Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jay Berliner - 1972 - Bananas Are Not Created Equal

Jay Berliner
1972 
Bananas Are Not Created Equal




01. Getting The Message 3:59
02. I Just Want To Be There 3:50
03. Papa Was A Rolling Stone 5:28
04. Hey Western Union Man 3:05
05. Stormy 4:14
06. Use Me 3:04
07. We've Come Too Far To End It Now 4:35
08. Stickball 4:30
09. I'm Still In Love With You 4:14

Bass – Gordon Edwards
Congas – Ray Barretto
Drums – Jimmy Johnson
Guitar – Cornell Dupree, Jay Berliner
Mallets, Tambourine – Joe Venuto
Piano – Paul Griffin




Jay Berliner (born May 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He appears on several albums by Charles Mingus and on the 1968 classic "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison.
For almost 50 years, Jay has been an active studio musician, logging more than 13,000 recording sessions for records, commercials, motion pictures, etc.

Berliner was the guitarist for Harry Belafonte in the early to mid-1960s, appearing on many of Belafonte's recordings and playing in venues around the world.

He has also played at the Metropolitan Opera house (the “old” Metropolitan Opera House in midtown Manhattan), where he was house guitarist and mandolinist; toured Japan as a banjo soloist; performances at The White House; and more recently, played onstage at the Metropolitan Opera (in the “new” house at Lincoln Center) with Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, and Elaine Strich, recorded live on DRG Records, Inc.

Recordings under his own name include Bananas Are Not Created Equal, Romantic Guitars, Erotic Guitars, three classical albums for Nippon-Columbia, and three classical albums for Spanish Music Center Records. Berliner also can be heard on Romantic Sea of Tranquility under the pseudonym "Chris Valentino."

Berliner began playing as a studio musician in the early 1960s. Since then he has logged more than 13,000 recording sessions for records, commercials, films, etc. He has played on albums by Charles Mingus (including The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady) and Ron Carter, George Benson’s White Rabbit, Stephane Grappeli’s Uptown Dance, Deodato’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Milt Jackson’s Sunflower, and many other Creed Taylor recordings. Berliner has recorded with numerous singers including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Jerry Vale, Astrud Gilberto, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sergio Franchi, Rupert Holmes, Frankie Valli, Debby Boone, Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, Harry Connick, Jr., Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Blossom Dearie, and LaTanya Hall.

He played on Van Morrison's 1968 album, Astral Weeks, and on November 7 and 8, 2008 joined with Morrison to play Astral Weeks in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. A vinyl LP and CD from these concerts entitled Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl were released in February 2009.

Berliner is an original member of Rob Fisher's Coffee Club Orchestra on Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company and later at City Center’s ENCORES series. Berliner is also an original member of the Guys All-Star Shoe Band on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Berliner has performed in concert with William Warfield and Earl Wild at the old Lewisohn Stadium, at Town Hall with Andrea Velis, and with Charles Bressler, playing the American premier performance of songs for tenor and guitar by William Walton and Benjamin Britten.

"Bananas Are Not Created Equal"  released in 1972 by Mainstream Records ?(MRL-384) and contains some excellent early 70's jazz funk instrumentals .From this album i chose "Getting The Message" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone".

Jay Berliner (born May 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.
He is a prolific studio guitarist with a very long and prestigious resume, including stints with Charles Mingus and Van Morrison (Astral Weeks).

He has played on albums by Charles Mingus (including The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady) and Ron Carter, George Benson’s White Rabbit, Stephane Grappeli’s Uptown Dance, Deodato’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Milt Jackson’s Sunflower, and many other Creed Taylor recordings. Berliner has recorded with numerous singers including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Jerry Vale, Astrud Gilberto, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sergio Franchi, Rupert Holmes, Frankie Valli, Debby Boone, Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson, Harry Connick, Jr., Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Blossom Dearie, and LaTanya Hall.

'Bananas are not created equal' is recorded under his own name. Recorded in 1972, under the aegis of arranger Wade Marcus (who also wrote this tune) ‘Bananas…’ featured Berliner and a group of studio heavies working it out on a number of contemporary covers (Temptations, Al Green, Bill Withers) and a couple of excellent, funky originals. ‘Stickball’ opens with Ray Barretto’s congas and Berliner’s guitar, then joined by Cornell Dupree on electric sitar and Paul Griffin on clavinet. The tune has a thick, jazz-funk groove, with some hot soloing (naturally) by Berliner.
The rest of the album is definitely worth checking out...

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