This release presnts all of Grant Green and Baby Face Willette's collaborative albums as leaders. Recorded in 1961-62, they consist of the LP "Grant's First Stand" (Blue Note BST-84064), issued under the guitarist's name, and “Baby Face” Willette's albums "Face to Face" (Blue Note BST-84068) and "Stop and Listen" (Blue Note BST-84084). Other than their three LPs as leaders, Green and Willette only recorded together on Lou Donaldson's album Here ‘Tis, from which it has been added the title song, a long blues, as a bonus.
The 700 series debuted in 1991. The locations included the deck of the SS Constitution sailing between the islands of Molokai, Maui and Lanai. We also went to Yokohama Beach on the west coast of Oahu and Makena Beach on the south shore of Maui. You can see Molokini atoll in the distance. This season's workout core team consisted of Gilad and his mother Ora, Trella, Tracey, Gail, Bill, Jill, John, Kathy, Carrie, Priscilla and Orly who was visiting from Israel. We also had a cameo appearance by Marie DeParis who did PR work for us.
FONYA is a duo made of FOURNIER brothers (Chris, multi-instrumentist and Phil, singer). American band who delivers a most instrumental and a very spacious (and spacey) melodic progressive rock. Throbbling rythms and crunchy guitars compose a nice atmosphere with layered keyboard textures producing a nice blend of symphonic space and psychedelic music. Many bands can be pointed as influences here, but CAMEL, ELOY and OZRIC TENTACLES are the most clear ones. The very first Fonya album "Wanderers of the Neverending Night" is the best one in his solid and stable discography of seven albums in all.
A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker.