Harold Ousley Grit-Grittin' Feelin' *
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- Released: August 22, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Delmark
JazzTimes - 12/00, p.147"...Ousley still has the broad, deep tone of yore....presenting 9 tunes, of which 'Lush Life', the title track, 'Now That I Am So In Love' and 'A Troubled Soul' are the most successful."
- 1.Without a Song
- 2.Canadian Sunset
- 3.Night Song
- 4.Lush Life
- 5.Grit-Gitten' Feelin'
- 6.Now That I Am So in Love
- 7.Senioree, El
- 8.Go Away Little Girl
- 9.A Troubled Soul
Personnel includes: Harold Ousley (tenor saxophone); Art Hoyle (trumpet); Jodie Christian (piano); John Whitfield (bass); Robert Shy (drums).
Recorded at Riverside Studio, Chicago, Illinois on January 26 & 28, 2000.
Includes liner notes by Paul Serrano.
Personnel: Harold Ousley (tenor saxophone); Arthur Hoyle (trumpet); Jodie Christian (piano); Robert Shy (drums).
Liner Note Author: Paul Serrano.
Recording information: Riverside Studio (01/26/2000/01/28/2000).
Photographer: Marc PoKempner.
Harold Ousley was never a big name in the jazz world, but his lack of recognition as a leader doesn't erase the fact that he's a decent player. Ousley had just turned 71 when, in January 2000, he recorded Grit-Gittin' Feelin', a competent, if unremarkable, hard bop outing that employs Jodie Christian on piano, John Whitfield on bass, and Robert Shy on drums. The title Grit-Gittin' Feelin' implies that this CD contains a lot of soul-jazz, it's the sort of title you would associate with a funky, gritty, down-home organ combo date by Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, or Jimmy McGriff. But for the most part, Grit-Gittin' Feelin' isn't soul-jazz. The title track, a catchy 12-bar blues number, is the closest this album gets to soul-jazz, most of the material (which ranges from "Canadian Sunset" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" to Ousley's own compositions) is straight-ahead 1950s-like hard bop. The most surprising thing on the album is a version of Donny Osmond's early '70s hit "Go Away, Little Girl," which Ousley gives an unlikely bop makeover. "Go Away, Little Girl" is the last song that one would expect a hard bopper to record, but then, no one expected Marlena Shaw to turn "Go Away, Little Girl" into a sassy soul number in 1977. Grit-Gittin' Feelin' isn't a masterpiece, but it's a decent album that underscores Delmark's willingness to document an underexposed jazzman. ~ Alex Henderson