Dolo Coker – California Hard – CD

Dolo Coker - California Hard - CD

Dolo Coker – California Hard – CD

California Hard is a true example of the exciting things that transpire when hard bop pianist Dolo Coker gets together with some of his favorite playmates of the West Coast world. This recording session brings back for the first time in many years Art Pepper as a sideman. The title California Hard was very intentional on the part of both Coker and Schlitten. It instantly distinguishes this assertively swinging music from the more relaxed “West Coast Cool” sound of Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton, Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck that had captured the imagination of jazz record buyers during the 1950s.

TRACKLIST:

01. JUMPING JACKS 4:08
02. GONE WITH THE WIND 4:28
03. ROOTS 4FB 14:59
04. MR. YOHE 6:26
05. GONE AGAIN 8:11
06. TALE OF TWO CITIES 6:31
07. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT 6:13*

DOLO COKER, Piano
BLUE MITCHELL, Trumpet & Flugelhorn
ART PEPPER, Alto & Tenor Saxophone
LEROY VINNEGAR, Bass
FRANK BUTLER, Drums

Recorded by Arne Frager at Spectrum Studios, Venice, California, December 27, 1976. Mixed by Paul Goodman (RCA) in NYC Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten Cover Photo: Don Schlitten Reissue Produced for Release by Zev Feldman Executive Producer: Jordi Soley