Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - 1976 - Dedication Of Love

Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces 
Dedication Of Love

01. Love's Got A Hold On Me 3:00
02. Groovin' With The Aces 5:35
03. Sweet Sixteen 4:55
04. What Is It That You Got? 2:31
05. Love's Gonna Make Us Free 5:30
06. Witch Doctor 4:25
07. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen 4:16

Recorded At – Phinal Sound Studios

Alto Saxophone, Flute, Vocals – Larry Moore
Bass Guitar, Vocals – James Burquette
Drums, Vocals – John Baldwin
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Presley Strong
Lead Vocals – Chuck Strong
Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Bobby Moore
Organ, Vocals – Howard Kidd

Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces scored big with their first album, 1965's Searching for My Love. However, their follow up to that million selling record, Dedication Of Love, was a flop of untold proportions. So little copies of that record were sold that it is near impossible to find an original copy anywhere. It's become a seriously collectible piece that the few copies that remain fetch upwards of $2000 on the used market.

Bobby Jackson - 1978 - Desiree Song

Bobby Jackson
Desiree Song 

01. Desiree Song 5:15
02. Modetique 12:15
03. Bunglers Twist 6:10
04. Peepin 5:10
05. Pressure Funk 6:20

Alto Saxophone – Bobby Hughes
Bass – John Howard
Composed By, Baby Grand Piano – Bobby Jackson
Drums – Tony Moreno
Trombone – Enrique Mercado Reyes

The kind of lost jazz album that makes collecting lost jazz albums so wonderful! The set's a completely obscure date by a completely obscure musician – yet it sparkles with a warmth and imagination that we'd rank right up there with some of the bigger-name records of the 70s – especially albums by other pianists of the period, like George Cables or Kenny Barron! 

Bobby Jackson - 1977 - The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story

Bobby Jackson 
The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story

01. Paul's Akr 3:20
02. Yakumba 3:25
03. Bobby's Blues 5:50
04. Understanding 2:30
05. Peepin 4:20
06. Fluck Flick 7:35
07. Ebonite 5:30

Recorded July 1970 at Moon Sound Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bass – Bobby Jackson
Drums – Gene Hubbard (2) (tracks: A3), Paul Cotton (2) (tracks: A1, A2), Tony Moreno
Electric Piano, Piano – Hubert Eaves (tracks: B1, B2)
Piano – Bobby Lyle (tracks: A3), Paul Akre
Tenor Saxophone – Morris Wilson
Trombone – Beau Baily
Trumpet – Sam Biven

You won’t find the name Bobby Jackson in the jazz books. Yet here is a remarkable man who did more than anyone to promote live jazz in his hometown of Minneapolis, risking everything to open a venue for jazz lovers and putting on such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Roland Kirk and Elvin Jones. In so doing he rode the wave of financial insecurity, dealt with problems involving drugs, the law and the police, not to mention the issues and temperaments of the musicians themselves. Yet he still managed to keep things together enough to record a truly deep and inspired album with his band - although it took another 8 years before it was finally released, albeit in minimal quantities and with zero distribution!

The music is deep, modal and progressive jazz. The story is one of bearded coffee-drinking jazz heads, Elvin Jones shedding tears, silver foil backdrops, and we also reveal what happened when a young man named Prince ventured into the café one day with the intention to sit in on a jam session!