A solidly swinging 1976 quartet date, CUBER LIBRE is baritone saxophonist RONNIE CUBER‘s debut release as a leader. Although he’s mostly known for playing with soul jazz greats like George Benson, Mongo Santamaria and Lonnie Smith (as well as many Steely Dan cuts), this session finds him among a top-notch bop trio of Barry Harris (piano), Sam Jones (bass), and Albert “Tootie” Heath (drums). The first reissue since the original LP release, this deluxe CD contains original liner notes by Ira Gitler with new essays by Bill Milkowski and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten.
“Throughout this bop-oriented date, Cuber shows why he has been considered one of the top masters of the baritone during the past 20 years.” – Scott Yanow, AllMusic
The definitive reissue of the classic 1976 Xanadu albums TRUE BLUE and SILVER BLUE featuring DEXTER GORDON/AL COHN (tenor sax) with Blue Mitchell/Sam Noto (trumpet), Barry Harris (piano), Sam Jones (bass) & Louis Hayes (drums). This specially-priced 2-CD set comes with a 14-page booklet with original liner notes by Tom Piazza plus new essays by Ted Panken and producer Zev Feldman. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlittlen. Album photo and design by Don Schlitten. Reissue supervised by Don Schlitten.
“Producer Don Schlitten conceived of this session as a welcome-home for Dexter Gordon, a longtime friend and associate. Dexter has made his home in Copenhagen for 14 years, making several trips back to the States. He visited the West Coast in 1975 and Chicago in 1974, but Dexter hadn’t appeared in New York since the Newport/New York Jazz Festival of 1972, where he was not featured to advantage.” – Tom Piazza
From the original liner notes of the album by Tom Piazza:
This date was a jam session in the true sense of the word. The personnel was a closely-guarded secret and, as one member after another strolled in, the air warmed with excitement and anticipation. With each new arrival came laughter and greetings; some were meeting for the first time, others were old friends.
The second of four releases on Xanadu in the 1970s, CALIFORNIA HARD was pianist DOLO COKER’s response to the notion that West Coast jazz musicians only played “cool jazz.” Featuring an all-star group including the iconic Art Pepper, in a rare sideman appearance, on alto and tenor saxophone, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler. 16-page booklet contains original liner notes by Kent Hazen with new essays by Bill Milkowski and producer Zev Feldman, plus extra photos. Original session Produced & Directed by Don Schlitten. Album design & cover photo by Don Schlitten.
“The well-rounded set has originals by Coker, Pepper (‘Mr Yohe’) and Mitchell (a drum feature for Butler on ‘Roots 4fb’) along with a showcase for the trio (‘Gone Again’) and a vintage standard (‘Gone with the Wind’). A strong effort.” – Scott Yanow, AllMusic