Vinyl Vault

The Vinyl Vault goes to the Latin jazz side with a 1981 album from the late flautist Dave Valentin entitled “Pied Piper.” The album features Valentin’s touring band of the time plus guest appearances by Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Bobby Broom and Dave Grusin. Voted best jazz flautist 7 years in a row by Jazziz magazine, hear him at his peak on the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday, January 16 at 8:30 on KUVO.

This week’s "Vinyl Vault" will feature a 1974 ECM release from the Gary Burton Quintet, “Ring.” Eberhard Weber on bass joins the quintet making for a two bass ensemble. The album also features a 19-year-old Pat Metheny, two years before his debut as a bandleader. Mick Goodrick is another guitarist on the album and Steve Swallow is the other bass player. The whole thing is anchored by Bob Moses on drums. The music melodically floats in that ethereal ECM way while understated grooves come and go like clouds across the sun. Experience it!

Violinist Jerry Goodman made a name for himself with the Mahavishnu Orchestra laying down searing solos in the midst of that band’s blistering intensity. Goodman’s 1985 album, “On the Future of Aviation” is in marked contrast to those earlier days. This album was released on the Private Music label which was devoted to acoustic and electric instrumental music as envisioned by the artists without interference for marketing considerations. “On the Future of Aviation” is subtle, yet complex; intricate yet understated.

The Vinyl Vault kicks off 2018 with a classic from George Benson, “Good King Bad” from 1976. This is one of Benson’s CTI releases and it has that trademark CTI funky sound provided by musicians such as Ronnie Foster, Don Grolnick, Fred Wesley, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Farrell with arrangements by James Brown alum David Matthews. Bring in the New Year with some tasty George Benson. Join Geoff Anderson on the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday, January 2 at 8:30 on KUVO.

With Christmas approaching, the Vinyl Vault will feature Chuck Mangione’s “Land of Make Believe.” It’s an ambitious album featuring a full orchestra and a choir bumping the total number of musicians to over 80. The title song, with its Christmas tinge, features Esther Satterfield on vocals. Other notable musicians include John Faddis, Steve Gadd and Joe Labarbera. The Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson, it’s not make-believe, it’s real and it’s on Tuesday, December 19 at 8:30pm on KUVO.

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