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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cha-Cha-Chas Mambos Rumbas - Bettini

Pomponio - El Aguacero
Cha-Cha-Chas Mambos Rumbas
Bettini And His Orchestra, With Vocals
Vox Productions STVX 426.210
Made In France (on back cover, although the record label reads: Made In U.S.A.)

Uneven sounding collection of tracks featured inside of this fine glossy cheesecake jacket.

Tango Puesto En Rumba
El Reloj
Pomponio - El Aguacero
Fiesta Cubana
Quando Te Beso Tiemblo
Quase Ma Luco
O Sambo De Ernesto
La Negrita Color Cafe - Bam Bu
Cha Cha Flamenco

Monday, February 3, 2014

Soul Power - Richard "Groove" Holmes

How Can I Be Sure
Soul Power!
Richard "Groove" Holmes
Prestige 7543

Richard "Groove" Holmes, organ
Wally Richardson, lead guitar
Steve Wolfe, rhythm guitar
Jimmy Lewis, electric bass
Ben Dixon, drums
Dave Blume, conga drums and arranger (Gimme Little Sign and How Can I Be Sure)

From the back cover: Richard "Groove" Holmes, as he has come to be known (nicknames have long been common among jazz men – did you know that drummer Zutty Singleton is known to his friends as "Face"?) was born in Camden, New Jersey, May 2, 1931. After several years of "giggin' around", pianist Les McCann heard him playing, in Pittsburg, and recommended him to a California record company.

That was 1960. The following year Holmes began recording, on his own and with groups ranging from combos led by such formidable players as Ben Webster and Gene Ammons to the big band of Gerald Wilson. – Chris Albertson

Soul Power
Gimmie Little Sign
How Can I Be Sure
Since I Fell For You
The Pearcher
Girl Talk