Shirley Scott – Blue Seven (1961)

Shirley Scott
BLUE SEVEN
with Oliver Nelson and Joe Newman
1961 Prestige  PR 7376
OJC Reissue OJCCD 1050-2, 2001

1. Blue Seven
2. How Sweet
3. Don’t Worry ‘Bout It Baby, Here I Am
4. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5. Wagon Wheels
6. Give Me The Simple Life

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 22, 1961.

Joe Newman (tp) Oliver Nelson (ts) Shirley Scott (org) George Tucker (b) Roy Brooks (d)

So I was listening to one of James Brown’s early instrumental records from the 60s a few days ago, and it left me wanting to listen to somebody who could actually play the organ.  I ended up reaching for this record, a mellow little number from Shirley Scott.  Usually she played with a leaner ensemble, and this has a nice, fleshed-out sound to it with warm trumpet and sax work from Joe Newman and Oliver Nelson.  Newman’s long muted trumpet solo on Wagon Wheels is an excellent companion on a rainy day like I am having today.  The title track, a Sonny Rollins tune, sets the relaxed blues tone for the rest of the set.  I like Roy Brooks but on this session his touch seems a little indelicate at times: even his hi-hat somehow sounds “heavy” and plodding, even on the ballad Nancy (With The Laughing Face).  On this tune Shirley’s organ sounds so wonderful I feel like I am sitting right next to it watching the tubes glow; it’s redundant to compliment Van Gelder on his recording prowess, but there it is.

A short and sweet blog post for a short and sweet album.

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  1. Downloaded it last night, listening this afternoon, how sweet. You always have what I need – thanks, Flabbergast.

  2. A disc of Shirley positively surprised me, considering that I usually do not like jazz organists (do not have a convincing explanation for such preference, they just do not sound nice). Just right here on the blog I find a work so soft, a pearl of good taste that made me change my mind (even momentarily, ok?).

    Other recommendations of posts:

    Alice Coltrane – Ptah, The El Daoud (1970)
    Alice Coltrane – Universal Consciousness (1971)
    Alice Coltrane – Lord Of Lords [SENSATIONAL!] (1973)
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger (ANY OF THEM LONG DISCOGRAPHY)
    Barry Harris – At The Jazz Workshop (1960)
    Charles Mingus – Mingus Dynasty (1959)
    Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady [A CLASSIC!] (1963)
    Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk [MAYBE MY FAVORITE] (1962)
    John Coltrane – First Meditations (For Quartet) [AN ASCENSION TO HEAVEN hear him] (1965)
    Kenny Drew Trio – Black Beauty (1974)
    Kenny Drew & Niels-H. O. Pedersen – Duo (1973)
    Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)
    Oliver Nelson – The Blues And The Abstract Truth [AMAZING DISCO] (1961)
    Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio – You Do not Hear Nothing Aind! [I LOVE THIS! ARRANGEMENTS AND TOM JOBIM MOACIR SANTOS] (1963)
    Pharoah Sanders – Journey To The One (1994)
    Pharoah Sanders – Love In Us All (1974)
    Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser (1966)
    Thelonious Monk – Underground (1968)
    Victor Assis Brazil Quartet – Pedrinho (1979)

    These are some of my favorites drawn from my discography, which has profiles closer than we put here (some more, some less) and I, right now, to make them available to you, flabbergasted! They are also discs that I own on my computer (for high quality [WAV or FLAC] and varying between 16bit and 24bit-44.1khz-96khz, some even surpassing such frequencies) and can share with you if there is any interest. Also you make available one of the most valuable items in my collection: a mixed CD edition in Japan (and limited pressing, exclusive to collectors) disc "Grandezza On Guitar" Master Baden Powell, where we can hear better but that Baden However, it was released as an appendix to the LP "Solitude On Guitar" in 1976 (and still in a double disc version hard to find even in Brazil) never to have been re-edited until moments então.São improvisation inspired much of Baden and the other musicians accompanying him.

    Peace to all, and Happy Holidays (and, like say Tom Jobim in Montreal, "pardon my english"! 🙂

    • obrigado Larisso pelo comentário e a oferta. Já tenho quase todos na lista, acho que só falta o Victor Assis e o Sergio Mendes. É interesante mas creio que, desde eu foi criado nos EUA, tem um pouco preconceito contra o Sergio por conta o Brasil '66, que até agora não aguento muito.

      Vc tem bom gosto mesmo. E ainda bem que gosta de qualidade FLAC. Normalmente não colocar essas artistas aquí porque já são bem divulgados e disponíveis no mundo e talvez no blogosphere também. Já tinha problemas com discos do selo Impulse, recebi reclamações contra o material e não quero chamar mais atenção.

      aquele de Oliver Nelson é foda mesmo. Talvez merece postagen, porque merece ser valorizado mais. Barry Harris também.

      A discografia de Baden Powell é bem confuso no campo digital, com reedições misturadas, títulos diferentes, e muita coisa – como vc disse – que saiú só no Japão. Vou olhar em minha coleção digital – os terabytes e terabytes de FLAC – para saber se tenho esse que você falou. Creio que sim mas não tenho certeza.

      Feliz natal pra você tambem!

    • …. Olha, eu fiz um `cut and paste` de seu novo comentário porque não é boa ideia colocar seu email aquí senão querer receber 10 mil mensagens de SPAM, rsrs..
      ————————

      LPG deixou um novo comentário sobre a sua postagem "Shirley Scott – Blue Seven (1961)":

      Só uma pequena correção, Flabber: na verdaade fui eu, o LPG (de outros comentários anteriores daqui do blog) quem postou esse que se encontra logo acima. Sucedeu que eu não sabia que estava logado no Google com a conta da minha irmã e acabei por postar em nome dela, acidentalmente. Sobre os demais assuntos tratados: do Sergio Mendes também nunca fui fã, mas este disco em questão ("Você Ainda Não Ouviu Nada!"), ao lado do LP "Edison Machado – É Samba Novo (1964)" são simplesmente os dois melhores discos de samba-jazz da história! Caso você ainda não tenha escutado, supere seus conceitos sobre Sergio Mendes (concordo com todos, mas a participação do Sergio neste disco não é muito significativa não) e se deleite, pois garanto que não se arrependerá! Quanto aos problemas com o selo Impulse! eu realmente lamento : algumas gigantes do mundo da música ainda custam a aceitar o rumo inexorável que o formato tomou. Ah, procure mesmo pelo disco do Baden, enão hesite em solicitá-lo, caso não tenha (em resposta a esses comentários ou através do meu e-mail: xxxxxx. Faço questão de retribuir o belo trabalho que você tem desempenhado ao longo de tantos anos!

      Tchau!

  3. [READ THIS HERE, PLEASE!]

    A disc of Shirley positively surprised me, considering that I usually do not like jazz organists (do not have a convincing explanation for such preference, they just do not sound nice). Just right here on the blog I find a work so soft, a pearl of good taste that made me change my mind (even momentarily, ok?).

    Other recommendations of posts:

    Alice Coltrane – Ptah, The El Daoud (1970)
    Alice Coltrane – Universal Consciousness (1971)
    Alice Coltrane – Lord Of Lords [SENSATIONAL!] (1973)
    Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger (ANY OF THEM LONG DISCOGRAPHY)
    Barry Harris – At The Jazz Workshop (1960)
    Charles Mingus – Mingus Dynasty (1959)
    Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady [A CLASSIC!] (1963)
    Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk [MAYBE MY FAVORITE] (1962)
    John Coltrane – First Meditations (For Quartet) [AN ASCENSION TO HEAVEN hear him] (1965)
    Kenny Drew Trio – Black Beauty (1974)
    Kenny Drew & Niels-H. O. Pedersen – Duo (1973)
    Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)
    Oliver Nelson – The Blues And The Abstract Truth [AMAZING DISCO] (1961)
    Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio – You Do not Hear Nothing Aind! [I LOVE THIS! ARRANGEMENTS AND TOM JOBIM MOACIR SANTOS] (1963)
    Pharoah Sanders – Journey To The One (1994)
    Pharoah Sanders – Love In Us All (1974)
    Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser (1966)
    Thelonious Monk – Underground (1968)
    Victor Assis Brazil Quartet – Pedrinho (1979)

    These are some of my favorites drawn from my discography, which has profiles closer than we put here (some more, some less) and I, right now, to make them available to you, flabbergasted! They are also discs that I own on my computer (for high quality [WAV or FLAC] and varying between 16bit and 24bit-44.1khz-96khz, some even surpassing such frequencies) and can share with you if there is any interest. Also you make available one of the most valuable items in my collection: a mixed CD edition in Japan (and limited pressing, exclusive to collectors) disc "Grandezza On Guitar" Master Baden Powell, where we can hear better but that Baden However, it was released as an appendix to the LP "Solitude On Guitar" in 1976 (and still in a double disc version hard to find even in Brazil) never to have been re-edited until moments então.São improvisation inspired much of Baden and the other musicians accompanying him.

    Peace to all, and Happy Holidays (and, like say Tom Jobim in Montreal, "pardon my english" 🙂

    PS: I am, LPG. I posted the previous comment with Google account of my sister by mistake. I ask to forgive the mistake and cancel the above comments, just validating this (if you want).

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