Paul Bryant

The Blues Message (FSRCD 611)

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The Blues Message

Paul Bryant

Fresh Sound Records


ZZZ 124519




The Blues Message

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CD 9,07 €

In the late Fifties organ had earned a place with modern jazz fans, and Paul Bryant (1933-2010) was but one of the latest organists to find an audience. He had a hard-hitting, two-fisted style that exploited the registers to the limit.
In this set Bryant was blessed with the illustrious company of tenorist Curtis Amy, guitarist Jim Hall, and budding trombonist Roy Brewster. On the rhythm section, bassist Clarence S. Jones - alternating with Jimmy Bond - and drummer Jimmy Miller, take care of the timing with devotion and intelligence.

This set includes The Blues Message and Burnin', the two albums that launched Bryant and Amy's recording careers. Tenor man Amy, a member of that masculine school of Texas-born "preachers"  is impressive as a featured co-leader. Hall, thoroughly in the cooking spirit of things, was high-spirited and stirring in his solos, comping and balancing the predominant organ adequately. In these tunes, mostly blues with a soul-searching message (Searchin' and Still Searchin'), Bryant stomps and hollers and then drifts into the sentimental, creating, at some points, moments of pure, unadulterated truth.


Paul Bryant (org)
Curtis Amy (ts)
Roy Brewster (tb on 2,3,5)
Clarence S. Jones (b), Jimmy Miller (d).

Recorded at Rex Productions Studio, Los Angeles, on August 11 & 17 (3-5), 1960.

Paul Bryant (org)
Jim Hall (g)
Jimmy Bond (b) or Clarence S. Jones (b on 8,9)
and Jimmy Miller (d).

Recorded at Rex Productions Studio, Los Angeles, November 8 (tracks 8,9) and 14 (rest of tracks), 1960.

Tracks 1-5 from the Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant LP "The Blues Message" (Pacific Jazz PJ-9)
Tracks 6-12 from the & Paul Bryant LP "Burnin'" (Pacific Jazz PJ-12)


01. Searchin'
02. Goin' Down, Catch Me a Woman
03. The Blues Message
04. Come Rain or Come Shine
05. This Is the Blues
06. Still Searchin'
07. Love Nest
08. Blues at the Summit
09. They Can't Take That Away from Me
10. Churchin'
11. The Masquerade Is Over
12. Burnin'

Total time: 75:37 min.