March 7, 2012
BENNY'S LIVE - S/T (Private Press Label 1979 Dallas TX)
Excellent and very off the radar, under-appreciated Jazz Fusion local masterpiece that I think deserves a much higher price than it has been getting in the last couple of auctions I saw, which were poorly done and didnt feature any of the really stellar jazz work here. I mean this is a late 70s style California Breezy Jazz Fusion gem of a record if there ever was one, with funky sample riden drums, electric keys galore, nice light horns and a lot of fantastic synth/guitar workouts on top that really tie the whole awesome late 70s chill vibe together. I simply don't understand how this isnt more sought after, I mean yeah it can easily get 50 or 70 dollars but come on, It's obviously rare because there is very little info on it, and the copy I have is signed, and the only other copy in an auction I saw was signed (the guy made a truly horrific auction out of it). Yeah the recording could have been a little more loud and raw, and the sample moments and breaks could have been more frequent and less buried in more run of the mill fusion workouts, but those are weak criticisms for how good this LP really is. I really dig it and any fusion/sample/obscure jazz enthusiast should equally dig this baby. It is so much better than any NTSU jazz album I have heard, atleast the regular 'ol Jazz Labs and NTSU JAZZ BAND LPs (I have like 12 of them, some of which are quite good indeed) and they get 50 for the really good rare ones, so come on...
i went a little crazy on the description here.