Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Eddie Jefferson "Things Are Getting Better"

Eddie Jefferson

"Things Are Getting Better"
( LP Muse Records, 1974 )
Catalog # MR 5043

A1 - Bitches Brew
A2 - Things Are Getting Better
A3 - Freedom Jazz Dance
A4 - Night In Tunisia
B2 - Trane's Blues
B3 - I Just Got Back In Town
B4 - Billie's Bounce
B5 - Thank You - Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin

Personnel & Credits:
Adcomm - Imaging
Conrad Buckman - Vocals
Gary Giddins - Liner Notes
Eddie Gladden - Drums
Paul Goodman - Engineer
Sid Gribetz - Liner Notes
Eddie Jefferson - Vocals
Sam Jones - Bass
Billy Mitchell - Flute, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Tenor)
Joe Newman - Trumpet
Don Schlitten - Producer
Mickey Tucker - Organ, Piano, Piano (Electric), Saw
Annalee Valencia - Art Direction, Design
Mildred Weston - Vocals

Singer Eddie Jefferson's first album in five years finds him doing his best to keep up with the times. Somehow he manages to sing Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" (a nearly impossible melody to make much out of) and he also performs "Freedom Jazz Dance" and "Trane's Blues" in addition to more boppish material (including an exuberant "Things Are Getting Better," "Night In Tunisia" and "Billie's Bounce"). The Sly Stone tune "Thank You" is the only trivial selection among the eight reissued on this record while "I Just Got Back In Town" is based on James Moody's improvisation to the ballad "I Cover The Waterfront." The master of vocalese (who was at the peak of his powers during this period) is assisted by trumpeter Joe Newman, Billy Mitchell (on tenor, flute and bass clarinet), keyboardist Mickey Tucker, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Eddie Gladden. A worthy effort.
By Scott Yanow (AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

By Celo


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