PM Records LP Grab Bag
Elvin Jones – On The Mountain; Doug Riley – Dreams; Stone Alliance – Heads Up
This grab bag contains three sealed albums from Gene Perla’s stellar PM Records label. Egon and Madlib recently visited Perla in his Pennsylvanian home and found boxes of sealed albums in his basement. They pulled their favorites and are assembling them in grab bags of sealed albums. These albums, while sealed, and assumed to be in NM condition, are sold as is. There are no returns. The styles range from the deepest modal jazz to fusion to Latin funk in this first entry.
Elvin Jones – On The Mountain: “This 1975 date for the brilliant drummer, with Jan Hammer on keyboards and bassist Gene Perla, is a minor, if somewhat overlooked, classic from the tail-end of the early ’70s to the mid-70s’ run of great jazz fusion releases. Both Perla and Hammer worked with Elvin Jones between 1971 and 1973, in bands featuring saxophonists Frank Foster, Joe Farrell, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman. Here, the smaller format allows for a tight group sound with openings for strong solos and fluid interplay throughout. Jones is well up in the mix, giving fans a front-row opportunity to enjoy the drummer, both in all-over-the-kit, rolling-thunder mode and in the subtler moments of his peerless brushwork. The trio perform a half-dozen originals by Perla and Hammer. The impressive writing has a definite jazz sensibility, but Hammer’s Moog and electric piano work, Perla’s alternating between electric and acoustic basses, and Jones’ own fierce eruptions provide a satisfying, rock wallop in several spots.”
– Jim Todd
Doug Riley – Dreams: “Of the young Canadians presented by Perla, none is more impressive than keyboardist Doug Riley. His improvisations are emotionally moving, structurally complex and technically sophisticated. Riley’s format for the group balances taut ensembles and open-ended improvisations. In sum, the success of their voyage through the perilous waters of extended spontaneous composition is one more indication of the depth of their musicianship.”
– Chuck Berg, Down Beat
Stone Alliance – Heads Up: “More jazz to dazzle the ears! If you’re not familiar with this group, take a listen and join their already solid following in not only the U.S., but also South America. These 4 guys, Don Alias, Gene Perla, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Kirkland don’t only possess all this musical wealth just to squander though! They love to perform, and spread their music. And they often will hold clinics which are not only listening but also learning experiences… DOWNBEAT has received them quite well, and one glance at each member’s discography puts them right up in the “heavy” league!”
– Richman Bros. Records, Inc.