Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Sam Lazar Trio - Space Flight
Here's yet another St. Louis record show find. All I can say is that if you like fast Hammond B3 movers , then I can't imagine you won't dig this. "Space Flight" is an apt title for a tune that just sort of blasts right off the ol' turntable. Sam Lazar's organ wails from the opening note and doesn't let up. He's joined by jazz legend Grant Green on guitar, who's playing is particularly inspired. The drumming is crisp and reportedly blues great Willie Dixon handled the chores on stand-up bass. Together, they whip up one of the most swinging sides you're bound to hear.
My copy of the record is on the Cawthron label, a bit of a curious issue. I can only find a couple of references to it on the internet and then only on set sale lists. "Space Flight" was recorded in Chicago circa 1960 and was released on an album of the same name by the Argo label. Argo also issued it as a single, with "Dig A Little Deeper" as the b-side. Here though, the Cawthron record is a two-parter. I'm not sure how this small label, with distribution out of Hollywood came to issue the record. Was it released concurrently with the Argo record, a later reissue or what?
One thing for sure though is that it's great having a double dose of "Space Flight". And the record was done properly. A lot of two-part records of this type come to an abrupt halt at the end of part one or simply fade out on side one and back in on the flipside. Here, part one has a real ending. Part two picks up after the opening theme and takes us back through the "jam" part of the tune again. I don't know if part two is an alternate take, an edited piece of a longer recording or what. It too has a real ending though.
I guess you could say that I'd like more information on this record. I know there are some Hammond B3 fans out there. Any additional insight would be greatly appreciated.