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50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Salutes to Blue Note recordings by organists John Patton (with James Blood Ulmer on guitar) and Lonnie Smith (live in Atlantic City), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (with Harold Land), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland), The Three Sounds, pianist Andrew Hill (from a session never formally released on Blue Note), as well as Wayne Shorter (with a compare & contrast with Miles Davis—radically different versions of the same tune). Be sure to tell you friends about the show, and explore the ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Big John Patton: Along Came John - 1963

Read "Big John Patton: Along Came John - 1963" reviewed by Marc Davis

If you like Booker T and MG's, you'll love Big John Patton's Along Came John. It is, without a doubt, the funkiest, bluesiest, most soulful organ jazz record of all time, bar none. And that includes everything ever done by the legendary Jimmy Smith. Along Came John is a great party record, and once you hear it, you'll be moving your feet and feeling the groove. This is blues, pure and simple--and I do mean simple. ...

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John Patton: Soul Connection

Read "Soul Connection" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Hammond B-3 soul-jazz sound of Big John Patton (as he was then called) was perfect for the 1960s. It was the groove that drew attention and Patton made several albums for Blue Note. As his style went out of favor, some of the recordings never saw the light of day until almost 20 years later and at the same time Patton slipped into the background. He resurfaced in the 1980s and went into the studio. Among his albums Soul ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mosaic Select 6: John Patton

Read "Mosaic Select 6: John Patton" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

John Patton Mosaic Select 6 Mosaic

The great thing about Mosaic's new Select series of reissues is that they are small enough to accommodate a variety of concepts that might not otherwise make sense within the context of the label's full-size sets. While those boxes represent complete outputs of certain artists and/or labels, these smaller sets can get at certain neglected niches without necessarily worrying about being exhaustive.

The foregoing will hopefully put into ...


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