Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ray Crawford - Smooth Groove

Guitarist Ray Crawford, best known for his associations with pianist Ahmad Jamal and organist Jimmy Smith, only led one session in his early years. Because the Candid label soon went bankrupt, the set went unreleased altogether until this 1988 CD. Comprised of five Crawford originals, the session finds the guitarist playing fairly advanced hard bop with trumpeter Johnny Coles, baritonist Cecil Payne (in top form), pianist Junior Mance, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Frankie Dunlop. Everyone sounds fine, making one regret that this set fell between the cracks for so many years.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/smooth-groove-r160010

Ray Crawford
Smooth Groove

Tracks

1 The Compendium Suite  8:30
2 Miss April  7:39
3 Impossible  6:09
4 I Knew Prez  10:11
5 Smooth Groove  11:00

All Compositions by Ray Crawford

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Personnel
Ray Crawford - g
Johnny Coles - tp
Cecil Payne - bs
Junior Mance - p
Ben Tucker - b
Frankie Dunlop - dr

Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York ; January 26 & February 10, 1961

21 comments:

Otis Foster said...

Great personnel - this is new to me.

Thnx/Otis

neil said...

Can't get enough of Cecil Payne; thanks, mel...

poppachubby said...

Awesome share thank you!!

Danneau said...

Great looking post. Thank you very much.

theblueamos said...

thank you very much from jerusalem

L.O.L. said...

thx

JD said...

Comme d'habitude, un partage délicieux, mon ami. Je te salue, mel!!

Kovina Kris said...

Yes, what JD said! :-D Thank you Mel. This is a rare one.

i12rok said...

Wow-thanks great find

birin said...

Great groove!!!
Muchas gracias Melanchthon

Albertito Jazz said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon!

deGallo said...

At times I "hear" some Wes Montgomery in his phrases. Too bad there is not more of his playing available. I love this album. I'm listening to my mp3 version now so can't wait till your "public traffic" becomes available in a few hours I'll be able to get the lossless version. Thank you and
thank you for Rapidshare

L.O.L. said...

@deGALLO
Public traffic becames available every days at 0h00 TMG

deGallo said...

Yes, thank you. I know when it becomes available in my time zone. That is why I said in a few hours.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

francisco santos said...

wonder !...the lineup ...just a dream !
Big Thx !....

indigonoir said...

Thank you very much!

Melanchthon said...

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Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

new to me, thank you.

steve said...

This looks very tasty Mel. Thanks for the listen!!!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you