Thursday, March 22, 2012
Michael Longo - 900 Shares Of The Blues
One of the side pleasures about diggin' for vinyl is the number of odd and interesting album covers that one might come across while hunting through thousands of records. One of my favorite album covers is easily Michael Longo's 1974 jazz-funk album 900 Shares Of The Blues. The album's artwork(pictured above) consists of an extreme close-up of Longo's "gotee", which could be interpreted as being quite comical and certainly a bit "tongue in cheek". What's not always true is that the music will be as interesting as the record's artwork. Fortunately, in this particular situation the music on this recording could stand on it's own. The record features a number of funky jazz cuts that are driven by an outstanding cast of notable jazz heavy-weights including Ron Carter (bass), Joe Farrell (flute), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Mickey Roker (drums), Ralph MacDonald (percussion) and others. Even though this might be the kind of record one notices because of it's amusing cover, the album deserves a fair amount of attention for the overall music quality and brilliance in being a jazz-funk masterpiece.
Michael Longo - Like A Thief In The Night