Weekly Digs 5/20/12

Not as much time or money on the digging this week. Copped a nice early Monty Alexander record yesterday for a dollar – I love most anything Monty does, and got a chance to see him perform live at the Blue Note (with legend Ernest Ranglin) a month or two ago, which was incredible. The past year I’ve really gotten into a lot of the Pacific Jazz recordings – especially the stuff Les Mccann and the Crusaders did on the label. The records sound great – it’s that solid, clear, analog feel.

Monty does a nice version of “Comin Home Baby” on the record but I can’t find that cut on Youtube, so here’s an equally impressive version off Herbie Mann’s “Live at the Village Gate” album, which I also picked up this week, specifically for this tune. Admittedly I can’t really get into most of Mann’s stuff, but this cut is my joint.