Workshop Jazz RecordsWorkshop Jazz 2006 (B), February 1963

B-side of Bobbie

(Written by Kirkland Lightsey)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson - www.seabear.se.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!Oh, brilliant, more instrumental jazz trombone music!

If I’m honest, I was half tempted to skip this one without even listening to it, but then that would rather defeat the object of an exercise like this; I signed on to review each and every Motown single, and I’m going to do it, by jingo. For you, readers, for you.

Actually, this one starts out quite promisingly, with a recurring 2-bar double bass figure, then drums, then a weird guitar riff, all laid on back to back to form a kind of primitive sample loop. I had my hopes up, ever so briefly.

Then, on with the trombone, and I remain of the opinion that it’s an instrument fundamentally unsuited to jazz solos, but while it’s awkward and amateurish-soundig whenever Bohanon climbs the register, it’s briefly not too bad while he’s staying around the low notes; it’s cheesy, but not too cheesy. Alas, it can’t last; he starts parping away with high notes, coming across like something you’d give half-hearted pity applause to at a garden fete if it was being performed by some pensioners. It’s rubbish. Sorry, George.

Once again, as with the A-side, Bohanon finds himself shoved out of the way on his own record to make room for some lengthy, tedious piano tinkling, but unlike the A-side there’s no real respite, as the piano is just as cheesy and boring as the trombone.

Still, this is definitely marginally better than the A-side – there’s a spirited blast of really short notes just towards the end which is momentarily interesting, if poorly judged, and which raises the spirits a bit before some more directionless parping – and I’m getting bored of dishing out ones, so I’m giving this a two even though it’s manifestly awful. Yeah, be excited.

I think there are some proper Motown records coming up quite soon.



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