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Kai Winding - Moredotdotdot
artworkThis is an odd collection of material. Most is from Kai Winding, and many tracks feature Kenny Burrell's guitar. Also here for reasons unknown are tracks from Jimmy Smith. Virtually everything is in mono. the main reason for checking this out are the first twelve tracks from the faux surf jazz album More.
Picks: Hero, Gravy Waltz, China Nights, Pipeline, Sukiyaki, Soul Surfin', Tube Wail, Hearse Ride, Comin' Home Baby, China Surf, Far Out East, Outre L'amor, The Sermon, Blues Fuse

Track by Track Review

More dotdotdot
Commercial Shimmer (Instrumental)

This is slick shimmering melodic guitar backed whistling organ music. It swept the charts after debuting in the 1963 film Mondo Cane as its theme. The guitar work here is Kenny Burrell's. These sessions were among the early Creed Taylor formulations before the launch of his soul jazz label CTI and hits like Deodato's "2001 - A Space Odyssey" which appeared in the extraordinary film Being There. Danish export Kai Winding played trombone in the forties with the big bands of Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton, among others. In 1962, he served as musical director at the NYC Playboy Club.

Hero dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Ringing guitars and a cattle drive on a desert crossing. Intriguing arrangement, and fine imagery. A very nice track.

Gravy Waltz dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Howling dark guitar thunder, cowpoke Hava Nagila sensibilities, and infectious rhythms. Chunky punchy and energetic. This has a huge sound. It's big, dramatic, and riveting.

China Nights dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

From the opening organ, through the thumpy bass and drums, and into the spy melody line, this is a thick and eerie track. Melodic and almost psychedelic. The swirling liquid lights and strobes seem inherent, but that doesn't mean it's really a psych song. It just has that kind of performance hall feel to it. Infectious and hauntingly interesting.

Surf Bird dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

A slightly western feel here, with a modern rock tone and melody line. Enough twang to fit into a spaghetti western set.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Arranged much like "Surf Bird," this trashing of the Chantays' classic does not come up to the level of the coolness of the Lawrence Welk version. Dismissible, except to complete your "Pipeline" collection. Still...

Sukiyaki dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

A mean sounding guitar, with whistling organ accompaniment. The tribal drums and rhythms are great. It slows down in the middle for a twangy ride, but soon returns to a very cool spy ethic sound. This is a very nice track. The chanted opening lines are panned "agent" right and "orange" left.

Soul Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Britishizing the TV theme, with big guitar tones, and ample chunk. The organ adds an element of distinction between this version and a thousand others.

Tube Wail dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Twango for weightlifters, surf for knuckle draggers, instros for the musclebound. You can thin of all the stereotypes you like, but only the title can be pushed into those corners. The track is chunky, powerful, and quite fun. It has fuzz, big edge, drama, and military oomph.

Spinner dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Expecting an instrumentalized version of the Roky Erickson tune, I was surprised with something much more chunky and thick. Not very melodic, but with it's funky progression, it walks you right into that dark alley you were taught to avoid as a child.

Hearse Ride dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

What a nice track. The organ and guitar tones are complimentary, and the melody is playful without being silly. It's infectious, and smooth. Spooky dub stylee military chants open the track.

Comin' Home Baby dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Link Wray's most recorded tune gets the UK monster treatment. It's huge and moody, but lacking in intensity. The variations in the second guitar work and organ chill provide a shift away from the just-another-cover label.

Baby Elephant Walk dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

This is just plain goofy - it starts out as a marching band rendition of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk," and devolves into classic Creed Taylor style pop jazz. Very well played, but utterly dismissible.

Experiment In Terror dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "Experiment In Terror" is somewhat dramatic, and orchestral with cool drums. At the end of the day, you'll not really remember this.

Blues Theme From 'Reprieve' dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Soft and slightly dangerous in a detective kind of way, "Blues Theme From 'Reprieve'" is forgettable. Very well played, of course, just without a reason to exist.

The Lonely One dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Bouncy pop jazz with tremolo guitar. Shimmering notes does not translate into durability or more than curiosity level interest. Very easy jazz sounding.

The Ice Cream Man dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Holly crap, this is a cheesy cover of The Tornados' "The Ice Cream Man." It has none of the oomph and charm of the original, which are replaced by pumping pop sound. Elevators might have oozed this out in 1963. Oh my!

Theme From 'Mr. Novak' dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Organ whistles while piano plays a really cool circling pattern. Aside from the piano, this is very pedestrian.

China Surf dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Faux Asian guitar plays a very cool melody while the muted rhythm guitar plays a sub surf post cowboy pattern. A bit too poppy to be really cool, but still quite listenable.

Burning Sands dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Extra low guitar notes a la "The Lonely Surfer" and horns hinting at The TJB create an original sound. Too poppy for me - that is it doesn't rise to the Jack Nitzsche level, or Herb Alpert for that matter. Still, there's something here.

Far Out East dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

In a Ventures-like manner, the Japanese style is stereotypically morphed atop low guitar and a cool bass line. "Far Out East" is much better than I expected, but still mostly gimmicky.

Outre L'amor dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

There's a "More"-like quality to "Outre L'amor," but it's centered around the whistling organ. The tremolo guitar is tasteful, but the derivative nature of the piece just leaves you wanting the original.

What'd I Say dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

The keys play off The Doors' "Break On Through" riff between verses of archetypal Jimmy Smith. This is credited as his, as it well should be. Some very tasteful guitar licks are found in the middle. It's hard to hear anything remotely sourced from Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."

The Sermon dotdotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Classic Jimmy Smith from 1963. His churchy Wurlitzer tremolos its way into your soul. I still recall the coolness of hearing this and other Jimmy Smith instros when Rosko spun them on KDIA. Very late-night smoky cool.

Blues Fuse dotdotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

By oh boy, does this have the bass styling that emerged later in Jao Deodato's "2001, A Space Odyssey." It's just less brash and more soulful in the early sixties jazz sense. Kenny Burrell guitar licks are really liquid-nice.

Hot Bossa dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Exceptionally good guitar licks from Kenny Burrell run above a bossa nova beat. Saucy and soothing, but not really very memorable.

K's Twist dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Kenny Burrell dry guitar licks ride atop a classic jazz beat. The best part of the song is the excellent bass work in the break. Stanley Turrentine is also credited, but his tenor is conspicuous only in its absence.

Chitlins Con Carne dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Great bass lines, bongos and drums, and a fine duet between Kenny Burrell and Stanley Turrentine, but it doesn't sound like he's playing is signature tenor sax. Some really nice guitar licks.