1

Dennis Coffey: One Night at Morey's: 1968

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Dennis Coffey: One Night at Morey's: 1968
And all of the sudden, Funk Brother guitarist Dennis Coffey is one hot cuppa joe. With the 2017 Resonance Records' release of Hot Coffey In The D—Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge we listeners have become reacquainted with the guitarist who seasoned such Detroit recordings as The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" (Gordy, 1970); Edwin Starr's "War" (Gordy, 1970); Diana Ross and the Supremes' "Someday We'll be Together" (Motown, 1969). Hot Coffey In The D was recorded at the famous Detroit watering hole, Morey's, in 1968. That same year during his residency at Morey's, Coffey was recorded performing with his same band: organist Lyman Woodard and drummer Melvin Davis, breezing through a completely different repertoire. An embarrassment of riches by anyone's estimate. These recordings were culled from the personal tapes of Coffey and producer Mike Theodore, making one wonder if there is more of this (and other) music to be had.

While a certain psychedelic sound was making its way into all sorts of musical genre in the late 1960s, Coffey stayed relatively close to the bone. He played electric guitar unadorned with special effects with a razor-sharp funk edge as is heard on a lengthy consideration of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" on which Woodard gives a tightly constructed organ workout. Coffey's groove arsenal is powerful, enabling him to summon a rock element on "Cissy Strut" while eliciting a languid, downhome romp on The Rascal's "Groovin.'" The band gives another lengthy workout on Richard Evans' "Burning Spear" which features a tasty drum introduction by Davis. Coffey does fuzz things up on the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," which is coupled with Coffey's own "Union Station." Most interesting is the brief reading of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce." This is a bit of amazing bebop at the close of the 1960s. Much comfort can be taken in the possibility that there is more, possibly much more, of this music out there, waiting to be heard.

Track Listing

I’m a Midnight Mover; Eleanor Rigby; Cissy Strut; Groovin’; Burning Spear; It’s Your Thing/Union Station; Mindbender; Big City Lights; Billie’s Bounce.

Personnel

Dennis Coffey: vocals and guitar; Lyman Woodard: Hammond B3; Melvin Davis: drums.

Album information

Title: One Night at Morey's: 1968 | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Omnivore Recordings

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Message from Groove and GW
Message from Groove and GW
The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
Read Hard Bop
Hard Bop
Eric Binder
Read Duos & Trios
Duos & Trios
Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom
Read How Can We Wake?
How Can We Wake?
Josephine Davies
Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas
Read Then Now
Then Now
Rob Brown - Matthew Shipp
Read Human Dust Suite
Human Dust Suite
Miki Yamanaka
Read You're It!
You're It!
The Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.