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George Benson – Bad Benson

Published on February 23, 2013 By Music Mook

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

Published on April 9, 2011 By Music Mook

“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 […]

Santana – Santana (Legacy Edition)

Published on November 18, 2010 By Music Mook

Man, I love me some early Santana! After creating a huge storm of tribal electricity at Woodstock in August of 1969, the band exploded into the collective consciousness of young music lovers everywhere. Their debut album was a lively, mostly improvisational affair that followed a very simple rule: play in the studio with the same […]

Baby Face Willette – Stop and Listen

Published on November 15, 2010 By Music Mook

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!

Published on November 4, 2010 By Music Mook

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

Published on November 3, 2010 By Music Mook

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

Published on October 20, 2010 By Music Mook

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’

Published on October 18, 2010 By Music Mook

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 […]

Beethoven – Symphony Nos.5 & 7 Conducted by Fritz Reiner

Published on October 7, 2010 By Music Mook

Ah, Beethoven. My absolute favorite classical composer of all time. And who better to conduct than the extremely cool, red sweater wearing Fritz Reiner. I mean just look at him. Look at that determination on his face, that look of complete immersion in the music. I have to admit, of all the versions out there […]

Grateful Dead – Eyes of the World

Published on September 9, 2010 By Music Mook

So, someone asked me recently about what my favorite Grateful Dead jamming song is and I almost immediately said “Eyes of the World.” Yes, it is more important to me than “Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain.” Now, I know that may be blasphemy to some but there is something about “Eyes of the […]