Minor Swing (album)

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Minor Swing
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Studio album by John Patton
Released May 30, 1995
Recorded December 21, 1994 at Power Station, NYC
Genre Hard Bop
Length53:35
Label DIW
DIW 846
Producer Kazunori Sugiyama & John Zorn
John Patton chronology
Blue Planet Man
(1993) Blue Planet Man1993
Minor Swing
(1995)
This One's for Ja
(1996) This One's for Ja1996

Minor Swing is an album by organist John Patton which features John Zorn and was originally released on the DIW label in Japan in 1995. [1] [2] The album was considered part of Patton's 1990 "comeback". [3]

John Patton was an American jazz, blues and R&B pianist and organist, often known by his nickname, Big John Patton.

John Zorn American composer, saxophonist and bandleader

John Zorn is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions, which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".

DIW Records is a Japanese record label specializing in avant-garde jazz. It is a subsidiary of Disk Union. Kazunori Sugiyama was an executive producer for the label before starting Tzadik Records with John Zorn.

Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Al Campbell awarded the album 3½ stars noting that "Luckily, on Minor Swing, organist Big John Patton and John Zorn encourage taking chances and opening the music up, while not going so far out as to overwhelm the intended fundamental groove... highly recommended". [4]

Professional ratings
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Track listing

All compositions by John Patton except as indicated.

  1. "The Way I Feel" - 12:05
  2. "Tyrone" - 6:32
  3. "Minor Swing" - 8:36
  4. "The Rock" - 6:27
  5. "Along Came John" - 5:14
  6. "Lite Hit" (Marvin Cabell, John Patton) - 7:14
  7. "B Men Thel" - 7:27

Personnel

Hammond organ electric organ

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Ed Cherry is an American jazz guitarist and studio musician. Cherry is perhaps best known for his long association with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he performed from 1978 until shortly before Gillespie's death in 1993. Since that time, he has worked with Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Faddis, John Patton, Hamiet Bluiett, Henry Threadgill, and Paula West. He has recorded a number of albums as a leader.

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References

  1. John Patton discography, accessed May 15, 2014
  2. Fitzgerald, M., John Patton Leader Entry, accessed May 15, 2014
  3. Blue Note Artist profile, accessed May 15, 2014
  4. 1 2 Campbell, A. Allmusic Review accessed June 10, 2014.