Johnny Lytle The Village Caller!
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- Released: October 20, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: OJC
- 1.The Village Caller
- 2.On Green Dolphin Street
- 3.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
- 4.Pedro Strodder
- 5.Kevin Devin
- 6.You Don't Know What Love Is
- 7.Unhappy, Happy Soul
Personnel: Johnny Lytle (vibraphone); Milt Harris (organ); Bob Cranshaw (bass); William "Peppy" Hinnant (drums); Willie Rodriguez (percussion).
Recorded in New York, New York on September 18, 1963. Includes liner notes by Bob Reisner.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Johnny Lytle (vibraphone); Milt Harris (organ); Peppy Hinnant (drums); Willie Rodriguez (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Bob Reisner.
Recording information: New York, NY (1964-1965).
A touch lightweight at times but fun anyway, this set (reissued on CD in 1998) mostly puts the spotlight on vibraphonist Johnny Lytle. His backup group (organist Milt Harris, bassist Bob Cranshaw, drummer William "Peppy" Hinnant and percussionist Willie Rodriguez) is primarily in a very supportive role with Harris' often-bombastic solos looking more toward Wild Bill Davis and early '50s organ stylists than to Jimmy Smith. "The Village Caller" was a minor hit at the time and like most of the songs on this date (four Lytle originals and four rearranged standards) it is a bit catchy. Most of the selections on this date are treated rhythmically, either R&B-ish or with a Latin feel. The results will not reward close listening, but Lytle plays well and this CD will be considered quite satisfying at parties. ~ Scott Yanow
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