USED CD ALERT:
This is one of those Fridays to set the alarm and get here early. Deep folkie stuff lead the charge, with a pile of a dozen-plus titles courtesy of Joni and Joan, hitting right on the peak of each’s career. It doesn’t stop there: look out for a pair (!) of titles from neglected stringsman Sandy Bull, John Fahey’s “Dance of Death,” the hard-times “Tragic Songs of Life” from the Louvins, and a concert featuring Texas hellraisers Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. We got a trio of records from Mary Gauthier as well as works from Carrie Rodriguez, Gillian Welch and Judy Collins. Somehow, the jazz side of things may be even better. Residing for a short time up front are three Grant Green Blue Notes, along with other BN classics from Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Burrell and Sonny Rollins. We have five separate dates from Bill Evans, an installment from Booker Ervin’s “Book” series, three OJC Sonny Rollins titles including his essential session with Monk, and the terrific 2-cd Wes Montgomery Verve comp which includes the entirety of “Smokin’ at the Half Note,” which may be Wes’ best album full stop. We got the usual suspects represented as well, which means plenty of Trane, Miles, Brubeck and Nina. Finally, we have a quartet of recordings from barely-remembered Chicago folk-soul legend Terry Callier. Included among these is “First Light: Chicago 1969-71” which includes embryonic takes on shoulda-been classic songs cut in advance of the finished versions helmed by Chess/Cadet records wunderkind Charles Stepney. Bill Withers is the facile comparison, but TC was on his own thing. I cannot recommend this one highly enough. Not all too often where your boy makes a personal guarantee.