Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16, 2015 Sunny Song of the Day Bagpipes of Rufus Harley

Rufus Harley

A superb rendition ...jazz for sure, bagpipes and rhythmic flavorings...just tremendous...JV


A pop standard, as performed by the world's greatest jazz bagpiper.

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, along comes a jazz bagpipe player. Make no mistake folks, this is more than a joke -- whatever you might think, the cat can play. At first it sounds like some sort of weird organ, but a couple of minutes later you can't mistake it for anything but what it is. Like an organ, though, the bagpipe turns out to be remarkably suited for jazz. With little effort, one man can make an absolute ocean of sound. The groove here is nothing special, a solid soul-jazz feeling. Side one is all bagpipe. Side two is the leader on a number of different instruments. A talented fellow. - by Rob Ferrier, AMG

Brilliant work by one of the most unusual jazz talents of the 60s! Rufus Harley's best known for his use of bagpipes in jazz music – a re-cooption of the instrument from Scottish styles, taking it back to its roots in northern Africa. A number of Harley's other albums from the time are a bit gimmicky – but this later set is a soul jazz masterpiece, infused with rich Coltrane-like modes of expression, as Harley plays both soprano sax and bagpipes over some long modal original compositions! The group is a great one – with Oliver Collins playing some fantastic spiraling lines on piano, and great bass and drum work by James Glenn & Billy Abner. Titles include "Ali", "X", "About Trane", "Tribute To Courage", and a great version of "Sunny"! (White label promo. Cover has some edge wear, a promo sticker, anda name in marker on back.) - Dusty Groove, Inc.

Artist: Rufus Harley
Album: A Tribute To Courage
Year: 1968
Label: Warner Japan (24bit remastered, 2014)
Runtime: 35:46

1.  Sunny (Bobby Hebb) 7:06
2.  A Tribute To Courage (JFK) (Rufus Harley) 7:46
3.  Swing Low Little Charriot (Traditional) 5:35
4.  Ali (Rufus Harley) 4:03
5.  "X" (Rufus Harley) 3:32
6.  About Trane (Rufus Harley) 7:44

Rufus Harley (Bagpipes, Piano, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone)
James Glenn (Bass)
Billy Abner (Drums)
Oliver Collins (Piano)
Robert Kenyatta (Congas) - 1-3 

Song also appears on the complete Atlantic recordings - 2006 on Rhino

Album Features
Artist:Rufus Harley
Release Year:2006
Record Label:Rhino (Label)
Genre:Jazz Instrument, Soul Jazz
Number Of Discs:2

Track Listing
1. Bagpipe Blues
2. Kerry Dancers
3. Who Can I Turn To
4. More
5. Chim Chim Cheree
6. Sportin'
7. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
8. Feeling Good
9. If You Could See Me Now
10. Taurus the 20th
11. Scotch & Soul
12. Passing the Cup Around
13. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
14. Sufur
15. Pipin' the Blues

1. Sunny

2. A (JFK) Tribute to Courage
3. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
4. Ali
5. "X"
6. About Trane
7. Eight Miles High
8. Moon River
9. Love Is Blue
10. Windy
11. King
12. Queens
13. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - (previously unreleased)

Playing Time:158 min.
Producer:Daniel Goldmark (Compilation)
Distributor:Alternative Dis. Alliance
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a


October 17, 1966

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