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Straight No Chaser (first track, first night, sound gets better as the track progresses)

A couple of weeks before Art's famous 1977 Vanguard performance and recording session with George Cables, George Mraz, and Elvin Jones, Art played at the Vanguard with Onaje Allen Gumbs, Gene Perla, and Joe LaBarbara. It was this event that inspired John Snyder (who sponsored this trip, Art's first East Coast Tour) to inspire Les Koenig of Contemporary Records to record the subsequent date.

A fan sent me two discs of a live recording he made on the first night of the earlier date. I have no idea who sent them. If you are he/she and are following this blog, please get in touch so I can say thank you. (and do you have any more?)

Meanwhile, even though Wayne Peet, who does my editing and mastering, is a miracle worker, there's no hope for fixing the sound on these tracks which are musically soooooo sweet. Art was so happy and excited to be in New York at the Village Vanguard, and this, though an unfamiliar band, is such a swinging one. So here's one track. They are ALL great, and I may post the rest of them in bits and pieces or as a downloadable album. Though I was tempted to post one of the sad-and-beautiful ballads they played, I figure, since it's the Christmas season, let's be merry-since the alternative is to be suicidal.


released December 16, 2012
Written by Thelonious Monk, Onaje Allen Gumbs P, Gene Perla B, Joe LaBarbara Ds




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