Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Various Artists - 1976 - Blue Note Live At The Roxy

Various Artists 
1976 
Blue Note Live At The Roxy 


Volume One
101. Alphonse Mouzon New York City 5:33
102. Alphonse Mouzon Just Like The Sun 4:18
103. Alphonse Mouzon Without A Reason 8:01
104. Ronnie Laws Captain Midnight 4:48
105. Ronnie Laws Night Breeze 8:18
106. Ronnie Laws Piano Interlude 1:44
107. Ronnie Laws Always There 3:30
108. Donald Byrd Places And Spaces 4:56
109. Donald Byrd (Fallin' Like) Dominoes 6:11

Volume Two
201. Carmen McRae Music 3:55
202. Carmen McRae Paint Your Pretty Picture 4:52
203. Carmen McRae Them There Eyes 1:52
204. Carmen McRae T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 5:00
205. Carmen McRae You're Everything 3:03
206. Councilman Dave Cunningham Presentation Of Proclamation 4:39
207. Earl Klugh Medley: Like A Lover / A Felicidade / Manha De Carnaval / Samba De Orfeu (12:56)
208. Blue Note All-Stars Blue Note '76 12:46


Recorded: June 28, 1976 at the Roxy, Los Angeles, California by Record Plant Remote Unit
Donald Byrd recorded live in Central Park, New York, N.Y. on July 19, 1976.

Volume One:
Drums – Steve Gutierrez (tracks: 4 to 7)
Drums, Percussion – Alphonse Mouzon (tracks: 1 to 3)
Drums, Vocals – Keith Killgo (tracks: 8, 9)
Electric Bass – Charles Fillilove (tracks: 1 to 3), Donald Beck (tracks: 4 to 7)
Electric Bass, Vocals – Joe Hall (tracks: 8, 9)
Electric Guitar – Bill Rogers (tracks: 4 to 7)
Electric Guitar, Vocals – Orville Saunders (tracks: 8, 9)
Electric Piano – Bobby Lyle (tracks: 4 to 7)
Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Kevin Toney (tracks: 9)
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Ronnie Laws (tracks: 4 to 7)
Guitar – Rex Robinson (tracks: 1 to 3), Tim De Huff (tracks: 1 to 3)
Organ – Kevin Toney (tracks: 8)
Percussion – Rudy Regalado (tracks: 1 to 3)
Synthesizer, Electric Piano – Robby Robinson (tracks: 1 to 3)
Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Stephen Johnson (2) (tracks: 8, 9)
Trumpet – Donald Byrd (tracks: 8, 9)
Vocals – Kevin Toney (tracks: 8, 9)

Volume Two
Alto Saxophone – Gary Herbig (tracks: 8)
Bass – Bernard Baron (tracks: 1 to 5), Hubert Crawford (2) (tracks: 7)
Bass [Overdub] – Ron Carter (tracks: 7)
Drums – Edward Bennett (tracks: 1 to 5), Ndugu Leon Chancler (tracks: 7)
Drums, Percussion – Gerry Brown (tracks: 8)
Electric Bass – John Lee (tracks: 8)
Electric Piano – Marshall Otwell (tracks: 1 to 5)
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Fred Jackson (tracks: 8)
Guitar – Earl Klugh (tracks: 7), Earl Klugh (tracks: 8)
Marimba – Bobby Hutcherson (tracks: 8)
Percussion – Leon Chancler (tracks: 8)
Piano – Robert Budson (tracks: 7)
Piano, Electric Piano – Gene Harris (tracks: 8)
Trombone – George Bohanon (tracks: 8)
Trumpet – Chuck Findley (tracks: 8)
Vocals – Carmen McRae (tracks: 1 to 5)


This was a live album to showcase Blue Note's more contemporary sound they were releasing around this time. The artists chosen to showcase this sound were Carmen McRae, Alphonse Mouzon, Ronnie Laws, Earl Klugh and Donald Byrd. Most of this is pretty bland renditions of what were good studio recordings; in particular Ronnie Laws embarrassingly weak version of "Always There", but the saviour of the show is Donald Byrd who does storming versions of "Places & Spaces" and "Dominoes". Also, there's a previously unheard track called "Blue Note '76" which is a total funk monster. This is performed by The Blue Note All Stars, who among others consist of Gene Harris, George Bohannon, and Bobby Hutcherson. I suupose with them three in the ingredients you're bound to end up with a pretty heavy gumbo.

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