Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Sam Lazar: I Ain't Mad At You/Camp Meetin' (Checker 1030)
Don't know about you, but I dig a swingin' organ instrumental. There were a lot of people out there who could make their organs do just that: Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Bill Dodgett, Brother Jack McDuff, Dave "Baby" Cortez. Well, here's one I've never ran across before: Sam Lazar. From what scant info I can find on him, Lazar recorded two albums for Argo ("Space Flight" and "Playback") in the early sixties. Then after that, he apparently recorded this single for Checker. That's about all I know, but it's what we collectors love to call a two-sider. Both sides of this single SMOKE! They're both identified by Lazar's killer organ and large doses of heavy, wailing sax, loud, pounding bass and furious fast paces. They're the kind of sides you wish would go on forever. They also make me curious to hear more from this guy. They're just one more reason I collect these things. Have I lost any of you? Well, let me just stop shootin' off my trap and let me go back and blast this killer organ 45 again and again and again. And let me be thankful for being alive. The rest of you can do whatever.