First Class!

First Class!

by Eric Kloss
     
 

First Class! collects two solid Eric Kloss albums from 1966 and 1967, the first titled Grits and Gravy, the latter First Class Kloss! Over the course of 16 pieces, however, saxophonist Kloss fronts three different groups: a quartet, quintet, and septet. While this never seems disjointed, it does occasionally feel like a best-of package, especiallySee more details below

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First Class! collects two solid Eric Kloss albums from 1966 and 1967, the first titled Grits and Gravy, the latter First Class Kloss! Over the course of 16 pieces, however, saxophonist Kloss fronts three different groups: a quartet, quintet, and septet. While this never seems disjointed, it does occasionally feel like a best-of package, especially when the female vocal group joins in on pieces like "Slow Hot Wind." This is especially true on the first eight pieces from Grits and Gravy. Bizarre hodgepodges like the title track with its combination of background vocals, a large ensemble, and repetitive funky riffs remind one of a bad '60s movie soundtrack. These tracks are juxtaposed with incredibly edgy work by Kloss, pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Alan Dawson. The intensity of "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" still sounds fresh 20 years after the fact, and the chemistry among the players is explosive. Luckily, the two bonus tracks, "When I Fall" and "Psychedelicatessen Rag," come from these sessions. Kloss is joined by trumpeter Jimmy Owens, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Dawson for the last half-dozen tracks, and the work here is uniformly excellent. "The Chasin' Game" and "African Cookbook" take advantage of the duel-horn lineup, and the quintet stretches both of these pieces out for seven minutes. While the overall effect of First Class! is a bit scattered, there's a great deal of excellent music on the disc that's sure to please the Kloss fan.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218529327
catalogNumber:
24293

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Kloss   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Charles   Vibes
Richard Davis   Bass
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cedar Walton   Piano
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Alan Dawson   Drums
Danny Bank   Flute,Percussion,Baritone Saxophone
Jaki Byard   Piano
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Williams   Piano
Robert Gregg   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bob Dorough   Composer
Eric Kloss   Composer
Randy Weston   Composer
Ed Bland   Composer
Kenny Burrell   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Cal Lampley   Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Michael Rozek   Liner Notes
Don Schlitten   Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Ben Tucker   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Denny Zeitlin   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Richard Carpenter   Composer

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