Vinyl Vault

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature a 1975 direct-to-disc recording by Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker, “I’ve Got the Music in Me.” Direct-to-disc was a technology used in the 1970s and early 1980s, before digital came along, to achieve extremely high quality fidelity. A whole album side was played live, mixed live and recorded direct to a master disc. The result was not only superior sonic quality, but an exciting performance because the musicians knew they had one shot; there would be no overdubbing.

This week’s Vinyl Vault features some atmospherics from the band Azimuth which consists of John Taylor on piano and organ, Norma Winstone on vocals and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn. Sometimes compared to minimalist composer Steve Reich, Azimuth certainly sets a mood in a uniquely ECM way. Check it out, the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson, Tuesday, December 5 at 8:30pm on KUVO.

This week the Vinyl Vault remembers Mel Martin who passed away on November 17. The featured album will be a 1977 release on Inner City Records entitled “Listen featuring Mel Martin.” It was the first of two Listen albums. This somewhat fusiony release features Andy Narell on steel drums and piano, George Marsh on drums and Dave Dunaway on bass. Martin plays curved soprano sax, tenor sax, flute and piccolo. Join Geoff Anderson on the Vinyl Vault, Tuesday at 8:30 on KUVO.

The Vinyl Vault this week will feature John Klemmer’s 1975 ABC album “Touch.” Tenor sax man Klemmer also was known for his work with the “Echoplex” which he used throughout this album. Many LA sessions musicians contributed to the album including John Guerin, Chuck Domanico, Dave Grusin, Larry Carlton and, on one cut, George Duke.

Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson on the Night Beat, Tuesday, November 21 at 8:30 on KUVO.

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature the soundtrack to the 1986 film “Round Midnight.” The movie starred Dexter Gordon in a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. The soundtrack itself won an Oscar for Best Original Score. Herbie Hancock was the prime mover behind the soundtrack. Besides production credits, Hancock plays on the album as do Dexter Gordon, Freddy Hubbard, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin and many more.