Label: Resonance Records HLP-9022
180g Double Vinyl LP! Newly Discovered Recordings!
Numbered, Limited Edition – 2000 Copies!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman & Pressed at RTI!
Endorsed by the estate of Larry Young, this is the first release of all previously unreleased Larry Young recordings in nearly 40 years.
The collection features the iconic jazz organist Larry Young with Woody Shaw (trumpet), Nathan Davis (saxophone), Billy Brooks (drums) and more. Tracks include an 20-minute plus version of Zoltan, Beyond All Limits from the classic Unity album, as well as other mid-1960s songs including Talkin About J.C. and Luny Tune.
Resonance Records, in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) of France, is pleased to announce the release of Larry Young In Paris/The ORTF Recordings. Presenting groundbreaking performances by jazz organist and pianist, Larry Young, these studio and live recordings from 1964 and 1965 were made for French Radio and never before issued on record.
Producer Zev Feldman notes, “It’s particularly exciting because none of this music has ever been heard before except on its initial broadcast in France five decades ago. I think that’s something to celebrate and a call for us all as we often do with the archival recordings we at Resonance Records uncover to revisit and discuss this legendary artist’s legacy.”
Musicians featured on these recordings include trumpet legend Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist and bandleader Nathan Davis and drummer Billy Brooks. An international cast of supporting players: French pianist Jack Diéval tenor saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach and bassist Jacques B. Hess; Italian drummer Franco Manzecchi, Jamaican trumpet player Sonny Grey and Guadaloupean percussionist Jacky Bamboo round out the personnel. This album marks the first new release of Larry Young music in thirty-eight years.
This project came about in 2012 when Resonance Records producer Zev Feldman traveled to France to explore the ORTF (Office of French Radio and Television) archives (the media vaults overseen by the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) in the hope of finding undiscovered treasures, which he suspected he might find there. Feldman asked INA executives about specific artists and was stunned to learn that the vaults contained recordings documenting some of the greatest American jazz musicians who lived in ? or visited ? Paris in the 1960?s, including Larry Young. Resonance Records presents in this album tapes that had been sitting idly in the vaults for nearly 50 years, scrupulously maintained by INA.
The package includes extensive liner notes with essays and interviews by John McLaughlin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Medeski, Bill Laswell, Nathan Davis, Andre Francis, producer Zev Feldman, Larry Young III, & Woody Shaw III. Also includes are rare and previously unreleased photos from Francis Wolff and Jean-Pierre Leloir.
“These recently discovered performances…show Young transcending the soul-jazz of B-3 master Jimmy Smith, both in his touch, pushing the instrument in new sonic directions, and in his embrace of modal structures and free improvisation.” – Derk Richardson, The Absolute Sound, 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics
“…[G]et this superbly produced release both for the positively fibrillating music and for the encyclopedic annotation, the combination of which will have you ordering every Larry Young album you can get your hands on… Though of course the main attraction here is the music, the unusually complete and wide-ranging annotation present strong competition… Of course the annotation includes many terrific photos. Wow!… The recordings are all in excellent mono. Even the live tracks sound very good… This set is limited to 2000 copies. I urge you to get one of them. You will listen, learn and love it.” – Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 10/11, Sound 8/11