Sunday, December 14, 2008

Vinyl of the Day - "J&K: Stonebone"

Vinyl of the Day
J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding: "Stonebone" (A&M/CTI) 1970

One of the rarest albums in the CTI history. The last LP of Creed Taylor's association with the A&M label. Never released outside Japan. Never reissued on CD not even in Asia.
Also the last collaboration between the genius Pete Turner (my favorite photographer in the world) and Sam Antupit (the album designer during the A&M/CTI era).
Excellent liner notes by the master Ira Gitler, the top jazz historian along with the late Leonard Feather.
Two intriguing J.J.Johnson's tunes - "Musing" and "Mojo" - plus an extended funky version of Rudy Stevenson's "Dontcha Hear Me Callin' To Ya?" and a typical Joe Zawinul fusion theme, "Recollections" (Kai Winding quotes the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" during his inspired solo). Bob James, who plays celeste on the track, arranged "Recollections"; all others were scored by J.J. Johnson.
Featuring: George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Ron Carter, Grady Tate and Ross Tompkins. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. 5 stars.


Joep Eikenboom said...
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Alain Manuel said...

Génial!!! je connaissais pas ce disque.
Votre article sur Stone Flower (Doug Payne) est passionant aussi.
Regardez sur mon Blog(look my blog)la pochette(cover)allemande de Stone Flower déssiné par Heinz Dofflein.

Simon666 said...

Do you have this Arnaldo ? I so much want to hear it :)

Arnaldo DeSouteiro said...

Hi Simon,
Yes, I was lucky to get a pristine vinyl copy last year, after more than three decades looking for it.
Like my friend (and idol) Doug Payne says, it's "the holy grail of CTI albums!"
Sorry for the delay in replying, but I was in Switzerland for the Montreux Jazz Festival and only today returned to Los Angeles.

richycoool said...

Waow !! unbelievable !! i'm looking for this LP since more than 20 years !! i'm very best friend of George Benson, and i have the most complete discography of him in the world.If somebody have it, i'm interested to buy it. Anyway thanks for the picture of the cover,i tought it was a ghost. Richy

Arnaldo DeSouteiro said...

I've just added images of the liner cover and the Japanese insert. Enjoy!
ps: I'm doing my best to convince Universal-Japan to reissue "Stonebone" on CD. The sessions yielded many more tracks, which remain unreleased.