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  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B0002J598W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
2. Repeat
3. Slow Hot Wind
4. Gentle One
5. Grits And Gravy
6. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
7. You Don't Know What Love Is
8. Milestones
9. When I Fall In Love
10. Psychedelicatessen Rag
11. Comin' Home Baby
12. Tha Chasin' Game
13. One For Marianne
14. Chitlins Con Carne
15. Walkin'
16. African Cookbook

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Prestige CD "First Class!" collects two of saxophonist Eric Kloss' albums -- "Grits & Gravy" made on December 21 & 22, 1966, and "First Class Kloss!" from July 14, 1967, both recorded at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs. First, let's just get it over with and talk about the three throwaway tracks (1, 3 & 5) that comprise the 12/21 session. The lineup isn't even worth mentioning, despite some decent players, because these songs truly suck. They are watered-down, 60s game-show jazz complete with mermaid-like backing vocal chants in some lame attempt to try and add some psychedelic sex appeal. Trust me, just program around them because the rest of this disc is truly First Class! The next day's session brings together one of the mid 60s best working trios -- Jaki Byard, Richard Davis and Alan Dawson (think about all of those amazing Booker Ervin OJCs) -- to accompany the then 17-year-old sax prodigy and the results are stunning. Kloss may have been blind since birth, but he could certainly see where jazz was headed as his style seemlessly combines bebop and free jazz into a breathtaking modern blend. Old standards get new life ("Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise"), new standards get new spins ("Milestones") and originals surprise and delight (the bonus track "Psychedelicatessen Rag" was tailor-made for Byard). By the '67 session it is clear that the Prestige producers are content to just let Kloss showcase his own musical vision, and the music on this, and later sessions too, is consistently inventive and exploratory. Dawson is back on drums, but the rest of the band is new -- Jimmy Owens pairing Kloss upfront, and Cedar Walton and Leroy Vinnegar rounding out the rhythm trio. I have managed to pick up all four of Kloss' two-fer discs remaindered in the last couple of years, and would encourage you to do the same before they go out of print. So get "First Class!" while you can, you wouldn't want to get stuck in coach.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Knapp on December 15, 2014
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This is a great jazz album and well worth the money
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