Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Textures - Bill Dobbins
The Bill Dobbins Jazz Orchestra
Advent Cleveland, OH 5003
According to the jacket notes "Textures" was commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts in 1969.
I don't normally look for jazz LPs, but I was drawn to the funky 70s cover art. Apparently this LP is obscure and I found only one other copy online. I found a Bill Dobbins, jazz composer and pianist online. This work in not on his list of "recordings". But there is a photograph of him printed on a slip sheet found inside the jacket. Apparently this record was made when Dobbins was in his mid-20s.
Textures is the "A" side, however, by way of posting a sample, I'm going with "The Balcony", the second track found on the B side. "The Balcony" was inspired by The Kent State University shooting, according to the jacket notes. And, at the very least, this song seems to have made a big impression on Chris Colombi, Jr., Jazz Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer (author of the jacket notes).
So, I educate myself today with some obscure vintage jazz with a story to tell. Hope you enjoy the the blend of audio textures as I have.