Saturday, April 10, 2010

Al KOOPER - Rekooperation 1994

Al KOOPER - Rekooperation 1994


This is a beautiful return of one of the greatest pure music minds in the business. Al still has the touch for meshing blues with jazz, r&b and soul with rock. As always Big Al surrounds himself with superb musicians of the highest quality and the results are simply wonderful. This is a must own for every pure american music buff. My advice is to buy this one and the Soul Of A Man, Live and crank them up for an evening of historic, exciting and butt kicking music. Keep on doing it Big Al.
The best of all of Al Kooper's studio albums, Rekooperation is a mostly instrumental album, on which the artist (playing organ and piano, and occasional guitar) and a band including Jimmy Vivino, Harvey Brooks, and Fred Walcott, among others, roar and pound their way through a baker's dozen of R&B, rock & roll, and soul classics. Everything from chestnuts like "Soul Twist," "Honky Tonk," "Johnny B. Goode," "Clean Up Woman," and " "Don't Be Cruel" to originals such as "Downtime" and "Alvino Johnson's Shuffle," without a notable gap in quality between them, are included -- and the one vocal number, "I Wanna Little Girl," contains one of the finest singing performances that Kooper has ever turned in on record (but is also played so well, that it would work as an instrumental too). In many ways, this recording is a distant cousin to Blood, Sweat & Tears' Child Is Father to the Man, and was his first attempt at leading a band since that 1968 venture, which was sort of fitting since it led to Soul of a Man, Kooper's live-in-concert career retrospective album, the next time out.
By Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.
Jimmy Vivino- Guitar (Rhythm), Horn Arrangements, Guitar
Fred Walcott- Percussion
Johnnie Johnson- Piano
John Simon- Piano, Vocals
Randy Brecker- Trumpet
Harvey Brooks- Bass
Crispin Cioe- Alto, Baritone Sax
Laurence Etkin- Trumpet
Jim Fielder- Drums
Anton Fig- Drums
Paul Franklin- Vocals, Dobro
Bob Funk- Trombone
John Gardner- Drums, Percussion
Kenny Greenberg- Guitar (Rhythm)
Arno Hecht- Tenor Sax
Al Kooper- Horn Arrangements, Guitar, Wurlitzer, Multi Instruments, Producer, Photography, Art Direction, Organ (Hammond), Keyboards, Remastering, Arranger, Piano
John Sebastian- Harmonica
Hank Crawford- Alto Sax, Vocals
Dick Hyman- Piano
01. Downtime 4:11
02. After the Lights Go Down Low 4:19
03. When The Spell Is Broken 6:17
04. How 'My Ever Gonna Get Over You 4:24
05. Sneakin Round The Barnyard 5:25
06. Soul Twist-ed 4:39
07. Lookin for Clues 3:52
08. Honky Tonk 5:44
09. Clean Up Woman 2:55
10. Don't Be Cruel 5:15
11. Alvino Johnson's Shuffle 4:34
12. Johnny B. Goode 3:16
13. I Wanna Little Girl 5:19

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  1. Monk, megaupload has been blocked in my country and I'm a long time fan of your blogs. Is it possible to switch back to Rapid, or Mediafire of 4Share?

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  3. Interesting and unusual assortment, Monk. I've been culling jazz treats for the last week (w/o thanks I'm sorry to say). But this thing from Al, altho unheard so far, promises to be entertaining and will be heard by Moab's jazz audience in the coming weeks. Many thanks for your taste and generosity.