– Tru-Sound discography

Yesterday and today, I’ve worked on a Tru-Sound/Prestige discography. I still have to add a couple of images, and will do that soon. Tru-Sound was a subsidiary label of Prestige, in operation between 1961 and 1963. As for gospel, nine 45’s and seven LP’s were released, the last LP as a Prestige issue (in 1964). Apart from that there were several secular releases by artists such as King Curtis, Rhoda Scott, Ernestine Allen, Eddie “Blues Man” Kirkland, etc. This short-lived Prestige offshoot remained a little obscure, which is especially the case for the gospel releases. Most or all recordings were made by Ozzie Cadena (producer) and the world famous Rudy Van Gelder (engineer).

– Modern Jazz Quartet

I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz albums lately and one of these was “Pyramid” (Atlantic, 1960) by the Modern Jazz Quartet, featuring John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Connie Kay. The song after which the album was titled, got a short introduction, written by John Lewis. This is what it says:

The song was originally titled “Blues For Junior” and an earlier (first?) version can be found on Herb Ellis’ album “Nothing But The Blues” (Verve, 1957), featuring Ray Brown on bass.

The text by John Lewis above is illustrative for the influence that gospel had on black jazz artists, especially from the mid 1950’s onwards, with the rise of hard bop. “In essence, it [hard bop] undeniable returned jazz music to its “blackness””, as Stuart Baker writes in the introduction of the book “Black Fire! New Spirits!” (Soul Jazz Books, 2014).

To listen to the version of the Modern Jazz Quartet, click here for a YouTube-clip.

In the last weeks, I haven’t been very active with the website, but I did add lots of images to the King/Queen discography. Many thanks to Per Notini, who sent them to me.

– Sybil Johnson Singers

Added today are scans and sound files for Ram 77530 by the Sybil Johnson Singers (c. 1957). I received these files from Alton and Margaret Warwick, through Dominique Anglares. The 78 was first featured on my recordconnexion website where the audio was available as download of the month (Feb. 2014).

This 78rpm record can be considered a real rarity and it’s probably the only 78rpm record ever released by Ram Records. Little to nothing is known about the Sybil Johnson Singers, except that they were a Shreveport group and Sybil Johnson seems to have played piano on Linda Brannon’s “I Shall Not Be Moved” (unreleased). Linda Brennon was a white female pop, country and rockabilly singer, who recorded for Ram, Philips and Epic.

Also added today are scans for Queen 4138, 4139, 4154, 4156, 4163 ans 4173 (all kindly sent to me by Per Notini).

 

– Gospel Revelators & more

Updates:

  • I’ve added images and details for Gospel Corner LP 515 by the Mighty Gospel Revelators of San Diego, California.
  • Scans have been added to the Jas discography (1017, 528) (thanks to Per Notini).
  • A previously unknown LP has been added to the Gospel Recording Co. discography (LP 1385). It appears this sermon LP was issued in a blank, gold-colored cover (thanks to Angela Church).

 

– Music files added

It appeared to be more simple than I thought, so I started adding music files to the website. There’s one on the home page (Norfleet Brothers) and I’ve added several to the discographies. The music is available from the pages with label scans and in the main listing the presence of a music file is indicated by a note (). Click to see the scans and then scroll down for the audio player.

The first files have been added (see Arctic, Avant, Bandera, Bounty, Elko, Gotham, Hosanna), with more to follow soon.