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Larry Young – In Paris: The ORTF Recordings – Resonance (2 CDs; also on vinyl)

Larry Young – In Paris: The ORTF Recordings – Resonance (2 CDs; also on vinyl)

A major jazz “find”… Larry Young – In Paris: The ORTF Recordings – Resonance/ INA HCD-2022 (2 CDs) 52:54, 53:06 (1964-1965) ****1/2: (Larry Young – organ and piano; Woody Shaw – trumpet; Nathan Davis – tenor sax; Billy Brooks drums; Jean-Claude Fohrenbach – tenor sax; Sonny Grey – trumpet; Jack Dieval – piano; Jacques B. Hess – bass; Franco Manzecchi – drums; Jacky Bamboo – conga) It’s about time that consideration is given to Zev Feldman at Resonance Records, for the honorary award of “jazz archaeologist.” In the last few years Feldman has released several “unearthed” previously-unissued recordings from Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, and Charles Lloyd. Add to that the just-released initial recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. The latest treasure from Resonance is the French National Radio recordings of organist Larry Young with a band that includes trumpeter Woody Shaw. The pairing of these two incendiary figures is a match made in heaven, comparable to a 1960s classic Blue Note session. Both Young and Shaw pushed “the envelope” going outside traditional hard bop/ soul jazz influences. Larry achieved this with Miles Davis, and John McLaughlin with Tony Williams, while Woody’s edgy firebrand persona embraced John […]

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