19.10.08


JAZZ SYMPHONICS - THE BEGINNING (1960)

athena
apollo
fresh egg boxes
weird sisters

larry nash (p)
woodrow theus jr. (d)
herman burns (as)
tony poinsett (cgas)
robert miranda (b)
jerry jackson (tp)

24 comments:

vesper said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/155447291/JZTB.zip

ish said...

Hey Vesper. What do you know about this record? I'd been thinking about putting it up for a while now but didn't have enough info. Pretty sure that 1960 date is way too early, judging hairstyles. Is Woodrow Theus Jr Woody Sunship Theus himself or his son? Larry Nash can be heard on some mid/late '70s stuff. Anyway glad to see you making it available.

johnv said...

Hmmm--very interesting looking disc. Wish I could help out with some info but it's an unknown to me.

Simon666 said...

Thanks Vesper - think I had one of these tracks on a Luv n Haight comp from some stage, great to hear the rest!

fritz the cat said...

thank you

macaca said...

holy shit dude.

vesper said...

Guys, I'm afraid I'm short of infos about the record, only owning the LvH reissue of 1994. Anyway, a quick Google search gave that:

Words by Brian L. Knight

"When pianist Larry Nash and drummer Woodrow Theus were just thirteen years old, they sat in an old garage with beat up equipment and started a band. The two were soon joined by fellow teenagers – percussionist Tony Poinsett, saxophonist Herman Burns and bassist Robert Miranda. Together these youthful musicians formed the Jazz Symphonics and played their first gig for a dollar each.

Beginning is the aptly titled debut album for Jazz Symphonics. After this release, the teens rose to relative stardom in the Los Angeles area. They were the feature band at the Tropicana and they shared the stage with jazz greats such as Kenny Burrell and Willie Bobo. The opening tune, Athena, which is said to be tribute to the Greek God is more of a tribute to a Latin or Cuban god. After hearing this song, there is little doubt why the Jazz Symphonics shared the stage with Latin wizard Willie Bobo. The band continues with their Greek tribute by pairing Athena up with Apollo. Except for Woodrow Theus’ Fresh Egg Boxes, all of the tunes on Beginning were written by Larry Nash. In addition to his compositional skills, Nash is also quite the piano playing protege. Unlike the other re-issues that comprise the Luv N Haight series, the Jazz Symphonics remain true to the jazz form.. The band started out as an R&B band then they switched over to jazz. They somehow made that switch without bringing too many R&B influences with them."

I also guess there are still performing, or were at least a year ago

Ish: I think we're dealing with one and only person here... And I agree with you about the hairstyles :)

el goog said...

Hi vesper, thanks a lot.

keviekev said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing. Respect.

groovyvinyl said...

Hi,thanks for this.

chiku_sai said...

humm, great sound.
i love this. thanks a lot, vesper!

soulbrotha said...

Thanks vesper.

Julian said...

thanks for the share. this looks tasty! on the DL and ready to listen and have mind blown.

Lambda said...

many thanks for this great sounds

Sinenobilitas said...

Hi Vesper....Thanks for all....This LP is a jewel....

Pete said...

What a great record! Thanks

Anonymous said...

This is great, I'm really liking Weird Sisters. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

MERRY CHRISTMASS VESPER !! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
-DZMPLZ

chazz said...

What a frickin' groover-too bad there isn't more from these guys (that I know about).From the Tyner-esque piano to the hot trumpet (Woody Shaw maybe not but damn close) and a such a straight ahead time signature yet frenetic drum beat.Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks
Peace
Chazz

robbs said...

This album is EXCELLENT!!! If you truly love jazz, you will not be disappointed!!!! Downloaded this album from Doc's blog. I LOVE this album. Enjoy! :o)

thoth said...

woody theus is one of my favorite drummers. thank you so much for sharing. and more larry nash is always welcome.

Anonymous said...

Robert Miranda is on a few Horace Tapscott recordings on the Nimbus label.

Thank you!

boogieman said...

Pretty good. A discovery for me. Thanks a lot.

boogieman said...

Pretty good. A discovery for me. Thanks a lot.

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