Thursday, September 04, 2008

Grady Tate- Don't Fence Me In

















Escaped.

The sad news of Jimmy Cleveland's passing compelled me to review his credits at AllMusic. The trombonist played on hundreds of sessions for artists including Miles, Billie, Monk, Sonny and Dinah. I also spotted a listing for Grady Tate's Windmills of My Mind. The jazz drummer's 1968 album is comparable to the cosmopolitan classics of Lou Rawls and Mel Torme. It's insanely great. The relaxed blues of "T.N.T." is perhaps the album's least memorable song; I selected it because it features Cleveland's bright brass.

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Rich the Factor's contribution to Young Doe's "Flip Flop" is excellent.

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The '70s orientation of yesterday's post made me wonder what happened to Mac Davis. Until I punched it up on YouTube this morning, I hadn't heard this 1972 smash since I was a child. Now I know why- "Girl you're a hot-blooded woman-child/And it's warm where you're touching me." Are you kidding? I'm calling the cops right now!

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Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric are touring together. Here's their new joint MySpace page.

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Kansas City Click: Country up-and-comer Sarah Buxton sings on the the Power & Light stage tonight.

5 comments:

bgo said...

Grady excels as both a vocalist and one hell of a drummer. Great post, Bill. A nice way to introduce your visitors who might not know who either the great Jimmy Cleveland was and of course, Grady Tate.

Happy In Bag said...

Thanks, BGO.

This was post #656, and with the exception of Ike Turner, I've never featured the same artist twice.

brucedene said...

The Amy & Eric tour stopped by here last weekend during Bumbershoot, and it was phenomenal. The way they carried the songs with sparse instrumentation and tough, earnest singing was great, and totally punk-rock. A great set, even including the one song that mocked me personally--"Men in Sandals."

I can't prove it, but I have a hunch that Conor Oberst is their bastard child. AR's voice gives it away.

Happy In Bag said...

That's such great news, BD! Sorry to hear that you got dissed, though. I can't decide which show I'd prefer to see in KC on Tuesday- Amy & Eric or Ice Cube.

brucedene said...

Tough choice--seriously. Neither one tours all that often.