In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Monday, January 6, 2014


Lionel Hampton presents … BILL DOGGETT

LP Philips (France) – 1973

This album had been in the blogworld before. A rip was posted by Cheeba in 2009 on his (now inactive) blog Soundological Investigations.  

By 1970, Bill Doggett's name had dropped in relative obscurity, only remembered by Rhythm 'n' Blues and Swing Jazz die-hards. He did some recordings for the French Black & Blues label - a label specialising in forgotten swing players.  
This album is not much different.  It is a mix of revisited old Hampton warhorses (Flying, Home, Midnight Sun), and some more groovy stuff.   There was an attempt at modernizing the sound, e.g. Doggett plays electric piano on some tracks (and it sounds pretty good).

He could not escape revisiting his classic hit "Honky Tonk", he does it in a groovy soul jazz mood but without Billy Butler something's missing  …

There’s some good blowing from Norris Turney and Charles Williams.

The rip is from the French version of the LP.

Norris Turney - Alto Sax
Charles Williams - Alto Sax
David Brooks - Tenor Sax
Larry Luger - Guitar
Lionel Hampton - Vibes
Bill Doggett - Organ, Piano (leader)
Larry Troit - Bass
Howard Overton - Drums
Sam Turner - Conga, Drums

1 Bill's Honky Tonk
2 Pots A Cookin'
3 I Wish You Love
4 Dig The Thing
5 Dug's Pad
6 Midnight Sun
7 Flying Home
8 Charlie's Alley