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California Hard
     

California Hard

by Dolo Coker
 
Pianist Dolo Coker had just four opportunities to lead his own record dates during his career, all for the Xanadu label between 1976-1979. The title of this LP refers to the fact that the music is not California "cool jazz" but intense hard bop from the Golden State. In addition to bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler (who

Overview

Pianist Dolo Coker had just four opportunities to lead his own record dates during his career, all for the Xanadu label between 1976-1979. The title of this LP refers to the fact that the music is not California "cool jazz" but intense hard bop from the Golden State. In addition to bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Frank Butler (who appear on Coker's first three Xanadu albums) and trumpeter Blue Mitchell (who was on the preceding LP Dolo), the great altoist Art Pepper (doubling on tenor) makes one of his very rare appearances as a sideman. The well-rounded set has originals by Coker, Pepper ("Mr Yohe") and Mitchell (a drum feature for Butler on "Roots 4FB") along with a showcase for the trio ("Gone Again") and a vintage standard ("Gone with the Wind"). A strong effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2015
Label:
Elemental Music
UPC:
8435395500651
catalogNumber:
906081
Rank:
64136

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolo Coker   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Butler   Drums
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass

Technical Credits

Lionel Hampton   Composer
Blue Mitchell   Composer
Art Pepper   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Dolo Coker   Composer
Zev Feldman   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Arne Frager   Engineer
Curley Hamner   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Don Schlitten   Director,Producer,Cover Photo
Jordi Soley   Executive Producer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Curtis Lewis   Composer
Kent Hazen   Liner Notes
Herb Magidson   Composer

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