Vinyl Vault

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature one of vocalist Mark Murphy’s outstanding Muse releases, “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” Recorded in November 1979 and released the following year, the album features a great program including “All the Things You Are,” “Bijou,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Waltz for Debby” and more. The band includes many great players including Slide Hampton on trombone, Richie Cole on alto, Ronnie Cuber on bari sax, Tom Harrell on trumpet and Mark Egan on bass among others. Murphy was in his prime for this session and his interpretations of these songs are one-of-a-kind.

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature a classic from Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, their 1977 album on Arista records, “Bridges.” Many of the songs address the band’s time on the road. But, of course, politics plays a big role too with songs like “We Almost Lost Detroit,” about a near nuclear accident at a power plant near Detroit, “Tuskegee 626” about syphilis experiments and “Under the Hammer” which is maybe just about the struggle to get by. Check out the Vinyl Vault with Geoff Anderson on The Night Beat, Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30pm on KUVO.

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.