In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Friday, February 28, 2014

CHICAGO HARD-CORE JAZZ

E. PARKER McDOUGAL
BLUES TOUR
LP GRITS GR2002         USA, 1981

Elmer Parker McDougal, (August 6, 1924- July 18, 1994), Chicago "tough tenor" jazz saxophonist, was the founder of Chicago Hard-Core Jazz Inc. and owner of Grits Records.  He played the blues with various groups (Sonny Thompson, a.o.) and performed with many outstanding Chicago tenorists, including Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman and Gene Ammons.

E. Parker McDougal recorded only two albums, both on his own GRITS label.  No nonsense, straight-ahead jazz in the purest Chicago tradition.  I haven’t heard the first one (Initial Visit – GR2001, recorded in 1975) but this one is a very satisfactory album featuring strong playing by pianist Willie Pickens (on side A) and guitarist George Freeman (on side B).  To the best of my knowledge, these albums were never re-issued on CD.

SIDE A
Tenor saxophone: E. Parker McDougal
Piano: Willie Pickens
Bass: Dan Shapera
Drums: Robert Shy
A1.      Blues Tour (E. Parker McDougal)
A2.      Irma’s Waltz (E. Parker McDougal)
A3.      All too soon (Ellington)

SIDE B
Tenor saxophone: E. Parker McDougal
Guitar : George T. Freeman
Bass: Eddie Calhoun
Drums: Jim Cottrell (B1 & B3) / Robert Shy (B2 & B4)

B1.      P’s Blues
B2.      For Cuz
B3.      Love Tap
B4.      Skokie Swift
(B1 to B4: composed by E. Parker McDougal)


UPDATED LINK 18/07/17

And I renew the request below:
If anyone has the album GR 2001 "Initial Visit", I'd love to hear it / post it.  Thanks.

6 comments:

  1. WAV - 2 files
    http://www58.zippyshare.com/v/89611870/file.html
    http://www18.zippyshare.com/v/69922158/file.html

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  2. Thanks boogieman for always coming up with some rarities.

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  3. Quiet a surprise! Tried to find a reasonably priced copy of this recording only two weeks ago.
    Thank you very much for this surprise.
    The week starts with a smile :-)
    Cheers

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  4. An excellent session, Willie Pickens swinging away on side one, and George doing the same on side two. EPM swinging on both.
    Thanks a lot

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  5. UPDATED LINK : https://www.mediafire.com/?2asds77qo72lr2r

    Give it a try, an excellent straight jazz session, it swings from start to finish (WAV)

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