George Benson – Bad Benson

Posted by on February 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

With a cover like that, you just know it’s going to be B A D! Recorded and released in 1974 for CTI Records, Bad Benson marks a decidedly aggressive and funky point in Benson’s long jazz career. Sure, he always played with a touch of funk and he could jam in-the-pocket with the best of […]

CTI Records – California Concert: Hollywood Palladium July 18, 1971

Posted by on April 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

“And now straight ahead, good jazz…” It’s an all too rare experience when an album actually lives up to its expectations and then some. Fortunately, this is one of those albums. Recorded on July 18, 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium, California Concert captures a single night of smoking jazz played by a stunning collaboration of CTI […]

James Brown – Soul On Top

Posted by on November 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

Looking for another reason why James Brown was called the hardest working man in show business? Consider that in 1969 Brown was recording some of the greatest earth shattering funk to ever hit the streets, both then and now, and throw in the fact that he was still touring relentlessly. Add to that the fact […]

Baby Face Willette – Stop and Listen

Posted by on November 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Had jazz organist Baby Face Willette continued on in this vein, he would have been considered one of the greats right up there with Jimmy Smith, Lonnie Smith, and Big John Patton. Unfortunately this was not the case and Roosevelt “Baby Face” Willette disappeared into jazz obscurity after only four albums under his own name. […]

Grant Green – Alive!

Posted by on November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

After taking somewhat of a hiatus in the late 60s, Grant Green re-emerged triumphant in a most funky manner. Suddenly his intricate jazz lines and easy going musicianship became hard driving, no apology funk that split most Grant Green fans right down the middle. While some may prefer his earlier classic jazz work and others […]

CTI Records – The Cool Revolution

Posted by on November 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

It’s here and we couldn’t be more excited! We here at Music Mook Review couldn’t wait to finally get our hands on this set and now that we have it we couldn’t be happier! It has exceeded all our expectations and then some. Let’s take a look shall we? CTI Records: The Cool Revolution contains […]

Stanley Turrentine – Sugar

Posted by on October 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

Speaking of CTI Records… There are two sides to Stanley Turrentine. One we touched on before with our review of Blue Hour was his stint at Blue Note during the early 60s where he contributed his warm, breathy sax tone to countless jazz classics. The other side of Turrentine was his work at CTI records […]

Grant Green – Sunday Mornin’

Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

Jazz guitarist Grant Green was quite the prolific musician back in 1961. He recorded numerous albums, both as a sideman and a leader, some of which were released and some which languished in the vaults for years. Luckily for the jazz buying public, Sunday Mornin’ was available on the scene back in 1961 and is […]

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery – Live in ’65 DVD

Posted by on August 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

Wes Montgomery was arguably one of the greatest, most gifted and talented guitar players ever to grace history and yet, up until now, no video footage has ever been made available to the public. That has all changed with Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in ’65 and we should all be eternally grateful that some […]

Stanley Turrentine & The 3 Sounds – Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions

Posted by on August 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

Originally released in 1960, Stanley Turrentine’s Blue Hour was a fantastic album that featured some of the bluest jazz ever recorded. After several decades we finally get to hear the rest of what went down during those spectacular sessions with Blue Hour: The Complete Sessions. I had been intrigued by this album for quite some […]