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Sky Shadows / In the Land of Giants

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In A Country Soul Garden
  2. Sky Shadows
  3. The Girl With The Fall In Her Hair
  4. I'll Give You Everything
  5. January's Child
  6. Summertime
  7. So What
  8. Sock it To Me Socrates
  9. When Two Lovers Touch
  10. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B00000IN4Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. Katz on June 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
And this Kloss CD is one of them.The second half of the LP is totally different then the first.Kloss the blind child phenom (his first leadership of an LP was for and "Introducing" LP in 1965 which like the "Sky Shadows" LP has the great Pat Martino).1968's "Sky Shadows" has(if a remember right) all Kloss cuts "Country Soul Garden","Sky Shadows","Girl With the Fall in Her Hair","I'll Give You Everything",and "January's Child" with Martino,Jaki Byard (on both sessions),Bob Cranshaw on bass,and Jack Dejohnette on drums.It's s fine session one where Martino is fine comping and soloing.But it's just IMHO oppinon meant to picked out on it's own and not to be put with what I think is and even better session that follows which is totally different

But the second is a the first of s string of 5 star sessions that began in '68 when Kloss was 19.The "In The Land Of Giants" session is AMAZING/Kloss trades with the great Booker Ervin on tenor,Byard on keys,Alan Dawson on drums and the great Richard Davis on Drums.The session is worth the twice whatever you pay just for the opening cut of "Summertime" done as and epochal alto/bass duet between Kloss and Davis.The rest of the album shows the maturing Kloss can rip right along with the high powered Texan (and aren't they all about just about everything??Larger than life stuff).A perfect follow up of Miles "So What" by whole band follows and two Kloss originals "Sock It To Me Socrates" and "When Two Lovers Touch".As noted at allmusic guide the last cut Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" is stylistically a bit misfit here is played perfectly.Maybe it was the idea and time of title that made it a choice (1969 right?).Lastly the Byard piano is not well mixed in if impeccably played.That's a shame.
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In 1999 I walked into a second hand vinyl/CD music shop in Ladbroke Grove in London. A powerful, free flowing version of 'Summertime' was playing over the shop's extraordinairly good system. From the smooth piano intro to the interplay of saxes. Having never heard of Eric Kloss, Booker Ervin or Jaki Byard, I bought the vinyl on impulse and took it back with me to New Zealand.In truth, it never sounded as crisp, as menacing, as sand blasted as it did filling that shop in London. And as you do, when my turntabl stopped turning. Scratched vinyl, bouncing wooden floors versus CDs-no contest. But all that vinyl still in its shelves with the promise that one day I would buy the mother of all turntables. But did I really want to be hunting down the right stylus, diamond or saphire. What is it now? Ignorance is not such a great town to live in. Anyway surfing Amazon and being a bit more savvy about jazz, I wondered as you often do. How would Mr Kloss, Ervin and Byard sound with a system that can be cranked up sufficently to unsettle the dust motes. Well, the answer was to order a copy of Land of the Giants with Sky Shadows. Now reviews said these are not companionable partners and I agree. But give Sky Shadows a bit of air time. It is a different style. And I guess this is the purpose of the review. Eric Kloss on Land of the Giants was still a bit of a nipper but you would not know it from the way he plays. It is mature. Something in the limited exposure I have had to his later in life oevre does not seem to have continued. I put 'Land of the Giants' up there in one of my breakthrough jazz records (now CD). And yes, 'Summertime' has to be played rather loudly to get that sense of the room filling with sound being split into slivers and reworked into shapes deeply resonant and deeply satisfying-as if you have heard something goin on. Cheers. It is worth buying.
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