat post, thanks so much, again and again!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You