Sunday, 19 February 2012

Of Courserous, Can't You?

Yes, yes, yes, I heart Gordon Beck. His 1967 LP 'Dr Dolittle Loves Jazz' takes nine of Leslie Bricusse's songs from the mega flop film musical and, well, jazzes 'em up, Daddio.

The most recognisable song is probably 'Talk To The Animals' and although Gordon and his friends (Kenny Baldock and Jackie Dougan, bass and drums, respectively) don't dismantle it and throw all the bits in the air a la Coltrane, they use the jaunty melody as a launchpad for some driving improvisation. Cool.

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