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Legends Of Acid Jazz
Legends Of Acid Jazz
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Artist: Trudy Pitts and Pat Martino
Release Date: Tue Jan 26 00:00:00 EST 1999
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Acid Jazz
Label: Fantasy / Prestige
Average: (4 votes)
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Review Review by Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Anyone who likes the B-3 Hammond organ soul-jazz style and doesn’t mind a bit of pop-lounge spice occasionally stirred into the sauce should check out this compilation. It combines Pitts’ first two LPs, Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts and These Blues of Mine (both from 1967), onto one CD. Introducing is a strong debut, divided between covers of pretty mainstream standards (“The Spanish Flea,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”) and gutsier straight soul-jazz, including four originals by Bill Carney, whose “Organology” is a highlight for its nervous, bopping edge. The languorous swells of the opening number “Steppin’ in Minor” makes you think you’re in for a set of swank lounge-jazz, but the pace quickly picks up, and Pitts really catches fire on “Take Five,” ajamming a lot of notes into her improvisation without sounding self-indulgent. Pat Martino’s guitar is graceful and sensitive throughout, and the trio of Pitts, Martino and Carney is embellished by Abdu Johnson on conga. These Blues of Mine employed the same kind of approach as her debut. Better-than-expected soul-jazz interpretations of contemporary rock and pop songs (“House of the Rising Sun,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” athe theme from Man and a Woman) stood alongside jazz originals from drummer Bill Carney, with Pitts herself contributing “Count Nine.” Pat Martino was again along to provide fine guitar accompaniment, with Pitts occasionally adding soul-pop vocals (as on “Eleanor Rigby”). It works best when they cut to straight burning soul-jazz groovers, though, as on Pitts’ moody “Count Nine,” aexecuted in a challenging 9/12 rhythm. This CD is billed to ” Trudy Pitts with Pat Martino,” although Pitts had sole billing on the original LPs.
Track No. Listen Tracks Length Download
1. Listen  Steppin’ In Minor
4:35 Download
2. Listen  The Spanish Flea
4:21 Download
3. Listen  Something Wonderful
3:29 Download
4. Listen  Take Five
4:30 Download
5. Listen  It Was A Very Good Year
3:52 Download
6. Listen  Siete
4:04 Download
7. Listen  Night Song
3:58 Download
8. Listen  Fiddlin’
3:56 Download
9. Listen  Matchmaker, Matchmaker
4:17 Download
10. Listen  Organology
4:06 Download
11. Listen  The House Of The Rising Sun
3:43 Download
12. Listen  Just Us Two
5:07 Download
13. Listen  Eleanor Rigby
2:55 Download
14. Listen  Count Nine
4:18 Download
15. Listen  Man And A Woman
4:25 Download
16. Listen  A Whiter Shade Of Pale
3:15 Download
17. Listen  Teddy Makes Three
3:07 Download
18. Listen  These Blues Of Mine
5:32 Download
19. Listen  What The World Need Now
3:23 Download
Total Length: 76:53
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Pat Martino – Guitar · Pat Martino – Performer · Trudy Pitts – Organ · Trudy Pitts – Vocals · Trudy Pitts – Main Performer · Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer · Cal Lampley – Supervisor · Don Schlitten – Photography · Abdu Johnson – Conga · Joe Tarantino – Remastering · Jamie Putnam – Artwork · Bill Carney – Drums
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